LeEco’s LeMax is a latest smartphone entrant in the Indian market. And challenging our set notions about Chinese smartphones to be complicated and bulky, this sweet device is turning out to be a feature packed smartphone that goes big on performance. Let’s have a closer look at what Le Max has in store for us!
Design and Display:
Le Max is a giant of a smartphone with a 6.3-inch display and overall stats to be 167.1×83.5×8.95mm, making it one of the biggest smartphones available in the market right now. And thanks to such a bulky structure, the device weighs 204 gms, so yes, you need both your hands to handle this one. At first impression we though this is a bad sign, but then after getting our hands on it properly, we realized that is a really good smartphone to possess, as the screen to body ratio isn’t that bad. Le Max comes with a full unibody metal design with plastic gaps for the antenna; it has bezel-less display combined with proper aluminum and glass covering in the front section. The bezel on the device is just 1.6 mm which is pretty thin for a device this large. But nonetheless, we didn’t face any kind of issues due to this while using this device for our review.
Le Max has 80.2% screen to body ratio, which is one of the highest that we have seen in any device so far. LeMax also has a fingerprint scanner on the back side. The back side also consists of LeTv branding at the bottom, with camera, dual LED flash and secondary mic. On the left-hand side, you get the mute switch, which helps you change profiles of the device along with volume buttons. The right-hand side comes with the power button and dual nano sim slots. No there is no SD Card slot since LeEco is a content company; they already have some pre-loaded content for you. This also helps in the strategy of keeping piracy at bay. Also, the lack of expandable storage can be a real pain point for some users!
On the top side, you have infrared remote for TV remote control use and a 3.5 mm standard jack. At the bottom you get USB type C port along with two grills in which, only right-hand side is the speaker. And left-hand side one is purely for aesthetics.
Software and Performance:
Le Max comes packed with 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC coupled with 4 GB of DDR4 RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The software onboard gives you with ample of skinning and customization options, but they have been kept minimal so as to not take a toll on the overall experience of UI. The customization does not go that deep, thanks to which you can change the UX themes and wallpapers but cannot select individual icon packs and custom fonts. There are many other small things that make you feel special, like the touchpad can take places anywhere, from left to right to centre depending from where you like to swipe on your screen, ability to change dpi of the software etc.
The overall performance of Le Max is pretty great. The apps chugged along just perfectly and even gaming experience was pretty good as well. Though the device might heat up a little bit while playing games, but it’s not that noticeable. The fingerprint reader at the back side works perfectly too and took just a few seconds to unlock this giant.
Le Max comes with a hefty 21 MP rear camera and a 4 MP front camera, which is a little odd as we were expecting the front camera to be between 8-13 MP but it has larger pixel size so it’s kind of better when compared to normal cameras. LeMax has come up with an easy camera app also known as a view finder.
Le Max front camera full HD video sample:
It features a single button on the top left accompanied by flash settings and switch camera options. Rest of the options are pretty standard and basic like landscape, portrait, beautify etc. While in daylight the pictures were perfect with a slight blue tinge, the low light pictures had a red tinge in them which was an eyesore for us.
LeMax 4K HD video sample:
It comes with a surprisingly small size of a battery, only 3400MaH as compared to it’s giant size. The battery lasted for about 20 hours from normal to regular usage and had to be plugged in by day end. Also, the battery is non-removable.
Here’s our full LeEco (LeTV) LeMax hands on review:
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