A $100 all-screen phone with dual cameras

by Haadi Bakar
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When the iPhone 8 comes out next month, it won’t be the first to introduce a borderless screen. We’ve already seen the lovely curved Infinity Display on the S8 LG edge-to-edge FullVision panel on the G6 and Q6. Xiaomi and Sharp also brought us bezel-less phones before.

And now there’s another new smartphone that’s bucking the all-screen trend, and it’s coming from a little known brand called Leagoo.

Leagoo is a Shenzhen-based company that has been making smartphones for the Chinese market since 2014. It’s latest offing, the Leagoo KIICAA Mix, sports a 5.5-inch display panel that goes all the way to the edges of the phone, save for the chin at the bottom which houses a fingerprint scanner.

The screen is said to be Full-HD resolution with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The rest of the phone is an all-metal unibody chassis.

Overall it looks like a stunning 2017 handset, though Xiaomi also had a similar design with its Mi Mix released earlier this year.

The KIICAA Mix will also have dual rear cameras. The two 13-megapixel sensors are vertically arranged, and there’s a dual tone LED flash flanking on the right side of the camera module. The front camera on the other hand seems to be located at the phone’s chin.

Thanks to Leagoo, all-screen phones with dual cameras can now be had for cheap.

Leagoo said that the KIICAA Mix will be released later this month in three variants, starting with a US$89.99 (B$120) entry-level model that’s equipped with a quad-core Mediatek processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.

A US$139.99 (B$190) step-up model comes with an octa-core Mediatek processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, while the most expensive option has double the RAM and triple the storage capacity for US$179.99 (around B$245).

For a lesser known smartphone that’s marketed for the budget or mid-range segment, the KIICAA Mix looks like a premium handset designed by big name smartphone brands.

Thanks to Leagoo, all-screen phones with dual cameras can now be had for cheap.

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