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Leagoo Shark 1 Smartphone Review

Marcus Herbrich, Tanja Hinum (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 05/20/2016

XL Size. The Shark 1 from the Chinese manufacturer Leagoo proves to be extra-large in more than one aspect. The decently-equipped middle-class smartphone with its 6-inch display and a weight of 241 grams is larger and heavier than most. In addition, it features a battery with a capacity of 6300 mAh - large by any standard. Among other things, we'll take a look at the battery life to see if it delivers what the capacity promises.

For the original German review, see here.

Leagoo's 6-inch phablet comes extremely well-equipped for a lower middle-class smartphone: Mediatek octa-core SoC, 3 GB RAM, LTPS display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, 6300 mAh battery with quick-charge technology, dual-SIM functionality, and a fingerprint sensor - the specs are impressive indeed. The smartphone comes with 16 GB of flash storage, which of course can be expanded.

The LTE smartphone can be purchased for 170 Euros (~$190) from various importers in black, gold, or silver. Leagoo does not have an official distribution channel in Germany. Competitors are other Android smartphones like the Allview P8 Energy, Oukitel K4000 Pro and the Elephone P8000. The Lumia 640 XL from Microsoft with Windows 10 Mobile is also phablet-sized with a comparable battery capacity and could be considered a contender as well.

Leagoo Shark 1
Graphics adapter
Memory
3072 MB 
Display
6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 367 PPI, Multi-touch, capaciitve, LCD, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 12.23 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 Infrared, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 64 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Compass, acceleration sensor, proximity sensor, OTG, Micacast
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, FDD-LTE: 800/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz (bands 1,3,7,8,20), UMTS 900/2100 MHz, GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.5 x 158.6 x 82.8 ( = 0.33 x 6.24 x 3.26 in)
Battery
6300 mAh Lithium-Polymer, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 72 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 720 h
Operating System
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix Dual-LED, f/2.8, CMOS
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix CMOS
Additional features
Speakers: Mono speaker, Keyboard: On-screen, Modular power adapter, in-ear headset, manual, Leagoo OS 1.2, 12 Months Warranty, SAR-Wert: n.b., fanless
Weight
241 g ( = 8.5 oz / 0.53 pounds), Power Supply: 84 g ( = 2.96 oz / 0.19 pounds)
Price
170 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

Visually, the Shark 1 makes a very good first impression with a design reminiscent of the Huawei Mate 8. The front, which is protected with Gorilla Glass 3, is characterized by an extremely narrow bezel separating the IPS panel itself and the plastic frame. About 75.6% of the rounded 2.5D-front is covered by the display - an excellent ratio. That in turn means that the Shark 1 is only marginally larger than the Lumia 640 XL, which features a display measuring 0.3 inches less. Because of the size, the weight of 241 grams isn't quite as noticeable as in other cases - take the Oukitel K4000 Pro for example. Since the smartphone is only 8.5 mm thick, it's still quite manageable despite measuring 158.6 x 82.8 mm.

The rounded back is mostly made of metal, although there are plastic elements on the top and the bottom, which likely cover the antennas. The color of these plastic elements unfortunately looks a little washed out so the pieces don't quite match visually. The transition between the two case materials also leaves something to be desired, as the gaps are uneven and wavy. Otherwise the build quality is pretty decent.

The volume keys and the on/off switch feel a bit too spongy when pressed. The case itself is quite solid, although the back yields when pressure is applied.

158.6 mm / 6.24 inch 82.8 mm / 3.26 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 241 g0.531 lbs157.9 mm / 6.22 inch 81.5 mm / 3.21 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 171 g0.377 lbs155.2 mm / 6.11 inch 76.6 mm / 3.02 inch 9.2 mm / 0.3622 inch 203 g0.4475 lbs152 mm / 5.98 inch 76 mm / 2.99 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 212 g0.4674 lbs145.6 mm / 5.73 inch 72 mm / 2.83 inch 12.5 mm / 0.4921 inch 250 g0.551 lbs

Connectivity

For a middle-class smartphone, the Shark 1 doesn't leave much to be desired. In addition to an infrared sensor at the top, the smartphone also houses a fingerprint sensor, a notification LED, an FM radio, as well as 16 GB of expandable flash storage. A2SD functionality allows the user to relocate applications to a microSDXC card. USB flash drives can be connected to the USB 2.0 port using an OTG (On-the-Go) adapter.

