The LeEco tsunami that hit Indian shores is now making waves in Nagpur too.
Barely a few months old in India, LeEco is doing awesome business with its budget offering, the Le 1s. However, the company also has a flagship device called the LeMax. It may cost three times what the 1s does but in typical LeEco fashion, you get a lot for your money.
It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. Other features include a 6.3-inch 2k display, 3,400mAh battery, 21MP camera with optical image stabilisation, phase detection auto focus, infrared port for remote control, a USB type-C port and fingerprint scanner. This kind of feature set is not available in this price range and that’s what makes the LeMax unique.
The solid metal unibody design gives the LeMax a premium look and feel. However, the metal body and large size also makes the phone very bulky and heavy.Most people we showed the device to didn’t like the size -after all, the 6.33-inch screen is dangerously close to 7-inch tablet territory. That being said, it is much smaller than a tablet, thanks to the super-thin bezels.And even though it’s a large device, the fingerprint scanner is ergonomically placed on the back -low enough to unlock the phone even when you’re using it with one hand.
The 6.33-inch display covers most of the front and the ridiculously slim bezels make the device look better than most other phablets out there. The 2K resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels) keeps everything pin sharp, making the phone ideal for multimedia, reading, web and gaming.
Performance was as expected from the top-end hardware. The phone handled heavy games like Asphalt 8 and 4k video playback without a hitch. Switching be tween open apps was seamless and we could not get the device to slip up anywhere. The 64GB storage is enough for most users although power users might be slightly disappointed by the lack of a microSD card. Considering the size of the device, we felt that the battery capacity should have been higher too. The 3,400mAh battery lasts a full day, but it could have done better considering the size. It uses a type-C port but LeEco has bundled a microUSB to type-C converter in the box so that you don’t have to carry the charger around.
The interface is the same as the Le 1s: a custom interface based on Android 5.1. Like the Le 1s, it has a bunch of handy features including easy one handed use, a full page control center for settings and shortcuts, a call recorder, blacklist and a remote control app with the ability to learn commands from other remotes. Overall, the interface is very usable and feature-rich.
As for the camera, it has a 21MP primary unit with optical image stabilisation and phase detection autofocus. It impressed us with fantastic images in all conditions. Low light images were also good but there was visible noise when viewed on a larger display. The 4k recording quality was also top notch, leading us to believe that the phones hits well above its price range when it comes to camera quality.
If you’re into large phones, the LeMax probably has everything you want. It’s an expensive device considering the new brand but it’s still very high on the value for money scale. The next best option for someone wanting a large screen phone is the Qiku Q Terra. Apart from a funny sounding name, Qiku has a 6-inch full HD display with slim bezels, a Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB RAM, all for the glorious sum of Rs 19,990.