Pixel power “Made in Germany” – the new GS5 with frameless cameras19. October 2021 Published by Jana Greyling
Performance and elegance for digital life from Gigaset
Twice as much internal memory, an energy-saving processor, a powerful replaceable battery, a leaner look, and a camera to beat any that has gone before – that’s the new GS5 smartphone from Gigaset. At the same time, the new model builds on the tradition of the GS4 and its strengths, hence continuing the success story of the 2020 model. Sasha is also back again: The singer and entertainer remains the ambassador for the smartphones produced in his home state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
A bright and crisp display, wireless charging, NFC, a powerful replaceable battery and also Made in Germany – the media, from CHIP to Die Welt, from Computer Bild to SAT.1 breakfast TV, were unanimous in heaping praise on the Gigaset GS4 when it was presented last year. Now the GS5, the 2021 model, is here. Right on time for Christmas business. “The bar was set high for the GS5,” says Jörg Wissing, Senior Product & Business Development Manager at Gigaset. “Its predecessor was a smash hit. That’s why we’ve retained all its good features and systematically developed them further. We’re especially proud of the new camera system.”
Three eyes are enough – two at the back, one at the front
The GS5 has 48 megapixels, three times its predecessor’s resolution. Yet the number of pixels is not the sole factor that determines the quality of photos – the aperture is also important. The one in the GS5 adapts to lighting conditions. The wide F1.8 aperture ensures that enough light reaches the camera sensor to deliver good photos in the twilight or dark – and the LED flash also provides assistance if necessary. The aperture’s size is reduced to F2.2 in better lighting conditions, permitting a greater depth of field.
The main camera with auto focus is complemented by a second lens for ultra-wide-angle or macro shots and with a resolution of 8 megapixels. The clever camera software allows the photographer to choose whether they carry out all the necessary settings and picture optimization functions automatically or define the parameters themselves in expert mode. “We’ve further reduced the number of lenses and enhanced the quality of the optics instead,” explains Jörg Wissing. “That means better photos with less computing power.” The GS5 records videos with 1440p (quad HD). And the front camera with its resolution of 16 megapixels and an aperture of 2.0 outdoes that of its predecessor. Perfect selfies are guaranteed – even in the dark thanks to a display flash: The screen is turned completely white and to maximum brightness for a brief time to light up the faces in the photo. By the way, all the cameras are frameless and recessed in the front and rear – that looks good and prevents the smart phone from wobbling when it’s on a table.
Longer staying power – it’s the inner values that matter
The new Helio G85 processor from MediaTek has eight cores – four more powerful ARM Cortex A75 with 2.0 GHz and four energy-saving ARM Cortex A55 with 1.8 GHz. Applications are thus launched without delay and run smoothly – whether it’s Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok, Teams, Outlook and Workplace or Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube. The processor also boasts more efficient energy management and is less of a draw on the battery than its predecessor. The battery is slightly larger with a capacity of 4,500 mAh. That combination ensures five hours more talk time – the GS5 keeps going for up to 25 hours in the 4G network and even for 30 hours in the 3G network. Yet the device is a little leaner than its predecessor. It offers either wireless charging at up to 15 watts in accordance with the Qi standard, or can be charged via the USB-C port at up to 18 watts (PE+) – in around 120 minutes from empty to full.
The GS4 was much praised and the GS5 has been consistently developed further: The new device has a replaceable battery that delivers sustainability and is an unusual feature, since most batteries are firmly installed in smartphones. If there is no time or opportunity to charge while on the move, the drained battery can simply be removed and a fully charged replacement battery can be inserted. With a replacement battery, the GS5 can therefore cope with a complete weekend excursion without being recharged. The device is also part of the Gigaset Battery Save Initiative: The charging limit is set to 90 percent, thus increasing the battery’s service life by up to 50 percent. That helps long term in reducing the growing worldwide pollution from waste batteries.
The GS5 – embodying a legacy of fine features
Gigaset set standards with its 2020 model – and continues to do so. The devices are still made in Bocholt, North Rhine-Westphalia. Production in Germany secures attractive jobs, ensures greater independence from international supply chains, and enables sustainable business operations thanks to collaboration with regional partners.
The GS5 also comes with a dual SIM slot in addition to the one for a memory card. It has a bright 6.3-inch, full HD+ display with a V notch, NFC for cashless payment with Google Pay, Bluetooth 5.0, a notification LED, and a 3.5-mm jack for connecting a headset – a feature that is now by no means commonplace in the premium segment. To enable greater accuracy for location-based services such as Google Maps or the apps from mobility providers such as ShareNow, Lime, Tier or Voi, Gigaset has also added the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System to the GS5. In conjunction with the services A-GPS and GLONASS and the EU’s Galileo system, the GS5 determines its own location quickly and with pinpoint accuracy.
If the ample 128-GB memory is not sufficient, 512 GB can be added very easily using a microSD card. And Gigaset even guarantees now that the installed Android 11.0 operating system will be updated to version 12.0. That means it comes with security updates for three years.
The German singer and entertainer Sasha has also remained loyal to Gigaset for a second year – he is the face of the campaign for the new GS5.
The Gigaset GS5 will be available from November 2021 in the color dark titanium grey and at the end of November 2021 it will be available in light purple. It will go on sale in stores and at online retailers and in the Gigaset online shop at the RRP of €299.