With its GS170, Gigaset is launching a new smartphone on the market for just 150 euros. The new device doesn’t cost much more than its predecessor, but the differences are marginal. We have tested the Gigaset GS170 with Android Nougat for you and draw a comparison to the Gigaset GS160.
Our first suspicion of a lower-quality smartphone was not confirmed during unpacking, which was suggested by the very low price. Because in this rather cheap price class we discover numerous features that are by far not typical for them.
First we were approached by a haptically extremely high-quality 5 inch measuring display made of hardened glass. This is rounded on the outside and offers an HD resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. Another highlight is the fingerprint sensor. This was ergonomically placed Gigaset at the rear of the GS170, directly in the detection area of the index finger. Nevertheless, the sensor is sufficiently far away from the lens of the integrated 13 megapixel camera. On the front of the Gigaset GS170 we find a second camera with a resolution of 5 megapixels. This makes it very suitable for Selfies.
Design and Workmanship
The Gigaset GS170 makes a solid impression in terms of its workmanship. It has a light weight of 139 g and dimensions of 144 × 72,3 × 9,5 mm. The back is easy to remove and resistant to fingerprints. This was made of slightly roughened, matt plastic. Thanks to the rounded corners, the Smartphone is easy to hold. A good pressure point is provided by the volume rocker and the power button. The rear cover can be individually replaced in Urban Blue or Mocha.
The main camera is located on the back, in the middle of the Gigaset GS170 relatively at the top. Underneath are the LED flash and the fingerprint scanner. On the right front side is the second camera. The notification LED is attached to the left of this. Above the edge we found a headphone input, below a microphone as well as a microUSB connection for data exchange and charging. At the bottom of the back are the speakers. While the edges at the top and bottom are rather protruding, they are kept quite narrow around the display on the left and right hand side.