The MEIIGOO M1 appeared a few weeks ago on our radar. In the preliminary conclusion, we have seen it as a quite good all-round smartphone. In the meantime it has found its way into our editorial office and has been tested by us. What you can expect from this middle-range smartphone, you will learn in our test.
- MEIIGOO M1
- With GearBest for $189.99
|Display||5.5 inches Full HD, 2.5D, 400 ppi|
|Processor||Helio P20 MTK6757 Eight core processor, 4 x 2.3 Ghz & 4 x 1.5 Ghz clocking|
|Graphics chip||Mali T880|
|Random access memory||6 GB LPDDR4X|
|Internal memory||64 GB, Micro SD card up to 128 GB|
|Main camera||13 MP + 8 MP, f / 2.2, Dual Tone Flash with 4 LEDs|
|Front camera||8 MP|
|Battery pack||4.000 mAh|
|Connectivity||LTE Band 1/3/7/20, Bluetooth 4.0, Dual Band WiFi, GPS|
|Features||3.5 mm jack, USB Type-C, notification LED, OTG, fingerprint sensor|
|Operating system||Android 7.0 nougat|
|Dimensions||154.5 x 75.9 x 9.0 mm|
Design and processing
The MEIGOO M1 has been designed relatively classic and offers dimensions of 15.4 x 7.6 x 0.9 cm and a weight of 187.3 g. Due to the rounded corners, the arrangement of the cameras on the back and the thin antenna strip, it probably most closely resembles an iPhone. However, there is the 3.5 mm jack connector on the left side, not the USB type C connector. The only physical buttons are the home button, located on the front of the bottom, as well as the two volume buttons and the on / off button. These are placed at almost identical distances on the right side. The home button is also equipped with a fingerprint sensor.
The smartphone is good in the hand and feels thereby by the weight and the matte back very valuable. The display goes almost seamlessly into the metal housing, which also underlines our positive impression. This feeling is confirmed by the processing of the M1. Only we have to complain about the SIM map, which is somewhat wobbly. Because it is not firmly fixed in the housing, a low click sound is generated as soon as you touch it or the smartphone shakes. Otherwise, everything sits as it should and too large a gap measure is in vain.
The packaging has been designed to fit the smartphone. It is black, while the MEIIGOO logo is emblazoned in silver on the front. On the back all the main features are highlighted in silver. It would definitely be a gift box and definitely makes you want to see what is in the box (see picture for delivery).
The 9 mm thin metal housing is almost seamlessly connected to the 5.5 inch Full HD display. This thus resolves with 1920 x 1080 pixels and thus comes to a pixel density of 400 ppi. The manufacturer states on the packaging that the MEIGOO M1 is equipped with a 3D glass, which we can not confirm. For a 3D glass, the current Samsung Galaxy Edge models are a good example. Such a curvature is not found with the MEIIGOO M1, since the edges are only slightly bent – a pity! So here one could speak of a 2.5D glass.
The In-Cell display offers a contrast ratio of 1400: 1 and a color saturation of 96%. A mirroring is unfortunately available, but remains within limits and does not become unpleasant. The brightness is bright at the brightest level, on medium brightness, which most of you surely prefer to recharge, the brightness is also very pleasant. The display shows the colors beautiful and realistic. The touch screen also gives a positive impression: especially the wipes run very smoothly and react quickly. Of course, the response speed is also good in other gestures. The display even detects ten fingers at the same time.
The vulnerability to greasy fingers is still limited. These only occur when the display is switched off. A total of up to 10 fingers can be recorded simultaneously. To protect the display the manufacturer gives us a display foil with the way. This is not attached from the start, but is packaged in the package and can be attached optionally.
The core of the smartphone is the Helio P20 eight-core processor from MediaTek, which has eight cortex A53 cores with a maximum clock speed of 2.3 GHz and unlike its predecessor, the P10, 25% better performance efficiency. However, only four of the eight processors are clocked with the specified 2.3 GHz. The other four clock only 1.6 GHz. Add to that the Mali T880 GPU and 6 GB LPDDR4X memory. This is enough power to play games like Vertigo Racing or Boom Beach. For many games you have 64GB internal memory from factory but also enough space. If that is not enough, an SD card with 128 GB can be used. Then there is only room for a nano SIM card in the map.
