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Gigaset GS270 Smartphone Review

Mike Wobker, Tanja Hinum (translated by Mark Riege), 06/02/2018

Affordable long distance runner. For a price of 200 Euros ($234), Gigaset is offering an entry level smartphone which is equipped with a 5000 mAh battery. It should not come as a surprise that the GS270 achieves a long battery life with that. We evaluate in our test what the interested buyer can expect beyond this.

The German manufacturer Gigaset is strengthening its market position with affordable smartphones for various needs. In our tests, the very affordable GS170 was already able to convince us with its solid equipment, and the Gigaset GS370 Plus which can be purchased for 300 Euros (~$351) also shows itself to be competitive despite some performance weaknesses.

Gigaset is positioning the GS270 between those two models, asking for a price of 200 Euros (~$234). For this, interested buyers will get a smartphone of the lower mid-range. The MediaTek MT6750 SoC which is already two years old offers sufficient performance for most Android applications, and the integrated ARM Mali T860-MP2 graphics unit displays particularly older 3D applications smoothly. The package is rounded by 2 GB of working memory and 16 GB of internal eMMC flash storage.

Naturally, there are a few competitors in the price-range of the GS270 that our test unit needs to be compared with. These include the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, the Oukitel's U18, the Huawei Y6 from 2018, and HTC's Desire 12, among others. While this list could have been somewhat longer, we have limited ourselves to these devices to give a good overview.

good (79%) Gigaset GS270 Mediatek MT6750ARM Mali-T860 MP2 Smartphone - 05/27/2018 - v6
Test device courtesy of Gigaset Deutschland
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Gigaset GS270 (GS Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5.2 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 424 PPI, Capacitive, IPS, Scratch-proof and dirt repellent, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 12 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD slot (shared, up to 128GB), 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: Position sensor, proximity sensor, brightness sensor, microUSB
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM (850/​900/​1800/​1900), UMTS (900/​2100), LTE (B1/​B3/​B7/​B20), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.95 x 149.5 x 74 ( = 0.35 x 5.89 x 2.91 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 47 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 26 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 850 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 700 h
Operating System
Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix f/​2.2, contrast AF, LED flash, videos @1080p/​30fps
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: 1, Keyboard: Virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, Headset, USB charger, USB Type-A-to-MicroUSB cable, 24 Months Warranty, SAR body: 1.356 W/kg, SAR head: 0.562, fanless
Weight
160 g ( = 5.64 oz / 0.35 pounds), Power Supply: 65 g ( = 2.29 oz / 0.14 pounds)
Price
200 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case - Gigaset smartphone with good workmanship

Gigaset shows no weaknesses in the case of the GS270. The plastic case is well-built and the operation buttons, camera, and fingerprint sensor are flawlessly set into the frame. The connections for the MicroUSB charging cable and external audio devices with a 3.5 mm connector leave the same impression. The transitions to the display show no uneven gaps. However, the tray for microSD and SIM cards has some slight play in its slot.

Our test unit is kept in the special "Racing Red" color. As an alternative, the Gigaset GS270 is also available in gray.

Size Comparison

158.5 mm / 6.24 inch 75.5 mm / 2.97 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 180 g0.3968 lbs150.5 mm / 5.93 inch 73.2 mm / 2.88 inch 10 mm / 0.3937 inch 214 g0.4718 lbs152.4 mm / 6 inch 73 mm / 2.87 inch 7.8 mm / 0.3071 inch 150 g0.3307 lbs149.5 mm / 5.89 inch 74 mm / 2.91 inch 8.95 mm / 0.3524 inch 160 g0.3527 lbs148.5 mm / 5.85 inch 70.8 mm / 2.79 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 137 g0.302 lbs

Equipment - Simple hardware in the GS270

Gigaset is using MediaTek's MT6750 to run the GS270. This SoC was introduced in the second quarter of 2016 and is still used today in affordable smartphones. An integrated ARM Mali T860-MP2 GPU is responsible for the display of graphics contents. While this is also somewhat aged, it is sufficient for most Android applications. In combination with 2 GB of working memory and 16 GB of eMMC flash storage, smooth operation of the Android-7.1 systems is possible.

In addition, the GS270 has a MicroUSB port, allowing you to connect the smartphone to the charger or a PC. You can also connect external audio devices via a 3.5 mm audio port.

Software - Gigaset GS270 with Android Nougat

In terms of the operating system, Gigaset is using Android 7.0 with the security updates at the level of December 5, 2017. The user interface corresponds to pure Android and has not been adapted with its own icons or something similar. In the state of delivery, some apps such as "t-online.de", the "TankenApp," and "wetter.info" are preinstalled. These can be uninstalled without any problems.

