Remember what it was like when you didn’t have to charge your phone every five hours? And then smartphones came along, with their huge displays and endless features, making thirsty slaves of us. Now we’re not complaining about smartphones, but we do miss the days when you could hop to the pub for a few hours without having to worry about your phone conking out.
Gionee seems like it’s intent on not letting that happen. The M6, launched for China, sports a massive 5000mAh battery, but it’s not as thick as you’d expect - it’s nearly as thin as the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, which is amazing for a phone with a 5.5in display.
Its bigger brother, the M6 Plus, was also launched alongside, and while it’s just a bit longer (with a 6in display) than the M6, it somehow packs a 6020mAh battery inside.
Wonder of wonders
Really, we’re baffled how Gionee managed to fit batteries that big into phones this small. But we’re also disappointed that the feature that sets these phones apart the most - brace yourselves - won’t be coming to India: hardware-based encryption.
Gionee has also equipped the M6 and M6 Plus with a special chip that encrypts all your data, which is great, because hardware-based encryption is typically harder to crack than a software-based one. However, Gionee is only launching phones with this feature in China - the chip is approved for use only in certain regions.
The phones are also equipped with two 9V2A charging chips that Gionee says will charge the massive batteries quicker than most other technologies available today. And if you’re like us and are already thinking of ways to make use of the giant batteries, Gionee’s given you a good one: simply use a microUSB-to-microUSB cable to use that humongous battery to charge your other devices – the dual charging chips are also supposed to help charge other devices quicker than most power banks.
Now, the important bits...
The phones run on Mediatek’s Helio P10 octa-core processors, sport a fingerprint reader, 4GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage space, which is expandable via a TF card slot. For the operating system, we get Gionee’s Amigo, which is based on Android 6 Marshmallow.
The phones’ construction is robust – they get the aluminium unibody treatment, with soft curves and tiny bezels – and you get Full HD AMOLED displays. Surprisingly, the M6 Plus doesn’t have a 3.5mm audio jack, which company officials told us was traded off to fit in the bigger battery and retain the thinness.
There isn’t an official India release date for the M6 and M6 Plus yet, but we’ve received word that you can expect to buy one around Diwali this year.
The M6 will retail in China in August for RMB 2699 (₹27,200*) for the 64GB variant while the 128GB variant will sell for RMB 2899 (₹29,200*). The M6 Plus will also launch for RMB 2999 (₹30,200*) for the 64GB variant and RMB 3199 (₹32,200*) for the 128GB variant.