Processor: Mediatek MT6580M 1.3 GHz
Graphics adapter: ARM Mali-400 MP2
Memory: 2048 MB , DDR3
Display: 5.0 inch 16:9, 1280x720 pixel 294 PPI, capacitive, LCD, IPS, shatter-proof, glossy: yes
Storage: 16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB , 10.6 GB free
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm jack, Card Reader: micro-SD card (T-FLASH card), max. 128 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: motion, proximity
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, 3G WCDMA 850/1900/2100 || 2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900, Dual SIM, GPS
Size: height x width x depth (in mm): 8.7 x 141.7 x 71.3 ( = 0.34 x 5.58 x 2.81 in)
Battery: 2300 mAh Lithium-Ion, removeable
Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Primary Camera: 8 MPix flash, f/2.0
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Speakers: mono, Keyboard: onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, modular power supply, USB cable, FreeMe OS 6.0, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight: 178 g ( = 6.28 oz / 0.39 pounds), Power Supply: 35 g ( = 1.23 oz / 0.08 pounds)
The shatterproof glass front of Leagoos M5 is fitted into the casing with a light curve (2.5D bezel). The edges around the 5-inch display are relatively wide, which is also reflected in the screen-surface ratio of just 68.2%. Nevertheless, the 8.7-millimeter (~0.34 in) tall smartphone is pleasant to hold thanks to its compact size of 141.7 x 71.3 millimeters (~5.6 x 2.8 in). A solid metal bezel between the front and back makes the handset very robust.
The surface of the removable plastic back cover is lightly rubberized and can be dented slightly. The 16 GB of internal storage can be expanded via micro-SD and the battery can be replaced after removing the back cover. The controls for volume and power are fitted rather loosely and their pressure points could have been better defined.
Considering the handsets price, the build quality and stability of the M5s casing is quite compelling and on a very good level. The weight of Leagoos M5 is, however, a bit too high with 178 grams (~6.3 oz) for a smartphone of this size.
The internal eMMC storage has a capacity of 16 GB. The user has almost 10.6 GB available after initial use. Furthermore, applications can be moved to a (max. 128 GB) micro-SD card via A2SD. The micro-USB 2.0 port on the casings lower edge can be used for recharging the smartphone and data sharing with a computer. However, peripherals cannot be connected via an OTG adapter (on the go).
Leagoos M5 also features an FM radio, an active fingerprint scanner for unlocking the handset, as well as a classic 3.5-millimeter jack. A notification LED is not installed.
Leagoo uses the Freeme OS 6.0 based on the relatively up-to-date Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow platform for its system software. Although the Freeme OS maintains the fundamental structures of Android, the custom ROM does not look very much like Googles standard Android. The app and folder design, as well as the missing app drawer, correspond to the design language of the alternative operating system.
The user can alter the design via the companys Theme Store, and change it in a short time by shaking the handset. Additional features, such as gesture control, are also implemented in the system.
The voice quality and intelligibility via the M5s earpiece are satisfactory. The installed microphone is also convincing; the voice is transmitted clearly and articulately.
Leagoo relies on the Android standard phone application, which provides all the important features such as favorites, a call list, a keypad, and direct access to the contact database.
Primary camera photo
An 8-megapixel primary camera is installed on the M5s rear. It has a light-sensitive aperture of f/2.0 and a focal length of 35 millimeters (~1.38 in). Considering the price, the photo quality in good light conditions is satisfactory. However, Leagoos smartphone lacks a bit of sharpness compared with the rivals. As soon as scenes are photographed in sunlight, all bright areas are visibly overexposed. Furthermore, the dynamic range is too limited in the photos. Thus, the pictures clearly darken in very different light conditions. Intense image noise and a visible blurriness can be observed in low-light conditions.
The front-facing cameras resolution of 5 megapixels offers a sufficient quality and reproduction of details for selfies. However, its light sensitivity and image dynamic is not very high. The M5 records videos at a maximum resolution of 1080p at 30 frames per second.
The handset is controlled via three touch-sensitive, unlit buttons below the screen. The capacitive multi-touchscreen (3 fingers) is responsive into the corners, has pleasant gliding qualities, and is user-friendly.
In addition to a "double tap to wake" gesture, the M5 can also be unlocked via a fingerprint. The active fingerprint scanner on the handsets back did not really function reliably or quickly in the test. Nevertheless, it provides a certain convenience especially since the sensor can be mapped with additional features, such as camera release.
Leagoos M5 is equipped with MediaTeks MT6580M SoC (system on a chip). It is built in 28 nm and has a quad-core Cortex A7 processor. The computing power convinces with a solid system performance and browser speed in everyday use. However, perceivable stutters and lags, as well as delays when launching apps, are noticed as expected. The benchmarks show a rather average performance on par with Archos 50e Neon based on the same SoC. In relation to the performance capacities of the comparison devices in a similar price range, the M5 is only mediocre.
The determined speed of the internal storage in read and especially in write is not very high with 134 MB/s and 12 MB/s although the rivals present similar access times - with the exception of UleFones Metal. The measured speeds of the micro-SD card reader that we tested with our Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 (max. 95 MB per second in read, and max. 80 MB per second in write) reference card match match this. The read and write access rates are also only average here.