The Chinese manufacturer Oteda Group continues to saturate the mobile market for its cheap smartphones Leagoo brand, and we continue to explore expanding the range of its product lines. Why for each new model Leagoo create a new line, it is not clear. Maybe with time the manufacturer will add new items to the next, similar to the first-born of the series according to some criteria.
Whatever it was, not so long ago we reviewed a smartphone with an impact shield Leagoo the M5 – the sole representative of the M line; Now we turn our gaze to the small number as a series of T. However, it is the only model at least Leagoo T1 is available in two versions: Leagoo T1 and Leagoo T1 Plus. Apparently, this line was conceived as a fashion model in the affordable segment, as is the smartphone Leagoo T1 less than one hundred dollars. The advertising slogan goes like this for him: «Born to be stylish». Well, let’s see what “stylish” smart Chinese manufacturer has decided to offer for less than $ 100, and what came of it.
Leagoo T1 received as packing unexpectedly large, especially in the height of the box, the size of which, in general, it is not due to the contents – it is not so much to fill a volume of, and indeed today’s hero is quite compact.
Included as standard showed the AC adapter (1.5 A, 5 V), connection cable, unpretentious wired headphones, key card extraction and flexible transparent silicone case. All it takes less than half the volume of the box, the rest of the space is empty.
Leagoo T1 variant has the metal casing, wherein only the middle part is actually metal, and the ends are made of plastic, painted the color of a metal. This is not a metal insert, namely whole end portions, connectors and all holes are not done in the metal and in plastic.
Even from a distance the plastic parts in Leagoo T1 different from the middle of the metal, they do not agree with it either in shades of color or texture, or even in the form side of the chamfer, and the fit is not perfect.However, this is from the category of chicanery in the eye the difference is not too obvious, and on practicality it has no effect, especially considering the cost of the device, which is in the range of up to $ 100.
Some cheapness also provides thick plastic strip, lift the glass above the surface of the metal housing. It contrasts with the metal part, creating the appearance of sort of sandwich, the more expensive devices, this usually is not observed, but here it seemed particularly strongly evident.
Otherwise Leagoo T1 – is a rather modern smart small standard size and shape, it markedly rounded corners in plan, the side faces have a distinct flat surfaces. The smartphone can even be called pretty, although the surface under the glass window of the camera is painted in body color in vain, much better would look if it was left unpainted, like everyone else.
In his hand smartphone due to its small size it is quite comfortable. brushed metal surfaces can dry hands be sometimes quite slippery, but good form with pronounced lateral transitions without excessive streamlining helps smartphone firmly held in his hand. Prints on the housing, not including front glass substantially does not remain.
The back side of the body habitually given over to the camera with a flash and a fingerprint scanner. It seems that Chinese manufacturers have finally decided to focus on the rear accommodation options fingerprint sensor, even though Apple’s and Samsung have long voted frontal location of this element, and many like it. The sensor on the back side becomes unavailable from lying on a table or mounted in a car holder apparatus, but this is some manufacturers apparently do not think.
By the way, Leagoo T1 is on the table is not very stable due to bulging of the camera module, he was very unsteady when you touch the screen. As a result, use of this device lie on the table is inconvenient, it is necessary to take in hand. The scanner would be that there is no written Chinese themselves are not too high-spirited, recognition occurs with a slight delay, although almost unmistakably that can not but rejoice.Previously, there have been, and this problem. With fingerprint scanner can also be controlled selfie-camera during shooting, this manufacturer of special focuses, although the function is fairly common.
Side buttons are not installed on the same face as the majority of modern smartphones, but on two. In principle, any discomfort it causes, such an option arrangement of the two keys under your fingers is quite convenient, it is only necessary to buttons are not too supple. There are no problems, the keys have normal stiffness, but blindly grope not always, because few stick out beyond the surface.
Card connector is a hybrid, in the smart phone can not be set simultaneously two SIM-card and memory card, but you can choose between the second SIM-card or microSD card. Modern Nano-SIM format is not supported. Slots for equal opportunities, hot swappable cards.
Equipping the front panel does not cause any complaints: the indicator light of events there, and no button illumination due to lack of proper buttons – they are virtual, brought to the screen. Keypads can be nominally clean, freeing screen space, and call back if necessary, which is convenient.
Actually, I want to note separately in a successful combination Leagoo T1 screen sizes and the whole front panel as a whole: the frame around the screen is quite thin, especially the bottom margin, so that the developers have managed to achieve the minimum housing dimensions for five-inch device. For example, exactly the same in structure Wileyfox Swift 2, also devoid of sensory hardware buttons, has a much more empty space below the screen, making the body look bigger and longer. It also turned out such ladnenko apparatik that and want to be called a miniature. Of course, this is not true, but in the hand Leagoo T1 really fits better than many other advanced mobile devices.
