Dimensions – 139 x 69 x 7 mm
Weight – 115 g
Display – 5 ” capacitive IPS LCD, 1080 × 1920, 441 PPI, Gorilla Glass 3
Networks – GSM, WCDMA, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA, LTE
Connectivity – Micro USB Type-B, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g /n, Bluetooth 4 GPS
Memory and battery – 32GB, microSDHC, RAM 2048 megabytes, Battery 2300 mAh
Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (8 × Cortex-A53, 1.7 GHz, 28nm)
OS – Google Android 4.4 (Kitkat)
Camera – 13MPx (4128 × 3096) video and flash
Price on release 242.00 USD, 200.00 GBP, 228.00 EUROS
My phone died and I needed a new one, going down to my local phone shop and looking at all the handsets on offer I noticed the Gigabyte GSmart Guru GX on offer. Now Gigabyte to me are a fine producer of PC graphics cards but I didn’t know they made phones too. So down to my experience of Gigabyte through my many years of building computers I decided to take the plunge and buy the phone.
Design And Build
I found the look of the GX to be really nice, when holding it the GX just fits in the hand quite nicely and very comfortably. It’s quite light too weighing only 115g. The power button is nicely situated on the side making it easily accessible and the volume button is situated on the opposite side of the phone which again is easily accessible. The design overall is lovely and sleek, the camera is flush on the back too. It feels a nice tough phone overall also the display is Gorilla Glass 3 which again adds to its toughness. The only thing I don’t like is that its really fiddly to try get the SIM card in and out, though when it is in it fits lovely into the design.
The GX has a 5 inch IPS full HD screen which as I mentioned is protected with Gorilla Glass 3 and it supports 5 finger multi-touch. I find the colours nice and vibrant. You don’t need to be heavy fingered with it either, I find the screen to be very responsive too. Watching a video on YouTube or Netflix is a pleasant experience which the GX handles very nicely.
When you look to the hardware in the GX you find a nice octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU of which the clock speed is advertised as 1.7GHz which is not bad, its based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 CPU. It has 2GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage, for the graphics we have a Qualcomm Adreno 405 GPU. I have played many many games on it so far and have had no trouble what so ever or lag, Injustice Gods Among Us and Need For Speed Most Wanted have been two of my favourites so far which have both played like a dream. So the benchmarking scores are as follows.
Antutu Benchmark V6.2.7 – 27451 (3D-2786, UX-8047, CPU-12870, RAM-3784)
3D Mark – 4631 (Ice Run Unlimited)
Vellamo – Metal – 834, Chrome – 2098, Multi-core – 1251
The GX comes with a customised version of Android 4.4.4 Kitkat. There are a lot of nice features like that or air gestures and a lot of great software like WPS office but there is also a lot of bloatware which I didn’t like at all and found a little hard to get rid of on some aspects. I am not a fan of CM Security at all and found it a pain in the rear to remove from the phone.
Connectivity And GPS
The GX has two SIM slots one which is Micro SIM, the other is either slot can be Nano SIM or Micro SD card if you want to increase its overall storage capacity. It supports WIFI 802.11 b/g/n as well as supporting 3G and 4G LTE for its mobile networks. For 3G network the frequencies are supported: WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz (HSPA+ DL 42Mbps) while for 4G network: FDD-LTE: 800/1800/2600MHz, B3/B7/B20 (Cat.4 DL/UL:150Mbps/50Mbps). WIFI has a nice range to it too. The GPS is not bad and is accurate up to 5 metres so it says but I must admit if you are trying to find somewhere on foot though eventually you can get there the GPS can sometimes prove to be confusing.
The GX has a 5 megapixel front camera and the main camera is a 13 megapixel with Sony Exmor RS BSI sensor which is equipped with an LED flash. For normal everyday pictures I have found the cameras to be quite impressive but where it fails is under low light sometimes, so for those pictures of you and your friends on a night out you may not be impressed with the results.
There is a non-removable Li-ion battery in the GX with a capacity of 2300mAh, Gigabyte state that it has 200 hours on standby mode and 14 hours of talk time. In practice you find that though battery life is ok its not great either. If you use this phone for more than a few months and use the phone a bit then get used to putting your phone charger in your bag when you head out to work in a morning.
I have found that if you hold the hand in your phone for a long time and use processor intensive apps or games that it does run quite hot, but saying that it has never overheated or even fallen apart like one phone I had from a Chinese manufacturer. Its a lovely solid and sleek built phone that for the price has a lot going on for it. It performs quite well and overall I must admit I am really impressed with the GX, it’s not a mega expensive phone so what you get for your money is really really good. So it might not be up to specs with the latest Samsung Galaxy, but you will pay 3 or 4 times the price for a Galaxy. If you want a great phone at a great price then the Gigabyte GSmart Guru GX is the phone for you.