After we’ve tested the cheapest Leagoo product, we continue in the same direction. Today we’ll test another Leagoo product, but this time it is a device from the lower middle class for 2017. The name of the device is M8 Pro, and its unique features are its double main camera setup and the 5.7” display. Compared to the 2016’s M8 model, the “Pro” version packs another camera sensor on the back which provides more camera options, as well as 4G support. Even though this is an extremely affordable device (less than $100 in online shops), it has a fingerprint scanner on the back. Inside the factory box of the M8 Pro we can find: Leagoo charging adapter, a microUSB cable, 3.5mm headphones and user manuals. Let’s now see together what our impressions are of the Leagoo’s 2017 device.
One of the key selling points of the Leagoo M8 Pro is definitely its display. The chassis of the device is rather big, and with its dimensions it crosses into the world of phablets, making plenty of room for implementation of a huge display. It is a 5.7” IPS LCD display in HD 720p resolution. With this diagonal it ensures very comfortable use. The display of the M8 Pro shows up to 16 million colors, and it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. This diagonal paired with HD resolution translates to 258 PPI, which makes viewing on this display both sharp and clear. For this price and class, this display is – more than just good. IPS display in this diagonal really offers great results. Colors are pretty well saturated, viewing angles are very good, as well as the visibility on the sunlight. There is also the MiraVision which will offer you two preset sets of parameter for the display: Standard and Vivid. There is also the User mode which brings the settings of the display on a whole other level: contrast, saturation, brightness, sharpness and color temperature are all manually adjustable parameters. Due to all this, you can really adjust the display of the M8 Pro just as you wish.
Hardware and OS
Taking into account that this is still a device you can get for less than $100, in the area of hardware we cannot expect too much. This device is powered by a MediaTek chipset, and compared to the M8 it brings a newer chipset which, among other things, brings 4G LTE support. The precise chipset model is MT6737, which consists of 4 cores clocked at 1.3 GHz. These are ARM Cortex-A53 cores, while the ARM Mali-T720 MP2 is in charge of the graphics. A very welcome thing, and a very nice addition for this class, is the fingerprint scanner on the back, which works quite fast and well. The device can be awoken from the “sleep” with a simple touch on the scanner, which is excellent. Speaking of memory, we have a typical budget setup with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB storage. Work of the device is stable, decently quick, and since the device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow firmware with very little tweaks, the bloatware which would harm the performance simply – does not exist. When playing some less demanding games, the device didn’t show any signs of slowing down, and the experience is quite decent. However, more demanding games do pose a challenge, and the M8 Pro struggles to deliver a stable and decent framerate. Also, there is a noticeable heating up of the device upon opening more demanding applications. Applications such as Viber, Facebook and Messenger work very fluidly and with no problems whatsoever. On the AnTuTu Benchmark, the device scored 29393 points, and you can see the video of the test on this link.
Another important point of the M8 Pro is its double rear facing camera. That is another difference compared to the M8, alongside the 4G capability. Still, the M8 Pro simply failed to impress with its camera. Both sensors have interpolated resolution. One is a 13MP sensor, and the other has 5MP. The second sensor has a role to help shooting portrait photos with blur and bokeh effects, and sadly, the results are below average. The shutter speed is very slow, and the end result is a photo with poor white balance, too much sharpening and washed up colors. The camera interface is also a little bit confusing at first, but after some time you get used to it. Also, when it comes to video recording, they are captured only in 720p resolution at 30fps. In spite of the fact that 720p video recording became available in 2010 and 2011, the quality of these videos is disappointing. The front facing camera has an 8MP resolution, and it provides decent results. It is also capable of recording videos, but only in SD format, i.e. in 480p resolution.
As we have said, the M8 Pro supports 4G networks, thanks to the more advanced MediaTek chipset. This is a DualSIM device which uses microSIM cards. Next to two SIM card slots on the left side of the device, there is also a microSD card slot. A 3.5mm headphone port is also here, as well as original headphones, which are shipped together with the device. Good old microUSB cable is used for charging and data transfer. When it comes to wireless connections, there are:
- WiFi 802.11 (hotspot mode)
- Bluetooth v4.0
This device does not have NFC capability.
Taking into account that this is a device that somewhat crosses into the realm of phablets, there is plenty of room for a big battery. Also, if we take into account the 5.7” display, the battery simply has to have big capacity. The battery build into this device is a removable lithium-ion battery with the capacity of 3500 mAh. It takes around two and a half hours for a full charge. The device does not support fast charging, and in stand-by mode it can bring around 200h, or around 7h talking time.
Leagoo showed that relatively little money can bring quite a lot. The thing that we definitely liked is fluency at work and at opening less demanding applications. The display, as a key selling point, also provided quite good results, and we really cannot find a disadvantage in this price range. Next to the display, we must not forget the fingerprint scanner which Leagoo have implemented into this device for less than $100, and which cannot be found on some much more expensive devices, which is excellent! Another selling point would definitely be its double main camera, but it simply failed, and due to it, could definitely be a dealbreaker for some customers. The size of the device itself is another disadvantage, because this screen size can provide a smaller chassis by narrowing the bezels around the display. However, things are improved by the DualSIM tray as well as microSD storage expansion slot, which, alongside everything else, makes the M8 Pro a great choice in its price range.
Advantages and disadvantages
Reasons for and against it
well prepared software with no bloatware
microSD card slot
poor main camera
size of the chassis