It wasn’t long time ago when Chinese company Le Eco launched their smartphone product Le 1 and Le 1 Eco. It seems they weren’t done with the market, only months later they have come up with another smartphone Le 2. Although this phone is titled Le 2 it possesses most of the essence of its predecessor with a few advancement of its own.
- It weighs about 153g which is an impressive advancement from its forerunner with a weight of 169g.
- It is still sticking onto metal body and finger print scanners which made its predecessors preeminent and outstanding.
- The power and volume button like most of the Smart Phones is on the right side, hence making it an easy transition when users switch to this phone after chucking his old one.
- On the left side however, are the slots for two Nano Sims which is extremely rare.
- The front is a colored panel with glass in the center, whereas the rear and sides are bare metal finishing except their are little strips of shiny and polished metal where the front and back surface meet.
- The top side of the phone has infra red emitters and on the bottom is a Type-C USB port along with two grilles symmetrical on either side of the USB port. These grilles are the speakers.
- The back side has been switched into a more protruding one, the camera module is larger than any other previous version of Le Eco phones; also the finger print scanner is present on the back.
- LeEco has planted the infamous Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 652 processor which is considerably a strong choice under the price range.
- It packs a Primary Storage(RAM) of 3GB, and Secondary Storage(Internal Memory) of 32 GBs.
- It supports 4G bands which are common to Indian telecommunication.
- It has front camera of 8 Megapixels and a Rear camera of 16 Megapixels, the rear camera has the tendency to shoot 4K videos.
Talking about Software, Hungama Music service is still not up for streaming, the user has to switch between different apps to finally get what he wants. The user will get one year service for free, and it’s the user’s choice to pay for the renewal of his subscription.
Talking about rest of the software, unlike other smartphones many irrelevant and unnecessary apps aren’t being forced down our throats. However few apps need some time to get familiar with.
- In realms of performance I won’t denounce Le 2 considering its Chip-set. The app response is quick and it can pretty much handle many heavy on performance apps.
- It also doesn’t get considerably warm while gaming.
- The sound experience is extremely dull.
- As mentioned above the phone posses 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 652 processor, also two 4G Sim slots.
- It has 5.5 inches HD display of 1920 x 1080 resolution. The display has a great depth(not literally) and vibrancy in its picture quality.
- As mentioned above primary camera can record 4K footage.
- It isn’t significantly slimmer than its forerunners.
- The fingerprint scanner is not perfect and takes a lot of getting used to.
- The internal storage is not extendable. It is limited to the given 32 GB storage.
- Though both nano SIMs slot support 4G, only one slot can function 4G at a time.
- The sound quality is mediocre and it is indirectly mandatory to buy Le Eco earphones with ridiculous USB-C Adapter.
- The camera quality is unremarkable if compared with camera of similar specification.
On the gloomy side, the phone has no 3.5 mm audio jack. The company claims to have come up with an alternative of using USB-C to transmit audio signals in earphones, becoming the first phone company ever to abandon 3.5 mm jack. The ditching of 3.5 mm jack has absolutely no bright side; you can’t plug in headsets while the phone is charging via the USB port and the user can’t use OTG support and headsets simultaneously because of the single one for all USB-port. To counter such uneasiness you can use Bluetooth headsets which need periodic charging, unlike conventional headsets.
The introduction of audio transmission through USB-C is neither economical nor industrial, as most of the headphones aren’t USB type. Le Eco has taken the Apple road of exclusivity and close end. The user for now has to have a Le Eco headset which is free with the current sale of Le 2 and Le Max 2 and otherwise costs Rs 1990. CDLA though being advantageous doesn’t justifies the sacrifice of 3.5 mm jacks.