I first heard about Leagoo smartphone last month when it’s earlier models were reputed to be sold out in Singapore following launch. The ultra-thin latest model, Leagoo Shark 1 comes with a large capacity battery that boasts of 3 days of usage or 25 hours of video-marathon. I was bought over by the impressive battery capacity and gave the phone a try out.
I caught my very first Korean drama with Descendants of The Sun and went on with several others like a drama-junkie within a short span of two months. Watching the videos on Leagoo Shark 1 is a pleasurable affair with hours of continuous viewing. Given that I have pockets of 2-6hrs daily, I am always on social media, chatgroups and/or catching up with my drama every minute I can. The screen display does not get to rest for hours at times. Despite so, my fully-charged battery still maintains at about 70-80% at noon time which is very impressive given that I normally need to recharge my usual phone at mid day before leaving the house, and again recharge say, at 8pm. My phone normally gets to rest when I turn in at 11pm.
Despite having an impressive Lithium-Polymer battery with a capacity of 6300mAh, the phone maintains a sleek design being just 8.5mm thick. The phone itself is notably heavy at 240.9g if a comparison is done with other phones. However, given that I carry a portable battery charger in my handbag daily, the total weight is anytime double than that of Shark 1 since my current phone (with cover and few cards) is already 278g. With the extended battery life, I never needed to bring a portable charger with me during the duration of review.
The phone battery is equipped with a 3A power-charge charger. Given a quick charging time of 30 minutes, the battery life hits a good level of 30% which could already provide me with a day of usage.
Leagoo Shark 1 features a Sony 13-MP BSI rear camera, flash and a fingerprint censor at the back where its unlock speed can be as fast as 0.39 seconds, while still maintaining maximum security. Making use of Fingerprint ID 3.0, Leagoo Shark 1 offers a safe, comfortable, convenient and fast technology that gives users a brand new experience. All it took was several initial scans of my full fingerprint for it to store in memory. Initiating the phone to start up with fingerprint scan each time thereafter was a smooth affair and there was no lag. I realize having a fingerprint security also served to bar my kids from accessing my phone. The password did not help at all. ^.^
Below are some photo samples taken using the rear camera and ambient light if you are keen to know how the photographs will turn out. I would say they are pretty fine for general use. Photo-taking can be a little slow for impatient people like me. At times, I had to wait for the focus to lock before I could snap away.
The Leagoo Shark 1 comes with a 5-MP front camera with F2.0 aperture. Equipped with flash even for the front camera, they offer greater exposure to “selfie” shots at times with dim light condition. However, I didn’t like that the “selfie” photo turned out to be grainy.
The phone supports a lovely Full HD Screen of 6.0” inches, with a resolution of up to 1980*1080. Its display panel comprising the LTPS technology coupled with a pixel density of up to 368 ppi brings users a good viewing experience, not only on video playback but also while surfing the Internet. I am used to big screens and anything smaller than 5.5″ actually has become a torture to view from. So this 6.0″ inches of display actually works very well for me.
Besides power strength and screen size, Shark 1 also features a 3GB RAM which served my usage pattern quite well without much lagging. The built-in 16GB ROM comes with the possibility of adding up to 64GB external T-Flash (micro SD card) for additional storage. The smartphone can accommodate Dual Micro SIM cards over 4G network. Switching between SIM cards is hassle-free. I don’t travel out of the country usually but find the need to switch to my back up SIM card for the additional free 1GB of data usage without incurring additional surcharge over my basic 3GB-plan every month. For frequent travellers, having a Dual-SIM card slot is a big bonus!
Shark 1 is also equipped with the latest LEAGOO OS 1.2. I find no difficulty getting used to navigating the OS since it is Android-based. However I hope that icons that are not used often could be hidden given a choice. The phone also heats up when multiple apps are being used at the same time. Manually closing some unused apps can help with a lower temperature though.
Leagoo Engineers have also fitted Shark 1 with Corning 3rd Gorilla Glass and combined it with the 2.5D process which makes the glass screen smooth, scratch-resistant, and extremely robust yet presenting a thin and sleek look at the same time.
|Shark 1 Specifications|
|CPU||MTK6753 (Octa core)|
|Display||6.0” FHD with Corning Gorilla Class 3 2.5D Screen|
|Memory (ROM)||16GB (expandable up to 64GB)|
|Camera||Front Camera 5MP|
|Rear Camera Sony 13.0MP BSI-2 AF with dual-tone LED flashlight|
|Battery||6300mAh Lithium-polymer Battery|
|System||LEAGOO OS 1.1 (Android 5.1)|
|Network||4G Network (Dual SIM dual standby)|
|Product weight||240.9 g|
|Card Slots||Dual Micro SIM cards|
|Colour||Starlight Silver, Midnight Black & Champagne Gold|
In short, the Leagoo Shark 1 is a good mid-ranged smartphone for general use. With the On-The-Go (OTG) cable (additional accessory), it can also serve as a power bank for other devices should the need arise.
Leagoo Shark 1 retails at S$399 and is now available at nearly 100 stores island-‐wide (http://www.leagoo.com.sg/where-‐to-‐buy/).
LEAGOO is a star brand owned by Shenzhen OTEDA Technology Co., Ltd. In order to supply high quality smartphones and excellence using our wealth of previous experience, the OTEDA team – which relies on a proven track record in the mobile communications industry – set up a new smartphone brand called LEAGOO in April 2014. With our Research & Development expertise and supply chain resources, the OTEDA team has spared no effort in building LEAGOO into a well-known international brand of smart devices and ecosystems.
For more information, please visit: http://www.leagoo.com/about/About_LEAGOO.html