Facts About "China iPhone'': Gionee G13 Pro Launched with HarmonyOS, iPhone 13 Inspired Design
Facts About "China iPhone'': Gionee G13 Pro
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iPhones are demonstrably popular in China, which may be why Gionee now caters for those who want a device with such a design at the fraction of the price with the G13 Pro. The phone does indeed look quite like a vanilla 13, with flat edges and a rear camera hump with 2 lenses arranged in a diagonal.

Gionee is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer founded 20 years ago. This brand was formerly popular with low-cost smartphones with buffalo batteries sold in developing markets such as India and Vietnam. In 2018, Gionee filed for bankruptcy due to not having a reasonable business strategy, besides, Gionee's CEO also revealed that he was a gambling enthusiast, finding it difficult to run the company.

Despite declaring bankruptcy, Gionee still occasionally launches a few new smartphones. And most recently, a machine called Gionee G13 Pro has been on the shelves in the Chinese market with an extremely cheap price, only 529 yuan, equivalent to 1.8 million dong. The remarkable point of this G13 Pro comes from the same appearance design as the iPhone 13, especially the camera cluster with 2 lenses placed diagonally across each other. And yet, this is also the first smartphone that is not from Huawei but is equipped with "operating system" HarmonyOS.

What is Gionee?

Gionee, as widely called in the market among users is a Chinese company that was founded in 2002 and ever since has built a reputable and well known presence worldwide. Gionee is known to have a very strong retail presence offline in India and it is known for its great smartphones with long lasting battery life.

The China based company launched its latest mobile smartphone the A1 plus in Feburary, 2017. The smartphone packs a lot of promises with a 4GB RAM. A 13 – megapixels rear camera and a 20 – megapixels front camera for selfie shooters.

Gionee G13 Pro Design: Inspired iPhone 13

If you just look at it, it's easy for users to mistake Gionee G13 Pro as a "genuine" iPhone 13 because from the appearance with square frame to the design of the camera cluster, all of which are very similar to the iPhone. Of course, the entire case is only finished from plastic. The product has 4 color options for users to choose from: black, yellow, blue and purple.

In terms of parameters, Gionee G13 Pro is equipped with a 6.26-inch screen, the resolution is only at HD + but has a display area ratio to the front of up to 90.3%. This screen uses the same "rabbit ears" design as the iPhone, with a 5MP selfie camera. The dual camera on the back has a resolution of 13MP.

Gionee G13 Pro runs on Unisoc Tiger T310 chip for basic performance, 4GB RAM, 32GB/128GB storage memory and has a 3500mAh battery. The device is pre-installed with HarmonyOS developed by Huawei, not using Google services, but using Huawei services.

Gionee G13 Pro specifications

The Gionee G13 Pro has a 6.26-inch LCD panel with a large notch. It offers an HD+ resolution, a 19:9 aspect ratio, and a 90.3 percent screen-to-body ratio. The display notch houses a single camera of 5-megapixel for selfies and video calls. It does not feature a fingerprint scanner but comes with support for face unlock.

The iPhone 13-like rear camera module of the Gionee 13 Pro has a 13-megapixel dual-camera system, which is accompanied by an LED flash and a microphone. There is no word on the secondary camera of the device. Like the iPhone 13 lineup, the Gionee 13 Pro is equipped with flat edges. The right spine of the device has a volume rocker and a red-colored power key.

The Unisoc T310 chipset is present under the hood of the device. It comes in two variants such as 4 GB RAM + 32 GB storage and 4 GB RAM + 128 GB storage. The device is packed with a 3,5000mAh battery, which can be charged using a USB-C port. The device runs on HarmonyOS and gives access to HMS (Huawei Mobile Services).

Gionee G13 Pro pricing

Facts About "China iPhone'': Gionee G13 Pro Launched with HarmonyOS, iPhone 13 Inspired Design
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The Gionee G13 Pro has a starting price of 529 Yuan (~$83). It comes in four colors namely, Deep Sea Blue, Glow Gold, Brilliant Purple, and Graphite Black. Gionee phones that have been released in China in the past few years haven’t been made to global markets. Hence, the Gionee 13 Pro may not release in markets outside China.

Does G13 Pro have a fingerprint?

Just like the iPhone 13, Gionee's G13 Pro does not have a physical fingerprint scanner, but relies only on the frontal AI FaceID, which also support closed-eye recognition. Powering the phone is Apple's A15 Bionic UNISOC Tiger T310 quad-core CPU maxed at 2.0GHz, along with PowerVR GT7200 GPU.

Is Gionee a good gaming phone?

Overall, the Gionee S11 Lite struggles to handle multitasking. Surprisingly, it handles games well enough, if you are not running too many apps in the background. The smartphone works well enough while running games like Subway Surfers, Temple Run 2.

