Gionee S6s User Review: A Decent Smartphone With Great Selfie Camera!
Gionee S6s is another addition to the Gionee ‘S’ series and interestingly Gionee has priced this phone much above the price tag of Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Honor 5x, LeEco Le 2, Vivo V3, Lenovo Vibe K5 Note, Moto X Play, Asus Zenfone 6, and even Samsung Galaxy J5 and J7. We all know how these phones perform, especially the immensely popular Redmi Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy J7.
I have been using the Gionee S6s for more than 3 weeks to share its detailed review with you guys. The review focuses on sharing the performance and feel of the S6s that you would get if you were to buy it.
As you would know by now, the Gionee S6s is advertised as ‘S6s with Selfie Flash’ for laying focus on its USP, which is the 8 MP selfie-front-camera having 1.4 micro meter pixel size and accompanied by a front LED flash.
The S6s is priced at Rs. 17,999 on Gionee’s official website and is available on Amazon too.
Gionee S6s has a unibody aluminum design with a matte finish. You may think that this is nothing new as almost all phones in this price bracket sans Samsung, LG, and Motorola come with unibody design but the S6s is different.
The phone has round edges which improves the grip and comes with a distinctive design. One could easily tell that this is the S6s just by looking at it from the front. The back side sports Gionee logo with a mirror finish along with the circular bezel housing the fingerprint scanner. There is a single LED flash, and the 13 MP camera surrounded by their respective circular bezel too.
The S6s has a diamond-cut finish bezel running around it just like the other phones in this price segment. The micro-USB port and the 3.5 mm audio jack is located at the bottom while the SIM slots (micro + hybrid nano) are located at the left side leaving the right side to flank the power button and the volume rocker.
The front of the phone sports a 2.5D curved scratch-resistant glass imparting the phone a lovely look. This is one feature that makes the Gionee S6s stand out amongst the crowd.
The S6s boasts a 5.5 inch IPS full HD display protected with a curved glass. The display is sharp to look at and renders vibrant colours while offering a great sunlight viewing experience. The curved glass and unibody definitely give it a premium feel.
The phone supports auto-brightness too along with ‘economical backlight’ feature to conserve power. However the horizontal viewing angles are just above average, but this shouldn’t be a problem unless you watch too many videos in groups.
User Interface, Memory, and Storage
The phone runs on Gionee’s own Amigo 3.2 OS running on top of Android Marshmallow 6.0 and June 2016 security update out-of-the-box. The Amigo OS has a very simple interface and you will get used to it within no time.
The Amigo OS allows for tweaking the notifications and supports quite a few smart gestures like flip to pause alarm, black screen gestures, smart bright screen, double click wakeup, etc.
S6s also comes pre-installed apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Hotoday, Messenger, Swiftkey, True Caller, Instagram, and many more.
The S6s has 32 GB internal storage out of which about 23 GB is available on first boot. It also supports expandable memory up to 128 GB via hybrid card slot. The phone also features 3 GB RAM which should enable liquid smooth multi-tasking but we will get to that in the next section.
Gionee S6s is powered by a MediaTek MTK 6753 1.3 GHz octa-core processor. The phone is coupled with 3 GB and runs smooth for basic operations however I did encounter a few minor lags here and there while multi-tasking. Other than this, all the apps open quickly and even the games run fine. An average user won’t notice any delay!
Talking about audio performance, the loudspeaker volume is just average but the sound quality is really good. The call and connection quality is also good with the gripe that the earpiece volume is really low. There were times when I had to press the phone hard against my ear so I could hear the other person on the line.
S6s features a 13MP f/2.0 rear camera having Sony IMX258 sensor based on a 5P lens setup. The camera supports PD-AF and has various modes to help you capture every shot with ease. Some of these modes are Panorama, Slow motion, Night, Time-lapse, Text recognition, HDR, Professional, Ultra pixel, PicNote, Smart Scan, GIF (up to 6s), etc.
Besides these modes, I wouldn’t say that I was impressed by the photos captured by this phone especially considering its price tag. The ‘Ultra pixel’ mode can help you capture more details to a certain extent but that is still not enough to justify its Rs. 17,999 price tag.
The front camera on the other hand is what makes the phone worth it. The selfie 8 MP camera is complemented by an LED flash as well as screen flash for taking well-lit selfies even during night.
The selfies come out sharp and capture a lot of details. This quality is enough to make every selfie lover buy it.
Night Shot 1
Night Shot 2
Night Shot 3
The Super Selfie
Smart Scene Mode
Great battery backup is another good thing about Gionee S6s. It is equipped with a large 3150 mAh Li-Po battery. Gionee claims the phone to have up to 400h of standby time on 2G, 394h on 3G, and 198h on 4G. I have been using 4G on my phone and the battery lasts very easily for a day.
My usage involved lots of browsing and gaming on WiFi, voice calls up to 30 mins, and somewhat lesser internet usage on 4G data. If you want even better battery backup then you can try ‘Power saving mode’ in the Power Manager.
To sum up, I would say that the Gionee S6s is a decent phone – It may not be the best phone that you buy under Rs. 18,000, but it shines in places where it is intended to.
Buy Gionee S6s if you want a phone with great premium looks, excellent selfie camera, and full day battery backup. Avoid it if you are looking for a simple value-for-money phone.