At Rs 11,999 LeEco redefines the Budget smartphone. Yet again.

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3GB RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.8 GHz Octa-core processor, a unibody metal build, a 16MP primary cam and a fingerprint sensor. If you’ve not been tracking smartphones for a few months, you might imagine a device with these specs might be priced upwards of Rs 20,000.¬†Brands like LeEco take disruption quite seriously. Yes, it is an overused word but nothing explains devices like Le2 better.

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Our review unit in Rose gold (Snapped with the LG G5)

Our review unit was dressed in Rose Gold. It’s almost where rose gold meets copper and a tad shiny for our liking. But that’s a minor crib for a device that seriously looks way more expensive than its price tag – clean lines, a thin bezel and lightweight construction (it certainly feels light for a 5.5-inch device). The fingerprint sensor is located just next to the camera and very responsive.

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Indoor shot with lowlight (Location: Color Plus store @ Phoenix Market City)

 

The device boasts of an impressive hardware spec sheet and it doesn’t end on paper. It’s easily one of the zippiest devices in the sub Rs 20,000 price band; the clean custom UI adds to the seamless experience. The device features 32GB onboard that might not work for heavy duty users (there’s no expandable memory option). We’re also undecided about LeEco’s novel attempt to enhance the audio quality with its CDLA type headphones (specially crafted for the USB C slot). The audio quality is terrific but it comes at a price – convenience.

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This food shot (At Copper Chimney, Chennai) in lowlight was slightly subpar

The device nearly makes the cut on the two key drivers for every smartphone buyer – Camera and Battery life. The battery life (3000 mAh) was acceptable while the test results with the 16MP primary cam were a mixed bag. And yet it’s easily one of the best mobile shooters in its class. A year ago LeEco (Interestingly this phone is badged with the older Letv brand) might have been an unknown entity but devices like the Le2 have helped transform this brand into one of the country’s genuine ‘flash sale’ heroes. Of course its not perfect but at Rs 11,999 its almost in a league of its own.

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