Last week LEAGOO Malaysia has announced it latest smartphone featuring dual camera for sub RM 600, the LEAGOO M8 Pro. I manage to secure an unit from the company and here a review of the device.
Let’s start off with a quick unboxing video;
Inside the box;
• LEAGOO M8 Pro Smartphone
• User Guide & Warranty Card
• microUSB Cable
• Power Adaptor
• Transparent TPU Case
• Tempered Glass
The LEAGOO M8 Pro is powered MediaTek MT6737, Quad-core processor and mated with 2GB of RAM. It sports with 5.7-inch IPS High Definition display and protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
It get a 16GB onboard storage and can be further expands via dedicated microSD card slot thus you can keep both SIM operates at the same time.
To keep the lights on, it has a removable 3,500 mAh battery. The M8 Pro is 3G and 4G capable that support dual SIM dual standby. Connectivity wise it has built-in GPS receiver, FM radio, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0.
Due to phablet size featuring a 5.7-inch display, the M8 Pro does feel bulkier and thick. The back cover is removable where we get access to the battery, SIM cards and as well microSD card. The glossy back cover tend to catch fingerprint smudges but wasn’t that visible due to the graphite line design.
On the back of the device placed 2 cameras, a 13 megapixel color and a 5 megapixel monochrome camera. I’ll explain more on the camera after this. Below the camera is a LED flash and fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint scanner work to unlock the phone but I do notice it wasn’t that accurate sometimes and does feel a bit sluggish when unlock. This likely just a software issue and hope the company can resolve it with a software update very soon.
Power button and volume rocker are located on the right side of the device. The top is the standard 3.5mm audio jack and microUSB for file transfer and charging located at the bottom.
LEAGOO M8 Pro sports a 5.7-inch with 720p resolutions. It may not be the brightest nor sharpest display but it’s has a decent large display that budget-friendly. One good thing about the display, it’s protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and this mean you don’t have to worry much scratch or crack the screen easily.
While playing video and game, the phone has quite good color saturation thanks to the MiraVision Technology that pre-installed in the device.
The M8 Pro has dual-camera setup like what the Huawei P9/P10-series has, the monochrome and color sensor that works together to capture sharper and details images. It has this “SLR mode” which I call it an artificial depth-of-field mode but on the M8 Pro it only create a blurry images on the non-focus area. Unlike the Huawei’s wide aperture mode, the M8 Pro doesn’t really have the imaging algorithm like the Huawei that can recognize the supposed blur-out outline.
The photo output were just decent only and it works poorly under-lowlight environment. After all this is a budget smartphone.
The camera software is quite straight forward and it comes with assort of filters and modes for easy photo taking. Eg: HDR, Beauty, Panorama, Night, Pose, Beauty and etc.
It has an 8 megapixel front camera with f/2.4 aperture camera and has a 78 degrees of viewing angle for better wefie photo taking
Here are some photos taken with the M8 Pro;
Performance & Battery Life
The MediaTek MT6737 Quad-core in the device is just an entry level SoC and it paired only 2GB of RAM. We are not expecting high performance here but out of surprise the user-experience wasn’t that bad. I was able to switch between apps smoothly and there wasn’t any lag throughout my testing. The tests was on the basic apps like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Waze.
We did a benchmark test with AnTuTu and it comes out with the score of 29,000 points which is decent for entry-level. The device able to run games like Asphalt 8, Temple Run and Super Mario Run without hiccup.
As for battery life, the M8 Pro is goody! Based on PCMark battery, the M8 Pro scored 8 hours plus which is excellent for a smartphone nowadays. The device can last me more than 2 days on normal usage.
LEAGOO M8 Pro is a good mid-range smartphone that has impressively good battery life. If you are looking for a budget large display smartphone, LEAGOO M8 Pro may suit you well. They even throw in free TPU case and Temper Glass as well so you can use the phone right after you purchase.
The drawback is the slowness charging. It took almost 3 hours plus to fully charge and this is due to the 5V, 1A power brick that bundled along with it. Don’t put much high expectation on the camera outcome despite to have dual-camera setup. Not necessary “Two is Better Than One”
The LEAGOO M8 Pro is available now at all LEAGOO authorized dealers at the price of RM 599. It comes with two color options; Titanium Grey and Champagne Gold.
For limited time, LEAGOO Malaysia will be throwing in a premium headphone that worth RM 109 with every purchase of the new LEAGOO M8 Pro.