LeEco, the China-based smartphone manufacturer known for having introduced the world’s first smartphone with a USB Type-C port, recently announced successors to its superphones – the Le 2 and Le Max 2. The Le 2 is the affordable of the two and we find out whether it holds true to its title of being a superphone.
First element of any device that drives your attention is the looks. The Le 2, with its slim, geometric but slightly curved on the edges design is impressive. The 5.5-inch FHD display gives an impression of being bezel free but it isn’t truly so. The display is vivid and operating it is a smooth sail. The Android controllers at the bottom do not stay lit all the time adding to the charm. The LED indicator on the top too is very subtle.
The phone comes with a responsive fingerprint sensor that has been placed conveniently in the rear right below the camera which only makes the unlocking process a little faster. The nuanced detailing makes the Le 2 a phone that is designed ‘ironically’ to be non-intrusive. Overall the phone is slim, doesn’t weigh much, and is easy to operate with one hand. But because of the smooth finish, you might want to snap on a case or cover to avoid slipping.
From the looks to the core; LeEco is known to debut first of firsts features in its products and the Le 2 is no exception. It comes with a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz and coupled with 3 GB LPDDR3 RAM. It is said to be the first phone in India to pack the newer Qualcomm processor. The chipset is powerful enough to help you use the device for basic to moderately heavy tasks smoothly. Be it gaming, photography, or video streaming, the phone doesn’t disappoint in terms of performance. Due to it being a metal body device, one might feel the device getting little warm but it is not an alarming issue.
Another highlight of the Rs 11,999 budget device is its cameras. The 16 megapixel rear camera with dual-tone flash and PDAF produces outstanding results making sure you don’t miss out on a moment. The 8 megapixel front camera with 76.5 degree wide angle lens lets you shoot images in either 4:3 ratio or 16:9 depending on your preference. So whether you want a solo click or want to squeeze in your gang for a groupfie, the phone will not disappoint you. With a host of customisation options, from time lapse, slo-mo, filters, ISO, white balancing, and more, there is no scope for one to not go on a clicking spree. All the features only add to the sharp and vivid results. In terms of video capabilities, the phone lets you shoot in 4K and HD @30fps making the Le 2 a good option to consider for photography enthusiasts.
The phone comes with a 3000mAh battery with LeEco’s Le SuperCharge technology. It easily lasts a day on average use. Because of the subtle display customisation options which come with EUI 5.6, you can further save more power by tweaking the settings.
What’s Not So Cool
It might be the future of smartphone audio technology but the new Type-C port for charging and audio might initially see less takers. The Le 2 is one of the first phones to do away with the headphone jack (the other device, the Le Max 2 also features the same connector) which does slim down the overall size of the device. LeEco is currently supplying the Type-C adapter in the box and giving away the Rs 1,990 priced new CDLA headphones with the phone. While the company is also giving you the freedom to use any standard 3.5mm earphones, it is a little restrictive because you can’t use them without the Type-C audio adapter.
One of the downers with the phone is that it comes with 32 GB internal storage with no option for further expansion. With a good camera and efficient processor, the storage feels a tad less. Even a support for a hybrid slot would have helped achieve an overall great budget device. Also, the device doesn’t come with FM support which, depending on the consumers’ preference, might be another disappointment.
The Le 2 competes with a host of budget devices in the under Rs 15K range from Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Huawei Honor 5C, Meizu M3 Note, to Moto G4 Plus and Lenovo ZUK Z1. While some of these competing devices offer memory expansion, the Le 2 has an edge with the new processor, better front camera and also in terms of innovation with the Type-C audio support.
At Rs 11,999, the 4G LTE powered Le 2 is all that one could have asked for. It comes with biometric security, good camera, more power, and dual SIM support. While more manufacturers are adopting Type-C port for charging as a standard, there still remains a larger section which wants to keep the charging and audio port separate. Overall, the phone packs more than what one usually expects of a budget device. So if you want a good looking phone with a good camera, fancy features like Type-C and also want a more secure device than Le 2 could become your next phone in a budget.