LeEco has launched the new LE 1S model named as “LE 1S ECO” on 12th May 2016. The major difference Vs the older LE 1S model lies in the processor clock speed, which was reduced from 2.2 GHz to 1.85 GHz in the latest model. The new LE 1S ECO comes with free digital content and LE View integration.
LeEco has launched the new ECO variant at a reduced price of Rs. 9,999 (earlier price 10,899) and you can also get a discount of Rs. 1000 with an HDFC credit and debit card.
Effectively the LE 1S ECO costs Rs. 9,000.
In this review we will go through in depth analysis of performance, camera and user interface of LE 1S Eco . Let’s begin with un-boxing.
In The Box – Un-boxing LE 1S ECO
- LE 1S ECO Smartphone
- Fast Charging Adapter
- USB Type C Cable
- Manual and Sim ejector Tool
LE 1S ECO does not come with earphones or back cover or any screen guard. The packaging was bit strange as it came with a blank White Box which has nothing written on the top of it. Check the Video Below to See What is Inside the Box.
Unboxing LE 1S ECO – What’s Inside the Box
I received a free back cover from Flipkart for the LE 1S and it was not shipped with the smartphone. If you have not received it, you can check with Flipkart for it.
Design And Build :
I was delighted to see the smartphone and the build quality is very pleasing. The golden color is not very shiny like some of the Samsung phones but it gives a premium look to the device. The smartphone has a metal build and does not feel very heavy. The LE 1S ECO weighs 169 grams and has a thickness of 7.6 mm.
The edges are more curved and the bottom speaker grill adds to the killer looks. Definitely it is one of the best looking budget smartphones.
The smartphone has a design which has some similarities to the iPhone 5s but has a larger body. The camera at the back is placed on the right side and there is very little camera bump.
There is a very shiny fingerprint scanner at the back of the device which is fast and accurate.
The display has good brightness and vibrant colors, in fact I liked the display and it is a pleasure to watch videos and read text on the 5.5 inch display with Full HD resolution and 401 PPI. The display is IPS LCD and supports 10 finger touch.
The brightness levels are also appropriate and it is visible outdoor as well.
Egregiously, the display has a wide black bezel line around it as I have shown in the above video. It is not a deal breaker but then we want smartphones with lesser bezel width.
The EUI 5.5 running on top of the Android Lollipop 5.0 offers smooth experience and the atrocious Mediatek Helio X10 pushes the smartphone with turbulent cores to offer fluid experience. Switching between Apps and opening new apps is smooth, the RAM management could have been better as most of the time the smartphone has 1.5 GB to 1.8 GB Ram in use.
Though the device don’t look like it is struggling for any resources when doing day to day tasks. I was satisfied with the user experience though the icons and UI is customized with a mix of Android and iOS appearance.
I tried to use a different launcher in place of the stock Leeco launcher but there was some issue as I was not able to change the launcher to Google launcher or the Nova launcher. After using the device for sometime it would switch back to the Leeco launcher again.
The notification bar and the pull down menu is unlike stock android which I realized after pulling it down many times out of habit and not finding the quick settings there. To access quick settings you need to press the capacitive touch button. It shows a menu much like the iOS 9 with music and brightness bars in the middle and option to close the recently opened Apps and quick launch options.
Levidi App and LE View – This is the hub of content and entertainment. The Le View is a nifty option which comes to preview when you swipe from the left similar to the Google Now cards on the stock android marshmallow.
Sound Quality and Watching Videos
The Le 1s ECO scores good on the sound quality and offers crisp and loud volume from the 2 Dual speakers which are placed below the smartphone. The sound for watching videos and movies is very high and can easily fill a small room.
Watching YouTube Videos is a decent experience using the bottom speakers. There are not stock earphones supplied with the smartphone.
Check the Video Below :
LE 1S ECO Performance
This is probably why you plan to buy the Le 1S ECO. Powered by the Helio X10 Octa-Core processor the smartphone is a real power horse in it’s price range. Though in the LE 1S ECO variant the processor is clocked at 1.85 GHz vs the 2.2 GHz on the earlier LE 1S variant.
There is Power VR G6200 GPU to handle the graphics and games you may like to throw at it. The user experience is very smooth , and opening/closing apps is blazing fast.
You can easily open many tabs on chrome or along with other Apps and the 3 GB RAM will ensure that there is no slowdown. Overall the performance is really good for the price tag.
Gaming And Benchmarks LE 1S ECO
Here I had good results specially for the Geek and Antutu benchmark which uses both the GPU as well as CPU. The CPU clock as we understand has been reduced and rightly so to probably curb the heating issues.
In the Antutu benchmark the smartphone scored splendid 48,854 while the LE 1S earlier model had a score of 51000, this seems to be a very little drop in performance as far as Antutu is concerned.
On the Geekbench the score was in line with the earlier LE 1S version and it had a very impressive score for both the single Core as well as Multi core.
In the Single Core Score the smartphone scored
We played the Modern Combat 5 and the game play was smooth and we played it without any glitches. We even tried some of the basic games like the temple run 3 and the LE 1S Eco breezed through them without any issues.
LE 1S ECO Camera Quality
Outdoor camera quality is okay in the natural sunlight condition. Though using the camera indoor increases the amount of noise in the images significantly. The Autofocus system also don’t perform well in the indoor conditions when there is low light.
Indoor Rear Camera Shots
The rear 13 Mega pixel camera sometimes absorbs more light and sometimes fail to absorb light completely and resulted output is either an over exposed or an under exposed image.
I took some pictures outdoors , the camera performs okay in the broad day light but some of the images just get over exposed with too much of light. The images taken using the front camera shows more natural colors compared to the images taken by the rear camera in very bright daylight conditions.
Next (More Camera Shots and Front Camera Samples)