LeEco Le 1s review: Fast, powerful and a lot like an iPhone

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brings up the shortcuts menu which has options of WiFi, Bluetooth, auto-brightness, rotation, mobile data, flight mode and mute mode. (Sanshey Biswas)
The Le 1s has a fingerprint scanner with a a mirror finish. Even the colour reminds you of the iPhone’s rose gold iPhones. (Sanshey Biswas)
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Chinese smartphone maker LeEco (previously Letv) launched its first smartphone in India — the Le 1s — on Wednesday. The company has been harping about how powerful the phones are to a point where they refer to them as superphones
instead of smartphones. But are they?
Body and looks : The Le 1s, with its aluminium body and plastic strips on the edge, speaker grill and the bottom, it look a lot like the latest iPhones, except for the fingerprint sensor. Instead of an Apple logo, the Le 1s has a fingerprint scanner with a a mirror finish. Even the colour reminds you of the iPhone’s rose gold iPhones. The phone is almost as slim as the iPhone 6S or 6S plus and weighs lesser than them. It has an almost bezel-less screen. The camera and flash unit is positioned on the top left corner on the back. The back is sand-blasted for the nice matte texture. There is a SIM slot at the side. The 1s has a non-removable battery and no expandable storage slot.

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Display and sound : The Le 1s sports a 5.5-inch fHD display with a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Watching movies or playing games on this smartphone is a delight. We were quite happy with the viewing angles. The Le 1s has a decent sound quality too.
Hardware: The Le 1s is powered by MediaTek’s latest Mt6795 Helios X10 octa-core processor and a 3GB RAM. The phone is really fast and showed no sign of lags while multi-tasking. The phone comes with a Power VR G6200 GPU which doesn’t disappoint on running graphics heavy games like Modern Combat 5. Also, the phone didn’t heat up even on prolonged gaming sessions. There is 32 GB of internal storage at your disposal. Although the phone supports connectivity features like Bluetooth and WiFi, it doesn’t have NFC or DLNA. Also, the phone’s 3,000 mAh battery supports fast charging allowing at least one hour of standby time with just five minutes of charging, for which you’d need a USB Type C cable. The faster charging also works with a laptop or or desktop. Users can chose this option while connecting the phone via USB on a desktop or a laptop. The phone supports two 4G-enabled SIM cards.

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