Genuine ‘Flagship killer’ smartphones are a rare species, contrary to the claims of a lot of people. OnePlus started the trend with OnePlus One in 2014, but today there are several phones which are worthy of the title. LeEco Le Max 2, OnePlus 3 and now Lenovo Z2 Plus are some of the front runners.
Chinese phone maker Gionee’s latest smartphone S6 Pro, priced at Rs.23,999, is likely to be compared to the LeMax 2 which is also a big-screen phone and usually has a price tag of Rs.22,999. However, the Le Max 2 will be selling at a discounted price for Rs.17,999 from 1 October on LeEco’s official LeMall store, Amazon.in, Flipkart.com and Snapdeal.com, for a limited period.
And that does complicate matters as far as making a choice is concerned.
The S6 Pro has most of the features that are in vogue these days. It has a fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone, a USB Type-C connector for faster charging and faster data transfer. It also supports all 4G networks along with VoLTE calling. The other big highlight is the all-metal build which brings an element of solidity that phones with plastic body can’t match and adds a dash of premium quality to the phone. All this puts the S6 Pro on a par with the LeEco Le Max 2.
Clash of big screen
The Gionee smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1,920x1,080p and pixel density of 401 ppi. It also carries a layer of scratch-resistant Gorilla glass 3 over it. The LeEco Le Max 2 has an upper hand in terms of screen size and resolution. At 5.7 inch, its display is slightly bigger and also packs in a superior resolution of 2,560x1,440p and pixel density of 515ppi. It also includes Gorilla Glass 3. Colour reproduction will ultimately decide the overall quality of the screen, but in terms of sharpness, the LeMax 2 is likely to prevail.
The S6 Pro runs Android Marshmallow with its proprietary Amigo UI over it. You can apply new themes and change the way the interface looks. The LeMax 2 is very similar in layout and customisation and runs Android 6.0. One of the services that LeEco is known for in the Chinese market is its video streaming services. For its phones in India, it has tied up with Eros Now and YuppTV for free content worthRs.4,900. In Gionee S6 Pro, a user will get three month’s free access to Saavn Pro, which usually costs Rs.99 per month.
The S6 Pro is powered by MediaTek’s 1.8GHz MT6755 Helio P10 octa-core processor with 4GB RAM. It is 64-bit processor and we have seen it in budget smartphones like TCL 62 (Rs.10,999). One the other hand, its competitor is driven by Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor with 4GB RAM. Clearly, the Qualcomm processor is the most powerful mobile chip available to users at present. It has been used in a number of flagship devices such as HTC 10 and LG G5. The area where the Gionee smartphone scores is storage. It offers 64GB of internal storage and can take microSD slots up to 128GB, unlike the Le Max 2 which offers 32GB storage and doesn’t have a microSD slot.
The part where the Gionee S6 Pro faces an even bigger challenge is the audio output. LeEco is the first company that dumped the 3.5mm audio jack and clubbed the audio connector with the USB Type-C. Equipped with LeEco’s proprietary CDLA (continual digital lossless audio) technology, which prevents sound loss during transmission from the smartphone to the headphone, LeMax 2 has the best audio output on the original CDLA headphones which is bundled with the phone.