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Gigaset GS370 Plus Smartphone review

Marcus Herbrich (translated by Alex Alderson), 02/13/2018

Wasted potential. With the GS370 Plus, the German communications company Gigaset offers an attractively priced mid-range smartphone with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Weaknesses with the screen, among other things, damage our overall impression of the 5.7-inch device though.

The German manufacturer Gigaset continues to expand their GS-Series with the GS370 and GS370 Plus. Both dual-camera smartphones were launched in November last year, and offer solid hardware for mid-range smartphones. Gigaset has equipped the GS370 series with a large 5.7-inch 1440 x 720 IPS-Display with a modern 18:9 aspect ratio. Both models are powered by an eight core MediaTek processor, have a fingerprint sensor, and come with a wide-angle camera sensor as part of the dual-camera array.

Unlike its smaller sibling, the larger 'plus' model comes with 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, and an 8 MP front facing camera. The GS370 and GS370 Plus have been available from dealers and online since mid-November 2017 for €279 and €299 (~$342 and ~$366) respectively.

However, the current street price of the GS370 Plus has already fallen to €250 (~$306). This places the mid-range device in a highly competitive price segment for which there are many alternatives. The competitors of the dual-SIM smartphone included in this review are the Honor 7X, the Motorola Moto G5s Plus, the HTC U11 Life, the Huawei Mate 10 Lite and the BQ Aquaris X.

Gigaset GS370 Plus (GS Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
5.7 inch 2:1, 1440 x 720 pixel 282 PPI, Capacitive, IPS, 2.5D, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 54.1 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 128 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Gyroscope, Proximity sensor, microUSB, OTG, Miracast, Status LED
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GSM / 2G: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz, UMTS / 3G: 900 / 2100 MHz, FDD / LTE / 4G: 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 MHz, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.2 x 155 x 72 ( = 0.32 x 6.1 x 2.83 in)
Battery
3000 mAh Lithium-Polymer, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 15 h
Operating System
Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix Dual-camera 13MP and 8MP
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Mono, Keyboard: Virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, Modular power supply, USB cable, Headphones, User guide, Gigaset UI, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
145 g ( = 5.11 oz / 0.32 pounds), Power Supply: 45 g ( = 1.59 oz / 0.1 pounds)
Price
299 Euro

 

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The GS370 Plus is not very compact with dimensions of 151 x 72 mm (~5.9 x ~2.8 in). Nevertheless, the 8.2 mm (~0.3 in) thick and 145 g (~5.1 oz) smartphone fits comfortably in the hand. The screen bezels around the 5.7-inch screen are narrow for the price range, which the 77% screen to body ratio reflects.

The 2.5D front display glass is slightly curved and fits seamlessly into the aluminium case. The matte finished aluminium case feels good and conceals fingerprints quite well. There are two colours available namely Jet Black and Brilliant Blue.

The power and volume buttons on our test device are impressive. The keys are firmly set within the case, while the pressure points are well defined.

Overall, the feel in the hand, stability and quality of the case are very good for a mid-range device; nothing creaks nor, can it be twisted either.

Size comparison

Connectivity

The internal 64 GB eMMC-storage is ample for a device in this price range. 54 GB of that is available, with the remainder being reserved for the operating system. There is also microSD card expansion up to 128 GB for those of you who need more storage space. This can also be integrated with the internal storage.

The GS370 Plus still has a micro-USB 2.0 port. In addition to charging the device, this port can be used with an on-the-go (OTG) adapter to connect things such as USB sticks or external keyboards. These were both easily recognized in our tests. The GS370 Plus also has a status LED and an FM Radio, the latter of which can be used with included earphones. The device also supports wireless display of your screen contents on external monitors, provided that you are using a capable monitor.

Software

At the time of writing, the GS370 Plus runs Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with the November 2017 Android security patch. An update to Android 8 Nougat is due in Q2/2018.

The system software is very similar to stock Android. There are only minor visual changes, with Gigaset hardly adding any additional software features. One interesting addition is 'DuraSpeed', which allows you to restrict apps running in the background to allow foreground apps to run optimally.

