Vertu phones surely don’t need a special introduction. Considered the most snobbish smartphones they’re out of reach of majority of mobile users. But if you like the Vertu’s distinctive look but cannot afford its pricing, China-based Leagoo’s latest release may catch your attention. The Leagoo Venture 1 offers the same premium leather design at the price of an affordable phone making the Vertu’s luxury available to masses.
Leagoo Venture 1 delivers Vertu’s extraordinary luxurious design at the price of an affordable handset.
Venture 1 Design
Chinese electronic manufacturers put all their efforts to mark their position on the world’s mobile markets. Companies like Oppo and Huawei have already gained on popularity, delivering impressive devices at comparatively low prices. Deriving of the Huawei’s and Oppo’s international success, another Chinese company attempts to establish itself, launching affordable alternatives of the most expensive smartphones.
Founded in April 2014, Leagoo is so far known for releasing the T1 and T1 Plus handsets praised for their unique design. Leagoo’s freshest device, the Venture 1, is also likely to win much of the customer interest as it looks like a carbon copy of the obscenely overpriced Vertu Aster T. Just as the Aster T, the phone sports a stylish Nano waterproof and shock-proof prismatic aluminum body and comes dressed in handcrafted calfskin.
Specs and Features
However, the Leagoo Venture 1 isn’t just a good looker. Inside that extremely elegant body you can find a 64-bit MediaTek MT6753 processor clocked at 1.3GHz and coupled with 3GB RAM and Mali-T720 GPU in charge of graphics. As for storage space, the phone’s basic 16GB of built-in storage may be expanded up to 128GB providing room for all your apps, photos, videos and music.
Powered by a 3,000 mAh non-removable battery delivering a whole day of usage, the phone supports Leagoo Quick Charger. Thanks to this adapter the handset reaches 50 percent of battery life in just 30 minutes.
Housing a 5.0-inch HD IPS screen panel the phone sports 720x1280p of resolution, which translates to 368 ppi of pixel density. The said display has been additionally covered with a special layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 that protects it against scratches. Similarly to any other modern smartphones, the Venture 1 supports all possible connectivity options, including GSM, LTE, W-CDMA and Bluetooth 4.0. In addition, the dual-SIM Venture 1 enables its owners to duplicate their accounts on social media and even to switch between personal and business modes of the OS with a single fingerprint scan. What’s particularly interesting here is that except for a fingerprint scanner, the phone boasts a “bank-level security chip” as a data protection reinforcement.
Running Leagoo Dual Sec OS 1.0 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop the handset comes with a package of sensors including, gravity sensor, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor and eCompass. In the field of optics, the Venture 1 offers a Sony-made f/2.0 13MP primary camera with autofocus and true tone flash, whereas an 8MP secondary snapper with 84-degree wide angle lens guarantees more than decent selfies and video chats.
Those familiar with the mobile industry have surely already noticed that in terms of specs the Venture 1 strongly resembles the Oppo F1 and Vivo V3. All three handsets have identical displays, screen resolution, amount of RAM and camera parameters. However, the Venture 1 beats the two when it comes to external design, battery capacity and improved security.
Availability & Pricing
Although the Venture 1’s OS could base on more up-to-date Android Nougat or even Marshmallow, and its optics can be better, the phone is still worth every single penny you’ll pay for it. Available in amber brown, royal red and wisdom black the phone is sold along with a power adapter, a USB cable, earphones and an English manual for just $170.