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Gigaset GS5 review - Gentle upgrade for the smartphone made in Germany

Battery change! The Gigaset GS5 retains an old virtue this year — the removable battery — but adds a newer SoC, more memory, and a more promising camera setup. In return, it is more expensive and the power adapter is removed from the package.
Daniel Schmidt, 👁 Daniel Schmidt, Vaidyanathan Subramaniam (translated by DeepL / Ninh Duy), 🇩🇪 🇨🇳 ...
Gigaset GS5 (GS Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio G85 8 x 1.8 - 2 GHz, Cortex-A75 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
, LPDDR4x
Display
6.30 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 409 PPI, capacitive, 10 multi touch points, IPS, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
128 GB eMMC Flash, 128 GB 
, 112 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: Audio Jack (3.5 mm), USB-C, Card Reader: microSD up to 512 GB (FAT, FAT32), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Orientation, Gyroscope, Proximity, Rotation, OTG, FM-Radio
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (900, 2100 MHz), LTE (FDD: 700, 800, 850, 900, 1800, 2100, 2600 MHz; TDD: 2300, 2600 MHz), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 10.4 x 157.5 x 75 ( = 0.41 x 6.2 x 2.95 in)
Battery
17.325 Wh, 4500 mAh Lithium-Polymer, removeable, 3.85 V
Charging
wireless charging
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 48 MPix (f/1.8) + 8 MPix (Ultra Wide/Macro, f/2.2); 1080p-Video; Camera2-API-Level: Full
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix (f/2.0)
Additional features
Speakers: Mono, Keyboard: Onscreen, USB-Cabel (Type-A to Type-C), Quick Start Guide, 24 Months Warranty, Head-SAR: 0.290 W/kg, Body-SAR: 1.698 W/kg, DRM Widevine L3; GNSS: GPS (L1), Glonass (L1), Galileo (L1), BeiDou (L1), SBAS, fanless
Weight
210 g ( = 7.41 oz / 0.46 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
299 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Bewertung
Datum
Modell
Gewicht
Laufwerk
Groesse
Aufloesung
Preis ab
79.5 %
12/2021
Gigaset GS5
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2
210 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.30"2340x1080
77.2 %
02/2021
realme 7i
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2
208 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
79.3 %
03/2021
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3
205 g64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"1600x720
83.6 %
07/2021
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
SD 732G, Adreno 618
157 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.55"2400x1080

Case, equipment, and operation

The Gigaset GS5 looks a lot like its predecessor, but it is a bit heavier and only has a dual-camera setup on the back that is still flush with the replaceable back cover. The glass back is neatly framed in the plastic as in the GS4, but the card slots are now under the cover. The removable battery is easy to access, and removing the SIM tray beforehand is no longer necessary. We liked the build quality in general.

The GS5's features are quite impressive. In addition to a full-fledged dual-SIM (nano) slot, there is also a microSD storage slot that can accept memory cards up to 512 GB. The microSD slot does not support an exFAT file system, however. Gigaset does not provide detailed information about the charging speeds and only said that the battery can be recharged within two hours, which should be possible roughly with an 18 W power adapter. Wirelessly, the smartphone can be charged with up to 15 W. An FM radio receiver is also integrated. The lack of DRM certification is disappointing.

Google Android 11 is used as the operating system with minimal modifications. Android 12 is supposed to be offered next year, and Gigaset promises security updates for up to three years.

The communication modules of the Gigaset GS5 work on an adequate level. The AC WLAN delivers stable transmission rates to our reference Netgear Nighthawk AX12 router. The supported mobile frequencies cover the most important bands for Europe but not many more and there's no 5G.

The voice quality of the GS5 is good when held to the ear. All call participants are clearly understandable and are heard naturally. The noise suppression leaves a rather mediocre impression in loud ambient noise. Although we remained intelligible on Gigaset's smartphone, we did sound very muffled and the volume fluctuates a lot. The speaker sounds a bit hollow but convinces with an overall decent intelligibility in quiet environments. Features such as VoLTE and WLAN calling are supported.

The system speed of the GS5 is satisfactory. Despite the newer SoC, there are small jerks every now and then. However, the glass surface has good gliding properties and the inputs are precisely implemented on the touchscreen. The fingerprint scanner on the back has a high recognition rate and an appealing unlock speed. A less secure 2D face recognition is also available.

