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altek Leo Preview

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This is our preview based on a preproduction unit, expect the review soon.

altek Leo Preview
This is a global GSM phone. It can be used with T-Mobile USA and AT&T, but without 3G.

Introduction and Design:


The first Android phone from Altek, one of the largest OEM/ODM camera makers for companies like Kodak, Olympus and HP, is predictably a cameraphone. And we use the word in its literal meaning – the altek Leo reminds more of a small point-and-shoot camera, rather than a smartphone.

Yet that's exactly what the Leo is – a cell phone running Android that happens to have a 14MP autofocus camera with AF-assist light, Xenon flash, and 3x optical zoom lens. During our preview the first impression from the prototype's design was that it is quite thick for the modern smartphone standards at 0.61” (15.5mm), but not that heavy at 4.94oz (140g).

The altek Leo reminds more of a small point-and-shoot camera, rather than a smartphone - altek Leo Preview
The altek Leo reminds more of a small point-and-shoot camera, rather than a smartphone - altek Leo Preview
The altek Leo reminds more of a small point-and-shoot camera, rather than a smartphone - altek Leo Preview

The altek Leo reminds more of a small point-and-shoot camera, rather than a smartphone


Naturally, the thickness is mostly due to the optical zoom mechanism of the lens above the 14MP  sensor. It protrudes each time the camera or camcorder apps are started, or when you press the dedicated camera button on the right side of the phone (or should we say at the top of the camera). There you can also find the shutter key, optical zoom wheel, and the volume rocker. The top hosts the power/lock button, and underneath is the microUSB port (or should we say left and right sides of the camera, we are confused now). The phone's sides are covered with a silver plastic band.

altek Leo's thickness is mostly due to the optical zoom mechanism - altek Leo Preview
altek Leo's thickness is mostly due to the optical zoom mechanism - altek Leo Preview
altek Leo's thickness is mostly due to the optical zoom mechanism - altek Leo Preview

altek Leo's thickness is mostly due to the optical zoom mechanism


altek Leo Preview

You can compare the altek Leo with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.


altek Leo (L) next to Canon SD870 IS (R) - altek Leo (R) and Canon SD870 IS (L) - altek Leo Preview
altek Leo (L) next to Canon SD870 IS (R) - altek Leo (R) and Canon SD870 IS (L) - altek Leo Preview
altek Leo (L) next to Canon SD870 IS (R) - altek Leo (R) and Canon SD870 IS (L) - altek Leo Preview

altek Leo (L) next to Canon SD870 IS (R)

altek Leo (R) and Canon SD870 IS (L) - altek Leo Preview
altek Leo (R) and Canon SD870 IS (L) - altek Leo Preview

altek Leo (R) and Canon SD870 IS (L)


The altek Leo's display is a 3.2” capacitive touchscreen with generous for the size 480x800 pixels of resolution, which makes the image look very sharp. It is also of above average brightness outside, which is handy when you are framing your photos.

Underneath the display are four physical Android navigation buttons tucked in a row, which are easy to spot and press. The screen side is made of glossy black plastic, whereas the flip side is still plastic, but matte with a brushed metal look, and also serves as a battery cover.

The 3.2” capacitive touchscreenof altek Leo - altek Leo Preview
Android navigation buttonsunder the display - altek Leo Preview

The 3.2” capacitive touchscreen
of altek Leo

Android navigation buttons
under the display


The main action, however, is going on at the back, where we have the large camera module and the adjacent Xenon flash, occupying more than a third of the space there, hinting at the phone's photography prowess.

Back - altek Leo Preview
Back - altek Leo Preview
Back - altek Leo Preview
Back - altek Leo Preview

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The sides of the altek Leo - altek Leo Preview
The sides of the altek Leo - altek Leo Preview
The sides of the altek Leo - altek Leo Preview

The sides of the altek Leo



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posted on 01 Apr 2011, 22:48 1

1. rayjones09 (Posts: 149; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


Forget that the N8 doesn't run Android, Symbian is just fine.

posted on 19 Apr 2011, 09:17

2. mereko (unregistered)


Sold my N8 because of Symbian. It made using the phone too frustrating.

posted on 22 Apr 2011, 23:50

3. Ashton (unregistered)


they should made a comparison of picture quality taken between the N8 and Altek Leo''
my bet is on N8,

posted on 09 Jul 2011, 03:49

5. rocky7st (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)


If you aren't too fussed about the thickness then this phone really is that dream phone. With 14MP and 3x optical zoom you finally have a phone that can replace the standard digital cameras. I'm still yet to put the camera through it's paces but the optical zoom works nicely.

Phone wise, I haven't found any problems with it apart from the small ROM size. I managed to get Android Markets and the google apps which was one of the things putting me off the phone. Running apps and navigating around the phone is quite smooth with no noticeable lag.

posted on 15 Jul 2011, 10:17

6. falisar (unregistered)


Hi rocky7st

I'm thinking of getting one from eBay for 263€, where did you get yours? More importantly where did you get the missing Android Markets and Google Apps from? According to other reviews, the user interface is a little laggy and the display inaccurate, is that true for your device? Does it support internet tethering or personal hotspot? I would be very thankful for a reply, thank you
falisar

posted on 11 Dec 2011, 21:45

7. LordBonztie (Posts: 51; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


To recap, if you needed to take two devices before on your vacation or event – your cell phone and a small camera, with the altek Leo you need one. The same can be said for the Nokia N8, "however, but it doesn't run Android"

phone racism? :))

posted on 15 May 2012, 17:46

8. EricMC (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 May 2012)


How easy would it be to use this Taiwanese device on a standard UK network - say T-Mobile or Orange? Would it all work smoothly? Or are the Cellphone standards different? Sorry; I don't know much about mobile technology - especially 3G.

posted on 15 May 2012, 17:47

9. EricMC (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 May 2012)


I mean, just because Orange don't offer it on contract doesn't mean it won't take their SIM or that they can't communicate with it, right?

posted on 12 Sep 2012, 11:11

10. frannixa (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


I already have one altek leo A14 cameraphone but the problem is that the battery doesn't last the whole day and i have searched through ebay and the entire internet where to buy a strong battery that will last, in fact i even sent a message through to the person that i bought it from on ebay and there was no reply, please if any body knows where i can get the battery should please send me a message to frannixa@yahoo.com Thanks

posted on 08 Jan 2013, 04:42

11. jackflap (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)


frannixa, I had the altek leo, and found that the real battery drainer was the mobile data.

by turning off mobile data when i wasnt using it, the battery-life extended up to over a day

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altek Leo

altek Leo

OS: Android 2.1
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Display3.2 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (292 ppi) TFT
Camera14 megapixels
Size4.41 x 2.21 x 0.61 inches
(111.9 x 56.1 x 15.5 mm)
4.94 oz  (140 g)

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