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The budget class of the smartphone market is interesting mainly due to the low prices of the devices. This is the reason why every new device with slightly impressive specs immediately attracts the attention of users. GSmart Classic is a perfect example for this and we’ll try to show you why in our in-depth review on the model.

The smartphone features an IPS display with HD resolution, something that we’re used to seeing in slightly higher class devices. Moreover, the model has an 8MP rear and 5MP front-facing cameras, making it an even more lucrative choice. Anyway, the device operates on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS and boasts a quad-core Spreadtrum SoC. GSmart is a manufacturer that doesn’t really care for the high-end battle, but rather tries to surprise the users aiming for budget devices. Let’s jump straight in our review to see if they’ve succeeded in doing so with their new GSmart Classic.

You can find information about the price and availability of GSmart Classic at the follow link: http://amzn.to/1WWSjFB

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Design and construction

As we already mentioned, the phone belongs in the budget class and as expected its design doesn’t offer anything out of the ordinary. It has the usual for GSmart phones appearance with perhaps slightly thicker side bezels. However, the device fits comfortably and it’s easy to use with one hand, despite the large 5-inch display. Keep in mind that the top part of the screen will be hard to reach, for most people. As for the components on the front side, you’ll see the three usual Android hardware navigation buttons as well as the earpiece and front-facing camera that are located above it. We should note that the phone doesn’t have an ambient light sensor, thus cannot adjust the brightness of the screen automatically, which could be considered as a small drawback.

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Anyway, moving on to the back that has a nifty texture on it. It looks like GSmart has tried to make the phone look more stylish and whether or not they’ve succeeded is a matter of personal opinion. However, we should note the rear cover definitely looks different than what we’re used to seeing in this class. Interestingly, the texture provides a more “rugged” feeling to the phone, but it’s glossy the same time. More importantly the rear cover doesn’t attract any nasty fingerprints or smudges. The camera sensor is slightly protruding and it’s not easy to miss along with the LED flash and, of course, the GSmart logo and loudspeaker at the bottom.

GSmart Classic is only 8.6 mm thick which is great considering its class. On the sides you’ll see the power button on the right and volume rocker on the left, both of which offer long key travel. The built-in microphone is the only thing located at the bottom while the headphone jack and microUSB charging port are at the top.

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Under the hood

Thanks to a small gap at the bottom part of the smartphone you can easily remove the rear cover and gain access to the device’s battery, which is also removable. Once you take off both pieces you’ll see all the available slots – one SIM card slot, one microSIM card slot, and one microSD memory card slot.
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Display and sound

GSmart Classic has a capacitative, multi-touch sensor, IPS display with a 5-inch (12.7 cm) diagonal and aspect ratio of 16:9, and a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The pixel pitch is 0.0865 x 0.0865 mm with a pixel density of 294 PPI. The screen can be considered “Retina” (the eye can’t distinguish separate pixels) when viewed from a distance equal or greater than 30 cm. You can see the subpixels alignment in the photo below.

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GSmart Classic has good viewing angles as you can see on the image below.

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The measured average maximum brightness of the screen is 402 cd/m2 with the largest deviation compared to the center being 10%. The color temperature on a white screen at the given brightness level is 7730K – cold, daylight type (the optimal is 6500K). The contrast ratio is good – 1240:1.

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Color reproduction

On the graph below you can see the sRGB color gamut coverage (a standard, when it comes to Web and HDTV related work) of GSmart Classic’s screen. We display the range of colors, that the human eye can see on the “CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram”, through which you can get a general idea of the Color Gamut coverage and color accuracy of your device. Inside the black triangle are the standard colors, used in digital TV and internet – rec. 709/sRGB and the wider Adobe RGB color gamut, which is important for professional photography and image printing, is the gray triangle. The colors within the black triangle are used basically everywhere by millions of users and their correct representation is often of key importance to the quality of the display. The yellow triangle represents the capabilities of GSmart Classic’s display. In numbers – 90% sRGB coverage – enough to deliver images with vivid colors.

