LeEco made a stellar entry in India earlier this year with its first smartphone. After 6 months, the company is ready with its second generation handset. We are talking take 2 and Le Max 2. The company first introduced these smartphones in China, after waiting for a few days, they have been made available in India as well.

Both the devices have been a part of the headlines. The reason for this is not the specification, but the 3.5mm headphone socket has not been given in these phones. It is replaced by LeEco’s CDLA feature.

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look and design
The Le Max 2 looks similar to its predecessor at the front, but the rest of the body design is slightly different. It gives a feeling of being more polished. Not everyone will like the Rose Gold version, but you can make up for it by using a cover. The phone feels like a bezel-less display, while it has a very thin black border. It is visible when the screen is on.

The metal unibody of the phone slips in the hands. Because of this, it becomes difficult to use the phone with one hand. LeEco has used a 5.7-inch Quad HD display this time. It also has Gorilla Glass protection. We don’t have any complaints about it. Color reproductions are good. The same can be said about the brightness level. There is not much problem in reading on the screen of the handset in sunlight. There is a backlit capacitive button for navigation. You will also find an LED notification above the display.

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There is a slot for two nano SIM cards on the left side while the volume and power buttons are on the right side. The phone’s storage cannot be increased, as it does not have a microSD card slot.

There is a bulge at the back of the phone due to the camera module of the handset. There is a high chance of its edge getting worn down. This problem also happened with our test unit. The fingerprint sensor is present under the camera. The good thing is that its sensor is bigger and better designed than the Le Max. Qualcomm’s Sense ID ultrasonic fingerprint technology has been used in Le Max 2. As the name suggests, this sensor uses ultrasonic sound technology to map your fingerprint. It takes a second to unlock the phone and sometimes more. We talked to LeEco about it and the company said that the problem is with our test. The company’s claim is not necessarily true.

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In the retail box, you get a power adapter, headphone adapter, a case, a SIM ejector tool and a quick start guide. LeEco’s Type-C headset is sold separately. Users who bought LE Max 2 in the first flash got it free. In terms of design and looks, the Le Max 2 is much better than its old variant. Despite the small screen size, it gives a big feel and it weighs 185 grams.

Specifications and software
Like most flagship smartphones launched this year, the Le Max 2 is powered by the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset. It is present with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. The cheaper variant has 4 GB RAM and the storage is 32 GB. Other features include Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, USB-OTG and GPS. The phone does not support FM radio and NFC.

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The biggest change in hardware is the USB Type-C audio standard that LeEco calls CDLA. The phone has EUI 5.6 based on Android Marshmallow. All the features of Android have been built in Le Max 2 and the company has done tempering work on it. It is a one layer interface. Swiping to the right will take you to the layout where you will find the YouTube playlist. You can also disable this page. You can also customize the phone’s theme and wallpaper, but you don’t have many options by default.

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The ‘Live’ onscreen button takes you to the LIVE service. You will be able to stream many popular TV channels here. All these services are part of LeEco Supertainment Eco System. You will need to sign up for a LeCloud account to use it.

The interface is not very user friendly. The position of most things has been changed. The shortcut to launch the app is sent to the app switcher screen. The notification shade has been completely reserved for notifications. Music player, infrared remote control, video player, yahoo weather and sound recorder are pre-installed. Google apps are also available. The software needs further polishing.

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performance
The Le Max 2 handles common usage tasks with ease. The credit for this goes to the CPU and lots of RAM. There were complaints about the handset getting hot while playing games and recording 4K resolution videos. On average, you will always have 3.5 GB of RAM left, so there will never be a problem with the phone slowing down. The interface works fine but it doesn’t have the nexus. The earpieces are loud enough for phone calls. There was no problem in using the phone in 4G network. The Le Max 2 delivered excellent results in benchmark tests.

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Video player plays 4K videos smoothly. Apart from this, the option of pop-out window also gives. LeEco also provided video and audio codecs needed to support popular formats. The phone supports Dolby Atmos.

We liked the camera of the Le Max and the new variant didn’t disappoint us either. The 21-megapixel sensor has optical image stabilization and PDAF features. The camera is able to focus fast. Sometimes the shutter didn’t work properly, as many photos came out a bit blurry. This sensor takes pictures of landscape in detail. Chroma noise is limited in low light or unnatural lighting. 4K and full-HD videos are good. Slow motion video quality is not that good.

Some changes are also possible in the camera app. It is very simple and easy to understand. But the lack of a professional shooting mode doesn’t give the feeling of being perfect. The 8-megapixel front camera takes decent selfies but video recording is limited to 720p resolution.

battery life
The phone has 3100 mAh battery. In our video loop test, it lasted for 11 hours 53 minutes, which would be called good. But we believe that LeEco should have provided a higher capacity battery. The battery of the phone easily lasted a day in normal use. The phone also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which works to speed up the charging process.

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our decision
The biggest complaint we have with the Le Max was about its price, which the company has tried to address in the Le Max 2. Le Max 2 price starts from Rs 22,999. This price is for the variant with 4 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. In this way, this handset is the cheapest smartphone available in the market equipped with Snapdragon 820 processor. In this sense, it is almost impossible to beat the phone. Remember that you will not be able to increase the phone’s storage.

The unit we reviewed is priced at Rs 29,999. In this you will get 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, which means that it competes directly with OnePlus 3. The resolution of the Le Max 2’s display is high. Camera, battery life, CDLA audio and streaming service go in favor of the phone. However, there is a lot of room for improvement in the software. The phone is a bit heavy. It doesn’t have NFC and you have to participate in a flash sale to buy it. The fingerprint sensor also does not work very fast. However, the company says that this problem is only with our review unit.

We love what LeEco has done with the Le Max 2. But the price difference between its two variants is a bit prickly. If you are thinking of buying in this budget then you cannot ignore the OnePlus 3. It is easily available and it is also a great smartphone.

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