Gionee M12

Gionee M12 Review, Pros and Cons – Chinese manufacturer Gionee recently unveiled a mid-range device in Nigeria called the Gionee M12 smartphone that has all the modern specifications. Basically, the phone is sold in two processor variants – one with Helio A25 and the other with Helio P22.

Between these two models, the real difference is only in the clock speeds. However, the price of the M12 may not be competitive, considering the current market situation. However, the initial impressions of the device look promising, taking into account the design and construction. Therefore, we will take you to a detailed review of the Gionee M12 smartphone.

Gionee M12 Review


  1. The thickness and weight of the Gionee M12 are slightly higher.
  2. A 48 MP quad-camera setup will leave you quite impressed while taking pictures from multiple perspectives.
  3. The Gionee team integrated an HD screen with an impressive 91% screen-to-body ratio.
  4. You get a monstrous 5100mAh Li-Po battery, which can last long enough.
  5. The device comes in two medium chipset models – Helio A25 and Helio P22.

Design and Display

Regarding the design, the M12 boasts a robust construction and elegant finish, despite its rear and plastic structure. Although, the M12 is a thick body measuring 9.3 mm, still kept his weight below 200g. Thanks to Gionee for bringing the device in two wonderful colors – Dazzling Black and Magic Green. Covered with a camera module, the rear panel glows with a gradient texture. Initially, the company appears to be doing a good job in terms of keeping the bezels extremely fine.

Switching to the screen, the M12 hosts a 6.55 inches HD IPS LCD screen with a modern 20:9 ratio. However, we expected a 1080p screen for this price range, but the image quality is decent and you can watch Netflix or youtube without any issue. Again, there is no evidence of any screen saver or glass protection at the top of the screen.

Memory and Internal

It seems quite extraordinary that the M12 comes in two Mediatek processor variants. On the one hand, we offer the Helio P22 SoC, which offers mediocre performance. Similarly, the other Helio A25 chipset is capable of handling day-to-day tasks with minimal effort. The main difference between the two is the clock speed, which in fact looks insignificant. When the game comes into play, you shouldn’t expect heavy performance due to less powerful cores and an average GPU.

Speaking of software, we are on Android 10 that brings us new possibilities with regard to UI optimizations and features. In addition, the phone includes several Gionee utilities to manage your device efficiently.

In addition, Gionee has not compromised the memory resources section. The device reaches users in two RAM variants – 4 GB and 6 GB. With this, you will have no problems keeping applications and games in memory. Again, you can choose between 64 GB or 128 GB of internal storage. External SD card support helps the user to store huge files.


As far as cameras are concerned, the rear camera bump consists of four cameras – a 48 MP primary camera, a 5 MP ultra-wide-angle lens, two 2 MP depth, and micro shutters that end up being the numbers. Note that the main GM1 48MP lens can even capture in 108MP, which is basically a marketing trick. In addition, we can record 1080p videos from both the front and rear cameras. The ultra-wide-angle lens may lose some quality and sharpness in front of the main sensor.

The 16 MP selfie camera placed on the top left-hand side will help you take portraits with appropriate details and exposure levels. But, it struggles to maintain the dynamic range outdoors, where the backlight is increased. Check here Gionee S12 Lite smartphone pros and cons.

Battery and Others

Equipped with a 5100mAh Li-Po battery, you can easily spend a single day without connecting your device to any charging port. In addition, you receive a standard 10 W charger that can take a long time to fully recharge. The absence of a gyro sensor is a disappointment for players.

The next thing to consider is the price, which seems a little high. The Gionee M12 smartphone sells for the expected price of $ 181 (Rs 13,000), which according to the specifications provided seems unusual.

Gionee M12 pros and cons

Gionee M12 Specifications Detail

Down below you can see the full specifications of the Gionee M12 smartphone.

SpecificationsGionee M12
Network2G, 3G, 4G
AnnouncedNovember 2020
Dimensions6.45 x 3.02 x 0.37 inches
Size6.55 inches
DisplayIPS LCD
20:9 ratio
~268 ppi density
Resolution720 x 1600 pixels
OSAndroid 10
Chipset12 nm – MediaTek Helio A25 – model 1
12 nm – Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 – model 2
4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53) model 1
(Octa-core 2.0 GHz
Cortex-A53) model 2
GPUPowerVR GE8320
Card slotYes
Internal64GB, 128GB
eMMC 5.1
Camera48MP (wide)
5MP (ultrawide)
2MP (depth)
2MP (micro)
LED flash, HDR, panorama
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3.5mm jackYes
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth5.0, A2DP
GPSYes, with A-GPS
Infrared portNo
USBUSB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go
SensorsRear mounted fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity
BatteryLi-Po 5100 mAh battery, 10W standard charging
ColorsDazzling Black, Magic Green
Expected PriceUSD 181 (13,000 INR)

Gionee M12 Pros and Cons

Down below you can see the list of pros and cons (advantages and disadvantages) of the Gionee M12 smartphone.


  1. Long battery life.
  2. 48MP quad-camera.
  3. Two processor options are available.
  4. Decent daylight photo and video.
  5. USB On-The-Go is available.
  6. even if it is, a budget phone fingerprint is available.


  1. 720p screen was not expected.
  2. Without a gyro sensor.
  3. No screen protection.
  4. The heating problem in heavy uses.
  5. No fast charging.
  6. Not suitable for high-end gaming.
  7. Average processing speed.


In short, the M12 came up with a very good design and a huge battery. However, there are more reasons to criticize it due to its old Helio A25 or P22 chipset, HD display, and unsatisfactory price. The company should try to improve these disadvantages in the next version, which will ensure the buyer’s attention. Apart from that, it is a decent phone, go ahead if you prefer the design and the big battery.

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