Our first encounter with the Gionee A1 was a story out of the movies. Let’s just say it was love at first sight. We had seen pictures…

Gionee A1 Hands-on, First Impressions, and Photos

Our first encounter with the Gionee A1 was a story out of the movies. Let’s just say it was love at first sight. We had seen pictures of the A1 online and read all of Gionee’s marketing. Nothing prepared us for the experience. Our first response was shock-filled surprise.


Gionee A1 Hands-on

There was no way the beautiful black slab we were looking at and touching was a Gionee smartphone. We have seen and held quite a number of Gionee mobile devices, but none ever came close to the delicious treat that the A1 is.

We love the curved edges and corners and the smooth, elegant lines and finishing. The clear, vivid 5.5-inch 2.5D display with Gorilla Glass 3 warmed itself into our hearts instantly. The front fingerprint sensor that is built into the Home button, similar to the iPhone, works fine. And the smooth, buttery flow of the UI is just what the doctor ordered. It all felt too good to be true, so we got more people to have a look at the phone.


It Wasn’t Just Us

Their responses to it were similar to ours. Everyone expressed first surprise and delight. Some have compared its look and feel to that of the gorgeous Galaxy S8. See our Samsung Galaxy S8 hands-on review. While, there are differences in the design languages of both phones, we do see their point with that comparison.

Beyond the looks and feel, the A1 is equipped with a 2.0 GHz Helio P10 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB internal storage, and a hefty 4010 mAh battery. There is 18W fast charge too, so it gets topped up quite fast. We must not forget that there is an infra-red blaster for controlling your home and office appliances. In simple terms, the Gionee A1 is a comprehensive package.


Gionee A1 Photos

We shot a few pictures of the Gionee A1 just for your delight. Have a look:

Gionee A1 Hands-on box

Gionee A1 full on table

Gionee A1 bottom perspective

Gionee A1 top screen

Gionee A1 lockscreen bottom

Gionee A1 back

Gionee A1 USB port and grilles


The Gionee A1 has a 16 megapixel front-facing camera that the manufacturer is touting as excellent for selfies. We will have to find out how good it is. The main camera is a 13 megapixel snapper. In terms of software, you have the very latest – Android 7 Nougat – running underneath Gionee’s Amigo user interface. And Amigo here is very smooth and refined.

That’s all we have in our Gionee A1 Hands-on. Our Gionee A1 review will be published soon, of course, so do not go away. In the meantime, if you haven’t seen the specs, have a look HERE. The A1 is a welcome surprise from Gionee. We are certainly impressed. Stick around.

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Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi's journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.

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