Size comparison

164.1 mm / 6.46 inch 75.5 mm / 2.97 inch 9.8 mm / 0.3858 inch 208 g0.4586 lbs164.2 mm / 6.46 inch 76.1 mm / 3 inch 9.1 mm / 0.3583 inch 205 g0.4519 lbs157.5 mm / 6.2 inch 75 mm / 2.95 inch 10.4 mm / 0.4094 inch 210 g0.463 lbs160.53 mm / 6.32 inch 75.73 mm / 2.98 inch 6.81 mm / 0.2681 inch 157 g0.3461 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Average of class Smartphone
  (11.8 - 55.3, n=77, last 2 years)
25.7 MB/s ∼100% +60%
Gigaset GS5
  (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
16.03 MB/s ∼62%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
13.83 MB/s ∼54% -14%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Gigaset GS5 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; Sequential write; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø30.3 (20.9-41.7)
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G Adreno 618, SD 732G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Sequential write; Toshiba Exceria Pro M501: Ø40 (30.3-51)
Gigaset GS5 Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 128 GB eMMC Flash; Sequential read; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø73.6 (32.4-81)
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G Adreno 618, SD 732G, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Sequential read; Toshiba Exceria Pro M501: Ø85.5 (35-92.3)
Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12
realme 7i
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
352 (319min - 359max) MBit/s ∼100% +20%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
346 (324min - 360max) MBit/s ∼98% +18%
Gigaset GS5
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
294 (284min - 300max) MBit/s ∼84%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
283 (277min - 288max) MBit/s ∼80% -4%
iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
366 (347min - 374max) MBit/s ∼100% +8%
Gigaset GS5
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
339 (169min - 359max) MBit/s ∼93%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
332 (320min - 341max) MBit/s ∼91% -2%
realme 7i
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
288 (261min - 319max) MBit/s ∼79% -15%
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Gigaset GS5 Mediatek Helio G85, ARM Mali-G52 MP2; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø331 (169-359)
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G MediaTek Dimensity 720, ARM Mali-G57 MP3; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø363 (347-374)
Gigaset GS5 Mediatek Helio G85, ARM Mali-G52 MP2; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø294 (284-300)
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G MediaTek Dimensity 720, ARM Mali-G57 MP3; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø346 (324-360)

Cameras - dual optics with 48 MP in the Gigaset GS5

Selfie with the Gigaset GS5
Selfie with the Gigaset GS5

Gigaset has increased the megapixel range of the GS5. The front-facing lens now has 16 MP, and the quality of the pictures is similar to that of the GS4 and is on a decent level.

The setup on the back now has one lens less, but the ultra-wide-angle now takes over the tasks of the former macro lens. This has a positive effect on close-ups although no miracles should be expected. Thanks to the 48 MP main camera, the pictures are visibly better and look brighter and more vivid than those from the GS4. Not much has changed in terms of zooming, which ends at a 4x digital magnification with a rather less convincing quality.

Videos are recorded in Full HD (30 fps) at best on the front camera or in QHD (1440p @ 30 fps) with the main camera.

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
6.4 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
5 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
5.3 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
6 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
6.3 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
1.2 ∆E
1.9 ∆E
3.5 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Gigaset GS5: 4.96 ∆E min: 1.2 - max: 9.51 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.6 ∆E
54.1 ∆E
39.4 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
44.7 ∆E
63.8 ∆E
53.3 ∆E
35.5 ∆E
42.8 ∆E
27.7 ∆E
65.3 ∆E
64.1 ∆E
30.9 ∆E
49.3 ∆E
36.5 ∆E
76.8 ∆E
43.2 ∆E
44 ∆E
93 ∆E
70.7 ∆E
52.1 ∆E
36.5 ∆E
24 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
ColorChecker Gigaset GS5: 46.95 ∆E min: 13.64 - max: 92.97 ∆E

Display - Flicker-free LCD with higher brightness

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

Gigaset has not changed the display dimensions compared to the predecessor but has increased the brightness a bit, which is on a similar level in manual mode and in the APL50 measurement. The black value is okay and provides a crisp contrast. However, the minimum luminosity is too high, so eyes are unnecessarily strained in the dark.

The color reproduction is also not particularly accurate. The grayscale is very cool and all colors are oversaturated. Thus, they often look a bit gaudy but are not overly annoying.

