LEECO hasn’t just focused on great specifications. It has also tried to focus on what the user likes, which is evident from the metal body of the LE 1S. Through the Le Max, the company tried to compete with other flagship smartphones, although it was not completely successful. LEEco hopes that the LE 1S will be liked by more users.
look and design
There is a limit to usage in terms of specifications, so LEEco has tried to offer premium materials and good build quality in the budget smartphone segment. The LE 1s is made almost entirely of metal. Plastic has been used only for antenna space.
The front face of this handset is quite slim. Black colored glass is on the four sides of the display. The front camera and sensor windows are located on either side of the earpiece. Three standard capacitive Android buttons are given at the bottom of the screen. These are backlit. The LE 1s manages to make a mark for itself.
The primary camera and flash are on one edge of the rear. There is also a fingerprint sensor at the center of the back of the handset. It looks good, but it slips a bit. The company has not been able to work on its branding in India at the moment, which is probably the reason why the review unit we got came with the logo of Letv.
The power and volume buttons are on the right. At the same time, the slot for both the SIMs is on the left side. Type-C USB port on the bottom. Its disadvantage is that you will not be able to use the USB cable that is usually available with this handset.
Not everyone will like the Gold color variant, but it is the only option on Flipkart at the moment. The grip is good for a phone with a 5.5-inch screen, but it will be difficult to use with one hand. The LE 1s weighs 169 grams, but it doesn’t feel heavy in the hands even with prolonged use.
Specifications and software
LeEco has trusted the MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795T) for this handset. This is a powerful chip. 3 GB RAM is present to make multitasking easy. Sadly, the 32GB of storage cannot be expanded via microSD card.
The 5.5-inch screen has a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels, which is common in this price range as of today. There is a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel sensor on the front. The 3000 mAh battery is non-removable. Both the SIM card slots will support 4G. It has Wi-Fi 802.11 AC, Bluetooth 4.1 and A-GPS connectivity features. You won’t find FM radio.
The LE 1s runs on the older Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and the company’s EUI skin has been used on top of it. It has an app drawer of its own and doesn’t have a lot of customization options. The trickiest is to go through the shortcuts and quick settings given in the app switcher screen.
It doesn’t have many apps preloaded—you’ll find Yahoo Weather and MyLeTV. The software has many drawbacks. There are no gesture shots, nor can the screen area of its display be reduced by the settings.
We enjoyed using the LE 1s on most occasions. It feels good in the hands, but its software experience didn’t live up to the expectations. We were glad that the phone did not get hot even after using it for a long time. A slight warmth can be felt at the rear.
Screens are bright enough indoors, but not very usable in direct sunlight. Colors are sharp and viewing angles are said to be satisfactory. The speaker of the smartphone made me very happy.
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Photos taken with the primary camera were lacking in detail and suitable exposure, but on most occasions the pictures came out well. Close up shots came out best. The low-light pictures were liked at first glance but on zooming the reality came to the fore. If you just want to share the photo on social media then you will not have much problem.
The MediaTek Helio X10 chipset gave good results in the benchmark test. It is so clear that this phone will run without any problem in terms of gaming.
In the video loop test, the phone’s battery lasted for 7 hours and 51 minutes. It will be called average. The battery of the LE 1S will last for a day. The good thing is that the handset has a quick charging feature.
LeEco may have entered the Indian market of late, but the debut is great. The company claims that it sold 70,000 units in just 2 seconds in the first flash sale. 6,00,000 people had registered for this flash sale. Since its launch in China, more than 3 million units have been sold in just three months. It is clear that there is no dearth of demand for handsets.
This is a great time for Indian customers with a ‘paisa vasool’ approach. You get a great package with a powerful and great specification. The biggest challenge for this handset is the recently launched Lenovo Vibe K4 Note. This Lenovo smartphone is a bit weak in terms of specification, but you also have the option of buying a VR headset for entertainment. You can also consider the Moto G (Gen 3), if you are looking for more durable and great software than the looks.
If you are ready to give a chance to a new company and want a premium looking phone, then definitely take this handset. However, keep in mind that even if you get a device like a high-end smartphone in terms of look and specification, it does not necessarily have the same performance as a high-end handset.