Gionee recently launched the successor of its highest selling phone, the F103, with the F103 Pro. Priced at Rs 18,999, the F103 Pro offers some decent hardware with elegant design and build quality — all the while keeping the price competitive. Let’s find out if the phone is worth all your money.
Design: The Gionee F103 Pro is one of the best-looking phones for the price. It sports a metallic frame with a removable plastic back. It’s light at 142 gms and maintains reasonable thickness at 8.5mm. The design is ergonomic and feels comfortable with a slightly curved body and a 2.5D curved screen
Display: The Gionee F103 Pro comes with a 5-inch IPS display with HD resolution delivering a pixel density of 294ppi. The touch is responsive, the contrast and viewing angles are decent, and most importantly offers accurate colour reproduction. The brightness, however, is slightly dim with average sunlight legibility.
Software: While most of the midrange phones are still on Lollipop, the F103 Pro runs on the latest Android OS Marshmallow 6.0 with battery saving doze mode, app permission features et cetera. It also features Amigo UI 3.2 layered on top of Android. It has a lot of features, while most of them are useful some are gimmicky.
Performance: The Gionee F103 Pro is one of the few phones under Rs 20,000 to feature a whopping 3GB RAM. Coupled with 1.3 GHz 64 bit quad-core MT6735 processor, the performance is smooth while browsing, chatting and multitasking. You can play high-end games on medium to low settings with ease, but the phone tends to heat up after longer playtime. Overall, the phone performs fairly well for the price.
Camera: The phone sports a 13MP rear camera with LED flash which is decent in my opinion. It takes above average photos during daylight with sufficient detail while zooming. The noise level increases during low light conditions. On the software side, the camera offers HDR, face beauty, panorama and even a professional mode is baked into it with which you can change the aperture, ISO, and shutter speed to your liking.
The Front Facing camera is the highlight of this smartphone as the 5MP shooter is capable of taking excellent selfies.
Connectivity: The F103 Pro supports two SIM card with first SIM supporting 4G LTE (GSM) and the second SIM supporting 3G (GSM/CDMA). Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
Battery: The phone boasts a 2400mAh battery and combined with energy efficient 64-bit processor and lower resolution 5-inch display, the battery life is adequate. During my test, the phone lasted for a whole day before requiring a charge in the evening. It has 3-4 hours of onscreen time and takes two hours to charge from 0 to 100 % since it lacks quick charge technology. But, a power hungry user can get an extra battery pack since the phone features a user replaceable battery.
Conclusion: Flagships are the best, but not everyone has the budget to get one and certainly not everyone needs flagship grade performance. At a fraction of the price, you can have the Gionee F103 Pro and you will not miss out on too much. It ticks many boxes when it comes to build quality, display, performance, camera, and overall value for money.
Overall Score: 4.4/5
Software UI: 4/5
The author is the co-founder of a tech review website, Gadgetbyte Nepal. He is an Electronics Engineering graduate and a tech enthusiast.
A version of this article appears in print on August 08, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.