Wireless content can be transferred to external monitors using Miracast. We had no issue when we put the technology to use and connected to a Sony Android TV.

Software

The OS of choice is Google's one-year-old Android 5.1 Lollipop, which, at the time of our review, had a security patch from March 2016 installed. Leagoo has not announced yet if an update to the newest Android 6.0 Marshmallow is planned for the future or not.

Leagoo updated the stock Android version with their own user interface called "Leagoo OS" (version 1.2). Installed apps are not collected in an app drawer but are placed on the home-screen instead. The user can modify and update the design by connecting to the Leagoo theme store. The notification area and the settings menu also look very different from the base Android version. 

In addition to the visual changes and differences, Leagoo also adds a lot of software to the heavily modified OS. With predefined inputs it's possible to start applications with the phone in standby. Drawing the letter "c" on the turned-off display, for example, starts the camera app.

Leagoo's implementation of the system language is inconsistent: when we picked German, most of the text was indeed in that language, but quite a few entries remained in English.

Communication & GPS

GPS Test, indoors
GPS Test, indoors
GPS Test, outdoors
GPS Test, outdoors

The integrated WLAN module supports IEEE 802.11 standards a/b/g/n. The reception quality is good and the signal remains stable at all times. Bluetooth 4.0 is on board as well. The phone lacks NFC, but Mediatek's HotKnot-technology has similar functionality: when two phones supporting HotKnot touch each other, data can be transferred between them.

The dual-SIM smartphone connects to mobile networks via two microSIM-cards. Both slots support dual-band GSM, dual-band UMTS, as well as LTE at 800, 1800, 2100, and 2600 MHz (which means that LTE band 20 is supported as well, which is important in Germany's more rural areas). The connection quality was about average and the reception in our large city acceptable.

The GPS module supports all main satellite systems, namely GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou. Despite that fact, it took a while to establish our position outside and the recorded accuracy was about 3 meters / 10 feet. Indoors, the Shark 1 was unable to locate any satellites.

Compared to the professional Garmin Edge 500, the GPS module in the Leagoo Shark1 proved to be somewhat imprecise, as the measured distance after our 12.6 km / 7.83 mile test section was off by about 350 meters / 0.22 miles. Considering that all major satellite systems are supported, the result was not as accurate as expected, although the overall GPS quality is still sufficient.


GPS Leagoo Shark 1
GPS Leagoo Shark 1
GPS Leagoo Shark 1
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500
GPS Garmin Edge 500

Telephone & Voice Quality

Test calls with the review smartphone in our mobile network ("E" network) went without a hitch. The sound quality was good and we didn't encounter any noise artifacts during our conversations. The maximum volume makes hearing the call partner quite easy. Since the microphone doesn't offer noise suppression, louder environments can be problematic, however. The quality of the built-in microphone isn't great: our call partner attested low volume and told us that we weren't exactly easy to understand.

Telephone app (single-handed use)
Telephone app (single-handed use)
Telephone app (normal)
Telephone app (normal)

Cameras

The rear-facing camera features a Sony (Exmor IMX 214 RS) CMOS sensor with a resolution of 13.3 MP and an aperture of f/2.8. Photos look good on the 6-inch display - at least as long as there was sufficient light when the picture was taken. In lower ambient light conditions, the older Sony sensor produces a lot of noise (see scene 3). The dual-LED flash unfortunately doesn't improve the result much. Checking the quality while zoomed in though reveals an even greater problem: certain areas suffer from partial blurring, which lessens the picture quality significantly. Maybe software optimization could improve the results. The dynamic range is limited as well (photos scene 1 & scene 2); in addition, the sharpness is reduced significantly towards the edges (see the test chart). The color accuracy is quite good, however.

The front-facing camera only has a resolution of 5.3 MP. Selfies don't look too good, since the focus is off and the resulting photos aren't very sharp. The phone records videos at up to 720p at 30 fps. The rear-facing camera allows for 1080p at 30 fps.

Camera app
Camera app
Camera app
Camera app
Camera app
Camera app
Front-facing camera
Front-facing camera

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3
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Test chart
Test chart
A photo of the ColorChecker chart. The lower half of the patch shows the original color.
Test chart - crop middle

Accessories & Warranty

The box contains the smartphone itself, a user manual, warranty pamphlet, in-ear headphones, a USB cable, and the modular power adapter. The Shark 1 is warranted against defects for a period of 12 months.