If several users are using the Gigaset smartphone, you can add different user accounts in the Settings menu.

Communication and GPS - Inaccurate locating in the Gigaset smartphone

For the connection to the external world, Gigaset GS270 offers various options. From GSM, via 3G, up to LTE, all the important standards are available. With the corresponding reception, the connection to the mobile net does not show any abnormalities. In addition, there is also a/b/g/n-capable WLAN and Bluetooth 4.0.

The WLAN transfer rates that we measured are solid and can be called "good" for a smartphone of this price range. Most of the competitors in our comparison list do significantly worse and only the Oukitel U18 is able to keep up with the values of the Gigaset GS270. 

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 939, n=449)
228 MBit/s ∼100% +107%
Oukitel U18
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 64 GB eMMC Flash
111 MBit/s ∼49% +1%
Gigaset GS270
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 16 GB eMMC Flash
110 MBit/s ∼48%
HTC Desire 12
PowerVR GE8100, MT6739, 32 GB eMMC Flash
61.06 MBit/s ∼27% -44%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
53.9 MBit/s ∼24% -51%
Huawei Y6 2018
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
50.5 MBit/s ∼22% -54%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 703, n=449)
217 MBit/s ∼100% +95%
Gigaset GS270
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 16 GB eMMC Flash
111 MBit/s ∼51%
Oukitel U18
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 64 GB eMMC Flash
102 MBit/s ∼47% -8%
HTC Desire 12
PowerVR GE8100, MT6739, 32 GB eMMC Flash
81.83 MBit/s ∼38% -26%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 64 GB eMMC Flash
55.7 MBit/s ∼26% -50%
Huawei Y6 2018
Adreno 308, 425, 16 GB eMMC Flash
52.2 MBit/s ∼24% -53%
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors
GPS test indoors
GPS test indoors

Using the GPS Test app, we evaluate how accurately the Gigaset GS270 locates its own position. The smartphone is using A-GPS and GLONASS for this. While at an accuracy of 8 meters (~26 ft), its location determination is relatively inaccurate, and the GS270 is able to maintain the satellite connection also indoors.

We compare the GPS of the GS270 with our Garmin Edge 520 reference device on our compulsory bike tour. This shows that the high tolerance level often leads to the curves being cut off. While the covered path is recorded evenly during long straight stretches, the high tolerance of 8 meters (~26 ft) is noticeable here as well. For example, the side of the road where the GS270 travelled cannot be followed clearly.

GPS Garmin Egde 520
GPS Garmin Egde 520
GPS Garmin Egde 520
GPS Garmin Egde 520
GPS Garmin Egde 520
GPS Garmin Egde 520
GPS Gigaset GS270
GPS Gigaset GS270
GPS Gigaset GS270
GPS Gigaset GS270
GPS Gigaset GS270
GPS Gigaset GS270

Telephone Functions and Voice Quality - The GS270 is very quiet

The users of the Gigaset GS270 have the standard Android app available for phone calls, which allows you to have phone conversations with a good voice quality. However, the low overall volume makes communication in loud environments slightly difficult. The hands-free operation also suffers from the same problem. While the conversation partner is also clearly understood here, its low volume requires very quiet surroundings in order to communicate easily.

Cameras - 13 MP for mediocre photos

Front camera photo
Front camera photo

For photography, the Gigaset GS270 has a 13-MP main camera and a 5-MP front camera. The main camera takes pictures with an f2.2 aperture, auto-focus, and LED flash, while the front camera has a fixed focus and takes rather mediocre pictures in daylight indoors. If you do not get the focus just right, the pictures also become blurry.

The main camera of the Gigaset smartphone only succeeds in taking mediocre pictures as well. We notice a slight over-exposure in particular. The differentiation between light and dark image areas is not good, and image details quickly get lost in blurriness. The effect is getting considerably worse in diminishing light conditions. However, amateur photographers can also use a series of manual setting options and get slightly better results from the camera of the GS270 in that way. The manual camera options include the white balance, exposure settings, and the selection of various scene modes, among other settings. 

While video recordings suffer from similar limitations as photos, they are characterized by good image stability. The settings are minimal here and are limited to the activating and deactivating of the image stabilizer, microphone, and various audio modes.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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ColorChecker: The target color is displayed in the bottom half of each field.
ColorChecker: The target color is displayed in the bottom half of each field.

