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Leagoo Lead 2 Review: a $100 smartphone has never looked so good

by Frank Tu 30

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Leagoo, the smartphone company which was established only a year back is growing pretty fast. The company recently unveiled its first generation of devices in the Lead lineup which includes four new smartphones, each designed with a specific set of users in mind.

Although Lead 1 is the flagship device, its brother Lead 2 is as powerful and capable as the flagship and the only major difference between the two is its screen size. While Lead 1 comes with a 5.5 inch IPS panel, Lead 2 is slightly smaller in size with a 5 inch display.

We recently got our hands on this value for money device and naturally we experimented with it to see whether it lives up to our expectations.

So, here’s our detailed Leagoo Lead 2 Review on Leagoo Lead 2 smartphone.

DESIGN

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If we had to judge the phone just by its looks, then Leagoo Lead 2 would definitely be one of the best looking devices in its class. The phone comes with a sleek rectangular body with curved edges and a beautiful aluminum frame which gives it a premium feel.

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The device is extremely thin, measuring only 5 mm in thickness. So, those who love slim phones are in for a treat. The overall dimensions of the phone are 145.3×71.2×6.9mm. The device just weighs 135 grams which makes it extremely light and easy to carry around. So, even with its large 5 inch screen, you won’t find it hard to operate the device.

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The power button is situated on the right side of the device while the volume up down keys are on the left. You don’t get a dedicated camera button, but that’s something that we can live without.

DISPLAY

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Lead 2 is tailor made for users who like large screens. The device comes with a 5 inch IPS panel with qHD resolution. While we would have loved to have atleast 720p display on the device, the 940 x 540 pixel resolution looks not too bad and images and videos turn out to be quite crisp and clear.

The pixel density count naturally falls down due to this low resolution, but even at 220 PPI, we were quite happy with the quality of display.

HARDWARE

The specifications of the phone are quite similar to Leagoo’s flagship model. The Lead 2 packs in a Quad Core 1.3 Ghz MediaTek MTK6582 SoC along with 1GB RAM and Mali 400 GPU.  The Cortex A7 processor along with the Mali GPU is enough to run high end games on the device with ease. So, you’ll have a great time playing even graphic intensive games like Modern Combat 4.

You get 8GB internal storage, which is enough for storing your basic images, music and videos. However, if you feel that this isn’t enough for your needs, you can anytime upgrade the storage using an external MicroSD card which is expandable up to 64GB.

CAMERA

Camera is one of the essential components that consumers look for when buying a new smartphone and Leagoo Lead 2 won’t disappoint you in this area. Ofcourse, it’s no match for other high priced flagships in the market, but it also won’t be fair to compare this value for money device with them.

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You get a 13MP Sony Exmor camera at the back which can capture pictures at a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3120 pixels. You can also take 720p HD videos at 60 fps.

On the front, there’s a 5MP shooter good for video calls and selfies.

As you can see, the phone manages to reproduce colors quite accurately. The image shown below is one of the samples that we took from the phone.

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The blue color in the image is quite bright, just as it was in the real world and even in dim light, the phone managed to capture decent pictures. However, some of the pictures lost details especially in low light, but most of the times, the images captured were quite good.

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CONNECTIVITY AND BATTERY

Lead 2 comes with standard connectivity features as seen in other smartphones in this price range. So, you have Wi-Fi, GPS, A-GPS, Micro USB, HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.0 and WCDMA / GSM Dual SIM dual standby support. You also get standard sensors like proximity, accelerometer and ambient light sensors.

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Moving on, Lead 2 comes with a 2,200 mAh removable battery. This should be enough for a day at an average level of usage. The low power consuming Cortex A7 processors further increases its battery life, so you easily get around a day’s usage on the device.

SOFTWARE

Lead 2 comes with the latest Android 4.4.2 Kitkat version out of the box. There are certain OEM specific features too, like the on screen quick settings button that can be moved around. Clicking on that icon instantly opens up four different options namely Settings, Lock Screen, Favorites and Home.

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Leagoo has also incorporated a special Wake Gesture feature on the device. You can access this feature from the phone’s settings menu.

Wake Gesture basically allows you to open up apps directly from the screen even when the display is not turned on. This will instantly give you access to your favorite apps like the camera app or your music player. All you have to do is draw the letter assigned to the app on the screen and the phone will recognize the gesture and take you to it.