Input Devices & Operation

The capacitive multi-touch works flawlessly and inputs are translated without any delay. The smartphone is controlled via buttons on the display. The Shark 1 comes with the standard Android Google keyboard - Leagoo, doesn't provide a customized version.

The active fingerprint scanner mostly works as advertised, although it's not the fastest of its kind. Trying to unlock the Shark 1 often required a second attempt. Up to five fingerprints can be registered and the system recognized them after a short delay. Smartphones like the Galaxy S7 edge or the Huawei Mate 8 are much faster here.

Virtual on-screen keyboard (landscape)
Virtual on-screen keyboard (landscape)
Virtual on-screen keyboard (portrait)
Virtual on-screen keyboard (portrait)

Display

Subpixel array
Subpixel array

Leagoo uses a 6-inch LTPS (Low Temperature PolySilicon) active matrix display from LG Electronics. The IPS panel supports a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels and features a corresponding pixel density of 367 ppi. The display content is thus very sharp.

At up to 507 cd/m², the display of the Shark 1 gets very bright, although the average brightness is much lower at about 465 cd/m², since the brightness distribution is only 82%. When we checked the display brightness with evenly distributed dark and bright areas (APL 50), we recorded a maximum of 482 cd/m² (black value 0.9 cd/m²).

415
cd/m²
466
cd/m²
500
cd/m²
424
cd/m²
471
cd/m²
503
cd/m²
429
cd/m²
473
cd/m²
507
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 507 cd/m² Average: 465.3 cd/m² Minimum: 18.95 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 471 cd/m²
Contrast: 523:1 (Black: 0.9 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 7.1 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 7.5 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
Gamma: 2.23
Leagoo Shark 1
Mali-T720 MP2, MT6753, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Allview P8 Energy
Mali-T720 MP2, MT6735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Elephone P8000
Mali-T720 MP4, MT6753, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Oukitel K4000 Pro
, MT6735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Huawei Mate 8
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Screen
-12%
4%
12%
40%
48%
Brightness middle
471
299
-37%
338
-28%
360
-24%
501
6%
514
9%
Brightness
465
302
-35%
329
-29%
367
-21%
492
6%
513
10%
Brightness Distribution
82
94
15%
95
16%
89
9%
86
5%
94
15%
Black Level *
0.9
0.36
60%
0.36
60%
0.44
51%
0.35
61%
Contrast
523
939
80%
1000
91%
1139
118%
1469
181%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
7.1
8.27
-16%
9.38
-32%
9.01
-27%
3.89
45%
5.08
28%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
17
12.58
26%
8.28
51%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
7.5
6.43
14%
10.33
-38%
8.67
-16%
3.97
47%
5.49
27%
Gamma
2.23 99%
2.3 96%
2.3 96%
2.66 83%
2.34 94%
2.08 106%
CCT
8261 79%
7182 91%
10118 64%
7641 85%
6657 98%
7254 90%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
79.95
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99.84

* ... smaller is better

For an IPS display, the Shark 1's black value of 0.9 cd/m² is subpar. The corresponding contrast ratio is only 523:1. The middle-class smartphone also has some issues with the color accuracy and some of the measured deviations are very high. The lighter gray levels show a distinctly bluish hue, which means that the screen content appears quite cool. The coverage of the color spaces is also not that great according to our CalMAN measurements.

CalMAN Color Accuracy (sRGB)
CalMAN Color Accuracy (sRGB)
CalMAN Saturation (sRGB)
CalMAN Saturation (sRGB)
CalMAN Grayscale (sRGB)
CalMAN Grayscale (sRGB)
CalMAN Colors (sRGB)
CalMAN Colors (sRGB)

The liquid-crystal display does very well outside and the screen content is readable even in brighter environments. The viewing-angle stability of the LTPS display is also top notch and the picture darkens only marginally at very shallow angles. The colors do invert ever so slightly, however.

The display outside in bright light
The display outside in bright light
Viewing angles LTPS displays (front)
Viewing angles LTPS displays (front)
Viewing angles LTPS displays (side)
Viewing angles LTPS displays (side)
 

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
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10 ms rise
↘ 20 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 72 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
34 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 16 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. » 23 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (40.5 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

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9590 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Performance

The Shark 1 is equipped with an octa-core SoC, the Mediatek MT6753. This middle-class processor is manufactured using a 28 nm process and is based on the 64-bit capable Cortex A53 architecture. Also on board are an ARM Mali-T720 MP2 and 3GB DDR2 RAM. At the time of our review, the 64-bit processor architecture wasn't supported, since Android 5.1 only supports 32-bit operation.

