Gionee’s S6s selfie phone is passé

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These days everyone has a selfie phone. Oppo launched one a couple of weeks ago, and on Monday, even Gionee has followed the path of its Chinese brethren in India , with the launch of the S6s. At Rs 17,999, however, it’s passe, at least that’s the kind of first impression the phone gives out.

It has a metal body. Check. It has a 8-core processor. Check. It comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Check. It allegedly has a killer selfie camera. Check. And it has a rather capacious battery.

There are more goodies too. 4G dual-SIM connectivity, a fingerprint scanner on the back, a big bright screen with a full HD resolution and a decent 13-megapixel camera on the back. All this too is underpinned on Android 6.0 which has been neatly customised with Gionee’s Amigo UI.

Its too is quite attractive and is subtly curved on the back which make it quite easy to hold, despite its size.

All good right. Pretty much. There’s nothing wrong with this package, but then most of its rivals also have similar or better features on paper. Some of them like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 are also cheaper, save for the 8-megapixel camera with flash on the front.

For most people, according to me, it is just another phone in the pond. However, when you talk about people who really like their selfies, then this phone does represent something enticing especially when you consider the flash on the front and the snapper with a wide lens, with big pixels that allow to take in more light for better photos.

But if you take away that feature, then it is just another Android smartphone. In other words _ passe. Of course, I could be wrong, but for that, I’ll be testing the phone in greater detail.

The one thing that I feel Gionee has got right is that it will be available on offline and online channels. This means no waiting for them pesky flash sales as you can actually go to store nearby and check the phone out and perhaps purchase it.

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