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Leagoo Kiicaa Mix Smartphone Review

Cheap and compact. The Kiicaa Mix retails for less than $150 USD but fails to carry the necessary 4G LTE bands for most users in the United States.

The Leagoo Kiicaa Mix is one of the smallest 5.5-inch Android smartphones available with a 1080p display. Unlike the narrow bezels of the LG V30 or Samsung Galaxy Note 8, the Kicaa Mix is narrow on three of its four sides for an even more compact form factor. The design is not new, however, as Sharp popularized the concept with the Aquos Crystal back in 2012.

For this short review, we'll be analyzing the performance of the Kiicaa Mix to see how it compares to other affordable alternatives. The Leagoo smartphone currently retails for around $120 USD. The full specifications list can be found on the GearBest product page and Leagoo's official site.

Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
5.5 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 401 PPI, 10-point capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Card Reader: MicroSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Sensors: Accelerometer, magnetometer
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz WCDMA: 850/900/2100MHz FDD-LTE: 800/850/900/1800/2100/2600MHz (Band 1,3,5,7,8,20) TDD-LTE: B40, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.9 x 141 x 75.8 ( = 0.31 x 5.55 x 2.98 in)
Battery
3000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 7.0 Nougat
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix
Secondary Camera: 13 MPix
Additional features
SIM key, earphones, Warranty card, Quick Start guide, USB Type-C charger, European AC adapter, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
153 g ( = 5.4 oz / 0.34 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
120 USD

 

Case

With a very high screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent, the Kiicaa Mix is an attractive device for the price. The plastic chassis is firm but suffers from some creaking when attempting to twist the unit.

Note that the front-facing camera is now on the bottom left corner of the smartphone since there is no room along the top edge not unlike on the Dell XPS 13. This is not a good smartphone for selfies due to the awkward angle and placement of the front camera.

The narrow bezels and small size make the Kicaa Mix very light at just 153 g compared to the 198 g Doogee Mix. Its length is especially shorter by over 1 cm compared to the LG X Power2.

Connectivity

The only physical ports available are the USB Type-C port and dual nano-SIM slot with MicroSD support. There is no 3.5 mm audio jack, NFC, WiFi calling, or IR blaster. Bluetooth, 802.11n, and Android Cast are available for wireless connectivity.

Top: No ports
Top: No ports
Right: Power button, Volume rocker
Right: Power button, Volume rocker
Bottom: USB Type-C
Bottom: USB Type-C
Left: Nano-SIM and MicroSD slot
Left: Nano-SIM and MicroSD slot

SD Card Reader

Like most dual-SIM smartphones, the second SIM slot doubles as a MicroSD card reader. Transferring 1 GB worth of photos from our Toshiba THN-M401S0640E2 MicroSD card to internal storage takes about 19 seconds.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 13 i7-8550U
 
159 MB/s ∼100% +191%
Samsung Notebook 9 NP900X3N-K01US
 
67.37 MB/s ∼42% +23%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
 
54.73 MB/s ∼34%

Communication

WLAN is supported up to 802.11n. Standing next to our Linksys EA8500 test router returns an average transfer rate of 45 Mbps. Connection is reliable and we experienced no issues.

Although the Kiicaa Mix is advertised as a 4G smartphone, it does not carry the compatible LTE bands necessary for 4G connectivity amongst major US carriers. When connected to the T-Mobile network, for example, even 3G speeds are not possible. We recommend checking the official Kicaa Mix specifications to see if it carries the necessary bands for your region.

Call quality is poor as volume is far too soft for both the caller and receiver even with optimal cell reception. Although we didn't experience any dropped calls, it will be very difficult to hear clearly when outdoors with ambient chatter and zooming cars.

We are unable to test the accuracy of the GPS with Google Maps since the smartphone is incompatible with our carrier. US ssers who intend to use the Leagoo for turn-by-turn driving directions may be out of luck.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
503 MBit/s ∼100% +1245%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
251 MBit/s ∼50% +571%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
802.11 b/g/n
37.4 MBit/s ∼7%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
653 MBit/s ∼100% +1348%
Samsung Galaxy J7 2017
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
280 MBit/s ∼43% +521%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
802.11 b/g/n
45.1 MBit/s ∼7%

Cameras

Camera quality is average at best. Images are overexposed, overly green, and with muddy details. Like most cameras on cheap Android smartphones, quality becomes even worse when indoors where noise is a bigger factor. Meanwhile, the 13 MP front-facing camera does little to alleviate the blurriness and lack of focus.

Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Canon Rebel XSi
Canon Rebel XSi

Accessories and Warranty

Accessories include a SIM needle, Quick Start guide, Warranty card, European-style wall charger, USB Type-C cable, USB Type-C earphones, and a plastic cover case. Manufacturer warranty is the standard one-year period. It is too bad that there is no USB Type-C to 3.5 mm adapter should users prefer older earbuds.

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Input Devices and Operation

Touchscreen

The 10-point capacitive touchscreen is responsive as one would expect. However, the onscreen delay can be very noticeable when switching between applications or during moderate multi-tasking. Fast typists, for example, will sometimes have their last few keys registered all at once after a short delay if websites or other background activity are loading.

Because of the narrow bezels on three of the four sides, touch-typing in the landscape orientation will feel awkward. One side of the keyboard will always be closer to the palm than the other for an uneven experience.

The fingerprint reader works surprisingly fast for such a cheap device. The smartphone unlocks quickly and reliably even after just a light tap on the sensor.

Display

The 5.5-inch 1080p screen is crisp and very bright. While the manufacturer advertises a 400 nit backlight, we are able to measure a slightly higher average brightness of 444 nits. Contrast is excellent at about 1000:1 and response times are not significantly different from the competition.

The main drawback of the display is its thick glass overlay. As a result, colors and onscreen content are under deeper layers and do not pop or appear as vibrant as on flagship smartphones.

No major uneven backlight bleeding issues
No major uneven backlight bleeding issues
Subpixel array (401 PPI)
Subpixel array (401 PPI)
451.3
cd/m²
439.7
cd/m²
424.1
cd/m²
466.2
cd/m²
441
cd/m²
433
cd/m²
465.5
cd/m²
441.5
cd/m²
430.5
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Basic Pro 2
Maximum: 466.2 cd/m² Average: 443.6 cd/m² Minimum: 23.25 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 441 cd/m²
Contrast: 1002:1 (Black: 0.44 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.1 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3
ΔE Greyscale 4.9 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
Gamma: 2.36
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
IPS, 5.5, 1920x1080
Huawei Y7
IPS, 5.5, 1280x720
Gretel GT6000
IPS, 5.5, 1280x720
Doogee Mix
AMOLED, 5.5, 1280x720
Nokia 6
IPS, 5.5, 1920x1080
LG X power2
IPS, 5.5, 1280x720
Response Times
-25%
11%
82%
-41%
-64%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
34.4 (18.8, 15.6)
59.2 (30, 29.2)
-72%
33.6 (12.4, 21.2)
2%
5.6 (2.8, 2.8)
84%
48 (25, 23)
-40%
55.2 (26.4, 28.8)
-60%
Response Time Black / White *
24 (13.2, 10.8)
18.4 (3.6, 14.8)
23%
19.2 (6, 13.2)
20%
4.8 (2.8, 2)
80%
34 (19, 15)
-42%
40 (24.4, 15.6)
-67%
PWM Frequency
2315 (14)
62.5
Screen
11%
19%
-12%
-4%
-5%
Brightness middle
441
467
6%
669
52%
358
-19%
512
16%
237
-46%
Brightness
444
456
3%
644
45%
354
-20%
501
13%
237
-47%
Brightness Distribution
91
92
1%
92
1%
90
-1%
94
3%
92
1%
Black Level *
0.44
0.39
11%
0.36
18%
0.36
18%
0.13
70%
Contrast
1002
1197
19%
1858
85%
1422
42%
1823
82%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.1
4.3
-5%
4.4
-7%
4.9
-20%
6.4
-56%
5.5
-34%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.8
6.8
23%
9
-2%
11.8
-34%
10.9
-24%
12.7
-44%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.9
3.5
29%
6.9
-41%
3.9
20%
7.2
-47%
6.1
-24%
Gamma
2.36 102%
2.35 102%
2.34 103%
2.33 103%
2.28 105%
2.07 116%
CCT
7549 86%
7273 89%
6675 97%
7260 90%
7904 82%
7943 82%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-7% / 4%
15% / 17%
35% / 11%
-23% / -12%
-35% / -17%

* ... smaller is better

Colors are not well-balanced and color temperature is slightly on the cool side by default. Red and Green colors are meaurably more accurate than Yellow and Cyan colors on all tested saturation levels.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 13.2 ms rise
↘ 10.8 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 32 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
34.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18.8 ms rise
↘ 15.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 24 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (41.3 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected ≤ 100 % brightness setting

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8813 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is good under shade and just average when under brighter conditions. The backlight would have to be much brighter to overcome glare from sunlight and is even dimmer than on the Nokia 6.

Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

The octa-core MediaTek MT6750T with integrated Mali-T860 MP2 is an uncommon SoC even for budget smartphones. Only a small handful of devices carry the MT6750 including the LG K10, Oukitel K6000 Plus, and Doogee BL5000. Performance is roughly equivalent to the Snapdragon 617 and five-year old Tegra 4 SoC according to 3DMark Physics and Geekbench benchmarks.

While the processor is not very fast, the roomy 3 GB of RAM is a pleasant surprise.

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
41507 Points ∼18%
Huawei Y7
43303 Points ∼19% +4%
Gretel GT6000
24718 Points ∼11% -40%
Doogee Mix
60164 Points ∼26% +45%
Nokia 6
47066 Points ∼20% +13%
LG X power2
38547 Points ∼17% -7%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
24799 Points ∼11% -40%
HTC Desire 530
23561 Points ∼10% -43%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
34451 Points ∼15% -17%
OnePlus 5
177156 Points ∼77% +327%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
3118 Points ∼30%
Huawei Y7
3928 Points ∼38% +26%
Gretel GT6000
2527 Points ∼25% -19%
Doogee Mix
4908 Points ∼48% +57%
Nokia 6
3723 Points ∼36% +19%
LG X power2
3191 Points ∼31% +2%
OnePlus 5
6579 Points ∼64% +111%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
5365 Points ∼52%
Gretel GT6000
3207 Points ∼31%
Doogee Mix
6127 Points ∼60%
Nokia 6
4980 Points ∼49%
LG X power2
4157 Points ∼41%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
3701 Points ∼36%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
2383 Points ∼23%
HTC Desire 530
2922 Points ∼28%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
3570 Points ∼35%
OnePlus 5
7826 Points ∼76%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
664 Points ∼39%
Huawei Y7
606 Points ∼36% -9%
Gretel GT6000
9 Points ∼1% -99%
Doogee Mix
813 Points ∼48% +22%
Nokia 6
10 Points ∼1% -98%
LG X power2
601 Points ∼35% -9%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
484 Points ∼29% -27%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
573 Points ∼34% -14%
HTC Desire 530
10 Points ∼1% -98%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
1073 Points ∼63% +62%
OnePlus 5
1287 Points ∼76% +94%
Graphics (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
638 Points ∼7%
Huawei Y7
768 Points ∼8% +20%
Gretel GT6000
209 Points ∼2% -67%
Doogee Mix
1115 Points ∼12% +75%
Nokia 6
731 Points ∼8% +15%
LG X power2
489 Points ∼5% -23%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
315 Points ∼3% -51%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
346 Points ∼4% -46%
HTC Desire 530
231 Points ∼2% -64%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
817 Points ∼9% +28%
OnePlus 5
6144 Points ∼66% +863%
Memory (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
786 Points ∼16%
Huawei Y7
686 Points ∼14% -13%
Gretel GT6000
681 Points ∼14% -13%
Doogee Mix
1243 Points ∼26% +58%
Nokia 6
587 Points ∼12% -25%
LG X power2
693 Points ∼14% -12%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
394 Points ∼8% -50%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
421 Points ∼9% -46%
HTC Desire 530
300 Points ∼6% -62%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
969 Points ∼20% +23%
OnePlus 5
4423 Points ∼92% +463%
System (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
1870 Points ∼18%
Huawei Y7
1790 Points ∼17% -4%
Gretel GT6000
1124 Points ∼11% -40%
Doogee Mix
3063 Points ∼30% +64%
Nokia 6
2135 Points ∼21% +14%
LG X power2
1758 Points ∼17% -6%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1166 Points ∼11% -38%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
858 Points ∼8% -54%
HTC Desire 530
742 Points ∼7% -60%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
1184 Points ∼12% -37%
OnePlus 5
5902 Points ∼57% +216%
Overall (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
888 Points ∼21%
Huawei Y7
869 Points ∼20% -2%
Gretel GT6000
197 Points ∼5% -78%
Doogee Mix
1363 Points ∼32% +53%
Nokia 6
307 Points ∼7% -65%
LG X power2
773 Points ∼18% -13%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