Homescreen
Homescreen
Pre-installed Google Apps
Pre-installed Google Apps
App drawer and pre-installed apps
App drawer and pre-installed apps
Settings
Settings
Quick notifications
Quick notifications

Communication and GPS

The integrated Wi-Fi chipset complies with all IEEE-802.11 Standards including a/b/g/n and so works on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi frequencies. The range and signal stability are respectable. When next to our Telekom Speedport W921V router the signal strength is around -42 dBm. The transfer speeds to our Linksys EA8500 reference router are only average for a smartphone in this price range. Our editorial staff measured 108 Mbit/s (iperf Server) and 102 Mbit/s (iperf Client), which generally is slow. Our comparison devices mostly perform better in our Wi-Fi tests than the GS370 Plus.

The GS370 Plus uses LTE Cat. 6 (300 Mbit/s Downstream, 50 Mbit/s Upstream) with support for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) across 800, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz frequencies. It is worth noting that the dual-SIM smartphone also has two nano-SIM card slots and a dedicated microSD card slot so you can take advantage of increased storage while still using two SIMs.

Bluetooth 4.1 is also available on the GS370 Plus. Unfortunately Gigaset has not included an NFC-Chip so you will be unable to use services that require NFC support, such as Android Pay.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Mali-G72 MP12, Kirin 970, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
338 MBit/s ∼100% +213%
BQ Aquaris X
Adreno 506, 626, 32 GB eMMC Flash
333 MBit/s ∼99% +208%
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
224 MBit/s ∼66% +107%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
121 MBit/s ∼36% +12%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 64 GB eMMC Flash
108 MBit/s ∼32%
Huawei Honor 7X
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 32 GB eMMC Flash
46.4 MBit/s ∼14% -57%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 64 GB eMMC Flash
41.9 MBit/s ∼12% -61%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
HTC U11 Life
Adreno 508, 630, 32 GB eMMC Flash
274 MBit/s ∼100% +169%
BQ Aquaris X
Adreno 506, 626, 32 GB eMMC Flash
270 MBit/s ∼99% +165%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Mali-G72 MP12, Kirin 970, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
225 MBit/s ∼82% +121%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
Adreno 506, 625, 32 GB eMMC Flash
108 MBit/s ∼39% +6%
Gigaset GS370 Plus
Mali-T860 MP2, MT6750, 64 GB eMMC Flash
102 MBit/s ∼37%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 64 GB eMMC Flash
53.3 MBit/s ∼19% -48%
Huawei Honor 7X
Mali-T830 MP2, Kirin 659, 32 GB eMMC Flash
47 MBit/s ∼17% -54%
GPS Test: Outdoors
GPS Test: Indoors

The two satellite GPS and GLONASS systems control the GS370 Plus' location accuracy. The accuracy is to approximately eight meters (~26 ft), but takes up to one minute to set a location. The device even finds a signal inside, albeit this was very unstable.

To thoroughly test the GS370 Plus' location accuracy, our editorial staff compared the device against a Garmin Edge 500 on a 5 kilometer (~3.1 mi) bicycle ride. The GS370 Plus deviated by 110 meters (~361 ft) compared with the professional sat nav. This is a respectable result for a smartphone in this price bracket.

GPS - Garmin Edge 500
GPS - Garmin Edge 500
GPS - Garmin Edge 500
GPS - Gigaset GS370 Plus
GPS - Gigaset GS370 Plus
GPS - Gigaset GS370 Plus

Phone Function and Call Quality

Phone app
Phone app
Phone app - keypad
Phone app - keypad

The call quality is good with no reception dropouts or problems during our tests. Voices were clear and easily identifiable.

The Phone app is the stock Android version, which includes a speed dial feature, call logs and direct access to saved Contacts.

Cameras

Front camera

The rear camera on the GS370 Plus has two sensors with apertures of f/2.0 and f/2.4. The main camera can capture images up to 4800x2704 at 4:3, while the 120° wide-angle camera is an 8 MP sensor that, among other things, can create bokeh-effect shots. There is also a dual tone LED flash to support the main camera in low light conditions. There is no optical image stabilization (OIS) on either camera, with software-based image stabilization used instead.

The GS370 Plus takes good quality photos in good light conditions. Dynamics and image details are decent, although the Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) is not always perfect.

The biggest criticism of the rear cameras is with their low-light performance. Shots taken in low-light conditions are visibly blurry and noisy.

