A bunch of new Gionee phones have been revealed ahead of the upcoming conference in China, with the company claiming that the flagship Gionee M6 hardware encryption feature is a world-first.
The conference is due to take place on July 26 at the Beijing National Convention Center, with an interesting emphasis on holographic projection. Invites have been sent in a unique movie playing board, where you’ll find a transparent movie ticket that can be placed over the smartphone screen.
Gionee M6 hardware encryption is a big deal
The small Chinese smartphone manufacturer has released information of the new M6 and M6 Plus handsets, both of which feature some fairly robust security solutions. While companies in the past have opted for software-based encryption, Gionee has included a dedicated hardware encryption chip on the devices. They claim to be the first smartphone manufacturer ever to do this, which makes the Gionee M6 range quite a lucrative purchase. Being that their smartphones usually undercut similar flagships by a decent amount, this could be a serious competitor to dedicated security devices such as the Blackphone and Turing Phone. Gionee M6 hardware encryption will have obvious benefits to the traditional means, acting as a ‘black box’ of sorts and making things harder to crack. How secure it is, still remains to be seen however.
It’s pretty fast too…
Privacy aside, the Gionee M6 is also shaping up to be a pretty powerful handset. According to hardware specs seen on Chinese certification site TENAA, it’s expected to include a Snapdragon 652 and 4GB RAM. The 652 is a very powerful chipset that performs similar to last years flagship, the 810. It supports the latest 2K screen resolutions/ 4K recording capabilities and is seen by many as the perfect entry-level VR chipset. Other specs include a huge 5,000mAh battery and 13 megapixel rear camera with 4x optical zoom, plus an 8 megapixel front shooter. The screen is expected to be 5.5-inches in size with a Full HD resolution.
They’re also releasing a flip-phone
Gionee also unveiled the S6 Pro and W909, both of which still feature pretty decent specs. The S6 Pro will carry a Helio P10 and 4GB RAM, with a 13 megapixel rear camera and 8 megapixel front shooter, while the w909 is a budget device with a 720p panel, Helio P10, 4GB RAM and 16 megapixel camera. The latter comes in a rather old-school flip-phone design, with physical buttons and two touchscreens. It’s an interesting combination of old meets new which was probably done due to the continued success of flip devices in the Asian market.
No release dates have yet been discussed, though the Gionee M6 is expected to launch in China on July 26 at the event. International launch dates have not yet been disclosed.
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