The Gionee Marathon M4 - like other members of the Marathon series of smartphones - sports a large battery - 5000mAh battery in this case, which is perhaps the largest battery in a sub-Rs. 15,000 smartphone. Notably, the Marathon M3 smartphone, launched last year, also featured a 5000mAh battery. Other Marathon range handset includes the Gionee Marathon M2, which pack a 4200mAh battery. Another highlight of the smartphone is it supports 4G bands in India - TDD-LTE 2300MHz Band 40 and FDD-LTE 1800MHz Band 3.
The dual-SIM based Gionee Marathon M4 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop-based with the company's Amigo 3.0 UI on top. It comes with a 5-inch (720x1280 pixels) HD Super AMOLED display. The smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. It bears 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, while there is a secondary 5-megapixel front-facing camera also on board. The company claims that the 5000mAh battery can deliver up to 400 hours of standby time and 18 hours of talk time on 3G networks.
Apart from 4G, other connectivity options on the Gionee Marathon M4 include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, GPS/ A-GPS, and Bluetooth options. It measures 144.7x71.2x10.18mm and will be available in Black and White colours.
Commenting on the launch, Timir Baran Acharyya, GM, Gionee India said "Marathon M4 is a result of Gionee's consistent understanding of the rising demand for a device that not just looks great on the specs sheet, but also demonstrates an impeccable performance. Consumers today love to be connected on the go and are always on the lookout for powerful devices and M4 answers exactly that. With an exceptional battery life and powerful multimedia experience, M4 is sure to set the bar a notch higher."