The 8 MP front facing camera performs poorly in both good and low-light conditions. Image quality is adequate for selfies, but photos often come out pale and somewhat blurry. Videos can only be recorded in 480p at up to 30 FPS with the front facing camera. The 13 MP main rear camera records up to 1080p (1920x1080) at 30 FPS, while the wide-angle camera records only in 720p.

13 MP camera: Normal mode
13 MP camera: HDR mode
Standard sensor
120° wide-angle sensor
Camera app - UI
Camera app - UI
Camera app - effects
Camera app - effects
Camera app - settings
Camera app - settings

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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Photo of reference card
Photo of reference card
Reference card detail
ColorChecker: The lower half of each patch shows the reference colour

Accessories and Warranty

Optional accessories

Included in the box is a 10-watt modular charger (5 V, 2 A), a USB cable and a pair of earphones. By way of optional accessories, Gigaset has produced a cover in colors that match either variant. These are available on their website.

The device comes with a twenty four-month warranty, which is valid from the date of purchase.

Input Devices and Operation

Navigation is handled by on-screen buttons in the three-button arrangement to which we have become accustomed with newer Android smartphones. The 5.7-inch multi-touch screen is precise with low response times, while the screen glass feels good to the touch. Google's GBoard is the default preinstalled virtual keyboard.

Unlocking the device with the fingerprint reader worked reliably during our tests, albeit its speed and rate of recognition could be better since neither are the fastest on the market. Additionally, the fingerprint reader supports predefined gestures, such as opening the camera app.

On-screen keyboard in landscape mode
On-screen keyboard in landscape mode
On-screen keyboard in portrait mode
On-screen keyboard in portrait mode
On-screen keyboard in portrait mode
On-screen keyboard in portrait mode

Display

Subpixel layout

The 5.7-inch IPS display has a pixel density of 282 PPI, running at 720p (1440x720). However, this does not match our comparison devices as these are all equipped with sharper 1080p panels. Nevertheless, the GS370's 720p display is adequate for everyday use and does not noticeably lack sharpness.

The maximum brightness on a pure white background averages only 490 cd/m². When tested with an evenly distributed of light to dark areas (APL50), the display achieved a maximum brightness of 474 cd/m². This number dropped further with adaptive brightness enabled, scoring a mere maximum of 413 cd/m². Oddly, we measured the minimum screen brightness at a relatively high 21 cd/m².

481
cd/m²
459
cd/m²
462
cd/m²
490
cd/m²
472
cd/m²
473
cd/m²
466
cd/m²
451
cd/m²
458
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 490 cd/m² Average: 468 cd/m² Minimum: 20.47 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 472 cd/m²
Contrast: 647:1 (Black: 0.73 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.8 | 0.8-23.34 Ø6.4
ΔE Greyscale 8.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.7
Gamma: 2.13
Gigaset GS370 Plus
IPS, 1440x720, 5.7
Huawei Honor 7X
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.93
HTC U11 Life
SLCD, 1920x1080, 5.2
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
BQ Aquaris X
LTPS IPS , 1920x1080, 5.2
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
IPS, 2160x1080, 5.9
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
OLED, 2160x1080, 6
Screen
45%
32%
40%
35%
35%
43%
Brightness middle
472
533.2
13%
545
15%
512
8%
675
43%
467
-1%
629
33%
Brightness
468
511
9%
526
12%
500
7%
702
50%
457
-2%
636
36%
Brightness Distribution
92
88
-4%
87
-5%
90
-2%
91
-1%
89
-3%
94
2%
Black Level *
0.73
0.35
52%
0.42
42%
0.35
52%
0.59
19%
0.3
59%
Contrast
647
1523
135%
1298
101%
1463
126%
1144
77%
1557
141%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.8
2.83
58%
4.9
28%
4.6
32%
4.5
34%
5
26%
1.7
75%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
8.2
3.7
55%
5.4
34%
3.8
54%
6.4
22%
6.1
26%
2.4
71%
Gamma
2.13 113%
1.9 126%
2.31 104%
2.11 114%
2.24 107%
2.15 112%
2.15 112%
CCT
7924 82%
6918 94%
7610 85%
6952 93%
7478 87%
7961 82%
6337 103%

* ... 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: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9024 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The somewhat mixed impression of the display continues with the similarly high black value of 0.73 cd/m² (APL 50: 0.74 cd/m². This results in a low contrast ratio of 1:647. There are also criticisms of both the color and grayscale accuracies. The IPS panel shows high DeltaE divergences. Furthermore, the color temperature measured at 7924 K is well above the ideal 6500 K which gives the display a bluish tint. Nonetheless, the sRGB color space coverage is good. 

