LeEco Le 1s Review

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LeEco has been able to create a lot of buzz in the Indian market over the past couple of weeks, not because of its flagship Le Max but the mid-range Le 1s. The general perception is that the phone has managed to hit a sweet spot with pricing and specs. So is the LeEco Le 1s really giving you more bang for your buck?

To start with, Le 1s does not look or feel like a phone that has caused only Rs 10,999 dent in your bank account. Its solid metallic body with a flattened edges, and a matte finish is both classy and functional. It also features a unique mirror-based fingerprint scanner, which shines and gives the phone a unique ID.

The first thing you notice on any phone is its display, and Le 1s shines through on this aspect by offering a Full HD display, still rare at this price range. The bezel is super thin, and hence you can explore the screen better. It also works well in sunlight.

LeEco, or LeTV as the brand was known before, call it’s phones ‘super phones’. With that kind of a branding it’s only natural that these phones are high on benchmarks, and can push the limits when needed. The Le 1s is no exception and handles all tasks quite well. The phone does heat up once in a while, but it did not seem to be as bad as some of the other phones we have tried recently. And thankfully the energy burnt here does not really affect the battery.

The phone has a custom UI from Le, but one that is not radically different from stock Android. So you will not fumble on this phone or struggle to understand icons. The uncomplicated notifications system is something we liked. Also, LeEco wants to use this UI to power its big content ecosystem push. However, that might be a few months away, and now you get access to just the Le Cloud.

Le 1s has a good camera, which is fast and responsive. We thought the images were a bit too sharp like on the Le Max, but the results won’t disappoint you. It is also good with colour reproduction and reds and pinks don’t bleed. And it is the only phone in this range that offers 4K recording and that too without cutting any corners. It also manages to keep cool for up to 5 minutes of ultra-HD recording.

Le 1s does not have serious flaws. However, you will struggle with the USB Type-C charger if you forget to carry yours wherever you go. The best option is to invest in an additional one.

The battery can last a day, but you will need to be judicious how you use the screen brightness and 4K. Also, using other power adapters slows charging considerably.

The fingerprint scanner has a bit of a lag, and seems to be because the screen takes a second to switch back on. It asks for the PIN, if you don’t hold your finger dead straight, which can be a task if you are moving about.

Picture courtesy – ytimg.com


by techtalks @TechTalks April 12, 2016 5:30 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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