- Release Date: February 02, 2016
Premium metal design
Universal remote control functionality
4G LTE support
Fast charging through reversible port
Dated Android OS
Unimpressive battery life
The LeEco Le 1s is an incredible piece of hardware. It has all good things including a premium metal body and decent hardware to lead the race in the affordable market segment of under Rs. 15,000.
When it comes to affordability in the smartphone market, you may have compromised in the past. But some new entrants recently entered the market to deliver you a premium experience. The premium experience comes from a metal build, competitive specifications and an easy-to-use interface. Letv’s LeEco is one such entrant and launched the Le 1s with an aim to bring the high-end, premium experience closer to affordability. The smartphone has already garnered over 15 lakh registrations for two flash sale rounds, surpassing the record made by Xiaomi in the past.
We started using the LeEco Le 1s soon after its arrival in the country to test its features as well as to test how it offers a premium experience even at the price of Rs. 10,999. So here starts our in-depth review.
What’s in the Box
The LeEco Le 1s is targeted to compete against some of the flagship offerings. Therefore, you’ll notice some similarities with some of the high-end Android devices. But the box and the in-box content are somehow making it closer to Apple iPhone.
Once unboxed, you’ll find the Le 1s unit on top while a 24W AC charger and a USB Type-C cable is available underneath it. The charger supports fast charging, and the cable has a USB Type-C connector on one end and a USB Type-A connector on the other one.
One of the most noticeable features of the Le 1s that you’ll be pleased on the very first glimpse is its metal build. The smartphone has an aircraft-grade aluminium unibody design in a gold color option that makes it a “SuperPhone”.
The front of the LeEco Le 1s features a bezel-less display with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection on top. There are three touch-sensitive navigation keys below the display panel, and on the top, there is an earpiece, notification LED light, proximity and ambient light sensors and a secondary camera sensor. The navigation keys are invisible when idle but come with a backlight and haptic feedback. The Gorilla Glass 3 resists scratches, but we recommend to use a screen protector to enhance protection.
On the left, the Le 1s has a SIM tray that holds up to two SIM cards (one nano and one micro SIM). But you cannot use a microSD card instead of a secondary SIM, unlike many other Chinese offerings, due to lack of a hybrid SIM tray.
The right side has a power/lock key and a volume rocker. Both have a gold finish on top.
The LeEco Le 1s has a USB Type-C port and two loudspeaker grills on the bottom. One of the grills has a monophonic, single speaker and the other one has a primary microphone.
On the top, there is a 3.5mm jack and an Infrared (IR) blaster.
The back of the Le 1s has a simple, non-removable metal panel with Letv’s branding. It also sports a mirror-finish fingerprint sensor and a primary camera sensor along with an LED flash and a secondary microphone. Although there is matte finish to resist accidental slips, the back panel is a bit prone to scratches.
The LeEco Le 1s weighs 169 grams with its all-metal build and 7.5mm thickness. Moreover, it has a 151.1mm height and 74.2mm width that overall offers an ergonomic design with a robust feel.
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