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Gigaset GS290 Review - Good smartphone with small weaknesses

Daniel Schmidt, 👁 Daniel Schmidt (translated by DeepL / Ninh Duy), 12/21/2019

Greta‘s smartphone? The Gigaset GS290 boasts a generous amount of memory, a large battery, dual camera and wireless charging. On top of that, there's a satisfaction guarantee and a clear ecological conscience. You can find out if the mix is right in the test.

Gigaset GS290 (GS Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.3 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 409 PPI, capacitive touch screen, 5 multitouch points, IPS, 2.5D glass with scratch-resistant and dirt-repellent surface, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 55.16 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: microSD up to 256 GB (FAT, FAT32), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Position, proximity, gyroscope and geometric sensor, USB-C
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 5.0, GSM/GPRS/Edge (850, 900, 1,800 and 1,900 MHz), UMTS/HSPA+ (900 and 2,100 MHz), LTE Cat. 6 (800, 850, 900, 1,800, 2,100 and 2,600 MHz), VoLTE, VoWifi, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.65 x 157 x 75.1 ( = 0.38 x 6.18 x 2.96 in)
Battery
18.1 Wh, 4700 mAh Lithium-Polymer, 3,85 V
Charging
wireless charging
Operating System
Android 9.0 Pie
Camera
Primary Camera: 16 MPix (f/2.0, Full HD Video) + 2MPix, Camera2-API-Level: Full
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Mono, Keyboard: Virtual, power supply, USB cable, SIM needle, transparent protective cover, quick start guide, 24 Months Warranty, Head SAR: 0.46 W/kg, body SAR: 0.44 W/kg; single-band GNSS: GPS, Glonass and SBAS, fanless
Weight
190 g ( = 6.7 oz / 0.42 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
269 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison Devices

Bewertung
Rating Version
Datum
Modell
Gewicht
Laufwerk
Groesse
Aufloesung
Preis ab
76 %7
12/2019
Gigaset GS290
Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2
190 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.3"2340x1080
81 %6
07/2019
Wiko View 3
Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320
178 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.26"1520x720
79 %7
05/2019
Samsung Galaxy A40
Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2
140 g64 GB eMMC Flash5.9"2340x1080
78 %7
09/2019
Xiaomi Mi A3
SD 665, Adreno 610
173.8 g64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.09"1560x720

Case, Equipment and Communication

The Gigaset GS290 is made of a glass-plastic mixture and is available in black and white. The smartphone, which is manufactured in Germany, is cleanly finished and already has a bubble-free display protection film applied ex works. The battery is permanently installed, there is no IP certification. 

The USB 2.0 port has the current Type C design and supports OTG. It is also equipped with an audio jack, a radio receiver and a hybrid SIM slot. The latter either accepts two nano-SIM cards or instead of the second SIM a microSD card, which however does not support exFAT and to which only media can be swapped. Another practical feature is the possibility of charging the smartphone wirelessly. 

As operating system Android 9.0 Pie is used, which is equipped with the still quite current security patches from October 5th, 2019 at the time of testing. Gigaset plans to release security updates quarterly, and Android 10 is also scheduled to be rolled out for the GS290 next year. Unfortunately, there is no DRM certification for the GS290, so content protected accordingly can only be consumed in SD. 

The Gigaset smartphone has a regionally limited frequency range, but there should be no restrictions within Europe. The particularly low radiation levels are a positive feature here. NFC, dual-band WLAN and Bluetooth 5.0 are also on board. 

Size Comparison

159 mm / 6.26 inch 76.5 mm / 3.01 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 178 g0.3924 lbs157 mm / 6.18 inch 75.1 mm / 2.96 inch 9.65 mm / 0.3799 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs153.5 mm / 6.04 inch 71.9 mm / 2.83 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 173.8 g0.3832 lbs144.4 mm / 5.69 inch 69.2 mm / 2.72 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 140 g0.3086 lbs
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy A40
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
222 (min: 203, max: 243) MBit/s ∼100% +100%
Xiaomi Mi A3
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
158 (min: 18, max: 227) MBit/s ∼71% +42%
Gigaset GS290
802.11a/b/g/n
111 (min: 98, max: 120) MBit/s ∼50%
Wiko View 3
802.11 b/g/n
70 (min: 57, max: 83) MBit/s ∼32% -37%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy A40
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
268 (min: 244, max: 288) MBit/s ∼100% +150%
Xiaomi Mi A3
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
172 (min: 2, max: 282) MBit/s ∼64% +61%
Gigaset GS290
802.11a/b/g/n
107 (min: 81, max: 121) MBit/s ∼40%
Wiko View 3
802.11 b/g/n
55 (min: 47, max: 62) MBit/s ∼21% -49%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø108 (98-120)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø107 (81-121)

Cameras - Mediocre dual camera in the GS290

The Gigaset GS290's front camera has a resolution of 16 MP and, with enough light, allows for a good deal of selfies. Videos are recorded in Full HD at best. 

