The Gionee M2017 is one of the Asian smartphone monsters that I reported about one month ago. Now the device made its debut in China and I doubt that it will make it outside the Mainland anytime soon. The M2017 is an unusual smartphone for the Chinese market where most device are priced very low compared to their international versions (when available).
Well, Gionee has put the M2017 in the premium tier category, as the smartphone is now available for purchase in China for no less than $1,000 outright.
Aside from the great design, the M2017's main selling point is the fact that it comes with two 3,500 mAh batteries that provide 7,000 mAh of energy before you'll have to recharge it.
Another interesting aspect is the large 5.7-inch dual-edge curved display that supports Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution. This makes the Gionee M2017 a true flagship smartphone, besides the high price.
Sadly, the M2017's chipset is kind of disappointing, as Gionee has decided to include an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor inside.
The good news is the mid-range CPU is coupled with no less than 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. Gionee also sells a 256GB model, but that makes the M2017 much more expensive at $2,445.
The back side features a dual-camera setup that consists of a 12-megapixel sensor and a second 13-megapixel one. In the front, there's a secondary 8-megapixel camera for selfies and a fingerprint sensor hidden under the physical Home button.
The premium smartphone comes with USB Type-C port, but lacks 3.5mm audio jack and microSD card slot. On the bright side, it features a very nice leather back panel.
One last thing that's worth noting is the M2017 ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow onboard, but we don't rule out an Android 7.0 Nougat update in the not so distant future.