MWC 2016: Gionee S8 hands on


gionee s8 hands on

Gionee launched the Gionee S8 yesterday and finally after my 3rd attempt at getting my hands on the phone I’ve managed to get a video hands on.

Early yesterday morning I made a beeline to the Gionee stand to get my hands on the new S8. Although the phone hadn’t officially launched they did have it on display but they weren’t letting me take photos. “come back at 2pm” they said. I did but then the S8 was snatched from my hands for the launch event (which I was too busy to attend).

gionee s8 hands on

Anyway, today I dashed to Gionee and got my hands on the S8 once again and this time managed to make a short video too.

gionee s8 hands on

The S8 is another slim phone from Gionee, but this time there is a nice balance of thinness (7mm) and battery size (3000mAh) which culminates in to a well made, good looking and lightweight phone.

gionee s8 hands on

Gionee say they are paying more attention to their S line of phones, which is evident with the inclusion of a 16 mega-pixel rear camera with F1.8 aperture and laser focus. The demo unit I used proved to have very good rear camera and instantaneous focus, perhaps one of the fastest on the market.

gionee s8 hands on

The slim phone comes in either black with a grey metal chassis, or while with a rose gold. Gionee have once again opted for an AMOLED display (a 5.5-inch 1920 x1080 model) which is truly gorgeous on the eye.

Gionee S8 hands on gallery

Under the hood the hardware is pretty meaty or a phone design to be fashionable, with a Meditek Helio P10 chipset, 4GB RAM, 64GB memory and the latest version of Amigo OS based on Android 6.0.1.

To finish of the package, Gionee have managed to find space in the S8 for DTS stereo sound. Pricing is said to be around 440 Euros, but expect Goonies ODM customers (Blu and Allview) to offer a similar phone for much less in the coming months.

Gionee S8 Hands on Video

Previous MWC 2016: Alcatel Idol 4S video hands on
Next MWC 2016: Ulefone Future Hands on video

14 Comments

  1. MattD
    February 23, 2016

    As usual for gionee, at the right price it could be a great deal… Curious to see its price through rebranded versions, it could become a nice upgrade to my e7!

    • balcobomber25
      February 23, 2016

      Blu usually launches the S line about 6 months later as the Vivo series and usually for around $199.

      • MattD
        February 23, 2016

        Mmm i think I have to look at the allview version for european bands compatibility (maybe, not sure at all)

        • balcobomber25
          February 23, 2016

          Gionee told me the actual S8 had full support for all major networks including those in the EU and US. They didn’t get until the full list and I was too busy playing with the camera to check lol.

  2. E8hffff
    February 23, 2016

    The finger scanner is a little low in the form-factor. Kind of brings one to the likes of a skewed picture on a wall. Overall it’s not a bad phone if you’re looking for mid-range specs (mediocre).

  3. realjjj
    February 23, 2016

    You forgot to look at the “3D touch”as they are calling it.

    And btw you guys are yet to report on the new Mediatek and Spreadtrum announced y-day.

    • balcobomber25
      February 23, 2016

      The 3D touch is just Force Touch. It works pretty much like Apples (touch to select, tap for app info, push to open).

      • February 23, 2016

        Shouldn’t you be working? 😛 I’ll be here till tomorrow so still have a chance to bump in to you 😀

        • balcobomber25
          February 23, 2016

          Haha I am sitting in a boring meeting right now. I’ll be on the show floor in about an hour or two I’ll look for you. I leave Wednesday afternoon.

  4. realjjj
    February 23, 2016

    Allview already announced it http://allviewmobile.com/x3-soul-pro.html

  5. Danny
    February 23, 2016

    Is it real AMOLED or just BS like previous models?

    • Steven Fox
      February 23, 2016

      It is an AMOLED panel and it`s high end, just not Super Amoled.

      • Danny
        March 1, 2016

        Hummm what do you mean? Is it made by samsung?

  6. Muhammad Yasir
    February 23, 2016

    way too expensive :/
    but looks great , maybe Qmobile can source it in here but probably for a fortune’s worth !