"We compare LeEco's formidable budget trio to find out how they stack up against each other"
After numerous leaks and rumours, the LeEco Le 2 and Le 2 Pro (first impressions) have finally been announced at an event in China. The two phones are the successors to the popular budget offering by the company – the Le 1s (review), which was launched in India earlier this year alongside the beefier Le Max (first impressions) smartphone. While both smartphones share a large number of features with the older Le 1s, there are also a lot of additions bundled with the new smartphones. To uncover all their secrets, we stack the two against each other, and also against the older Le 1s.
All three smartphones feature a similar metal unibody design with a fingerprint sensor on the back. LeEco has opted for a symmetrical design language for the devices, which makes them look sophisticated, to say the very least. With the launch of the Le 2 and Le 2 Pro, the company has refined its design by further reducing the bezels around the screen making the new phones look almost bezel-less. The Le 2 and Le 2 Pro are among the first devices to feature the company’s new logo at the back. Another notable difference is the larger camera lens at the back of the new devices, thanks to the change in the optics department. The major change however, comes with the omission of the 3.5mm headphone jack in both the new devices in lieu of the CDLA (Continual Digital Lossless Audio) standard that the company has incorporated in the USB Type-C port of the device.
The display size and resolution have not seen an upgrade, with LeEco deciding to use the same 5.5-inch full HD display in the Le 2 and Le 2 Pro that was found in the Le 1s.
Although all three smartphones pack a punch when it comes to performance, the driving force behind each of them is quite different. The Le 1s is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor coupled with 3GB RAM. On the other hand, the Le 2 gets all its power from the deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor which is again aided by 3GB of RAM. Interestingly, the Le 2 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Helio X25 chip which is an enhanced version of the X20 SoC. However, there’s also a MediaTek Helio X20 variant on offer. The Le 2 Pro gets 4GB of RAM for smooth multitasking.
All three smartphones feature 32GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, there is no room for expandable storage in any of the three smartphones.
The company seems to have paid a lot of attention to the customer feedback before upgrading the cameras. The LeEco Le 2 sports a 16MP rear shooter with phase detection auto-focus, an LED flash and support for 4K recording. The Le 2 Pro takes it one step further by offering a 21MP primary shooter with a Sony IMX230 sensor. Both smartphones get 8MP snappers on the front. Compared to these specification, the 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera of the Le 1s looks quite staid.
Just like the display, the batter capacity remains the same as well. A non-removable 3,000mAh battery provides the juice to run the hardware in all three smartphones.
The Chinese giant seems to like being a part of the future, as can be seen by the fact that all three smartphones come with a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. And while this can prove to be a cumbersome affair at times, it is also where all smartphone manufacturers are heading with their new devices. All three smartphones support fast charging to get your devices up and running in no time.
As expected, both the new smartphones run the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow with eUI 5.8 on top. On the contrary, the Le 1s runs on an older version of eUI based on Android Lollipop. That said, it’s just a matter of time before the Le 1s is updated to the latest software.
On the connectivity front, all phones feature dual-SIM capabilities, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, mobile hotspot, Bluetooth, and GPS. The Le 2 and Le 2 Pro also get support for VoLTE.
The Le 1s is exclusively available on Flipkart at a price of Rs 10,999. Unfortunately, there’s no information about the price and availability of the Le 2 and Le 2 Pro in India as of now, but we expect the devices to be launched here in the coming weeks. In China however, the Le 2 has been priced at 1,099 Yuan (~ Rs 11,200) while the Le 2 Pro has been priced at 1,399 Yuan (~Rs 14,300) for the Helio X20 variant and 1,499 (~Rs 15,300) for the Helio X25 model.
With the launch of the new devices, LeEco has ensured it remains up to date with today’s technology. Both smartphones pack in some powerful hardware and come with an array of new features. While the omission of the headphone jack is a bold move, it's bound to make potential buyers wary, and only time can tell if the new CDLA standard would be successful or not. That said, we would love to see these smartphones being launched in the Indian market as early as possible, and we fully expect the devices to shake up the Rs 10,000 - Rs 15,000 segment. Until then, stay tuned to 91Mobiles.
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