Leagoo M9 Smartphone Review

The Good

✅  Great Budget Camera

✅  Light at 158 grams

✅  Selfie Flash

The Bad

❌ Charging Port above display

❌ No notification LED

Why does this Leagoo M9 Smartphone stand out?

✅  18:9 aspect ratio – what dose that mean? – well it gives you a taller screen with slimmer bezels on the sides as well as top and bottom

✅ Quad-cam setup – More camera lenses helps us to take better pictures in a smaller and slimmer device size, In Mobile phones, we don’t have enough space to install a bigger lens, so to compensate this we can increase the number of lenses and come closer to DSLR quality pictures.

✅ Gorilla Glass protection – A scratch-resistant and durable glass. The glass is lightweight, strong and very thin.

✅ Selfie flash.

✅ Fingerprint reader.

Design, Display & Build Quality

(Screen Tech Specs: 5.5 inch 18:9 IPS Display, 1280×640 resolution, Gorilla Glass 3, 260 PPI, 5-Point multi-touch)

Three colour options to choose from with the Leagoo M9. All blue model, all black version or the gold version.

When you pick up the Leagoo M9 you’ll notice how light it is for a 5.5 inch smartphone. While it looks like a metal build, this is because of a powder paint coat. It actually has a plastic removable battery cover.
While the build materials are budget, the build quality isn’t. Trying to bend, twist and find any weak points in the Leagoo M9 was impossible, also no rough edges, gaps and defects.

it comes with the display tweaking app, MiraVision, built-in to the OS. Switching the display settings to ‘Vivid’ makes the display much more enjoyable to look at.  Backlight uniformity is good, black levels are okay and viewing angles are also good.

A nice touch is the metal ring around the camera and fingerprint reader which adds a premium feel.

Leagoo has put the Micro-USB charging port on the top of the smartphone… It’s just wrong… 

Performance

CPU: MediaTek 6580A (4-Cores | 1.3GHz)
GPU: ARM Mali-400
RAM: 2GB
Storage: Samsung 16GB (99MB/s Read Speed | 53MB/s Write Speed)
Expandable: Yes (2nd SIM slot up to 32GB)

The Leagoo M9 comes with Android 7 Nougat and Leagoo OS3.0p. The Leagoo OS is lightweight similar to regular old Android but with a few extra baked in apps.

Leagoo launcher isn’t locked down. meaning you can install another launcher for a much more streamlined and premium OS feel.

In terms of performance, the quad-core CPU is acceptable for everyday normal use. If you open a few too many apps, you do notice it slows down and switching between apps isn’t the fastest.

Camera

Rear Camera:
8MP + 2MP

Dual LED Flash

Front Camera (Selfie time):
5MP + 2MP

f/2.4 aperture
Soft Selfie Flash

The Quad-Camera setup on the Leagoo M9 was one of the biggest surprises, It’s brilliant, it’s able to take some great photos with clarity, detail and accurate colour.

Call & Speaker Quality

The M9 microphone recorded voices clearly but sounded a little flat on the receiving end. The internal speaker was loud enough to hear even in a busy room.

The loudspeaker max volume isn’t very high and it also has a bit too much treble. 

Battery Life

Don’t panic when it wont turn on…

The back cover is removable and you’ll first have to remove the battery and take off that little plastic tab. Now put it all back together and hold the power button.

I got a full days usage from the M9 using social media and the occasional video on WiFi. If you’re using the 3G or playing games then you will have to top it up in the evening.

What’s in the box?

The Leagoo M9 comes in a standard square box with a generic power adapter, cable, quick guide and a clear transparent silicone case.

Leagoo M9 – Full Specs

Body & Dimensions

❇ Built Materials
Metal
❇ Water Resistant
No
❇ 
Dimensions
148.0 x 71.2 x 9.5 mm
❇ 
Weight
153 g
❇ 
Colors
Champagne, Black, Blue

Display

❇ Type
IPS LCD
❇ Size
5.5 inches
❇ Resolution
640 x 1280 pixels
❇ Density
260 ppi
❇ Screen Surface
80%
❇ Protection
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
❇ Features
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Performance

 ❇ OS
Android 7.0 Nougat
❇ User Interface
Leagoo OS 3.0 Lite
❇ Chipset
MediaTek MT6580A
❇ Processor
Quad-core (4×1.3 GHz Cortex-A7)
❇ Frequency
1.3 GHz
❇ GPU
Mali-400 MP2

Memory & Storage

❇ RAM
2 GB
❇ Internal Storage
16 GB
❇ External Storage ✔

Main Camera

❇ Resolution.
Dual (8+2) MP
❇ Aperture
F/2.0
❇ Sensor Type
CMOS
❇ Flash 
❇ 
Video
720p@30fps
❇ Features
Portrait Mode
Autofocus
Touch Focus
Face/Smile detection
Geo-tagging
Panorama
HDR
Digital Zoom
Timer mode
Burst mode
Pro Mode

Front Camera

❇ Resolution.
Dual (5+2) MP
❇ Aperture
F/2.4
❇ Flash 
❇ 
Video
480p@30fps
❇ Other Features
Portrait Mode
Face detection
Beauty Mode
Palm Selfie
Wide Selfie

Battery

❇ Capacity
2,850 mAh
❇ Battery Replacement
Non-removable
❇ Fast Charging ✖
❇ Wireless Charging ✖

Connectivity

❇ Bluetooth
v4.0, A2DP
❇ Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
❇ Location
Yes
❇ NFC ✖
❇ 
USB
microUSB 2.0

Network

❇ SIM Type
Nano-SIM + Micro-SIM
❇ Number of SIM
Hybrid Dual SIM (dual stand-by)
❇ 2G Network 
❇ 
3G Network 
❇ 
4G Network ✖
❇ 
5G Network ✖
❇ 
GPRS 
❇ 
EDGE 
❇ 
Speed
HSPA

Media & Audio

❇ Loudspeakers 
❇ 3.5mm Jack 
❇ FM Radio 

Other Features

❇ Sensors
Fingerprint Sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Proximity
Compass
❇ Power Saving Mode

In the box

❇ Phone 
❇ EU Charger
❇ Earphone
❇ USB Cable
❇ User Manual
5/5 (1 Review)

One thought on “Leagoo M9 Smartphone Review

  1. Husband bought this as he got fed up of paying silly money for iPhone. The Leagoo is Absolutely great value for money and does virtually everything and more than my iPhone 5. He, nor myself will not be returning to Apple. Thenew phone has an excellent screen and the only thing against it is the sound on speaker which is little scratchy but perfect with headphones.

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