Gigabyte launches three new GSmart Android phones

Computex has been a big deal for new launches this week, particularly when it comes to smartphones. Gigabyte might have been showing off plenty of new hardware for Intel’s Haswell processor, but that didn’t stop the Taiwanese component maker from showing three new Android smartphones.

According to liliputing, the new GSmart Maya, Sierra and Simba phones are all multi-core models and have interesting features.


Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1

The Maya M1 is the smallest of the three but still manages to include a 4.5-inch I-PS panel with 960×540-pixel resolution. It gets a 1.2GHz MediaTek MT6589 dual-core processor according to reports although Gigabyte itself just calls it a ’1GHz dual-core’. There’s 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash storage to play with. Like many Asian-sourced phones, the M1 supports dual SIM cards and has two cameras – an 8MP sensor on the back and a front-facing 2MP option. Gigabyte includes a 1700mAh Lithium-ion offering, rated for 300 hours standby, but only four hours talk.

It runs Android 4.1 and includes 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity. It might be the smallest of the three models but it still weighs in at a moderate 150.5grams.

The GSmart Sierra gets a larger 5-inch display and a faster 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589T CPU. A larger 2000mAh Lithium-ion battery keeps everything powered, including its twin cameras – a 2MP option on the front but a decent 13MP image sensor on the back. Like everything else, the Sierra supports dual SIM cards.

Slotting in between the two is the GSmart Simba, a 5-inch chassis unit like the Sierra but instead of the MediaTek processor, the Simba sees Qualcomm’s new dual-core Snapdragon 400 and the standard 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal flash. The two cameras here are 1.3MP resolution on the front and 8MP on the back. It comes with a slightly smaller 1900mAh Lithium-ion battery.

There’s no information about release dates or pricing but we’ll bring them to you as soon as they become available.


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