CalMAN colour accuracy (target colour space sRGB)
CalMAN colour space (target colour space sRGB)
CalMAN colour saturation (target colour space sRGB)
CalMAN grayscale (target colour space sRGB)

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
24.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9.2 ms rise
↘ 15.6 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 35 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (26.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
56 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 26 ms rise
↘ 30 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. » 90 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (42.3 ms).

Viewing angles are typical for an IPS display, although at low viewing angles there is a slight decrease in brightness. There are also minor color changes if the display is tilted sharply too - from yellowish to blue depending on the viewing angle. While the display is generally readable outdoors, the relatively low maximum brightness could prove problematic when trying to use the device on a sunny day.

Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Viewing angles
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Outdoor use
 

Performance

The GS370 Plus is powered by an eight core MediaTek MT6750. This processor is now two years old. The Cortex-A53 processor has a maximum clock speed of 1.5 GHz across the four more powerful cores, with the remainder running at a maximum speed of 1 GHz. Graphics are handled by the ARM Mali-T860 MP2 clocked at 520 MHz.

In benchmarks the MT6750 coupled with 4 GB of RAM fails to match the competition. The GS370 Plus is about fifty percent behind our comparison devices in processor heavy tests, performing particularly poorly against the Qualcomm powered competition. On the other hand, the GS370 Plus scores similarly to the competition in our graphic-intensive benchmarks.

