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LeEco Le Max 2 Review: Is it Really a Superphone?

LeEco Le Max 2 Review: Is it Really a Superphone?

In 2016, Le Eco is back with second generation of the Le Max. We got our hands on the Le Max 2 and here's what we think about it.

LeEco a Chinese company that seems to have taken the Indian smartphone market by storm. Their first phones the Le 1s and the Le Max took to the liking of smartphone lovers. They offered decent specs and came at a competitive price.

In 2016, the company is back with second generation of these devices. We got our hands on the Le Max 2 and here's what we think about it.

What's Cool?

Le Max2 is in direct competition with the Rs 24,999 Xiaomi Mi5 and Rs 27,999 OnePlus 3. The Le Max 2 is priced at Rs 22,999 for the 32GB and 4GB RAM variant and Rs 29,999 for the 6GB RAM and 64GB variant. It's the only smartphone apart form the OnePlus 3 to offer 6GB RAM.


The phone boasts of the awesome CDLA (Continuous Digital Lossless Audio) technology that gets rid of the 3.5mm audio jack and delivers audio through the USB Type-C connector itself.


The device sports a metal unibody design and the massive 5.7-inch Quad-HD display with 1440x2560 pixels resolution and a pixel density of 515ppi that delivers great viewing angles and colours. Watching HD or 4K videos is an amazing experience. The device runs on EUI 5.6 based on Android Marshmallow and is very intuitive.


The 6GB RAM is coupled with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor clocked at 2.15 Ghz that delivers a lot of firepower for the phone. You can easily multitask and even play games for a long period without the phone getting really hot. The software and hardware is optimised and we did not experience any app crashes or heating issues. For power-users the Le Max 2 will not be a disappointment at all.

At the home screen there is also a "Live" button that fires up the LeLive service. It's a streaming service similar to Netflix and let's you stream popular TV channels. The amazing thing is that it's a subscription based service and if you buy the phone you get it free for a year.


The 21 megapixel rear camera works like a dream in daylight conditions and the app interface is also easy to use. The image quality is fantastic and equivalent to what you'll get on the OnePlus 3 and the phone can also shoot in 4K.

The Le Max 2 features a 3,100 mAh battery that is non-removable and supports fast charging as well. The phone easily lasted us more than a day despite a powerful processor and a huge display.

What's Not So Cool

There is 32GB or 64 GB of on-board storage on the Le Max 2 but there is no slot for an expandable storage. The phone is a dual-SIM 4G LTE supported but you can only put two nano-SIM cards on it. The low light images of the Le Max 2 are not that impressive and are a bit grainy.

The CDLA technology is a revolutionary one for sure but you can't charge the phone while you listen to music. That's a bit of a downer for the phone. The phone does get warm like many metal body smartphones.


The 8 megapixel front camera on paper sounds amazing, but only clicks decent images. What more is that you can only use the 8 megapixel firepower in 4:3 aspect ratio selfies. If you want to click 16:9 selfies you'll have to use the 6 megapixel resolution on the front camera. The fingerprint sensor at the back also works smoothly with a very low error rate.


The Le Max 2 competes with the Xiaomi Mi5 and the OnePlus 3.


The Le Max 2 scores high over the Xiaomi with its display and camera whereas is an equal to the OnePlus 3 if you are going for the 6GB RAM variant.


Presently in the Indian market there are only two smartphones under Rs 30,000 that give you flagship features, the LeEco Le Max 2 and the OnePlus 3. While the OnePlus 3 comes in only one variant, LeEco is offering the Le Max in two versions depending on your budget. So there is more choice with the Le Max 2 than the OnePlus 3.


But then to get a Le Max 2 you'll have to fight for it on a flash sale whereas on the OnePlus 3 you don't even need an invite anymore. The Le Max 2 is as powerful as the OnePlus 3 and what makes it better is the revolutionary CDLA technology and the LeLive service for video streaming.

And that's why one can say that with an attractive price and superb hardware it truly is a superphone.
first published:June 27, 2016, 15:43 IST