It has been about six months when the first LeEco device entered into the Indian Market. In this time duration company has created a great buzz among the Indian mind by giving some aggressive pricing. They do a lot of things to create a mindset, that LeEco is the best in its price, they tied-ups with some local content partners to get LeEco Ecosystem for their customers which are just awesome. They also started retail stores and collaborated locally to manufacture under the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. But apart from this LeEco has some great devices also which make them famous overnight. I had reviewed almost all of their Devices, and you can see them at:
Read More: All LeEco Post
But in the previous month, they just launched there another flagships LeEco Le 2 and Le Max2 phones in India. The Le Max2 comes up with 4GB RAM and another model with pGb RAM, which bundled with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor. It comes up with 64GB variant with 6GB of RAM with a price of Rs 29,999, where as the 32GB variant with 4GB of RAM is being priced at Rs 22,999.
They have added some unique and exciting feature in both of their device which is not being present in any phone till now, i.e. Continual Digital Lossless Audio (CDLA) standard, which the company claims allows you to hear high-quality lossless audio and that same port used for data transfer via USB Type-C port.
Read More: CDLA Explained
So, now let’s start with Review, where we will explain each and expect for the smartphone.
Build Quality and Design
LeEco has not tweaked much into their design when we compare it with their previous models. The Le Max2 follows almost the same design as its predecessor Le Max. Like LeEco other devices Le Max2 is also designed very elegantly and is having full metal unibody in construction. It has silver outlines on side frames and side corners which add humor to the design. For this massive 5.7-inch smartphone, it feels so slim and can easily handle as it comes with a thickness of only 8mm. Coming to the weight, it comes with 185 grams, which is slightly on the heavy side but it doesn’t matter as you will get used to it.
Starting with the front aspect of the smartphone you will get a large 5.7″ Display which is not an ordinary display whereas a 2K display, in which when you watch the video, movie or play games you will just love the quality which it offers. At the Top portion, you will get 8 MP camera with f2.2 which can record the video up to 1080P. Besides that, you have an earpiece and different sensors. Coming to the downside of the phone you will get backlight capacitive keys and no on screen keys.
Turning the phone around at right side you will get volume rockers and below that power lock key, which give good tactile feels when you press them. You won’t be finding any complaints when you use those keys on a regular basis.
Coming to the down portion of the phone you will get two speaker grills out of which, only right side grill has the actual speaker in it where as the left side grill is having the primary MIC in it. Between them sits the USB Type -C port which also has fast charging capability as well as support CDLA functionality, which is the latest innovation which is being done by LeEco in their Phones. As the Phone has no 3.5mm audio jack, we can listen high-quality lossless audio using USB Type – C port only. It is a positive point in many cases as well as a negative point as well because we cannot charge the device and at the same time listen audio using the headphones. Now, it depends on person to person what is their priority while buying the phone.
Read More: CDLA Explained
At the top portion of Le Max2, you get an Infrared Sensor which is used to control the devices which can be controlled using the remote.
Check the video how to setup LeEco universal remote App:
Turning around to the left side of the phone you only get the shepherded edges with a SIM Tray, which support Dual SIM’s only and no Micro SD card which is also a downside of the phone. This device which we are testing is 4 GB variants which mean only 32 GB is there and out of the box you only get 25 GB for use and is not expandable, but the best part is that we can use OTG pen drive in its USB Type – C port.
The LeEco Le Max2 as already explained comes up with 5.7-inch large IPS LCD with QHD, or we can say 2K resolution (2560×1440 pixels). It makes a whole lot of difference when you watch HD videos or play high intense graphic games. But you can play 4K videos on YouTube and take my words clarity is impressive(Please take care of data as well when to play such HD content). You will easily be able to see the difference in quality between FHD and 2K display. Overall viewing angles are excellent, and coming to the sunlight visibility, you need to increase the brightness to full to get it’s best when using the phone in sunlight. You can also change the display tone by playing with the setting on the phone.
The Le Max2 as always runs on their custom UI which is eUI 5.6 and based on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1. eUI is a customized OS and nothing much changed in it from the past phones. Everything is almost same nothing much is being changed, only RAM management is now better which means better battery life. You will also get Le Content free for one year in which you will be getting a lot.
Read More: For Free LeEco Content
The Le Max2 is one of the top end devices which runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 processor. It loaded with 6GB as well as 4 GB RAM Variants and Adreno 530 GPU, and the Le Max2 easily handles smooth graphic intensive games like God of Rom, Assassin Creed Etc. The phone doesn’t even heat up while the long game plays. Doing Multitasking, Switching between apps is smooth enough to handle everything. I don’t find any lag while using the phone. A smartphone with 4GB of RAM is more than enough to me and complete all my work in time.
