LeEco Le 2 is a follow-up to the hugely successful Le 1s (especially its Eco variant). Its maker appears interested in going head-to-head with fellow Chinese company Xiaomi, who holds the ace when it comes to affordable devices loaded with impressive features. This behemoth looks to rough it out with the amazing Redmi Note 3.
Design and Display
Flaunting a unibody design and metallic construction, the 7.7mm-thick Le 2 no doubt looks premium. The build quality is impressive and one will not be wrong to say this will rival many higher-end smartphones. The rear panel feels sleek, but it doesn’t appear this one is completely immune to accidental drops. It hugs a similar display as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 – a 5.5-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and a high pixel density of slightly over 400 ppi. Your fear of scratches on the screen is allayed with protection by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
The LeEco Le 2 rocks a 16-megapixel rear camera – same as you will find it on the rival Xiaomi phablet. But while it uses an Omnivision OV16880 sensor, the Redmi Note 3 comes with an ISOCELL sensor by Samsung. The handset boasts high dynamic range for great colour and contrast in images. It has a wide f/2.0 aperture lens like the other device and features dual-LED flash. In terms of video capturing capability, the Le 2 offers capability to shoot videos of up to 4K resolution. This one also seems to promise better selfies with a robust 8-megapixel front-facing camera having an f/2.2 aperture.
Hardware and Software
When it comes to performance, this beast promises something better than what the already-impressive Redmi Note 3 offers. It is equipped with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor running at 1.8 GHz – an improvement over what both the LeEco Le 1s and the Xiaomi device pack. To help you better appreciate this CPU, LeEco says it is the most robust octa-core chip in the world. There is also a variant with a 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 chipset. It is supported by 3 GB of RAM and an Adreno 510 GPU. Internal storage capacity stands at 32 GB and is expandable using a microSD card. The phablet boots Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS with its maker’s EUI 5.6 skin on the surface.
Sundry Specs and Features
The LeEco Le 2 is accompanied by a 3,000mAh battery which, sadly, has lower capacity than the 4,050mAh juicer on the Redmi Note 3. LeEco has decided to do away with a 3.5mm audio jack on this one – its work is done by a reversible USB Type-C port with support for an innovative CDLA audio transmission technology. You will find a supposedly highly-accurate, scratch-resistant fingerprint sensor on the rear.
Pricing and Availability
This behemoth has not been released in Nigeria and the only way you can have one at this time is by buying online from China or India. The LeEco Le 2 is priced in a way you should be expecting to pay an amount in the range N35,000-N45,000 with the present state of currency exchange in the country. This effectively puts it in the same segment as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 which, for most, offers better value than the likes of the HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM and OnePlus X.
LeEco Le 2 Specs at a Glance
– All-metal design
– 5.5” Full HD IPS display
– 16MP rear and 8MP front cameras
– 1.8GHz, octa-core Snapdragon 652 CPU (or deca-core MediaTek Helio X20)
– 3GB RAM
– 32GB onboard storage with microSD support
– Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS
– 3,000mAh battery
– Fingerprint sensor