Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Average of 8 scores (from 12 reviews)
Reviews for the Gigaset GS160
Gigaffordable. The GS160 is Gigaset’s cheapest smartphone so far. The manufacturer has even installed a fingerprint scanner for under 150 Euros (~$160). But is the device anything special or just another low-cost smartphone? Find out in the test report.
Source: Android Mag DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/11/2017
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 93% performance: 40% features: 60% display: 80% mobility: 60% workmanship: 100% ergonomy: 80%
Source: Chip.de DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/03/2017
Rating: Total score: 65% performance: 75% features: 53% display: 74% mobility: 63%
Source: Tech Stage DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/06/2017
Source: Android Mag DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/04/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: WinFuture DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/31/2017
Source: MobiFlip DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/22/2017
Rating: Total score: 64%
Source: Inside Handy DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Go2 Mobile DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/04/2017
Source: Curved DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 68% performance: 55% display: 54% mobility: 88%
Source: WinFuture DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/28/2016
Source: Netzwelt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/21/2016
Rating: Total score: 66% features: 80% mobility: 70% workmanship: 60%
Source: Android Pit DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/20/2016
Recently, the German-based manufacturer Gigaset has announced a new entry-level mobile phone – the GS160. Its chassis is made of light but durable plastic, with a metal frame surrounding the edges. The texture of the body feels good to the touch, and its curved back allows the device to nest firmly in the palms making it perfect for one-handed use. The GS160 is a compact phone, measuring 9.5 x 144 x 72.3 mm. Not many phones are as light as the GS160, it weighs a little over 136 g. The back cover of the phone can be detached to reveal a removable 2500 mAh lithium-ion battery, which delivers a runtime of 440 hours.
The GS160 features a 5-inch 5-point capacitive touchscreen with an aspect ratio of 16:9. The display features a pixel resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 294 PPI. While the GS160 has a maximum brightness rating of 400 nits, the screen is not optimized for wide angle viewing. Other than supporting a 3.5 mm headset jack and dual SIM functions, Gigaset has surprisingly bestowed the GS160 a fingerprint scanner at the back of the device. The fingerprint scanner is not commonly found in devices within the GS160’s price range, yet it does the job well and the phone is unlocked deftly with a touch.
Resting above the fingerprint scanner is the phone’s 13MP primary camera and it is outfitted with a LED flash light, auto focus capabilities and an aperture of f/2.2, allowing the GS160 to snap great shots even in low light conditions. In addition, the GS160 comes with a 5 MP secondary front camera for selfies and video calls. The GS160 runs on Android’s latest v.6 Marshmallow operating system and uses Mediatek MT6737 quad core processor clocked at 1.25 GHz. The phone’s graphics adapter is an ARM Mali-T720 MP2, which can handle casual games at low to medium settings. However, the GS160 comes only with 1 GB of RAM, less than half of the memory compared to other competitors in the same price range. While the phone is not meant to tackle graphics-heavy games or media content, office work and light internet surfing should not be an issue. The GS160 also comes with an 16 GB of internal storage. If this is insufficient, the capacity can be expanded up to 128GB via its card slot. Considering its specs, the Gigaset GS160 will only be practical for people with very basic requirements from a smartphone.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
ARM Mali-T720 MP2: Integrated graphics card in ARM based SoCs. Can be configured with up to 8 cores (T720 MP8) and 650 MHz core clock (at 28nm). Supports OpenGL ES 3.1, OpenCL 1.1, DirectX 11 FL9_3, and Renderscript.
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
MT6737: ARM based quad-core SOC (4x Cortex-A53) with 64-bit support and a clock of up to 1.3 GHz.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This is a typical smartphone diagonal.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.
Gigaset Communications GmbH is a manufacturer of DECT phones, tablets and smartphones, headquartered in Germany and originated from a subsidiary of Siemens, but has been part of Arques Industries since 2008.
The market shares in the smartphone range are just as low as the amount of test reports. The achieved ratings are average (as of 2016).
70.59%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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