LeEco (LeTV) Le 1s review

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LeEco (formally called LeTV) had launched their first handset the Le 1s in India for ₹10,999. Here is the detailed review of the same. I bought the Le 1s from the first flash sLe-1s Frontale and here is the review. This is another amazing handset for an affordable price.

LeEco Le 1s Unboxing

The box packing is not that happening until you unbox. Inside you will find the handset, SIM tray ejector pin, quick start guide, data cable (USB Type C) and travel charger (fast charger 12V / 2A). SAR value: 0.404W/kg 1g head and 1.38W/kg 1g body.

Design

I bought the Gold color version. Once you hold the handset you get that satisfaction a high-end mobile. Build quality and finishing are awesome. It’s using a metal body – brushed sides with parallel shinny borders.
The screen is almost black on the front and the next thing noticeable is the bezel, it’s amazingly slim, almost bezel-less. The fingerprint scanner on the rear has got a mirror finishing – it does help grab attention. Weight is 167 grams of battery and dimensions are 74.24 x 151.14 x 7.36 (mm).
The power button and volume rocker are on the right side. SIM tray is on the left side. Audio jack and IR blaster in on the top and USB Type C port, mic vent and single speaker vent is at the bottom.
This is a dual SIM handset SIM slot 1 is a nano SIM slot and SIM slot 2 is a micro SIM slot. Both the SIM slots support 4G. The company has confirmed that VoLTE will be supported later on via software updates. There is no micro SD card support.
Le 1s comes with LED notification and loaded with following sensors – accelerometer, light, proximity and magnetic.

Display

1s comes with a 5.5-inch screen protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and supports 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. Colour reproduction and viewing angles are pretty good. Touch response is fantastic, buttery smooth.

Memory, Storage, and OS

LeEco 1s is packed with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM. On first boot, you will get 22GB free ROM and 1.5GB free RAM. There is no support for external SD card. OTG did not work, I tried connecting an OTG pen drive using USB Type C to micro USB adapter but the drive failed to detect. It seems the adapter that I am using is defective, many users have confirmed that OTG is working.
LeEco Le 1s is running EUI based on Android 5.0.2 (64 Bit).

Performance

This handset is using MediaTek Helio X10 2.2GHz MT6795 octa-core processor coupled with PowerVR Rouge G6200 GPU. The performance was smooth, did not find it lagging and the heat-up was well under control. Max battery temperature I encountered was 41 degrees while shooting videos/images under the sun.

Benchmark

    • Quadrant – 25044
    • Antutu (64 bit) – 1st time 53501, 2nd time 55916
    • Nenamark 2 – 58.7fps
    • Internal storage Speed – Read (139MB/s), Write (54MB/s)
    • Multi-Touch – 10 Point.

When using benchmark apps the handset automatically switched to performance mode.

Gaming

Hardware is powerful, it can play high-end games. I played Asphalt 8 in high visual quality mode with ease, smooth, better control on the car and lag free, even at higher levels.

Camera

There is a 13MP primary camera with LED flash and a 5MP camera on the front. You can use tap to focus and also control the exposure. Tap and keep holding for few seconds and then you will be able to move the circle and control exposure as need (check video review).
The rear camera can shoot 4K videos. I was able to shoot 4K videos and play the same on PC / phone, however, there were some issues processing those 4K videos when uploading to YouTube.
You can shoot 4x slow-motion videos. Camera quality is above average. Check the sample images and video that I shot using the Le 1s.
You can swipe left on the text (photo/video etc) to get more options that include HDR and night shots.

Others

Sound output is loud and clear. In-call sound quality and clarity I found was way better than as experienced on most handsets. No issues with 4G, WiFi, GPS, IR, and Bluetooth.
The fingerprint scanner is fast and accurate. You can unlock the handset by simply placing the finger on the scanner hold it or pull up the finger it will switch on the screen and unlock the handset. It does take 2 seconds for this unlock process.
Those complaining about the dull / dark screen – disable battery assistant.

Battery

There is a 3000 mAh non-removable battery that does a good job. You can expect 4 to 5 hours of continuous moderate to heavy usage on a single charge. The best part is the fast charger. This 12V/2A charge will charge this handset at an amazing speed – around 1 hour for a full charge. And yes the battery temp increases while the handset is charged (41 degrees).

Battery Performance

    • Running Benchmark app – 17 minutes / battery dropped by 6% / battery temp = 37 degrees.

 

    • Played Asphalt 8 (high mode) – for 20 minutes / battery dropped by 8% / battery temp = 39 degrees.

 

    • Watched 4K video with full brightness (WiFi /4G on) – for 34 minutes / battery dropped by 10% / battery temp was 35 degrees.

 

    • Handset charging (wall charge) 45 minutes from 9% to 100% using 12V / 2A charger  – battery temp 41 degrees. Estimated charge time from 0% to 100% – around 1 hour.

 

Verdict

The LeEco Le 1s is a powerful handset loaded with good feature and even the look is as impressive. There is no heat up issue, performance was smooth. UI is pretty cool and camera quality is above average. Finger print scanner and IR blaster are added advantage. An excellent buy for the price, for now.
 

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