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Gionee Marathon M4 – Exceptional battery life with decent features


The Gionee banner is a private consumer products giant. It is a very well established organisation in China and has now stepped into the Indian market recently. Generally, Chinese are not trusted on electronic products for their quality. But, Gionee has proved otherwise to a certain extent. Most of its phones are known to have exceptional battery life. The Gionee M4 Marathon has so far been one of its most trending mobiles in the international market. Gionee is also known for its efforts in repeatedly experimenting to manufacture slim and sleek mobiles. For any average user who is not a very ardent brand freak, this brand of mobiles will suffice enough. Also, the Gionee Marathon M4 mobile has lifted the overall brand value for Gionee in its markets outside its hometown. This comes below 20,000 rupees price range. Currently, though its price has dropped even more. Let’s see more about this phone.



Gionee M4 Marathon was launched in August 2015. At the time of the launch, Gionee Marathon M4 Price is Rs. 15,499/- in India. The price has fallen since then and now PriceJugaad predicts further fall in its price in a month’s duration.


This phone is made up of a total metal casing to give it a nice punk feel. The metal also has a matt finish effect which makes it look classy at the same time. This casing is designed using a different cutting edge technology. Compared to its previous Gionee mobiles this has nice curved edges. Due to the metal body, it gives a good grip for users too. Gionee M4 Marathon is quite bulky compared to most mobiles produced at present. Also, against its general target towards producing sleek models, this model is quite a disappointment. It weighs around 176 g and hence is considered heavy. It comes with a thickness of 10.1 mm which is a moderate thickness. It has a length of 144.7 mm and a breadth of 71.2 mm. It comes in two colour variations, the classic black and solid white.


It has a screen size of 5 inches. The screen is made of Super AMOLED display which provides an HD experience. The screen resolution is around 720 x 1280 pixels. Hence, it has a pixel density of 294 ppi. The type of touch is Capacitive which provides a vibrancy of 16 M colours. The screen to body ratio that this smartphone possesses is approximately 66.9 %. It has high functioning multi-touch feature with Amigo 3.0 User Interface.


Gionee M4 Marathon comes loaded with the Android v 5.0 (Lollipop) and a few other pre-loaded apps. The CPU is made of quad – core Media Tek MT6735 SoC which is trending lately. This chip is integrated with four important 16- bit ARM A53 cortex cores. The graphics support is provided by the Mali – T720 MP2 and is also paired up with LTE. This processor works at a speed of 1.3 GHz.



This device has an internal storage capacity of 16 GB. Using a micro SD card memory storage can be extended up to 32 GB. It also comes with a 2 GB RAM. Availability of 16 GB memory has become a basic feature for phones in this price range nowadays.


The most highlighting feature of Gionee M4 Marathon is the enormous battery life. It comes with a Li – ion battery having a whopping 5000 mAh capacity which is by far one of the maximal capacities available in current smartphones. It also has two battery saving modes with different levels of saving power. This phone is undoubtedly the best suited for long drives, trekking, and on field professionals. The user can extend the battery life for a number of days using these power saving modes. The talk time for this phone is an average of up to 50 h for 2G mode and 18 h for the 3G mode. The Standby time is up to 225 h for 2G, 400 h for 3G mode and 440 h for the 4G mode.



Camera: The back camera Gionee M4 Marathon is 8 MP which comes with the LED flash enhancement. It also has additional features like Digital Image Stabilisation, Auto Flash, Digital Zoom, CMOS image sensor, Self-timer, HDR, Exposure compensation, Face detection and Colour balancing. The front camera though is below average with only 5 MP quality but is enough for selfies.

Audio: M4 supports basic audio formats like MP3, WAV ringtones and alert types like vibrations. It has a good loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm headphones jack. It also has a functional FM radio connectivity.

Video: Average video recording can be achieved in this phone. 1080p HD recording at 30 FPS can be shot using this smartphone. The formats that it supports are MPEG4 and MP4.


Gionee M4 Marathon has a dual- sim feature and both the sims have GSM connectivity. They can operate in the 3G mode. One of the sims can function in 4G mode too. The Wi-Fi connectivity available is of the specification 802.11 b/g/n and with features like Wi-Fi direct and hotspot. The Bluetooth connectivity available is of the version 2.0. It is also GPS enabled. The UPS port type is micro USB v 2.0.


Gionee M4 Marathon has received a feature score of 81. Its advantages are the enormous battery life and 16 GB internal memory. Its disadvantages though are its weight, bulkiness, slow processor and poor camera.