It may not be the latest iPhone or Galaxy device, but the new Gigaset GS185 smartphone has one small selling point that its competitors can’t claim: it is “Made in Germany”.
A quick glance at the device may have you believe you’re looking at an iPhone as the Gigaset GS185 borrows quite a few visual cues from the Apple device, but the performance of this phone will come nowhere close. At 179 euros though, the specs don’t seem all that crappy for its price point.
Android purists will be glad to see that the Gigaset GS185 comes loaded with stock Android (8.1 Oreo), though whether or not Gigaset updates the phone with new releases remains to be seen. The metal housing features a 5.5-inch HD display (720×1440 pixels), a quad-core Qualcomm processor with LTE, a Quick-charging 4,000 mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.
Trying to compare the Gigaset GS185 to an $800-$1000 flagship phone wouldn’t exactly be fair, but there are some drawbacks to this budget device that not even a “Made in Germany” lable can fix. In tests done by Germany’s Welt, the phone was reported to be quite slow at performing some basic functions, such as unlocking the device, opening the camera, and loading most apps.
The phone’s 13-megapixel rear and front camera may not be perfect, but for a phone at this price point, Welt claimed photos from the GS185 were quite good.
Made in Germany?
Gigaset is using robots to perform 70 percent of the manufacturing work on the GS185 in a factory located in the German city of Bocholt — 2.5 miles south of the Netherland border — and while it claims the “Made in Germany” sticker gives it a mark of quality, only so much should be expected from a 179 euro phone.
The Gigaset GS185 is currently on sale in Germany and a select few countries across Europe. A U.S. release has not been announced, but with such a crowded market, the likelihood of an American release is quite low.