LeEco Le 1s : Review

LeEco released its Le 1s a few days ago in India for Rs. 10,999. It has been very popular amongst the users and about 50,000-70,000 units have been sold every week. I have been using this phone for about a week and I am quite impressed by what it offered for the price paid for it.

Design

The phone is very sleek but it tends to slip from your hands. However, the build quality is great! The phone is made up of metal unibody.

There is a fingerprint sensor at the rear of the phone which is has a mirror finish.

WP_20160216_017

The bezel is very thin at the sides and when the screen is turned off, the bezel isn’t visible which makes the phone look attractive. At the top and bottom ends, the bezel is a bit thicker and there are physical navigations buttons. Personally, I like the physical navigation buttons than the on screen buttons because it gives you more control over the phone and makes your work simpler. The navigation buttons cannot be noticed until it lights up which makes the phone look better.

WP_20160216_019

On the left edge, we have the sim card slot (This phone has dual sim compatibility).

WP_20160216_006

On the right edge, there are volume control keys and the lock button.

WP_20160216_004

On the bottom edge, there is a Type-C USB port and dual speakers on either side of the port. LeEco has been smart in designing the speakers. If you cover the left speaker, the sound is heard with almost the same intensity. But, if you cover the right speaker then the audibility decreases drastically. Basically, the sound is echoed from the right speaker to the left.

WP_20160216_005

On the top edge, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack and an IR blaster.

WP_20160216_003

Since LeEco is formed by the makers of LeTV, we can control televisions/projectors/air conditioners through the Remote Control app.

IMG-20160217-WA0027

Performance

The Le 1s is powered by 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor and it comes with 3GB of RAM. The phone packs 32GB of internal storage cannot be expanded.
The Le 1s runs Android 5.0 and is powered by a 3000mAh non removable battery. It measures 151.10 x 74.20 x 7.50 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 169.00 grams.
The Le 1s is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer. The phone doesn’t heat up often until you use its GUI for a very long time. There is very less lag in general but it lags after you fill the phone with data of about 10 GB. For the price, it is very efficient with what it offers. It is very powerful and gaming is pretty great on this phone. This is one of the most powerful phones for this price range. The fingerprint sensor is very responsive and it is positioned perfectly at the back where your fingers would rest.

IMG-20160217-WA0028

Display

The phone comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels at a PPI of 401 pixels per inch. The colour balance is great. The videos are sharp and the saturation is really good and I would say that it is the best in this price range.

le1s-main

Camera

The Le 1s packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The camera is pretty decent. You couldn’t really expect more than this. There’s always a downside to good performance and I would say that it is the camera in this one. The camera app, however, is good. It is very simple and easy to use. The fingerprint sensor can be used to click a photo. This, in fact, is found to be useful while clicking a selfie. The focus and colour balance are average. Photos clicked using flash do not look very appealing.

IMG_0809

(Without flash)

IMG_0808

(With flash)

Conclusion

The Le 1s is an impeccable phone which is worth the price you would pay for it. This is one of the best and most powerful smartphones out there under Rs 15,000. If you are someone who would want to click better photos then you could reconsider your option. The display is amazing! This is a very good phone for those who would want to watch a lot of videos. I would recommend phone as it is very powerful for its budget and the build quality is also good.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *