Gionee launched their massive battery powered smartphone Gionee M2017 last year in China with a massive 7000mAh battery and was priced aggressively in the country with a price tag of Yuan 6999 (around $1007). Looks like the company is going to announce another variant of the device with downgraded specifications but with the name Gionee M2018 that sounds to be a successor to the Gionee M2017 smartphone, but its not a successor to the M2017 but is a, you can say, a mini version of the M2017 as it has a 3000mAh battery and have 50% lesser amount of RAM with an HD resolution display. This move might be taken by the company because of the low sales of Gionee M2017.
The TENAA listing for the Gionee M2018 confirms a 5.5-inches HD IPS display with 720 × 1280 pixels resolution instead of an AMOLED 5.7-inch QHD display. It is powered by an unknown 1.25GHz quad-core processor that might be a Mediatek one, might be the MediaTek MT6737T processor this time down from the octa-core Snapdragon 653 processor. It comes with three RAM options including 1GB, 2GB and 3GB and has 16GB, 32GB and 64GB inbuilt storage options available as well with an addition of MicroSD card supporting up to 32GB o expandable storage. It runs on the outdated Android 6.0 Marshmallow as the Android O is around the corner and will support Dual SIMs.
It features a single rear camera this time with a 8-megapixel sensor and an LED flash with a 2-megapixel front facing camera. It is backed by a smaller 3000mAh battery instead of a 7000mAh battery found on M2017. It has connectivity options like 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 Type-C port, WiFi, OTG and GPS. It measures 156 × 78 × 10.8 mm and weights 267 grams. It comes with Black, black gold and brown color options. It comes with a fingerprint scanner on the front panel below the display and the whole design looks similar to the M2017 smartphone.
To recall, the Gionee M2017 was launched with an impressive a 5.7-inch AMOLED QHD display with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, a octa-core Snapdragon 653 processor (Quad 1.95GHz ARM Cortex A72 + Quad 1.44GHz A53 CPUs) with Adreno 510 GPU, 6GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 128GB/256GB inbuilt storage capacity, Android 6.0 Marshmallow based Amigo 3.5 UI on top, Dual nano SIMs, a metal body with a leather back panel, a dual rear camera with 12-megapixel and a 13-megapixel camera sensors and an LED flash, an 8-megapixel front facing camera, a 7000mAh Polymer lithium-ion battery with two 3500mAH batteries and Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging, connectivity options like 4G+, 4G LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 Type-C port, WiFi, OTG and GPS and also comes with FM Radio support. It measures 155.2 x 77.6 x 10.78 mm and weights 238 grams.