Looks a little familiar, doesn’t it? All you have to do is have a feel of the phone to give you a greater sense of déjà vu.
And that’s because the Gionee S8 comes with a pressure sensitive screen that has the same laws of Apple’s 3D Touch applied to it: touch to select, tap and hold to preview, and hard press to jump right into your selection.
Just like 3D Touch on the iPhone, you can use it to preview photos and get quick access into certain features of native apps. You can also 3D Touch live wallpapers to watch them move. In other words, it’s pretty much identical to Apple’s, right down to to the name.
Gionee has expanded slightly on what 3D Touch can do by giving it a little edge.
You can 3D Touch the left or right side of the screen to bring up a panel of apps that you can customise for greater convenience. This is actually more useful than reaching horizontally across your phone when you’re trying to balance it in one hand on your crowded commute.
Exploring the depths of the Gionee S8 also surfaced up an interesting camera feature. There’s a Text Recognition camera mode that allows you to snap a photo with words in it, and have the selected section converted to text that you can then share.
If only this existed back when we were in school, taking notes during classes wouldn’t be such a race against time. Right now, it only supports English, traditional Chinese, and simplified Chinese text types. But it will expand to include other languages when it begins its rollout in March.
At just €449 for the 64GB (expandable to 128GB) version, the Gionee S8 is quite the bargain. It also comes with a 16MP snapper, 3000mAh battery, runs on an octa-core MediaTek 6755 processor, and is fronted in a 5.5" full HD AMOLED display. Solidly wrapped from head to toe in metal, it looks a lot more expensive than it actually costs.
Oh, and it also comes in a pretty shade of pink like you know whose. Just saying.