Performance is also only average in everyday use. Often there are micro stutters, with multitasking causing delays and load times being noticeably longer than on our comparison devices.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
42909 Points ∼19%
Huawei Honor 7X
62810 Points ∼28% +46%
HTC U11 Life
73617 Points ∼32% +72%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
63746 Points ∼28% +49%
BQ Aquaris X
63428 Points ∼28% +48%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
63195 Points ∼28% +47%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
177341 Points ∼78% +313%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
3394 Points ∼33%
Huawei Honor 7X
4859 Points ∼47% +43%
HTC U11 Life
4835 Points ∼47% +42%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
5035 Points ∼49% +48%
BQ Aquaris X
4891 Points ∼47% +44%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
4847 Points ∼47% +43%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
6932 Points ∼67% +104%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
4411 Points ∼52%
Huawei Honor 7X
6213 Points ∼73% +41%
HTC U11 Life
5818 Points ∼68% +32%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
5656 Points ∼66% +28%
BQ Aquaris X
5792 Points ∼68% +31%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
6024 Points ∼70% +37%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
8439 Points ∼99% +91%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
697 Points ∼41%
Huawei Honor 7X
724 Points ∼43% +4%
HTC U11 Life
858 Points ∼51% +23%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
679 Points ∼40% -3%
BQ Aquaris X
843 Points ∼50% +21%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
753 Points ∼44% +8%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
1234 Points ∼73% +77%
Graphics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
645 Points ∼7%
Huawei Honor 7X
845 Points ∼9% +31%
HTC U11 Life
1515 Points ∼16% +135%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
986 Points ∼11% +53%
BQ Aquaris X
1014 Points ∼11% +57%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
849 Points ∼9% +32%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3657 Points ∼40% +467%
Memory (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
799 Points ∼18%
Huawei Honor 7X
1788 Points ∼40% +124%
HTC U11 Life
838 Points ∼19% +5%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
584 Points ∼13% -27%
BQ Aquaris X
1039 Points ∼23% +30%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
1998 Points ∼45% +150%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
4142 Points ∼94% +418%
System (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
1882 Points ∼18%
Huawei Honor 7X
2899 Points ∼28% +54%
HTC U11 Life
3215 Points ∼31% +71%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
2914 Points ∼28% +55%
BQ Aquaris X
3551 Points ∼35% +89%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
2983 Points ∼29% +59%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
5244 Points ∼51% +179%
Overall (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
906 Points ∼24%
Huawei Honor 7X
1334 Points ∼35% +47%
HTC U11 Life
1368 Points ∼36% +51%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
1033 Points ∼27% +14%
BQ Aquaris X
1333 Points ∼35% +47%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
1398 Points ∼37% +54%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3147 Points ∼83% +247%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
2624 Points ∼10%
Huawei Honor 7X
3342 Points ∼13% +27%
HTC U11 Life
4193 Points ∼17% +60%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
4308 Points ∼17% +64%
BQ Aquaris X
4522 Points ∼18% +72%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
3631 Points ∼14% +38%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
6792 Points ∼27% +159%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
618 Points ∼10%
Huawei Honor 7X
869 Points ∼15% +41%
HTC U11 Life
877 Points ∼15% +42%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
841 Points ∼14% +36%
BQ Aquaris X
929 Points ∼16% +50%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
914 Points ∼15% +48%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
1898 Points ∼32% +207%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
1129 Points ∼37%
Huawei Honor 7X
1553 Points ∼50% +38%
HTC U11 Life
1779 Points ∼58% +58%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
2021 Points ∼66% +79%
BQ Aquaris X
2179 Points ∼71% +93%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
1527 Points ∼50% +35%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2871 Points ∼93% +154%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
325 Points ∼6%
Huawei Honor 7X
338 Points ∼6% +4%
HTC U11 Life
729 Points ∼14% +124%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
379 Points ∼7% +17%
BQ Aquaris X
380 Points ∼7% +17%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
289 Points ∼5% -11%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2844 Points ∼53% +775%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
386 Points ∼10%
Huawei Honor 7X
409 Points ∼11% +6%
HTC U11 Life
839 Points ∼22% +117%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
463 Points ∼12% +20%
BQ Aquaris X
465 Points ∼12% +20%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
353 Points ∼9% -9%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2850 Points ∼73% +638%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
1116 Points ∼36%
Huawei Honor 7X
1656 Points ∼54% +48%
HTC U11 Life
1711 Points ∼56% +53%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
2016 Points ∼65% +81%
BQ Aquaris X
2139 Points ∼69% +92%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
1667 Points ∼54% +49%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
2896 Points ∼94% +159%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
480 Points ∼6%
Huawei Honor 7X
528 Points ∼7% +10%
HTC U11 Life
1257 Points ∼16% +162%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
723 Points ∼9% +51%
BQ Aquaris X
724 Points ∼9% +51%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
532 Points ∼7% +11%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3353 Points ∼43% +599%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
550 Points ∼11%
Huawei Honor 7X
622 Points ∼12% +13%
HTC U11 Life
1336 Points ∼27% +143%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
843 Points ∼17% +53%
BQ Aquaris X
849 Points ∼17% +54%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
627 Points ∼13% +14%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
3239 Points ∼65% +489%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
10201 Points ∼14%
Huawei Honor 7X
13372 Points ∼19% +31%
HTC U11 Life
12919 Points ∼18% +27%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
15860 Points ∼22% +55%
BQ Aquaris X
17124 Points ∼24% +68%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
11780 Points ∼16% +15%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
22629 Points ∼31% +122%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
9094 Points ∼2%
Huawei Honor 7X
10332 Points ∼2% +14%
HTC U11 Life
18469 Points ∼4% +103%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
13225 Points ∼3% +45%
BQ Aquaris X
13330 Points ∼3% +47%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
9936 Points ∼2% +9%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
34008 Points ∼7% +274%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
9968 Points ∼5%
Huawei Honor 7X
10882 Points ∼5% +9%
HTC U11 Life
16859 Points ∼8% +69%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
13732 Points ∼7% +38%
BQ Aquaris X
14034 Points ∼7% +41%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
10294 Points ∼5% +3%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
30590 Points ∼15% +207%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
17 fps ∼1%
Huawei Honor 7X
19 fps ∼1% +12%
HTC U11 Life
30 fps ∼2% +76%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
23 fps ∼2% +35%
BQ Aquaris X
23 fps ∼2% +35%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
16 fps ∼1% -6%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
112 fps ∼8% +559%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
25 fps ∼5%
Huawei Honor 7X
18 fps ∼4% -28%
HTC U11 Life
29 fps ∼6% +16%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
19 fps ∼4% -24%
BQ Aquaris X
22 fps ∼5% -12%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
16 fps ∼3% -36%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
60 fps ∼13% +140%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
7 fps ∼1%
Huawei Honor 7X
8 fps ∼1% +14%
HTC U11 Life
14 fps ∼3% +100%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
9.8 fps ∼2% +40%
BQ Aquaris X
9.8 fps ∼2% +40%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
7.3 fps ∼1% +4%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
54 fps ∼10% +671%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
13 fps ∼4%
Huawei Honor 7X
7.9 fps ∼2% -39%
HTC U11 Life
14 fps ∼4% +8%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
10 fps ∼3% -23%
BQ Aquaris X
9.7 fps ∼3% -25%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
6.7 fps ∼2% -48%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
56 fps ∼15% +331%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
4.6 fps ∼1%
Huawei Honor 7X
4.7 fps ∼1% +2%
HTC U11 Life
9.7 fps ∼2% +111%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
6.4 fps ∼2% +39%
BQ Aquaris X
6.4 fps ∼2% +39%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
4.8 fps ∼1% +4%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
37 fps ∼9% +704%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
10 fps ∼6%
Huawei Honor 7X
4.5 fps ∼3% -55%
HTC U11 Life
9.8 fps ∼6% -2%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
6.9 fps ∼4% -31%
BQ Aquaris X
6.3 fps ∼4% -37%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
4.5 fps ∼3% -55%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
38 fps ∼22% +280%
GFXBench 4.0
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
2.4 fps ∼1%
Huawei Honor 7X
2.9 fps ∼1% +21%
HTC U11 Life
5.5 fps ∼2% +129%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
3.5 fps ∼1% +46%
BQ Aquaris X
3.5 fps ∼1% +46%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
2.9 fps ∼1% +21%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
21 fps ∼6% +775%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Gigaset GS370 Plus
4.9 fps ∼0%
Huawei Honor 7X
2.9 fps ∼0% -41%
HTC U11 Life
5.4 fps ∼0% +10%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
3.8 fps ∼0% -22%
BQ Aquaris X
3.5 fps ∼0% -29%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
2.7 fps ∼0% -45%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
22 fps ∼1% +349%

