When it seems like there’s a new hack, crack, or some other breach of our data happening nearly every day, it’s easy to assume that security is on our minds. What’s the one thing that just about everybody carries with them that has the most potential for stolen data? Our cell phones, of course. You may remember us talking about the Gionee M6 in the past — a Chinese phone which promised complete hardware-based encryption of the entire device.
While most smartphones have some manner of security included — whether it be a pin/password unlock, fingerprint scanner, or other method, all current forms of security are based on software. Even fingerprint scanners, which require hardware to work, can be a relatively weak line of defense. Once past your lock screen, your entire phone is open season. If properly motivated, getting past your lock screen isn’t going to deter someone who really wants to get at your data. The Gionee M6 and M6 Plus have a slew of security features to make getting to your personal data more difficult. That all starts with a dedicated encryption chip, for full hardware encryption of your device, and continues with a few other security conscious features:
- Encryption Chip: Provides on-chip data encryption. With this encryption chip, users get a dual protection of their data, as it not only can’t be seen if the user chooses to hide it, but even if the Android system gets hacked, the data can be accessed but not seen, as everything is encrypted.
- Private Vault 2.0: Securely protects contacts, messages, call records, images, documents, and applications.
- Super Long Battery Life: M6 Plus: 6020mAh; M6: 5000mAh. The M6 can have up to 55hrs of continuous call time, 16.4hrs of video play time, and 794 hours of standby time.
- Charge Quick and Safe: Gionee M6: 9V/2A; full charge time: 2hrs; Gionee M6 Plus: 12V/2A. The M6/M6 Plus have dual charging chips to intelligently adjust the charging current and reduce the overheating when fast-charging.
- Reverse Charging: The M6/M6 Plus can be used to charge other electronic devices.
We’re also now able to confirm the specs of the phones, first up the M6:
- CPU: Helio P10 MT6755m 64-bit and 1.8GHz octa-core processor
- Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB/128GB Rom, T-card up to 128G
- Display: 5.5” Full HD AMOLED screen (1,920×1,080 resolution)
- Size: 152.3 * 75.3 * 8.2 mm, 180g
- Battery: 5,000mAh
- Camera: 13MP rear shooter and 8MP front shooter (with single flashflight)
- Colors: Champagne Gold, Mocha Gold
- OS: amigo 3.5 OS (based on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow variant)
- Inputs: 3.5mm headphone, Micro USB, support OTG
- Radios: FM radio, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band WLAN, GPS
- Networks: GSM、CDMA 1X、TD-SCDMA、WCDMA、EVDO、TDD-LTE、FDD-LTE
- Price: 64G RMB2699 (404USD) / 128G RMB2899 (434USD)
Listed below will be the specs of the M6 Plus that differ from the M6 – all other specs match the M6:
- CPU: Helio P10 MT6755 64-bit and 2.0GHz octa-core processor
- Display: 6” Full HD AMOLED screen (1,920×1,080 resolution)
- Size: 160.5 * 80.6 * 8.2mm，215g
- Battery: 6,020mAh
- Camera: 16MP rear shooter and 8MP front shooter (with double flashflight)
- Colors: Champagne Gold
- Inputs: Micro USB, support OTG
- Price: 64G RMB2999 (449USD) / 128G RMB3199 (479USD)
Decent specs with gigantic batteries for a relatively low price, though maybe an odd choice to stick with Micro-USB rather than the newer USB-C. Are you interested in the Gionee M6 or M6 Plus? Is hardware based encryption important to you? Tell us what you think in the comment section below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.