Leagoo KIICAA MIX Review

7 October 2017, 02:31:54

Leagoo KIICAA MIX Review
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Design, build and controls

Leagoo KIICAA MIX couples aluminium-titanium alloy for its metal frame and sturdy plastic for its non-removable backplate. The two are joined in such a way as to create the feeling of a unibody design. However, there is a very thin line that is only slightly visible that marks the place of the seem between the two materials. The plastic parts are made of ABS (thermoplastic polymer) and polycarbonate that has undergone injection moulding and vacuum plating to achieve this unibody look and feel. The edges of the backplate are rounded for better visuals and more comfortable grip. The frame tightly encompasses the plastic casing of the display unit, which flows into the 2.5D curved edges of the cover glass, which is reportedly a Corning Gorilla Glass 4. With a width of 75.8 mm, Leagoo KIICAA MIX is below the average width of smartphones with 5.5-inch screens. It is even more compact in terms of height, which in this model's case measures 141.7 mm and marks it as one of the shortest handsets in this display size class. The 7.9 mm waistline is well below average for devices with 5.5-inch displays and 2000-3000 mAh batteries. What strikes at first is how lightweight the smartphone feels. It is definitely one of the lightest models in this size class with a weight of 153 grammes. This is mainly due to the fact that the body is largely plastic and the aluminium-titanium frame is actually a very small portion of it. Despite that the bezels are thick, Leagoo has chosen to place a speaker on the top frame, so the area above the display is bare. They have also sacrificed the proximity and light sensors, in order to create a smartphone that has a large portion of its front surface taken by its display. Below the display, there's a touch-sensitive home button with an embedded fingerprint sensor. According to Leagoo, the sensor is made of premium ceramic covered with a glass plate and a metal ring. It actively learns and progressively improves. In the bottom left corner, the front-facing camera is positioned. The bottom frame of the model houses a USB Type-C 2.0 port centred between two speaker grilles. Only the right one covers an actual speaker. Leagoo intended to make the bottom and top one serve as stereo speakers but the final result is far from that. The hybrid, dual-SIM tray is placed on the left frame and can house either two Nano-SIM cards or a Nano-SIM and a microSD card. The volume and power buttons are positioned on the right frame. They provide good tactile experience and do not protrude much. The power button has a textured surface. On the back of the smartphone, there are two horizontal lines (top and bottom) that separate the antenna areas from the rest of the body. Centrally, along the vertical, the dual camera module is placed with a dual-LED flash (two cold lights) to its right. The camera module protrudes quite a bit. Above the bottom horizontal line, there's the Leagoo logo with the usual inscriptions below it.

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