With the Helio P20, MEIIGOO uses a mid-range processor, which is also used, for example, in the Blackview BV8000 Pro. This makes it possible to keep the price below the € 200 mark, but the benchmark results show that more than a solid midfield is simply not in it. Although all applications run generally pleasantly fast, a performance miracle is the M1 but not. However, the 6 GB of memory can be a bit. There were no crashes of the apps. Even with countless apps such as benchmarks and games in the task manager, the MEIIGOO continues to perform smoothly.
Benchmark test results
The benchmark results show that the performance is, in contrast to other smartphones, at most mediocre. Almost 60,000 points in the Antutu benchmark is not particularly strong. To put it in perspective, for example, you could use the Umi Z, which has reached over 100,000 points in the same benchmark and is now priced in the same category. Here it is clear that with the P20 an average processor was installed. In the multi-core score in the Geekbench benchmark, the M1 is on a par with the Xiaomi Mi 5.
The M1 is shipped in the factory state with preinstalled Android 7.0. Already during the setup process can be selected German, which also works very well. Only in the settings were the adjustment possibilities in the area “Intelligent Assistant” not adjusted and are still in English. This exception can be overcome. The Google Play Store as well as the other Google products are already preinstalled. The manufacturer, fortunately, has dispensed with superfluous software.
The only physical buttons are located on the right side edge. That is why the three standard Android navigation buttons are optionally integrated on the touchscreen. The navigation bar can be activated by a simple swipe movement and can be closed again by a touch at the bottom left of the display. If you disable this bar, you can return to the Homescreen via the non-physical home button. Alternatively, the task manager can also be opened by means of a 3-finger wiping movement, which, however, has a success rate of only 50%.
A small thing, which I noticed during the use, is that the icons in a folder are not quite as sharp. The edges are not really finely smoothed. Why this is so, does not reveal itself to me. It really only occurs in App folders, the icons in the launcher itself are very sharp.
With a dual camera and respective sensor resolution of 13 MP and 8 MP, the camera of the MEIIGOO sounds good. The functionality of the camera app also fits so far. In addition to the usual photo and video mode, you also get a panorama, pro photo, face beauty and boke mode. Also live photos are possible. The Pro Photo mode offers manual settings such as ISO, white balance or brightness. A nice bokeh effect should be achieved during use. The aperture is with a light intensity of f/2.2 not quite as “open-minded” as with other smartphones, the difference to these is however only marginal. The front camera shoots Selfies with a resolution of 8 megapixels.
In the beginning I was honestly not really impressed by the camera, since I expected more in advance. However, if you look at the photos, they are quite satisfying. Generally, I find the color intensity somewhat weak, some photos look a bit pale. This is not so noticeable only in really good weather (as in the last picture). There the colors have a pleasant saturation. The autofocus is fast enough and moves objects in the foreground quickly into the focus. If this does not happen automatically, you can simply do this by tapping the screen.
In low light conditions, you can see how the camera adjusts aperture, shutter speed, and ISO value as it reacts significantly slower. This makes it much harder to focus properly and produce a shaky photo.
Since the HTC One M8 or latest since the iPhone 7 Plus, a dual lens trend has been launched. While the iPhone in the portrait mode through the slightly offset lenses and a software solution can achieve considerable results, the bokeh mode is unfortunately only a gimmick at the M1. It is more like a tilt shift function, which is known from various photo processing programs.
Front camera / Selfie camera
The functionality of the front camera is somewhat more reserved than with the main camera. After all, there is still the normal photo, video, and a Facebeautymus. But there is a permanent LED-light to lighten the selfies. These can really be seen as a result. Even when zooming in, the photos have a relatively low noise. A nice addition is that live photos are also possible. Certainly a nice function, private but I make rather less use of it. The autofocus also works neatly and even a triple digital zoom is possible!
