LG Leon review: the new entry level

Android Lollipop came more than half a year ago, but we still can’t see many new smartphones running the latest operating system. LG was one of the first companies to release an Android 5.0 device beating the competition. The budget LG Leon made its debut a few weeks ago and it’s running Android Lollipop out of the box.

LG Leon Specifications

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Qualcomm MSM8926 Snapdragon 400 64-bit quad-core 1.2GHz processor

Android 5.0.1

RAM 1GB+ROM 8GB+microSD card slot

4.5” multi-point capacitive IPS touch screen with FWVGA resolution (480 x 854 pixels)

VGA front camera and 8 MP (market depending) rear camera with flashlight

2G GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 and  3G HSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100 (4G version available in some markets)

Design and build quality

LG Leon comes with the typical LG design – all buttons are placed on the back. This is a recognizable feature across the Korean manufacturer’s portfolio. LG Leon measures 129.9 mm x 64.9 mm x 10.9 mm and weighs 140 grams. It’s almost identical to the 1st generation Moto G and the 2nd generation Moto E – both of them spot 4.5-inch screen. We can also compare it with Elephone G1 (133.9 mm x 66.8 mm x 8.8 mm and 125 grams), which is taller and wider, but thinner and lighter. Seems like LG Leon has the right measures, but perhaps it could have been a little bit thinner and lighter. We’ve seen smartphones with 5-inch displays (and even bigger), which weigh less.

There are no premium materials used with LG Leon. Being a budget device means that you can expect nothing but plastic. As we said all buttons are placed on the back of the phone. There’s nothing on the left and right side of the device. There’s a micro usb port at bottom with a tiny microphone hole next to it. The 3.5 mm audio jack is placed at the top with another tiny hole for the second noise cancellation microphone.

There are no navigation buttons on the front side. LG Leon comes with on-screen software buttons with Lollipop style. There are thick bezels at both top and bottom sides of the screen. The bezels at left and right are also noticeable. However they are acceptable considering, that this is a budget device. You can see LG’s logo right under the display and the conversation speaker at the opposite top side of the phone. Looking a little bit at right and you’ll spot the front facing VGA camera.

The back of LG Leon has the camera placed on top with a flashlight next to it. The volume rocker is just under the camera. The power button is placed right between the volume buttons. There’s again an LG logo at the bottom with speakers holes next to it.

Removing the back lid gives you an access to the battery and the sim card slots. Luckily the battery is removable, so you can easily replace it.

The build quality looks quite good. LG Leon feels solid in hand and it’s not slippery at all. It has the right size for a 4.5-incher. The buttons on the back are easy to reach. You won’t find any loose parts or squeaky sounds. Good job done by LG for a budget device.

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