Leagoo M9 Honest Review, unboxing cons and pros
Leagoo M9 is the world’s first quad cam full screen budget smartphone to grace the Android smartphone market, well so its said on paper. Leagoo released the Leagoo M9 into the Android smartphone market for the lower end fraction who would like to use a smartphone with decent specs for a budget rate.
The leagoo M9 rocks an 18:9 aspect ratio display with an unspecified corning gorilla glass protection. The device handles fairly well but quite slippery yet comfy.
Design, Display & Build Quality
You ve got three colour options to choose from with the Leagoo M9. The all blue model, the all black version or the gold version. I have for myself the all black version.
As soon you pick up the Leagoo M9 you will 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 with a removable 2850 mAh battery.
This removable design does give the M9 a slightly hollow feeling though. When other manufacturers are pulling out metal and glass designs in the same price bracket, the M9 feels very much on the budget side of life.The phone also passed the test when looking for rough edges, gaps and defects.
When you first turn the M9 on, the display colours looks a little muted and washed out. Luckily, 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 element to a mainly budget device.
The M9 comes with Android 7 Nougat with Leagoo OS3.0 on top. The Leagoo OS is lightweight feeling similar to regular old Android but with a few extra baked in apps.
The good news is that Leagoo launcher isn’t locked down meaning you can install Nova launcher for a much more streamlined and premium OS feel which i did on my unit Nova Launcher coupled with some little tweaks like the Samsung Galaxy S8 icon pack skin which made the display more crisp and premium like.
Leagoo has added its own App Store, but you’re better off just using also included Android Play Store. In terms of performance, the quad-core CPU is just about acceptable for everyday light use. If you open a few too many apps, you do notice it slows down and switching between apps isn’t the fastest.
CPU: MediaTek 6580A (4-Cores | 1.3GHz)
GPU: ARM Mali-400
Storage: Samsung 16GB (99MB/s Read Speed | 53MB/s Write Speed)
Expandable: Yes (2nd SIM slot up to 32GB)
The Quad-Camera setup on the Leagoo M9 was one of the biggest surprises of this review. For a 3G budget smartphone, it’s able to take some great photos with clarity, detail and accurate colour i was stunned and amazed because to some extent its camera is better off than the Tecno Camon Cm.
I’m not comparing this to a flagship, but when you consider the cost, the M9 really excels.
- 8MP + 2MP
- Dual LED Flash
Front Camera (Selfie time):
- 5MP + 2MP
- f/2.4 aperture
- Soft Selfie Flash
Help, Help, My Leagoo M9 won’t turn on… it’s broke… : (
No it’s not my friend, the back cover is actually removable and you’ll first have to remove the battery and take off that little yellow tab tape. Now put it all back together and hold the power button.
I managed to get a full days usage from the M9 using social media and the occasional video on WiFi. If you’re using the 3G or play games then you will have to top it up in the evening. The M9 uses a 2850mAh LG made battery but doesn’t come with any form of quick charging.
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.
Finally in my opinion the M9 offers a good package that’ll suit light android users who are on a budget. The curved design is nice, the performance is as expected… budget. The nice surprise here is the camera performance.
- Great Budget Camera very impressive
- Light at 158 grams
- Selfie Flash
- great design and aesthics
- curved screen edges
- Needs Firmware Update
- Charging Port above display
- Missing notification LED
- 640P resolution was expecting to see 720P
- low loud speaker output