Legend

 
Gigaset GS370 Plus Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Honor 7X HiSilicon Kirin 659, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC U11 Life Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Qualcomm Adreno 508, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Motorola Moto G5s Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
BQ Aquaris X Qualcomm Snapdragon 626, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Mate 10 Lite HiSilicon Kirin 659, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Mate 10 Pro HiSilicon Kirin 970, ARM Mali-G72 MP12, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash

Unfortunately, this trend also continues in our Browser tests. The MediaTek SoC is also around fifty percent behind the highest scoring of its competitors.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Chrome 61)
56.63 Points ∼100% +184%
Huawei Honor 7X (Chrome 63.0.3239.111)
31.299 Points ∼55% +57%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite (Chrome 62)
30.233 Points ∼53% +52%
HTC U11 Life (Chrome 63)
28.993 Points ∼51% +45%
BQ Aquaris X (Chrome Version 60)
27.096 Points ∼48% +36%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus (Chroem Version 62)
26.407 Points ∼47% +32%
Gigaset GS370 Plus (Chrome 63)
19.949 Points ∼35%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Chrome 61)
10406 Points ∼100% +214%
Huawei Honor 7X (Chrome 63.0.3239.111)
5302 Points ∼51% +60%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite (Chrome 62)
5096 Points ∼49% +54%
HTC U11 Life (Chrome 63)
4893 Points ∼47% +48%
BQ Aquaris X (Chrome Version 60)
4786 Points ∼46% +45%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus (Chroem Version 62)
4456 Points ∼43% +35%
Gigaset GS370 Plus (Chrome 63)
3310 Points ∼32%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Gigaset GS370 Plus (Chrome 63)
12469.7 ms * ∼100%
HTC U11 Life (Chrome 63)
9493 ms * ∼76% +24%
Motorola Moto G5s Plus (Chroem Version 62)
9360.9 ms * ∼75% +25%
BQ Aquaris X (Chrome Version 60)
8825.1 ms * ∼71% +29%
Huawei Mate 10 Lite (Chrome 62)
8693.6 ms * ∼70% +30%
Huawei Honor 7X (Chrome 63.0.3239.111)
8684.3 ms * ∼70% +30%
Huawei Mate 10 Pro (Chrome 61)
3590.6 ms * ∼29% +71%

* ... smaller is better

The performance of the internal eMMC-storage is on par with other mid-range devices, with more modern UFS-2.0 storage currently unavailable in this price range. In comparison to the competition the transfer rates of the GS370 Plus are satisfactory. The integrated microSD card slot performs well too. While the maximum theoretical read/write speeds for our reference Toshiba Exceria Pro M501 card are 270 MB/s and 150 MB/s respectively, the GS370 Plus achieves speeds of 77 MB/s and 56 MB/s. This is typical for a current mid-range smartphone.

