In January, after the success of the M5, the company Marathon M5 Lite smart fone launched, In the specifications and features of this smartphone, we get a glimpse of the old M4 except for the new Android version given in it and some new internal features. Is Gionee’s Marathon M5 Lite a worth buying phone? Today we will review this smartphone of Gionee.
look and design
When it comes to the beauty of the Marathon M5 Lite smartphone, it is definitely better than the older Marathon smartphone. The phone is thinner than before and comes in a new color which gives it a more premium look. Although the phone is a bit heavy.
This Gionee smartphone has a 5-inch HD IPS display and Dragontrail glass has been used to strengthen it. The pixel density of the screen is 300 ppi, due to which pictures and text look sharp without scattered. Gionee has once again disappointed by not giving a backlight to the notification LED and capacitive buttons.
Power and volume buttons are given on the right side of the phone, which makes the phone comfortable to hold in hand. But if you hold the phone from the side, then there is a fear of it slipping, although the phone can be easily grabbed from the rear. The rear cover of the phone is removable but the battery is not. The phone has two Micro-SIM slots with 4G support. There is also a separate microSD card slot from which the phone’s storage can be expanded up to 128 GB.
The Gionee Marathon M5 Lite comes with a charger, USB cable, screen guard, case and some instruction manuals. The accessory that comes with the phone looks very poor and it is not as good as the one that comes with the Marathon M4 and M5. The phone does not support fast charging and the 5W charger that comes with it is not suitable for the big battery given in it.
Specifications and software
Like Gionee’s Marathon M5 smartphone, the Marathon M5 Lite is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Considering the price difference of both the phones, these specifications can be called good. Apart from this, features like Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG, FM radio, Miracast and GPS are also the same in both the phones. The phone has a 4000 mAh battery which is promised to last for several days.
Marathon M5 Lite runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with Gionee Amigo 3.1 skin on top.
The phone has a single layer stock launcher from which the transition effect of the icons on the home screen can be customized. It would have been better if Gionee had given some other option other than going to the settings menu to change the wallpaper on the home screen. Quick Settings can be accessed from Control Center. The Settings app also has a Smart Gesture feature that lets you control media (photos and videos) and web browsing without touching it just by moving the phone.
Most of the pre-installed apps on the phone can be removed. WPS Office, TouchPal 2015, DU Speed Booster, UC Browser and other trial games can be deleted.
Going by the specifications of the phone, it should come as no surprise that most things run smoothly with the M5 Lite. The general app performance and multitasking in the phone is excellent. The user always has 1.6 GB RAM to use. 4G works fine in the smartphone and the phone gets very little hot during normal use.
3D games like Dead Trigger 2 and Sky Safari 2 can be played smoothly in the phone without any problem. The phone’s figures were excellent in the benchmark test as well.
The phone’s multimedia support is also good, the phone’s stock video player also plays high quality video files smoothly. Apart from this, the video player is equipped with DTS audio. The rear mono speaker provided in the phone provides great loud audio for music and videos. The headset that comes with the phone does not provide good audio quality and is also not fit to wear.
While taking pictures with the rear camera of the phone, we got to see a little problem. Colors get greatly exaggerated in close up shots taken with the phone. Pictures look good in the phone’s display but when zoomed in on the big screen, the lack of detail and sharpness can be clearly seen in them. Different types of pictures can be taken from the shooting mode, Pro mode given in the camera app. Photos taken in low light also lacked detailing and autofocus.
Video recording of 1080 pixels can be done with the camera, which cannot be called bad considering the software of the phone. In good light, the front camera of the phone can take good selfies.
The most important feature of the Marathon series of smartphones is the battery life. However, the battery of the M5 Lite smartphone does not last as well as we had expected. In our video loop test, the phone’s battery lasted for 11 hours and 47 minutes, while the battery lasted for a day and a half during normal use. Battery performance is good but considering the Marathon series of smartphones, we expected much better battery life. Oppo R7 Lite (Review) The 2320 mAh battery lasted much longer in our video loop test.
We were saddened the most about the charging of this big battery, which the charger that came with the phone is able to do a full charge in about four hours.
With a price tag of Rs 12,999, the Marathon M5 Lite is expensive in terms of its overall performance. If such battery life is available at this price, we would recommend buying the old Marathon M4 only. Apart from the look of the phone, hardly any major change can grab your attention.
Apart from the slim and better looking body of the phone and the battery that lasts all day, then there is nothing special in the phone. The accessory that comes with the phone is also much worse than the previous Marathon smartphones.
Gionee recently followed the M5 Lite in the Marathon series. M5 Mini Too launched, Instead of the huge success of any one phone, the company has launched several Marathon M5 variants in the market. We feel that the company needs to rethink and develop good features in the smartphone according to the user.