General Mobile GM5 Plus review: Android One for less

GM5 Plus

Pros, Cons, Verdict

Pros

  • Well-built
  • Affordable, value-for-money
  • Quick Charge 3.0 support
  • Fast 4.5G LTE
  • USB Type-C
  • Stock Android, no bloatware, fast updates
  • Bright and crisp display

Cons

  • Dated design
  • Laggy camera performance
  • Quick charging not as quick as advertised
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Average battery life
  • Annoying black borders on display

Pricing and availability

The GM5 Plus retails for MYR899 and is available through its main distributor KWS Distribution as well as online channels. Head over to www.generalmobile.com and www.shop.kws.my.

GM5 Plus

Verdict

If you’re looking for a stock Android experience on a budget, then the GM5 Plus may be a good option for you. It’s well put together and has acceptable mid-range specs for the price.

It undercuts its closest competitor, the Mi A1 by MYR200, and in this price-sensitive segment, that’s going to be a key factor in making a purchase decision.

There are several niggling faults and the absence of a fingerprint sensor is a huge trade-off. If you insist on the fingerprint sensor, then you’ll have to look at the GM6.

Overall, a neat package that’ll give you a pure stock Android experience for under MYR1,000.

Interested to catch a showdown of two of the most powerful Android One devices right now? Watch this space.

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