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The graph below is basically the same, but it has measurements concerning color accuracy at 140 cd/m2 brightness. The colorful circles are the targeted colors, that GSmart Classic must reproduce, while the white ones are the results. Both, the main and secondary colors, are shown with 100% and 50% saturation inside the sRGB color gamut. We see some slight oversaturations in the magenta and blue tones.

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We tested the display using 24 sample colors commonly found in everyday life such as dark and light human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange, etc. This test is important for video playback and photo viewing.

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Below you can view the input-output Gamma Curve illustrating the correct distribution of the brightness levels and as you can see it is almost a perfect match.

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PWM

GSmart Classic’s display is user-friendly. We didn’t detect any PWM across all brightness levels.

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Conclusion

GSmart Classic’s display has rich colors, high contrast ratio, comforable viewing angles and doesn’t use PWM.

Sound

GSmart Classic has high-quality sound reproduction across the complete range of low and high frequencies. The tones are clean and pleasant to listen to, but maximum volume isn’t very high.

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Specs sheet

OS Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
CPU Spreadtrum SC7731G (4-core, 1.30GHz, Cortex-A7)
RAM 1GB
Storage 8GB
GPU Mali 400
Display 5-inch IPS capcitive multi-touch display with 720 x 1280 resolution
Connectivity Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, AGPS
Cameras 8MP with autofocus and LED flash (rear), 5MP (front)
Features
  • Dual SIM card smartphone (SIM1: mini SIM, SIM2: Micro SIM)
  • microSD memory card slot, supports up to 32GB
  • micro USB port
  • built-in speaker
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • FM radio
Battery 2000 mAh
Dimensions 73 x 145 x 8.6 mm
Weight 150 g

Software

GSmart Classic runs on Android Lollipop, version 5.1 to be more precise that brings a lot of new features and updates. For example managing the Wi-FI and Bluetooth connection is much easier, since you can view all the available networks right from the dropdown menu, instead of having to search in the settings menu. If your device syncs with a network, which doesn’t have connection to the Web, it will remember it and won’t do it again. Another new feature with this version of Lollipop is the option to restrict all phone calls and alarms for fixed period of time (or either filter calls from selected contacts). Perhaps the most noticeable change that comes with Android Lollipop is the completely refreshed appearance of the OS. Along with the design changes, Lollipop has received all the latest actualizations thus improving the performance and battery life of the device.

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Pre-installed apps

GSmart has made sure to bring some additional features to the OS, aside from the stock ones. Keeping in mind that this is a budget-friendly device, we can’t expect the UI to offer a large variety of features, modes and, options. The changes to the OS come in the form of pre-installed apps that may be of use to some.

Battery Doctor – this app is commonly found in GSmart devices. It offers various options to optimize and increase the battery life of the phone. In it you can also inspect detailed statistics about battery consumption and even activate a special energy saving mode when your charge is down to a certain point.

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Clean Master allows you to see how much RAM you’re currently using, as well as how much free storage you have left, and you’re also presented with the option to clean some of the junk files on your device. It also protects you from viruses and spyware and shows you information about the SoC load, to prevent your phone from overheating or lagging.

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CM Security is another app, which both optimizes your device and protects it from harmful software and viruses. With it you can clean junk files and close background apps.

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File manager shows you all the files you have on your phone in one convenient place. Everything is neatly grouped into folders so you can find a specific file faster and easier.

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News&Weather – as the name suggests this app gives you information about the news and the weather separated into two section. The first one shows you the weather report for a location of your choice, while the second one gives you the news stream, and you can select the categories interest you the most.

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TouchPal TouchPal is an intelligent keyboard, which offers a variety of functionalities. It features emoticons, various themes, autocorrect, etc.

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WPS office is a popular and easy to use app for creating, reading and editing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. It also supports PDF and other text documents.

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Performance

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GSmart Classic boasts Spreadtrum SC7731G. The 32-bit SoC has four Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.3GHz and the chip is manufactured using a 28 nm process. The performance isn’t the best we’ve seen, but it’s acceptable for the price range and the same goes for the graphics performance and the amount of RAM – 1GB. Speaking of, the GPU is Mali-400. The available storage is only 8GB, which definitely isn’t much, but the good news is there is a microSD memory card slot that supports up to 32GB. You can read more about the Spreadtrum SC7731G SoC at the official Web page of the manufacturer: http://www.spreadtrum.com/en/SC7731G.html

We ran our usual computing and graphic performance benchmarks and compared the results of GSmart Classic to similar competitor models.