515 Points ∼12% -42%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
517 Points ∼12% -42%
HTC Desire 530
149 Points ∼3% -83%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
1001 Points ∼23% +13%
OnePlus 5
3790 Points ∼88% +327%
Geekbench 4.1/4.2
Compute RenderScript Score (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
1858 Points ∼13%
Huawei Y7
2235 Points ∼16% +20%
Gretel GT6000
1032 Points ∼7% -44%
Doogee Mix
2922 Points ∼20% +57%
LG X power2
1448 Points ∼10% -22%
OnePlus 5
8005 Points ∼56% +331%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
2613 Points ∼7%
Huawei Y7
2866 Points ∼8% +10%
Gretel GT6000
1504 Points ∼4% -42%
Doogee Mix
3903 Points ∼11% +49%
Nokia 6
2844 Points ∼8% +9%
LG X power2
2297 Points ∼6% -12%
OnePlus 5
6799 Points ∼19% +160%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
599 Points ∼10%
Huawei Y7
645 Points ∼11% +8%
Gretel GT6000
541 Points ∼9% -10%
Doogee Mix
840 Points ∼14% +40%
Nokia 6
667 Points ∼11% +11%
LG X power2
593 Points ∼10% -1%
OnePlus 5
1973 Points ∼33% +229%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
1226 Points ∼33%
Huawei Y7
1340 Points ∼37% +9%
Gretel GT6000
756 Points ∼21% -38%
Doogee Mix
1876 Points ∼51% +53%
Nokia 6
1225 Points ∼33% 0%
LG X power2
1074 Points ∼29% -12%
OnePlus 5
3026 Points ∼82% +147%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
323 Points ∼6%
Huawei Y7
281 Points ∼5% -13%
Gretel GT6000
80 Points ∼1% -75%
Doogee Mix
649 Points ∼12% +101%
Nokia 6
243 Points ∼5% -25%
LG X power2
254 Points ∼5% -21%
OnePlus 5
3757 Points ∼70% +1063%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
386 Points ∼8%
Huawei Y7
341 Points ∼7% -12%
Gretel GT6000
100 Points ∼2% -74%
Doogee Mix
759 Points ∼16% +97%
Nokia 6
296 Points ∼6% -23%
LG X power2
306 Points ∼6% -21%
OnePlus 5
3566 Points ∼75% +824%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
1091 Points ∼30%
Huawei Y7
1360 Points ∼37% +25%
Gretel GT6000
735 Points ∼20% -33%
Doogee Mix
1912 Points ∼52% +75%
Nokia 6
1238 Points ∼34% +13%
LG X power2
1053 Points ∼29% -3%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
758 Points ∼21% -31%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
813 Points ∼22% -25%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
990 Points ∼27% -9%
OnePlus 5
3012 Points ∼83% +176%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
480 Points ∼6%
Huawei Y7
533 Points ∼6% +11%
Gretel GT6000
128 Points ∼2% -73%
Doogee Mix
938 Points ∼11% +95%
Nokia 6
495 Points ∼6% +3%
LG X power2
379 Points ∼5% -21%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
39 Points ∼0% -92%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
46 Points ∼1% -90%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
410 Points ∼5% -15%
OnePlus 5
4765 Points ∼57% +893%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
548 Points ∼9%
Huawei Y7
616 Points ∼10% +12%
Gretel GT6000
157 Points ∼2% -71%
Doogee Mix
1058 Points ∼17% +93%
Nokia 6
571 Points ∼9% +4%
LG X power2
442 Points ∼7% -19%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
49 Points ∼1% -91%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
58 Points ∼1% -89%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
471 Points ∼7% -14%
OnePlus 5
4219 Points ∼66% +670%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
10081 Points ∼13%
Huawei Y7
9345 Points ∼12% -7%
Gretel GT6000
8198 Points ∼10% -19%
Doogee Mix
16619 Points ∼21% +65%
Nokia 6
8973 Points ∼11% -11%
LG X power2
8213 Points ∼10% -19%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
10148 Points ∼13% +1%
HTC Desire 530
6583 Points ∼8% -35%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
8764 Points ∼11% -13%
OnePlus 5
19411 Points ∼25% +93%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
10296 Points ∼2%
Huawei Y7
10152 Points ∼2% -1%
Gretel GT6000
3234 Points ∼1% -69%
Doogee Mix
14288 Points ∼3% +39%
Nokia 6
9605 Points ∼2% -7%
LG X power2
8140 Points ∼2% -21%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
3789 Points ∼1% -63%