Coming to the fingerprint scanner on the device, I will say it is just OK not too great by snappy. It unlocks the smartphone but not as quickly as we see on Le2 or Le1s, it might be some software issue and in the future, the update can be taken care off. The fingerprint area section is quite large, which means it might be a problem to find that place quickly.Rest everything works fine over here as well.
At the back of LeEco Le Max2, it has a 21 MP large camera with PDAF, OIS, and dual tone LED flash. The Le Max2 comes out with some excellent results in light conditions. Everything is near to perfect like brightness, contrast and saturation levels in the normal mode.
What I missed in the camera application is the Pro Mode where we can set everything manually even the focus can be adjusted manually. Hope they will get this soon in the update as well. You can even take the slow motion videos at 720p resolution, which is decent but, slow motion is stuck to 120FPS only.
The camera quality is decent in low light conditions but at some points, you will see some noise in the images, but overall the camera works fine.
For selfie lovers, the 8-megapixel front camera on the Le Max2, you going to love it. It comes with a beauty mode and takes excellent shots.
In battery section, this time, LeEco missed out something. The 3,100mAh battery doesn’t last you a day on heavy usage, but if you are a moderate user you can easily last for a day. It is because they have added a 2K display and no way to low down the quality or increased battery from the previous devices. But after this also on moderate-to-low usage, you can draw a day of life.
The smartphone also comes up with some battery management tweaks in setting panel, and you can adjust those to get maximum out of it. But here we have a positive point as well, the phone support Quick Charge 2.0 for fast charging, and take my work in 55 Minutes you phone will go from 0% to 100%, which is just amazing. But you need to carry the USB Type-C cable or a portable charger all the time which support Quick charge facility.
LeEco LeMax 2 Specs
LeEco Le Max 2
Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) FHD IPS capacitive touch screen
1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. 515 PPI
Display Protection => Gorilla Glass is a special alkali-aluminosilicate glass shield with exceptional damage resistance that helps protect mobile displays from scratches, drops, and bumps of everyday use, It is always better to go for a smartphone with Gorilla Glass for that added protection and peace of mind. Gorilla Glass 3
Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
CPU (Central Processing Unit) mostly known as processors, CPU processes instructions in order to carry out certain functions that make your device operate properly. Processors are often described as the brain of computers, smartphones and tablets, Smartphones and tablets rely on processors to carry out their every task, Processors are an incredibly important factor in selecting any type of computing device, including your smartphone. Dual core, 2.15 GHz, Kryo + Dual core, 1.59 GHz, Kryo
GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. Adreno 530
RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 3GB / 6 GB
Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 32GB / 64GB
Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. NO
Fingerprint recognition or fingerprint authentication refers to the automated method of verifying a match between two human fingerprints. Fingerprints are one of many forms of bio metrics used to identify individuals and verify their identity.
Micro USB Port
Sound is a vibration that propagates as a typically audible mechanical wave of pressure and displacement, through a medium such as air or water. -
Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Tri-axial Gyroscope, Hall Sensor, Magnetometer, Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor, Infrared Sensor, Fingerprint Sensor, Geo-magnetic, ALS, Sensor Hub, Fingerprint Sensor
Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality. 21 MP
3840x2160 @ 30 fps, 1920x1080 @ 60 fps, 1280x720 @ 120 fps
F2.0 Aperture, 1/2.4 inch Sensor Size, PDAF, Close Loop, Auto Focus, Manual Focus, HDR, Scene Mode, 4K Recording, Slow Motion Recording (720p at 120 fps), Optical Image Stabilization, BSI, CMOS Sensor, FOV 78.4
Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration) Yes
SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. 1 SIM Slot
850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz HSDPA
LTE - 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/25/26/38/39/40/41
Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) is a standard for high-speed wireless communication for mobile phones and data terminals. Not Supported
Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world.
GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky.
Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices.
Infrared connectivity is an old wireless technology used to connect two electronic devices. It uses a beam of infrared light to transmit information and so requires direct line of sight and operates only at close range.
NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
A phone connector, also known as phone jack, audio jack, headphone jack or jack plug
USB On-The-Go, often abbreviated to USB OTG or just OTG, is a specification first used in late 2001 that allows USB devices, such as tablets or smartphones
Fast Charging is the speed at which a device can charge
Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device.
Pros & Cons
Overall the device is good at this price, the hardware is good, looks are brilliant, and everything works fines. But the fingerprint is not as accurate due to some software issue, may in the future update they will solve the problem. New CDLA innovation is present there in the phone. I will prefer you to buy 4 GB variant instead of 6 GB variants.
- 2K Display
- Great Camera
- Feels steady
- Performers Good
- Fingerprint Issue (Due to software)
- Battery on heavy usage won’t last whole day