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Gionee V6L first impressions: LTE speeds at a mid-range price

|November 14 2014 |Mobiles, Android Phones, First impressions, Gionee

"We go hands on with Gionee's affordable LTE offering, the V6L"

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Chinese smartphone maker Gionee has been around in the Indian market for nearly two years, and in that space has launched several devices that combine premium features with affordable prices. Now, the company has announced that from 2015, all its devices priced above Rs 10,000 will be LTE-enabled. To get an early start on its promise, Gionee showcased two smartphones at the PLUGGED IN technology show in Bangalore today. The P5L (first impressions) is the more affordable of the two, priced at Rs 10,000. The V6L features a more mid-range price of Rs 15,000, but adds premium features to the mix. Both smartphones are slated to go on sale in mid-December, but before the official launch, we went hands-on with the device to give you a sneak peek at what it has to offer.

Unlike the P5L, which is quite chunky, the V6L is a svelte, sleek device. It measures just 6.9mm around the waist, which is accentuated further with thin chrome detailing around the edges. A glossy back panel that extends over the sides completes the look. 

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The V6L features a 5-inch display bearing HD resolution, which translates into a pixel density of 294ppi. During our brief usage, the display seemed smooth and responsive, with vibrant colours and sharp text and images. Above the screen you'll find the usual placement of the earpiece, front camera, notification LED and sensors, while the fascia below features a row of capacitive Android hardware keys.

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The right spine houses the chrome-finish volume rocker and power button, while the left is completely bare. The 3.5mm audio jack is located on top, while the micro-USB port and primary microphone are situated at the bottom. 

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The glossy back panel features a tiny chequered pattern, but it still doesn't do much to hide the fingerprints and smudges. It houses the primary camera with a flash on top, and loudspeaker at the bottom. The rear cover can be opened via a notch at the side, exposing the removable 2,000mAh battery, dual SIM card slots and microSD card slot.

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Powering the V6L is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset clocked at 1.2GHz, mated to 1GB of RAM. There's 8GB of internal storage, out of which around 4.4GB is user available. The microSD slot supports cards up to 128GB in size, so storing media shouldn't be a concern. The camera department consists of an 8MP snapper at the back, and a 5MP shooter in the front. The smartphone runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat layered with Gionee's Amigo UI. During our short hands-on experience, the phone seemed smooth and zippy, but we'll reserve our final judgement for the main review. 

Apart from the shiny finish, the Gionee V6L looks like an attractive handset. XOLO's LT900 is its closest competitor if you factor in LTE support. If not, there's plenty of choice from the likes of the Moto G (2nd gen), ASUS Zenfone 5, Micromax Canvas Knight and Lenovo S850.

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