LEAGOO S9 Unboxing and First Impressions

LEAGOO S9 was made available in the Philippines more than two weeks ago. It’s an under PHP 10K notched smartphone. 

LEAGOO S9 Unboxing and First Impressions
LEAGOO S9


For PHP 7,845 you will get a 3D glass-like acrylic back cover and a 5.85-inch 2.5D curved IPS screen with 19:9 screen aspect ratio and HD+ 1512 x 720 resolution in front.

It also boasts of under 30 minutes charging that gives out 40 percent of battery using its 5V/2A wall charger. 

But how well does the LEAGOO S9 perform? Let’s find out by starting with our full review part 1! 

LEAGOO S9 Specs

Display: 5.85-inch 2.5D curved IPS screen w/ HD+ 1512 x 720 resolution at 287 ppi
CPU: 1.5GHz 64-bit MT6750 octa-core processor
GPU: Mali-T860 MP2
RAM: 4GB
ROM: 32GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 128GB
Back Camera: 13MP f/2.2 Sony sensor + 2MP w/ AF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 8MP f/2.0
Battery: 3,300mAh LiPo w/ Pump Express fast charging
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo w/ LEAGOO OS 4.0
Connectivity: WiFi b/g/n, 4G LTE Cat 6, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM (hybrid)
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, proximity, sound, magnetic
Others: Fingerprint scanner, AwinicTM audio chip, Colors: blue, black, gold
Dimensions: 146 x 72 x 8.5 mm
Weight: 174 g
Price: PHP 7,845


Disclaimer: The LEAGOO S9 was seeded to us for our honest take.

Unboxing/Accessories

What's inside?
What’s inside?

Inside the box is the device itself, cable, 5V/2A wall charger, TPU clear case, SIM ejector tool, and the usual paper documents. It has no earphones included. 

LEAGOO mentioned that the 5V/2A wall charger can fill up the S9 up to 40 percent in just 30 minutes! This made us excited to see how fast the LEAGOO S9 can be charged. 

Build Quality/Design

Glass-like acrylic back
Glass-like acrylic back

The LEAGOO S9 is made of a sturdy plastic build and a glass-like acrylic back cover. In front, LEAGOO has no mention of any Corning Gorilla Glass protection, but the smartphone is pre-installed with a screen protector.

We are also happy that LEAGOO included a TPU clear case which we highly recommend that you use it. 

In terms of design, LEAGOO looks premium because of its glass-like back. It may have a simple black back color but gets light flares when under light, making it look attractive. 

LEAGOO S9 features an iPhone-like notch along with thin side bezels. It has a little thick chin bezel but it’s very much smaller with similarly priced smartphones. 

3.5mm headphone jack on top
3.5mm headphone jack on top
USB Type C charging port and grille speakers on bottom
USB Type C charging port and grille speakers on bottom
microSD card and one SIM slot on the left
microSD card and one SIM slot on the left
Volume rocker and power buttons on the right
Volume rocker and power buttons on the right

The 3.5mm headphone jack is placed on top. Meanwhile, the micro-USB port for charging is placed on the bottom along with two grille speakers. 

On left, lies the microSD card and one SIM slots. While on the right, are the volume rocker and the power button.

Ergonomically, LEAGOO S9 is fine and not slippery to hold. It’s prone to fingerprint smudges and scratches that’s why we highly recommend that you put on the case right away.

Initial Findings

AnTuTu Benchmark
AnTuTu Benchmark

1. So far, LEAGOO S9 looks decent and premium for the price. Its glass-like acrylic back made it look attractive in the eyes. It is one of those affordable smartphone with notched displays in the country.

2. Under the hood, this device is running with the ageing 64-bit MT6750 octa-core processor by MediaTek. It is paired with Mali-T860 MP2 GPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB expandable storage, and 3,300mAh battery with Pump Express fast charging technology. 

3. It runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo along with LEAGOO OS 4.0 out of the box. The LEAGOO OS 4.0 does not feel new to me at all, it has the similar user interface experience with the other operating systems.

4. It sports a 13MP f/2.2 Sony sensor + 2MP w/ AF and LED flash at rear and 8MP f/2.0 in front. The secondary sensor of the rear camera is for the depth or background bokeh effect. 

Connectivity: WiFi b/g/n, 4G LTE Cat 6, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, dual SIM (hybrid)

5. LEAGOO S9 has LED notification and fingerprint scanner. 

As of the moment

So far, the LEAGOO S9’s performance is fine for an under PHP 10K smartphone. It looks decent, speedy enough, nice battery capacity, and dual cameras seem to do well.

But we still need to make more tests so watch out for our full review!

Published by Marshmallow

Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).