For example, if you draw the letter ‘C’ on the display which is currently off, the phone will directly take you to the camera app. Similarly, ‘M’ takes you to the music player. You can even change these default apps to assign your favorite ones to these gestures.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

Coming to the best part about the device, Leagoo has priced Lead 2 at $108 which is an insane price for a device with such specifications. We honestly feel you get much more than what you pay for the device and if you are looking for a good Android smartphone, you should definitely consider buying this one.

The phone is available in white and black colors and at present can be bought from Deal Extreme and AnteLife websites for the said amount.

OUR VERDICT

Although Leagoo may not be an established brand in the market, the company has proved that it can make competitive and value for money devices like the Lead 2.

We personally feel that Lead 2 offers good specifications and features for a device just over $100 and it would be a great purchase for anyone who’s entering into the world of Android for the first time.

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  • Tony Lee

    it looks nice, how much does it cost? where can i buy it?

  • Daniel Donisa

    Hi , Looks nice, I think i will get one!

  • yoav hayon

    looks great
    im about to buy one myself

  • yoav hayon

    how do i get the discount?

    • Frank Tu

      Hi, sorry,the DXBRAND 5% off coupon had just expired…..but the good news is dx.com gave me another $10 coupon:OEVGEY3DNH40V, please use it as soon as possible, and people who wanna buy this phone can leave a request for a coupon.

  • Mike from PL

    may I ask for a coupon, please?

    • Frank Tu

      facebook me

      • Dyz

        Dear Frank Tu,
        I do not have facebook account and do not want to have. Would you be so kind as to pass it via mail, please?

        • Dyz

          I hope you see my mail address, even that I am GUEST

      • Dyz

        If you have linkedin account, please let me know

      • Dyz

        Dear Frank Tu,
        May I kindly request for your answer, please?
        Is it possible to achieve the coupon without Facebook account?

  • Tony Lee

    i’d like to have one too, i wanna buy 1, please help us to get more coupon code or gift card, thanks 😉

  • Dyz

    yes, please share the coupons

    • Frank Tu

      facebook me, I’ll give you privatelty

  • Рашид Чунаев

    I really want to have one…

  • Alan Wake

    great review, can I have a coupon please ?

  • 01Bie

    great review really helpful

  • Zsolt Barna

    can I have a coupon please ?

  • Dyz

    prices on DX com rised 20% for that phone…
    from 107,99 up to 129 USD…
    Frank Tu, it is not ok not replying at all… 🙁

    • Frank Tu

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      Try any of these, I don’t know if these $10 dx.com coupon had been used or not.

      • Don_Huan

        Thanks a lot!

  • В’ячеслав Борецький

    Can I ask you for a coupon please?

  • Ricardo

    does the GPS works well in europe?
    Any coupon?

  • Zenith

    Really nice phone for this kind of price! Enough power to run highend-games and big apps. AnTuTu Benchmark gave it 18653, a littlebit more than Samsung Galaxy S3. Only negative thing is the missing 900Mhz Band in 3G (Here in Finland we use 900/2100Mhz).
    350$ phone for a 100$, not bad at all.

  • Damon Noble

    Looks like a great phone but the deal extreme site says it’s $129 not $107.99

  • Andrew Kwan

    Do you still have any of those $10 coupons Frank? Do you know if DXSoul will accept it?

    I am actually leaning towards this phone as a data-only business phone. It is a bit of a middling spec phone given the qHD resolution. I too would have preferred at least a 720p resolution. At the current price point of $129 it is right in that middle spot where it is competing with the likes of the Blu Studio 5.0 C HD ($150 w/ 720p res). Granted the Lead 2 has a aluminum body, better design imo, and is missing the AWS band (T-Mobile).

    Overall, this should be a relatively sideways move for me when I switch between my personal phone (Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G) and the Lead 2.

    Does this come with Facebook and other social media apps pre-installed?

    How is the battery life for your usage?

  • yoyo

    what about SAR values?

  • Kev

    Great review how can I get a coupon?

  • DEEPAK

    LOOK LIKE IT IS PROMISSING SEE HOW MARKET RESPOND IT.

  • markso

    i have this phone and its crap its bends like hell its has crap sound it broke from the first drop FROM MY POCKET !! do not buy its slow the camera is auful the schreen is in pecies