Chinese smartphone maker Gionee launched the S11 Lite alongside the Gionee F205 a few months ago and we did take a first look at the two devices right after their launch. The S11 Lite is the latest addition to Gionee’s S series, and the first to sport an 18:9 aspect ratio display. It comes in a stunning blue colour, sports a dual camera setup, at the back and is exclusive to the offline market. For its asking price of Rs 13,999, can the Gionee S11 Lite compete with the current market leaders? We review to find out.
Gionee S11 Lite design
The shiny back of the Gionee S11 Lite was the first thing to grab our attention. Gionee calls it a “curved 3D glassy body,” but it’s actually plastic and feels like it. The back is also a fingerprint magnet and you will need to wipe it constantly to keep it looking good. Even the frame feels plasticky, and the power and volume buttons have the same design, making it hard to figure out which is which without looking at them. We also found that the buttons are placed a little higher than usual, which may require you to shuffle the phone in your hand.
At the front, this phone has a 5.7-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. There is a Micro-USB port at the bottom along with a 3.5mm audio jack and a speaker grille. While the top of the phone is blank, the left has a SIM tray. The phone isn’t heavy and is comfortable to hold thanks to the curved sides and proportions. Gionee sent us only the smartphone, so we can’t say much about the box contents or the type of charger that this phone will ship with.
Gionee S11 Lite specifications, software, and features
The Gionee S11 Lite sports a 5.7-inch display with HD+ resolution. Gionee could have opted for a full HD+ panel since that is what most of the competition offers at this price. However, it still has good contrast and the viewing angles are decent. You don’t get options to tweak the display output in the Settings app, but we were happy with the quality. The display gets bright enough to be viewable outdoors but we found it to be a little too reflective.