Monsters from Asia: the $130 Leagoo Lead 7, with its 4,500 mAh battery, is one of the most inexpensive, spec'd out smartphones there is

Increasingly, China-based smartphone manufacturers are winning ground previously held by mainstream makers, and if you're looking for a simple, one-word explanation for this, here it is: Price: And dirt-cheap prices, at that. 

Indeed, Chinese smartphones' accompanying price tag is undeniably the single greatest reason people even buy into devices whose brand names they've never heard of before. And if you, too, were on a budget, and in need of an affordable phone that doesn't outright... blow, then the Leagoo Lead 7 that we'll be spotlighting today will absolutely catch your attention.

Simply put, this is one of the most spec'd out phones we know of for this kind of cash. To start off, it features a JDI-made (a co-venture by Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi), 5-inch IPS display with a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution (294 ppi), a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz (likely the MediaTek MT6582), 1GB of RAM, and 8 gigs of internals storage which can be expanded with additional 32 gigs through a microSD card.

So far, so good, but we're not nearly finished, and neither was Leagoo when building the Lead 7. For all your shooting needs, the company has incorporated a 13-megapixel Sony camera at the back with f/2.2 aperture and 5P lens, though we can't be sure if this is the IMX214 that is available with high-end smartphones. Up at the front, you're also getting a great deal, for we're looking at an 8-megapixel snapper. But that's not all – Leagoo has also added an enormous, 4,500 mAh battery with quick charging (apparently 80% of it charges in about an hour), and that's without significantly impacting the handset's thinness – its measurements read 5.67 x 2.82 x 0.35 in (144 x 71.6 x 8.9 mm) and it weighs 5.64 oz (160 g) – a remarkable feat considering the price tag.

So what is the price tag? As you probably gleaned already, the Leagoo Lead 7 is available for $129.99 through multiple web stores, including GearBest, in both black and white colors. Ostensibly, the value proposition here is off the charts, and we sure hope Leagoo isn't intentionally misleading consumers. 

What do you make of the Leagoo Lead 7?

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1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Love every articles titled monster for Asia. Kudos bro pa

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

For $130 to use as an everyday phone... This phone will give bang for you buck!

6. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

heck yea!!! ima try n get 1 for a back up or something!! hell, mabey switch to daily driver!! id try it for $$130!!! beats buying used devices off craig's list for waayyyy more money! call it my PitBull phone!!! LeeGoooo!!!

14. namelessxsilent

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 22, 2014


20. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

An everyday phone doesn't really need LTE. Call on the go, connect to WiFi when i'm at work and home. No 4G needed.

27. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

lol never mind.....................

3. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

This phone feels like a loss for the manufacturer

7. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

n a gain for customer, but a plus to manufacturer to get the name out there!!!

18. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Or maybe the battery's technology is so slow in advancement that it's becoming more affordable just like solid state drives getting cheaper per GB. I want to see Li-ion production go massive so that there will have more capacity for gadgets.

21. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

It uses all low to mid end spec, even they only make $10/phone, that's still making money

4. uggman

Posts: 58; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

i would really like to know what OS is powering this device.

8. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

android of course!!!

13. JocularJ

Posts: 221; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

Looks like Android ... The real question is what version of Android is the lead 7 coming with out of the box? I wouldn't expect any updates so 4.2 at the latest would be acceptable given the price but we would obviously hope for 5.0

15. namelessxsilent

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Its android 4.4

5. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Lego. LOL...

9. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

PitBull!!! ohh... no, wait i see what u did there!! u mean like "Lego," kuz it might be a inevitable "Brick," ......right????

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Big bang for buck! Incredible, may order one just to play with it.

11. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

I do that far too often, but I'm feeling the same way. I'm also thinking about the Neo M1, have you seen that?

23. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

No, I hadn't yet lol.

12. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

When will the West receive these phones? China can't have all the nice things while we get the 99 cent store quality products.

16. JocularJ

Posts: 221; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

I expect that's exactly what'll keep happening until the Chinese manufacturers see enough orders from the west to actually make any kind of international release or sale.

17. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

Have you ever used the Chinese phone before? Nice phone my ass.

19. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

It's gonna have terrible quality control!

22. Cyagocaliz unregistered

'a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz (likely the MediaTek MT6582)' Dismiss!

24. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

Have you ever tried KitKat with this processor ? It's all about software optimization. I've tried several models, which work as smooth as my N5. Yes, sounds incredible, but it's true. I was really surprised that a phone with such hardware can operate so good

26. iWin_Droid

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

The MT6582 isn't that bad, it's performance is similar to the Snapdragon 400 chipset while most devices powered by it only costs 100-150 USD

29. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Nope. It's crap. Even the Mtk 6589, a much better processor than the 6582, is still not close to the snapdragon 400 overall. It will serve daily tasks and light apps, but that's it.

30. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

The 6589 is not better. Even the 6589T, which is supposedly better, always performs worse than the 6582. That 6589 devices usually run Jelly Bean or lower, and 6582 usually pushes KitKat, could have something to do with that. Speaking from my rather vast experience with such phones. The 6582 truly is an SD400 competitor, but still behind on several fronts (a Qualcomm advantage offset by pricing, supposedly).

25. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

The battery spec is almost to good to be true. Makes me think of the aftermarket battery's allover forthe S5, Note 4...same size but crazy MAH ratings, all lies.

28. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

i would not pay 15 cents for anything with a mediatek processor

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