Both the subjective performance and the benchmarks results are quite impressive. Aside from a few exceptions the system ran smoothly. The browser performance is also decent: content loads quickly and scrolling works fine, even though not without some minor stutters.

The internal flash drive is very fast - according to AndroBench 3, the 4 KB sequential random read rates even surpass those of our reference smartphone Huawei Mate 8.   

AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
34261 Points ∼13%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
24028 Points ∼9% -30%
Huawei Mate 8
93767 Points ∼34% +174%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
2067 Points ∼7%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
1346 Points ∼4% -35%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
599 Points ∼12%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
481 Points ∼10% -20%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Allview P8 Energy
1837 Points ∼5%
Elephone P8000
2793 Points ∼7%
Huawei Mate 8
6265 Points ∼17%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Allview P8 Energy
620 Points ∼13%
Elephone P8000
626 Points ∼13%
Huawei Mate 8
1721 Points ∼35%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
890 Points ∼21%
Allview P8 Energy
858 Points ∼20% -4%
Elephone P8000
1077 Points ∼25% +21%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
604 Points ∼14% -32%
Huawei Mate 8
2432 Points ∼57% +173%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
232 Points ∼2%
Allview P8 Energy
167 Points ∼2% -28%
Elephone P8000
236 Points ∼2% +2%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
100 Points ∼1% -57%
Huawei Mate 8
1092 Points ∼10% +371%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
278 Points ∼4%
Allview P8 Energy
203 Points ∼3% -27%
Elephone P8000
286 Points ∼4% +3%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
123 Points ∼2% -56%
Huawei Mate 8
1244 Points ∼16% +347%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
10325 Points ∼12%
Allview P8 Energy
9640 Points ∼11% -7%
Elephone P8000
10433 Points ∼12% +1%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
7370 Points ∼9% -29%
Huawei Mate 8
15575 Points ∼18% +51%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
4920 Points ∼1%
Allview P8 Energy
4392 Points ∼1% -11%
Elephone P8000
6283 Points ∼1% +28%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
2609 Points ∼0% -47%
Huawei Mate 8
20537 Points ∼4% +317%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
5568 Points ∼2%
Allview P8 Energy
4996 Points ∼2% -10%
Elephone P8000
6892 Points ∼3% +24%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
3046 Points ∼1% -45%
Huawei Mate 8
19179 Points ∼8% +244%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
8.9 fps ∼0%
Allview P8 Energy
8.4 fps ∼0% -6%
Elephone P8000
12 fps ∼0% +35%
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
4.1 fps ∼0% -54%
Huawei Mate 8
41 fps ∼0% +361%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
8.7 fps ∼0%
Allview P8 Energy
14 fps ∼0% +61%
Elephone P8000
12 fps ∼0% +38%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
8.5 fps ∼0% -2%
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
7.3 fps ∼0% -16%
Huawei Mate 8
44 fps ∼1% +406%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
4.2 fps ∼1%
Allview P8 Energy
2.8 fps ∼1% -33%
Elephone P8000
4.2 fps ∼1% 0%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
1.7 fps ∼0% -60%
Huawei Mate 8
18 fps ∼3% +329%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
3.9 fps ∼1%
Allview P8 Energy
5.8 fps ∼2% +49%
Elephone P8000
4.2 fps ∼1% +8%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
3.5 fps ∼1% -10%
Huawei Mate 8
19 fps ∼5% +387%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
2.5 fps ∼0%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
0.87 fps ∼0% -65%
Huawei Mate 8
10 fps ∼0% +300%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
2.2 fps ∼0%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
2.4 fps ∼0% +9%
Huawei Mate 8
11 fps ∼0% +400%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
3398 Points ∼17%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
2757 Points ∼14% -19%
Huawei Mate 8
7344 Points ∼37% +116%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
611 Points ∼30%
Allview P8 Energy
746 Points ∼37% +22%
Elephone P8000
593 Points ∼29% -3%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
563 Points ∼28% -8%
Huawei Mate 8
1127 Points ∼55% +84%
Graphics (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
418 Points ∼1%
Allview P8 Energy
288 Points ∼1% -31%
Elephone P8000
425 Points ∼1% +2%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
173 Points ∼1% -59%
Huawei Mate 8
1636 Points ∼6% +291%
Memory (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
515 Points ∼8%
Allview P8 Energy
884 Points ∼14% +72%
Elephone P8000
888 Points ∼14% +72%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
409 Points ∼7% -21%
Huawei Mate 8
2339 Points ∼37% +354%
System (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
1195 Points ∼7%
Allview P8 Energy
1191 Points ∼7% 0%
Elephone P8000
1706 Points ∼10% +43%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
840 Points ∼5% -30%
Huawei Mate 8
4064 Points ∼25% +240%
Overall (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
597 Points ∼7%
Allview P8 Energy
689 Points ∼8% +15%
Elephone P8000
784 Points ∼9% +31%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
428 Points ∼5% -28%
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
0 Points ∼0% -100%
Huawei Mate 8
2046 Points ∼24% +243%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
14787.9 ms * ∼25%
Allview P8 Energy
24910 ms * ∼42% -68%
Elephone P8000
23047 ms * ∼39% -56%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
18250.5 ms * ∼31% -23%
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
26376 ms * ∼44% -78%
Huawei Mate 8
3643 ms * ∼6% +75%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
2992 Points ∼6%
Allview P8 Energy
3082 Points ∼6% +3%
Elephone P8000
3256 Points ∼7% +9%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
2200 Points ∼4% -26%
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
1235 Points ∼2% -59%
Huawei Mate 8
11329 Points ∼23% +279%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
17.242 Points ∼0%
Allview P8 Energy
19.46 Points ∼0% +13%
Elephone P8000
20.7 Points ∼0% +20%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
13.445 Points ∼0% -22%
Huawei Mate 8
65 Points ∼0% +277%
AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
6.4 MB/s ∼3%
Allview P8 Energy
5.53 MB/s ∼2% -14%
Elephone P8000
12.6 MB/s ∼5% +97%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
7.5 MB/s ∼3% +17%
Huawei Mate 8
15.74 MB/s ∼6% +146%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
29.6 MB/s ∼17%
Allview P8 Energy
15.55 MB/s ∼9% -47%
Elephone P8000
23.5 MB/s ∼13% -21%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
13.79 MB/s ∼8% -53%
Huawei Mate 8
24.98 MB/s ∼14% -16%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
39.6 MB/s ∼10%
Allview P8 Energy
11.85 MB/s ∼3% -70%
Elephone P8000
72 MB/s ∼19% +82%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
39.82 MB/s ∼10% +1%
Huawei Mate 8
124.78 MB/s ∼32% +215%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Leagoo Shark 1
264.1 MB/s ∼18%
Allview P8 Energy
139.88 MB/s ∼10% -47%
Elephone P8000
233 MB/s ∼16% -12%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
191.29 MB/s ∼13% -28%
Huawei Mate 8
238.28 MB/s ∼16% -10%