The dual camera on the back consists of a 16 MP and a 2 MP lens, whereby the latter only collects depth information for the portrait function. We don't like the GS290's photos very much because the autofocus doesn't always sit properly and despite the high resolution, the level of detail remains at a modest level. However, we like the camera app and it offers both a professional and a night mode. The main camera records videos in Full HD (30 FPS). 

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.

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ColorChecker
29.1 ∆E
54.3 ∆E
39.9 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
45.4 ∆E
64.2 ∆E
53.3 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
43.2 ∆E
27.7 ∆E
65.3 ∆E
64.1 ∆E
31.4 ∆E
48.8 ∆E
37.3 ∆E
77.1 ∆E
43.7 ∆E
46.1 ∆E
93.7 ∆E
71 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
37 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Gigaset GS290: 47.3 ∆E min: 13.42 - max: 93.71 ∆E
ColorChecker
14.5 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
15.5 ∆E
15.7 ∆E
14.2 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
19.6 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
7.9 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
14 ∆E
13 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
12.7 ∆E
2.3 ∆E
8.1 ∆E
10.7 ∆E
5.8 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Gigaset GS290: 10.65 ∆E min: 2.33 - max: 19.62 ∆E
Nachtmodus-Aufnahme
Selfie mit dem GS290

Display - Gigaset phone with bright IPS panel

Sub-pixel Array

The GS290 has a 6.3-inch (16 cm) IPS display that offers high pixel density and good luminosity. Limitations must be feared on very sunny days. Unfortunately, the APL50 measurement shows weaker values. The brightness is 351 cd/m² in the center of the image and the black value of 0.3 cd/m² is also still good, but about 50 percent higher than in the full area measurement, so that the realistic contrast is 1,170:1. 

The color representation is quite good and can be further adjusted to one's own needs in the settings. A night mode is also available. 

471
cd/m²
469
cd/m²
457
cd/m²
487
cd/m²
465
cd/m²
441
cd/m²
474
cd/m²
446
cd/m²
428
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 487 cd/m² Average: 459.8 cd/m² Minimum: 17.94 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 465 cd/m²
Contrast: 2325:1 (Black: 0.2 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.3 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.9
ΔE Greyscale 4.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.1
99.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.09
Gigaset GS290
IPS, 2340x1080, 6.3
Wiko View 3
IPS, 1520x720, 6.26
Samsung Galaxy A40
Super AMOLED, 2340x1080, 5.9
Xiaomi Mi A3
AMOLED, 1560x720, 6.09
Response Times
24%
77%
82%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
52.4 (25.2, 27.2)
49.2 (31.2, 18)
6%
10 (5, 5)
81%
8 (5, 3)
85%
Response Time Black / White *
29.2 (13.6, 15.6)
16.8 (6, 10.8)
42%
8 (5, 3)
73%
6 (3, 3)
79%
PWM Frequency
245
219
Screen
4%
-24%
-26%
Brightness middle
465
574
23%
358
-23%
348
-25%
Brightness
460
552
20%
370
-20%
355
-23%
Brightness Distribution
88
91
3%
94
7%
91
3%
Black Level *
0.2
0.19
5%
Contrast
2325
3021
30%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.3
5.5
-4%
7.4
-40%
5.86
-11%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.3
9.5
-30%
12.5
-71%
15.6
-114%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.2
5
-19%
4
5%
3.6
14%
Gamma
2.09 105%
2.1 105%
2.084 106%
2.232 99%
CCT
6558 99%
7610 85%
7078 92%
7051 92%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
14% / 8%
27% / 2%
28% / 1%

* ... smaller is better

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
29.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13.6 ms rise
↘ 15.6 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 70 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
52.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 25.2 ms rise
↘ 27.2 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. » 86 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (39.3 ms).

