LeEco Le 1s #ExpressReview: This one has some significant advantages over rivals

Is the LeEco Le 1s really giving you more bang for your buck? Here's our full review of the smartphone, which goes on sale on Flipkart today.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Written by Nandagopal Rajan | Updated: February 16, 2016 8:47 am
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LeEco has been able to create a lot of buzz in the Indian market over the past couple of weeks, not because of its flagship Le Max but the mid-range Le 1s. The general perception is that the phone has managed to hit a sweet spot with pricing and specs. So is the LeEco Le 1s really giving you more bang for your buck?

LeEco Le 1s

To start with, Le 1s does not look or feel like a phone that has caused only a Rs 10,999 dent in your bank account. It’s solid metallic body with a flattened edges, and a matte finish is both classy and functional. It also features a unique mirror-based fingerprint scanner, which shines and gives the phone a unique ID.

Specs:  5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display | MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz | 3GB RAM, 32GB | 13 megapixel rear camera + 5 megapixel front camera| Android 5.0.2 with EUI|

Price: Rs 10,999

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What is good? 

The first thing you notice on any phone is its display, and Le 1s shines through on this aspect by offering a Full HD display, still rare at this price range. The bezel is super thin, and hence you can explore the screen better. It also works well in sunlight.

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LeEco, or LeTV as the brand was known before, call it’s phones ‘super phones’. With that kind of a branding it’s only natural that these phones are high on benchmarks, and can push the limits when needed. The Le 1s is no exception and handles all tasks quite well. The phone does heat up once in a while, but it did not seem to be as bad as some of the other phones we have tried recently. And thankfully the energy burnt here does not really affect the battery.

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The phone has a custom UI from Le, but one that is not radically different from stock Android. So you will not fumble on this phone or struggle to understand icons. The uncomplicated notifications system is something I liked. Also, LeEco wants to use this UI to power its big content ecosystem push. However, that might be a few months away, and now you get access to just the Le Cloud.

Le 1s has a good camera, which is fast and responsive. I thought the images were a bit too sharp like on the Le Max, but the results won’t disappoint you. It is also good with colour reproduction and reds and pinks don’t bleed. And it is the only phone in this range that offers 4K recording and that too without cutting any corners. It also manages to keep cool for up to 5 minutes of ultra-HD recording.

Fast charging on the phone is really good, and even a 5-minute charge can add more time.

What is not that good?

Le 1s does not have serious flaws. However, you will struggle with the USB Type-C charger if you forget to carry yours wherever you go. The best option is to invest in an additional one.

The battery can last a day, but you will need to be judicious how you use the screen brightness and 4K. Also, using other power adapters slows charging considerably.

The fingerprint scanner has a bit of a lag, and seems to be because the screen takes a second to switch back on. It asks for the PIN, if you don’t hold your finger dead straight, which can be a task if you are moving about.

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Also, the phones still have the Le TV branding if that is the sort of thing that will bother you.

Should you buy?

If you are looking for a mid-range phone then this is one of the best bets at the moment, with some significant advantages over the Moto G3. With LeEco promising a full ecosystem around its devices in the near future it might end up being more value for money than it is now.

