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Gionee X1: 5-inch smartphone with 8MP selfie camera and LED flash at a pricey $139


Gionee had just launched the X1, but will it be too expensive at $139 USD for an 8MP selfie camera with flash? Mind you that will be its unique selling proposition after all.

We understand that the Chinese manufacturer is looking at giving customers a unique camera experience, and the X1 was supposed to do so. The X1 series is a new lineup, and we can expect more of them in a short while.

But before we begin, let’s take a quick look back at the A1 which has the following specs:

  • 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 ~$333 USD

With the A1 being positioned at its mid-range series, could we see the X1 as its entry-level smartphone then?

Let’s find out more about the X1:

  • 5-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1280 pixels or ~294 ppi pixel density
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Mediatek MT6737 chipset, Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor and 2GB RAM
  • 8MP primary camera with autofocus
  • 8MP secondary camera with LED flash
  • 16GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to maximum 256GB
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • August 2017 release date
  • 8,999 Indian Rupee or ~$139 USD

First up, the X1 will be on its 5-inch IPS screen which offers only a High Definition resolution. This doesn’t seem like much, as this is as basic as it can go. Then there’s the fingerprint sensor available for all your biometric purposes.

The same can be said about the performance, as a lowly MT6737 chipset paired with a slow quad-core processor and just 2GB RAM. This means that you will be getting an entry-level kind of performance. It will be limited to just running basic apps and very light gaming at best.

Regarding the camera, there’s the 8MP primary camera which is again fundamental stuff. But it becomes slightly better with the X1 as there’s the 8MP selfie camera with LED flash. And that’s about the only thing great about this smartphone.

Storage-wise, the X1 provides just 16GB of internal storage which is just nice. You will require more space sooner or later. Therefore the expansion slot can accommodate up to a maximum of 256GB.

The latest Android Nougat 7.0 operating system is accompanying the X1’s release which is great. This could help to boost the performance by a little bit.

With a 3000 mAh battery supplying juice to the X1, it should have no trouble to power up the smartphone for at least a full day in between charging.


Gionee X1 is the first of many in this new lineup, although it is a rather disappointing debut. The only thing unique that the Chinese company is offering is on its 8MP selfie camera with LED flash. But even then, there are a lot of other options for you at this price point.

Gionee X1 had just been released for approximately 8,999 Indian Rupee or ~$139 USD. It is available in Black, Gray and Gold colour.

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