LeEco Company (in the recent past LeTV) is known in China, and the production of smart phones, and the creation of the service streaming video (YouTube Chinese analogue), and developing a promising concept electric vehicle. This is a relatively young brand, quickly exciting set of related markets. Having achieved impressive success at home, the company began its expansion into India and the US, and more recently appeared in Russia. Today we will speak about one of the company's new products - 5.5-inch smartphone, devoid of the usual audio jacks and running on an unusual modification of Android.
The smartphone comes in a compact flat box made of white matte board.
The standard kit includes a powerful charge 3 A detachable cable with the USB Type-C, an adapter with Type-C mini-jack 3.5 mm, transparent silicone case, "clip" and a user manual.
The device makes a good first impression with its monolithic aluminum body, deprived of clearances and backlashes. Logo on the front side there is located above the display light sensor, earpiece and front camera lens to form a kind of smiley face - it looks unusual. To the left of the light sensor is placed LED notification light, which becomes evident only in the active state.
At the bottom of the frame below the screen are touch buttons, but to find them is not so simple: the icon only for a moment appear out of nowhere when you turn on the backlight, and then disappear, merging into a single whole with sparkling metal texture under glass.
When the smartphone is switched off, it seems that the screen had "edge to edge", without any limits. In fact, it is certainly not the case, but a cunning design course add "flavor" external gadget mind visually expands the screen and gives the illusion of a complete lack of framework at the interface on a black background.
On the back side of the case you can see the two plastic inserts for the antennas, the manufacturer's logo, slightly protruding camera, flash and mirror fingerprint scanner.
On the right side are located the power button and volume rocker on the left - a tray for two nano-SIM.
The thin 7.5 mm body significantly increases the ease of handling a large smartphone. For example, despite its length, the device can be worn in jeans pocket without feeling a special difference to more compact devices.
Manage your gadget with one hand possible, thanks to its special proprietary interface, but doing it is still not too comfortable. This occurs only because of the large screen - weight at a moderate gadget, just 153 grams.
In aluminum housing pleasant to the touch, "velvety" and not slippery texture. All sides - and the housing and buttons - are made with a jeweler's precision: metal elements do not dig into your hands and do not cling to the clothing in this way.
Under 2,5D-glass is a 5.5-inch screen, a remarkable complete absence of the backlight flickering at all brightness and rich customization possibilities.
The resolution established a matrix does not record by today's standards - Full HD, but the picture looks smooth, individual pixels are invisible, even when viewed up close.
The viewing angles are not satisfactory: if you look at the screen diagonally under the unnaturally large angle, besides holding the device upside down, a white color slightly "warmer" and the
rest of the image remains unchanged.
Auto Brightness function is working properly. The maximum level is enough to use the machine on a cloudy day, but a little lacking in direct sunlight. The minimum level is excellent - the backlight can be muted so that even in absolute darkness display will not dazzle.
Adjust the screen color reproduction to your taste is very easy. If you need more "acid" - select preset Vivid, Standard Mode - Natural, with muted colors - Soft, as well as the manufacturer recommends an optimal brand - LeTV. In addition to the presets available for stepless adjustment of color temperature. Also in the settings you can enable the filter, "cut" the blue spectrum of luminescence of the screen - it reduces eye strain after prolonged use of the smartphone.
In the configuration menu screen, there are many additional options: local control of font sizes, the global interface scaling, image enhancement when playing full-screen video and drawbacks of smoothing mode for low bit rate video.
The device is running Android 6.0 interface, the length and breadth altered in the original shell EUI. As any decent modern smartphone, there is no application menu, all the icons and folders located on your home screen.
The upper shutter in the modified system is only designed to display notifications. All the usual "fast" setting such as brightness control, control the player, turn on Wi-Fi mode and "Flight" - all this is "moved" to the bottom of the shutter, combined with a menu of recent applications and opens the corresponding touch button. At first, this "innovation", even a little annoying, but after a week of using it becomes accustomed and even comfortable. At the 5.5-inch display, the lower shutter is much easier to use than once again drag your finger to the top edge of the display to draw the menu.
By default on a device installed Chinese "dialer", which does not automatically "cling" contacts and sync with Google calendar account. Import contacts can be manually using any third party utility that supports CSV format for notebooks.
Preset programs in the system a little: the compass, file manager, voice recorder, video player, software for the IR port and system utility to clean from "garbage" functions, monitoring
application performance, traffic control and optimization of energy savings.
EUI shell supports the use of themes that you can download from the web and standalone application allows you to search in a boundless online collection of new wallpapers.
In general, the software upgrade EUI made a good impression: it is much nicer standard shell Android.
