LeTV Le 1S Review: The Apple Android, with a Vibrant Display

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LeTV LeEco 1s Review

Ever imagined an iPhone running on Android, or maybe an Android device running iOS – sounds weird, isn’t it? Well you’d be surprised to see the LeTV 1S then. The moment I received the review unit and took it out of the box, it seemed pretty much like the a ripped-off gold iPhone. No matter how much the looks resemble the iPhone, the device was very sturdy to hold and comes with an amazing grip. This device from LeTV (known as LeEco in India), is currently priced at Rs. 10,999 which is a steak deal for the package is offers. After playing with the device for quite some time, we pen down our thoughts on the same.

Display

LeTV 1s features an amazing 5.5 inches, full-HD display (1080p), and looks really vibrant. Translating to over 400 pixels per inch (ppi), the viewing angles on the device is nearly perfect. Watching movies and music videos on the Le 1S was pleasing to the eyes, since it offered an amazing image quality which I doubt any phone in this price range can offer. Visibility under the sun did take a while to get used to, but at the end came out to satisfactory.  The wide range of brightness levels presented on the phone lets user to find the resonating brightness which suits their eyes. If made to choose a selling factor, it would definitely be its display.

LeTV 1s: Display

LeTV 1s: Display

Design

With edges quite similar to that of iPhone 5s, the Le 1s gives a good grip in hand. The rear side and the edges of the phone are made up of high grade Aluminium, which is topped up with chambered edges which makes it very appealing. With a thickness of just 7.5mm, edge-to-edge display and slim bezels, the phone gives a really premium feeling. The design stands out among the crowd, especially when you compare it with phones like Motorola Moto G3, or the Lenovo K3 Note.

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You’ll find the power button and the volume rocker on the right edge, the 3.5mm earphones jack and the IR blaster on the top edge, sim-card tray on the left while the USB Type-C port and the speaker grill sits on the lower edge of the Le 1S. The key placement is more of an industry standard now, and are well within reach. Very beautifully crafted, the smartphone catches your attention from the moment you hold it in your hands.

Performance

The part which influences your decision to make a purchase or look for alternatives. And to be honest, we were pretty impressed by the performance reports by the device with 3GB of RAM, a 2.2GHz  octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor and 32GB of internal storage. We didn’t notice any lag when we were testing it with a general day-to-day usage, but the performance did flicker a little when tested with heavy applications on multi-tasking mode.

On the realistic scale, the phone will not be a reason for disappointment, since it could easily manage to run graphic extensive games like Real Racing and Asphalt 8. Casual games like Subway Surfers, Temple Run and Candy Crush worked like a charm and had no issues at all. However, while testing the phone with these applications running in the background for long, the device did heat up and the metal body made it even worse. The device touched the 40-degree mark while we charged it with the travel charger received with the device, and again the credits to the metal body. So if you want to make a purchase, be sure of your performance and expectations.

Features and Operating System

The main highlight of Le 1S is its fingerprint scanner, which wasn’t upto the mark. Having tried multiple phones with a fingerprint sensor installed on them, this one doesn’t match up to the accuracy and the speed of those devices. With around 40% accuracy rate and about 1 second as the time required to unlock the device, the Le 1S puts the fingerprint feature to a big question.

Apart from that, the device isn’t loaded with a lot of bloatware, and offers a really simple user interface, which is friendly to majority of the smartphone users. With Music and Remote Control being the only applications that top up the eUI, which is based on Android 5.0.2. We felt that a lot of their user interface was picked up from latest version of iOS, especially the quick settings tab!

Camera

A 13MP rear shooter on the LeEco Le 1s, does a satisfactory job when it comes to clicking outdoor pictures or images under good amount of natural lighting. The indoor looked to be quite grainy and didn’t really produce the actual colours. The real camera comes with PDAF, ultra fast focus, ISOCELL 5P Lens, f/2.0 aperture and LED flash. The night shots taken on this phone were the worst since there’s no such option wherein we can set the mode to ‘Night Mode’ and that was a major let down. In addition to the above said, the rear camera also allows you to shoot Slo-Mo videos. Check out the images below to get a better idea of the picture quality.

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The 5MP front camera did a reasonable job too. With a wide-angle lens and f/2.0 aperture lens, we were able to capture group selfies which not many phones in the similar price range could. But again, the images were so hazy that they couldn’t be used on any social networking platform.

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Battery

With a battery backup of 3000mAh, the Le 1S performs way better than we expected it to. Allowing us to use the device for a little longer than a day, on average use is good enough for Android smartphones with such vivid displays. You can refer to the chart below to get an idea about how the battery varied with the usage type.

Task Duration Percentage Drop
Cellular Call  25 minutes  2%
Streaming YouTube videos on WiFi at 1080p 20 minutes  4%
Gaming (Medium)  10 minutes  7%
Browsing the web  15 minutes  2%

With the fast charging available on the Type-C port of the 1S, the device can be charged upto 60% in just 30 minutes, which might be of interest to many people out there.

LeTV Le 1S

Rs .10,999
LeTV Le 1S
7.7

Display

9/10

    Design

    8/10

      Performance

      8/10

        Camera

        7/10

          Battery

          8/10

            Pros

            • - Good, sturdy and solid design of the phone.
            • - One of the best displays you'll get to see in this price range.
            • - The battery life is good enough to last a day for an average use.
            • - Availability of the fingerprint scanner.

            Cons

            • - The camera is a major drawback of the device, especially the front one.
            • - The phone heats up while heavy usage or during charging. The metal body conducts the heat, making it difficult to hold the device for long.
            • - The fingerprint sensor is very slow and the accuracy rate is just about 40%

            Karan Uppal

            Karan Uppal is the Editor-in-Chief for Virtuaniz. He is currently a bachelor student of Computer Science at Bangalore and is working with a few start-ups. Karan is a keen learner and loves to travel. He loves reviewing gadgets and claims them to hold an important part in his life. Follow him at @freezethinker to get his updates.

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