Most Chinese brands make budget fitness watches, but recently a new model of real smartwatches called LEMFO LEM14 came to my review.
I have not tested products from the LEMFO brand for a long time, so I was interested to know how the company has grown in recent years. In this review, you can find out not only the main functions and options of the new smartwatch model but also I will tell you about the quality of workmanship and materials used.
If we talk about cost, then at present the price tag for LEMFO LEM14 is not even very small. For example, Chinese online stores sell watches for $170. Agree, this is not a very sweet price, so let me share with you brief specifications so that you can understand why the company is asking for such a sum of money.
A large 1.69-inch IPS screen is located on the front of the case. Also, onboard the device has a good Helio P22 processor, 4 and 64 GB of internal memory, Android 10, and 1400 mAh battery capacity. Naturally, I can list many other interesting features. But I propose to start a full and in-depth review and find out what the watch is capable of.
LEMFO LEM14: Specifications
|Screen:||1.65-inch IPS with 450 x 450 pixels|
|Watch Strap Material:||Silicone|
|Operating System:||Android 10|
|Support System:||above iOS 9.0 and Android 5.1|
|Touch Mode:||Full touch screen (single point)|
|CPU:||Helio P22 with 1.5GHZ|
|Camera:||13MP Main Camera + 8 MP Front Camera|
|Battery type:||Polymer battery|
|Daily Using Time:||36 hours|
|SIM Card:||Nano SIM card|
|WiFi Support:||2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Package weight:||96 g|
|Product size (L x W x H):||62.5 x 51.2 x 20.1 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
A smartwatch in a black matte package came to my test, where only the name of the company can be seen on the front. But on the side, there is a sticker with basic information about the company and the name of the model.
Inside the package, I met the smartwatch itself, a four-pin charging cable, instructions, and even a screwdriver. The last thing is to unscrew the screws on the back of the case to install or remove the SIM card.
As you can guess, the LEMFO LEM14 watch model received support for the 4G LTE network. But I will tell you about her work a little later, now I want to share with you what materials the watch is made of and how high quality it is.
Design, workmanship, and materials
The first thing you pay attention to is the size and weight of the LEMFO LEM14 smartwatch. This is an incredibly large watch and will clearly not be suitable for most users. For example, on my thin wrist, the watch looked bulky and large. Look, the dimensions of the device are 62.5 x 51.2 x 20.1 mm, and the weight is about 96 grams, taking into account the weight of the strap. That is, from this we can conclude that the thickness of the LEMFO smart watch case is very important. In addition, this is more than twice the thickness of the body of two modern smartphones.
Ok, now let me tell you about the materials used. The entire body was made of plastic, but there is a ceramic coating on the front part of the screen. Such materials are often found on most models of smartwatches.
If we talk about the build quality, then I had no strong complaints. The whole body is assembled well and without any questions, for example, I did not notice any creaks, and the buttons were pressed with good responsiveness.
It is also worth noting that the LEM14 watch has received full protection against water under the 5 ATM standard. This means that you can submerge in water to a depth of 50 meters or a pressure of 5 atmospheres. This is a rare feature, as for a real smartwatch running on Android OS.
A large 1.69-inch IPS screen is located on the front of the case. Its resolution was 450 x 450 pixels. This is not the worst screen I have been able to test.
Yes, maybe this is not an AMOLED screen, but even a high-quality IPS screen shows itself well in smartwatches from the LEMFO brand. Look, the maximum brightness level of the screen is very good, and the colors are displayed in realistic and saturated shades.
On the top frame of the screen, there is a front camera sensor with a microphone hole. Meanwhile, the main camera module was installed on the right side between the two control buttons. Perhaps the quality is not the best on these cameras, but if you need to capture hidden footage, then this would be a good option. It’s worth noting that the selfie camera is 8MP and the main camera uses a 13MP sensor.
On the left side of the smartwatch, you can see holes for the speakers. Yes, the sound level may not be as loud, but the sound quality is clear and without unnecessary wheezing.
The back of the device has received a four-pin connection for charging and data transfer. As I would like to remind you that the device has 64 GB of internal memory onboard. There is also a heart rate sensor and a SIM card slot. As I said, in order to remove or install a SIM card, you need to unscrew three bolts with a screwdriver that already comes out of the box.
