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Gigaset GS4 Review: Middle class smartphone made in Germany


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As one of the few smartphones made in Germany on the market, the Gigaset GS4 performed well in the test. For its mid-range price of around 200 euros, it impresses with its sharp display, good performance and long battery life and also scores with a few features such as NFC and USB-C. However, because of the poor camera, the phone loses many positions in our leaderboard. For the fair price, the “Made in Germany” smartphone is still worth considering.

 

Gigaset GS4 Review
Gigaset GS4 Test: lots of pixels, lots of colors, little contrast
The 6.3-inch LC display of the Gigaset GS4 not only offers a visually appealing design for the fair, low mid-range price, but can also convince in the laboratory test. Thanks to the small V-shape notch, it has a large display area on which a high density of 410 ppi is offered with a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels. It shows elements clearly. As usual in this price range, the repetition rate is limited to 60 Hertz.

The brightness is still okay at 454.5cd/m², but the checkerboard contrast should be higher at 126:1. The color palette of the GS4 is surprisingly extensive: We measure a coverage of 141 percent of the standard color space and a strong 95 percent of the extended DCI-P3. Overall, the display can be seen.

 

Technical test data for Gigaset GS4 Specification:

Product: Gigaset GS4
Tested with: Android 10
Weight: 206 grams
Height x width: 157 x 75 mm
Thickness: 9.9 mm
Display: Diagonal: 6.3 in
Display: Diagonal (additional display): -
Display: Size in millimeters: 67 x 145 mm
Display: Type: LCD
Display resolution: 2,340 x 1,080 pixels
Display: Pixel density: 410 ppi
Display: Refresh rate: 60 Hz
Display: Brightness: 454.5 cd / m²
Display: checkerboard contrast without ambient light: 126: 1
Display: Contrast in ambient light: 96: 1
Display: sRGB color space: 141%
Display: Color space DCI-P3: 95%
Loading time: PDF via WLAN: 5.8 seconds
Benchmark: GFX-Bench: 7.2 frames / s
Benchmark: PCMark: 7,800 points
Processor: Mediatek Helio P70
Processor clock: 2,100 MHz
Processor cores: 4 + 4
Random access memory: 4 GB
Battery: Capacity: 4,300 mAh
Battery: Online runtime: 13:37 hours
Battery: Charging time: 02:58 hours
Battery: Battery charge after 30 minutes: 22 percent
Fast charging power supply included: Yes
Wireless charging: Yes
WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: 802.11 n, ac
Volte: Yes
LTE: Supported frequency bands: 800, 1,800, 2,600 MHz
LTE: speed: 300 Mbit / s
5G capable: -
Camera: Gross megapixels of the sensor: 16 megapixels
Camera: Megapixel: 15.9 megapixels
Camera: slow motion (HD / Full-HD): - / -
Camera: Resolution: 1,826 lp / hour
Camera: Expert assessment Image quality: 2.8 (satisfactory)
Camera: Noise: 1.5 VN1
Camera: Optical image stabilizer: -
Camera: Auto focus: Yes
Camera: max. Video resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (30 frames per second)
Front camera: Resolution: 13.0 megapixels
Notification display: LED (monochrome)
SIM slot: Nano-SIM⧸Nano-SIM
Dual Sim: yes (4G / 4G)
Dust and water protection: -
Biometric unlock: Fingerprint sensor, face recognition
Nominal memory: 64 GB
Free space: 52.3 GB
Memory card slot: Yes
USB port: Type-C USB 2.0
Bluetooth: 5.0
NFC: Yes
Headphone output: 3.5mm jack
SAR value: 0.64 W / kg
Firmware version: 10.0_V07_20200928
Tested on: December 11, 2020

A mid-range performance
The Gigaset GS4 delivered a good mid-range performance in the test. Equipped with the eight-core Mediatek Helio P70 processor with 2.1 GHz and a four GB RAM, the operation of the Android operating system is largely smooth and does not cause any major problems in multitasking.

Specifically, the GS4 achieves a good value of 7,800 points in the benchmark test, but only 7.2 frames/s are possible in the GFX bench and you will not be able to play complex 3D games on this device. Nevertheless, the mid-range device delivers a practical performance and renders our test PDF within 5.8 seconds, a value that even the Galaxy S10 Plus could not undercut.

 

But more than just basic equipment
The equipment of the GS4 is surprisingly extensive for a smartphone of around 200 euros. For example, the device offers biometric unlocking either via face recognition or the fingerprint sensor on the back. The modern USB-C is used as the main interface, along with a dual SIM and memory card slot. The latter expands the 64 GByte internal memory, of which 52.3 GByte can effectively be used after setup by up to 512 GByte. There is also a separate headphone output.

The GS4 transmits via WLAN-ac, LTE at rather slow 300 Mbit/s, and Bluetooth 5.0. NFC technology is also on board for shorter distances, for example for mobile payments via Google Pay. The cell phone can even be used as a power bank via USB. In the test, we only miss a certified dust and water protection, otherwise all basic needs are taken care of.

Although the equipment of the GS4 is surprisingly good, Gigaset has probably put the red pencil on the cameras. A triple camera team consisting of a 16MP main camera, the wide-angle lens with 5MP sensor and a 2MP macro camera is used on the back. In low light, in particular, it only shoots poor pictures and simply cannot keep up with the pictures of the higher priced competition. It is also a shame that video recordings only allow 30 frames per second, even in Full HD, and the 13MP front camera is also not enthusiastic. There are significantly better cell phone cameras in this price range.

 

Good stamina in online operations
A special highlight in the Gigaset GS4 test was the battery. With a capacity of 4,300 mAh, it gets through our test device in continuous online mode for about 13:37 hours before it has to be plugged back in for almost three hours. Incidentally, this is only partially suitable for a quick battery boost; after 30 minutes, only 22 percent are full. However, the GS4 also supports wireless charging with up to 15 watts a rare feature in this price range. 

With a size of 15.7 x 7.5 centimeters, a thickness of almost one centimeter and a weight of 206 grams, the smartphone sits comfortably in the hand, and the hardened glass back also makes a valuable impression.

Gigaset GS4 Pros:

  • Full color FHD+ display
  • Good mid-range performance
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Fair price

Gigaset GS4 Cons:

  • Poor contrasts
  • No dust and water protection
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