LeEco Le Max review: This is one large phone with a big price

Le Max is one large phone with a stunning 2k display. Here's our review of the new Le Max.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Updated: January 23, 2016 10:12 am
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The growing popularity of Apple is China is forcing most of the smartphone players there to look for greener pastures. And when you hyphenate green pastures and smartphones, there is no place better than India.  That latest to take the Shenzen-New Delhi direct flight is LeTv, now called LeEco given in global ambitions. The first phone from the company to be sold in India will be the Le Max.

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As the name suggests, the Le Max is one large phone. Actually, it is a bit too large. Large enough to rule out a lot of users with smaller hands. At 6.33-inches, it is a phablet in every sense and that shows in the 204 gram weight too. It is also a full bodied smartphone with a fingerprint scanner, a large battery and an excellent screen. Here are my first impressions:

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Specs: 6.33-inch (2560x1440p) display | Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC with 4GB RAM | 64 GB | 21MP rear camera + 4-UltraPixel front camera | 3,400mAh battery | EUI based on Android 5.0

Price: Rs 32,999

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What is good?
The phone has a really good 2K screen which shines through, especially at night. There is also an excess of real estate on the screen, making the icons look small. It is ideal for those who like to read a lot on their phones.

The overall build quality is good and the phone seems like something that can last, at least on the hardware front. Like with LG phones, the fingerprint scanner is at the back under the camera and this is a more natural place to have this security feature.

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Performance will not be an issue with this phone, thanks to the Snapdragon 810 SoC and 4GB RAM. It can handle anything from high quality streaming video to very graphic games. And thankfully the phone does not heat up much when you are pushing its limits. For those impressed by benchmarks, this phone is right up there with the top flagships of the year.

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The camera is great but schizophrenic. It has one identity that is great, especially when there is good natural light. Also, the video capabilities are good thanks to the 4K abilities and extra storage on the phone.

What is not good?
Like the Qiku Q Terra, this phone has a lot of Chinese still hidden away inside the UI. So you will encounter message and alerts you can’t make head or tail out of quite often.

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The alter ego of the camera comes in the negatives. In low light, the camera throws up oversaturated images that lack detail. I guess a software upgrade will be due before the final version comes to India.

The battery is not all that great despite the size and I found the phone dropped at least 25 percentage battery overnight, with just the Wi-Fi on and no SIM inserted. This could again be a software quirk.

Should you buy

At Rs 32,999, this phone is placed in the premium segment, well away from the volume middle segment in India. For me, this phone comes in direct competition to the Qiku Q Terra, which is priced under Rs 20,000. Of course, this phone offers more real estate and storage, but not worth paying another Rs 13,000 for. Buy this phone if you really need that extra screen size, which is becoming increasingly hard these days. This would have been a much better phone at a price under Rs 25,000.

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      H.N.Rama Murthy
      Jan 20, 2016 at 3:54 pm
      great phone with lot of facilities .
      1. H
        Jan 25, 2016 at 5:38 pm
        this phone is not fit for young generation and Indian people......becouse this phone is made in china....china makes always duplicate
        1. P
          Feb 20, 2016 at 3:11 am
          LeEco 1s mobile battery drain with in a minutes.
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            Pranav Kumar
            Sep 12, 2016 at 2:50 pm
            Sabse Ghatia screen hai..lt;br/gt;3 foot se girkar toot jati hlt;br/gt;Screen cost hai 4300..lt;br/gt;Worst product I ever uselt;br/gt;Aisa phn kabhi mt lena
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              Prasant Tiwary
              Feb 3, 2016 at 5:54 pm
              Tell me any good b which is not made in China... You need be educated before you make any remarks.
              1. P
                Feb 21, 2016 at 8:59 am
                Varun, thats le max pro (820) not le max (810) This phone has a lot of good things to write about, same as the reviewer. However here are some things i noticed: This phone gets hot, if used for a longer period of time and fingerprint sensor does have some issues, make sure you do save more than one fingerprint [if one print is not recogniTunlock and i had to update my fingerprint twice since i bought it (i got it yesterday)] P.S. the screen is large and beautiful. This is almost the same size as iphone 6s plus (almost) but half the price.
                1. V
                  Mar 14, 2016 at 9:42 am
                  Brought LE max. Best mobile. Better than Iphone. Camera is too Good. to operate its too smoothie. Overall best for its price. and also stylish mobile.
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