Leagoo T5c smartphone review

The long-suffering smartphone Leagoo T5c has finally reached our editorial office. It so happened that Leagoo sent this model long before the New Year, but the Russian Post lost the package somewhere in the office, so it could not be found for more than a month. However, it's good that everything ended well.

The Leagoo T5c is a budget solution based on the Spreadtrum SC9853 processor, which was shown at MWC last year together with Intel. This platform is designed to compete with MediaTek and Qualcomm, which is why Spreadtrum and Intel called their campaign "Intel's empire strikes back at the mobile phone market." I'm not sure that something worthwhile will come of this - we are closely monitoring the situation.

The rest of the system parameters are more or less good for its price of 5,500 rubles: 3/32 GB of memory, a 5.5-inch display with a FullHD IPS matrix and Asahi Glass, LTE CAT 6 and a 3000 mAh battery. The T5c uses two main cameras, but the additional module is for show, that is, it does not participate in taking photos in any way. Frankly speaking, it is not clear for what purpose, in this case, to install any physical sensor at all: they would insert a plastic plug.

The device is equipped with a fingerprint scanner, the front camera has a flash.

I will repeat the cost again - from 5,500 rubles in Chinese online stores.

Design, dimensions, controls

The Leagoo T5c smartphone is made in the classic design of phones of recent years, I can’t bring anything new and original: a rectangle with a fingerprint scanner in the lower part of the case, a metal cover on the back side and two plastic inserts on the bottom and top.

The manufacturer declares the presence of Asahi glass and an oleophobic coating. For a couple of weeks of use, no problems were identified either with the quality of the glass or with the oleophobic coating. By the way, a protective film is already pasted on the smartphone, you can use it.

The back cover, as I said, is metal, the coating is semi-matte, that is, fingerprints are still visible, especially on a black device. The lower plastic insert is matte with embossed stripes, and on top it is glossy, and the stripes are already marked with paint.

The smartphone is relatively large and wide (76 mm) and weighs about 170 grams. It is convenient to use, but only if you did not hold devices with an elongated screen in your hands (as it is now fashionable to say, FullView, FullVision). The surface of the back is slippery, so be careful, especially when your hands are wet.

On the top of the front panel there is a selfie camera, a flash for the same purposes, proximity and light sensors, and a speech speaker. It is loud, but the sound is muffled.

There is a fingerprint scanner below the display. Sensitivity and speed are average.

At the bottom end there is a microphone, 3.5 mm, micro-USB (you should not expect Type-C for 5,000 rubles), a speakerphone. On the right is the power button and volume control. On the left is a combo slot for two SIM cards or SIM + microSD. On the reverse side are two cameras, a double flash and an oval window (not an IR transmitter).

Leagoo and Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Leagoo and Huawei P Smart

Display

This product uses a 5.5-inch screen. Physical size - 68x120 mm. There is an anti-reflective coating, which is quite effective.

The resolution of the Leagoo T5c display is FullHD, that is, 1080x1920 pixels, the aspect ratio is standard 16:9, and the density is 400 pixels per inch. Matrix from Sharp (IPS) without on-cell air gap.

The viewing angles of the screen are maximum, at the corners the picture turns a little pink. Judging by the data of the calibrator, the matrix produces good colors, but everything is extremely poorly calibrated.

Battery

The Leagoo T5c uses a 3000 mAh non-removable Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery.

The T5c runs a little better than the average MediaTek-powered smartphone: about 4-5 hours of screen matrix glow at automatic brightness. The smartphone plays just over 8 hours of HD video (MP4) at 100% brightness of the matrix backlight and sits down after 4.5 hours under the load of 3D toys (Marvell: Contest of Champions).

With the battery charging, everything is very good here: thanks to 5V - 2A, the battery receives a 100% charge in just an hour and a half.

Communications

The device works in 2G (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)/3G (850/900/2100 MHz)/LTE CAT 6 (800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz), two nanoSIM SIM cards. The rest is standard for any Android smartphone: Wi-Fi b/g/n one band, Bluetooth 4.1, USB 2.0 with OTG support. There is navigation A-GPS, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou. The accuracy is up to 5 meters, the sensitivity is extremely low (it was difficult to find up to 10 satellites).

Memory

At just over £5,000, the Leagoo T5c comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. The speed, of course, is low: RAM is about 4000 MB / s, Flash - 100/80 MB / s. Memory cards up to 32 GB are supported, that is, the total can be 64 GB, including the memory card.

Cameras

Leagoo T5c is another budget smartphone with three cameras, one of which is not used in any way. This is an additional module for bokeh. Yes, there is a module, and even the official website says about it, but the blurring of the background is trite: the picture is sharp in the center of the frame, and it is blurred on the sides. In this case, Leagoo does not deceive users - the sensor really exists, but does not work :)

Despite the low cost of the device, the cameras here are very good! The main one is Samsung S5K3L8 (f / 2.8), and the front one is OmniVision GC5024 (f / 2.8). Oddly enough, the image is sharp and with the correct white balance, the focus, although slow, is accurate. The selfie camera also pleased!

The device records video in HD quality at 30 fps. The quality is not bad, but the resolution is clearly not enough.

Sample photos

Performance and OS

We are already used to seeing MediaTek chipsets in almost all Chinese devices, but this time Leagoo stood out by using a joint development of Intel and Spreadtrum. The new processor for T5c is the SC9853 chip model with Intel Airmont architecture: 14 nm, 64-bit, 8 cores, clocked at 1.8 GHz. The official website of the smartphone manufacturer provides information that the SC9853 is faster than the MTK6750. It probably is, but the phone as a whole gives the impression of a slow and sluggish device. I didn’t manage to understand where the “dog” of such behavior of T5c is “buried”.

In Antutu, the smartphone scores 65,000 points. This means that in the old version of the program, the phone "knocks out" no more than 45,000 points. With games, everything is more or less normal, but complex toys, of course, slow down.

Google Android 7.0 operating system with Leagoo 2.1 proprietary skin. The shell is almost no different from the “bare” system: there are themes, plugins, wallpapers; choose the size of the icons; you can back up the location of the elements. In the settings, the location of the control buttons changes. No other innovations were noticed.

Multimedia

The Leagoo T5c smartphone has one speaker for outputting ringtones. The volume is average, the quality is normal and unremarkable.

Sound, as always, tested on Bose QC35 and Meizu Flow. First: the volume is slightly above average, good low frequencies, high frequencies are poorly developed, mid frequencies are not pronounced. Secondly: super-detailed mids and highs, lows are slightly overwhelmed, but overall a very cool sound!