Watch our first look video of Le 1s 

Specs battle: Lenovo K4 Note against the LeEco Le 1s and Moto G Turbo

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    anonymous
    Feb 9, 2016 at 5:18 am
    You are wrong, finger print response is very fast, dont just criticise for the sake of it. Guys go for it, I bought it in the first flash and it is awesome.
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      abhishek malik
      May 26, 2016 at 12:21 pm
      i got bought Le ECO Le 1s. I am quite satisfied for what i get in rs 11000. But I am facing a new trouble. My right ear is somehow giving me trouble since i have been using the new mobile phone. Sometimes the mobile handset gets so hot during voice calls that I have to disconnect the call, wait for it to cool down and then call again. I guess the radiations are not neutralized in a health appropriate way. May be the technology is cheap and not good for health. I have bothersome ear troubles since i am using this handset. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Is there any one who is facing similar issues (ear troubles and heating) then please share your reviews. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;abhishek lt;br/gt;9988301219lt;br/gt;
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        Aditya
        Feb 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm
        If u wnt call me its in my cart 9599913416 extra 1000 only
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          Aditya
          Feb 9, 2016 at 12:04 pm
          If u wnt call me its in my cart 9599913416 extra 1000 only
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            Aditya
            Feb 9, 2016 at 1:11 pm
            If u wnt call me its in my cart 9599913416 extra 1000 only
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              Aditya
              Feb 9, 2016 at 12:03 pm
              Its in my cart call me at 9599913416 extra 1000 only
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                Aditya
                Feb 9, 2016 at 10:17 am
                Its in my cart. Call me at 9599913416
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                  Aditya
                  Feb 9, 2016 at 1:58 pm
                  Price my extra is 1000only call me at 9599913416
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                    Aditya
                    Feb 9, 2016 at 12:02 pm
                    Rite now also its in my cart call me anytym 9599913416
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                      Anil Bhagwat
                      Feb 9, 2016 at 6:56 am
                      Very good phone in affordable price. The negative remarks by people, who either not used this phone or update comments from others
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                        zath
                        Feb 9, 2016 at 11:58 am
                        actually le 1s is priced at rs 11,999 or 10,999 not 15,500
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                          nagababu
                          Feb 9, 2016 at 9:37 am
                          I booked my mobile on one week back ... When I get that mobile
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                            Nagachandra
                            Feb 9, 2016 at 1:53 pm
                            I want LE Eco 1S mobile If anyone want it contact me -9916373276
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                              Chilambhu T
                              May 12, 2016 at 10:37 am
                              I heard about this phone on January 30th and ordered on Feb 2nd, happens to be the first batch of in India. The overall performance of the phone is good, today it is May 12th and as i said, i have been using it for more than 3 months. Touch, display, mulasking, finger print sensor, 3gb ram, 32gb internal in which 29gb is usable (OMG that is awesome), metal body, super fast charging are some of the major plus of the phone. Torch (3rd party app is available in play store), FM, Average (decent though) camera clarity, weight and thickness of the phone, Signal strength, wi-fi strength, overheating are some of the things which is a slight drawback.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Lets come to the after s support, i.e., service center quality in terms of technical knowledge and CRM (worse). The company compromised with the quality of the data cable, mine got damaged in both the ends where adapter and phone is connected while charging, it is still working though. I went to our local authorized service center, Celltronix NO,218,1st Floor, 2nd Street, hipuram, Coimbatore Coimbatore 641012 Tamil Nadu. Those guys where not even ready to address my issue, they just kept on saying "Physical Damage" "Physical Damage" "Physical Damage", then i called Letv's toll free number, that guy initially said that they do not provide warranty for in box accessories, he may be an rookie, so i educated him by telling that their company provide 6 months warranty for in box accessories. He got cornered and told me that the cable should be cut into two pieces and should not be in working condition in order to claim warranty after hearing that the cable is still working, i enlighten him by telling that the service engineer is blabbering as "Physical Damage""Physical Damage" for the past 5 minutes, then he told me to hand over the phone to the service center fool, they both discussed privately for a couple of minutes and that fool handed over the phone to me. To my wonder, the stupid who does not even know that their company provide 6 months warranty for in box accessories, said they cant provide warranty for "Physical Damage" WTF, i argued how come my HTC desire SV data cable (bought by 2012), my red mi data cable (2014) is still in fine condition and this three months old cable got damaged and you are blaming me for it as i did it purposely. The ultimate comedy is the old man working (i think security) in that 6 sq.m service center said "you would have bended the cable often, and that is why it got damaged", i said u r a fool and don't try to make a fool out of me and walked away.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;My mobile number is 91 9843078221 and my order number is OD205124995701545000.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The funny thing is that the customer care person whom i contacted through the toll free number said ok, go ahead when i told him that i am going to post an review about this incident.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Wake up LeEco, u cant survive in Indian Market or take market share unless you tie the loose ends.
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                                ak
                                Feb 10, 2016 at 9:35 am
                                Flipcart par ye sell 1Sec bhi nahi chali........why
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                                  ak
                                  Feb 10, 2016 at 9:40 am
                                  i think kuch to gadbad hai
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                                    Ganesh G
                                    Feb 11, 2016 at 10:58 am
                                    I have this in sealed box not yet opened. If anyone wants it let me know, just paying 300 extra ... Available till this friday(feb 12) in bangalore... Call asap 7676404779
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                                      Hariom
                                      Feb 9, 2016 at 5:04 pm
                                      call me 8347544800
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                                        Jaydeep
                                        Mar 19, 2016 at 3:53 pm
                                        I have ordered it.. Fingers crossed with a good hopes!!!
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                                          Robin Kumar
                                          Feb 9, 2016 at 11:16 am
                                          If anyone want it contact me -8447275195 for 14500
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                                            Amandeep
                                            Feb 9, 2016 at 8:16 am
                                            If anyone want it contact me -9899105148 for 15500
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