Le 1s Review

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LeEco formerly known as LeTV is the latest to join the long, long list of Chinese smartphone manufacturers trying their luck in India. The company doesn’t have any of the advantages of being an early mover, and no matter how shockingly low it can push prices, it won’t be the first to be doing so. Still, there’s a lot to like about the Le 1s, which is quite full of interesting features considering its budget price tag.

Design

The Le 1s brings a full metal uni-body design to the budget segment. It’s not cheap tin-like material either, the Le 1s actually feels like a well-made device, with a metal frame and metal on its back. The Le 1s weighs 170 grams and feels light and easy to use. The 5.5-inch screen has been managed well, keeping the overall dimensions comfortable to use, while the nine-odd millimetre thickness, makes the phone feel good and premium.

The primary camera and flash are in one corner of the rear, and there’s a silver mirror-finished fingerprint sensor lower down and in the middle. It looks great but is actually a bit slippery.

Display and UI

The 5.5 inch display is quite dim and not the ideal choice for using under direct sunlight. The viewing angles are good if not great, and the colours look good and well balanced. The Le 1s runs the rather dated Android 5.0.2 with LeEco’s heavy eUI skin. Predictably, it dispenses with the app drawer and there aren’t as many customisation options as we’ve seen before. The most difficult thing to get used to is that all shortcuts and quick settings have been moved to the app switcher screen.

Performance

You will be glad to know phone does not get too hot on use after playing games. The primary camera struggles a bit with detailing and exposure but ultimately managed to pull off quite a few good shots. Close-ups were the best, though there was still noise and murkiness to natural textures. Low-light shots looked impressive at first but were completely unusable if enlarged to actual size.

If you’re looking for the best performing smartphone in the sub-15k price point, then the LeEco Le 1s is the right phone to go for. If you’re questioning brand value and after sales support, it’s something only time will tell us.

Picture courtesy – cbsistatic.com


by techtalks @TechTalks March 21, 2016 5:52 AM UTC

DIGITAL DEBATE

Mobile Upgrades: Killing The Product Before Its Time?

Have to agree. The speed of newer phone models within the same series and newer app versions lead to more thought put into buying decisions. Phone lines have a definite short shelf life

Lionel Gurjao

Frequently upgrading the software is a real problem as updating the software might cause your phone to lag because of the older hardware.

Shivendra Singh

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

Maalin Ashar

They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

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