HTC Desire 530
3871 Points ∼1% -62%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
9272 Points ∼2% -10%
OnePlus 5
58001 Points ∼12% +463%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
10247 Points ∼5%
Huawei Y7
9961 Points ∼5% -3%
Gretel GT6000
3737 Points ∼2% -64%
Doogee Mix
14748 Points ∼7% +44%
Nokia 6
9457 Points ∼5% -8%
LG X power2
8156 Points ∼4% -20%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
4402 Points ∼2% -57%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
4675 Points ∼2% -54%
HTC Desire 530
4261 Points ∼2% -58%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
9154 Points ∼4% -11%
OnePlus 5
40229 Points ∼19% +293%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
17 fps ∼1%
Gretel GT6000
5.9 fps ∼0%
Doogee Mix
24 fps ∼1%
Nokia 6
16 fps ∼1%
LG X power2
13 fps ∼1%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
5.3 fps ∼0%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
5.7 fps ∼0%
HTC Desire 530
4.8 fps ∼0%
OnePlus 5
115 fps ∼7%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
24 fps ∼5%
Gretel GT6000
10 fps ∼2%
Doogee Mix
35 fps ∼8%
Nokia 6
16 fps ∼3%
LG X power2
22 fps ∼5%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
9.5 fps ∼2%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
10 fps ∼2%
HTC Desire 530
8.9 fps ∼2%
OnePlus 5
60 fps ∼13%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
7.5 fps ∼1%
Gretel GT6000
2.2 fps ∼0%
Doogee Mix
11 fps ∼2%
Nokia 6
7.1 fps ∼1%
LG X power2
5.3 fps ∼1%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1.7 fps ∼0%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
2 fps ∼0%
HTC Desire 530
1.7 fps ∼0%
OnePlus 5
61 fps ∼11%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
16 fps ∼4%
Gretel GT6000
4.5 fps ∼1%
Doogee Mix
22 fps ∼6%
Nokia 6
7 fps ∼2%
LG X power2
11 fps ∼3%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
3.7 fps ∼1%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle
4.2 fps ∼1%
HTC Desire 530
4 fps ∼1%
OnePlus 5
56 fps ∼15%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
2.3 fps ∼0%
Gretel GT6000
1.4 fps ∼0%
Doogee Mix
6.8 fps ∼1%
Nokia 6
4.6 fps ∼1%
LG X power2
3.5 fps ∼1%
OnePlus 5
42 fps ∼8%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Huawei Y7
12 fps ∼7%
Gretel GT6000
3.2 fps ∼2%
Doogee Mix
16 fps ∼9%
Nokia 6
4.5 fps ∼3%
LG X power2
8.6 fps ∼5%
OnePlus 5
41 fps ∼23%
GFXBench
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
2.4 fps ∼1%
Huawei Y7
2.7 fps ∼1% +13%
Gretel GT6000
1.8 fps ∼0% -25%
Doogee Mix
4.1 fps ∼1% +71%
Nokia 6
2.5 fps ∼1% +4%
LG X power2
1.9 fps ∼0% -21%
OnePlus 5
25 fps ∼6% +942%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
2.4 fps ∼2%
Huawei Y7
5.9 fps ∼5% +146%
Gretel GT6000
4 fps ∼3% +67%
Doogee Mix
8.3 fps ∼7% +246%
Nokia 6
2.5 fps ∼2% +4%
LG X power2
4.3 fps ∼4% +79%
OnePlus 5
25 fps ∼21% +942%
Lightmark - 1920x1080 1080p (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
3.15 fps ∼8%
Doogee Mix
5.4 fps ∼14% +71%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
0.74 fps ∼2% -77%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
2.7 fps ∼7% -14%
Basemark X 1.1
High Quality (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
6378 Points ∼14%
Doogee Mix
10216 Points ∼23% +60%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
1839 Points ∼4% -71%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
5113 Points ∼12% -20%
Medium Quality (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
14306 Points ∼32%
Doogee Mix
20373 Points ∼45% +42%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
3855 Points ∼9% -73%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
10856 Points ∼24% -24%
Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal - offscreen Overall Score (sort by value)
Doogee Mix
216 Points ∼12%
Epic Citadel - Ultra High Quality (sort by value)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
39.8 fps ∼65%
Doogee Mix
61.6 fps ∼100% +55%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541
31.9 fps ∼52% -20%
Xiaomi Redmi 3
59 fps ∼96% +48%

