Xiaomi aren’t the only brand doing well priced, big battery phones. Gionee too are in the game with the newly announced Gionee Marathon M5 Mini.
The M5 Mini has a smaller 5-inch screen to its bigger brother, and also a smaller battery, but at 4000mAh it is still a massive cell for a budget HD smartphone.
Gionee have built-in fast charging for the 4000mAh battery (likely Mediatek Pump Express) and use a quad-core Mediatek 1.3Ghz MT6580 chipset and 2GB RAM to run Android 5.1.
Speaking of Android, the system in the M5 Mini is Gionee’s latest Amigo 3.0 ROM which offers some nice features, especially for the camera app.
Cameras are a little under specced compared to rival devices with an 8 mega-pixel rear and 5 mega-pixel front, but like most mid-range phones these days the M5 Mini has an SD slot.
Pricing hasn’t been confirmed but with a lower spec rear camera, and no LTE support (remember the MT6580 only supports 3G) the M5 Mini would need to be under 999 Yuan ($152) to compete agains the Redmi 3.