Today we have new comers to Gionee’s Marathon series of big-battery stacked smartphones with the addition of the Marathon M5 Plus and the Marathon M5 Enjoy. Launched today in China, the new mobile phones will address one notable omission from the original Marathon M5 – the fingerprint sensor.
Gionee Marathon M5 Plus
The new Gionee M5 Plus now sits on top of the series with higher segment of the midrange. The smartphone comes with a powerful Mediatek MT6753 chipset with an octa-core CPU. There is 3GB of RAM on board, with built-in storage of 64GB, and you can further expand it by up to 128GB via microSD.
Trading-off cell capacity for screen size, the new Plus-size model comes with a 6-inch FullHD AMOLED display and “only” 5,020mAh worth of juice, where the M5’s specsheet reads 5.5 inches, 720p, and 6,020mAh. The smartphone measures 160.9 x 81.2 x 8.4mm, which is reasonably compact for the screen and battery size, and weighs in at 208g – 3g lighter than the 5.5-inch M5.
The 13MP primary camera on the back comes with phase detection autofocus and a single LED flash, while the front-facer is a 5MP unit. There’s a fingerprint sensor on the front in place of the capacitive home key of other Gionee models. Fast charging is supported and is done via a reversible Type-C connector, though it only adheres to the USB 2.0 standard.
The smartphone supports multi-band 2G/3G and LTE, as well as Bluetooth 4.0 and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with the company’s Amigo OS overlay on top, in its 3.1 incarnation. Priced at ($385), the Gionee Marathon M5 Plus is available for purchase right now.
Gionee Marathon M5 Enjoy
Alongside the M5 Plus released, Gionee announced the Marathon M5 Enjoy – a smartphone similarly specced to the original M5. However, you better be careful when choosing between the two, as different compromises have been made, potentially affecting user experience.
For starters, the M5 Enjoy’s display is a TFT unit, whereas the M5 had an AMOLED panel, though both are 5.5-inch 720p units. Battery capacity is in favor of the M5, as the M5 Enjoy comes with a 5,000mAh power pack, and not 6,020mAh. And instead of the 13MP primary camera, the M5 Enjoy only comes with an 8MP snapper. Where the new model trumps the old one is the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner.
There rest is mostly the same – a Mediatek MT6735 chipset with a quad-core CPU, 3GB of RAM and Android 5.1 Lollipop. Internal storage has been sliced halved to 16GB, but is still expandable. The Marathon M5 Enjoy is more modestly priced, compared to the Plus, and goes for ($310)