Chinese premium brands are becoming better and better players, and they seriously influence the price and the offer off the old rulers of the market – LG, Samsung, Sony, Huawei etc. Alongside well-known Xiaomi and Meizu brands, there is another one, less-known but not less powerful, which we have in our test – LeEco. Today we’ll test the first representative for 2016 – the Le 2. The first impression during the unboxing was great. This is an upper middle class device, with a modern design and up to date hardware for the time. The chassis is made of aluminium, and there is a fingerprint scanner on the back. The device comes in two chipset versions: Qualcomm and MediaTek. We have a Grey device, and it also comes in Rose Gold, Silver and Gold. Inside the box, next to the Le 2, we can find a LeEco charging adapter, Type-C USB cable, Type-C to 3.5mm port converter, SIM tray tool and user manuals. Let’s now see together what the LeEco Le 2 brings us.
Alongside the excellent design, the thing that leaves a great impression about this device is its display. It is a very spacious 5.5” IPS LCD display in FullHD resolution which results in 401 PPI. Colors could be a little more vivid, but there are no too many things to say since videos and pictures look amazing on this display. The panel shows up to 16 million colors. Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is used to protect this display.
Hardware and OS
After the display, we come to probably the most interesting part of the device, which is its hardware. The Le 2 comes in two versions: MediaTek MT6797 Helio X20 (10 cores CPU) and Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 (octa core CPU). As we have said, the chipset is made of 8 CPU cores divided into 2 quad core clusters (4x1.4 GHz and 4x1.8 GHz) and the Adreno 510 GPU. This chipset is an excellent choice for the upper middle class and it will definitely offer great results during light and medium use. This device is packed with 3GB of RAM which will ensure very fluent multitasking. Of course, the Snapdragon 652 combined with 3GB of RAM is an excellent choice. All basic operations are finished with no signs of stuttering or lag, and it performed very well in some more demanding 3D games. On the AnTuTu benchmark the device scored 83700 which puts it within the range of the Snapdragon 808. Overheating is within the normal limits, as well as the battery consumption during more intensive use. The device comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow firmware and with EUI 5.6 user interface, which presented itself as very fluid with a few news here and there (redesigned notification bar, different task manager). On the back, below the camera, there is a fingerprint sensor, which does a great job. On the top of the device there is an IR blaster, which, combined with the preinstalled Remote Control application, turns your Le 2 into a remote controller for your TV. The firmware doesn’t have any bloatware which would just harm the system, so we don’t even have YouTube application, or Google Photos for example. Our version has 32GB of internal storage, but a 64GB version is also available, so you can simply stop worrying about your photos or music. MicroSD storage expansion is not supported. When it comes to sound reproduction, the Le 2 has Dolby Atmos system for improved sound quality. The speaker is pretty loud, with nice, deep bass and loud enough high tones.
Alongside interesting hardware, there is also a pretty decent camera setup. On the back there is a 16MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture and Phase Detection Auto-Focus (PDAF) system. The camera offers HDR photos and next to the sensor there is a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. The quality of photos made by the camera of the Le 2 is pretty good, but there is a room for improvement in the “post-processing” system, because plenty of details are lost in high contrast environments. Luckily, HDR is there to fix the wrongs, and it works very well. Another good thing about the Le 2’s main camera is that it records 4K videos at 30fps. This is enabled by a modern chipset and a high resolution sensor. The 4K material is of decent quality, but the details are not all there. The framerate is stable, and next to the 4K, there’s also 1080p at 30fps and Slow-Motion in 720p at 120fps. The front facing camera shoots 8MP photos which sounds very nice. It also works very well, since the photos made by this camera are very good. The front facing camera also supports video mode in 1080p resolution at 30fps.
This is a DualSIM device which uses two separate SIM slots in one tray. The SIM card standard used in this device is nanoSIM. 3G and 4G networks are, of course, supported. A thing that can be considered one of the major flaws of this device is the lack of 3.5mm headphone port, but it is somewhat fixed with the Type-C to 3.5mm converter which comes in the box with the device. USB Type-C port is used for charging and data transfer, meanwhile having become standard for all middle and upper class devices. Speaking of wireless connections there are:
- WiFi 802.11 (HotSpot mode)
- Bluetooth 4.1
The lack of NFC is a big downside.
The Le 2 has a 3000 mAh battery, which is non-removable. A full charge can last about 2 days of average use. This device has Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 system thanks to which 50% charge can be reached in about 30 minutes.
LeEco have proven that they can build a very good device while offering it at an affordable price. Although it has several flaws like the lacks of NFC, 3.5mm port and microSD card slot, the Le 2 is a great device which will satisfy even the most demanding users. Very well designed UI with a suitable chipset and 3GB of RAM simply cannot disappoint. The design of the device has also “bought” us, and it leaves an impression of a quality, robust device. On release, the Le 2 costed around 200€, but now it is available for around 150€. At that price, the Le 2 is an excellent choice.
Advantages and disadvantages
Reasons for and against it
EUI 5.6 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
lacks 3.5mm port
lacks microSD port
main camera is only just good