Gionee F103 Pro
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About the Phone
- It has excellent design and a compact feel.
- It performs consistently.
- Battery life isn’t satisfactory.
- The camera quality is average at best.
- The screen is reflective, and the display is dim.
The Gionee F103 Pro promises basic features that a phone in this price range can offer. If you’re looking for just that in a phone and nothing more, this phone will serve you well.
The F103 Pro starts at a price of Rs. 5,599 and comes in three variants – gold, grey and white. It has a battery capacity of 2400 mAh and has an internal storage of 16GB, with an expandable memory of up to 128GB with a micro-SD card.
The phone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and comes with 3GB of RAM. Connectivity options on the Gionee F103 Pro include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth v4.00, USB OTG, FM radio, 3G, and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India).
While the F103 had a glossy panel which left fingerprint marks on the body, the F103 Pro has a matte finish on the removable back panel giving its unibody a smart, metallic look. The back also has a slight curve to it, which makes it comfortable to hold in your palm. In the front Under the screen are the three Android buttons which aren’t backlit. Above the screen lies the front camera next to the earpiece and a proximity sensor. The right side of the panel has the volume rocker buttons and the power button under it. The back of the phone has a rear camera and an LED flash. Under that is the circular Gionee logo and at the bottom of the phone is the company branding and a single speaker grille. The F103 Pro does not have a fingerprint scanner to unlock the phone, unlike its other competitors in the market.
The Gionee F103 Pro comes with a 5-inch LCD screen comes with a resolution of 1280x720p. While the resolution suffices for watching movies, viewing photos, web browsing and reading, it feels a bit dull with games. The display on the F103 Pro does a decent job overall, but its weaknesses outweigh its strengths. The display has good viewing angles, touch response and colour accuracy, but under sunlight, the screen is highly reflective, and the display seems a little dull even at full brightness. The maximum brightness we got was around 570 lux, which is still quite dim.
Although the display seems dull, this can’t be said about Amigo UI. The UI here pulls up from bottom quick toggles and the non-availability of an app drawer. The UI also includes an app called Chameleon Themes with which you can choose colours from your surroundings, and you can make a theme out of it.
The Gionee F103 Pro runs Amigo 3.2 based on Android 6.0. Though the device is powered by MediaTek 6735 quad-core processor with 3GB RAM, the F103 Pro delivers a very smooth performance overall. Although, when it came to multitasking or playing heavy games after 20 minutes or so, there was a slight lag and the phone started heating up slowly. The phone is capable of multitasking with 5 to 6 apps open, but any more than that and it’ll begin to lag.
The F103 Pro has a 5MP front camera and a 13MP rear camera with an LED flash. While the front-facing camera is adequate when it comes to clicking selfies and group photos, the rear camera quality isn’t impressive. Images clicked during the day look a little washed out, and noise is visible in some areas of the picture. When it comes to clicking low-light photos, the noise increases and the photo quality further deteriorates.
The Gionee F103 Pro has the same 2400mAh battery, as on the original F103. On testing, we found that the battery will only last you from morning to evening. Even if you aren’t a gamer and are using essential apps for texting and social media, the phone will require a second charge by the end of the day.
The Gionee F103 Pro is a good-looking device, just like the F103. The phone features an exquisite design, which gives a premium look and feel to it. However, the F103 Pro fails to outdo other phones such as Redmi Note 3, LeEco Le 2 and Meizu M3 Note even with the most basic features, let alone the more current ones. The battery life is not up to the mark, and neither is the camera quality.