Gionee P7 Review: A Budget Phone Not Worth To Buy

Gionee P7 is a budget smartphone from Gionee under 10k. Gionee is one of the few Chinese companies in India those are selling their phones offline as well online. The offline marketing really helps Gionee to reach their phone in the reach of people’s those still not prefer to buy the mobile online. If we see few years before, the Android phones with good features were quite expensive but the companies such as Gionee, Xiamoi, Coolpad, Lenovo, and more,  have changed this trend now. Now budget range smartphones are possessed high-end features like fingerprint sensor, Dual camera(Best Dual camera under Rs 15000), and metal body along good performance. Gionee is known for its premium segment smartphone with great battery backup & big screen like Gionee Marathon. One more thing the Gionee’s phones are easily available in the market unlike the Xiaomi, Coolpad and some other companies which are mostly available online and are often out of stock. The Gionee P7 price in India is Rs 9,999 and under 10k it going to stand against some most popular budget smartphones in India such as Xiaomi Redmi 3S, Redmi Note 3 &4, Moto G4 Play, Coolpad Note 3S, and Lenovo K6 Power.

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So, let’s see the Gionee P7 Review in detail to find out where it stands against its top budget competitor smartphones.

What do you get in the Gionee P7 Box?
The Gionee P7 comes in three colors: Black, White, and Gold. After unboxing Gionee P7, what we got inside the box are as follow:

  • Gionee P7 Handset
  • Gionee P7 2300mAh Battery(Removable)
  • Micro- USB 2.0 USB Cable
  • Charger 5V
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Silicon Back cover
  • Warranty Card

Gionee P7 unboxing

Gionee P7 Design and Build

The design of Gionee P7 is not unique but looks attractive little bit due to its glossy panel. The Gionee P7 we got for review was gray in color from back side and edges, while the front side is complete in black. The phone completely has a good quality plastic body and glossy finished all around. The Glossy panel looks attractive but also prone to fingerprints.

Gionee P7 smartphone glossy back

The back side is comprised of Camera, LED flash, Gionee’s Logo in a vertical symmetry and speaker grills at the bottom. The back cover is removable, under it back cover you will find SIM 1 + micrSD at lift side and SIM card 2 slots at the right side of the back. The removable 2300mAh battery is just placed under the SIM card slots. Gionee P7 has slightly curved edges which give it a well-rounded shape that makes it easy to hold.

Gionee P7 review inside back cover

Coming to its front side, it has three capacitive buttons below the display which aren’t backlit. The upper portion of the display uses the left side of the earpiece for the front camera & notification LED while the right side is for Light Sensor. The micro-USB port is placed at the bottom and the 3.5mm jack is at the top. For power button and volume rockers, they use its right side. Overall the phone designs in very generic way but the build quality is good. If you are not a fond of removable battery then the Redmi Note 4 is a better option than P7, it has metal design and well built too.

Gionee P7 Review: Video


Gionee P7 Display Review

The 5.0-inch display has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and 294 ppi. The color reproduction of the display is good but the viewing angles of the phone are not great, therefore colors shift can be seen while tilting the phone. The Bezels around the display are thick and also very reflective which gives you some trouble using it under direct sunlight. The Redmi 3S also has HD display but that look much good than Gionee P7. Overall the display is good for day to day usage.

Gionee P7 Camera Review: Average

Gionee P7 Camera has 8MP rear camera auto focus is very good and colors it captured are natural but looks little but fade out. Also, the detailing part is missing somewhere. The images captured in the low light have come noise.
The P7 camera app has Pro mode that allows you to capture the images by adjusting the ISO, White balance, Focus, and Shutter. Beside manual mode, it offers different modes such as beauty mode, night, panorama, time-lapse, GIF, and HDR including live filters. About selfies, there is a 5MP camera and it is good to capture selfies in a good amount of light.


Sample Images in the Day Light

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Low Light Image

Gionee P7 camera review low light

Gionee P7 Performance and Software

The Gionee P7 has an Amigo 3.2.0 UI on the top Android 6.0 Marshmallow. There is no app drawer and its shortcut setting panel access is same like iPhone by swiping from the bottom. The notification can access by swiping down from the top. After updating the software, we got a new panic button feature that triggers the emergency call by pressing the power button three times. Hers are some features you get in Gionee P7 : WLAN Direct, Auto Call Record, Mobile Anti-Theft, Compass,Tethering & Hotspot , Theme Park, Mood Wallpaper, Gstore, Chameleon, Eco Mode, Ami Locker, Child Mode, Abroad Service, OTG Support, Smart Gesture (Pause Alarm, Black Screen Gesture, Smart Vibration Reminder, Smart Bright Screen, Double Click Wake).

Under the hood of Gionee P7, the device is powered by MediaTek MT6735 1.3GHz Quad-core processor and Mali-T720 GPU coupled with 2GB RAM. For storage, it has 16 GB along dedicated microSD card slot to expand the memory up to 128GB. The smartphone can run all day to day apps easily but after opening 10-12 apps in the background like Facebook, Instagram and other apps the smartphone show some lag. Overall multitasking experience is average.

We played Asphalt 8 game on this phone and there is no lag on the phone while gaming but, yes, there is some heating issue during gameplay and camera usage. The gaming experience was not too much great but it is expectable.  You can see in the Software review video of Gionee P7 to judge the software performance.

Gionee P7 Software Review

If you talk about security then all Gionee P7 competitive phones have fingerprint sensor but P7 doesn’t come with a fingerprint sensor. Also, the device gives 16GB internal memory out of which the only 9Gb is available for users. But thankfully the microSD card slot is here that can expand the memory up to 128GB.  The device works very well in our basic usage such text, YouTube, calling and browsing.

Gionee P7 Battery life

The Gionee P7 battery is 2300mAh that gives us  4 hours and 55 minutes in our video loop test. The result we got is not good if you considering the other phones available in the market in the same price range. If you are a moderate user then the phone can easily stand for a day. But if you are a multitasker who uses the phone for gaming, video watching and average call flow then we advise you to carry your charger or power bank with you. Right now most of the popular smartphone manufacturers offer almost double battery capacity compared to Gionee P7, for example, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.

Gionee P7 Review Synopsis

Gionee P7 is not worth to consider if you are looking for a phone around Rs 10,000. The performance, features, and camera wise the phone stand nowhere in front of its competitors. In the bracket of Rs 10000 the smartphones you can consider are Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Redmi 3S, Coolpad Note and Lenovo K6 Power, moreover, if you want a good smartphone under Rs 10,000 then the Moto G-Play is could be the one option.

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