534
cd/m²
521
cd/m²
518
cd/m²
535
cd/m²
513
cd/m²
507
cd/m²
523
cd/m²
495
cd/m²
505
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 535 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 516.8 cd/m² Minimum: 21.11 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 513 cd/m²
Contrast: 1315:1 (Black: 0.39 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 7.2 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 8.6 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
99.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 1.91
Gigaset GS5
IPS, 2340x1080, 6.30
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
TFT-LCD, 1600x720, 6.50
realme 7i
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.55
Response Times
-33%
12%
93%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
50 ?(28.4, 21.6)
66.8 ?(32, 34.8)
-34%
40 ?(19, 21)
20%
2.8 ?(1.6, 1.2)
94%
Response Time Black / White *
30.8 ?(13.6, 17.2)
40.8 ?(19.2, 21.6)
-32%
30 ?(13, 17)
3%
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
92%
PWM Frequency
926 ?(25)
373.1 ?(53)
Screen
-3%
-9%
57%
Brightness middle
513
543
6%
597
16%
815
59%
Brightness
517
512
-1%
569
10%
809
56%
Brightness Distribution
93
85
-9%
91
-2%
98
5%
Black Level *
0.39
0.63
-62%
0.74
-90%
Contrast
1315
862
-34%
807
-39%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
7.2
4.9
32%
5.47
24%
1.3
82%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
10.8
8.6
20%
12.11
-12%
3.1
71%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
8.6
6.3
27%
6.9
20%
2.6
70%
Gamma
1.91 115%
2.23 99%
2.363 93%
2.17 101%
CCT
8643 75%
8120 80%
8091 80%
6544 99%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-18% / -9%
2% / -5%
75% / 66%

* ... 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
30.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13.6 ms rise
↘ 17.2 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 78 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (23.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
50 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 28.4 ms rise
↘ 21.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.692 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 82 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (37 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: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21913 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Grayscale (Profile: Standard, Target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (Profile: Standard, Target color space: sRGB)
Colors (Profile: Standard, Target color space: sRGB)
Colors (Profile: Standard, Target color space: sRGB)
Color space (profile: standard, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (profile: standard, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (Profile: Standard, Target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (Profile: Standard, Target color space: sRGB)
outdoors
outdoors
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance, emissions and battery life

The Helio G85 SoC of the Gigaset GS5 is newer than the Helio P70 in the GS4 but is not necessarily faster. The graphics calculations in 3DMark reveal small advantages for the previous year's model, but the GFXBench test turns the tables again. In general, the performance is more in the mid-range. The GS5 does not develop a lot of heat at any time; it only gets warm to the touch.

The speaker on the chin sounds quite balanced at medium volumes but booms and noises very strongly at higher levels. Gigaset has improved the audio jack, which offers a clean sound output (SNR: 94.37 dBFS). Those who prefer Bluetooth can use the audio codecs SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD and LDAC.