Gigaset GS370 PlusHuawei Honor 7XHTC U11 LifeMotorola Moto G5s PlusBQ Aquaris XHuawei Mate 10 LiteHuawei Mate 10 Pro
AndroBench 3-5
-5%
25%
13%
-16%
-23%
302%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
56.14 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
30.55
-46%
59.83 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
7%
58.85 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
5%
62.6 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
12%
35.35 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-37%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
76.52 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
52.65
-31%
82.75 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
8%
79.58 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
4%
84.25 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
10%
69.1 (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
-10%
Random Write 4KB
17.1
20.24
18%
50.2
194%
44.89
163%
11.85
-31%
15.26
-11%
164.45
862%
Random Read 4KB
48.4
81.4
68%
39.3
-19%
37.94
-22%
37.47
-23%
31.5
-35%
132.27
173%
Sequential Write 256KB
182.4
127.87
-30%
120
-34%
75.7
-58%
75.34
-59%
99.79
-45%
208.72
14%
Sequential Read 256KB
284.9
265.31
-7%
268
-6%
237.44
-17%
266.37
-7%
286.78
1%
732.46
157%

Games

Fortunately the GS370 Plus overcomes its comparatively weak CPU and GPU when gaming, playing sophisticated 3D games at medium quality. We suspect that the 720p screen helps bridge the relative performance gap identified in our benchmarks by requiring less power to run than its 1080p counterparts. The more efficient 720p panel therefore helps to even out the GS370's performance deficit with its competition. Additionally, the touchscreen and sensors also responded accurately when playing games.

Asphalt Xtreme
Dead Trigger 2

Emissions

Temperature

Even though the competition often run cooler, the GS370 Plus' surface temperatures were impressive in our tests. The device heats up only slightly both when idling and under load. The rear does heat up more though, hitting above 40 °C (~104 °F) at its warmest point under maximum load.

Max. Load
 40.2 °C40.4 °C38.7 °C 
 39.9 °C39.6 °C38.1 °C 
 39.4 °C38.9 °C38.4 °C 
Maximum: 40.4 °C
Average: 39.3 °C
35.7 °C37 °C38 °C
35.7 °C36.5 °C38.7 °C
35.7 °C36.3 °C37.8 °C
Maximum: 38.7 °C
Average: 36.8 °C
Power Supply (max.)  25.1 °C | Room Temperature 20.9 °C | Voltcraft IR-260
Heatmap front
Heatmap front
Heatmap rear
Heatmap rear

Speakers

Speaker test: Pink noise

The mono speaker on the bottom of the GS370 Plus is powerful, and reaches a maximum of 86 dB(A). The sound quality is sufficient, but would be more suitable for short videos than for listening to music since the sound quality is not great. The sound tends to be unbalanced, with no bass and is tiny at higher volumes.

The sound quality is better with the included headphones, but these are not of notable quality either.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.2462532.940.53137.243.54031.742.15039.640.56328.328.78027.328.810026.92812526.727.11602421.920020.926.525020.930.731519.539.740018.549.750017.558.263017.562.580015.766.9100015.869.5125016.667.8160015.868.6200015.470250015.568.131501672.9400015.877.850001680.7630016.374.5800016.3711000016.2701250016.469.81600016.452.2SPL28.685.6N1.156.4median 16.4Gigaset GS370 Plusmedian 67.8Delta2.11235.245.132.941.137.238.931.736.639.642.728.33427.33026.930.226.736.32441.720.946.520.950.619.551.718.557.517.556.917.556.615.760.915.870.316.675.715.878.515.479.615.581.21679.415.8781674.416.377.316.381.316.283.816.468.316.455.328.690.21.176median 16.4HTC U11 Lifemedian 68.32.113.436.23633.633.231.429.931.432.331.431.530.831.428.329.728.128.827.427.92627.725.731.624.939.12445.323.949.823.75422.557.322.458.121.959.721.66821.371.421.168.921.170.320.871.620.878.720.776.320.866.320.764.720.570.520.665.520.753.533.683.8249.9median 21.6Huawei Honor 7Xmedian 59.72.211.9hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Gigaset GS370 Plus audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (85.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 38.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.8% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.8% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (27.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 65% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 25% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 26%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 80% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 15% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

