Gionee last month launched its Marathon M5 smartphone and it is set to launch a bumped-up version, called Marathon M5 Plus on December 21. However, to everyone's surprise the company has launched Gionee Marathon M5 Lite in China. The smartphone is listed on the company's shopping website priced at CNY 999 (roughly Rs. 10,000).
Like other members of the Marathon series, the highlight of the Gionee Marathon M5 Lite is its big battery. It is backed by a 4000mAh Li-Po battery, which is rated to deliver up to 40 hours of talk time, 68 hours of music playback, 3 days of regular use and 39 days of standby time. The handset can charge other smartphones as well.
The Gionee Marathon M5 Lite runs Amigo 3.0 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop, and is a dual-SIM dual standby smartphone with 4G LTE connectivity(Indian bands supported). It features a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixel) IPS display with pixel density of 293 ppi, and is powered by a 64-bit 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 SoC, clubbed with 1GB RAM and Mali-T720 GPU.
The smartphone sports 16GB of built-in storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 128GB). It features an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with CMOS sensor and LED-flash, and a 5-megapixel front camera, as per the listing. Measuring 143x69.9x8.5mm, the Marathon M5 Lite weighs 182 grams.
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As for connectivity, the Gionee Marathon M5 Lite includes Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Wi-Fi, and MicroUSB connectivity. Ambient light sensor, gravity sensor, and proximity sensors also come housed inside the Marathon M5 Lite. As per the company, the smartphone is made of aviation-grade aluminium alloy. There's no word yet on India price or availability.