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Gigaset GS370 Plus Review: The Fight Against Strong Competition

The German manufacturer Gigaset is particularly convincing with smartphones in the mid-range price range. In the following we test the GS370 Plus, which Gigaset advertises above all with the 18:9 HD+ IPS Panorama Display and the aluminium-metal case. In the following test you will find out what the smartphone of the manufacturer from Bocholt really achieves and whether it can convince.

Workmanship

With a size of 151 x 72 x 8.2 millimetres and a weight of just under 145 grams, the Gigaset GS370 Plus is easy to hold. So it’s pretty compact. The corners are rounded, which reinforces the pleasant impression when lying on the hand. On the right there is a power button and a volume control. There is a fingerprint sensor on the back. The main camera is located on the left side of the back. The loudspeaker is located at the bottom, while a 3.5 mm audio output is located at the top.

Overall, the smartphone has all the components it needs and is quite well processed. There are no flaws, the feeling is pleasant. Since the case is made of aluminum, it feels quite good overall, which distinguishes it from other smartphones from the German manufacturer. While the predecessor model could not convey a particularly high-quality impression due to the absence of metal elements, the GS370 Plus convinces with regard to the workmanship as well as the optical and haptic overall impression.

Hardware

The GS370 Plus has the same processor as the cheaper GS270 Plus. The Mediatek MT6750T is an eight-core processor that is clocked at 1.5 GHz.

The GS370 Plus has a 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 1,440 x 720 pixels and 16.7 million colours. The 18:9 format, as known from the LG V30, for example, is conspicuous here. However, the resolution is surprising, after all it is higher even with the cheaper GS270. However, it is absolutely sufficient for the representation, only in the direct comparison one sees a difference.

The main memory is 4 GB, while the internal memory is limited to 64 GB. Thanks to the existing microSD slot, however, it can be expanded up to 128 GB. So there is enough memory for apps and games. The smartphone is LTE and dual SIM capable.

All in all, the Gigaset GS370 Plus features are typical for a mid-range smartphone. In this price class there is hardly a better equipment to offer. Nevertheless, there are already some models here that do just that. All relevant technologies and WLAN tapes are supported, the main memory is just as respectable as the processor and the expansion of the memory space creates new possibilities for ambitious users. Nevertheless, there are already more powerful models here that, for example, also show off with a better camera.

Thus, the GS370 Plus scores on average with regard to the built-in hardware, but doesn’t stand out from the crowd.

Multimedia

The camera of the GS370 Plus is also promoted offensively by the manufacturer. The rear-mounted dual camera features autofocus, LED flash and 13 megapixels on the main camera and is designed to produce extremely sharp photos. The second camera on the back has a resolution of 8 megapixels and offers the advantage of a 120-degree wide-angle lens. With this, panorama shots should be made possible.

In the test, the main camera, as is usual with Gigaset, is rather out of focus. In very good lighting conditions, the images are consistent, even in macro shooting. With less light, however, it quickly becomes blurred and washed-out. Even with the Bokehe effect, Gigaset can’t change my mind because it doesn’t achieve satisfactory results either.

A camera is also mounted on the front. The front camera also offers autofocus, but only resolves with 8 megapixels. Considering the fact that it will rarely be used for anything other than selfies, the equipment is fine. In the test, some compromises were found that are quite normal for front cameras of mid-range smartphones. The image quality is fine and absolutely sufficient for Selfies. However, high-quality photographs cannot be produced with the front camera.

Since we upload the images slightly compressed for a fast retrieval, there are here also all uncompressed images for download.

Performance

In a practical test, the Gigaset GS370 Plus was convincing. It runs smoothly without noticeably hanging or producing any other errors. All tested applications run without problems. Even data-intensive games with high-quality graphics can run smoothly with the GS370 Plus. The fingerprint sensor also reacts without noticeable delay.

Even opening multiple applications works fine. The GS370 Plus therefore appears to be suitable for multitasking with multiple applications. Since the suitability for practical use for most users is the decisive criterion for or against a purchase, the GS370 Plus can be regarded as a high-quality smartphone due to its good performance in this test area. Of course, a direct comparison with other Android smartphones in higher price ranges reveals differences. The GS370 Plus delivers less performance than a smartphone that costs more than twice as much – but that’s a matter of course, not a disadvantage.