Overall, the Selfie camera convinces me slightly more than the main camera. The results of the front camera have really surprised me. Especially the LED light I feel as positive and the 8 MP resolution can be seen. The dual-lens main camera delivers satisfactory results, which provide pleasant colors, particularly in good light conditions. However one is there with a standard, which I expect in this price class.
Battery and runtime
With a battery and the corresponding running time, it is not just the capacity, you have to put it in the ratio to the power to be provided. Just like the UMIDIGI Z1, the MEIIGOO is based on a battery with a capacity of 4,000 mAh. This is fixed in the housing and can not be exchanged. Whether this is really necessary is questionable. In the benchmark, the running time is convincing with an average brightness of around eighth and a half hours.
The result can be compared with that of the Honor 9, but this has a “smaller” battery, but only a 5.15 inch display and no 5.5 inch display like the test device here. The M1 unfortunately comes without Quickcharge, or without Quickcharge alternative. Accordingly, the smartphone needs its time to be fully charged. In the measuring process, it reaches a maximum of 1790 mA, resulting in a charging time of just over two hours.
Connectivity: Connections and connections
With LTE Band 20 is for the German users of this smartphone already clear that they are thus also outside of metropolitan areas still have LTE reception. With USB Type-C comes the new USB standard, which in this case also offers an OTG function, which means that the smartphone can also be used as Powerbank or as a host for eg a USB stick. In the test, it worked. The external device could be loaded and after access, the file manager of the smartphone could be viewed as on the PC. The suitable cable, or an adapter, is unfortunately not included.
MEIIGOO does not play with the current trend and gives the device a classic 3.5 mm headphone jack . Unfortunately, headphones are not available. We could only test the sound with the Tronsmart Encore S6. The volume could have turned out louder, but can not be classified as too quiet. Without connected headphones the loudspeaker sounds very tinny when playing music. The call quality with calls is not particularly good, because one should prefer the mobile phone in the ear.
The usual connection possibilities like Dual Band WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 are likewise with on board, as well as GPS. As with most China models, a hybrid SIM card slot is used. It is therefore only possible to operate two Nano SIM cards simultaneously or a Nano SIM card and a Micro SD card.
Extras and accessories
Through exciting extras, every manufacturer can still work on the attractiveness of the product. However, MEIIGOO does without it and is thinking about the two features that are now used in most smartphones: the notification LED and the popular fingerprint sensor. The M1 works perfectly and really fast and accurate. The settings allow you to use notification LEDs for missed calls, messages or even for the battery.
The scope of delivery is generally large, as the charging cable, the USB charger, a SIM needle, a screen protector with microfiber cloth and the instructions for use. Unfortunately, the instructions for use are only available in Chinese. My biggest criticism here are the nonexistent headphones. Due to the 3.5 mm jack connection, you are somewhat more flexible in the headphone selection, but this reduces the overall impression of the product. Headphones would be definitely still desirable and belong to many other manufacturers also the standard equipment. If necessary, the Xiaomi Piston Fresh would be a good option.
MEIIGOO M1: an all-round smartphone
After me the MEIIGOO M1 now for a few days has accompanied, my overall impression is really positive. The handling is right, the multitasking makes everyday life easier and the speed of the fingerprint sensor makes the frequent use very pleasant. The current operating system and the Full HD display also convince. While the big and especially important aspects of the M1 are true, it is rather the little things of the manufacturer, which are a little bit in my eye.
The fact that the SIM card slot has not been perfectly processed and is somewhat wobbly, can be due to a montage model. In Puncto camera you could also have a little more rausholen and can achieve by a somewhat more open aperture still a better low-light performance. The scope of delivery could also have failed with a German or English instructions and a pair of headphones also better.
Nevertheless, the MEIIGOO M1 is really a good all-round smartphone for the everyday, which is not in any direction particularly specialized, but probably for this reason is probably for many interesting. Since MEIIGOO is still an untitled page, we are unfortunately unable to draw on any experience regarding longevity and customer service. The biggest, current competitor is probably the UMIDIGI Z1, which is actually, in terms of the hardware, almost identical, but comes with a slightly more striking design.