The battery runtimes are good overall but slightly worse than the predecessor despite sporting a larger battery.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
352 Points ∼54%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
472 Points ∼72% +34%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
354 Points ∼54% +1%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
565 Points ∼86% +61%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (344 - 369, n=8)
354 Points ∼54% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=261, last 2 years)
654 Points ∼100% +86%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1296 Points ∼60%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
1511 Points ∼70% +17%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1305 Points ∼61% +1%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
1792 Points ∼83% +38%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1259 - 1351, n=8)
1304 Points ∼61% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=261, last 2 years)
2152 Points ∼100% +66%
PCMark for Android
Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8655 Points ∼85%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
8793 Points ∼87% +2%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (6596 - 8672, n=5)
7552 Points ∼75% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=134, last 2 years)
10135 Points ∼100% +17%
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
6145 Points ∼71%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8655 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
8064 Points ∼93%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (8655 - 8698, n=3)
8674 Points ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 15299, n=166, last 2 years)
8447 Points ∼97%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1850 Points ∼38%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
3713 Points ∼77% +101%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1844 Points ∼38% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
3939 Points ∼82% +113%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1729 - 1897, n=7)
1830 Points ∼38% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 13121, n=239, last 2 years)
4825 Points ∼100% +161%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1701 Points ∼26%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
3975 Points ∼60% +134%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1693 Points ∼26% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
4256 Points ∼64% +150%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1633 - 1765, n=7)
1696 Points ∼26% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=239, last 2 years)
6635 Points ∼100% +290%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2672 Points ∼83%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
3018 Points ∼94% +13%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2684 Points ∼84% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
3125 Points ∼97% +17%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (2644 - 2778, n=7)
2697 Points ∼84% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (651 - 6394, n=237, last 2 years)
3206 Points ∼100% +20%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1406 Points ∼51%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2575 Points ∼93% +83%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1400 Points ∼51% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
2760 Points ∼100% +96%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1400 - 1463, n=7)
1419 Points ∼51% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=193, last 2 years)
2576 Points ∼93% +83%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1250 Points ∼47%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2525 Points ∼94% +102%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1237 Points ∼46% -1%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
2621 Points ∼98% +110%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1237 - 1268, n=7)
1251 Points ∼47% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=193, last 2 years)
2688 Points ∼100% +115%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2493 Points ∼74%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2765 Points ∼82% +11%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2600 Points ∼77% +4%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
3386 Points ∼100% +36%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (2493 - 2654, n=7)
2581 Points ∼76% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 5318, n=193, last 2 years)
2861 Points ∼84% +15%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1427 Points ∼36%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2659 Points ∼67% +86%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1411 Points ∼36% -1%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
2935 Points ∼74% +106%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1411 - 1453, n=7)
1432 Points ∼36% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 11528, n=243, last 2 years)
3950 Points ∼100% +177%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1263 Points ∼26%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2597 Points ∼53% +106%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1243 Points ∼26% -2%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
2825 Points ∼58% +124%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (1243 - 1270, n=7)
1261 Points ∼26% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 19364, n=243, last 2 years)
4857 Points ∼100% +285%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2614 Points ∼77%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2901 Points ∼85% +11%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2681 Points ∼79% +3%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
3400 Points ∼100% +30%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (2603 - 2811, n=7)
2691 Points ∼79% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5793, n=243, last 2 years)
3216 Points ∼95% +23%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
721 Points ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
1245 Points ∼38% +73%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
706 Points ∼22% -2%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
1116 Points ∼34% +55%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (706 - 736, n=6)
720 Points ∼22% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=173, last 2 years)
3275 Points ∼100% +354%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
717 Points ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
1215 Points ∼36% +69%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
698 Points ∼21% -3%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
1112 Points ∼33% +55%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (698 - 732, n=6)
716 Points ∼21% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (174 - 11700, n=171, last 2 years)
3362 Points ∼100% +369%
Wild Life Stress Test Stability (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
98.9 (1240min - 1254max) % ∼99%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
99.6 (1111min - 1116max) % ∼100%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (98.7 - 99.3, n=3)
99.1 % ∼99%
Average of class Smartphone
  (26.6 - 99.8, n=145, last 2 years)
87 % ∼87%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
181 Points ∼18%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
337 Points ∼34% +86%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (181 - 186, n=5)
182.4 Points ∼18% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102 - 3080, n=125, last 2 years)
997 Points ∼100% +451%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
180 Points ∼18%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
331 Points ∼34% +84%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (178 - 181, n=5)
179.8 Points ∼18% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 2864, n=122, last 2 years)
975 Points ∼100% +442%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test (sort by value)
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
99.4 (337min - 335max) % ∼100%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (98.3 - 98.9, n=3)
98.7 % ∼99%
Average of class Smartphone
  (38.6 - 100, n=98, last 2 years)
86.2 % ∼87%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8.5 fps ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
30 fps ∼100% +253%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
18 fps ∼60% +112%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
19 fps ∼63% +124%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (8.4 - 18, n=7)
10.4 fps ∼35% +22%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 98, n=258, last 2 years)
27.9 fps ∼93% +228%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
9.5 fps ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
17 fps ∼51% +79%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
9.7 fps ∼29% +2%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
20 fps ∼60% +111%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (8 - 9.7, n=7)
9.39 fps ∼28% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2 - 257, n=259, last 2 years)
33.5 fps ∼100% +253%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
5.5 fps ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
17 fps ∼89% +209%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
12 fps ∼63% +118%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
12 fps ∼63% +118%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (5.4 - 12, n=7)
7.33 fps ∼38% +33%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.1 - 69, n=259, last 2 years)
19.1 fps ∼100% +247%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Gigaset GS5
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
3.4 fps ∼26%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
6.2 fps ∼48% +82%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
3.5 fps ∼27% +3%
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 8192
7.4 fps ∼57% +118%
Average Mediatek Helio G85
  (3.1 - 3.5, n=7)
3.4 fps ∼26% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 101, n=259, last 2 years)
12.9 fps ∼100% +279%
Gigaset GS5Samsung Galaxy A32 5Grealme 7iXiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4GAverage 128 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
163%
26%
98%
-9%
157%
Sequential Read 256KB
319.8
858
168%
316.4
-1%
481.8
51%
282 ?(106.7 - 501, n=52)
-12%
900 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=258, last 2 years)
181%
Sequential Write 256KB
269
381.7
42%
187.2
-30%
269
0%
191.9 ?(90 - 314, n=52)
-29%
437 ?(11.9 - 1465, n=258, last 2 years)
62%
Random Read 4KB
160.5
174.6
9%
77.4
-52%
145
-10%
81.2 ?(10.1 - 247, n=52)
-49%
160 ?(13.5 - 325, n=258, last 2 years)
0%
Random Write 4KB
31.37
167.1
433%
89.5
185%
141.6
351%
48.7 ?(5.3 - 159.9, n=52)
55%
152.2 ?(221 - 449, n=259, last 2 years)
385%