Legend

 
Leagoo Shark 1 Mediatek MT6753, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Allview P8 Energy Mediatek MT6735, ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Elephone P8000 Mediatek MT6753, ARM Mali-T720 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Oukitel K4000 Pro Mediatek MT6735, , 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Mate 8 HiSilicon Kirin 950, ARM Mali-T880 MP4, 32 GB eMMC Flash

* ... smaller is better

Gaming

The integrated entry-level graphics processor Mali-T720 MP2 handles even more demanding 3D games fluently most of the time. Current Android games like Real Racing 3 or Modern Combat 5 ran without any problems whatsoever.

Real Racing 3
Real Racing 3
Modern Combat 5
Modern Combat 5

Emissions

Temperature

Even during idle, the Leagoo Shark 1 gets quite warm - we measured 39.3 °C on the front.  Under load, the smartphone gets hotter still at a maximum of 45 °C – too high in our opinion. Especially while gaming, the case gets uncomfortably hot in some areas.

Temperature: maximum load (front)
Temperature: maximum load (front)
Temperature: maximum load (back)
Temperature: maximum load (back)
Max. Load
 44.4 °C
112 F
38.5 °C
101 F
38.9 °C
102 F
 
 45 °C
113 F
37.8 °C
100 F
38.5 °C
101 F
 
 43.6 °C
110 F
37.3 °C
99 F
37.4 °C
99 F
 
Maximum: 45 °C = 113 F
Average: 40.2 °C = 104 F
37.4 °C
99 F
41.2 °C
106 F
41.5 °C
107 F
36.7 °C
98 F
40.9 °C
106 F
42.3 °C
108 F
36.7 °C
98 F
40.5 °C
105 F
38.9 °C
102 F
Maximum: 42.3 °C = 108 F
Average: 39.6 °C = 103 F
Power Supply (max.)  34.4 °C = 94 F | Room Temperature 21.7 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 40.2 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 33 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 45 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 42.3 °C / 108 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 36.6 °C / 98 F, compared to the device average of 33 °C / 91 F.

