12 Jun Gigabyte Technology Smartphones
When a couple of years ago the Company Gigabyte Technology released their first series of smartphones, the whole world expected it to be a temporary adventure of the motherboard producing computer technology manufacturer. With the joint venture they had with ASUS going apart, Gigabyte very probably could not take the risk of starting new endeavours, particularly not in such a delicate and crowded industry branch like mobile and handheld devices. Yet Gigabyte continued to release relatively good smartphones at competitive, even bargain prices and somehow managed to last more than a couple of years.
Gigabyte GSmart Guru GX
Feeling confident enough to kick out a flagship device, without ruining the good name of being one of the most affordable smartphone manufacturers around, Gigabyte announced in January and released in April of 2015 the new GSmart Guru GX, the latest model in the popular Guru series of devices. Although most Gigabyte phones had MediaTek CPUs installed, the latest two Gigabyte models, the GSmart Guru GX and the GSmart Mika MX both have Qualcomm Snapdragons installed. But there is much more hidden inside this phone, which price range should be somewhere in the lower mid-range, despite the surprisingly powerful specifications, which you will read about in a moment.
The inside of the Gigabyte GSmart Guru GX – specs and more
As already mentioned, the Guru GX has a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Chipset with the octa-core 64-bit CPU that includes advanced 4G LTE and the Adreno 405 GPU. All this processing power is paired with more than ample 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, expandable per microSD, up to 64 GB additional storage.
Display is also very high quality IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen covered by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3, at 5 inches and an almost 72% screen to body ratio it brings 1080 x 1920 pixels at 441 ppi pixel density. The primary camera is 13 megapixels, resolution 4128 x 3096, with the capacity to record 1080p at 30fps, hiding behind the lens is the SONY Exmor RS BSI sensor. The 5 MP front camera is more than enough for shooting selfies and making video conferencing in HD.
Interesting is also that the Gigabyte GSmart Guru GX is only 7 mm thin. All the mentioned specs put the announced iPhone 6 specs to shame, particularly because you can probably purchase at least 3 Guru GX for the price of the iPhone 5. The Guru GX is an Android OS phone, the Android 4.4.4 KitKat is pre-installed, with the update to Lollipop pending.
Gigabyte did here something great, namely, they continue to release top of the line motherboards for both AMD and Intel platforms, they produce classy graphic cards with NVIDIA and RADEON chipsets, they release notebooks and much more, but their smartphones are getting better with each new series. While it is not to be expected that Gigabyte will anytime soon dethrone Samsung or even compete seriously with Apple, HTC, Sony and others in the smartphone market, Gigabyte offers excellent choice options for people who want a flagship phone, but cannot afford the currently inflated prices. The specs found in the Guru GX are at least higher middle class if not true flagship level, but the prices of all Gigabyte smartphones are ridiculously low, when compared with similar phones made by the competition. While in the Western World, like the UK and US, people will opt for a brand name they learned to trust, Gigabyte successfully conquers other markets, where people do have to think about the depth of their pockets and opt to take a phone that is not as established, but provides similar if not equal power for much, much less quid.