The outdoor smartphone Gigaset GX6 starts as the successor to the GX290 (test) and not only offers a replaceable battery, but now also 5G and a display with a 120 Hz refresh rate. The SoC is switched to the MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G octa-core processor.
Replaceable battery and wireless charging
If the battery is still permanently installed in the GX290, it can be replaced in the GX6. This has an impact on the capacity, which while still high at 5,000mAh is down on the GX290's 6,200mAh. However, the exchangeable battery does not mean doing without wireless charging, because this is also supported again in the GX6 – with up to 15 watts. The GX6 can be charged with up to 30 watts via cable, so that it can be recharged up to 90 percent in around 60 minutes.
Wi-Fi 6, NFC, GPS and Bluetooth 5.2
The WLAN has also been updated, with Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac /ax) instead of Wi-Fi 4 (802.11 a/b/g/n). NFC and Bluetooth 5.2 are also supported. There is a fingerprint sensor on the side of the case in the on/off switch. A classic 3.5 mm jack connection is also on board again. A-GPS, Galileo, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS and GPS L1+L5 (dual antenna) are offered for navigation services.
The MediaTek Dimensity 900 5G has two A78 cores with up to 2.4 GHz and six A55 cores with up to 2.0 GHz. An ARM Mali-G68 serves as the GPU. The internal memory (UFS 2.1) is 128 gigabytes, the main memory 6 gigabytes. The internal memory can be expanded using a microSD card, for which a triple slot for two SIM cards and one memory card has been implemented.
6.6-inch display with 120 Hz
The 6.6-inch IPS display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and, in addition to the already mentioned refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, with 60 and 90 Hz also being supported, it offers an “FHD+ resolution”, which means 2,412 × 1,080 pixels is equivalent to. The pixel density is therefore 401 ppi. Gigaset specifies 550 cd/m² as the maximum brightness, the contrast should be 1,200:1.
Cameras with optical image stabilizer
With the dual camera system, the GX6 now offers an optical image stabilizer (OIS) for the 50 megapixel PDAF wide-angle camera with an aperture of f/1.88. The 1/1.55" large sensor has a pixel size of 1.008 μm. It is supported by a 2 MP macro lens with an aperture of f/2.4. Both sensors are supported by a dual LED flash. The front camera of the GX6 has a resolution of 16 megapixels.
Similarities to the Samsung Galaxy XCover6 Pro
The Gigaset GX6 thus has similar technical data in many areas as the Samsung Galaxy XCover6 Pro (test), which also offers a replaceable battery as an outdoor smartphone. However, Samsung relies on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G and the smartphone is a bit smaller and lighter with the same display size. The RRP of the Samsung Galaxy XCover6 Pro is 609 euros and is therefore slightly higher than the RRP of the GX6 of 579 euros.
5 years of security updates, 2 Android updates
The Gigaset GX6 relies on Android for the operating system and the manufacturer promises to provide security updates for 5 years from market launch and two Android updates. Since the GX6 ships with Android 12, this means an update up to Android 14.
Waterproof and dustproof
< p class="p text-width">In addition to an IP68 certification, the GX6 also has a MIL-STD-810H certification, so it is dustproof and waterproof despite the replaceable battery and is protected against falls, strong shocks and temperature fluctuations. The case can be cleaned with water, soap, alcohol or disinfectants.
The GX6 weighs 278 grams with dimensions of 170.7 × 82.2 × 11.9 mm. The GX6 also bears the “Made in Germany” seal because it is produced at the Gigaset main plant in Bocholt, North Rhine-Westphalia.
From the end of September for 580 euros
The Gigaset GX6 outdoor smartphone will be available from September 29 for 579 euros (RRP). It will initially be available in Titanium Gray, followed by Titanium Black in October.