The last thing I would like to talk about in this section is the strap itself. It got a width of 24 mm and the good news is that it can be easily removed and replaced with any other option. At the same time, the length of the strap was 265 mm and it will be enough even for a large wrist. In the case of the LEMFO LEM14, the strap was made from a combination of two materials.
It is silicone material on the inside and the outside of the strap is made of a brown leather substitute.
Performance, features, games, and OS
It’s no secret that budget processors such as the Helio P22 began to be installed not only on smartphones but also on some models of smartwatches. The new LEMFO LEM14 is no exception. This is a good 12-nanometer chipset with eight processing cores and a maximum clock speed of 2.0 GHz.
In addition, the watch uses 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. That’s an incredible amount for a smartwatch. For example, even some budget smartphones have less memory value.
While testing LEMFO LEM14, I was able to install and play demanding games like PUBG Mobile. Yes, maybe this is not the most successful game for this device. Since you really won’t be able to play it comfortably and there will be slight delays and freezes. But here are light games like Angry Birds and the like, you can play without too much trouble.
Be that as it may, but in terms of performance, the new model of smartwatches LEM14 has shown itself on the positive side. Now let me tell you how to set up the watch and its basic control functions.
The first thing that will meet you when you first turn it on is the choice of the user interface language. Next, you will need to choose your weight, height, and other parameters. Then a QR code will appear to connect to the Wiiwatch2 mobile application. It will not take you more than 2-3 minutes and I had no problems with pairing.
The home screen offers a wide variety of different watch faces. They have quite interesting animations, and you can also install additional watch faces through the menu of the mobile application.
The main menu with all the settings is located on the right side of the main screen. This is where I discovered features like calls, phonebooks, messages, settings, and more.
In the settings, you can find a large list of features that closely resemble the settings of smartphones. For example, these are an Internet connection and network settings, connected devices via Bluetooth 5.0 connection, applications and notifications, battery, screen, sound, memory, Google services, and system.
Naturally, after logging into your Google account, you will be able to use the already installed Play Store. This will allow you to install almost any application or even games. Thus, the presence of an app store is the most useful feature, which is so lacking on budget smart fitness watches.
In addition, I should note that there is an already installed GPS module onboard the LEMFO LEM14 smartwatch. Therefore, the Google Maps application can be used without any particular reason. But here the problem of battery life will make sense to be. Since GPS navigation will strongly absorb the energy of the built-in battery.
I am not going to cover basic functions like a music player, stopwatch, and other features. Each of these functions worked properly and I had no problems with their performance. But here I should tell you that the LEM14 watch can only measure heart rate, but blood pressure and other measurement indicators are not here.
An interesting feature is the version of the operating system – Android 10. At the same time, the user interface works quickly and without any freezes. I loved how the LEM14 smartwatch works and what it can do in real life.
Battery and run time
As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, the LEMFO LEM14 smartwatch received not only a thick case but also a large battery capacity with a value of 1400 mAh.
In standby mode, the watch can work for 5 days, but with active use, the device will last 2 days. This is a good result, as for a real smartwatch running on an Android OS.
In this case, the time for a full charge will be approximately 3 hours through a four-pin connection.
Conclusion, reviews, pros, and cons
On the one hand, I liked the idea of a new generation LEMFO LEM14 smartwatch. They got some pretty good technical features for their price. But there were also a lot of shortcomings.
For example, in the new smartwatch from the LEMFO brand, I liked the large and comfortable touch IPS screen. Also, I am always pleased with the presence of interesting functions, such as calls via 4G LTE network, support for Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth connections.
Thus, this model of the LEM14 smartwatch will allow you to get rid of your smartphone and use the watch for calls, messages, and even games. Of course, I do not advise you to do this, since the size of the smartphone screen is much larger and more comfortable for full use. But as a device for additional opportunities in your life, it will be a good gadget on your wrist.
Okay, now about the shortcomings of the new LEM14 smartwatch model. The first thing I didn’t like was, of course, the dimensions and weight. This is a rather bulky watch that is not very comfortable to sit on a thin wrist. But if you are a big person, then perhaps this problem will not bother you too much. Another disadvantage is poor battery life, which means you have to charge the watch as often as your smartphone.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
This monster of LEMFO LEM14 smartwatch, you can order now at a fairly reasonable price – $169.99 with a 58% discount.
If you wanted a real smartwatch running the Android operating system, then the new watch model from the LEMFO brand would be a good choice.