Hi Proton, what's the difference in the Proton X50's GKUI 19 infotainment?

Eric · Oct 28, 2020 01:45 PM

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Proton has just launched the 2020 Proton X50 in Malaysia, with prices starting from RM 79,200 for the base X50 1.5T Standard, before topping out at RM 103,300 for the 1.5 TGDi Flagship variant.

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While the Proton X50 may sit a rung below the Proton X70, the X50 actually features a newer, more sophisticated infotainment.

Hi Proton, what's the difference in the Proton X50's GKUI 19 infotainment? 01

Proton offers two version of the infotainment on the Proton X50: an 8.0-inch system and a larger 10.25-inch system. Both systems run on Geely Smart Ecosystem (GKUI) software, more specifically the latest GKUI 19 iteration.

So what’s new?

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At the heart of the new infotainment system is a new E01 system-on-chip (SoC), co-developed with MediaTek and ECarX, a subsidiary of Geely.

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Geely claims that the new E01 quad-core CPU offers 67% faster navigation loading times and 55% faster multimedia app loading times. Clockspeeds of the new E01 SoC were not provided.

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It also features a Mali T720 video processor for driving the 8.0- or 10.25-inch infotainment screens.

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Curiously, RAM amount is surprisingly low, coming in at just 2GB, which could pose as an issue in certain conditions. Thankfully, the Proton X50’s internal storage is double that of the Proton X70, coming in at 32 GB.

What apps are included?

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Sorry, no Spotify here

Similar to the Proton X70, the GKUI 19 infotainment features a number of Chinese applications, including Joox music streaming and AMAP with map data from Here Maps. It also offers weather forecast, just like the X70’s system.

Does it support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay?

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Unfortunately, Proton does not include support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in the Proton X50.

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Fellow Chinese marque MG is able to include Apple CarPlay support in the MG HS, so why doesn't Proton/Geely include it?

Instead of the earlier-mentioned automotive-centric Apple and Google solutions, Proton has included QDLink – a fancier name for what is essentially MirrorLink.

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Apple CarPlay in the Mitsubishi Outlander

We’ve explained countless time why MirrorLink is an inferior solution compared to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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Toyota Vios with MirrorLink support

To recap, for MirrorLink to function, your phone's screen needs to be left on, as the system works by mirroring whatever that's currently displayed on your phone's screen. As a result, depending on the phone you have, you may notice the phone heating up and battery draining quicker than usual, as the car's USB port may not provide sufficient amperage to charge the phone whilst it's in use.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay works even with the phone's displays are turned off, which is how it should be.

What about voice command?

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All variants of the Proton X50 feature the “Hi Proton” voice command system that can control the air-conditioning system, while the upper variants (read: Premium and Flagship variants) offer additional voice command features.

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No, we did not make this up

Additional voice command features include the ability to control the Proton X50’s windows and panoramic sunroof, the latter a Flagship-only feature.

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Instead of Google Maps/Waze, you'll get AMAP in the Proton X50

That said, all variants of the Proton X50 come with 4G LTE internet connectivity, allowing for music streaming as well as navigation. Downloading over-the-air (OTA) updates utilizes the 4G LTE internet, but it doesn’t count against the data quota.

Are there other noteworthy features?

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Both the X50 1.5T Premium and X50 1.5 TGDi Flagship are compatible with the Proton Link smartphone app, allowing drivers to monitor the vehicle status via the smartphone app. The Proton Link app also allows for remote engine starting and controlling the air-conditioning system.

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What a cool feature to have. Pun intended

The Proton X50 also comes with a 5-year 1 GB data quota each month, similar to the Proton X70.

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There you have it, a quick run-down on the new Proton X50’s GKUI 19 infotainment system. We will be putting it through its paces once we get our hands on a review unit, so stay tuned for that.

 

Eric

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Started from the IT industry but somehow managed to find his way into the automotive industry. If he’s not gaming, he’s constantly tinkering with his daily/weekend car.

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