LeEco Le 2 : Pleasantly powerful

LeEco is a relatively unknown name in the tech industry and in India you might still find few people who may ask you what does this brand do, or how to pronounce the name ?  Yet there is a huge curiosity about the brand LeEco and the reason is quite simple. Even though they’ve come out with very few devices till now, yet each of them is a powerhouse or SuperPhone as LeEco prefers calling them.

LeEco entered in India with Le 1S and LeMax and recently launched Le 2 and Le Max 2 here. All the devices have been selling like hotcakes here. I’ve been using Le 2 since almost a month now as my primary device and I feel its right time to review the device.

LeEco Le 2 Specifications

Display 5.5″ 1080p (Full-HD)
Processor Octa-Core Snapdragon 652 processor with Adreno 510 GPU
RAM 3GB
Storage 32 GB
Connectivity 4G LTE with VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n (2.4/5 GHz),Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB Type C
Battery 3000 mAh with fast charging
OS EUI 5.8 based on Android 6.0
Camera 8MP Front/16MP Back
Price Rs 11,999 / USD 180

LeEco Le 2

Design

Le 2 looks much like its predecessor Le 1S from the front. It carries a symmetrical approach in term of design, the proximity sensor and the front camera are placed on each side of the speaker grill. The front of the phone is button less and you just have 2 backlit touch sensitive keys.

On the left side, you have the sim slot that houses 2 nano sims. While on the right side there is a volume rocker and the power button which give a decent tactile feedback.

2 most important things that you miss instantly are the lack of SD card slot and a missing 3.5 mm audio jack. On the top of the phone, you just have an IR Blaster and speakers are placed at the bottom. A USB type C charging slot is located at the bottom with speaker grills on both the sides.

One the back, you can find the now familiar layout with a protruding camera module along with a dual tone flash, a glassy finish fingerprint sensor, LeTV branding and antenna lines at both the ends of the phone. It is really confusing to see the phones still carrying “LeTV” branding while officially they changed the logo and brand name almost 6 months back to LeEco and few phones are carrying new logo.

Overall, the design is decent considering the fact that it is  very easy to grip as it is just 7.5mm thick and has curved edges.The phone looks premium for its budget.

Software

Le 2 comes with a heavily customised skin called EUI on top of Android 6.0.1. Right from the boot up till switching off the entire experience is different compared to any other Android Device. This interface makes enough scope for the LeEco ecosystem. However, for a starter, it will take some time to get used to the device.

LeEco has tied up with Yupp Tv to offer live TV content. A button that reads “Live” right at the centre of the icon bar at the bottom of the home screen where “Home” button can be found in other Android devices, takes you to the LeEco’s live TV viewing offering. This package is free for a year, however, its usage will be directly related to the data pack you have with your service provider.

LeView also offers recommended content pieces that are being promoted by the company, generally from YouTube. Other apps perform as required. One good part is that LeEco, apart from its heavily customised skin and few apps, has not put in too much bloatware on the phone. The phone feels very snappy and fast, without any lags what so ever thanks to the 3 GB ram. However, due to the heavy custom skin only around 1.6GB RAM is available. We tested Asus ZenFone Max (2016) and few other devices, which couldn’t handle bloatware at all.

Camera

Le 2 comes with a 16MP rear camera with a f/2.0 aperture with Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF) for faster focus.  This is a decent combination and it turns out that in most of the cases the phones captures brilliant images. However, at times the images captured are just average. Especially in the low light scenario, you can expect a decent amount of noise and fuzziness around the edges of objects. The camera also comes with slow motion video recording. Overall the camera performs better than the competition Have a look at the sample below:

The camera on Le 2 also comes with slow motion video recording. Have a look at the sample below:

Performance

The Le 2 comes with 1.8Ghz Snapdragon 652 processor which does deliver high performance without any doubt. The phone houses 3GB RAM which is somewhat eaten up by the heavy custom skin, however, you’ll never face a problem even when doing heavy multitasking on the Le 2. Overall performance is very smooth.

The fingerprint sensor on Le 2 is not the fastest when compared to Honor 5c or Vivo V3, it, however, does the job 7 out of 10 times. At times the phone’s proximity sensors did act weird and would automatically lock the device and while typing the switches on and off automatically.

Display

LE 2 comes with 5.5 inches 1080p display. Its viewing angles are nice and colour reproduction is just perfect. We had no complaints with brightness. While in outdoors in the daytime, slightly higher brightness level would’ve been great too. Although the screen is a fingerprint magnet and prone to scratches hence would definitely advise to get yourselves a screen protector in case you do not want a scratched screen after regular gaming sessions.

LeEco Le 2 Display

Audio

Removing 3.5mm audio jack was a bold move. A lot has been said already around it and we will not be getting further in that. However, It does hamper your overall experience as you cannot use earphones while you’re charging your device or vice-versa. Which at times becomes a cause of pain. In terms of performance, the CDLS earphones bundled with the device sound pretty good. There is a Type C to 3.5mm audio adapter bundled with the package for people who have already invested in some decent quality headsets.

Battery

Le 2 comes with a 3000 mAh battery and it also supports fast charging which as per our understand is an advantage because the phone may not last for the entire day and you would be looking around for a charger. In case you’re not a gamer or do not use the phone extensively then it may last for a day at max.

8.5 Total Score
LeEco Le 2 : Pleasantly powerful

LeEtv Le 2 fares really well in almost all the segments. However, as always it may not the perfect mobile device, however, it gives you a decent return on your investment, in fact much more than that. Definitly worth buying and considering if you're looking to purchase a phone upto Rs 15,000.

Design
9
Software
8
Camera
7
Performance
8
Display
8.5
Audio
7.5
Battery
6
PROS
  • Powerful Device
  • Sleek Design
  • Excellent Display
  • Great Pricing
CONS
  • Battery life
  • No 3.5mm audio Jack
  • Bloatwares
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