LeEco has been growing leaps and bounds since its inception in the country in January this year. They have been selling record number of smartphones ever since they started operations. And very recently they have launched LeEco Le 2 which on paper looks like another stupendous device. One of the major innovations done by LeEco on Le 2 and Le Max 2 is the inclusion of CDLA (Continual Digital Lossless Audio) technology and removal of headphone port. What this basically means that these superphones would deliver sound output through digital USB Type-C port which would mean better quality than analogue 3.5 mm audio jacks. We would put that to test in this review as well. Le 2, the 3 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM variant has been priced at Rs. 11999 which includes content membership for 1 year that otherwise costs Rs. 4900 if bought separately. Le 2 is available on Flipkart as well as the company's online store, LeMall.
Today, we would review the Le 2 smartphone based on various aspects of the phone. Lets start by having a look at the specifications of the device.
Design and Build Quality
LeEco Le 2 is a premium quality designed smartphone with an all metallic finish. Though the device has a large 5.5 inch screen, the negligible bezel around the left and right sides makes it feel much smaller than it actually is. Since the device comes equipped with a transparent plastic case like all LeEco smartphones, it means there would be lesser amount of falls. The bezel less design makes it a very attractive phone to look at.
The front of the device has half inch bezels on top and bottom. The top houses the proximity sensor, the speaker grille as well as the camera lens while the bottom houses the three soft keys for Recents, Home and Back. We do not like the fact that these buttons only light up while using the device and then turn off leaving you nowhere since they are not marked otherwise.
The back of the device has a smooth metallic finish with grey antenna lines running across the top and bottom. There is a microphone hole, a squarish camera lens, LED flash and a squarish fingerprint scanner at the back along with some usual branding which is quite confusing as our unit still mentions Letv at the back instead of LeEco.
Le 2 is a fairly good looking phone for its price, it may not be extraordinary, but it is definitely few notches above average.
The display on Le 2 is bright and clear. Though the colors used in the user interface are pretty basic, they do not tire the eyes much. There is zero pixellation. However, we found the screen reflection to be on a higher side specially with a dark wallpaper. We thoroughly enjoyed watching Youtube videos on this phone as it portrays natural colors. But sadly, the sunlight visibility of the smartphone is very poor and no amount of twisting or turning the screen would help you. The smartphone is definitely not usable under direct sunlight. Moreover, the display has a thick black border around all the 4 sides which makes the user feel that the screen is slightly sunken in rather than floating on the glass. We have also talked about the infamous display sound issue in the bottomline below.
Le 2 comes equipped with Android Marshmallow 6.0 wrapped under EUI 5.6. The user interface has a very clean and minimalistic design. Unlike other Android systems, the control center settings appear by clicking the Recent buttons soft key which looks a bit like iPhone control center. Other than the bundled Google apps, there is little bloatware like My LeEco, Live and Levidi which we won't be talking in detail about here. The operating system does maintain a sense of uniformity amongst itself with similar icons, fonts and layouts across various screens.
The images appearing from Le 2 camera come very close to what we see with the naked eyes. The colors are natural, not overdone and no over post processing of the pictures takes place. Even in the low light scenario like the 3rd image above, the colors appear natural as well as there is no grain or noise in the picture. Touch to refocus works very smooth and fast. The images are sharp and capture ample detail. This is a great camera for its price and probably one of the best cameras in smartphones available in this range. The front camera images are realistic and clear too but do tend to miss out on details understandably. What we like about the front camera is that the device does not try to overly beautify the pictures thereby leaving them looking unnatural and the facial glow remains as it actually should.
CDLA Technology and USB Type-C Headphones
We received the CDLA headphones working over the USB Type-C port as well. And for the brief time we listened to the headphones, we can definitely say that the sound quality is far better than what you find with normal 3.5 mm based headphones. The digital output seems to make a huge difference in being able to provide a wide dynamic range across lows, mids and highs equally. The sound is actually crystal clear and we definitely recommend investing in these headphones in case you end up buying the Le 2 smartphone. You won't be disappointed at all. LeEco has taken a huge leap here and it should serve them great for the coming years. This does sound like revolutionary audio technology.
LeEco Le 2 is a great smartphone in almost all the aspects we have tested it on. It has a wonderful camera, a large battery life, scorching fast performance, an ultra fast fingerprint sensor, and above all CDLA USB Type-C headphones which deliver excellent digital audio quality. The only qualm we have is that we cannot charge the device while the CDLA headphones are on, LeEco should find some solution through this as well. And then there is the deal breaker everyone has been talking about. It happens with our unit as well. If you press the display a little too hard, you can find a little liquid dispensing to the sides as well as a very subtle screech sound happening between two layers. We don't know why LeEco left it this way. This can break the sales of an almost perfect phone. However, there is actually no need to press the screen that hard unless you have an iPhone with 3D touch. So, leaving that aside, LeEco Le 2 would receive competition mainly from Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Huawei Honor 5C. Even with that screen issue though, we still would like to call Le 2 definitely the best among equals.
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