The Leagoo S9 4G smartphone is Leagoo’s way of saying “Hey Apple! We love what you did with the iPhone X. We love it so much we wanna make a copy of it.”
The device is the upgrade to the Leagoo S8 (which looked slightly like the Samsung Galaxy S8) and a not-so-perfect clone of the iPhone. As regards design and specs, many OEMs have tried to replicate what Apple made out of the iPhone X but none have come close. No one beats Apple, right?
However, the idea behind such clones is usually to serve as a cheaper alternative to the originals. Ever since the iPhone X launched in September 2017, many clones have surfaced. But does the Leagoo S9 come close to being the iPhone X? Is it a worthy alternative?
With metal covering the entire rear and sides off the device, the Leagoo S9 has a mirror-like reflective rear appearance. The glossy appearance of the device is cool, but it retains fingerprints – and that’s a downside as smears of fingerprints dull out the beauty of the glossiness. The fingerprint sensor is a circle-shaped cut-out which also sparkles like the metal rear.
The Leagoo S9 has a dual camera set-up at the top left corner on the rear. The sensors have the same design, arrangement (from top to bottom: main camera-LED flash-secondary camera) as the iPhone X – but doesn’t come anywhere close to the iPhone X in terms of quality.
The main shooter is a 13-megapixels lens while the secondary 2-megapixels lens helps exert some level of bokeh focus effect on images captured.
The front of the Leagoo S9 also looks very much like that of the iPhone X, particularly the presence of the notch at the top of the display. The notch houses the 8-megapixels selfie camera, LED flash and a couple of sensors. The device uses the selfie camera to unlock via through identification of facial features (Facial recognition) within 0.1 seconds.
Again, the Leagoo S9 seem to be one of the best imitation of the iPhone X I’ve seen. And though the bezels are larger (at the sides and bottom), Leagoo still did a pretty good job.
The S9 runs the latest veraion of Google’s operating system (Android Oreo v8.1) and is powered by eight cores of the MediaTek MT6750 system-on-chip that can clock up to 1.5GHz. Handling graphical representation is the Mali T880 GPU by ARM.
At the bottom of the device —in between the loudspeaker grills— the reversible USB Type-C port allows for the quick charge of the built-in 3,300mAh battery in about 1 hour 40minutes. Other features of the 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, 128GB of SD card support — all for $150!