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: 50 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 18300 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.


Grayscale (Target color space:sRGB)
Grayscale (Target color space:sRGB)
Mixed colors (Target color space:sRGB)
Mixed colors (Target color space:sRGB)
Color space (Target color space:sRGB)
Color space (Target color space:sRGB)
Saturation (Target color space:sRGB)
Saturation (Target color space:sRGB)
GS290 in cloudy sky
Viewing angles

Performance, Emissions and Battery Life

The Gigaset GS290 is powered by a lower mid-range MediaTek SoC supported by 4 GB of RAM. This gives the smartphone enough power for all everyday tasks, and system performance is also okay. Complex games run as well, but details have to be reduced for a smooth display. 

Operation is easy, the touchscreen reacts promptly to input and has good gliding properties. The fingerprint scanner reacts very reliably in the test and can also be used to start or trigger the camera and scroll through the screen content. 

The GS290 stays very cool in idle mode in most places and only gets hand-warm even under constant load. 

The loudspeaker on the bottom edge can get very loud, but offers a rather light fare in terms of quality. The sound spectrum isn't very broad and the underemphasis around the 2 kHz frequency is very noticeable, especially when playing music. Alternatively, the music can be played via the audio jack or wirelessly via Bluetooth. 

The battery is comparatively large at 4,700 mAh, but the Gigaset phone still doesn't look bulky. The resulting runtimes are very good, but unfortunately the smartphone doesn't show itself to be very energy efficient, as competitors with much smaller batteries often last a bit longer. 

