Leagoo S8 Review: Samsung S8-like Smartphone With Quad-Camera

Full-screen handsets are what people have been looking for a while. Now they are everywhere. Though the first companies to come with such models should be considered as Xiaomi, Samsung, LG, and a few others, at this moment, almost every smartphone maker has its own representative in the market. Moreover, many of them design full-screen smartphones like nothing’s wrong. Say, Gionee is going to release up to 8 new models with bezel-less screens on November 26. Xiaomi will launch three full-screen ultra-budget handsets before the end of the year. Vernee, Ukefone, Homtom and others have already released the second-gen Mi MIX 2 rivals. But most of them target the Xiaomi’s full-screen device. So what about those that focus on the Samsung Galaxy S8. The latter is one of the most desired smartphones launched earlier this year. And though it’s over a year old, it’s still highly demanded. Probably this was the main factor affecting Leagoo. A couple of months back the company announced two new models for the mentioned niche. They are dubbed as the Leagoo S8 and Leagoo S8 Pro. Today we are going to review the Leagoo S8 because it’s thought to be the best alternative to the Samsung S8. Let’s find out whether it’s true.

Leagoo S8

Leagoo S8 is on the right.

Leagoo S8 Appearance

When the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 was set to be announced, the conference and the phone as well were promoted as ‘Full Screen 2.0’ hinting at the second generation of the real full-screen phone. To beat its closest rival Huawei and Nubia came in with another promotional title of ‘Full Screen 2.1’. As for Leagoo, it named this phone ‘Unstoppable full screen’. The Leagoo S8 comes with a 5.7-inch 18:9 aspect ratio full-screen that has just 1mm of an ultra-thin bezel.

Leagoo S8

The screen is supplied by Sharp that simply means the provided HD+ resolution (1440 x 720 pixels) is better than the same viewing experience on other devices with the same-res screen. Moreover, it occupied up to 85% of the front panel, which is the way higher than the industry level. The contrast ratio is 1500:1, while the phone is proven to have a 282ppi pixel density. Thus the Leagoo S8’s display should be great be it gaming, web browsing or playing videos.

Leagoo S8

The overall design of the phone is quite attractive. It comes with a dual-curved back panel that fits well on the metal framed with a CNC crafting. Thanks to them the device fits greatly into the hand and provides a comfortable grip.

Leagoo S8

The phone on the left has wide bezels. So It’s not a full-screen phone. The Leagoo S8 is a true bezel-less handset.

As this is a border-less full-screen smartphone, do not look for any physical button on the front. The only keys are placed on the right side. There are the volume rocker as well as the power button. On the opposite side, we can find the dual-SIM card slot. The top is almost blank carrying only two antenna ribbons and a small microphone hole. The micro USB port, the 3.5mm audio jack, and the speakers along with two other antenna ribbons are on the bottom side. The overall dimensions of the phone are more than attractive. The Leagoo S8 comes with dimensions of 15.35 x 7.07 x 0.69 cm. therefore, it’s a slim-body smartphone providing the same feeling as holding a regular 5.2-inch screen device.

Leagoo S8 Camera

Seems a smartphone under-$200 should come with regular camera modules. But this is not the case. The Leagoo S8 is the world’s first 18:9 full-screen quad-camera handset. This term means there are dual-camera sensors on the back as well as on the front. The back carries a 13+2MP camera with a Sony lens. It has an aperture of f/2.0. They are placed vertically in the upper middle part of the phone. The flashlight is above them, while the fingerprint scanner with a square shape is below them.

Leagoo S8

Finally, the 8+2MP OV dual-camera with 4P lens and again f/2.0 aperture are located above the screen. There are also a speaker, flashlight and a standard set of sensors. Both camera support background blurring effect.

Leagoo S8 Performance

When looking at the features mentioned above the Leagoo S8 doesn’t yield its found father much. Agree, it looks like a top-notch handset, and there are too many common design elements with the Samsung S8. But when it comes to the performance, we understand where the company has saved to come in with a lowly-priced Samsung S8 clone. The Leagoo S8 sports a MediaTek MTK6750T octa-core chip found on the Leagoo KIICAA MIX, Homtom S8, etc.

Leagoo S8

The MediaTek MT6750T is an octa-core chip accompanied by a Mali T-860 GPU. In comparison to the previous MediaTek mobile SoCs, this one comes with an improved performance of 25% and increased power saving of 30%. This means the chip is capable of handling most tasks like browsing, emails, messages, streaming music and video, and even games without a hitch for the most part. So, if you avoid of opening many apps at the same time, the phone will provide a smooth and stable performance. But if you act in this way, some lags will appear during the operations. It is also paired with a 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The Leagoo S8 runs on Leagoo OS 3.0. Thanks to them the phone scores around 40k at AnTuTu.

Leagoo S8 Battery and Connectivity

The next surprising feature of the Leagoo S8 is considered to be the 2940mAh battery supporting 5V2A quick charge. The measured battery life on a single charge is 8 hours. But it can also provide up to 20 hours of continuous calling. Excitingly the device gets charged in just half hour.

At last, this amazing smartphone supports dual-4G connectivity due to the chip that integrates a Cat. 6 LTE radio modem (FDD/TDD, DC-HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, CDMA2000, EDGE) with both 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth. On the modem side, the MT6750T covers the worldwide 4G spectrum and enables an advanced 4G LTE Cat-6 (LTE FDD/TDD R11) features with 2x Carrier Aggregation with capability for VoLTE, ViLTE, VoWiFi, RCS Fast data transfers. That’s why the Leagoo S8 supports for European 4G networks, and signal reception is good.

Wrap Up

Now when we know almost everything about the Leagoo S8 we can say it is the worthy replica of the Samsung S8. Exteriorly, the phone comes with an identical design. Seems the performance should yield the Samsung phone as the latter is packed with an Exynos 8895/SND835 chip. But the truth is the MTK6750T is a great SoC providing quite a smooth performance at a low price. On the other hand, if you want something better, there is the S8 Pro variant sporting Helio P25 chip and a 5.99-inch screen with a Full HD+ resolution.

As for the rest selling points behind the 18:9 full-screen and stylish look, the Leagoo S8 is the world’s first quad-camera full-screen handset. That simply many the manufacturer didn’t scare to put a few trendy features into one device. At last, this is a great handset in terms of connectivity supporting 4G LTE. So the required price of $169.99 is a finding for it.


Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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