No matter how big the battery on any smartphone, it degrades over time. If your smartphone lasts a whole day on a single charge when it’s fresh out of its box, then one year later its battery life will be significantly less. The Gionee Marathon M5 Plus, which the company unveiled at a special event in Dongguan, China this week, tries to solve this problem. Gionee claims that the smartphone’s battery will retain 90 percent of its capacity after 600 charging cycles, which translates to roughly two years of use.
This explains why the Gionee Marathon M5 Plus has a slightly lower capacity 5020mAh battery, when compared to the 6020mAh battery if the Gionee Marathon M5 (Review | Pictures). The “Plus” moniker has more to do with its larger screen and longer-lasting battery, according to Gionee. In a world wherean Android smartphone with a humongous 10000mAh battery isn’t impossible, the Marathon series’ battery capacity doesn’t seem excessive.
The biggest challenge for Gionee’s Marathon series is to ensure that the devices aren’t too bulky or heavy for people to use. At 208g, the Marathon M5 Plus is lighter than the M5. Even though it will feel very heavy to those used to ultra-light phones, most phablet users won’t find the weight unbearable. The tradeoff is battery life, so those who buy this smartphone should not expect it to be a featherweight.
The Marathon M5 Plus has a metal body, which lends it a sturdy, premium feel. On the right are the power and volume buttons, along with a tray for two SIM cards and a microSD card. The buttons are also made of metal, which is a plus.