The smartphone marks Gigabytes first entry into the quad-core game, featuring a four Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.2GHZ alongside PowerVR SGX544 GPU on an MTK 6589 chipset. Connectivity-wise, you have quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G connectivity for either SIM (although only one of them can connect to 3G at a time), WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, and GPS with A-GPS support.
Solid build quality
Relatively stock Android experience
Display is good for its class
Good battery performance
microSD card slot
Only 2.6GB of user-available memory
Neither SIM card is hot-swappable
Oddly placed power/lock button
The retail box the GSmart Maya M1 v2 comes in is nothing spectacular, and inside you’ll find the standard USB cable, headset, and A/C adapter configuration. The Maya has a conventional design, but the construction is solid and lends itself well to in-hand feel.
The standard retail package.
On the front you have an entirely glass panel, with an earpiece and camera located above the display, and capacitive home, back, and contextual menu buttons located below. The display is quite prone to fingerprint smudges and not being oleophobic cleaning it takes some effort.
The display is quite prone to fingerprints.
The sides of the device are bare save for a volume rocker on the left.
The sides of the device are mostly bare
The top is where all the action is, with the 3.5mm audio jack, power/lock button, and USB port sitting there. The central position of the power button is an odd choice, and makes it hard to reach. At the bottom you’ll find the single microphone pinhole and a small groove for removing the back panel.
You’ll find the two connectivity ports on top
On the back you get the 8MP camera lens with dual-LED flash and a speakerphone grille. Underneath the back panel you’ll find both SIM slots blocked off by the 1700 mAh battery (meaning they’re not hot-swappable), next to the microSD card slot (which is). The back panel itself is made out of a thick matte plastic which is virtually impervious to fingerprints. Kudos to Gigabyte for making such a snugly-fitting panel as well.
The back panel is well made and fits snugly
The display of the Maya M1 v2 is the same as its predecessor, namely a 4.5″ IPS LCD unit of 540 x 960 pixels. Although we would have liked to see a resolution of at least 720p (which is more or less a minimum for midrangers these days), the display has great colors, despite minimal aberration when viewed from an angle.
The display has good colors and decent viewing angles.
We also snapped a microscopic image of the display matrix on the GSmart Maya M1 v2.
The display matrix up close.
The Gigabyte Maya M1 v2 runs Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean in what is largely a stock Android experience. While in theory the quad-core CPU and 1 GB of RAM should be more than capable of running the interface without issue, there is a fair amount lag when performing many day-to-day operations.
If you’re coming from a entry-level smartphone, the device will certainly offer a generous upgrade in performance, but just can’t run with the big boys in regards to the smoothness of its OS. Then again, the Maya M1 v2 is priced closer to the former than the latter so this is actually not a bad showing.
The lockscreen and homescreen panes are basically stock Android, offering the same features you’d find on AOSP versions of Google’s OS. The same applies in large part to the Gallery and Music Player.
The lockscreen, homescreen, Music Player, and Gallery.
The notification area features the expandable notifications which were introduced with Jelly Bean, as well as a shortcut to menu that can quickly toggle various connectivity settings.
The notification area features quick toggles.
The 8MP camera features a special Multi-angle View mode that allows you to rotate around a stationary object and take up to 10 shots. While this does not achieve a 3D image or anything related, it stitches the images together to form a series you can then scrub through in the gallery.
The camera interface
Finally, the Maya M1 v2 features a dual-SIM manager, accessible from the Settings menu. From there you can select which SIM to use for voice calls, video calls, messaging, or data, as well as bind some of your contacts to specific SIM cards.
The SIM card manager from within the Settings menu.
We ran the Maya M1 v2 through several of our synthetic benchmarks to see how it stacks up.
In the single-thread CPU test BenchmarkPi, it found itself surrounded by mostly midrange competition thanks to its middle-of-the-road 1.2 GHz processor.
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 166
Sony Xperia Z 264
HTC Butterfly 266
Oppo Find 5 267
HTC One X+ 280
LG Optimus G 285
HTC One mini 293
Samsung Galaxy Express 346
Sony Xperia M 400
Samsung Galaxy S II Plus 409
Sony Xperia L 435
Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v2 488
Samsung Galaxy S III mini 499
Sony Xperia go 543
HTC Desire 600 dual sim 554
Samsung Galaxy Core 578
HTC Desire X 639
Sony Xperia E dual 800
Samsung Galaxy Young 831
AnTuTu factors in the rest of the hardware components into the equation, resulting in an overall score towards the top of the chart. While it can’t run with any recent flagships, it posts a very respectable score considering its price.
Higher is better
HTC One 22678
Sony Xperia Z 20794
Oppo Find 5 15167
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 14518
Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v2 13216
HTC Butterfly 12631
HTC One mini 11434
HTC Desire 600 dual sim 11203
Sony Xperia M 9902
Sony Xperia L 9746
Nokia Lumia 620 9140
Samsung Galaxy Core 7408
Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 6650
Epic Citadel puts the PowerVR SGX544 GPU through its paces, resulting in an overall score of 34fps. While this may seem low compared to the more robust offerings in our chart, an average fps of higher than 30 with ultra-high quality textures enabled is a job well done for a device of this caliber.
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa) 59.8
Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600) 57.1
HTC One 56.4
HTC One mini 56
Sony Xperia Z
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 55.5
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 54.7
Asus Padfone 2
Sony Xperia M 53.2
LG Optimus G
Samsung Galaxy S III
Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v2 34.0
Samsung Galaxy Core 24.9
Finally, Vellamo rates web browsing performance, with the Maya M1 v2 scoring in the middle of the pack in this test.
Higher is better
Sony Xperia SP 2497
HTC One 2382
HTC One mini 2252
Sony Xperia Z 2189
Samsung Galaxy S4 2060
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 2019
HTC Butterfly 1866
Sony Xperia M 1800
Sony Xperia L 1640
HTC Desire 600 dual sim 1572
LG Optimus 4X HD 1568
LG Optimus G 1522
Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v2 1471
Samsung Galaxy Core 1366
Nexus 4 1310
Samsung Galaxy Fame 1234
Samsung Galaxy Young 1072
Sony Xperia E dual 1065
We took a few camera samples with the 8MP shooter on the GSmart Maya M1 v2. Although the color reproduction was accurate overall, the dynamic range was poor – particularly in the shadows. There’s very little noise in the images as well, but the amount of detail leaves a bit wanting. Finally, macro images came out very well, although again suffer from the low dynamic range.
Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v2 camera samples
When all’s said and done, the saving grace of what would otherwise be a sub-par camera is the great color reproduction.
Although not yet available in all markets, the Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v2 retails for right around €215, which is a compelling offering in the lower midrange market segment. And it should make a name for itself, as few devices in with that pricetag can boast a quad-core processor alongside the powerful PowerVR SGX544 graphics processor.
But while those specs are certainly appealing on paper, the real-life performance that the Maya v2 delivers is not without its share of hiccups. After all, a manufacturer like Gigabyte isn’t as experienced as some of the larger manufacturers at ironing out Android bugs, but software optimizations could always be delivered with future updates.
Ultimately, the Gigabyte Maya M1 v2 has the potential to wind up in more than a few midrange pockets with its solid design, dual-SIM capabilities, and competitive (if not flawless) performance.