Medion Life X 5020 in the Test

No artsy bargains, but reliable middle class: The Medion life X 5020 is good in the connect test and shows hardly any weaknesses.

With its LTE Smartphone X 5020 takes the Essen electronics maker Medion optical bonds when the iPhone 4: front and back are made of Gorilla glass, an aluminum frame holds the two plates together. The buyer may be right: the back feels not only soft as silk, but remains different from smooth plastic surfaces, even with prolonged use largely free of fingerprints. The processing is neat, and on top of that is the life X 5020 surprisingly easily in the hand. A look at the scale confirms this: not many Smartphones with 5-inch display remain under 130 grams, the Medion weighs just 124.

Technically forward

Even when the display makes Medion Ernst and saves on pixels, not to observe, often as for cheap smartphones, but brings it with 1920 x 1080 pixels on a density of 441 ppi. The result is a clear picture that the viewers thanks to IPS and brightness 513 cd / m ² from almost anywhere from can be consider. If you miss the checkbox for automatic brightness regulation in the quick settings at the top, should be not be put off: the X 5020 has quite a brightness sensor. beyond the point of “Adaptive brightness” in the display menu, you can activate it.

The 615 Qualcomm Snapdragon is not one of the team of current high-performance chips. He is day-to-day but afloat and of course also benefits from the 3 gigabytes of memory, the Medion 5020 bought the X. Ac Wi-FI with LTE, the user is in the and out of the House on track. Weaknesses however revealed our laboratory at the transmission and reception quality in the UMTS network. Good so that you can switch between network providers thanks to two SIM slots in areas where LTE is not widely available. And even though it has lost meaning SMS, Medion opts for a solution, allows you how both cards separately and conveniently set up for delivery reports, predefined texts and group SMS options.

Either memory or dual-SIM

The use of two SIM cards, however, has a downside: the shoe takes a micro-SD card, which can be described with a capacity of up to 128 gigabytes and read what other manufacturers do not always guarantee either a micro – and nano-SIM on – or instead of nano-SIM. With the onset of a Nano-SIM into the compartment the storage extension option is gone. In the light of the rich internal supply of gross 32 GB seems bearable at first. But taking a look on the memory manager, one finds that 8 GB are occupied – although Medion inverts any extravagant surface about the Android operating system. It is here by the way still in version 5.0.2. An update to a newer version of Android was not to look over the test period. Additional software, to install one would leave the user not only due to the memory requirements is to blame the high usage of the space.

If you prefer no other maps app, should look at navigation the Medion outdoor played on. The maps on the basis of open street map is not installed yet, but is available for different regions to free download. Calculate consumed calories, as well as information about geo-caches are also off the road for use. There are of course alternatives – or more free disk space, if you don’t need such an app.

In addition can be found on the X 5020 numerous other features; as you about the Manager of profile, Medion offers outside of the settings app, customize not only the ring tone for the specific situation, but also brightness and wireless connections and between GPS and network-based positioning can switch. Small weaknesses show up in some places, where the texts does not fully have been translated from English into German.

Camera with front LED

The camera’s menu for main and front-facing camera is rich. The quality of the images remains nevertheless good average and once again shows that the number of mega pixels comes not necessarily with high image quality. After all, means Medion well with 13 megapixels for the main and 5 megapixels for the front camera and bought the Selfie cam even a front LED.

Conclusion: No price breaker

With three colours, namely black with grey aluminium frame or in white with optional silver or Rosé gold, the Medion X is 5020 colour currently. With 299 euros it is a price segment, in which the selection great and the quality is often good. A decision is difficult, the high display resolution or the front LED provide arguments in addition to the pretty exterior perhaps.