Gionee on yesterday been Monday unveiled its new S8 flagship smartphone at MWC in Barcelona, Spain. The company at the event also revealed its brand new logo and tagline that says, “Make Smiles.”
The Gionee S8 comes with 3D Touch (yes, the same name Apple uses) pressure sensitive display, one of the biggest highlights of the smartphone, and is expected to work same as the new iPhone models. The company says that the smartphone can recognize 3 levels of force including touch to select an app, tap to preview the content of an app, and press to run the app.
The Gionee S8 features a “loop” full-metal design. “Loop” here means that the antenna runs around the side of the phone. Unlike the LG G5, the S8 has traditional antenna lines, but they are painted to perfectly match the rest of the body.
The S8 camera comes with a 16MP front camera that’s geared towards low-light shooting. It has a bright f/1.8 aperture and a RWB sensor – that means the usual green pixels have been replaced with more sensitive white ones. Gionee promises a 40% boost in sensitivity and an 80% reduction in noise. There’s also Laser focus and Phase Detection AF.
The Gionee S8 is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 chipset (octa-core CPU) with huge memory – 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. And also features a 3,000mAh battery which can be fast charged at 18W (9V, 2A).
The smartphone supports 4G+ connectivity and dual-SIM (Micro-SIMs) functionality. Gionee at the launch said that the smartphone comes with ‘Dual WhatsApp’ and ‘Dual WeChat’ features, which means you can have two instances of WhatsApp open at once, associated with different accounts. The S8 runs Amigo 3.2 OS based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and has a fingerprint reader initiated on its Home key