The main speaker displayed here is not the bottom end, and the rear panel, on the left end of the connector Micro-USB microphone and spoken. Sounds machine is quite loud, but not interested in the sound of high-pitched, shrill, high in a narrow range of frequencies, although the audio call and unpretentious games its capacity is enough. A small ledge near the lattice dynamics allows the unit to be loud enough, even if it lies on a table top, so that the call is always good to hear. Micro-USB connector does not support connection of external devices in USB OTG mode.
At the top end as usual mounted 3.5mm headphone jack and a secondary microphone for noise cancellation system.
The smartphone is available for sale in three different colors: Rose Gold (pink), Champagne Gold (golden) and Titanium Grey (dark gray). In pink and golden faceplate is white, and the gray is black.
Leagoo T1 is equipped with a touchscreen IPS display with a protective glass-2.5D with sloping edges on the company’s website states that using Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Physical screen size is 62 × 111 mm diagonal – 5 inches, resolution – 1280 × 720 pixels, the density points is about 293 ppi.
The display brightness can be adjusted manually or use automatic adjustment based on the ambient light sensor. AnTuTu test diagnoses the support 5 simultaneous touches multitouch. The screen can be awaken by double tapping on the glass or the mark of signs with a simultaneous transition to a given application.
The screen is slightly lighter Leagoo T1 (the brightness of the photos 113 against 109 in the Nexus 7).Ghosting objects reflected in the screen Leagoo T1 weak, this indicates that the screen between the layers (specifically between the outer glass and the surface of the LCD matrix) no air gap (screen type OGS – One Glass Solution). Due to the smaller number of boundaries (glass / air type) with very different refractive indices such screens look better in the conditions of intense ambient light, but in the case of repair cracked outer glass is much more expensive, because have to change the entire screen. On the outer surface of the screen, there is a special oleophobic (grease repellent) coating which performance is worse than Nexus 7, but it still removes fingerprints significantly easier, and appear at a slower rate than in the case of ordinary glass.
To summarize: The screen has a very high maximum brightness and has good anti-glare properties, so the device can use outdoors even sunny summer day. For the conditions of total darkness it is possible to set a comfortable brightness level. Mode with automatic brightness adjustment is present, but it works poorly. To screen the merits should be attributed to the absence of an air gap layers and screen flicker, as well as close to the sRGB color gamut. By the significant shortcomings we have ranked low stability in the rejection of black eyes from the perpendicular to the plane of the screen, and a hideous color balance. Screen quality is average.
Leagoo T1 is equipped with two units of digital cameras with a resolution of 13 megapixel and 8. Especially high-quality images can not expect here at the 8-megapixel front camera for hundred-dollar smartphone very well. No wonder it took the manufacturer selfie camera to the strongest parties Leagoo T1.Pictures come out bright, with good color, to the sharpness and detail level for selfie-portraits are also no major complaints.Manage shot to the front camera, you can use the fingerprint sensor area, which is convenient.
The main camera has a 13-megapixel sensor and a lens with a maximum aperture of f / 2,4. Autofocus is quite slow, the flash is not of the brightest, there is an electronic stabilization.
Settings most simple, is the typical control interface for cameras that occurs for several years in most Chinese smartphones MediaTek platform, which do not have their own shell. All the basic manual settings are available: you can adjust and display ISO (up to 800), exposure, white balance, sharpness, saturation and contrast. Some settings are unique: as usual, not even select a resolution – there is only a streamlined wording such as “high” and “good” quality of shooting, and the “good” is better than “high”. Curiously, the maximum video resolution in Leagoo T1 can only be 720p, although the formal characteristics indicated 1080p. Transfer control using the camera settings Camera2 API to third-party applications can not, in RAW recording capabilities are not.
The camera can shoot video at a maximum resolution of 720p, 4K mode and 60 frames / second is not. The function of electronic stabilization is present, but to carry out shooting on the move smoothly and without jerks still does not work. In general, with Video Camera handles for its level is quite good, sound quality is also recorded, and even with the surrounding accompanying noise noise reduction system handles almost always adequate.
The camera has been very average, but it is working. Often there are areas of confusion on the edges of the frame, parts merge with the removal plan, appear the color noise. At the same sharpness usually good, so that the camera is not quite suitable for very demanding documentary shooting.
Communications have Leagoo T1 is standard for a true Chinese middling: NFC is not (it replaces MediaTek HotKnot little avail for us), there is no Wi-Fi support 5 GHz range, Micro-USB connector does not support OTG mode. On the other hand, LTE supports all three bands (FDD Band 3, 7, 20), and at the maximum speed is limited to 150 Mbits / sec (LTE Cat.4). There are also Bluetooth support, you can create a wireless access point via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth channels. In practice, the device is quite confident registered and operated in the networks of mobile operators in the Moscow region, but in the inspection areas still gave no figures for the maximum possible in a 4G connection speed.