We evaluate the color accuracy of the GS270 camera using the ColorChecker Passport. It shows here that the various color tones are recorded very differently. Most tend to be reproduced too dark, while some red, green, and blue tones should have been brighter.

We also test under controlled light conditions to see how well the GS270 can record details. Our test chart is reproduced slightly too dark. However, you can still see fine lines and structures clearly even at the edges.

Accessories and Warranty - Covers and earphones for the Gigaset

The box of the Gigaset GS270 includes a USB charger, the corresponding MicroUSB cable, and a headset with a 3.5 mm connector. You can also purchase a protective Silicone cover and a booklet case for the GS270 in the Gigaset store.

Gigaset offers a 24-month warranty to the buyers of the GS270. Please see our Guarantees, Return policies and Warranties FAQ for country-specific information.

Input Devices and Operation - Android keyboard and multi-touch

The virtual Android keyboard allows fast and reliable input. Every key press is rewarded with a pleasantly light vibration. The keyboard is comfortable to use in portrait as well as landscape format. The touchscreen offers good sliding characteristics and always works reliably, allowing multi-touch input of up to five fingers simultaneously. Turning the Gigaset to change the orientation of the smartphone works fast and without delay.

Display - Gigaset smartphone with low brightness

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The screen of the Gigaset GS270 displays contents at a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The 5.2-inch IPS panel is protected by a dirt-repellent and scratch-proof surface. In the comparison, the display is rather mediocre. While some smartphones such as the HTC Desire 12 offer a higher brightness, they also have a lower resolution. At an average brightness of 418 cd/m², the brightness of the GS270 is below average. 

410
cd/m²
412
cd/m²
405
cd/m²
412
cd/m²
427
cd/m²
431
cd/m²
413
cd/m²
418
cd/m²
435
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 435 cd/m² Average: 418.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 421 cd/m²
Contrast: 1581:1 (Black: 0.27 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.4 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 8.6 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
89.8% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 1.9
Gigaset GS270
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.2
Oukitel U18
LCD IPS, 1512x720, 5.85
Huawei Y6 2018
IPS, 1440x720, 5.7
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.99
HTC Desire 12
IPS, 1440x720, 5.5
Screen
-9%
1%
12%
23%
Brightness middle
427
565
32%
483
13%
620
45%
502
18%
Brightness
418
535
28%
460
10%
612
46%
499
19%
Brightness Distribution
93
83
-11%
88
-5%
96
3%
84
-10%
Black Level *
0.27
0.55
-104%
0.4
-48%
0.57
-111%
0.2
26%
Contrast
1581
1027
-35%
1208
-24%
1088
-31%
2510
59%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.4
7.1
-11%
5.8
9%
3.46
46%
5.4
16%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
14.24
13.7
4%
12.6
12%
7.88
45%
10.8
24%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
8.6
6.2
28%
5
42%
3.9
55%
6.2
28%
Gamma
1.9 116%
2.85 77%
2.6 85%
2.073 106%
2.07 106%
CCT
7366 88%
7153 91%
7709 84%
7230 90%
7660 85%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.42

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9258 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Gigaset lists a contrast ratio of 1000:1 in the specifications of the GS270. The value that we measured is significantly higher at 1581:1, causing the image contents to appear sharp and vivid. In addition, the low black value ensures a saturated black. In these points, the GS270 surpasses most of our selected competitors, and only the display of the HTC Desire 12 achieves better values.

CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Color accuracy
CalMAN - Color space coverage
CalMAN - Color space coverage
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Grayscales
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ ms rise
↘ ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 73 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
56 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ ms rise
↘ ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 91 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.6 ms).

Outdoors, the display of the Gigaset smartphone is bright enough to be easily readable on cloudy days. However, in direct sunlight this is not possible anymore, and you have to be careful to avoid interfering reflections on the screen in general.

Outdoor usage
Outdoor usage

The viewing angles of the IPS panel of the GS270 are very stable, and you can see the image contents from any angle without distortions. If there are no interfering reflections from the surroundings, the Gigaset smartphone can also be used in unusual positions.

Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance - Gigaset with MediaTek and ARM

Our test unit is equipped with MediaTek’s MT6750 and an ARM Mali-T860 MP2. This SoC/GPU combination is used in simpler smartphones and offers sufficient performance to ensure the smooth operation of an Android-7.0 system. In combination with 2 GB of working memory and 16 GB of eMMC flash storage, most Android apps and older games can be run. However, you should not expect to run any demanding 3D applications.

Our selected comparison devices are all within a similar price and performance range as the Gigaset GS270. We therefore cannot see a clear winner or loser in the benchmarks either. While the GS270 can surpass the competitors in some tests, it ends up in last place in others. Overall, the offered performance is on the expected level of a 200-Euro device (~$234).

