Earlier in the day Gionee launched the M6S Plus smartphone in China. The device succeeds the last generation M6 and M6 Plus. While hardware wise it does not deviate much from its predecessors, the greatest change it brings is the EAL4+ certified encryption chip that guarantees added privacy and security of a users data.
The phablet class smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 653 octa-core SoC coupled with an Adreno 510 GPU. Gionee has provisioned the device with 6 GB of RAM and internal storage option up-to 256 GB with further expansion possible via microSD card. The display on the device is a 6-inch full-HD (1080 x1920) AMOLED panel again like its predecessors. For the rear camera, the M6S Plus has a 12-megapixel sensor with a dual-LED flash and an f/1.9 aperture. Selfie duties are handled with an 8-megapixel sensor up-front with an f/2.0 aperture. To power all this hardware the device sports a humongous 6020mAh non-removable battery with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 standard. The smartphone runs on Amigo OS 3.5 which is based on Android, v.6.0, Marshmallow.
For hardware inter-connectivity and recharging purposes the M6S Plus has a microUSB 2.0 slot with 3.5mm audio jack. For connectivity the phone is a dual-SIM unit with support for 4G VoLTE, WiFi up-to standard n, Bluetooth v.4.0 and GPS. The device also features an X9 LTE modem that allows download speeds of up-to 300Mbps and upload speeds of up-to 150Mbps. The device has been priced at ¥3,499 (~$510) for the 64 GB internal storage base variant and the 256 GB storage variant comes in at ¥4,299 (~$625) with pre-orders being taken by Chinese e-retailer JD.com with sale and availability commencing from May 2nd. Although this makes the M6S Plus a rather expensive proposition for the specifications on offer, the presence of a strong encryption feature, a large display and a gargantuan battery for extended standby times.
As of now the device will be exclusive to the Chinese market with no word of its launch elsewhere. For the latest in the world of Android, do follow us on our social media.