HTC U11 Life audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.5% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 9% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 11% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 58% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 26%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 76% of all tested devices were better, 6% similar, 19% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Huawei Honor 7X audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (78.73 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 11.5% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (11.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (34.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 90% of all tested devices in this class were better, 4% similar, 6% worse
» The best had a delta of 14%, average was 26%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 94% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 4% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram comparison - checkboxes are selectable and de-selectable

Battery Life

Energy consumption

The GS370 Plus is energy efficient. Power consumption when idling is low, while under load its consumption is competitive with our comparison devices.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.01 / 0.18 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.77 / 1.58 / 1.73 Watt
Load midlight 3.59 / 5.69 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Gigaset GS370 Plus
3000 mAh
Huawei Honor 7X
3340 mAh
HTC U11 Life
2600 mAh
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
3000 mAh
BQ Aquaris X
3100 mAh
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
3340 mAh
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
4000 mAh
Power Consumption
-30%
-3%
-3%
-16%
-14%
-3%
Idle Minimum *
0.77
1.02
-32%
0.63
18%
0.83
-8%
1.12
-45%
0.87
-13%
0.85
-10%
Idle Average *
1.58
2.46
-56%
2.1
-33%
1.67
-6%
2.16
-37%
2.14
-35%
1.15
27%
Idle Maximum *
1.73
2.51
-45%
2.15
-24%
1.85
-7%
2.18
-26%
2.16
-25%
1.23
29%
Load Average *
3.59
4.16
-16%
3.34
7%
3.47
3%
2.94
18%
3.7
-3%
4.12
-15%
Load Maximum *
5.69
5.87
-3%
4.83
15%
5.41
5%
5.1
10%
5.48
4%
8.42
-48%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The GS370 Plus' built-in battery has a 3,000 mAh capacity and can be charged in just under two hours with a fast charging compatible charger (5V, 2A). In our practical Wi-Fi test it took the GS370 Plus eight hours and seven minutes to fully discharge from 100% with brightness set at 150 cd/m2. While this is an adequate result, it is well behind the competition.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
8h 07min
Gigaset GS370 Plus
3000 mAh
Huawei Honor 7X
3340 mAh
HTC U11 Life
2600 mAh
Motorola Moto G5s Plus
3000 mAh
BQ Aquaris X
3100 mAh
Huawei Mate 10 Lite
3340 mAh
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
4000 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
487
664
36%
725
49%
974
100%
592
22%
520
7%
818
68%

Pros

+ solid workmanship
+ dual-SIM and microSD card expansion
+ 64 GB storage
+ 4GB RAM
+ modern design

Cons

- display
- performance
- android 7.0
- microUSB
- front facing camera quality

Verdict

In review: Gigaset GS370 Plus. Test device courtesy of Gigaset Deutschland

The Gigaset GS370 Plus is an aesthetically pleasing, well made mid-range smartphone. In our opinion, Gigaset limits the potential of the device with its choice of display and processor. While the 18:9 IPS display is in keeping with the style of display increasingly found in high-end smartphones, its quality is well short of even equivalent mid-range devices. The Mediatek MT6750 is a poor choice for a €300 smartphone released in late 2017. In this price range we would have expected a more powerful processor to have been chosen instead. This would have helped to rectify the below average system performance that we found in our benchmarks.

Gigaset will find it difficult to establish itself among the competition with the GS370 Plus as the likes of the Honor 7X offer a more rounded and overall better experience.

Gigaset GS370 Plus - 02/05/2018 v6
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
86%
Keyboard
70 / 75 → 93%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
42 / 60 → 70%
Weight
93%
Battery
90%
Display
80%
Games Performance
20 / 63 → 32%
Application Performance
42 / 70 → 60%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
51 / 91 → 56%
Camera
69%
Average
71%
81%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Marcus Herbrich, 2018-02-13 (Update: 2018-02-13)