Gionee Launches Its CTRL V4S Smartphone In India At Rs 9,999

A step up from last year's CTRL V4, but device does fall short when it comes to keeping up with the competition


Chinese smartphone manufacturer Gionee has launched its CTRL V4S smartphone at Rs 9,999 in India, nearly a month after the device was first listed on its website. The device brings an updated specification sheet when compared to the CTRL V4, which was launched in June last year at the same price.

The CTRL V4S features a 4.5-inch FWVGA display (854 x 480 pixels) and is powered by a 1.3GHz Cortex A7 quad-core processor, coupled to 1GB of RAM. The device comes with 8GB of on-board storage, but users will be able to take advantage of the microSD cards slot, which can support cards of up to 32 GB.

When it comes to imaging, the CTRL V4S features an 8MP primary camera at the rear, alongside a single LED flash module. There's also a 2MP camera up front, which should handle making video calls, but not for those hi-res selfies. Other hardware specs include a 1,800mAh battery, that's rated for 10 hours of talktime on a single charge.

The CTRL V4S runs Android 4.4 KitKat right out of the box, but comes loaded with the propitiatory Gionee UI and other bloatware installed right from the factory. Connectivity options include support for Dual SIM cards, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM radio, which is the standard fare at this end of the smartphone market.

Gionee will continue to sell its devices through the online as well as offline routes, unlike many manufacturers that are forging exclusive partnerships with e-retailers. While the CTRL V4S is a natural successor to the CTRL V4 launched last year, the specifications do seem uninspiring when compared to what the competition has to offer.

TAGS: Gionee, CTRL V4S, budget smartphone, Android 4.4 KitKat