By: Anil Satapathy, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Tuesday, February 02, 2016 - 10:56
LeEco Le 1s is a complete package at Rs 10,999
Stunning metal body
Both front and rear cameras are quite good
Helio X10 CPU and 3 GB RAM makes it really powerful
Offers fingerprint and infrared sensors
No expandable storage facility
Feels a bit slippery
Screen not entirely scratch proof
Doesn't have FM radio
The first flash sale of LeEco's Le 1s is to be held today at 12 noon on Flipkart. The handset has created a lot of buzz ever since its announcement for the Indian market.
Here is a detailed review of Le 1s which will help you in deciding whether to purchase this smartphone or not.
The Le 1s, despite its affordable price tag, comes with an all-metal unibody, along with mirror fingerprint sensor. As per the company, the Le 1s is among few devices to offer a screw-less unibody.
Indeed the phone looks stunning in its metal body. Infact it looks much like the new-gen iPhones. However, it feels a bit slippery and this could be a big issue in the summer season and especially for those with sweaty palms. I hope the company would make available some transparent back covers which would not hamper its looks but at the same time would give better grip.
Coming to the design, due to the metal body, the phone feels quite tough. The phone is compact and can easily be operated in one hand by most Indian users. The mirror finished fingerprint sensor in the back doesn't have any practical purpose but it certainly adds to the phone's charm.
The SIM tray is in the left hand side while the volume rocker and the power button is on the right hand side of the phone. The Le 1s has a microphone, for noise cancellation, on its back panel, besides the rear camera. The 3.5 mm jack and the Infrared port is at the top while two speaker grills and the USB Type C port is at its bottom panel. Another tiny speaker grill is just above the display alongside a proximity sensor and the front camera.
There are three touch buttons below the display â€“ Menu, Home, Back. All these touch keys are back lit. An LED notification light is above the display.
The Le 1s has a 5.5 inch IPS display which has almost 180 degree viewing angle. The display felt quite smooth and responded to all my touches. I especially felt in love with the colour output of the display. There are various colour modes like Vivid, Natural, Soft and a special Letv mode which is the best possible mode in my opinion. The phone also allows screen colour saturation especially for videos. You can switch the font size as well.
However, the display is not totally immune to scratches despite having Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and I would suggest using a protective cover for peace of mind. The display's brightness also seems just average and may not be enough for bright outdoors, especially in the summer. Note that its display has full high definition resolution.
The Le 1s runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system with the EUI 5.5 custom user interface on top of it.
The interface is a bit different from the default Android version. For instance, here while swiping from the top you will see the notifications but not the Quick Widgets like brightness controller, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS etc. Instead to access such widgets you have to touch the Menu key located below the display. Here you will see five shortcut apps at the top, music controller below that, then the brightness controller, then five shortcut switches and then the recently opened apps.
This particular feature is there in the iOS. So if you have been using Android smartphones so far, you will feel it a bit awkward and confusing but after sometime you would be okay with it for sure.
Coming to the UI again, there is no app drawer either and everything is laid out in the home page itself. For device's security, you can use the fingerprint mechanism along with PIN or password. However, if you opt for the fingerprint sensor, you cannot use the Pattern method which is a bit weird as in all other Android smartphones, fingerprint and pattern are allowed together. The fingerprint though works perfectly.
Currently, Le 1s does not support any Indian languages and in this area LeEco needs to do a lot as smartphones of companies like Samsung and Micromax are now supporting many Indian languages.
The Le 1s has a 13-megapixel rear auto-focus camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies and video calling. Both the cameras are quite good and able to capture crispy pictures with a lot of detailing. It doesn't have any issues in capturing colours of detail in low light as well as in bright light.
You can check out its camera test here. I have also compared Le 1s' camera output with that of Asus Zenfone Max which you can see here.
The Le 1s is armed with the Octacore Helio X10 Turbo processor (64-bit) â€“ the flagship Mediatek processor that has clock speed of 2.2 GHz, and 3 GB of RAM. The combination makes it easy for the phone to do multitask and run high end games with ease.
A big drawback of Le 1s is its storage. Though it has impressive 32 GB of internal storage, it has no expandable storage facility. Also its SIM2 slot isn't a hybrid one like that of many new age phones, so it cannot accept micro SD cards.
In terms of battery back up also, the Le 1s is quite impressive. With dual SIM, constant data connectivity (3G/WiFi), the 3000 mAh Li-Po battery of Le 1s managed to offer more than 12 hours of back up with moderate usage.
The phone has two SIM card slots â€“ one micro and one nano. I never had any connectivity issues, be it calling or internet connectivity is concerned. The phone also offers the WiFi (a/b/g/n/ac) version while its competitors offer the WiFi (b/g/n) version. Besides, LeEco Le 1s offers the high speed Bluetooth 4.1 version compared to Bluetooth 4.0 version of its competitors. For navigation, it has GPS too.
The phone comes with USB Type C port which is not universal as of now, so you have to keep the charger with you all the time, otherwise you cannot charge it with the ordinary micro USB charger. The advantage of the Type C port is that, the phone gets charged quite quickly.
This port can be used as a MHL port too. Besides, it has WiFi Direct and WiFi Hotspot facilities. Also the Le 1s comes with an infrared sensor that allows it to be used as a remote controller.
However, the phone does not have FM radio which ordinarily taken for granted in low cost phones.
The Le 1s is undoubtedly a great package at Rs 10,999. From the hardware point of view, it towers over its competitors. It also is not a mere paper tiger; the Le 1s fulfils all that it promises on paper.