In the past few years, there has been a surge in the amount of phones makers coming out of China – which is not surprising considering how many multinational companies already have their manufacturing set up in China. LeEco is one of them, and while not very popular outside of the Chinese lands it is quite a large company within China.
LeEco is not primarily a phone company, they have their claws in various industries such as online video distribution, e-commerce, eco-agriculture, and even electric carsIn this post, we are goint to tell you about the box contents and our first impressions of the Le 2 phone.
The phone comes with some pretty decent specs for its price – a Mediatek MT6797 Helio X20 or a Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652 depending on which variant you get your hands on. This one is the latter variant and comes with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. The phone does not come with an SD Card slow but frankly that 32 GB of built-in storage should be enough for most people. The phone also comes with a 3000 mAh battery inside – powering a 5.5 inch full HD 1080p display, giving us a glorious PPI of 441.
In the box, you will get the phone itself obviously but you will notice that it is enclosed in a plastic case – something not common but greatly appreciated. It also comes with an SIM ejector pin, a quick start guide for those who need one and a fast charging adapter that can output 2 Amps at 12 volts or 2.7 Amps at 9 volts, you also get a USB Type-C cable for charging the phone as well as transferring data and also a USB Type-C to 3.5mm jack adapter since the phone itself lacks a 3.5mm port, which we will talk about in a minute.
The phone itself has an incredible build quality for its price – it has a full metal body and feels extremely solid in hand. The design itself might resemble some of the other more popular and expensive phones on the market but most of the design choices make sense.
On the front, you have a gorgeous 5.5 inch full 1080p display and on the back, you get a 16 MP camera with dual LED flash – without a camera bump, and also a fingerprint sensor just below the camera.
The phone also comes with an 8 MP front camera and fully backlit capacitive touch buttons right below the display. Speaking of what’s below the display – on the bottom, you will find a USB Type-C port – something rare to find in a phone at this price – and two speaker grills. All of the buttons such as the volume rocker and power button are on the right side of the phone. The phone also has an IR Blaster on the top – so you can use it as a remote when you are in the dire need of one.
The actual phone part of it supports 2 SIMs – dual nano-SIMs, where both can do 4G simultaneously. The phone does support VoLTE so it is future proof for whatever network you might want to switch to as well.
The phone comes running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow straight out of the box with some custom features from LeEco. While most of the interface is left untouched to look as close to stock Android, you do get some unique applications with the phone such as the LeEco Live app that brings you live TV channels, LeVidi that brings you videos on demand and you even get free cloud storage from LeEco.
The camera seems quite capable of delivering some decent shots on the first impressions – the focus is extremely fast and so is the shutter speed. The colour reproduction is mostly on point and the front camera does not disappoint either.
Back to the lack of a 3.5mm jack which you might have noticed by now could have caused a problem if LeEco had not bundled that USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter with the phone – this is a trend that will only get popular as we move forward, as phones keep getting smaller and the space to include a 3.5mm jack keeps disappearing.
While this is a problem right now – in a few years you should have earbuds and headphones that can natively use the USB Type-C connector which is much better than the 3.5mm jack in terms of not only the sound quality but also how much power it can deliver to the speakers.
LeEco already sells USB Type-C earbuds of their own brand – but they do not come bundled with the phone and cost an extra ₹2000, which is quite expensive but that’s the price you pay for being ahead of everyone. But if you buy the phone during the first flash sale you will get the CDLA USB Type-C earphones free.
Overall at the price of ₹11,999 the phone provides you with fantastic value and comes with a lot of features that you wouldn’t normally find in anything below the ₹20,000 mark.