infinity display and four cameras can

bring the leagoo m9 the throne in the

lowest class or can’t they? read all to

find out.

After we’ve seen the m8 pro in

September the next budget device from

Leagoo came to us. The m9, this is a

device that breaks all prejudice saying

that there are no good cheap devices. Leagoo as a manufacturer points out several characteristics of this device. 18 – 9

aspect ratio infinitive display and 4

camera sensors – on each side of the

device next to the cameras and the

display.

 Leagoo aims for the low price

point. you can get this device through

web shops in Nigeria like JUMIA for as little as 33,000 to 35,000 Naira.

Hardware that powers up the device is

signed by mediatek. Later we’ll see how it compares to the predecessor.

lnside the factory box of the Leaoo m9

there is a Leagoo charging adapter a

micro USB cable gel case and user

manuals.

Today we are testing the m9 in

black color and next abyss, also

available are champagne and blue. Let’s

see together what we can get for the

very low price. View current Price in Nigeria

TH DISPLAY

What is definitely the main selling point of this device is its display. Infinity display were up till now reserved only for high-end devices and only sometimes some upper-middle-class devices from the end of 2017 but Leagoo breaks the rules.

This is the first device of the lowest price segment of the market with an infinity display. We have a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display which covers around 80% of the front panel of the device as this is a 18:9 aspect

radio display.

There’s also the fitting screen resolution 1280-640 which is a tiny bit less compared to what we are accustomed to seeing in the lowest segment HD 720p 16:9 this resolution combined with a 5.5 inch display

translates to 260 pixels per inch. We

however, must take into account that this

is still non-standard aspect ratio.

Viewing video material for example on YouTube will still cause the edges of your infinity display to go black in order to reproduce the 16:9 so the viewing experience will definitely not be the best. Luckily, YouTube has built the zoom to fit option into their application which will eliminate the black edges. still the maximum resolution for the m9 is only

480 pixels which is far from acceptable

in 2018.

Browsing the web is a pretty pleasant experience because this is still a 5.5 inch display and typing won’t be an issue either especially taking into account that we have the standard Google keyboard pre installed.

Going back to viewing quality, this is as

we’ve previously mentioned an IPS

display which is a great prerequisite

for realistic views and good visibility

on the sunlight. luckily we have mirror

vision here, a system that we’ve

encountered before on the other devices

and then will let you adjust the views

on your display either by loading from a

range of presets or by manually

adjusting image parameters.

Contrast, saturation, picture brightness, sharpness, and color temperature brightness is very good and can be manipulated easily, manually or by using the ambient light sensor which is located between the prong facing speaker and an LED diode. This panel as your contrast go up to 1200:1.

The display itself is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 while the m9 also comes with pre-installed film foil over the display

which is a very neat touch. Viewing angles are also pretty good.

THE PROCESSOR AND STORAGE

As we have said, the Leagoo m9 is powered by a mediatek chipset. This is a very well

known chipset that we could see countless times in various other manufacturers devices. Yes you guessed it the mt6582 the m9 as well as you already know this chipset is built in 28nanometer technology and it consists of a quad-core CPU with arm cortex a 7 cores clocked at 1.3 gigahertz it is not the Beast but it does the job as an

entry-level mediatek CPU.

Next to it, there is an arm alai 400 MP to dual core GPU clocked at 500megahertz again not exactly a beast but for this price range we cannot really ask for more we have 2gigabytes of lpddr3 RAM clocked at 530megahertz what all this means is that

you should not expect crazy multitasking

performances there are 16 gigabytes of

internal storage memory out of which 5

gigabytes are reserved for the Android

OS itself and another 1 gigabyte for pre

installed applications this means that

you’ll be left with around 10 gigabytes

for your personal files and applications

which is really too little but luckily

there is a micro SD card slot that

supports expansions up to 64 gigabytes.

Now that we’ve seen the major specifications, Let’s go through the user experience to see how easy is the user interface.

User Experience

Navigating through the menu is pretty fluent although from time to time there can be a little bit of lag if there are three or four somewhat more demanding operations running in the background.

Gaming side of this device surprised us a bit with a rather good GPU performance on a low resolution display. Traffic writer, Temple Run and flip diving all worked perfectly well we. However, I did notice slight overheating after about 10 minutes of gaming but nothing too much. it did not impact the performances whatsoever.

Security Aspect

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A great addition to the whole story about the m9 is definitely the fingerprint scanner built in it works very quickly and precisely

but we did notice that it slightly heats

up after you unlock the device of a few

times in a row. It is located just below

the camera sensor and it can be easily

mistaken for the camera sensor which

means that the sensor might get dirty

and that in turn can greatly impact the quality of photos a similar issue to the

one on the Samsung Galaxy s8.

Sound Production

Sound reproduction speaker is located at the bottom of the device, the sound is not

very good it is pretty quiet and it lacks the bass we wouldn’t buy slightly better sound quality but obviously you’ll get what you pay for.

