Meiigoo Note 8 looks optically very similar to its namesake by Samsung, you could even speak of a clone here. Meiigoo Note 8 also features curved 2.5D glass and an 18:9 screen, although it’s not edgeless. In terms of performance, however, the Meiigoo, contrary to its role model, is more likely to settle in the lower middle class. Find out in the review how the smartphone did in our test.
Design and build quality
Meiigoo Note 8 is quite handy despite a display size of 5.99 inches. The device measures just 159 x 75.8 x 8.2 mm and weighs 196g. The curved rear side also contributes to a good feeling in the hand. Thanks to the 18:9 format, the smartphone can actually still be operated with one hand. It is available in black, gold and blue.
We have already clarified that the Meiigoo device looks very similar to Samsung Note 8, but can it also convince with its build quality? Meiigoo mainly uses plastic, only the frame is made of metal. The build quality is acceptable and larger gaps appear only at the top of the frame, which does not merge completely smoothly into the rear. The cutouts for the USB connection, on the other hand, have not been sanded off cleanly and are therefore quite sharp-edged.
The Meiigoo logo is located on the rear directly below the dual camera, which looks quite posey like its Samsung counterpart. Directly next to it is the slim fingerprint sensor and the LED flash. The front consists mainly of the large display. Above it, there are the front camera, the earpiece, and the standard sensors. Another positive aspect is that a notification LED has also been considered. In addition to the brightness sensor, there is, purely in terms of optics, an IR sensor that is intended to improve facial recognition in low light. However, it turns out to be fake in the test. Meiigoo has used a low-luminous, red LED here purely for the similarity to the model, in order to make it look like there was of a sensor.
On the right side, you find the power button; volume control and a special button are located on the left side. The buttons are firmly attached to the casing and have a good pressure point – build quality is perfect here.
On the bottom, there are the USB-C connector and the opening for the speaker. There is also a headphone jack. The top side has remained clean except for the SIM slot. The sound of the loudspeaker is quite acceptable. Mids and highs are good, but there are almost no lows. Even though Meiigoo has given the Note 8 two openings on the bottom, the device does not have a stereo speaker. Overall, build quality of Meiigoo Note 8 can still be described as good, but there are a few minor flaws, which is why the quality is not as high as that of the role model.
Note 8 scope of delivery:
- Power plug
- USB-C cable
- Silicone protective cover
- SIM ejection tool
- Screen protector
Note 8 comes with a gigantic 5.99″ Full-HD display, which has a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels in 18:9 format. The IPS LCD panel produces a razor-sharp image with 402 PPI, which is nothing to criticize. The colors look strong and the maximum brightness is sufficient to read contents in direct sunlight. This is also supported by the 626 of the display (white screen). Even black levels are not bad with 4 lux.
Those who want to adjust the hue, contrast or saturation to their needs can fall back on MiraVision.
Meiigoo’s panel processes 10 touch points simultaneously and reacts quickly to each input. Contrary to its role model, there is, unfortunately, no edgeless display here, but the rounded surface gives the lateral edges a very narrow appearance.
The display of Note 8 is therefore quite successful in terms of colours, brightness, and sharpness. The direct role model is an edgeless display with rounded edges and this edgeless design is especially missing in the clone.
Inside Meiigoo Note 8 is an MT6750T MediaTek processor whose 8 Cortex A53 cores are divided into two clusters, each clocking at 1 GHz and 1.5 GHz respectively. It is supported by a Mali T860 GPU and 4GB of RAM. The latter has a speed of 3.8 GB/s and is therefore on average in the respective price range. The internal storage of 64GB can be extended if necessary, renouncing to the dual SIM function. The reading speed of the internal storage is somewhat slow with 97 MB/s, the writing speed with 131 MB/s is OK.
Meiigoo Note 8 is not a performance killer. The processor is a bit old, but still does a solid job with standard tasks and less demanding games. The size of the RAM is large enough to keep many apps open at the same time. Under full load, the smartphone gets quite hot after some time (60°C).Antutu Result Geekbench Multi Result Geekbench Single Result 3D Mark Result
The smartphone runs with a highly customized Android 7, which can be customized with different themes in style. However, there is no Themes app, as is often the case. Thus, only the pre-installed selection seems to be available and cannot be supplemented with new themes. An app drawer has been dispensed with, which is why the apps are stored directly on the home screen. The system itself is fast, but sometimes the speed decreases and it becomes sluggish. In addition, sometimes settings, such as the time it takes until the display is set on standby, were reset. On the positive side, Meiigoo offers a number of special functions. These include gesture control, which enables navigation, answering calls or muting calls without touching. Also, a face recognition function is available, which can, however, be deceived with a photo. If you don’t wear glasses to set up the lock and want to unlock the phone with your glasses on, it won’t work. The special button on the left side is only able to open and release the camera, other functions cannot be assigned to it.
The system has no pre-installed Bloatware, but there are two Trojans hiding in the system, directly in the launcher and in the microphone app. For this reason alone, we do NOT recommend Meiigoo Note 8.
Since we have had Meiigoo devices in the past that were not contaminated, it could possibly be a non-original ROM on our test device, but an official ROM was not yet available. Should it be time to get an official ROM, we will, of course, update the test report.
The camera is probably the most disappointing element of the smartphone. The main camera has a resolution of 13MP (interpolated 16 MP) and unfortunately does not take good pictures. All images have quite a strong image noise, if you release the focus automatically by tapping, the images are overexposed to 90%. If the mobile phone focuses independently on a point, pictures become clearly better at least at this point. Otherwise, images are generally not particularly colour-fast. By the way, the second camera is a fake and bokeh shots are generated purely by the software.
The front camera has a resolution of 5MP (interpolated 8MP). The selfies aren’t very good either. Images are even noisier and look like those taken by a smartphone from several years ago. Also, the colours of the front camera are anything but strong.
Meiigoo Note 8 supports all 2G, 3G and 4G frequencies. Meiigoo can accommodate two Nano-SIM cards or only one with storage expansion then. The reception is consistently good and the quality of the connection is okay. Callers are easy to understand, but I was often perceived as a little dull.
The GPS of the Meiigoo device is great, a fix happens within a few moments and the navigation took place without large deviations. The electronic compass supports navigation on foot. In general, Meiigoo did not save on sensors. In addition to the standard sensors (accelerometer, light and proximity sensors), a gyroscope sensor, an e-compass, and a fingerprint sensor were also installed. The latter works quite reliably in 9 out of 10 attempts.
Bluetooth works with the standard 4.0 and can be connected to my sound system without any problems. Only with the hands-free car kit, there were occasional problems, as the Note 8 dropped out from time to time and refused to register again. The Wi-Fi supports a/b/g/n standards.
Meiigoo Note 8’s battery capacity is stated with 3300 mAh. However, I only could measure about 2100mAh. This value is also supported by the battery benchmark, in which the device only lasted 4 hours and 15 minutes. This is an absolute No-Go and also in everyday life, the battery does not convince with its low capacity. With intensive use, you don’t even get through the day and sometimes have to charge it during the day. QuickCharge works with Note 8 but still takes 1.5 hours to charge the small battery.Battery lifetime Result Unit: hours