The smartphone runs on Helio X20 processor, which contains a full ten cores: two ARM Cortex-A72 (2,3 GHz), four ARM Cortex-A53 (2,0 GHz) and another four ARM Cortex-A53 (1,4 GHz ). processor
architecture allows efficient use of battery power - especially powerful core are connected only when the resource-intensive tasks, such as during start-up of games.
Responsible for the graphics accelerator ARM Mali-T880 MP4, capable of operating at frequencies up to 700 MHz. The smartphone is equipped with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of built-in, from which the user is available 29,12 GB. MicroSD slot is not, and this is one of the few downsides device (although almost 30 GB of internal memory available - not too little).
As part of a custom shell device works quickly, at work in all standard applications and browser tabs with a lot of problems, too, is not observed.
The device is easy to reproduce FHD-video through online services, and the internal memory loses 4K files easily.
The fingerprint reader works almost instantly, misfires are rare - of twenty consecutive test unlocks it wrong only twice.
Unfortunately, the editors did not get LeEco headphones with a direct connection to the Type-C, therefore CDLA failed lossless-format evaluate all the charm. The sound of the classic headphones connected via the supplied adapter is not impressed: even with the option enabled Dolby Atmos sound quality was at the level of ordinary non-musical smartphones.
However, lovers of good sound smart to write off from the accounts is not: the novelty is designed for just appearing in the latest sale of headphones that are connected directly to the USB
connector Type-C. The audio signal is digital cable without any loss of quality will be transmitted to a decoding chip placed directly inside the headphones, so the final sound quality can be
very high, and determined only by the characteristics of the chosen model of "ears".
The sound quality from external and normal conversational dynamics - no wheezing, a large volume of inventory, too.
The benchmark ten core smartphone leave behind a variety of popular devices from other manufacturers the same price category.
In games gadget also proved to be very worthy, however, at the same time it has been significantly heated - probably exacerbated the situation thirty-degree summer heat.
The main camera is set a 16-megapixel CMOS-powered lens with f / 2.0, phase autofocus and LED flash. You can manually change the ISO, EV shift setting, the white balance in the camera application, the contrast, sharpness and saturation. There is a small set of filters and scene presets.
Day in bright light camera allows you to get very high quality pictures, but the sun is hiding behind clouds detail markedly reduced.
In the room with artificial light shots are not bad, but their quality is much worse compared to the daily street shooting.
At dusk and darkness, you can take pictures with the hands, without a tripod, quickly getting clear picture quality is quite acceptable. When shooting at night with lots of urban illumination in the frame autofocus works surprisingly quickly and without errors.
Creating panoramas complete without artifacts.
Standard photography text from the book given machine without difficulty, but the camera is not suitable for extreme macro photography, as it refuses to focus too closely.
In front camera eight megapixel unit and the lens f / 2.2. In daylight, it takes quite good, also have the function of automatic retouching portraits.
One of the most serious "buns" smartphone - quality video recording. The device supports video shooting in 4K, in Full HD and slow-mo mode.
The device supports the latest communication standards: Wi-Fi 2.4G and 5G Dual Wlan 802.11a / b / g / n / ac, and Bluetooth version 4.2. In addition, the device has an IR port that allows you to use your smartphone as a remote control for the role of the various equipment.
Internet works fine on a device, either through Wi-Fi, and the LTE-networks.
C navigation there is no problem: the smart phone supports GPS (with A-GPS), GLONASS and BeiDou.
The sensitivity of the navigation module average - in the depths of space the satellite is a little, but in open spaces all works well, "cold" start 15 seconds, "hot" in two.
The battery life of the smartphone with the processor varies widely depending on the nature of the load. In a typical mixed-use-enabled 4G, social networking, listening to music, taking pictures,
and web-surfing device will work full-time (approximately 4-5 hours the included screen). Continuously play back Full HD video from internal memory when switched mode, "Flight" at the maximum
brightness of the screen smartphone will be for eight hours. But in the hour of play Asphalt 8 device discharges by 24%.
The smartphone supports the fast charging Quick Charge 3.0 - using the included charger for every 15% recharge takes about 17 minutes.
Ambiguous was the decision to abandon the traditional 3.5mm audio jack in favor of Type-C. The sound quality of the headphones connected via an adapter, not impressed, and we can only hope for the emergence of widely available specialized "ears" with an embedded chip that can reveal the musical potential of the new items. However, LeEco Le pro 2 a pleasure to hold in their hands - the quality of materials and workmanship fine. Do not let us down and performance: the device is fast in all applications and games. His PhotoChances quite good, and the video shooting in 4K resolution - a very nice bonus.