Legend

 
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Y7 Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, Qualcomm Adreno 505, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Gretel GT6000 Mediatek MT6737, ARM Mali-T720, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Doogee Mix Mediatek Helio P25, ARM Mali-T880 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Nokia 6 Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (MSM8937), Qualcomm Adreno 505, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG X power2 Mediatek MT6750, ARM Mali-T860 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC Desire 530 Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909, Qualcomm Adreno 304, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Xiaomi Redmi 3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 MSM8939v2, Qualcomm Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
OnePlus 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (8998), Qualcomm Adreno 540, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash

Browser-based benchmarks like Jetstream and WebXPRT rank the Leagoo alongside other inexpensive devices including the Huawei Y6 and Nokia 6. The Snapdragon 835 in the OnePlus 5 is able to outperform the Kiicaa Mix by almost 4x.

JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
OnePlus 5 (Chrome 59)
71.6 Points ∼100% +292%
Doogee Mix (Chrome 60)
24.6 Points ∼34% +35%
Xiaomi Redmi 3 (Chrome 47)
22.879 Points ∼32% +25%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541 (Chrome 44)
20.832 Points ∼29% +14%
Huawei Y7 (Chrome 60)
20.6 Points ∼29% +13%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix (Chrome 61.03163.98)
18.284 Points ∼26%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle (Chrome 54)
18.22 Points ∼25% 0%
Nokia 6 (Chrome 59.0.3071.125)
17.558 Points ∼25% -4%
LG X power2 (Chrome 59)
16.743 Points ∼23% -8%
Gretel GT6000 (Chrome Version 51)
15.388 Points ∼21% -16%
HTC Desire 530 (Chrome 50)
12.1 Points ∼17% -34%
Octane V2 - Total Score
OnePlus 5 (Chrome 59)
11945 Points ∼100% +294%
Doogee Mix (Chrome 60)
4175 Points ∼35% +38%
Xiaomi Redmi 3 (Chrome 47)
3647 Points ∼31% +20%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541 (Chrome 44)
3296 Points ∼28% +9%
Huawei Y7 (Chrome 60)
3209 Points ∼27% +6%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix (Chrome 61.03163.98)
3030 Points ∼25%
Nokia 6 (Chrome 59.0.3071.125)
2899 Points ∼24% -4%
LG X power2 (Chrome 59)
2712 Points ∼23% -10%
Gretel GT6000 (Chrome Version 51)
2456 Points ∼21% -19%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle (Chrome 54)
2141 Points ∼18% -29%
HTC Desire 530 (Chrome 50)
1796 Points ∼15% -41%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Gretel GT6000 (Chrome Version 51)
30113.9 ms * ∼100% -140%
HTC Desire 530 (Chrome 50)
17470.6 ms * ∼58% -39%
LG X power2 (Chrome 59)
13762.8 ms * ∼46% -10%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix (Chrome 61.03163.98)
12561.3 ms * ∼42%
Xiaomi Redmi 3 (Chrome 47)
12194.1 ms * ∼40% +3%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle (Chrome 54)
12145 ms * ∼40% +3%
Nokia 6 (Chrome 59.0.3071.125)
12062.3 ms * ∼40% +4%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541 (Chrome 44)
11843 ms * ∼39% +6%
Huawei Y7 (Chrome 60)
11007 ms * ∼37% +12%
Doogee Mix (Chrome 60)
10305.6 ms * ∼34% +18%
OnePlus 5 (Chrome 59)
2621.7 ms * ∼9% +79%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score
OnePlus 5 (Chrome 59)
161 Points ∼100% +133%
Doogee Mix (Chrome 60)
77 Points ∼48% +12%
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix (Chrome 61.03163.98)
69 Points ∼43%
Xiaomi Redmi 3 (Chrome 47)
65 Points ∼40% -6%
Nokia 6 (Chrome 59.0.3071.125)
60 Points ∼37% -13%
LG X power2 (Chrome 59)
55 Points ∼34% -20%
Motorola Moto G 3. Gen 2015 XT1541 (Chrome 44)
52 Points ∼32% -25%
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle (Chrome 54)
51 Points ∼32% -26%
Huawei Y7 (Chrome 60)
44 Points ∼27% -36%
HTC Desire 530 (Chrome 50)
34 Points ∼21% -51%

* ... smaller is better

The internal 32 GB storage is quite fast. AndroBench reports sequential read and write rates as 251 MB/s and 131 MB/s, respectively, to be faster than the Huawei Y7 and on par with the Doogee Mix.