CPU Performance

Geekbench 3.0 is Primate Labs cross-platform processor benchmark which simulates real-world scenarios and gives a combined score, based on the results of integer, floating point and memory performance.

Smartphones Results Result
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Price
GSmart Classic Spreadtrum SC7731G (4-core, Cortex-A7, 1GB RAM 1102 0 % Check price
ASUS Zenfone C Intel Atom Z2520 (2-core, Saltwell, 1.20 GHz), 1GB RAM 798 – 27.59 % Check price
Lenovo A536 Mediatek MT6582M (4-core, Harvard, 1.3 GHz), 1GB RAM 1181 7.17 % Check price
Motorola Moto E Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8210) (2-core, Cortex-A7, 1.2 GHz), 1GB RAM 603 – 45.28 % Check price
Samsung Galaxy J1 Spreadtrum SC7727S (2-core, Cortex-A7, 1.2 GHz), 0.5GB RAM 572 – 48.09 % Check price

Metal 3 is the latest version of Vellamo’s CPU benchmark.

Smartphones Results Result
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Price
GSmart Classic Spreadtrum SC7731G (4-core, Cortex-A7, 1GB RAM 647 0 % Check price
ASUS Zenfone C Intel Atom Z2520 (2-core, Saltwell, 1.20 GHz), 1GB RAM 589 – 8.96 % Check price
Lenovo A536 Mediatek MT6582M (4-core, Harvard, 1.3 GHz), 1GB RAM 776 19.94 % Check price
Motorola Moto E Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8210) (2-core, Cortex-A7, 1.2 GHz), 1GB RAM 598 – 7.57 % Check price
Samsung Galaxy J1 Spreadtrum SC7727S (2-core, Cortex-A7, 1.2 GHz), 0.5GB RAM 632 – 2.32 % Check price

Vellamo 2 Metal measures the CPU subsystem performance of mobile processors.

Smartphones Results Result
difference
Price
GSmart Classic Spreadtrum SC7731G (4-core, Cortex-A7, 1GB RAM 501 0 % Check price
ASUS Zenfone C Intel Atom Z2520 (2-core, Saltwell, 1.20 GHz), 1GB RAM 467 – 6.79 % Check price
Lenovo A536 Mediatek MT6582M (4-core, Harvard, 1.3 GHz), 1GB RAM 590 17.76 % Check price
Motorola Moto E Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8210) (2-core, Cortex-A7, 1.2 GHz), 1GB RAM 456 – 8.98 % Check price
Samsung Galaxy J1 Spreadtrum SC7727S (2-core, Cortex-A7, 1.2 GHz), 0.5GB RAM 485 – 3.19 % Check price

GPU Performance

The T-Rex 2.7 test is based on ES 2.0/GL 3.0 and includes highly detailed textures, materials, complex geometry, particles with animated textures and a post-process motion blur effect. The graphics pipeline also features planar reflections, specular highlights and soft-shadows.

Smartphones Results Result
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Price
GSmart Classic Spreadtrum SC7731G; GPU: Mali-400MP2, ; 1GB RAM 3.5 0 % Check price
ASUS Zenfone C Intel Atom Z2520; GPU: PowerVR SGX544 MP2, 300 GHz ; 1GB RAM 5.4 54.29 % Check price
Lenovo A536 Mediatek MT6582M; GPU: Mali-400 MP2 GPU, 0.4 GHz ; 1GB RAM 4.2 20 % Check price
Motorola Moto E Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8210); GPU: Adreno 302, 0.4 GHz ; 1GB RAM 4.5 28.57 % Check price
Samsung Galaxy J1 Spreadtrum SC7727S; GPU: Mali-400, ; 0.5GB RAM 0 % Check price

The Manhattan 3.0 test is based on ES 3.0 / GL 4.1 and uses deferred rendering and multi-render target (MRT) for the geometry pass, diffuse and specular lightning. It also features complex effects such as depth shadow map, cloaking effect, post-process effects (bloom, depth of field), occlusion query and animated volumetric light shafts.

