In a certain price range, it was only the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the LeEco Le 1s called as the best smartphone in the low mid-range. That’s how good the first phone from LeEco was in the Indian market. Now, LeEco has launched its successor, the Le 2 alongside the LeEco Le 2 Pro and LeEco Le Max 2.
Now, here’s how the Le 1s and the Le 2 smartphones face off against each other. There are not many differences between the two devices in terms of the design and internal specifications, with the body of the device carrying the same design lines as its predecessor the Le 1s, apart from the camera module in the back which is now centrally located and the fingerprint sensor is now square shaped. Another important change which users will notice in their everyday use is the removal of the 3.5mm jack.
Similarities between LeEco Le 2 vs LeEco Le 1s:
- Both devices have all-metal, unibody design
- Similar 5.5-inch Full HD display in both devices
- Both devices have 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage which is not expandable
- Both devices come with 3000mAh Li-Po non-removable battery with fast charging
- Both devices come with connectivity features like Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 4G LTE, USB Type-C port, Bluetooth and GPS
|LeEco 2||LeEco Le 1s|
|Display||5.5-inch Full HD display with 403ppi and 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution||5.5-inch Full HD display with and 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution|
|Processor||MediaTek Helio X20, Deca-core CPU, 700MHz Mali-T880 MP4 GPU||2.2GHz Octa-core MediaTek’s Helio X10 SoC|
|RAM and Storage||3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage (eMMC 5.1)||3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage (non-expandable)|
|Camera||16 MP, LED flash, F/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus along with 8 MP, 1.4μm pixel size, F/2.2 aperture, 76.5-degree wide angle||13MP ISOCELL camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture as the primary camera and a 5MP front-facing camera having 85-degree wide angle lens|
|OS||Android 6.0 Marshmallow based EUI 5.8||Android 5.1.1 based EUI skin|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh||Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh|
|Connectivity||4G LTE with VoLTE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2 A2DP, GPS with A-GPS||4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2 A2DP, GPS with A-GPS|
Differences between LeEco Le 2 vs LeEco Le 1s:
- The LeEco Le 2 is powered by an Helio X20 tri-cluster deca-core processor compared to the Le 1s which is powered by MediaTek’s 64-bit Helio X10 octa-core chipset
- The Le 2 comes with a high-resolution camera – 16MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF and dual tone LED flash compared to the 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF and LED flash
- The front camera in the Le 2 is an 8MP sensor compared to the 5MP sensor in the Le 1s
- The 3.5mm audio jack is removed in the Le 2 and it supports Type-C audio port
- The LeEco Le 2 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based EUI 5.8 and the Le 1s runs on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with EUI skin
- In terms of design, the rear camera is located in the middle with a slight bump compared to the top right corner location as seen in the Le 1s. The antenna bands can be seen in the top and bottom of the back
Price Comparison between LeEco Le 2 and Le 1s:
The LeEco Le 1s is priced at Rs. 10,999 and the Le 2 is priced at 1,099 Yuan in China which is approximately Rs. 11,300. The pricing and availability in India is not yet revealed. Pre-orders for the Le 2 in China have begun and device will be available from April 26.
Final Verdict – Which device is better LeEco Le 2 or Le 1s:
The Le 2 will be better as it is the successor to the Le 1s and has some decent upgrades. There is an upgrade in the processor with the Helio X20 deca-core processor compared to the Helio X10 octa-core chipset in the Le 1s. The camera segment has also seen an upgrade with a 16MP sensor on the back compared to the 13MP sensor and front camera is 8MP from 5MP in Le 1s.
The rear aspect of the device gets a much needed revamp in design with the camera sensor positioned in the middle with the fingerprint sensor below it which looks much better with the antenna bands positioned on the top and bottom of the device. The front of the device is similar, the Le 2 has thinner bezels but carries the same overall design as the Le 1s. The Le 2 runs on the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS compared to the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop OS.
Removing the 3.5mm jack appears to be a bad move for a device in the mid-range segment, this will make all the headphones etc previously owned by the user useless and there are hardly any headphones in the market supporting USB Type-C audio like the JBL Reflect Aware etc. Overall the Le 2 is a decent upgrade from the Le 1 and with the competitive pricing of the Le 2 it is a sure winner when it comes to comparison between the two devices.