le 2

LeEco, has made a name for itself in the Indian market with its uber popular Le1s and Le 1s Eco devices which provided the users with a top notch performance at a extremely affordable price. The successor to Le 1s has now been launched in India. Called the Le 2, the second gen phone promises to up the ante and set a benchmark for devices under Rs. 15,000. We have received a unit of the new Le 2 and these are our first impressions of the device.

Le 2 is priced at Rs 11,999, offering 3GB RAM and 32GB storage along with free membership to LeEco’s Supertainment package (worth around Rs 4,900).

Design and Display – Le 2

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In terms of design, LeEco has stuck to the successful design of the Le1s in the Le 2 too. The front of the device is almost exactly like the predecessor where as there are changes at the rear.

The top edge only has the IR blaster module
The top edge only has the IR blaster module

Unlike the Le 1s which had its camera at the corner, the Le 2 features its camera right in the middle, above the fingerprint scanner, on the right side of which is a dual tone flash module.

Power button and volume rocker
Power button and volume rocker

However for some unexplained reason they have not gotten rid of the LeTV branding even after changing their name to LeEco months ago.

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Le 2 has a metal unibody design, and feels extremely premium for the pricing. Le 2 has a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) on top of which you can make out the front camera module and the sensor module.

Dual SIM slots are on the left side
Dual SIM slots are on the left side

The capacitive touch buttons are placed nicely and thankfully unlike some manufacturers (read Asus) are backlit.

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The top edge of the device feautures an IR blaster while the right side holds the volume rocker and power keys. The left side of Le 2 has the dual nano SIM slot and at the bottom side you can find the type-C charging port and twin speaker grills. Did we miss out on the 3.5mm jack? No we did not.

With Le 2, LeEco has gotten rid of the ancient audio jack and now you can connect a pair of earphones using the type-C port itself. This CDLA (Complete Digital Lossless Audio) tech is new to the market and LeEco are first to get it to Indian consumers with Le 2. The Le 2 will not have a pair of type-C earphones bundled in the box and these can be bought separately from LeMall India website for Rs. 1,999.

This integration of new CDLA tech gives a bittersweet feeling as most audio companies are still only making earphones\headphones with 3.5 mm jacks. This reminds me of the time when OnePlus came out with Type-C charging. However this is something we have to face with advancement in the tech world and we soon get used to it.

Processor, RAM, Storage – LE 2

Le 2 comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage space and runs on the mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor. Le 2 is also the first phone in the Indian market to use the SD 652 chipset.

 

LeEco was quick to point out that their AnTuTu benchmark score for the Le 2 is above 79,000. This is clearly an aim taken at Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3, as Hugo Barra too has been known to throw benchmark scores at consumers in his presentations.

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We will be running quite a few benchmarks on our Le 2 and you can read about them in the detailed review which will follow soon.

Camera – Le 2

Le 2 has been given a bump as far as camera is concerned, compared to Le 1s. The Le 2 comes with a 16 MP rear shooter and a 8 MP selfie shooter.

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The rear camera on the Le 2 has PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focussing) and f/2.0 aperture which would enhance its low light performance.

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We shall be testing the cameras thoroughly and put out some picture samples for you guys soon.

OS, Battery and Connectivity – Le 2

Le2 comes with a 3000 mAh non removable battery. LeEco has announced that Le2 features quick charging but we will only find how quick it really is in the full review. Like all other smarphone manufacturers LeEco too suggests to always carry the propriety charger for optimum charging performance. Also you will have to carry the type C charging cable everywhere. We expect the battery to atleast last a full day on the Le2. You will get a better perspective about the battery life in our full review of the Le2.

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Le2 runs on LeEco’s EUI on top of Android 6.0 marshmallow. It is really thoughtful of LeEco to give Android M out of the box and not make their users wait for an OTA update. There’s also the Supertainment package, which offers access to movies on Eros, Yupp TV’s live channels via a constant live-stream, and more. LeEco claims to be giving Rs 4,900 content away for free in the first year.

Audio has to be channelised through Type C port at the bottom
Audio has to be channelised through Type C port at the bottom

Le2 is a dual NANO SIM 4G smartphone, which also supports VoLTE. It has bluetooth 4.0, IR blaster and the new design antenna bands on the back suggest that the signal reception will be enhanced. There is no expandable memory slot on the Le2.

Conclusion  – Le 2

Le2 is a budget offering from LeEco and has promised to raise the bar for the Sub Rs 15000 devices. India has a price sensitive user base and  at the price of Rs 11,999, Le 2 promises to be a winner. In terms of looks and specs, Le 2 appears to tick all the right boxes on paper. The lack of 3.5mm jack and the integration of the new CDLA interface might perplex some users but we will let you know in the full review if the CDLA music quality is worth quitting the 3.5mm jack or not. It is worth noting that Le2 has a type-C to 3.5mm jack adapter in the box.