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Gionee A1 Lite: 5.3-inch smartphone with octa-core, 20MP selfie camera and a $235 price tag


Gionee A1 Lite targets those fans who love taking selfies, as it doesn’t cost a lot to own a 20MP selfie camera smartphone. Smart move indeed!

With a Lite version, we all know for sure there’s a ‘Standard’ version. We reviewed Gionee A1 back in March, so here is it again for you guys:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 1920 pixels or ~401 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.0 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, Mali-T860MP2 graphics and 4GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 16MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture and 1/3" sensor size
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4010 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • March 2017 release date
  • 21,999 Indian Rupee or ~USD 333

Gionee A1 promises a smartphone with a super selfie camera and super battery. It does deliver on its promises, and a lot more as well. It also carries the first ‘Made in India’ tag that must have made a lot of people very happy.

Well then, what about the A1 Lite version? We already know the price will be USD 100 cheaper, but will it be far off regarding specs? Apparently not so much, as you can take a closer look below:

  • 5.3-inch High Definition IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~277 ppi pixel density
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Mediatek MT6753 chipset, Octa-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Mali-T720MP3 graphics and 3GB RAM
  • 13MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash
  • 20MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture and LED flash
  • 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 64GB
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • August 2017 release date
  • 14,999 Indian Rupee or ~USD 235

A1 Lite sports a slightly smaller 5.3-inch IPS screen with High Definition. Probably the choice of technology is because it tries to cut down on the price, and seems to be justified by the looks of things. That’s because the metal body, fingerprint sensor and Gorilla Glass 3 makes a comeback which adds up to its value.

Under the hood of the A1 Lite is the low-mid Mediatek MT6753 chipset, a slow octa-core processor, decent graphics with 3GB RAM. It is still capable of running most apps and games but might struggle in the long-term – especially when you put it through its paces.

But that is all forgotten once we get to know its camera. The A1 Lite comes with an excellent 13MP primary camera with all the bells and whistles that you can imagine. Then comes the highlight of the show, which is its amazing 20MP selfie camera that also comes with an LED flash. You know that you can also shoot in the dark, and the results will still look good and bright as day.

Storage-wise, there’s only 32GB of internal storage which might not be enough once your hands start going trigger happy with the camera. That’s where you can add 64GB via the available microSD expansion slot.

Regarding battery, there’s the 4000 mAh battery which makes it quite capable of lasting it for a day or two, depending on your usage.

Finally, the latest Android Nougat 7.0 is available for you to harness all the latest features, functions and enhancements that come along with it.


Gionee A1 Lite provides for a great selfie camera that doesn’t cost a lot. It is also no slouch either, as there’s the metal body, fingerprint sensor, Gorilla Glass 3 protection, decent hardware, great 20MP selfie camera, great battery and the latest operating system to boot.

Gionee A1 Lite had just been released for approximately 14,999 Indian Rupee or ~USD 235. It is available in Gold and Black colour.

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