LeEco Le 2 smartphone review - Definitely the best among equals






LeEco Le 2 smartphone review - Definitely the best among equals

























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.

You can catch the news of the launch of LeEco Le 2 smartphone here:
http://www.technodivide.com/2016/06/leeco-launches-2nd-generation.html

You can buy a Rose Gold LeEco Le 2 from the following link:


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.

Specifications of LeEco Le 2

Display: 5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~401 ppi pixel density, 16 million colors, IPS LCD display, ~74.4% screen-to-body-ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor: Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652, Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A72
GPU: Adreno 510
RAM: 3 GB
Internal Memory: 32 GB
SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Fingerprint scanner: Yes, on back panel
Rear Camera: 16 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Front Camera: 8 MP, f/2.2, 1.4 ┬Ám pixel size, 1080p
Audio: No 3.5 mm headphone, CDLA technology
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow wrapped under EUI 5.6
Dimensions: 151.1 x 74.2 x 7.5 mm
Weight: 153 g
Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery, Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0)
Connectivity Options: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, WiFi Direct, Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Infrared port, USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Colors Available: Rose Gold, Gold, Silver, Grey

Unboxing

LeEco Le 2 is delivered in a rather large, black, rectangular, top opening cardboard box. On the top of the box, the branding 'Letv' has been imprinted. On opening the lid of the box, you will find the smartphone lying at the top inside a plastic cover as well as transparent case. You will find white colored data cable, charger, SIM ejector tool and a USB Type-C to 3.5 mm converter adapter to be able to use your original headphones sporting 3.5 mm jack. CDLA type LeEco's headphones are also available at an introductory price of Rs. 1999 but these are not included in the package. The box quality is premium if matched against the price you are paying for the product.

LeEco Le 2 smartphone review - Definitely the best among equals

























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.

Taking a look at the edges, the top edge has the Infrared port and a microphone hole, the left edge has SIM tray, the bottom has a speaker, the USB Type-C port and a microphone, while the right edge has Volume Rocker and Power/Sleep button. The volume rocker and power buttons are made of metal, they do not travel much being recessed too much into the chassis however the feedback is still decent.

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.

The back cover is not removable. There is a sticker placed at the back to show how to insert SIM cards but you'll need to peel that off before actually using your phone.

Le 2 is a fairly good looking phone for its price, it may not be extraordinary, but it is definitely few notches above average.

LeEco Le 2 smartphone review - Definitely the best among equals

























Display

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.

Operating System and Software

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.

Camera

The camera app seems to again be inspired by the camera app on iPhone with a very similar layout. You can set a variety of settings like exposure, white balance, ISO etc. which many professional photographers would definitely like. Let us have a look at these 3 rear camera pictures at default settings to see how they turn up.

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LeEco Le 2 smartphone review - Definitely the best among equals




























LeEco Le 2 smartphone review - Definitely the best among equals




























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.

Performance

LeEco Le 2 is powered by Snapdragon 652 processor and 3 GB RAM. This is a fast smartphone. Multitasking does not slow down the phone and you can see the device smoothly transitioning between apps even if you have more than a few opened. For a phone of this price, being able to multitask so easily is a boon. The phone was able to handle games nicely as well. Overheating is not a major issue either. The smartphone also has a very loud and clear loudspeaker which means you can enjoy games and videos even without earphones. Call quality is top notch as well.

Fingerprint sensor

Le 2 fingerprint sensor is as good if not better than those found on other smartphones. It works extremely fast and you can rotate your finger 360 degrees for successful registration of the fingerprint. There are no false positives either. However, as we always point out, we personally like the fingerprint sensor in the front as it takes us just that extra amount of time locating the one at the back of the phone. Additionally, the fingerprint sensor can be preset to taking a picture with a touch.

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.

Battery

Le 2 carries a non-removable 3000 mAh battery. We charged the battery to 100% and then started using the phone. We did a bit of net surfing, downloaded and installed a few apps and games, did some calling and Whatsapp messaging, played a few games, watched videos on Youtube, listened to a variety of songs on the new CDLA headphones and threw in some amount of standby time too. The battery died on us after 14 hours which is great battery life for such an affordable phone. Most users, medium or heavy would not need to charge this device more than once a day. You can easily leave it for charging overnight and be carefree the next day. Moreover, the battery supports Quick Charge 2.0, which charges it up to 50% in around 30 minutes.

Rating

4.5 stars out of 5

Bottomline and Verdict

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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