Gionee S11 Lite
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About the Phone
The Gionee S11 Lite is all about the glamorous looks, long-lasting battery, but then many features stand out poorly as a whole. Here’s a detailed set of pros and cons:
- Super Sleek Design (the bling!)
- Fast Snapdragon processor
- Good Battery Longevity
- Plenty of memory
- Not so good display
- Disappointing cameras
- Fingerprint magnet rear design
- No matter how shiny, it is still plastic
Well, the Gionee S11 Lite can, at many times, not turn out to be the first choice of premium users because all of its strength lies on the surface and not much on the inside – giving its software a very little thought. However, if you’re looking for a phone which works fine for short periods and looks more than just fine, then this phone can work out pretty well with you.
The S11 Lite flaunts a 5.7 inch IPS multi-touch capacitive screen having an aspect ratio of 18:9 and with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels for a crisp viewing experience. And of course, the super glossy plastic rear end, the rounded edges and the fingerprint sensor all leading up to a whopping premium look. This device comes with a Snapdragon 430 processor working with 4GB RAM at 1.4 GHz and running on Android 7.1 (Nougat), it has an internal memory of 32GB that can be further extended up to 256GB. Featuring a pair of dual rear cameras and a front camera of 13MP+2MP and 16MP respectively, the S11 Lite indeed feels light weighing just over 141 grams.
With a battery capacity of 3,030mAh, this device also supports multiple connectivity options like GPRS, EDGE, 3G, 4G, VoLTE, Wifi, Bluetooth v4.0 among all others. This device is primarily targeted for the offline buyers and can be found in Black, Dark Blue, Gold colour options at INR 8,189/- on Amazon.
The Gionee S11 scores high when it comes to the shiny rear design and its premium finish – till you hold it and realise it is made up of plastic camouflaged as glass. Later, the very same glossy rear turns to a fingerprint magnet and spoils the entire vibe. The phone comes with a dimension of 153.8 x 72.59 x 7.9 mm and weighing just above 141 grams. The thin bezels at the front as well as the small and lightweight power and volume buttons jabbed in the corner, makes the smartphone look minimalist. However, as the buttons are both of equal sizes, it takes a proper look before knowing which is what.
This phone has a 5.7-inch Color IPS screen integrated with 16M colours and Multi-touch capacitive display. The 18:9 aspect ratio enhances the viewing experience at the prompt resolution on 720 x 1440 pixels, but when compared to its competitors that sells cheaper phones at Full HD displays currently.
Powered by an Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 Processor at 1.4GHz and 4GB RAM, this device works well for the generic usage, while the 3D games and videos might take loader loading time. It also features an Adreno 505 GPU to keep a smooth interface for multitasking. So, if you’re an avid gamer, this phone might give you a hard time to keep up with the running times. Another bummer is that it works on Android 7.1 (Nougat) instead of the original Android Oreo in the time of its release.
With a 13MP+2MP set of rear cameras and 16MP selfies cameras with several additional features like the Face Detection, Geo Tagging, etc. can work quite well for a lot of users. But, having said that the image quality of this phone doesn’t do much good in terms of clarity and noise cancellation in comparison to its competitors, which is a real dealbreaker. The Auto HDR mode tends to make the photos overexposed as well as the Macro mode makes it oversaturated. This S11 Lite can also record Full HD videos at 1080p at 30fps and comes with accompanying LED flash.
One of the strong points for this phone would be the non-removable 3,030 mAh Li-ion battery that delivers at least 12-14 hours of backup after extreme usage. So, if you travel every day or don’t like to get your phone charged now and then, the S11 Lite won’t bother you at all.
Just like it is said before, Gionee S11 starts strong with its impressive looks and good battery power but then due to some significant missouts in the software and camera, this phone couldn’t keep up with the pace of its competitors even after having the advantage of coming out late and using recent technologies to outperform them. Overall, this phone isn’t too bad at all for a buy but seems pretty neglected in its make except its exterior beauty.