Geekbench 5
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
902 Points ∼49%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (807 - 902, n=2)
855 Points ∼47% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (807 - 3575, n=64)
1831 Points ∼100% +103%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
150 Points ∼29%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (150 - 159, n=2)
155 Points ∼30% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (150 - 1344, n=64)
522 Points ∼100% +248%
PCMark for Android - Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
5068 Points ∼79%
Wiko View 3
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
5135 Points ∼80% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
5293 Points ∼83% +4%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
6396 Points ∼100% +26%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (4693 - 5133, n=6)
4894 Points ∼77% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 11690, n=463)
5673 Points ∼89% +12%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1619 Points ∼68%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1691 Points ∼71% +4%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2387 Points ∼100% +47%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (1455 - 1877, n=7)
1650 Points ∼69% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5728, n=469)
2110 Points ∼88% +30%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
431 Points ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
549 Points ∼28% +27%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
987 Points ∼50% +129%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (380 - 431, n=7)
401 Points ∼20% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 9389, n=469)
1971 Points ∼100% +357%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
515 Points ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
646 Points ∼35% +25%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1135 Points ∼62% +120%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (457 - 515, n=7)
482 Points ∼26% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 8111, n=470)
1830 Points ∼100% +255%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1619 Points ∼69%
Wiko View 3
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
975 Points ∼42% -40%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1710 Points ∼73% +6%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2343 Points ∼100% +45%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (1473 - 1888, n=7)
1630 Points ∼70% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5718, n=499)
2021 Points ∼86% +25%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
642 Points ∼25%
Wiko View 3
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
452 Points ∼17% -30%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
823 Points ∼31% +28%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1674 Points ∼64% +161%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (598 - 654, n=7)
620 Points ∼24% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 20154, n=499)
2616 Points ∼100% +307%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
741 Points ∼34%
Wiko View 3
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
513 Points ∼23% -31%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
930 Points ∼42% +26%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1787 Points ∼81% +141%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (690 - 765, n=7)
718 Points ∼33% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 10699, n=499)
2200 Points ∼100% +197%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1541 Points ∼62%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1675 Points ∼68% +9%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2477 Points ∼100% +61%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (1374 - 1778, n=7)
1566 Points ∼63% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 4987, n=549)
2003 Points ∼81% +30%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
440 Points ∼27%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
539 Points ∼33% +23%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
931 Points ∼57% +112%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (364 - 445, n=7)
396 Points ∼24% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 8469, n=549)
1646 Points ∼100% +274%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
523 Points ∼33%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
635 Points ∼40% +21%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1081 Points ∼69% +107%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (439 - 527, n=7)
472 Points ∼30% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 7190, n=550)
1575 Points ∼100% +201%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1545 Points ∼63%
Wiko View 3
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
943 Points ∼38% -39%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1687 Points ∼68% +9%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2471 Points ∼100% +60%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (1365 - 1774, n=7)
1554 Points ∼63% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 5054, n=591)
1870 Points ∼76% +21%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
630 Points ∼29%
Wiko View 3
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
370 Points ∼17% -41%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
702 Points ∼33% +11%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1651 Points ∼77% +162%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (575 - 633, n=7)
601 Points ∼28% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 12394, n=590)
2146 Points ∼100% +241%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
725 Points ∼39%
Wiko View 3
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
428 Points ∼23% -41%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
807 Points ∼44% +11%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
1782 Points ∼96% +146%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (654 - 728, n=7)
693 Points ∼37% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 9123, n=593)
1854 Points ∼100% +156%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
11675 Points ∼60%
Wiko View 3
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
14036 Points ∼72% +20%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
12321 Points ∼63% +6%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
19552 Points ∼100% +67%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (10234 - 12577, n=7)
11152 Points ∼57% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 57583, n=739)
14942 Points ∼76% +28%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
11180 Points ∼44%
Wiko View 3
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
10689 Points ∼42% -4%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
13821 Points ∼55% +24%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
25219 Points ∼100% +126%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (1152 - 12065, n=7)
9716 Points ∼39% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 209431, n=737)
24413 Points ∼97% +118%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
11286 Points ∼48%
Wiko View 3
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
11287 Points ∼48% 0%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
13457 Points ∼57% +19%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
23693 Points ∼100% +110%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (10772 - 12134, n=7)
11134 Points ∼47% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 110468, n=737)
19480 Points ∼82% +73%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
2.2 fps ∼21%
Wiko View 3
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4.3 fps ∼40% +95%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
2.9 fps ∼27% +32%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
9.1 fps ∼85% +314%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (1.4 - 3.8, n=7)
2.63 fps ∼25% +20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=261)
10.7 fps ∼100% +386%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1.4 fps ∼18%
Wiko View 3
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
1.6 fps ∼21% +14%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
1.8 fps ∼24% +29%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
2.8 fps ∼37% +100%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (1.4 - 2.4, n=7)
1.657 fps ∼22% +18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 68, n=259)
7.62 fps ∼100% +444%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
3.6 fps ∼23%
Wiko View 3
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
6.8 fps ∼43% +89%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
4.2 fps ∼26% +17%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
15 fps ∼94% +317%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (3.5 - 6.5, n=7)
4.73 fps ∼30% +31%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=265)
16 fps ∼100% +344%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Gigaset GS290
Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
3.9 fps ∼22%
Wiko View 3
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 3072
4.7 fps ∼26% +21%
Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2, 4096
4.7 fps ∼26% +21%
Xiaomi Mi A3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610, 4096
8.4 fps ∼47% +115%
Average Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763V
  (3.8 - 4.2, n=7)
3.89 fps ∼22% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 165, n=264)
17.9 fps ∼100% +359%
Gigaset GS290Wiko View 3Samsung Galaxy A40Xiaomi Mi A3Average 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-16%
-8%
109%
-0%
-5%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
73.9 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
63.57 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-14%
65.2 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-12%
50.1 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-32%
57.5 (11.2 - 74.7, n=117)
-22%
50.5 (1.7 - 87.1, n=491)
-32%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
81.11 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
81.74 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
1%
81.2 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
0%
67.8 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-16%
76.5 (21.1 - 87.2, n=117)
-6%
68.6 (8.1 - 96.5, n=491)
-15%
Random Write 4KB
19.77
8.98
-55%
13.2
-33%
117.4
494%
27 (3.4 - 133, n=134)
37%
29.5 (0.14 - 272, n=828)
49%
Random Read 4KB
54.7
55.23
1%
75.7
38%
126.9
132%
56 (11.4 - 149, n=134)
2%
54.2 (1.59 - 265, n=828)
-1%
Sequential Write 256KB
196.75
132.39
-33%
99.6
-49%
184
-6%
174 (40 - 254, n=134)
-12%
113 (2.99 - 750, n=828)
-43%
Sequential Read 256KB
274.2
287.32
5%
295
8%
502.2
83%
273 (95.6 - 704, n=134)
0%
311 (12.1 - 1781, n=828)
13%