Temperature

Max. Load
 36.3 °C
97 F
35.8 °C
96 F
36.5 °C
98 F
 
 36.6 °C
98 F
36.3 °C
97 F
35.3 °C
96 F
 
 35.8 °C
96 F
34 °C
93 F
33.9 °C
93 F
 
Maximum: 36.6 °C = 98 F
Average: 35.6 °C = 96 F
32 °C
90 F
32.6 °C
91 F
33.8 °C
93 F
31.4 °C
89 F
32.6 °C
91 F
33.1 °C
92 F
30.8 °C
87 F
31.5 °C
89 F
32.2 °C
90 F
Maximum: 33.8 °C = 93 F
Average: 32.2 °C = 90 F
Room Temperature 21.4 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.6 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.6 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 33.8 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.1 °C / 84 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


Loudspeaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.834.9252432.63116.127.14027.624.95032.331.66323.432.3802231.110022311252133.716017.935.920013.339.325015.245.131513.250.840011.558.850012.264.163012.368.980013.370.6100014.574.7125012.277.3160011.275.9200011.779.1250012.178.2315012.778.4400013.676.4500013.181.3630013.681.4800013.176.41000013.674.11250013.673.61600013.566.2SPL2589.6N0.677.3median 13.3median 73.6Delta1.212.335.944.92942.825.144.231.445.142.446.132.448.52647.821.547.41549.121.350.914.453.81457.513.559.511.964.312.265.512.666.513.471.712.275.712.37812.779.913.580.9138312.885.113.782.313.583.613.881.714.783.313.680.214.2731571.125.793.20.795median 13.5median 73110.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseGigaset GS5Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Gigaset GS5 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 34.3% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.6% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.5% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 29% of all tested devices in this class were better, 11% similar, 60% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 54% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 37% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (93.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.9% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (3.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.8% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 9.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 6% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 88% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 31% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 62% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Gigaset GS5
4500 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
5000 mAh
realme 7i
6000 mAh
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G
4250 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
868
1235
42%
1307
51%
692
-20%
906 ?(438 - 1953, n=266, last 2 years)
4%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing (Chrome 94)
14h 28min

Pros

+ Dual SIM plus microSD
+ changeable battery
+ wireless charging

Cons

- microSD without exFAT support
- no DRM certification
- high minimum display brightness

Verdict - GS5 convinces with unique selling points

In review: Gigaset GS5. Test device provided by Gigaset Germany.
In review: Gigaset GS5. Test device provided by Gigaset Germany.

The Gigaset GS5 convinces with its simple design and good build, but it also has unique selling points with wireless charging with up to 15 W and an exchangeable battery, which are not found in this price range. Also, OS updates for up to three years are not always seen in this segment.

The Gigaset GS5 convinces with a replaceable battery, good build quality, Qi charging, and a much-improved camera, but it requires a willingness to compromise in terms of system speed and the lack of 5G. 

Furthermore, the German-made phone offers a large memory and a good audio jack. A big step forward has also been made in terms of cameras. On the other hand, the GS5 also has to put up with criticism. The SoC is not one of the fastest, there is no exFAT support for microSDs, and DRM certification and 5G are also missing.

Strong competition mainly comes from the Far East in the form of the Galaxy A32 5G or the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G.

Price and availability

The Gigaset GS5 is available directly from the manufacturer's store where it can optionally be engraved (+€5) or have a passepartout image printed for a small surcharge (+€15). Alternatively, the Gigaset GS5 is also available with Amazon and OTTO.

Gigaset GS5 - 12/10/2021 v7
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
87%
Keyboard
66 / 75 → 88%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
49 / 70 → 71%
Weight
88%
Battery
90%
Display
82%
Games Performance
17 / 64 → 27%
Application Performance
70 / 86 → 82%
Temperature
92%
Noise
100%
Audio
77 / 90 → 85%
Camera
64%
Average
75%
80%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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