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
posted by Chris P. / Jan 23, 2015, 8:12 AM
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.
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.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
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?
This story is part of:Monsters from Asia (49 updates)
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posted on Jan 23, 2015, 8:15 AM 11
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For $130 to use as an everyday phone... This phone will give bang for you buck!
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 8:26 AM 4
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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!!!
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 8:54 AM 1
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This phone feels like a loss for the manufacturer
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 8:35 AM 5
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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.
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 11:29 AM 2
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i would really like to know what OS is powering this device.
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 8:37 AM 1
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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
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 10:15 AM 1
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posted on Jan 23, 2015, 8:37 AM 1
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Big bang for buck! Incredible, may order one just to play with it.
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 9:27 AM 3
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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?
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 9:48 AM 1
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When will the West receive these phones? China can't have all the nice things while we get the 99 cent store quality products.
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 9:56 AM 1
'a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz (likely the MediaTek MT6582)' Dismiss!
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 4:15 PM 2
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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
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 5:02 PM 1
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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
posted on Jan 23, 2015, 6:08 PM 2
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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).
posted on Jan 25, 2015, 11:55 AM 0
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