General Mobile has really hit heights with its mid-range smartphone, the General Mobile GM 5 Plus which comes in as a successor to the GM 5. Although an Android One device, it sports some features that are more impressive than in most Android One devices.

Apart from its elegant body design, and stunning display, the camera modules it packs are really appealing and most of all it features a quick way to access the phone camera even while the screen is off. As regards that, pressing the power button twice does the trick. Its other specs too are quite impressive.

General Mobile GM 5 Plus Specifications, Review and Highlights

General Mobile GM 5 Plus Hardware

Display & Design

The GM 5 Plus sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 720 by 1080 pixels while combining a 401 ppi pixel density for maximum clarity. It doesn’t feature a bad design either with a titanium and aluminium alloy making up the build.

General Mobile GM 5 Plus Display

It measures 76.5 mm in width while being 7.9 mm thick. The smartphone comes with screen protection so you don’t have to worry about getting scratches on your screen as the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 already got you covered.

Storage & Processor

Asides its 3GB RAM, the GM 5plus is blessed with an internal memory of 32GB which could be expanded if desired using a MicroSD. As regards its System on Chip, it is being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 processor (manufactured using the 28nm process) which embodies its 1.5GHz Octa-core CPU and Adreno 405 GPU.

Camera

The smartphone dons a 13MP rear camera and 13MP front camera, a setup also present in the Tecno Camon C9. The rear camera comes with a dual LED flash which would be very useful most especially for night pictures or when in the dark. It also uses the Sony IMX258 Exmor RS image sensor which is just about 0.23 inches in size.

Battery & Connectivity

As is the case with most smartphones of its calibre, the GM 5 Plus comes with a non-removable 3100mAh battery which supports fast charge based on the Qualcomm Fast Charge 3.0 technology. Connectivity options supported by the device include; Tethering, OTA sync, DLNA likewise the GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS positioning systems.

Software & Hardware

General Mobile GM 5 Plus Design

Just as expected, the smartphone runs on the Android v 6.0 (Marshmallow) OS. Although it does not feature a fingerprint scanner, the GM 5 plus comes with several other sensors such as the compass, accelerometer and light sensors.

General Mobile GM 5 Plus Full Phone Specifications

General Mobile GM 5 Plus

General

Device Brand  General Mobile
Model GM 5 Plus
Announced February 2016
Released February 2016
Status Available

Network

2G Network GSM 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900 GHz
3G Network HSDPA
4G Network LTE band, VoLTE
SIM Type n/a
SIM Count Dual SIM

Data

2G GPRS Up to 32 to 48 kbps; EDGE – up to 236.8 kbps
3G Up to 42.2 Mbps (HSDPA), 5.76 Mbps;(HSUPA)
4G Up to 1000/300 Mbps
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat7 300/100 Mbps
Web Browser Yes, HTML5

Design

Type Smartphone
Dimensions 152 * 76.5 * 7.9 mm
Weight 160g
Build titanium+aluminium alloy design, plastic back
Colors  Gray, Pink, Gold

Display

Display Type IPS LCD Capacitive touchscreen
Size 5.5 inches
Resolution 1920 * 1080 pixels
Colors 16M colors
Pixel Density ~401 ppi pixel density
Touch Screen Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Features n/a
Secondary Display n/a

Camera

Primary 13MP
Properties f/2.0 aperture
Image Yes
Video 1080p HD Video
Features Autofocus, Geo tagging, Panorama
Flash Yes, LED flash (Primary) (Secondary)
Secondary 13MP
Properties n/a

Software

Operating System Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
User Interface n/a
Java Support Yes
Skype Yes
Whatsapp Yes
Facebook Yes
Youtube Yes

Hardware

Chipset Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617
CPU Octa-Core 1.5 GHz
GPU Adreno 405
RAM (Memory) 3GB RAM
Internal Storage 32GB
Card Slot Expandable up to 128 GB (microSD)
Sensors Accelerometer, Proximity, Light, Compass
Controls

Connectivity

Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Infrared n/a
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-fi Hotspot Yes
USB Type Yes; USB v2.0 USB Type-C
GPS Yes, GPS + A-GPS + GLONASS
NFC n/a
HDMI n/a
Wireless Charging n/a
Fast Charging Yes (Qualcomm Fast Charge 3.0)

Battery

Battery Type Li-Po
Capacity 3100mAh
Placement Non-removable
Standby
Talk Time
Music Play

Messaging

SMS Yes (threaded view)
MMS Yes
Email Yes, IMAP4, POP3, SMTP
IM Yes

Media

Audio Playback Yes, MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, MIDI, WAV, AC3, FLAC
Video Playback Yes, 3GP, Mp4, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 player
Video Out n/a
FM Radio No
Alert Types Vibration, Ringtones
Ring Tones MP3, WAV
Loudspeaker Yes
Handsfree Yes, 3.5mm Jack

Other Features

  – MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer

Availability and Price of General Mobile GM 5 Plus in India, Nigeria, Kenya & Ghana

The General Mobile GM 5Plus is available in India for Rs. 19,999. The smartphone comes in Gray, Pink and Gold colors.

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