Best iPhone 13 alternatives

1. Samsung Galaxy S22 series

Samsung’s phones have always gone toe-to-toe with Apple’s devices when it comes to flagship wares. So is it any surprise that the Galaxy S22 family is easily one of the best iPhone 13 alternatives on the market?

One of the most significant selling points is that Samsung promises four years of OS updates and five years of security patches for the S22 series (among other device lines). This isn’t as good as Apple’s devices, but it’s miles better than most Android OEMs.

2. OnePlus 9 series

OnePlus devices have been steadily rising in price over the years, but it’s tough to argue that you aren’t getting a decent deal with the OnePlus 9 duo. Both phones offer 65W wired charging, a Snapdragon 888 SoC, a 48MP primary camera, and a 50MP ultrawide snapper.

The OnePlus 9 Pro is the star of the show here, featuring a QHD+ OLED screen, IP68 rating, 50W wireless charging, and an 8MP 3.3x telephoto camera. Meanwhile, the vanilla OnePlus 9 serves up an FHD+ OLED panel, an IP68 rating for the T-Mobile variant only, and slower wireless charging (or no wireless charging in India). The standard phone also lacks a telephoto camera of any kind.

3. Asus Zenfone 8

The Zenfone 8 was one of the more pleasant surprises of 2021, and it’s certainly worth considering if you were looking at an alternative to smaller iPhones. Yes, the Asus device is one of the few compact Android flagship phones this year.

It’s a pretty solid device otherwise, as you’re getting a 5.9-inch 120Hz OLED panel, Snapdragon 888 SoC, a dual rear camera system (64MP main and 12MP ultrawide), and a 4,000mAh battery with 30W charging. Two more notable features are an IP68 rating and the return of the 3.5mm port.

4. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3

The foldable phone segment is heating up in a big way, but Apple doesn’t have a foldable iPhone just yet. Samsung is leading the pack in this regard, and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is arguably the one to get.

Samsung’s cheapest foldable in 2021 adopts a clamshell design akin to classic feature phones like the Motorola Razr V3. Open the phone, and a folding main display will greet you while closing the device protects this main screen and reveals a tiny external display. The smaller screen is used for everything from notifications and the date/time to viewing messages and taking selfies.

5. Sony Xperia 1 III

Sony has quietly been producing flagship phones for years now, but 2021’s phones might be the best devices the brand has ever made. The Xperia 1 III leads the charge, delivering a Snapdragon 888 SoC, a 4,500mAh battery, 30W wired charging, and wireless charging. But it also packs a few extraordinary innovations.

For one, the Sony device packs a 6.5-inch 4K OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate — so you don’t have to choose between a pixel-dense screen and a high refresh rate. Sony’s phone also sports a variable telephoto camera for the first time in the industry, delivering the ability to take shots at native 3x or 4.4x zoom. A 12MP main camera, 12MP ultrawide shooter, IP68 rating, and a headphone port round out the package.

6. Google Pixel 6 series

The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro arrived in October 2021, and they certainly delivered. After a year in the mid-range market with the Pixel 5, Google is back on flagship terms with its latest series. You get a powerful Tensor chip on both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, as well as a completely revamped design.

Google equipped both models with crisp OLED panels, though the Pixel 6 Pro offers the larger 6.7-inch 120Hz unit. You still get a 90Hz, 6.4-inch option on the Pixel 6, which is more than enough for most people. Google’s revamped camera bar packs the largest improvement in years, with a 50MP wide lens and a 12MP ultrawide option to boot. Of course, the Pixel 6 Pro adds a 48MP telephoto lens to the mix for up to 4x optical zoom.

Chinese smartphones "fake" both iPhone and Huawei

After the Gionee G13 Pro was accused by netizens of copying the design of the iPhone 13, the Gionee brand recently continued to launch a new smartphone called Gionee P50 Pro. The special feature of this device is that it has a hybrid design between an iPhone and a Huawei phone.

Gionee P50 Pro is equipped with a 6.5-inch screen, using an LCD panel with FHD resolution, a "rabbit ears" design very similar to the iPhone, but the screen border of the device is quite thick. The cutout area will be where the 5MP selfie camera will be located, but of course there will be no Face ID camera.

On the back, we can see the main camera cluster of Gionee P50 Pro is almost "raw" from the Huawei P50 Pro with the same design. However, instead of being equipped with many lenses, the "fake" version has only a single 13MP lens, although on the render the manufacturer "draws" up to 5 lenses.

In terms of performance, Gionee P50 Pro is equipped with a rather weak chip, Unisoc T310, 4GB or 6GB RAM, 64GB or 128GB storage memory. The battery has a capacity of 3900mAh, does not support fast charging. The device has a fingerprint sensor located on the power button.

The selling price of Gionee P50 Pro starts at 659 yuan, equivalent to 2.3 million VND in the Chinese market.

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