LeEco, a well known chinese brand has finally entered in India. Setting some standards breaking the limitations, boundaries, LeEco is now ready to rock the Indian markets with their products, on 20th jan 2016 LeEco had organised an event on which they have announced the two devices for India, one with high- end specs named as Le Max (Phablet), and another one is in the budget segment named as Le 1s, So today we will be reviewing the most awaited budget smartphone the LeEco Le 1s. The Letv is now rebranded as LeEco, we are reviewing a made in china handset, as from the company’s side in India you will be getting made in India devices, with made in India tags, and it may have this time a LeEco Logo instead of the previous Letv.
The packaging of the smartphone has done in very premium way, let us have first the impressions on the box, it is pure white with no extra written material on the box, if you will look from the top it has a 3-dimensional Le 1s smartphone structure, On the back there is some mentioned specifications and other manual info. Overall the box quality feels pretty promising, and in some ways it also looks like a iPhone type packaging. Just after opening the box you will find the device, below the device you will find some manuals, warranty card, SIM ejector tool and your USB type-C charging stuff.
Built and design quality
The Le1s sports all metal body, device feels pretty premium in hands, but also feels little bit heavy, it’s only because of its metal built body, but no problem it is not a big issue, overall it feels pretty slim. The back panel of the smartphone is non removable, means you can not remove the battery from the device, which is a good point. The smartphone measures 151.1×74.2×7.5mm and it weighs only 169 grams, in thickness it is just 7.5mm thick.
Looking at the front you will find the front camera and sensors, below the screen it has given 3 capacitive touch buttons. If we look on the right side of the device, there you will find your volume rockers up-down buttons and a separate power on/off button, left side of the device is equipped with a SIM tray for inserting the dual SIM. On the top you will find 3.5mm Jack, and a infrared blaster to control TV, air conditioners etc. A USB Type-C port, and dual speakers are present at the bottom of the device. Looking at the back there you will find a mirror finished Fingerprint scanner, placed just below the rear camera.
The LeEco Le 1s features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS screen. It has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for screen protection, and has a very good day light visibility. The screen looks pretty good, crisp, the viewing angles are also very good, the colour reproduction of the display is also quiet good. The company also claims to have the most slim bezels on the device. This time, in terms of experience on this bezel less screen, we really had some good experience either we are playing games or watching movies, the device feels like a small HD TV.
The device runs on Android 5.o Lollipop with company’s own custom UI known as EUI version 5.5. It has very fluent customizations, which makes it different from others, it somewhere feels like iOS interface. In the Settings menu you will get two types of setting option, from the first option in system setting you can operate the usual settings which you have earlier experienced in other Android devices, and in second, which is App settings you will get access to the particular app settings, for example- you can change the messaging settings, music player settings etc. If we look at the main home screen, there you will not getting much apps, you have to be satisfied with few inbuilt apps like, Yahoo, weather App, a remote control App some google apps like Chrome, Youtube etc.
Overall experience on this UI is very impressive, if you are a android user and you are pretty addicted with same settings placements, for first time you may confuse with this UI, the settings are same but the placements are little unique or you can say different.
Hardware & Gaming Performance
It is boosted by a 2.2Ghz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio X10(64 bit) processor, along with 3GB of RAM, and it has a PowerVR G6200 GPU for videos and gaming. The hardware specs itself explained that how much powerful the device is, so really without wasting any time let us discuss about it. Overall experience with this device is pretty good or we will say very responsive, we have done lot of multitasking and phone feels smooth. In terms of gaming we challenged the device with industry’s most powerful to most popular small games like, subway surfers etc, as we expects small games runs very smoothly in this device, also when we tested some of the best graphic intensive games, it feels smooth too, in this device we have played Asphalt 8, NOVA 3, Injustice, Six guns, they are very fluent, to be fair we haven’t noticed any lag with the device.
As far as connectivity goes it is a 4G device and supports 4G Indian LTE network, call performance in this device is very good, we can hear clear from its earpiece, no connectivity issue we found on this device, using Reliance SIM. On the back of the device below the camera module it has a fingerprint scanner, the performance is very accurate almost 90%.
Let us come at battery, it is fueled with 3000mAh battery which is non-removable, but as we previously discussed that a non removable battery can give much better performance than a removable one, if we talk about the battery performance, we put it for charge at 10:3 PM when it was 5% and it almost reached 80% till 10:51 PM, then we done some gaming for 2 hours, and at 1AM we noticed our battery is dropped at 68%.
Camera quality and video
It has a 13 Megapixel camera with LED flash and there is also a phase-detection auto-focus (PDAF) which can focus a object in just 0.09 seconds, we can say it is pretty responsive. The device has a 5 Megapixel front facing camera with Samsung S5K5E2 sensor and it can take 85-degree wide-angle selfies, and videos.
So let us discuss in depth, the 13MP front camera can capture very impressive shots, we have tested in daylight and it is really pretty impressive, in day light the camera becomes a DSLR really such amazing photographs, which you can look in the samples below, but if we take some shots in low light it feels somewhat grainy but decent, the low light shots were not as good as we have expected.
The same thing with its 5MP front camera, the camera perform well in daylight, but when it comes to low light it feels grainy and lacks in details. For the camera you will not be getting much features it has some basic features like, white balance, contrast, ISO sharpness, saturation, and HDR, Night, square, Scene. If we take a look in the video section it has capabilities to record 4k Video which is really impressive at that price level you are getting a 4k video system, Over all we have tested video quality is very good, there is also a slow motion feature in this smartphone which has 2x and 4x recording options. Overall camera experience is satisfying. Look at the samples below and check out yourself.
Conclusion and thoughts
LeEco Le 1s is a well performer, it is very smooth in terms of browsing experience. The device is well performing in all most every section, like we have tested some Games and we didn’t noticed any lags. The daylight performance of the camera was awesome, in other words the device feels damn premium. In some departments it feels down like low light camera performance, not much inbuilt apps for users. If you want a beast in your pocket, and want to show off within your budget, than this is for you, it has some extreme good good features where some big game changer get jammed, we can clearly say that this is a value for money phone with a price tag of Rs. 10,999, you can prefer it for sure.
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