Leagoo Kiicaa MixHuawei Y7Gretel GT6000Doogee MixNokia 6LG X power2OnePlus 5
AndroBench 3-5
-44%
-46%
8%
-22%
-37%
115%
Random Write 4KB
13.95
6.9
-51%
8.46
-39%
11.2
-20%
11.34
-19%
10.7
-23%
19.3
38%
Random Read 4KB
52.27
53.15
2%
19.4
-63%
66.5
27%
33.8
-35%
25.3
-52%
141
170%
Sequential Write 256KB
131.19
33.2
-75%
44.16
-66%
165
26%
77.06
-41%
41.7
-68%
201.5
54%
Sequential Read 256KB
251.21
119.4
-52%
214.97
-14%
249
-1%
273.06
9%
243.8
-3%
748
198%

Games

Asphalt 8 and the latest N.O.V.A. title are both playable. Perhaps annoyingly, frame rates appear to stutter on Asphalt 8 when more cars are onscreen at once. The relatively undemanding 3DMark Ice Storm benchmark is unable to run at a smooth 60 FPS.

PCMark performance
PCMark performance
Sling Shot performance
Sling Shot performance
Poor Lightmark performance
Poor Lightmark performance
Unable to run most benchmarks at a consistent 60+ FPS
Unable to run most benchmarks at a consistent 60+ FPS

Emissions

Temperature

Two hot spots can be identified when the smartphone is under load. The first is on the front of the device nearest the Home button while the second is on the back adjacent to the cameras where the SoC likely resides. These areas can be 40 C or warmer when gaming or running other demanding applications. Albeit warm, the smartphone never becomes uncomfortable to hold in practice.

System idle (front)
System idle (front)
System idle (back)
System idle (back)
StabilityTest load (front)
StabilityTest load (front)
StabilityTest load (back)
StabilityTest load (back)
Max. Load
 38.2 °C
101 F
35.2 °C
95 F
36.4 °C
98 F
 
 37.8 °C
100 F
35.8 °C
96 F
40.2 °C
104 F
 
 36.8 °C
98 F
35.4 °C
96 F
36.2 °C
97 F
 
Maximum: 40.2 °C = 104 F
Average: 36.9 °C = 98 F
34.8 °C
95 F
35.4 °C
96 F
43 °C
109 F
34.6 °C
94 F
35.8 °C
96 F
39.6 °C
103 F
35 °C
95 F
35.8 °C
96 F
39 °C
102 F
Maximum: 43 °C = 109 F
Average: 37 °C = 99 F
Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer

Speakers

The internal speakerphone is unsurprisingly lacking in bass with the signature "tin can" quality typically associated with cheap devices. Maximum volume is loud enough when indoors but could have used more oomph if outdoors.

Leagoo Kiicaa Mix (Pink: Pink noise, Red: System idle)
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix (Pink: Pink noise, Red: System idle)
Dell XPS 13 9360
Dell XPS 13 9360
Lenovo Ideapad 120S
Lenovo Ideapad 120S
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203836.42531.8353132.434.34033.733.15032.531.56330.532.1803030.610028.828.91252828.116027.627.620026.726.925025.928.631525.435.74002543.550024.350.463023.958.480023.564.2100023.569.312502373.4160022.769.8200022.768.4250022.669.8315022.568.5400022.468.8500022.472.6630022.567.9800022.361.51000022.363.51250022.354.51600022.440.1SPL35.180.9N2.444.8median 23Leagoo Kiicaa Mixmedian 61.5Delta1.514.835.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (73.36 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 32.2% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 8.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (13.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (37.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 96% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 2% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 25%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 97% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 2% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkbox selectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Leagoo is slightly more power-hungry than the competition. Note that average load consumes more power than maximum load when running Stability Test possibly due to throttling of the SoC.

