LeEco Le 2 Review: A future ready device
Recently we got our review unit for LeEco Le 2. We have already given our initial impression for Le 2 previous on our site if you didn’t read that we would advise you to read that once here’s the link to it
Let’s start with the review of LeEco Le 2
LeEco Le 2 is the Successor to previously launched LeEco Le 1s
LeEco is a Chinese tech giant which has stormed the smartphone market with the successful launch of its smartphones in Indian market. LeEco has already given tough competition to the competitor like Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo mobiles.The LeEco ecosystem has already tapped every corner of the country and is already the most talked brand in India.
LeEco (formerly Known as LeTv ) came into the Indian market with its highly successful smartphone Le 1s and Le Max followed by Le 1s Eco with an ecosystem which powered users to Live stream content on their smartphone and enjoys other entertainment services which LeEco is exclusively offering to its users along with the smartphone.The Le 2 is fairly similar to its predecessors, with just a few tweaks and twists. It carries forward the metal body and fingerprint reader which made the Le 1s stand out, as well as the Le Ecosystem content and membership which gave the Le 1s Eco its identity
Look and feel : Le 2
The review unit which we received is rose gold color and it is pretty great to hold the phone and comparing to its predecessor Le 1s it is lighter. The reason for the lightness of the phone may be because LeEco has done away with 3.5mm jack and started offering the CDLA technology which we would talk about separately below. You can get the Le 2 in silver and gold color as well. The front is glass with body-coloured panels above and below the screen The screen covers the majority of the front part . The sides and rear have metal finish with the polished band running where the sides meet the front and back. The phone is somehow having the old LeTv logo and not the newer LeEco.
The power and volume buttons are ergonomically placed. They are easy to reach out and use and metal buttons give better control over the usage of function they perform. Although not a majorly used feature but the top part of the phone consists of an infrared port which would enable you to use the phone as a remote control. Most of the device are listed in the remote control application which is been offered on the phone.On the bottom, center there’s a USB Type – C port which performs the dual function of charging the phone and also music playback via CDLA headphones is performed through the same port. On the both side USB c port, there are grills located which are symmetrical and same as they were in previous phones Le 1s and Le 1s Eco.
The most significant changes have been made to the rear side of the phone. The camera module is now shifted to the center and is much larger. The camera is square shaped and has the mirror finish. Below the camera, there is fingerprint sensor which is revamped and works a bit faster than its predecessors.
The phone is easy to hold as we previously said its ergonomically designed keeping You – the users in mind.Aso, to ease the handling and protect the phone LeEco Le 2 is pre-shipped with a transparent back cover case which has LeEco branding over it.The weight of 153g is a slight improvement over the Le 1s’s 169g. One-handed usage is fairly easy thanks to the narrow sides.
Specifications and software
The complete specs for Le 2 have been mentioned here in the hands-on impression post please refer if it if you haven’t already. The much-awaited change which I was personally waiting was the switch from MediaTek to Snapdragon processors because of the battery efficiencies and they don’t get heated to early as in the case of MediaTek processors. The LeEco Le 2 comes with Snapdragon 652 SoC. Getting this processor at this price point is a strong deal, especially considering that the similarly equipped Vivo V3Max costs nearly twice as much as this phone. The Le 2 has 3Gb of RAM and 32gb of onboard storage. Unfortunately, the storage cannot be expanded as most of the phones these days are coming with hybrid sim slot which offers at least option to expand storage anyways 32Gb is still quite good storage offered. A variety of 4G bands is supported, including bands 3 and 40 which are commonly used in India. You can use 4G on either SIM, but both can’t be active at the same time.
The Le 2 has a screen size of 5.5 inch likes its previous phones.Colors are great on screen and I had no problem in the screen issue. Also, the brightness is more than enough to see the phone’s screen on a bright sunny day. The Le 2 features 16MP rear camera and 8MP front camera which is a great offering.You can even record 4K videos and slow motion videos on Le 2.