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
42649 Points ∼49%
Huawei Y6 2018
39089 Points ∼44% -8%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
60490 Points ∼69% +42%
HTC Desire 12
36253 Points ∼41% -15%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (38547 - 44842, n=17)
41781 Points ∼48% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (5600 - 293444, n=490)
87858 Points ∼100% +106%
AnTuTu v7 - Total Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
Points ∼0%
Oukitel U18
54989 Points ∼39%
Huawei Y6 2018
46710 Points ∼33%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
76178 Points ∼54%
HTC Desire 12
46366 Points ∼33%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (52278 - 56639, n=10)
54391 Points ∼38%
Average of class Smartphone (17073 - 462516, n=293)
142226 Points ∼100%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
3230 Points ∼61%
Oukitel U18
3358 Points ∼63% +4%
Huawei Y6 2018
3629 Points ∼69% +12%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4905 Points ∼93% +52%
HTC Desire 12
3320 Points ∼63% +3%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (2782 - 3394, n=17)
3221 Points ∼61% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (2630 - 11440, n=382)
5297 Points ∼100% +64%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
4287 Points ∼74%
Oukitel U18
4532 Points ∼78% +6%
Huawei Y6 2018
4756 Points ∼82% +11%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
5801 Points ∼100% +35%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (3667 - 4532, n=13)
4271 Points ∼74% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (1077 - 14439, n=550)
5737 Points ∼99% +34%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
10 Points ∼1%
Oukitel U18
698 Points ∼92% +6880%
Huawei Y6 2018
616 Points ∼81% +6060%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
722 Points ∼95% +7120%
HTC Desire 12
591 Points ∼78% +5810%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (9 - 1137, n=19)
446 Points ∼59% +4360%
Average of class Smartphone (7 - 1745, n=630)
757 Points ∼100% +7470%
Graphics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
639 Points ∼31%
Oukitel U18
640 Points ∼31% 0%
Huawei Y6 2018
443 Points ∼22% -31%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
1017 Points ∼49% +59%
HTC Desire 12
18 Points ∼1% -97%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (471 - 649, n=19)
585 Points ∼28% -8%
Average of class Smartphone (18 - 16996, n=630)
2057 Points ∼100% +222%
Memory (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
834 Points ∼55%
Oukitel U18
798 Points ∼53% -4%
Huawei Y6 2018
1069 Points ∼70% +28%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
961 Points ∼63% +15%
HTC Desire 12
984 Points ∼65% +18%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (609 - 1288, n=19)
833 Points ∼55% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (21 - 7500, n=630)
1517 Points ∼100% +82%
System (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
1837 Points ∼57%
Oukitel U18
1838 Points ∼57% 0%
Huawei Y6 2018
1043 Points ∼32% -43%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
3236 Points ∼100% +76%
HTC Desire 12
1526 Points ∼47% -17%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (1077 - 2003, n=19)
1776 Points ∼55% -3%
Average of class Smartphone (369 - 14189, n=630)
2970 Points ∼92% +62%
Overall (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
312 Points ∼21%
Oukitel U18
899 Points ∼60% +188%
Huawei Y6 2018
743 Points ∼50% +138%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
1229 Points ∼82% +294%
HTC Desire 12
637 Points ∼43% +104%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (253 - 965, n=19)
663 Points ∼44% +113%
Average of class Smartphone (1 - 6097, n=630)
1490 Points ∼100% +378%
Geekbench 4.4
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
1718 Points ∼37%
Huawei Y6 2018
1419 Points ∼30% -17%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
3316 Points ∼71% +93%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (1393 - 1935, n=16)
1705 Points ∼36% -1%
Average of class Smartphone (663 - 21070, n=322)
4677 Points ∼100% +172%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
2623 Points ∼56%
Oukitel U18
2617 Points ∼56% 0%
Huawei Y6 2018
1939 Points ∼41% -26%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4292 Points ∼91% +64%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (1790 - 2765, n=18)
2520 Points ∼54% -4%
Average of class Smartphone (883 - 11598, n=381)
4699 Points ∼100% +79%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
615 Points ∼43%
Oukitel U18
608 Points ∼43% -1%
Huawei Y6 2018
692 Points ∼49% +13%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
870 Points ∼61% +41%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (590 - 682, n=18)
618 Points ∼44% 0%
Average of class Smartphone (390 - 4824, n=381)
1418 Points ∼100% +131%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
1111 Points ∼55%
Oukitel U18
1195 Points ∼59% +8%
Huawei Y6 2018
Points ∼0% -100%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
2038 Points ∼100% +83%
HTC Desire 12
589 Points ∼29% -47%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (702 - 1233, n=19)
1086 Points ∼53% -2%
Average of class Smartphone (486 - 4519, n=470)
1875 Points ∼92% +69%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
324 Points ∼22%
Oukitel U18
329 Points ∼22% +2%
Huawei Y6 2018
Points ∼0% -100%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
379 Points ∼26% +17%
HTC Desire 12
92 Points ∼6% -72%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (83 - 329, n=19)
272 Points ∼18% -16%
Average of class Smartphone (53 - 7150, n=470)
1471 Points ∼100% +354%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
385 Points ∼27%
Oukitel U18
393 Points ∼28% +2%
