When it comes to SOCs (system on a chip), that is, the chip that integrates the CPU, GPU and other device controllers, there is not much to choose from, it is either your phone uses a Qualcomm chip, MediaTek, Exynos ( if it’s Samsung) or Kirin (if it’s Huawei). However, this premise is about to change, as Spreadtrum recently formed an alliance with the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Leagoo, this with the aim of introducing the first Spreadtrum processors based on Intel’s Airmont architecture into the company’s mobile phones. The first to do this is the Leagoo T5C, which is the undisputed protagonist of this article that we bring to you.
The T5C is the renewal of the Leagoo T5, a basic range mobile that we reviewed months ago. However, it is not a re-edition where only a handful of features are improved and launched on the market as a new mobile, at all, since the Leagoo T5C has the honor of being the first mobile to incorporate a processor Spreadtrum SC9853i of eight cores at 1.8GHz, which features a lithograph of 14nanometros and is based on Airmont Intel architecture.
Design and display of the Leagoo T5C
The Leagoo T5C has a fairly normal style, which is not at the service of the design without bevels that is so fashionable nowadays among mobile manufacturers, but even, so it is a good design that combines a body of one piece (Unibody) with a metal construction. As you can see in the images, this device sports a rear cover with 3D curvature and a 2.5D crystal on the front.
A highlight of the Leagoo T5C is its thickness, which is only 7.9 millimeters, which is very positive for a Phablet for tight budgets. You cannot miss mentioning the presence of a fingerprint reader on the start button.
The screen uses a 5.5-inch IPS panel that displays an FHD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and offers wide viewing angles of up to 178 degrees. Its manufacturer assures that said screen provides an excellent visual experience with a reasonable level of brightness, saturation of colors and contrast. As mentioned above, the screen has a 2.5D glass cover that contributes significantly to the aesthetic and ergonomic factor of the device.
The first mobile with Spreadtrum SC9853i processor
As mentioned at the beginning of this entry, the Leagoo T5C is the first to make use of a Spreadtrum SC9853i eight-core processor at 1.8GHz. This CPU is based on Intel’s Airmont architecture and promises to be up to 39% more powerful than the typical Mediatek MTK6750 SOC that we are used to seeing in this price range.
This Chip was launched in August 2017, and this will be the first time we see it in action, it is also worth mentioning that it is aimed at the mid-range and that in theory, it consumes 30% less energy compared to the competition.
A Mali-T820 GPU also backs the device for an unmatched graphical experience and 3GB of RAM (Samsung brand) for multitasking operations. At the same time, there is 32GB of ROM memory provided by Sandisk (expandable by Micro-SD up to 128GB) and a non-removable 3000mAh battery, which has a 5V2A fast charge and promises a battery life of up to 36 hours with use Normal and 8 hours of continuous video playback.
The photographic section consists of a dual camera with a Samsung sensor of 13.0MP + Omnivision sensor of 2.0MP. This lens has a diaphragm aperture f / 2.2 and an ultra-pixel size of 1.12um.
The front camera is 5.0MP and is equipped with a LED flash with soft light for high-quality selfies.
Operating system and other features
The operating system of the Leagoo T5C is none other than Android 7.0 Nougat, and it is known that the mobile will support the CAT 6 protocol as well as 4G networks, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and Dual-VoLTE. The supported bands and frequencies are the following:
- 2G: GSM 850/900/1800 / 1900MHz
- 3G: WCDMA 900 / 2100MHz
- 4G: FDD-LTE 800/850/900/1800/2100 / 2600MHz TDD-LTE B40
Leagoo T5C: Table of specifications
|SIM card slot:||Dual SIM with standby mode|
|SIM type:||Nano SIM|
|Screen and dimensions|
|Type of screen:||IPS Capacitive LCD, 16M colors|
|Screen size:||5.5 inches|
|Screen resolution:||1080 x 1920 (FHD)|
|Dimensions||15.30 x 7.60 x 0.79 cm|
|CPU:||Spreadtrum SC9853i 14 nanometer|
|Nuclei:||SC9853i Octa Core 1.8GHz|
|GPU||ARM Mali-T860 MP2|
|RAM:||3 GB of RAM|
|External memory:||Yes, expandable up to 128 GB|
|Band technologies||2G: GSM 850/900/1800 / 1900MHz
3G: WCDMA 900 / 2100MHz
4G: FDD-LTE 800/850/900/1800/2100 / 2600MHz TDD-LTE B40
|Wireless connectivity||Wi-Fi: 802.11 a / b / g Bluetooth version 4.0,|
|Interfaces||Nano SIM slot, 3.5 mm audio port, micro USB 2.0, GPS|
|Main camera:||Dual Camera 13 MP Samsung + 2 MP Omnivision|
|Front camera:||5 MP|
|characteristics||Autofocus, Dual-LED (Dual-tone), Flash, Geographic Location, Face Detection, Tactile Focus, Panorama|
|Battery Capacity||3000 mAh.|
Availability and price of Leagoo T5C
The Leagoo T5C is valued at $ 129.99, but you can buy it for a much lower price if you take advantage of the pre-sale promotion, leaving it at only $ 99.99 or € 85.03 in Gearbest. However, you can also buy it on Aliexpress.com for the reasonable price.