OPERATING SYSTEM

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Leagoo m9 is powered by Android 7.0

nougat with Leagoo 3.0 light user

interface. During testing we installed

one update of 25 megabytes which brought

slight improvements of performances and

security patches for January. Next to the

basic Google applications there are

several more pre installed applications,

file manager, leagoo app store and infohub.

As we’ve said the system itself takes

around five gigabytes of internal

storage and it works pretty well which

means that we cannot really ask for any

more especially taking into account the

price. Future upgrades are for now not

announced.

CAMERAS

Little by little we come to

the part that definitely draws the most

attention on a device from the lowest

segment of the market in the leagoo m9.

We have four camera sensors only

several manufacturers opt in for four camera sensors for their devices and Leagoo brought it a step further

implementing them into a very cheap

device. We have two front and two rear

facing cameras. Let’s start from the main

camera sensor, the main advantage of having a double camera setup is taking

portrait photos with blurred background

these are CMOS sensors with the aperture

of f28.

This device has a face beauty

mode as well as a blur mode for portrait

photos with the bouquet effects. ISO

values go up to 1600 and geo-tagging is

also present other photo parameters that

you can manually adjust are sharpness,

saturation, contrast and brightness. you

can change the aspect ratio which means that you can take photos in 43 aspect ratio and full screen 18:9 aspect ratio. Sadly, the quality is just the same as the price, low. There is simply not too much to say portrait photos look pretty bad with very inaccurate edges around the object which makes the effect as a whole look very bad.

Theta photos are okay but you can forget about high quality photos in environments where light is not plenty.  Poor contrast washed up colors and too little details

focusing speed is okay as is the shutter

speed. Nighttime photos can be somewhat

improved by using the double LED flash

but you should really not expect any

marvels since this device tends to over

emphasize certain parts of the photo

when you use the flash.

Maximum resolution is 8 megapixels and

also available are 5 megapixels 3

megapixels 2 megapixels 1 megapixels and

VGA resolutions. Video recording is also possible and the quality is in aligned with the photos frames get doubled up. There are very few details and high levels of noise it is a

good thing that the m9 supports Full HD

video capturing but the flipside is that

it uses the ancient 3gp format to store

these videos which greatly impacts the

quality of these videos.

Stabilization is

implemented via electronic image

stabilization and its effects are very

minor next to Full HD videos you can

also take them in HD 720p standard

definition 480p and 176 pixels the

front-facing cameras have very similar

used to the ones on the back but they

are different.

In that we have a 5

megapixel and a 2 megapixel sensor on

the front. The blur effect is supported

by the front-facing camera setup as well

result are below average but they are

still acceptable for this price options

to change ISO values are again here as

are the aspect ratio of photos and auto

scene detection modes etc. Next to the

maximum 5 megapixel resolution also

available are 3 2 1 and VGA.

Videos captured with the front-facing cameras

aren’t even worth talking about they’re

recorded in maximum VGA resolution and

stored in 3gp format.

Electronic image stabilization is also available on the

front-facing camera as well and just as it is

on the back.  The effect is very minor.

Long story cut  short, the sensor is built in

Telugu. M9 are basically the same low end

sensor  built into other cheap Chinese

devices and you should really not expect

too much from them even if they are for

good marketing.


Simcard

 Another huge advantage of the Leagoo m9 is its

capability to operate with 2 SIM cards

simultaneously. The m9 uses one nano SIM

and one Micro SIM card and the micro SD

card slot is physically separated from

the SIM card slot you will still be able

to use your favorite 3.5 millimeter headphones

since the port is still here and it is

located on the top of the device right

next to the micro USB charging port.

Wireless Connections

Wireless connection supported by Leagoo  m9

are Wi-Fi 802.11 B G and N standards and

with hotspot mode Bluetooth 4.0 a GPS

and Fm Radio. NFC is not supported and this is

not a 4G device.

Battery

Leagoo M9 can post with

a removable battery with the capacity of

2850mAh, this capacity

combined with a pretty power saving

chipset means that the battery life will

be pretty long. This is a lithium polymer

battery. The M9 does not support fast

charging and for a full charge it needs

around 2 hours. With one full charge you

can get about 7 hours of screen on time

with a device connected to Wi-Fi, screen

brightness around 60% and mediocre use

of social media applications and cameras.

   Verdict

Leagoo M9 should have been the ultimate

Photography machine with 4 camera

sensors but it failed miserably in that

field.

Simple alia GU made the whole story of

four cameras much better than it

actually is they just don’t offer the quality but

again you only get what you pay for.

Advantages are definitely dual SIM

capability, infinity display which looks

pretty nice and micro SD card expansion

and yes the #33,500 price point is more

than just good for any new Android

smartphone.

Buy Lagoo M9 Online

To buy Leagoo m9 online is very easy and cheaper.

If you are in Nigeria click to buy fro Jumia

if you have any suggestions

or you would like to see specific device

being reviewed feel free to write to us

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