Huawei Y6 2018
Points ∼0% -100%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
463 Points ∼33% +20%
HTC Desire 12
113 Points ∼8% -71%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (105 - 393, n=19)
324 Points ∼23% -16%
Average of class Smartphone (68 - 6319, n=471)
1414 Points ∼100% +267%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
1122 Points ∼55%
Oukitel U18
1219 Points ∼59% +9%
Huawei Y6 2018
907 Points ∼44% -19%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
2058 Points ∼100% +83%
HTC Desire 12
593 Points ∼29% -47%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (694 - 1219, n=18)
1059 Points ∼51% -6%
Average of class Smartphone (293 - 4540, n=510)
1743 Points ∼85% +55%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
478 Points ∼25%
Oukitel U18
484 Points ∼25% +1%
Huawei Y6 2018
55 Points ∼3% -88%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
732 Points ∼38% +53%
HTC Desire 12
148 Points ∼8% -69%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (109 - 484, n=18)
411 Points ∼21% -14%
Average of class Smartphone (43 - 11302, n=509)
1925 Points ∼100% +303%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
548 Points ∼33%
Oukitel U18
559 Points ∼34% +2%
Huawei Y6 2018
70 Points ∼4% -87%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
854 Points ∼51% +56%
HTC Desire 12
178 Points ∼11% -68%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (136 - 559, n=18)
471 Points ∼28% -14%
Average of class Smartphone (55 - 8165, n=512)
1663 Points ∼100% +203%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
8329 Points ∼53%
Oukitel U18
10143 Points ∼65% +22%
Huawei Y6 2018
10344 Points ∼66% +24%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
15593 Points ∼100% +87%
HTC Desire 12
9856 Points ∼63% +18%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (4811 - 10553, n=18)
9040 Points ∼58% +9%
Average of class Smartphone (735 - 45072, n=670)
14165 Points ∼91% +70%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
10010 Points ∼45%
Oukitel U18
10100 Points ∼46% +1%
Huawei Y6 2018
5426 Points ∼25% -46%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
13219 Points ∼60% +32%
HTC Desire 12
3597 Points ∼16% -64%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (5884 - 10361, n=18)
9007 Points ∼41% -10%
Average of class Smartphone (536 - 209204, n=668)
22025 Points ∼100% +120%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
9580 Points ∼54%
Oukitel U18
10117 Points ∼57% +6%
Huawei Y6 2018
6067 Points ∼34% -37%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
13682 Points ∼77% +43%
HTC Desire 12
4188 Points ∼24% -56%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (5606 - 10269, n=18)
9018 Points ∼51% -6%
Average of class Smartphone (662 - 97276, n=668)
17821 Points ∼100% +86%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Oukitel U18
17 fps ∼45%
Huawei Y6 2018
7.7 fps ∼20%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
23 fps ∼61%
HTC Desire 12
5.9 fps ∼16%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (12 - 17, n=16)
15.1 fps ∼40%
Average of class Smartphone (0.5 - 322, n=689)
37.8 fps ∼100%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Oukitel U18
25 fps ∼89%
Huawei Y6 2018
14 fps ∼50%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
17 fps ∼61%
HTC Desire 12
9.7 fps ∼35%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (12 - 25, n=16)
20.6 fps ∼74%
Average of class Smartphone (1 - 120, n=698)
28 fps ∼100%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
6.8 fps ∼31%
Oukitel U18
6.8 fps ∼31% 0%
Huawei Y6 2018
2.8 fps ∼13% -59%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
9.9 fps ∼46% +46%
HTC Desire 12
2.7 fps ∼12% -60%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (5.3 - 7.1, n=17)
6.26 fps ∼29% -8%
Average of class Smartphone (0.8 - 175, n=595)
21.7 fps ∼100% +219%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
6.8 fps ∼35%
Oukitel U18
13 fps ∼67% +91%
Huawei Y6 2018
5.9 fps ∼31% -13%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
9.4 fps ∼49% +38%
HTC Desire 12
5.4 fps ∼28% -21%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (5.6 - 13, n=17)
10 fps ∼52% +47%
Average of class Smartphone (1.2 - 115, n=604)
19.3 fps ∼100% +184%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
4.6 fps ∼26%
Oukitel U18
4.6 fps ∼26% 0%
Huawei Y6 2018
fps ∼0% -100%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
6.5 fps ∼37% +41%
HTC Desire 12
1.6 fps ∼9% -65%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (3.5 - 4.7, n=17)
4.18 fps ∼23% -9%
Average of class Smartphone (0.87 - 117, n=461)
17.8 fps ∼100% +287%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
4.5 fps ∼27%
Oukitel U18
10 fps ∼60% +122%
Huawei Y6 2018
fps ∼0% -100%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
6.2 fps ∼37% +38%
HTC Desire 12
3.5 fps ∼21% -22%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (3.8 - 10, n=17)
7.46 fps ∼45% +66%
Average of class Smartphone (1.2 - 110, n=463)
16.7 fps ∼100% +271%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
2.4 fps ∼20%
Oukitel U18
2.4 fps ∼20% 0%
Huawei Y6 2018
fps ∼0% -100%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
3.5 fps ∼29% +46%
HTC Desire 12
0.91 fps ∼8% -62%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (1.9 - 2.5, n=18)
2.24 fps ∼19% -7%
Average of class Smartphone (0.6 - 73, n=386)
12.1 fps ∼100% +404%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Gigaset GS270
2.4 fps ∼22%
Oukitel U18
2.4 fps ∼22% 0%
Huawei Y6 2018
fps ∼0% -100%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
3.4 fps ∼31% +42%
HTC Desire 12
1.5 fps ∼14% -37%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (2.3 - 4.9, n=18)
3.57 fps ∼33% +49%
Average of class Smartphone (1.1 - 60, n=390)
10.9 fps ∼100% +354%

