Gionee Marathon M5

In a press conference in Bangalore, Gionee announced the Marathon M5 in India. The smartphone debuted in China earlier this year for CNY 2,299 ($360).

Gionee Marathon M5's claim to fame is its long battery life. The smartphone packs two 3,010mAh batteries, taking the total to a whopping 6,020mAh. Gionee claims that the batteries should last up to 4 days on a single charge on light to moderate usage. Also, an extreme mode can boost standby time — when the battery is down to 5 percent —to 62 hours. The phone supports reverse charging as well, which allows users to use the Marathon M5 as a power bank to charge other devices.

Powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM, the 5.5-inch HD device sports 16GB of inbuilt storage, expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card. The dual SIM smartphone runs on on Android 5.1 Lollipop and packs in a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.

Gionee Marathon M5 Specifications

Category Features
Operating system Android 5.1 Lollipop | Amigo UI
Display 5.5 inches HD (1280 x 720)
Processor 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor
Storage 16GB, expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card
Primary Camera 13MP with LED flash
Secondary Camera 5MP
Dimensions 152 x 76 x 8.55mm
Weight 214 grams

The Gionee Marathon M5 is available in three colors – white, gray, and gold – at a price of ₹17,999 ($271). The smartphone will be available exclusively on Flipkart. While the specs are sub-standard for a device in its price segment, as HTC has several Desire models that offer better hardware, the Marathon M5's standout feature is the massive battery.

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