Gionee is a one such foreign brand in India that has got a good response and has limited devices in every price range. Their flagship Elife E7 has made quite an impact on the smartphones community for its amazing 16MP camera. The company has continued its Indian journey followed by so many devices, and an another promising device Pioneer P6 has arrived.
The Pioneer P6 comes with a 5-inch 720p display, which has a quad-core Mediatek chipset, 1GB RAM, and 8GB internal storage. Though, the numbers may seem moderate when compared with current price range of INR 8K to 10K. Let’s take a look how the features of this device pan out in our review.
The design looks very prominent as per the price range. It feels comfortable to hold the device. The metal rim around the edge gives a quality look to the device. The plastic body of the device has a good toughness that can certainly withstand few falls. At a 5-inch display, it isn’t the most compact device, but still, very much comfortable because of the curvy design.
The front of the device resembles Huawei’s Honor Holly but is less wide than it. You can see a LED flash on the front beside the camera module. This trend has been started by Sony’s Xperia C3, and we saw it in among other devices like Acer’s Liquid E700.
Whereas the brushed aluminum look on the back feels smooth and doesn’t exactly gets smudged. Meaning, you don’t have to worry about those fingerprint marks on your device. The Gionee branding on the back looks cool. Though, it is somewhat prone to scratches, which is a good point because it is a very shiny plastic on the back. The rim around the back camera makes sure that the impact doesn’t fall directly on the lens when placed on a flat surface. The two SIM card slots and a MicroSD card slot can be found under the removable back cover. While the loudspeakers are located on the bottom of the back.
The lack of even a 720p display on the P6 makes it look like an odd bird in this price range. The pixel-per-inch count of the display is lower than the average PPI for a 5-inch display in this price range. Although, the pixels may be easily differentiable, but if you let go of that, the actual color output is pretty great.
The touch responsiveness of the screen is quite well, but the display seems to attract fingerprints easily. One would want to place a screen guard for that. Even though the screen has quite low resolution, output of content and the readability on it, are good. The screen is quite reflective, but in spite of that, when you turn on full brightness, it is good enough to be readable under bright sunlight.
The Pioneer P6 runs Android KitKat 4.4.2 out of the box. Though, it isn’t the Amigo UI, which Gionee has in its flagship range. For some people, it is good as there is an app drawer present on the device, which is not the case with Amigo UI. It is a very simple, neat and easy to use interface, with just a few changes to the stock Android, like icons and bloatware.
Both, OTA, and Manual update options are available, which can be seen from the System Update app. When it comes to personalization, the Color app is pre-loaded with a few themes, wallpapers and effects for desktop switch. All in all, the interface is simple, clean and gives some control to the users over its looks.
Hardware & Performance
The Pioneer P6 handled most of the apps pretty well, considering its low specs, although there were some noticeable lags on heavy games, as well as in Gallery app because the content was filling up quickly. While the games like Asphalt 8 were unplayable due to the resolution issue. We played a few other games like Subway Surfers, Temple Run 2, and few others, which didn’t have any frame drops or lags.
Concerning about Benchmark scores on the Pioneer P6, they were as expected for a device with Mediatek MT6582 chipset and 1GB RAM while the main culprit for below average graphics scores was the low-resolution display.
The 1950 mAh battery in Pioneer P6 seems to have a decent standby time. As well as based on your regular usage, it can last till the end of the day. The interesting part was that the battery didn’t drain much because of the screen, which took about 27% of the battery for about 4 hours screen on time.
The cameras may not be great by numbers, as rear cam is 5MP while front is 2MP. But conflicting to that, we are impressed with the capture quality by both the cameras. The 5MP rear shooter has good color reproduction and is much better than 5MP cameras in this price range. Although, while the Zoomed-in photos had a lot of grains, but that is quite expected from a 5MP module. Whereas the video quality is not good, even though, the device is capable of shooting 1080p videos.
While the 2-megapixel camera on the front had some reassuring results, as it has a support of the LED flash. But as this is a fixed focus camera, it is noticeable that closely recorded images were not in focus.
The Specs on P6 are not competitive when compared with a current set of budget smartphones in India. And since it is not even priced in the budget-range, the device would get less attention too. The display disappoints once with the low resolution of FWVGA and twice as the fingerprints were clearly visible on the panel.
There are so many smartphones in the sub-INR 10K range, and we would recommend Gionee Pioneer P6 for its good interface, a decent camera combination, and a good build quality. No doubt there are some good, worthy competitors that have similar pricing like, Asus Zenfone 5, Yu Yureka, and Xiaomi Redmi Note. Now it would be you who would have to decide for yourself.