As planned, the Gionee S9 was made official today in China. Hard to call flagship-grade, the phablet packs some interesting hardware nonetheless.
The specsheet starts with a 5.5-inch FullHD display and goes on to include a Mediatek P10 chipset – both carried over from the S8. Not entirely though – while the display numbers are the same, the S9 makes a switch from AMOLED to LCD. RAM and storage have been kept at 4GB and 64GB respectively.
Another area where the S9 deviates from its predecessor is the imaging department – the S9 joins the dual camera bandwagon. On its back there is a 13MP/5MP pair with a focus on producing depth of field effects. Meanwhile, selfies are taken care of by another 13MP cam.
The Gionee S9 measures 154.2 x 76.4 x 7.4 mm and weighs 168g – so it is physically different from the S8. The 20g of added weight doesn’t mean more battery though – capacity is still 3,000mAh.
The Gionee S9 is listed for pre-order in China at CNY 2,499 ($364). It’ll be available for purchase 10 days from now, on November 25.