That name ‘LeEco’ might not ring a bell; it is the new name of the Chinese phone maker previously known as LeTV. It is one of those tech companies that offer affordable devices loaded with some features you’d usually find on more-expensive rival offerings. Its new LeEco Le 1s is another of such impressive devices. This huge smartphone is built to contest against the likes of Lenovo Zuk Z1 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 in terms of value for money.
Design and Display
If you are looking for a smartphone sporting solid construction, the LeEco Le 1s is one of those worth checking out, particularly if you are not looking to spend a lot. It speaks premium with an all-metal body complemented by sturdy Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Although it is a behemoth, it measures just 7.9 mm and 169 g in thickness and weight respectively. This should be easy to handle.
As for the display, the Le 1s packs a huge 5.5-inch IPS LCD unit boasting a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. A pixel density of about 400 ppi makes for crystal clear visuals. The display technology ensures wide-angle viewing will be a pleasure.
The LeEco Le 1s is fitted with the sort of snappers you’d expect to find in this range for devices by manufacturers like LeEco these days. It rocks on the rear a 13-megapixel camera using Samsung’s ISOCELL sensor. The shooter features phase detection autofocus, LED flash and HDR for spectacular images. It can be used to record stunning 4K videos at 30 frames per second. The 5-megapixel front-facing camera should serve up some eye-catching selfies.
Hardware and Software
On the inside, the phablet is armed with a powerful 64-bit MediaTek MT6795 Helio X10 CPU. The octa-core processor zips along at an impressive speed of 2.2 GHz. It is supported by ample 3 GB of RAM. The presence of a PowerVR G6200 GPU onboard assures users of enjoyable gaming. Internal storage is generous at 32 GB, but this appears not to be expandable. The regular variant runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, but a newer LeEco Le 1s Eco variant boots Android 6.0 Marshmallow software.
The LeEco Le 1s is accompanied by a 3,000mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery rated to deliver almost 500 hours on standby for single SIM usage. The juicer supports Quick Charging so you do not have to spend forever getting it topped up. Both SIM card slots on the phablet supports lightning-fast 4G LTE connectivity. It has a fingerprint sensor for better security. There is Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11ac for speedy wireless connectivity. An IR Blaster feature lets you control certain electronic gadgets in the home by serving as a remote. The Le 1s boasts the reversible USB Type-C port with MHL 2.0 TV-out functionality.
Pricing and Availability
This handset has already gone on sales in countries such as India, where it sells for about Rs. 11,000. Officially, that price converts to about N33,000 in Nigeria. You will agree that is superb value for the features the LeEco Le 1s boasts of. However, it is not certain you can get this in Nigeria yet; you may have to import a unit. The exchange rate situation means you may have to pay about N45,000 to lay your hands on one – that is still a good deal, though.
LeEco Le 1s at a Glance
– Aluminium body
– 5.5” Full HD IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
– 13MP rear and 5MP selfie cameras
– 2.2GHz, octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 CPU
– 3GB RAM
– 32GB onboard storage
– 3,000mAh Li-Ion battery
– Dual SIM 4G LTE
– IR Blaster
– USB Type-C port