we recently Marathon M4 To review Which broke all our battery life records in the video loop test. We are expecting even better performance from the Marathon M5. Gionee has included two batteries of 3010 mAh in this handset. Is the Marathon M5 the smartphone you need? Or just a power bank that has been given the title of a phone? Has Gionee removed all the shortcomings of its old version this time? Let’s know.
look and design
Metal and plastic have been used in the build of the Marathon M5 which makes it look strong and durable. If you hit someone on the head by aiming with this handset, then he is sure to faint! Gionee has managed to limit the thickness to 8.6 mm by increasing the length and width of this smartphone. However, the bigger battery makes the Gionee Marathon M5 heavier. It weighs 211 grams, possibly making it the heaviest smartphone out there to date.
The 5.5-inch AMOLED display is of low resolution, the company should have at least offered a full-HD display. Due to the low pixel density, pictures and text are not as sharp as they should be. The colors are more saturated. The front panel houses a 5-megapixel camera, Gorilla Glass 3 protection and capacitive navigation buttons. The microSD card slot is on the right and the two 4G micro-SIM slots are on the left.
In the rear, there is a 13-megapixel camera and a single LED flash. Along with the handset, you will get a charger, data cable, manual, screen guard and flip cover.
We are extremely happy that Gionee has made this handset thinner than the Marathon M4, but the weight gain was almost certain due to the bigger battery. Gionee has mentioned ‘on-the-go’ cable on its website. With its help, you can use Marathon M5 as a power bank. But it was not provided with our review device.
Specifications and software
MediaTek MT6735 chipset has been used in Marathon M5 like the old version. This time you will get 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of inbuilt storage. The smartphone has Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, FM radio and USB OTG features. Apart from this, you can use 4G network on both the SIM slots.
Marathon M5 will run on Amigo 3.1 user interface which is based on Android Lollipop 5.1. The interface is single-layered, due to which all the apps appear scattered on the page. Gionee has also provided some trial games and third party apps in the device, the good thing is that you can uninstall them.
With Gionee, you will get Peel Smart Remote, which means you can also use it for DTH at home. Apart from this, another interesting feature is Gionee Xander. With its help, you can connect your smartphone to another smartphone over Wi-Fi. However, this software should be installed on other smartphones as well. Now you can transfer files with its help. The specialty is that files can be shared much faster than Bluetooth.
The general interface and app performance is quite good. We did not have any such complaints during use. Swiping on the home screen went smoothly. There was no problem in playing games like Dead Trigger 2 on the phone. Call quality is also satisfactory and we did not have any complaints about call drops during use.
The only thing that can be said about the benchmark results is that they are not great, especially compared to other handsets available in this price range. However, you will not find any such reduction in the performance of the phone during use.
The M5 supports DTS Audio for stock music and video players.
The volume level is good for small rooms but due to the mono speaker, the sound coming from it is not very clear in large rooms. The headset that comes with the camera gives much better performance.
The 13-megapixel camera takes good pictures of landscape and macros in daylight. The details in the pictures are also good, even if you zoom in to see. Photos taken indoors in low light are noisy. Photos taken at night showed many flaws. Flash is helpful but not very helpful. The front camera can be called satisfactory as it does not have autofocus. You will be able to record videos of 1080 pixels resolution with this.
The camera interface is very clean and easy to use. Gionee has introduced Professional Mode in the interface, which lets you control ISO, white balance, exposure, shutter speed and focus.
Now the most important feature of Marathon M5 is battery life. The massive 6020 mAh battery lasted 25 hours 23 minutes in our video loop test. It broke M4’s record by a margin of 4 hours. In regular use, we could easily use this phone for 3-4 days without charging. The charger given by the company works to give power to the battery rapidly.
In terms of battery life, the Gionee Marathon M5 has no cut. At Rs 18,000, it is not too expensive when it gives you the freedom to use the charger for several days. This time Gionee has tried its best to make its product even better. The Marathon M5 is slimmer than its predecessor, but it does give the feeling of being bigger. Its display is good and the camera gives decent performance on most occasions. We feel the Gionee should have offered a full-HD screen, but that would have affected the battery life. Perhaps this may have been the reason for not doing so. On the other hand, the performance of the camera in low light is a bit weak. It is quite heavy and you might not like the Amigo UI.
If you are looking for great battery life then Gionee Marathon M5 is the best option for you. For more better options, you can wait for its next version.