Legend

 
Gigaset GS270 Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Oukitel U18 Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Y6 2018 Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917), Qualcomm Adreno 308, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC Desire 12 Mediatek MT6739, PowerVR GE8100, 32 GB eMMC Flash

There is a clearer result in the browser benchmarks, where the GS270 is exactly in the middle of the field of comparison devices. Subjectively, you can surf fast on the internet, but media contents take a bit longer to be loaded and played.

JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 302, n=528)
41.7 Points ∼100% +126%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
23.097 Points ∼55% +25%
Huawei Y6 2018 (Chrome 66)
18.55 Points ∼44% 0%
Gigaset GS270
18.475 Points ∼44%
Oukitel U18 (Chrome 65)
18.33 Points ∼44% -1%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (12 - 20.8, n=19)
18.2 Points ∼44% -1%
HTC Desire 12 (Chrome 66.0.3359.158)
15.791 Points ∼38% -15%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (894 - 49388, n=688)
6750 Points ∼100% +113%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
4424 Points ∼66% +39%
Oukitel U18 (Chrome 65)
3377 Points ∼50% +6%
Gigaset GS270
3175 Points ∼47%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (1994 - 3506, n=19)
3095 Points ∼46% -3%
HTC Desire 12 (Chrome 66.0.3359.158)
2930 Points ∼43% -8%
Huawei Y6 2018 (Chrome 66)
2582 Points ∼38% -19%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
HTC Desire 12 (Chrome 66.0.3359.158)
17134 ms * ∼100% -21%
Huawei Y6 2018 (Chrome 66)
16192.4 ms * ∼95% -15%
Oukitel U18 (Chrome 65)
14565.8 ms * ∼85% -3%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (11708 - 22627, n=19)
14563 ms * ∼85% -3%
Gigaset GS270
14103.2 ms * ∼82%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
10895 ms * ∼64% +23%
Average of class Smartphone (571 - 59466, n=713)
10571 ms * ∼62% +25%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
Average of class Smartphone (27 - 362, n=329)
122 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Chrome 66)
112 Points ∼92%
Huawei Y6 2018 (Chrome 66)
71 Points ∼58%
Average Mediatek MT6750 (34 - 78, n=5)
61 Points ∼50%

* ... smaller is better

The internal storage of the Gigaset GS270 is slightly slower than in the other smartphones. Of the total of 16 GB of storage, the user still has about 12 GB available, which can be expanded up to 128 GB via the microSD card slot. You can also store apps on the SD card.

