Gigaset's latest phone is a Redmi Note 9 rival with a removable battery
The Gigaset (a spin-off of Siemens) smartphones are rarities in the European market, as they are among the very few devices that are also actually manufactured there. The latest of these is the GS5, constructed with just 4GB of RAM and the MediaTek Helio G85 also found in 2020's Redmi Note 9 (Global Edition). That phone launched at just €230 (~US$266), whereas Gigaset asks €299 (~$346) for this latest release.
The OEM may rationalize this as the GS5 boasts both a tempered-glass rear panel (finished in titanium gray or light purple) and a removable battery. Accordingly, Gigaset asserts that this phone, as with its predecessor the GS4, will last the course as it will make repair and restoration that much easier in the future.
At 4,500mAh in capacity, the battery itself is also fairly generous and stands up to many "normal" phones in that respect. Gigaset also insists that the GS5 is sustainable in that this Android 11 phone has launched with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 12 on the way, and also ships with 3 years' worth of security-patch updates on top of that.
It is also offered with a year's worth of manufacturer warranty (below the EU average, in truth) and a free replacement in the event of mechanical or moisture-related damage over the first 3 months of ownership. This might apply to the GS5's 6.3-inch FHD+ display, which lacks a punch-hole selfie camera and an in-display fingerprint sensor.
The latest Gigaset phone also offers dual rear cameras: a 48MP main sensor and an 8MP secondary lens that, handily enough, covers both ultra wide-angle and macro modes. It also has NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, microSD card storage expansion, a 3.5mm jack and wireless charging despite its removable battery.
Gigaset notes that its new potentially eco-friendly and long term use-friendly GS5 will be available "soon" through this OEM's typical retail channels.