Smartphones Results Result
difference
Price
GSmart Classic Spreadtrum SC7731G; GPU: Mali-400MP2, ; 1GB RAM 0 % Check price
ASUS Zenfone C Intel Atom Z2520; GPU: PowerVR SGX544 MP2, 300 GHz ; 1GB RAM 0 % Check price
Lenovo A536 Mediatek MT6582M; GPU: Mali-400 MP2 GPU, 0.4 GHz ; 1GB RAM 0 % Check price
Motorola Moto E Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8210); GPU: Adreno 302, 0.4 GHz ; 1GB RAM 1.6 0 % Check price
Samsung Galaxy J1 Spreadtrum SC7727S; GPU: Mali-400, ; 0.5GB RAM 0 % Check price

In this test, 3DMark’s Unlimited engine uses a fixed frame interval and renders exactly the same frames in every run on every device. The frames are rendered in 720p “offscreen” while the display is updated with small frame thumbnails every 100 frames to indicate progress.

Smartphones Results Result
difference
Price
GSmart Classic Spreadtrum SC7731G; GPU: Mali-400MP2, ; 1GB RAM 2877 0 % Check price
ASUS Zenfone C Intel Atom Z2520; GPU: PowerVR SGX544 MP2, 300 GHz ; 1GB RAM 4349 51.16 % Check price
Lenovo A536 Mediatek MT6582M; GPU: Mali-400 MP2 GPU, 0.4 GHz ; 1GB RAM 2869 – 0.28 % Check price
Motorola Moto E Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 (MSM8210); GPU: Adreno 302, 0.4 GHz ; 1GB RAM 3754 30.48 % Check price
Samsung Galaxy J1 Spreadtrum SC7727S; GPU: Mali-400, ; 0.5GB RAM 0 % Check price

Games

In our gaming test we tried out three of the heaviest games on Google Play – Real Racing 3, Dead Triger 2 and modern Combat 5. We should note that we got all three games to run and we even managed to enjoy relatively smooth gameplay on the first two, despite some slight lag issues. However, Dead Trigger 2 allowed us to play it only at minimum settings. We encountered some problems when playing Modern Combat 5, due to the low fps count – resulting in a higher chance for you to get killed, but we succeeded in passing the first level after a couple of tries.

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Temperatures

Aside from the computing performance of the SoC, we ran tests to see if it causes the device to overheat. For the purposes of this test we simulate 3D gaming with the Epic Citadel app for a couple of hours after which we measure the outer temperatures in three areas on the back of the phone.

The highest temperature we detected was in the area around the camera – 43.1 degrees Celsius. It is a bit high, but we’ll still refer to it as normal, plus the other two parts of the phone are way cooler. You will mostly hold the phone covering only the last two areas of the phone, so we can say that GSmart Classic is comfortable to use after continuous usage.

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Camera

GSmart Classic has an 8MP rear camera (3264 x 2448 pixels) with LED flash.

Resolution

We measure the camera resolution in lph (Lines per Picture Height) using the ISO 12233 chart.

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GSmart Classic’s camera reached maximum resolution of 1030 lph at the centre of the field.
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A look at the menus

GSmart Classic offers a wide variety of manual settings. You can view them below.

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Sample shots

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Conclusion

As most budget smartphones, GSmart Classic has its good and its bad sides. The display – you can expect detailed images with high brightness and contrast ratio. Even though the photos we took with the device didn’t impress us, the camera offers a wide variety of manual settings to help you take better shots. The phone has a thin profile and standard shape with an interesting rear cover that’s hard to miss. GSmart Classic runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and the manufacturer has made sure to add a couple of useful pre-installed apps as well. The computing performance of the device is okay and, of course, keeps outer temperatures low even after long usage.

You can find information about the price and availability of GSmart Classic at the following link: http://amzn.to/1WWSjFB

Pros

  • Relatively thin body and practical design
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop with useful pre-installed apps
  • 5-inch IPS HD display with high brightness and contrast ratio
  • Relatively low temperatures after during heavy load
  • Dual-SIM card suport

Cons

  • We had higher expectations of the cameras

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