Using our Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 reference storage card, the card reader in the Gigaset smartphone reads and writes at slightly below-average speeds. However, this will not be noticeable in daily operation.

When using a microSD card, you lose the option to use a second SIM card in the GS270.

Gigaset GS270Oukitel U18Huawei Y6 2018Xiaomi Redmi 5 PlusHTC Desire 12Average 16 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
20%
9%
74%
7%
-28%
38%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
58.9
47.02 (Tosh-iba Exceria Pro M401)
-20%
64 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
9%
59.46
1%
61.06 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
4%
39.4 (6.38 - 65.7, n=129)
-33%
49.2 (1.7 - 87.1, n=428)
-16%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
75.8
71.52 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-6%
84.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
12%
84.38
11%
81.83 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
8%
58.7 (8.1 - 87.7, n=129)
-23%
67.5 (8.1 - 96.5, n=428)
-11%
Random Write 4KB
10.95
12.96
18%
9
-18%
7.1
-35%
7.54
-31%
7.89 (0.49 - 44.9, n=247)
-28%
21.8 (0.14 - 250, n=747)
99%
Random Read 4KB
34.64
28.7
-17%
38.8
12%
79.5
130%
16.69
-52%
21.3 (2.49 - 62.1, n=247)
-39%
47.2 (1.59 - 196, n=747)
36%
Sequential Write 256KB
44.86
109.2
143%
65.6
46%
194.5
334%
103.77
131%
42.5 (8.74 - 106, n=247)
-5%
96.9 (2.99 - 590, n=747)
116%
Sequential Read 256KB
269.01
273.1
2%
254.3
-5%
270
0%
211.38
-21%
165 (9.66 - 294, n=247)
-39%
273 (12.1 - 1504, n=747)
1%

Games - Simple gaming with the GS270

The integrated ARM Mali T860 GPU is suitable for the occasional gamer without high demands. Most of the older games and current casual games can be played without any trouble. We did not see any problems with the slightly older "Dead Trigger 2" and also the simpler "Temple Run 2" in our test. Input from the touchscreen is implemented accurately and the position sensor does not show any weaknesses either.

Temple Run 2
Temple Run 2
Dead Trigger 2
Dead Trigger 2

Emissions - Quiet speaker in the Gigaset phone

Temperature

During everyday usage, the Gigaset GS270 hardly warms. The surface temperatures rise to barely above 32 °C (90 °F) during idle operation. Under load, the 40-degree mark (104 °F) is barely reached. This makes the affordable smartphone a device which creates slightly more excess heat than the other comparable smartphones in our comparison. 

Max. Load
 38.3 °C
101 F
24.5 °C
76 F
38.3 °C
101 F
 
 38.4 °C
101 F
34.9 °C
95 F
40.1 °C
104 F
 
 38.1 °C
101 F
34.8 °C
95 F
38.1 °C
101 F
 
Maximum: 40.1 °C = 104 F
Average: 36.2 °C = 97 F
33.2 °C
92 F
35.5 °C
96 F
38.4 °C
101 F
33.1 °C
92 F
35.5 °C
96 F
38.5 °C
101 F
34 °C
93 F
35.1 °C
95 F
37.1 °C
99 F
Maximum: 38.5 °C = 101 F
Average: 35.6 °C = 96 F
Power Supply (max.)  42.1 °C = 108 F | Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.2 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 40.1 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 38.5 °C / 101 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 31 °C / 88 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.
Heat map - front
Heat map - front
Heat map - back
Heat map - back

Speaker

Speaker test: Pink-Noise
Speaker test: Pink-Noise

The speaker of the GS270 is only suited to a limited extent for the reproduction of audio content. Due to its low overall volume, the Gigaset smartphone can only be used in very quiet surroundings. Despite the low volume, voices and other sounds quickly sound tinny. Starting from the mids, the sound spectrum drops strongly towards the lower notes. While other smartphones of this price range also offer an unbalanced sound spectrum, at least they can produce a higher volume.

