We will remember 2020 for a lot of reasons, for the bad or the good. However, if you’re an old-school Chinese smartphone fan like me, you remember 2020 as the year when Gionee came back from the dead. The Chinese company was one of the first smartphone makers to bet on the Indian market. Way before the country established itself as the world’s second market for smartphones. Gionee failed to keep up with the competition. This year, however, the company is back with affordable smartphones and is ready to debut a new phone in India dubbed Gionee Max.
The company has just set a promo page on the Flipkart. The Indian e-commerce giant will be selling the smartphone and already give us a glimpse of what to expect. The new Gionee Max will be a phone with a waterdrop notch surrounded with thick bezels. Not a cutting-edge design, but also not outdated like low-end phones. Interestingly enough, this is a budget device with an INR 6,000 price tag. Or $80 / €65 conversion. The poster also reveals a 3.5mm headphone jack which isn’t a big surprise in devices of this range.
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The “Max” logo on the poster is a Battery Icon. So we’re probably looking at another smartphone with a powerful battery. We don’t know how big it will be, but we would bet in something between 4,000mAh and 5,000mAh at the best-case scenarios.
A few weeks ago, Gionee certified a monster in China with 10,000mAh battery
A few weeks ago, the Chinese TENAA certified a smartphone in China with a massive 10,000mAh battery. Under the hood, the handset is powered with an unknown 2.0GHz Octa-Core CPU. We’re probably looking at a MediaTek Helio chipset here, probably not the most current ones. The RAM amount and Storage amounts are quite satisfactory. The device comes in multiple variants with 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB of RAM. When it comes to the storage amount, the company is pretty generous with variants offering 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. Of course, we’re probably looking to an eMMC 5.1 standard which is slower than any of the UFS offerings. It also offers a microSD card slot.
Despite its Big battery appeal, we’re sure that this device isn’t the one coming for India, at least not as Gionee Max. After all, it has a bulky design and symmetric bezels. The design is very characteristic of devices with a battery like that one. The Gionee Max coming to India next week probably is slipping out of radar.