Temperature

Max. Load
 34.7 °C
94 F
35.3 °C
96 F
34.4 °C
94 F
 
 35.5 °C
96 F
34.4 °C
94 F
33.2 °C
92 F
 
 33.7 °C
93 F
34.9 °C
95 F
34.3 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 35.5 °C = 96 F
Average: 34.5 °C = 94 F
29.4 °C
85 F
30.7 °C
87 F
31.5 °C
89 F
29.4 °C
85 F
31.1 °C
88 F
32.8 °C
91 F
29.5 °C
85 F
30.9 °C
88 F
32.7 °C
91 F
Maximum: 32.8 °C = 91 F
Average: 30.9 °C = 88 F
Power Supply (max.)  25.4 °C = 78 F | Room Temperature 21.7 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.5 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 33 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35.5 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 35.4 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 32.8 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.2 °C / 86 F, compared to the device average of 33 °C / 91 F.


Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2029.826.82525.2253121.6174024.728.15029.627.76322.520.38025.122.910020.120.912519.920.316020.827.420017.629.725017.638.631517.444.340016.153.450013.96163014.566.980016.175100014.578.5125014.476.3160013.674.8200013.972.7250014.571.9315014.475.1400014.878.8500014.773.8630014.867.2800014.963.31000015.162.41250015581600015.154.7SPL26.986.3N0.961.2median 14.9median 63.3Delta1.515.84342.539.141.432.933.738.836.342.237.832.43126.725.525.92529.226.824.936.320.141.819.144.918.950.918.557.219.560.417.165.416.167.716.272.215.673.216.472.91771.416.370.115.36515.463.215.268.715.272.315.475.915.565.315.448.215.545.967.173.666.728.782.620.828.218.51.253.1median 16.3median 652.412.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseGigaset GS290Samsung Galaxy A40
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Gigaset GS290 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (86.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 33.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 9.6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (10.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (30.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 85% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 9% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 89% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 7% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Samsung Galaxy A40 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (82.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.7% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.2% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 53% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 37% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 70% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 23% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery Life

Gigaset GS290
4700 mAh
Wiko View 3
4000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A40
3100 mAh
Xiaomi Mi A3
4030 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
934
995
7%
643
-31%
985
5%
681 (223 - 2636, n=695)
-27%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Chrome 78)
15h 34min

Pros

+ good battery life
+ quick and wireless charging
+ low SAR values
+ decent Full HD display

Cons

- no DRM certification
- mediocre cameras
- microSD without exFAT support
- poorer display values in the APL test

Verdict - Gigaset with strengths and weaknesses

In Review: Gigaset GS290. Test device provided by Gigaset Deutschland.
In Review: Gigaset GS290. Test device provided by Gigaset Deutschland.

The Gigaset GS290 looks pretty good in its plastic gear, and it's only on closer inspection that it's even noticeable that the frame isn't made of metal. The display-surface ratio is also more than decent. The panel itself can be very bright and offers a good color display, but the values in the APL50 test drop quite sharply and cloud the good overall impression a bit. 

The equipment is also impressive, wired quick charging (Pump Express+) as well as cordless charging (Qi) aren't a matter of course in this price range, even that a corresponding power supply for the former is directly included in the scope of delivery. A strong 4.700 mAh battery is added to this, which also provides for very good battery runtimes, but falls a bit short of expectations. The mobile phone has to accept criticism in terms of loudspeaker and camera quality. 

The Gigaset GS290 is a reliable everyday companion with useful convenience features.

Gigaset is also not losing sight of the issue of sustainability. This starts with the outer packaging, which is made of recyclable and compostable grass fibers and purchased from regional suppliers. In addition, the use of packaging films is completely avoided. However, sustainability also includes the service for the smartphone, and here too Gigaset wants to score points. In addition to the 24-month warranty, there is therefore a three-month satisfaction guarantee, which promises a full refund of the purchase price and also includes free repair of display or moisture damage within this period. Defective devices can also be repaired on the same day at the factory or by appropriate service partners. The prices are fair; upon request we learned that a display costs about 105 and a battery 40 euro. 

Gigaset GS290 - 12/20/2019 v7
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
45 / 70 → 64%
Weight
89%
Battery
91%
Display
85%
Games Performance
6 / 64 → 10%
Application Performance
54 / 86 → 63%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
67 / 90 → 75%
Camera
46%
Average
70%
76%
Smartphone - Weighted Average
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Daniel Schmidt, 2019-12-21 (Update: 2019-12-21)
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Editor of the original article: Daniel Schmidt - Managing Editor Mobile - @Tellheim
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