While most of us were still recovering from our holiday dinner and activities, Gionee in China was launching a new smartphone earlier this morning. The Gionee M2017, which was leaked earlier in November, is now official, and its biggest feature is its huge battery.
The Gionee M2017 actually has two 3,500mAh batteries inside, giving the smartphone a total battery size of 7,000mAh. Gionee claims this will give the phone up to nearly 26 hours of continuous video playback. The 5.7-inch phone has a display resolution of 2560 x 1440, and inside sports 6GB of RAM, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.
The Gionee M2017 also has dual rear camera lenses, with one with a 12MP sensor and the other with 13MP. It also has an 8MP front-facing camera and a fingerprint sensor. Two features this phone does not have are a microSD card slot or a 3.5mm headphone jack, but it does include a cool looking leather back panel.
There will be two versions of the Gionee M2017 sold in China. One has 128GB of on-board storage for Yuan 6999 (about $1,007) while the version with 256GB of storage is priced at Yuan 6,999 (about $2,446). Obviously, with those kinds of prices, this phone is being made for a very select crowd of consumers. There’s no word on when or if the Gionee M2017 will be released outside of China.