Navigation capabilities Leagoo T1 also not wealthy: the device works only With GPS (with A-GPS). To speed no major complaints, the first satellites at cold start in the absence of a wireless network for data transmission are detected within the first minute. The smartphone is equipped with a magnetic field sensor, based on which usually operates a digital compass navigation software.
Telephone application supports Smart Dial, ie when typing a phone number and immediately carried out a search on the first letter of the contacts. Established by default does not support keyboard input stroke type Swype.
The earpiece voice familiar interlocutor remains recognizable, although the sound muffled. The main speaker at the smartphone is quite loud, sonorous sound and shrill, it is suitable for any environment. Vibrating alert, even at maximum power there is not too good, although there are separate settings slider to control its power.
Supports work with two SIM-cards at standard Dual SIM Dual Standby, when the two cards can be in the active standby mode, but can not run at the same time – there is only one radio. SIM-cards management interface standard offers a choice for each of the functions of a specific card in advance or right during a call. Slots for cards in their capabilities equivalent.
As a software platform used in the apparatus of the operating system Google Android 6.0 with a modified interface. The launcher is not a menu of installed applications, but adds broad support for gestures, and several species (contact floating smart buttons look management, and so on. D.).
There are also such useful functions as MW and has become lately very popular opportunity to share and simultaneously run on one device independent accounts of social networks. There are special modes for reading electronic books and games (in one screen is always on, the other blocked by accidentally pressing some keys). Button to adjust the screen and LED work light.
Needless settings menu is divided into two sections: for the most requested features, and for everyone else.In general, the interface like its reasonableness and flexibility, but it is a superstructure, all the rest (blind notifications, carousel open applications, restart the menu and so on.) Left here from the usual drain Android OS with a partial design in Material Design style.
To listen to music using an audio player with the original design, but the default settings in the form of corporate equalizer from Google Play Music and sound systems improve BesLoudness and BesAudEnh, common for Chinese smartphones MediaTek platforms. Sounds headphones unremarkable device, simply, but the sound is clear, volume of supply is low. There is a built-in voice recorder and FM-radio. Radio works only with connected headphones as an antenna, can record a radio program. By the microphone sensitivity is no specific claims as to the noise reduction system, recording on tape is quite picky, the smartphone can be used for recording lectures and so on. N.
Leagoo T1 hardware platform is based on the SoC MediaTek MT6737. The configuration of the chip has four processing cores Cortex-A53, working at a frequency of 1.25 GHz. For graphics processing accelerator meets the Mali-T720.The amount of RAM is only 2 GB, which by today’s standards a bit and a custom repository initially is about 11 GB of 16. It is possible to install a microSD card, officially supported the volume up to 128 GB. In practice, our screening card Transcend Premium microSDXC UHS-1 of 128 GB has been successfully recognized smartphone. microSD card can be used to install applications, but that it, of course, have to be formatted with the loss of all previous data.
Fresh MediaTek MT6737 replaces the popular SoC MediaTek MT6735 – platform-oriented ultrabudgetary class devices. It is clear that we expect from a platform of high performance indicators is not necessary, and all tests confirm this. Features of the SoC are very modest, it is not even average, and low. Games are only on minimum settings, and many of them, such as demanding to resources, Dead Trigger 2 or Modern Combat 5, significantly slows down. In general, we have no multimedia solution, but rather an electronic organizer with phone functions. For these performance objectives suffice, but the stock for the future here, of course not.
The fixed battery installed in Leagoo T1, had a small by modern standards, the entire capacity of 2400 mAh.But at the same time, there is not energy-intensive, high-resolution screen, or demanding of the hardware platform. As a result, the smartphone is capable of safely survive a day without recharging, even in front of us, in any case, not long-lived, and the usual Mighty middling in terms of autonomy. Testing is traditionally held at the usual level of energy without the use of power-saving mode.
Uninterrupted reading program Moon + Reader (standard, bright theme) at the minimum comfortable level of brightness (brightness was set to 100 cd / m²) with avtolistaniem lasted until total battery discharge about 11.5 hours, while for uninterrupted video viewing in high quality ( 720p) with the same level of brightness through a home Wi-Fi network device operates about 8 hours. The smartphone 3D-games mode works up to 4.5 hours. Charging complete smartphone from the AC adapter for 2 hours at a current of 1.75 A voltage of 5 V. The wireless charging smartphone does not support.
Considered today Leagoo T1, of course, is not among the highest, or even mid-level smartphone, the device is a budget cost of about $ 95 with all the consequences from this fact conclusions. And many, of course, do not have to wait for the price. However, the smartphone is quite possible to identify strengths: Leagoo T1 is quite nice and a good metal (part of) the body and fresh, though not high-performance, hardware platform.You can also note the support for LTE networks with all relevant frequencies and the availability of the fingerprint sensor. Revelation shortcomings, marriage and schlock was not detected during testing. It’s nice that some Chinese manufacturers even for $ 100 is now trying to offer good quality and workable product.