By: Sandeep Budki, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 10:46
Le Max was launched in India today at Rs 32,999 alongwith Le Max Sapphire and Le 1S.
Letv, which recently got renamed as LeEco, officially entered the Indian smartphone market today by launching three smartphones - Le Max, Le Max Sapphire and Le 1S. The Le 1S is priced at Rs 10,999, Le Max at Rs 32,999 while the Le Max Sapphire is priced at Rs 69,999. Registrations for the Le 1S starts from today and it will be available from February 2 while Le Max will hit the markets from February 16. All the three devices will be available from Flipkart.
Here we present to you the first impression of Le Max.
Le Max has a 6.33-inch screen with 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution that translates to 403 pixels per inch density. It is powered by a Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit CPU and an Adreno 430 GPU. It has 4GB of RAM and 64 GB built-in storage but it doesn't support expandable storage. It is based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and has the LeEco's EUI 5 user interface on top of it.
Le Max is a dual SIM smartphone (nano+micro). It has a 3,000 mAh battery, 21-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual-LED flash and a 4-megapixel front-facing camera. It has a dimension of 167.1mm height, 83.5mm width and 8.95mm thickness. The phone weighs 204 grams. It also has an infra-red port.
Inside the box
Le Max comes bundled with a charger, Type-C cable and a small but useful micro USB to USB-C adapter. Besides, it has a SIM tray ejector and a plastic cover along with the device. The whole packaging has been neatly done.
Look and feel
Le Max has a unibody design and has an all-aluminium build. It terms of design elements, in the back panel one will definitely notice its two antenna lines that are evenly placed on both the top and bottom, a camera hump which looks like a plateau accompanied by dual tone LED flash light, finger print scanner lust below the camera and a microphone.
When the display is in off mode, the front panel of Le Max gives a zero-bezel impression but it is not, though it is quite thin for sure. The bezel below the display is quite wide and here you will see three capacitive buttons (multitasking, setting/notification, home/back).
The speaker grill flanks the USB Port C on both the sides in the bottom panel. The power button is on the right panel while the volume rocker and a vibration toggle is in its left hand side.
All in all, Le Max has a premium look but the camera hump at its back looks a bit odd and it makes the cameras lenses prone to scratches. Also, when placed on a flat surface on a slight touch the phone starts rocking.
The display of Le Max is bright and crisp but light bleeds around the edges. It has good sunlight readability as well as touch response. The sound output of Le Max through speakers is decent too.
The UI of Le Max also looks quite different and seems to have borrowed a lot of elements from iOS. For instance, in Le Max, the top pull down panel shows notifications like messages, calls etc but to access toggles like Bluetooth, WiFi, location etc, you have to press multitasking capacitive button, which is located below the display. In short, LeEco has changed the complete look and feel of the Android with its UI but you have to wait for our final review for a verdict on the interface.
Overall, Le Max looks like a device worth exploring and probing but everything will depend on the company's integrate services for the consumers because in China, LeEco gained popularity for its device's hardware as well as for bundled services like access to movies, song and utilities.