This is the Leagoo Kiicaa Mix and the reason why this sounds familiar is because it is similar to the Xiaomi Mi Mix in both the name and the looks.
Yes, this is a clone, a $109 clone. And as far as the accessories are concerned, you have a clear protective case
USB Type C cable:
And a surprise guest, the USB Type C earphones. Yes, the Leagoo Mix doesn’t come with a headphone jack.
Other accessories include your power brick:
… And Pin ejector.
LEAGOO KIICAA MIX REVIEW
Now back to the Mix. The display itself is a 5.5 display with a 1080p panel.
The display is kind of a surprise, especially when you consider the fact that this is a cheap China device. So, instead of the expected dull levels of saturation, you get vibrant colors that go well with the near bezel-less look.
Brightness is okay, not that great.
Now, the Mix clone feels plastic, but looks metal and it is also light coming in at 156g.
Specifications are pretty decent too.
Placements are like this, on the right side, you have the buttons which are tactile.
Beneath, you have the mono speaker grills and the output level is quite low, quality isn’t that impressive.
…And since there is no headphone jack, you have to use the bundled USB type-C earphones which might be difficult to replace when it gets missing.
On the left side is the hybrid SIM card slot with 4G LTE support.
On top, you have the earpiece.
That wasn’t an error on my part:
This is probably one of the biggest design flaws of the Kiicaa mix, the earpiece which is supposed to be placed in front has been moved to the top to achieve the near bezel-less design, and like you may have guessed, this results in a not so great call quality, but using the bundled earpiece does make it better to an extent.
Moving on, the bottom chin in front houses the fingerprint sensor which is quite good, it also serves as a multipurpose button, so you can use it as a home button:
… And recent app button.
You can also turn off the soft navigation buttons in the settings.
Still on the front, you don’t have any sensors on the top part of the device:
That is because the sensor has been moved beneath.
So, you have the 13MP front camera beneath the device, what this means is that you’d have to turn the phone around anytime you want to take a selfie. Speaking of selfies, this didn’t do badly in good lighting condition.
However, the front camera is terrible in low light.
Still on the sensors, the Kiicaa Mix doesn’t have that many sensors as you can see in the image below:
Moving to the back of the device, you get to see the dual camera setup which comprises of a 12MP main camera and a 2MP telephoto camera.
Beside that you have the dual-LED lens:
It also comes with the popular bokeh effect and even though the results from this effect are not as great as the likes of the Phantom 8 or Zero 5 (It had a lot of misses than hits):
I like the fact that you can adjust the level of blurriness while taking a shot, unlike the aforementioned devices that only allows you to adjust the blurriness in post-production.
As for the overall quality, this isn’t as bad as what I was expecting:
The images were pretty decent considering its $109 price tag.
Although, I’d prefer if the colors were a bit saturated and detailed, and in my opinion, I think the dynamic range needs to be improved upon.
As for the OS, this uses Android 7.0 out of the box along with the Leagoo skin.
To be honest, I don’t care much for their UI, but you can always clean it up with a third party launcher.
As far as the performance is concerned, you get a MediaTek 6750T, which is an octa-core CPU clocked at 1.5GHz that is paired with the 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, with that, the Kiicaa Mix managed to handle everything to an extent.
I did notice a couple of lag when switching between applications, plus this device gets hot when using it.
For those wondering, this takes about 33 seconds to power on.
You can also check out the Antutu score:
..And GeekBench score:
As far as the battery life is concerned, the 3000mAh battery is average, it won’t last you throughout the day.
Connectivity wise, WiFi, Bluetooth, 4G, and GPS all had good coverage.
So there you have it, my review of the near bezel-less clone from China.
What do you think?
Did I mention that I’d be giving away one of these to one lucky reader/viewer? However, to participate you’d have to be a female
You can check out the video to see the requirements.