Most of Chinese phone maker Gionee’s devices have been smartphones with decent specs and mid-range prices. But the company’s new M2017 is a high-end phone that only seems like a bargain when compared with luxury brands like Vertu.
That said, this ¥6,999 ($1,007) smartphone does have decent specs, a distinctive design, and 7,000 mAh worth of batteries (thanks to two separate 3,500 mAh batteries) for extra-long battery life.
The Gionee M2017 features a 5.7 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel curved AMOLED display, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, an 8MP front camera and dual rear cameras with an iPhone 7 Plus-like setup that gives you 2x optical zoom thanks to the lenses on the 12MP and 13MP cameras.
There’s a fingerprint sensor, dual SIM support, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, and a USB Type-C port, but no separate headphone jack or microSD card slot.
One odd choice? Gionee went with Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor, which seems a bit for a premium phone, since the chip isn’t quite as powerful as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor.
There’s also a special edition version of the Gionee M2017 with 256GB of RAM and Italian Alligator Leather on the back. That model is priced at ¥16,999 ($2,446).