This is one section that reveals the gut strength of any hardware. As usual, the benchmarks were run on the Dream D1 and here are the following scores. AnTuTu scored 12559, Quadrant revealed a score of 3588 and NenaMark2 scored 39.2 fps. Linpack scored 37 MFLOPS and 118 MFLOPS in the single-thread and multi-thread tests respectively. Comparing the scores to other quad core handsets in the budget segment revealed that the Dream D2 is not any faster and averagely performs as well as the others.
Two coloured clip-on back covers bundled free
The Dream D1 has a custom user interface developed by Gionee. By the look of the UI, it seems like a tweaked version of the MIUI interface as most icons and a few stock apps resemble the look and feel of the ones featured in MIUI ROMs. We did find a few areas of concern, which we would like to highlight. In the settings, under the Developer Options, the only menu available is to enable or disable the USB Debugging mode. You do not have options to tweak any other options here, which include animation speed modes for Window and transitions, 2D hardware rendering and a few others. Though they might not be required by most users, we did notice that the absence of the animation tweak settings causes the app drawer to open up very sluggishly. We had to confirm this by installing a third-party home launcher and cut off the animations, which then worked as fast as usual. The second issue we noticed is the absence of proper drivers for ADB mode. We had to use Samsung’s ADB driver as an equivalent driver to get ADB mode working with our PC. The driver provided by the manufacturer on their website did not help. The manufacturer also has provided a PC suite for the handset, which has basic features to operate it. Lastly, the Android installed on the phone cannot be rooted by any means available. We did speak to a Gionee representative regarding the issue and got feedback stating that they want to protect the warranty and hence not allow rooting. Well, if you are an advanced Android user, then this phone could get knocked off your list since many utilities have the requirement of a rooted handset. The phone is shipped with Android JB v4.1 and there are no custom ROMs developed either for this phone. Sadly again, Gionee has confirmed that the phone will not receive the Android JB v4.2 update, at least for now. Their upcoming higher-end models will feature the latest 4.2 OS. Sad in a way as the next OS update could be great on the hardware it features. Nevertheless, the Dream D1 performs as expected and even better in some aspects.
The UI is custom-made and looks like a tweaked version of MIUI
Display and media
One must admit, the D1 is the only budget series quad core Android smartphone with a Super AMOLED HD display at a cheap price. The Super AMOLED screen used here is Pentile display, which helps reduce the cost to an extent. The photos and videos are crisp and clear on the screen and so are the brightness and contrast levels. The viewing angle too is great with absolutely no blurring or distortion. We threw our test videos at the phone and the D1 could play them all with absolutely no hiccups. The full HD videos were very enjoyable with crisp and clear details. We also did try playing a 4K video, but it failed. The video was very sluggish and not n sync with the audio. The onboard speaker is great too. It is loud, pretty clear and reproduces a decent audio quality with no shrill or distorting sounds even at high volume levels. The bundled earphones have a build quality, are white glossy in colour and look aesthetic too. The audio performance of the earphones are also good enough for media entertainment and phone calls.
System information from AnTuTu
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