Speaker

The mono speaker reaches a maximum level of 85.8 dB. The sound quality is average and tinny at higher volume levels. The "Pink Noise" measurement clearly shows that frequencies under 250 Hz are not reproduced at all. The response emphasizes the range from 1000 to 8000 Hz.

Pink Noise
Pink Noise

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The smartphone isn't particularly frugal. Under load, we measured up to 7.50 watts, which means that the Shark 1 draws more power than comparable smartphones and even surpasses the 9.7-inch tablet from Haier we reviewed recently. Even while idling, the Shark 1 requires 3.5 watts, which is above average.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.04 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.59 / 3.22 / 3.45 Watt
Load midlight 6.93 / 7.59 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Gossen Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

The battery capacity is quite large for a smartphone with 6300 mAh. Even when the capacity is substantial, the power consumption has to be reasonable to ensure long runtimes. The Shark 1 did reasonably well when we conducted our WLAN test with the display brightness set to 150 cd/m² - but considering the capacity, 9 hours and 2 minutes is still disappointing. The Huawei Mate 8 has the same display size and features a battery with two-thirds of the capacity - but still lasted 60 % longer in our test. This clearly shows the effect of the high power consumption.

Thanks to Leagoo's own quick-charge technology - called LGQC V3.0 - the Shark 1 charges in 2 hours and 10 minutes despite the high battery capacity.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
9h 02min
Leagoo Shark 1
Mali-T720 MP2, MT6753, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Allview P8 Energy
Mali-T720 MP2, MT6735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Elephone P8000
Mali-T720 MP4, MT6753, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Oukitel K4000 Pro
, MT6735, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Huawei Mate 8
Mali-T880 MP4, Kirin 950, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
542
1197
121%
637
18%
711
31%
432
-20%
865
60%

Pros

+ 3 GB RAM
+ bright display
+ great display-to-case ratio
+ well-equipped
+ good battery life ...

Cons

- ... although disappointing considering the capacity
- display calibration
- gets hot
- camera software
- heavy
- inconsistent system language

Verdict

Reviewed: Leagoo Shark 1, courtesy of Leagoo.
Reviewed: Leagoo Shark 1, courtesy of Leagoo.

 Leagoo unfortunately wasted a lot of potential with their middle-class smartphone Shark 1. The highlight of the 6-inch phablet is definitely the enormous battery with a capacity of 6300 mAh. According to our measurements, the runtimes are just good and not stellar, however. The subpar energy management rears its ugly head twice, as it not only shortens the battery life but also leads to a smartphone that runs very hot. The display is sourced from a well-known manufacturer and is based on IPS technology, but neither the black value, the contrast nor the color accuracy are particularly impressive. The same is true for the 13 MP main camera with its Sony Exmor sensor, which in theory should allow for decent picture quality - but the camera software needs to be improved in our opinion to deliver on that promise.

What we are left with is - thanks to the narrow bezel - a quite compact 6-inch, decently equipped dual-SIM smartphone with mostly stutter-free performance and sufficient storage space. Many of the aforementioned flaws could likely be remedied with a software update.

The Leagoo Shark 1 likely only appeals to true phablet-enthusiasts who prefer a display size of 6-inches - especially since there aren't that many lower-priced choices in this segment. For all other users, more compact smartphones in the same price range are undoubtedly the better choice, as they simply offer more for the money.

Leagoo Shark 1 - 05/09/2016 v5.1
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
81%
Keyboard
70 / 75 → 94%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
48 / 60 → 80%
Weight
87%
Battery
91%
Display
80%
Games Performance
12 / 63 → 20%
Application Performance
32 / 70 → 46%
Temperature
83%
Noise
100%
Audio
59 / 91 → 65%
Camera
64%
Average
69%
79%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Marcus Herbrich, 2016-05-20 (Update: 2016-05-21)
Bernhard Pechlaner
Bernhard Pechlaner - Review Editor
Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).