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Gionee S6s unboxing and first impressions: a loaded phablet for the selfie-obsessed

|August 22, 2016 |First impressions, Unboxing, Gionee

“The Gionee S6s is an upgraded and more loaded variant of the S6” 

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As an attempt to cater to selfie-obsessed consumers, Gionee has expanded its portfolio and launched the new S6s, which comes as a successor to the Gionee S6 (first impressions). The latter was launched in India for Rs 19,999, but didn’t really offer something which could blow your socks off. The new Gionee S6s, however, seems like an interesting proposition. The smartphone has just been launched in India, but the device is already in our labs, so we unboxed it for you and played with it for a while. Here are our first impressions.

The Gionee S6s ships in a pretty standard looking square, white cardboard box. Taking off the lid gives you access to the handset, and lifting the plastic tray it rests upon, you find a bunch of accessories.

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These include a SIM-ejection tool, a micro-USB to USB cable, a 2-pin wall charger rated at 2A, a pair of in-ear headphones, all the necessary documentation, a transparent silicone back cover, and a screen-protector as well.

The S6s is a 5.5-inch smartphone with a full HD IPS display, with 2.5D curved glass on top. The sharpness, colours and brightness seemed decent, and the display is not very reflective. In terms of look and feel, the device is not starkly different from its predecessor, however, the Gionee S6 featured a gold front, while the fascia of the S6s is white. We liked the former better.

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The back looks stunning with matte gold finish, which despite being smooth, does not make the smartphone feel slippery. Four consecutive circular entities including the primary camera module, LED flash, a fingerprint reader (missing on the S6), and Gionee’s branding accesorise the back panel. The port placement is standard. The smartphone can easily be used with a single hand, all credits to its thin chassis, light-weight body, and slightly curved back panel.

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The phone runs Android Marshmallow, with Gionee’s Amigo UI v3.2 on top.

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There are a few pre-loaded third party apps including Facebook, Instagram, UC Browser, Hotoday, Messenger, Swiftkey Keyboard, and Truecaller, along with a bunch of games. Some first-party apps like Gionee’s GStore, Gionee Xender, and Abroad service are preloaded.

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To help you customise the look and feel, the device offers apps like Theme Park and Mood Wallpaper. The Gionee S6s supports gesture and motion control as well.

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Apart from the usual flip-to-mute, and double tap to wake up, there are screen-off gestures which allow you to launch certain apps by drawing letters and certain shapes during standby. While there are a decent number of customisable gestures, the number of actions that can be performed using those is limited.

The Gionee S6s is powered a MediaTel MT6753 processor, clocked at 1.3GHz, and aided by 3GB of RAM. The operation on the phone was rather smooth, during our short session. But, we’ll definitely be using the phone for a significantly longer time before we put out our final verdict.


Out of the inbuilt 32GB, the S6s offers around 26GB for you personal use. The storage is expandable up to 128GB, and you can plug in your flash drives to the phone as well as it supports USB OTG.

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The highlight of the Gionee S6s is its shooters. While the primary one is a 13MP autofocus sensor, the front camera is rated at 8MP. Both the snappers come assisted by LED flash modules. Being a camera-centric device, its default camera app is pretty loaded.

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While real-time filters, and modes like HDR, Panorama, and Night have become standard, the S6s offers shooting modes like Smart Scene, Mood Photo, GIF, Slow Motion, Time Lapse, Text Recognition etc. There’s a Face Beauty mode as well, which lets you control the beautification settings and compare results in real time. The shooters focus in a jiffy, and the shutter speed was snappy to. We’ll be taking the phone on a shooting spree before we comment on its prowess as a camera.

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The Gionee S6s is a hybrid dual-SIM device, with standard connectivity options. Backed by a 3,150mAh battery, it offers options like Power Saving Mode, and Extreme Power Saving Mode, which should help you use it for a whole day on a single charge.

The Gionee S6s seems like a decent feature-packed offering from the brand, and has been launched for Rs 17,999. At its price, it competes against the likes of the newly launched ASUS Zenfone 3 Laser (first impressions), which is also a camera-centric phone, and the Motorola Moto X Play (review), which has a league of its own with is vanilla OS. We’ll pitch it against our tests, and against its rivals to see if the Gionee S6s is worth your money. The review will be out before you can click a selfie, so stay tuned.

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