[Coming from China] Leagoo T5: An effective smartphone less than 140 euros, is it possible?

Many Chinese manufacturers are now trying to make themselves known by occupying the entry-level smartphone segment. This is the case of Leagoo and its T5, a smartphone that promises much for a particularly aggressive rate.

The smartphone market is ultra competitive, but that does not prevent new manufacturers from trying their luck. While the middle and high-end segment is particularly busy, entry-level has also become a real issue for some firms. The latter see it as a good way to spread their brand image before offering more expensive products thereafter.

In the hexagon, brands like Wiko, Alcatel, Honor or Xiaomi have managed to occupy this segment. Little by little, some of them were able to offer more qualitative products, eventually challenging more well-known brands, sometimes with a lot of success. If the firms mentioned above are now well established in the French landscape, small Chinese manufacturers try to set foot in Europe. This is the case of Leagoo, a young company that offers a smartphone with an interesting technical sheet for a price around 140 euros (and sometimes even less).

As is often the case, this type of device results in an assembly of materials taken from the world’s largest suppliers. Leagoo does not hide it, quite the contrary.

The phone is delivered in a fairly common white box, and is accompanied by a charger and its micro USB cable, a pair of earphones (forgettable), a user guide, but also a shell silicone protection, which is always appreciable.

Notable for this type of product, the unibody shell is metal and the finish rather successful. The design is not the most inspired, and reminds of other products, but remains effective. The T5 weighs 161 grams, which puts it in a good average for its dimensions. It is possible to insert two Nano-Sim cards and / or a MicroSD card. The fingerprint reader in the front works fast and well. A good point.

The 5.5 inch slab is indeed one of the advantages of this model. It is an IPS Full HD screen certified Corning Gorilla Glass 4 produced by Sharp. With 401 pixels per inch, it revolutionizes nothing, but is pleasant to use. The contrast and viewing angles are good even if the slab shines a little too much to our taste. It remains readable in the sun, but it will probably increase the brightness, which can rise high enough. At this rate, it is frankly difficult to ask for better.

The datasheet proves quite solid since the T5 is equipped with a processor core MediaTek MT6750T 1.5GHz. Coupled with 4 GB of RAM (provided by Samsung), the latter offers good fluidity and allows a reasonable multitasking. The chip Mali-T860 behaves well and allows to play a lot of games (GTA San Andreas, Bully, Asphalt …) although it will have to lower a bit the graphics options.

On the other hand, the smartphone tends to heat up. If you engage in long sessions of play, or even video streaming, expect to clearly feel warmth. With a score of about 43,000 under Antutu (and about 2728 under Geekbench), the processor is less powerful than a Snapdragon 625, but it provides the essentials for moderate use.

As you can see from the pictures, the T5 is equipped with a dual 13 and 5 Megapixel photo sensor supplied by Sony. The main sensor opens at F / 2.0, allowing you to take black and white shots, panoramas, add watermark or bokeh effect directly or via touch-ups.

These small options are interesting, but the cliches have a hard time convincing. The outdoor pictures are valid, but the noise is too present during night shooting (even with the dedicated mode).

The lack of stabilizer also makes the videos quite difficult to achieve. You will understand, this double rear sensor is not the strong point of the device. The one in the front (13 mpx) manages a little better and allows to take selfies of good quality.

The T5 boasts a 3000 mAh battery, which places it in the average smartphone. But this fact does not do everything, and the autonomy of the latter is placed in the low range. It will hold the day in normal use (with 4G). But if you link streaming, gaming, or intense web session, the battery percentage may go down quickly. During our test, it took thirty minutes to recharge it by 35%. You are advised to keep the charger close to you.

The Leagoo T5 is an attractive smartphone with a solid price / quality ratio. At about 130 euros, it offers an honorable finish, a nice screen to watch and a decent hardware, able to ensure a classic use (call, networks, social, web …). It fishing on the other hand in the picture and on an autonomy still a little limited to our taste.

However, compared to the specs displayed for smartphones at the same price in store, the T5 is doing pretty well. It will suit those who do not use their smartphone too intensely, or those who are looking for a second mobile at low cost. Even here, there is competition. Notably via the good Redmi 4X, whose data sheet is less glorious. It is in any case complicated to ask more for this price, but the new Chinese brands apparently have not finished surprising us.



Ivy is loves technology and has been addicted to it since childhood. Apart from tech, she loves watching sci-fi / historical documentaries and traveling to new places.

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