Benchmarks

wdt_ID Smartphone OpenGL Manhattan OpenGL Car Chase T-Rex
1 Moto X Force 11,0 7,3 42,0
2 Neffos C5 Max 4,4 2,1 0,0
3 UMi London 0,0 0,0 7,3
4 Gigaset GS160 3,4 0,0 11,0
5 Sony Xperia XZ 46,0 20,0 59,0
6 Kodak Ektra 9,6 0,0 35,0
7 Huawei Mate 9 32,0 14,0 60,0
8 Huawei Nova 10,0 3,6 22,0
9 BQ Aquaris X 9,6 3,5 22,0
10 Neffos X1 11,0 3,9 22,0
Smartphone OpenGL Manhattan OpenGL Car Chase T-Rex
wdt_ID Smartphone Sling Shot Sling Shot Extreme Ice Storm Unlimited Ice Storm Extreme
1 Moto X Force 1.348 0 0
2 Neffos C5 Max 284 6.816 4.361
3 UMi London 0 2.827 1.951
4 Gigaset GS160 161 3.710 2.333
5 Sony Xperia XZ 2.416 0 0
6 Kodak Ektra 1.023 15.606 9.343
7 Huawei Mate 9 2.688 29.138 13.288
8 Huawei Nova 461 13.637 8.091
9 BQ Aquaris X 847 13.986 8.335
10 Neffos X1 481 9.294 5.486
Smartphone Sling Shot Sling Shot Extreme Ice Storm Unlimited Ice Storm Extreme
wdt_ID Smartphone Score
1 Moto X Force 4.115
2 Neffos C5 Max 2.892
3 UMi London 2.475
4 Gigaset GS160 2.600
5 Sony Xperia XZ 5.550
6 Kodak Ektra 3.975
7 Huawei Mate 9 6.431
8 Huawei Nova 4.594
9 BQ Aquaris X 4.889
10 Neffos X1 3.183
Smartphone Score
wdt_ID Smartphone AnTuTu Score
1 Moto X Force 22.297
2 Neffos C5 Max 37.569
3 UMi London 22.297
4 Gigaset GS160 29.251
5 Sony Xperia XZ 33.943
6 Kodak Ektra 84.997
7 Huawei Mate 9 139.020
8 Huawei Nova 63.206
9 BQ Aquaris X 66.149
10 Neffos X1 45.024
Smartphone AnTuTu Score
wdt_ID Smartphone Single-Core Multi-Core
1 Moto X Force 2.719 2.618
2 Neffos C5 Max 1.063 1.563
3 UMi London 685 1.146
4 Gigaset GS160 820 1.298
5 Sony Xperia XZ 3.585 3.271
6 Kodak Ektra 2.167 3.731
7 Huawei Mate 9 3.270 4.519
8 Huawei Nova 1.433 2.661
9 BQ Aquaris X 1.444 2.279
10 Neffos X1 1.205 2.164
Smartphone Single-Core Multi-Core
wdt_ID Smartphone Score
1 Moto X Force 2.803
2 Neffos C5 Max 2.697
3 UMi London 2.162
4 Gigaset GS160 1.794
5 Sony Xperia XZ 4.569
6 Kodak Ektra 5.869
7 Huawei Mate 9 7.316
8 Huawei Nova 3.325
9 BQ Aquaris X 3.461
10 Neffos X1 2.914
Smartphone Score
wdt_ID Smartphone Single-Core Multi-Core
1 Moto X Force 1.115 4.376
2 Neffos C5 Max 602 2.468
3 UMi London 371 1.064
4 Gigaset GS160 535 1.493
5 Sony Xperia XZ 1.626 3.872
6 Kodak Ektra 1.648 4.053
7 Huawei Mate 9 1.934 5.998
8 Huawei Nova 830 3.004
9 BQ Aquaris X 921 4.495
10 Neffos X1 731 2.738
Smartphone Single-Core Multi-Core

Battery

The battery convinces in the test with a capacity of 3,000 mAh and a quick charge function. The generous capacity makes a carefree use of the smartphone possible. Even during intensive use, the battery lasts a whole day. Otherwise, significantly longer times between charges can be expected.

At this point, the GS370 Plus can significantly outperform much more expensive smartphones. The battery capacity is a clear advantage of this device. Thanks to the quick charge function, it can also be recharged in a very short time.

wdt_ID Smartphone Score
1 Moto X Force 549
2 Neffos C5 Max 0
3 UMi London 248
4 Gigaset GS160 442
5 Sony Xperia XZ 391
6 Kodak Ektra 293
7 Huawei Mate 9 505
8 Huawei Nova 317
9 BQ Aquaris X 553
10 Neffos X1 345
Smartphone Score

Conclusion

The Gigaset GS370 Plus is a mid-range model (12.01.18: €262). That’s why you can expect a lot here, especially since Gigaset has introduced quite strong entry-level smartphones in the past. So I was a little disappointed with the smartphone. It offers a “panorama display”, but with a lower resolution than the cheaper Gigaset smartphones. In return you get more (working) memory, an aluminum-metal housing and a “better” camera. However, the specifications of the camera make one hope for more than one gets offered.

There is much stronger competition in this price region, such as the Huawei Nova 2 & Mate 10 Lite smartphones. But the somewhat older LG G5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 models are also in this price range. And all of them have at least Android 7, so the GS370 Plus can’t score yet with a more recent operating system version. Anyone who picks up the Gigaset GS370 Plus should therefore be really sure of their choice.

Gigaset GS370 Plus

Workmanship
Hardware
Multimedia
Performance
Battery
Value for Money

Didn't convince me.

The GS370 Plus is an improvement on Gigaset's entry-level smartphones, but can't quite keep up with the strong competition in this price region.

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Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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