The Le 2 runs on Android Marshmellow with custom user interface EUI running on top of it. EUI is similar to the Xiaomi’s user interface and anyone familiar with MIUI would get easily adjusted to the EUI. Also, EUI is easy and simply not much complex and a day or two’s time you get used to it. The software hasn’t changed much from previous phones. The control center which opens by pressing the touch capacitive button which lights up as you unlock the phone. The control center offers a variety of option which a user may require and is handy to open any time.
There is no doubt about the performance from the Le 2. The phone handles heavy tasks with much ease and doesn’t hang at all. While reviewing device we tried all sort of heavy games like Asphalt 8 Airborne and graphics were set on high mode and the game was played great without any lag or slowness.It was quite amazing to know that after playing for a while the phone didn’t get heated up all.
The fingerprint scanner works great. Sometimes it annoys me and doesn’t recognize my fingers and I had to retry to unlock the phone and it takes 3 sec to unlock the phone via fingerprint.Coming on to the battery of the device it offers 3000 mah. During the usage with 4g/Wifi switched on all times, I was able to use the phone for complete 13 hours with a little more juice remaining to play an episode of GOT.Performance in benchmarks was excellent, with 82,414 points in AnTuTu, 37,845 overall in Quadrant, 8,694 in 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme, and 28fps in GFXBench. There’s plenty of power on tap no matter what kind of app you want to run, and you should be happy for few upcoming ready.It’s like being future ready by getting Le 2. I used the Le 2 for playing some of the HD 1080P videos and they played smoothly on the default music player also 4K video playback was amazing and great to watch on Le 2. During your travel with a massive battery in your hands, you have complete entertainment package with you.
USB TYPE-C CDLA Headphones.
So Let’s talk about the innovative technology which LeEco has developed and isn’t an industry standard and it is highly unlike that the other smartphone manufacturer will offer it on their phones. Also, the CDLA – continuous digital Looseless audio is patented technology which is owned by LeEco. If you were Lucky enough in getting the phone in the first sale you would have already received these headphones. Although The Le 2 comes with a converter adapter for the USB-C to 3.5mm jack but it would be extra burden for the users to carry around. The adapter is small in size and is easy to loose so keep a watch out on it.
LeEco Subscription and Content.
The LeEco have been focusing on providing users with the entertainment content. This gave the previously launched Le 1s Eco its identity because of the host of services it included along the phone with no extra costs.Currently, the content service is offered free of cost for 1 year after that it’s your choice to renew or not. In content, you get around 100 Live channels which are powered by Yupp Tv, soon Hungama music streaming would be available in later this year which would enable you to stream music on demand.Not much anything other is offered in terms of LeEco subscription it’s the same as Le 1s Eco.
Camera: LeEco Le 2
LeEco Le 2 has 16MP and 8MP camera to capture precious moments. The camera of LeEco Le 2 offers a variety of option to customize the performance of camera you can control ISO, Exposure, brightness, white balance etc. The phone is a strong contender in every aspect besides the camera. The camera isn’t that great because photos in low light condition have grains. The pictures were taken by the Le 2 when zoomed in getting blurred out and pixelated. The focusing is quick. The photos in natural lighting conditions come best. In low light condition, the camera struggles a bit and pictures come a bit blurry. But these things can overcome if LeEco rolls software update to overcome this problem because the hardware is perfect and it’s the software processing which is ruining the camera quality. Below are some camera samples from Le 2.
Complete Gallery for Le 2 smartphone
LeEco Le 2 Review
At the Price point of Rs.12000/- which Le 2 is being offered its great.You get a host of entertainment services along with premium finish and specification which would cost more than what you are buying the Le 2.The only thing which might stop you is the availability of the phone through the flash sale.The video and audio live streaming if it’s appealing to you, it would be an added bonus. The camera is a bit of downside for the Superphone. The Le 2 is a tough competitor for phones like Xiaomi Note 3, Moto G4 and Yu’s Yunicorn. LeEco has done an amazingly great job by launching such a Superphone with such super specs.