Gionee on Monday launched the Marathon M5 Plus smartphone at an event held in Dongguan, China. The company said the Marathon M5 Plus is an upgrade over the Marathon M5, which it launched in June 2015.
The Gionee Marathon M5 Plus has been priced at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 24,990) and will be available in China from December 25, 2015. The company also announced a price cut in China for the M5 smartphone. The M5 has now been priced at CNY 1,999 (roughly Rs. 19,990) in China. India pricing and availability have not yet been revealed.
Readers should note that this product has been launched in China and its India variant may have slightly different hardware and software specifications, according to Gionee.
The big selling point of the Gionee Marathon M5 Plus touted by the company is the smartphone’s long battery life. While the Marathon M5 Plus features a smaller 5020mAh battery when compared to the Marathon M5, Gionee claims that it has optimised the battery to reduce the drop in its capacity over time. The company claims that the Marathon M5 Plus’ battery retains 90 percent (4500mAh) of its original capacity after 600 charging cycles. Gionee says this translates to roughly 2 years of use.
Gionee claims that it has worked on reducing power consumption on the software level as well. The smartphone will alert users about apps that drain the smartphone’s battery. Gionee also touted the Marathon M5 Plus’ fast charging ability, claiming that it can be charged from zero to 100 percent in 117 minutes. It said this smartphone features double charging chips that allow users to charge it quickly without overheating. The Marathon M5 Plus has a metal body. Gionee says the battery is covered with a stainless steel cover for a sturdier build.