LeEco Le 2, Le Max 2 quick review: Look ma, no 3.5mm audio jack!

first_imgThis quick review is such that no matter how we start, Apple will invariably be part of it. So, let’s go ahead and get that out of our way first. We all know that Apple has been working in the shadows to get rid of the proverbial analog 3.5mm audio jack in its next-generation iPhone. So much for working in the shadows!The bottom-line is that the days of the 3.5mm headphone jack are all but numbered. It’s just a matter of time before it catches up and spreads like wild fire, especially after Wednesday’s turn of events. Unfortunately for Apple, the Cupertino giant wouldn’t be the one beating the drums for being there first. LeEco will.For those who haven’t heard, LeEco is an entertainment conglomerate based in China. It is often called the Netflix of China. Basically it provides video streaming services and has recently ventured into hardware space, manufacturing TVs, smartphones, a VR headset, Bluetooth speakers and what not. Heck it also has a smart driverless car — the LeSEE — to its name.On Wednesday, the company launched two new ‘Superphones’ in India — the Le 2 and the Le Max 2. Both the phones have no 3.5mm headphone jack. So, where do you connect your heaphones, you ask? Well, you connect them to the phones’ USB Type-C port. Wait, what?The Le 2 and the Le Max 2 are the world’s first smartphones to feature a USB Type-C audio connector which means that the same port that you use for charging and data syncing can be used to connect your heaphones. The company has designed special USB Type-C headphones for the purpose. You can purchase them separately for Rs 1,999.advertisementThey are no ordinary USB Type-C headphones though. They are harbingers of LeEco’s home-brewed Continual Digital Lossless Audio or CDLA technology that allows the new phones to churn out lossless audio. This means, what you see is what you get. All your FLAC files for instance will play ‘untouched’ via LeEco’s compatible headphones, just the way they are meant to sound.You can also keep using your standard 3.5mm headphones with the new phones using an adapter that ships with the box. Note that, your standard headphones will not be able to make use of LeEco’s CDLA technology, as it is integrated right into the proprietary headphones sold separately.  Additionally, both the phones support Dolby Atoms sound tech on speakers.Also Read: LeEco launches Le 2, Le Max 2 with Type-C audio starting at Rs 11,999 Club the phones’ one-of-a-kind audio experience with the company’s digital multimedia content ecosystem, and you have yourself quite a deal, even more so if you like to consume multimedia on the go. Both the phones ship with one year free content membership — which includes films, TV shows and music — that LeEco will offer in collaboration with services like Yupp TV and Eros Now. LeEco normally charges Rs 4,999 for a one year membership program. The Le 2 and the Le Max 2 are the world’s first smartphones to feature a USB Type-C audio connector which means that the same port that you use for charging and data syncing can be used to connect your heaphones That’s not the only highlight of LeEco’s new phones. Both the phones come with top-tier hardware, which when you take into account their aggressive pricing makes them instantly stand out in the crowd.The Le 2 and Le Max 2 boast of full-metal unibody and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, much like their predecessor phones, the Le 1S and the Le Max. If anything, they are thinner and lighter than the outgoing phones. And equally well-built if not better.While the Le 2 is a 5.5-inch phone, the Le Max 2 comes with a larger 5.7-inch screen. The Le 2 has a fullHD resolution display, while the Le Max 2 has a QuadHD screen. What really impresses though is their near-bezel less display resulting in a fantastic screen-to-body ratio.On the inside, both the Le 2 and the Le Max 2 offer high-end hardware. The Le 2 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 652 processor (a mid-level CPU in an affordable phone is something to look forward to) while the premiere Le Max 2 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood. The Le 2 has 3GB RAM and 32GB memory while the Le Max 2 has a whopping 6 gigs of RAM and 64GB of memory. Asus recently unveiled the ZenFone 3 Deluxe with 6GB RAM and the upcoming OnePlus 3 is also rumoured to have the same. Whatever be the case, the Le Max 2 certainly belongs to a rare breed of phones for now.advertisementBoth the phones are dualSIM capable, support 4G LTE (VoLTE ready) and run Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based EUI out-of-the-box. Expandable storage is not supported.On the camera front, the Le Max 2 sports a 21-megapxiel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, optical image stabilisation and phase detection autofocus. There’s also an 8-megapixel camera on the front. The Le 2 on the other hand sports a 16-megapxiel camera on the rear with PDAF and dualLED flash along with an 8-megapixel camera on the front.While the Le Max 2 has a 3,100mAh battery inside, the Le 2 is backed by a 3,000mAh battery. Both the phones support fast charging.LeEco has priced the new phones quite sensibly. While the Le 2 has been priced at Rs 11,999 the Le Max 2 costs Rs 22,999. The Le Max has the guts to take on the Xiaomi Mi 5 and even the upcoming OnePlus 3, while the Le 2 will go neck to neck with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the Moto G4 Plus. Watch this space for out full review of the LeEco Le 2 and the LeEco Le Max 2 in the days to come.Also Read: LeEco Le 1S (Eco) quick review: It’s show time!last_img

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