Gionee Steel 2, today became the Chinese brand’s first smartphone to go official this year. The latest budget smartphone is a part of its China-exclusive ‘Steel’ series. As expected by its name, the compact budget device indeed comes with a metal unibody design and packs a large battery on the inside.
Up front, the Gionee Steel 2 packs a 5-inch HD display flanked by black borders to give the smartphone a bezel-free look. Below the display lies a rectangular home button which apparently houses a fingerprint sensor and two capacitive keys. Powering, the Gionee Steel 2 is a Mediatek MT6737 quad core processor with cores clocked at 1.3GHz each. This is again clubbed with a Mali T720 GPU and 3GB RAM. Coming to storage, the Gionee Steel 2 comes in two variants – 16GB and 32GB. That said, there’s room for memory expansion upto 128GB.
Talking of the cameras, the Gionee Steel 2 packs an 8MP rear sensor with LED flash. In an interesting design cue, Gionee has made use of a black glass strip to flank the camera module and the flash. This however makes the back of the smartphone looks eerily similar to the Huawei P9. The Gionee Steel 2 also packs a 5MP front facing shooter for selfies. Coming to the battery, the budget smartphone features a large 4,000mAh non-removable Li-ion cell on the inside.
The dual SIM smartphone comes with support for 4G VoLTE. The rest of the connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n. The Gionee Steel 2 runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0 and comes in Gold and Black colors. As for the pricing, Gionee has marked the smartphones at 1299 Yuan (Rs 12,748/$187 approx.) It now available for sale in China. With that said, we highly doubt whether this smartphone would ever make it to the Indian shores.
Gionee Steel 2 Specifications
- 5 inch HD (1,280 x 720p) LCD Display
- 1.3GHz quad core Mediatek MT6737 processor with Mali T720 GPU
- 3GB RAM
- 16GB/32GB Internal Storage + Upto 128GB of External Storage via MicroSD card
- 8MP Rear Camera with LED Flash
- 5MP Front Camera
- Fingerprint Sensor, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS
- 4,000mAh Battery
- Dual SIM with 4G VoLTE support
- Android Marshmallow 6.0 with Amigo 3.5 UI
- Colors: Black, Gold