Strangely, the smartphone consumes 3.4 W when turned off and connected to the AC outlet. We double-checked to make sure that the battery was fully charged, but the result did not change.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 3.4 / 1.7 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2 / 2.5 / 2.9 Watt
Load midlight 6.1 / 3.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
MT6750, Mali-T860 MP2, 32 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
Huawei Y7
435, Adreno 505, 16 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 1280x720, 5.5
Gretel GT6000
MT6737, Mali-T720, 16 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 1280x720, 5.5
Doogee Mix
Helio P25, Mali-T880 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash, AMOLED, 1280x720, 5.5
Nokia 6
430, Adreno 505, 32 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 1920x1080, 5.5
LG X power2
MT6750, Mali-T860 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 1280x720, 5.5
Power Consumption
34%
8%
23%
20%
5%
Idle Minimum *
2
0.57
71%
0.96
52%
1.13
43%
0.63
68%
0.63
68%
Idle Average *
2.5
1.61
36%
1.8
28%
1.7
32%
1.75
30%
1.42
43%
Idle Maximum *
2.9
1.62
44%
1.89
35%
1.74
40%
1.87
36%
1.47
49%
Load Average *
6.1
3.09
49%
5.3
13%
2.78
54%
3.56
42%
5.89
3%
Load Maximum *
3.3
4.26
-29%
6.15
-86%
5.01
-52%
5.85
-77%
7.85
-138%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Runtimes from the internal 3000 mAh battery are poor. Browsing the net will last just over 4 hours compared to more than twice that from the Doogee Mix or Huawei Y7 when under similar WLAN conditions.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
13h 51min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
4h 19min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 59min
Leagoo Kiicaa Mix
MT6750, Mali-T860 MP2,  Wh
Huawei Y7
435, Adreno 505, 15.2 Wh
Gretel GT6000
MT6737, Mali-T720,  Wh
Doogee Mix
Helio P25, Mali-T880 MP2, 12.77 Wh
Nokia 6
430, Adreno 505,  Wh
LG X power2
MT6750, Mali-T860 MP2, 17.1 Wh
Battery Runtime
144%
268%
121%
97%
207%
Reader / Idle
831
1914
130%
2327
180%
1695
104%
2720
227%
WiFi v1.3
259
716
176%
1201
364%
573
121%
670
159%
982
279%
Load
179
402
125%
643
259%
228
27%
384
115%

Pros

+ 1080p display w/ respectable contrast
+ reliably fingerprint reader
+ 4G (where supported)
+ lightweight and small
+ dual-SIM w/ MicroSD
+ inexpensive

Cons

- poor battery life; non-removable battery
- no 3G/4G support for most US carriers
- poor placement of front-facing camera
- no WiFi calling, NFC, IR, or 802.11ac
- quiet speakers; poor audio quality
- poor multi-tasking performance
- chassis susceptible to creaking
- no 3.5 mm audio jack
- poor camera quality

Verdict

In review: Leagoo Kiicaa Mix. Test model provided by Leagoo
In review: Leagoo Kiicaa Mix. Test model provided by Leagoo

Having narrow bezels on three sides has its benefits and drawbacks. Perhaps its biggest advantage is the smaller size as it definitely makes the Kiicaa Mix one of the lightest and smallest 5.5-inch Android smartphones currently available. On the flip side, the front-facing camera has been awkwardly repositioned, there is no ambient light sensor, the earpiece is far too soft, and typing in landscape mode is uneven.

Beyond the inherent design flaws, everything else about the smartphone is merely average including its raw processor performance. There are very few auxiliary features and both the rear camera and battery life are subpar. The display and fingerprint reader are the only two standout features considering the low price. Users in the US should be aware that the Leagoo will likely lack the necessary 3G and 4G bands for most carriers.

Users will like the cheap price, decent display, fast fingerprint reader, and surprisingly small size. Everything else, however, is reflective of the ~$120 USD MSRP.

Leagoo Kiicaa Mix - 11/05/2017 v6
Allen Ngo

Chassis
59%
Keyboard
64 / 75 → 85%
Pointing Device
72%
Connectivity
22 / 60 → 36%
Weight
92%
Battery
77%
Display
85%
Games Performance
22 / 63 → 35%
Application Performance
40 / 70 → 57%
Temperature
88%
Noise
100%
Audio
20 / 91 → 22%
Camera
37%
Average
60%
71%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2017-11- 6 (Update: 2017-11- 6)
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Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.