The included headset is likewise not suited to enjoy music or other sounds. But at least it offers a higher volume during a phone call.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.736.52533.939.43138.8374044.740.55048.137.26327.134.88025.531.410024.128.812520.828.116020.130.320020.633.825018.936.631518.240.940017.647.150016.749.86301655.980015.560.9100015.165125015.263.8160014.962.3200014.762250014.862315014.762.4400014.761.3500014.861.2630014.961.9800014.865.81000014.966.21250014.860.31600014.854SPL58.527.974.4N12132.8median 15.1median 60.9Delta2.29.335.243.332.945.137.234.331.74039.640.328.331.827.333.826.929.226.731.92427.920.928.220.939.819.534.418.54817.56117.563.815.769.415.87316.672.515.871.615.47115.567.21668.615.874.41680.316.38216.376.116.269.716.464.416.451.328.6871.163.6median 16.4median 67.22.113.5hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseGigaset GS270HTC Desire 12
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Gigaset GS270 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (74.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.8% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.9% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 26% of all tested devices in this class were better, 12% similar, 62% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 53% of all tested devices were better, 9% similar, 39% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

HTC Desire 12 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (87 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 35.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (28.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 74% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 18% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 84% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 12% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Battery Life - Gigaset GS270 with a long battery life

Power Consumption

The Gigaset GS270 is a very energy efficient smartphone. The power consumption is significantly lower than in all the comparison devices. The maximum value we measured is 5.7 watts. The included 10-watt charger should therefore be sufficient to provide power to the GS270 in any circumstance.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.3 / 0.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.8 / 1.6 / 2 Watt
Load midlight 3.7 / 5.7 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Gigaset GS270
5000 mAh
Oukitel U18
4000 mAh
Huawei Y6 2018
3000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4000 mAh
HTC Desire 12
2730 mAh
Average Mediatek MT6750
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-83%
-58%
-35%
-10%
-29%
-7%
Idle Minimum *
0.8
1.12
-40%
1.7
-113%
0.7
12%
1.13
-41%
1.13 (0.57 - 2.3, n=19)
-41%
0.882 (0.2 - 3.4, n=780)
-10%
Idle Average *
1.6
2.27
-42%
2.5
-56%
2.8
-75%
2.03
-27%
2.02 (1.42 - 3.5, n=19)
-26%
1.74 (0.6 - 6.2, n=779)
-9%
Idle Maximum *
2
2.49
-25%
3.2
-60%
3.4
-70%
2.05
-3%
2.42 (1.47 - 5.9, n=19)
-21%
2.03 (0.74 - 6.6, n=780)
-2%
Load Average *
3.7
10.75
-191%
5.2
-41%
4.2
-14%
3.68
1%
5.21 (3.24 - 10.8, n=19)
-41%
4.07 (0.8 - 10.8, n=774)
-10%
Load Maximum *
5.7
12.39
-117%
6.8
-19%
7.2
-26%
4.52
21%
6.56 (3.3 - 12.4, n=19)
-15%
5.91 (1.2 - 14.2, n=774)
-4%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The biggest strength of the GS270 is its 5000 mAh battery. In our practically relevant WLAN test, the Gigaset smartphone achieved a runtime of more than 12 hours. With this, it surpasses all the other selected competitors and can be placed at the top of our comparison list. Using the included quick charger, the battery is completely recharged in slightly less than 4 hours.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
12h 15min
Gigaset GS270
5000 mAh
Oukitel U18
4000 mAh
Huawei Y6 2018
3000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
4000 mAh
HTC Desire 12
2730 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
735
639
-13%
643
-13%
497
-32%
440
-40%

Pros

+ long battery life
+ good contrast ratio
+ solid workmanship

Cons

- mediocre camera
- low display brightness
- bad speaker

Verdict - Gigaset delivers what was promised

Testing the Gigaset GS270. Test unit provided by Gigaset Germany.
Testing the Gigaset GS270. Test unit provided by Gigaset Germany.

In our test, the Gigaset GS270 presents itself as a smartphone of the lower mid-range that does not have many major weaknesses. The offered performance is on the expected level of the built-in hardware, and apart from the slightly aged Android version, there is hardly any reason for complaint. While many competing devices offer better results in some areas, they have problems in others. 

The buyers of the GS270 get exactly what Gigaset has promised: an Android smartphone for 200 Euros (~$234) with a long battery life and a smooth system for everyday usage.

At a price of about 200 Euros (~$234), interested buyers should think about the features of a smartphone that are important to them. Anyone who only takes pictures occasionally and does not need to run demanding programs, will get a solid device with the Gigaset GS270, which is suited for making phone calls and can handle all the usual apps. In addition, it surpasses most of the competitors with its long battery life.

Gigaset GS270 - 05/27/2018 v6(old)
Mike Wobker

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
37 / 60 → 62%
Weight
91%
Battery
95%
Display
83%
Games Performance
20 / 63 → 32%
Application Performance
36 / 70 → 51%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
51 / 91 → 56%
Camera
65%
Average
66%
79%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2018-06- 2 (Update: 2019-03-11)