LeEco Le 2 Review: Powerhouse in Budget

LeEco(earlier LeTv) has entered the Indian markets earlier this year with the launch of Le 1S and Le Max, among the both, Le 1S has brought the company much-needed name and fame. Following the incredible success of the 1S, the company has launched Le 2 and Le Max 2 successors to the earlier generation. Today we’re going to take a look at an another budget smartphone that claims to be one of the best according to LeEco and the device we are talking about is the Le 2. So does the smartphone continue the legacy of the 1S or does it fall short? Let’s check it out in our full in-depth review.

 LeEco Le 2 Build and Design: Le 1s’s build and design were one of the best features of the smartphone, continuing the same legacy, LeEco designed the Le 2 taking cues from 1s. However, we did feel that Le 1s had better build and sturdiness to it compared to Le 2. One thing that is missing in the Le 2 is the 3.5 mm audio jack instead it uses the USB type c port. Up front, you have a massive 5.5-inches 1080p display, three touch type capacitive buttons that do light up when pressed, the usual set of sensors accompanied by the primary earpiece and a 5-megapixel front camera. To the right, you find the volume rockers, power on/off button; these buttons are tactile and do give a good amount of feedback when pressed. To the left, it’s just the SIM tray. And on the bottom, it’s just the Usb Type-C port. Flipping the phone to the rear, you find an enormous 13-megapixel camera module, LED flash and a Fingerprint sensor and finally the Letv(Now LeEco) branding.

To the left, it’s just the SIM tray. And on the bottom, it’s just the Usb Type-C port. Flipping the phone to the rear, you find an enormous 13-megapixel camera module, LED flash and a Fingerprint sensor and finally the Letv(Now LeEco) branding. One major complaint we have about the Le 2 is the display; it feels a bit shallow as it feels bumpy, but then again the company says it’s for protection from sudden drops and cracks. On the whole, the device’s build and design are pretty good for the pricing considering the Metal design.

LeEco Le 2 Display: The LeEco Le 2 comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD display which has become quite standard for mid-range smartphones these days. The display on Le 2 is quite bright and offer excellent viewing angles, the color contrast, and brightness levels are quite brilliant for the pricing. The display is visible in broad daylight but the reflective nature of the screen it might be difficult at times to use it during day time. As we said in the build section, the display feels shallow when pressed a little hard, but then that’s what protects the screen says LeEco. The display on LeEco is quite brilliant on the whole.

LeEco Le 2 Review

LeEco Le 2 Performance and Gaming: The Indian variant of the LeEco Le 2 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 1.8GHz Octa-Core processor coupled with 3GB LPDDR3 Ram and 32GB internal storage. The Snapdragon 652 is relatively a new chipset and impressed with it’s lag-free and smooth performance, the day to day operations like taking calls, sending messages, and other essential stuff was never a pain. The 3GB of Ram helps in multitasking and keeping the apps in memory for a long time. Browsing the internet, playing full HD videos was always bliss.

LeEco Le 2 Review

The device played any game we threw at it, games like Nova 3, Asphalt 8, Need for speed ran just fine without any frame drops or stutters. On continuous gaming, the device started to heat a bit, but that’s not something that is unbearable. The Adreno 510 GPU handled every game that we played though once it starts heating, we did notice occasional frame drops and lags. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 is a clear winner for Le 2 and leEco must be appreciated for having a different chipset for the Indian markets. Butter smooth performance combined with excellent gaming experience sums up the performance of LeEco 2.

LeEco Le 2 Camera: The LeEco Le 2 comes with a 16-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF and an 8-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. The camera performance is strictly restricted to outdoor conditions, and once you move into indoor or low-light conditions, the device struggles to click decent images. The pictures clicked in the right lighting conditions turn out to be impressive with excellent color reproduction, decent color contrast. The camera U.I is simple, swipe right you will have the option to record video and swipe left, you have panorama and other features. The 8-megapixel front camera also performs the same as the rear camera, performs better in good lighting conditions and lacks the same punch in low-light. We tinkered around the rear camera in various lighting conditions check out the camera samples to know more.

                       LeEco Le 2 Camera Samples

LeEco Le 2 Battery and OS: The LeEco Le 2 comes with a 3000mAH battery on board that supports fast charging. The bundled charger can charge the device to 100% in under 2 hours which is a good thing for power users. Regarding the battery performance, the device lasted an entire day with moderate usage but, you need to find a lot to charge the phone if you are a heavy user. The screen on time we registered is around 3:00 to 4:15 hours at most with continuous usage. The battery performance is not that impressive but something that can keep you going, thanks to the fast charge support.

 The LeEco Le 2 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with customized EUI skin overlaid on top. The user interface is just like any other Chinese smartphone; wherein you don’t have any native app drawer as all the installed apps are arranged on the home screen. The device comes with very fewer bloatware apps apart from default Google apps which are a good thing; the notifications drawer can be accessed by pulling down on top, and the quick toggles can be accessed by pressing the left most capacitive button. The user interface is same as Le 1s interface but this run on Marshmallow instead of 5.1 Lollipop.

LeEco Le 2 Fingerprint Sensor: Just like any other budget smartphone these days, the LeEco Le 2 also comes with a Fingerprint sensor and just as you would expect, the performance of the Fingerprint sensor is incredible. You can register up to 5 fingers and lock apps using a fingerprint. The sensor unlocks the device instantly, and it works brilliantly.

LeEco Le 2 Review

LeEco Le 2 Connectivity and Other Features: The LeEco Le 2 comes with 4G VoLTE, Dual SIM, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C Port, IR Blaster, GPS. The call quality via the primary earpiece is decent so is the voice clarity. Talking about the WiFi reception, the device stays stable without losing the signal. The LeEco le 2 ditches in the traditional 3.5 mm audio jack by adopting to new CDLA audio technology. You must use the USB Type-C port for charging as well as for audio and video. The company claims that CDLA audio tech provides crystal clear sound quality and during our testing we were impressed with the audio experience.

LeEco Le 2 Verdict: The LeEco Le 2 is one promising smartphone under the 15,000 price segment in today’s market. The incredible performance, amazingly beautiful display, fast fingerprint sensor, decent build quality stand still as biggest advantages of the device while the mediocre camera performance, average battery life might be a deal breaker for some. On the whole, the device is one of the best buys your money can get you.

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