LeEco, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, recently launched their premium flagship smartphone - the Le Max - in India. Priced upwards of the Rs. 30,000 mark, Le Max takes on competition from Samsung, LG and Apple.
With Apple's latest flagship, iPhone 6S being aggressively priced here in India, here is a list of comparisons between the LeEco Le Max and the Apple iPhone 6S to help you choose the better option in an efficient manner.
First things first, the Le Max is definitely not a 'compact' smartphone with a screen size of 6.33 inches. A phablet at best, the Le Max is massive compared to the 4.7-inch iPhone 6S. Although being a big phone, you can't write off the Le Max as yet. While some people may prefer the more compact and sleek look of the iPhone, multimedia junkies will prefer the Le Max just for its massive display as well as Quad-HD resolution.
The LeEco Le Max is powered by the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset while the iPhone 6S runs on the 64-bit Apple A9 chipset. Both of these are top of the class processors and offer performance at high speeds. While the Snapdragon 810 on the Le Max has two quad-core chipsets, the Apple A9 is only a dual-core processor. The A9 chipset is capable of high-end graphics performance similar to octa-core processors, though.
The LeEco Le Max has a whopping 4 gigabytes of RAM to power its internals. While the 2 gigabytes of RAM on the iPhone 6S may seem highly disappointing to you, don't be fooled by it for even one second. Apple's iPhones run on their custom iOS while these other OEMs have to run on Google's Android OS. Being a third-party software, Android works differently with different hardware and thus a maximum limit of RAM is required to allow for smooth functioning and integration of the internals with Android.
Internal storage variants
Apple loses this round because of the infamous 16GB storage option that they still offer in their range for the iPhone 6S. It has 16/64/128GB options to choose from. On the other hand, the Le Max starts with a 32GB model and goes all the up till 128GB. It is important to note that both these smartphones do not support any microSD cards, so keep in mind the internal storage variant, before buying, as you'll be stuck with it for some time.
For charging and PC connectivity, the iPhone 6S sports a proprietary Lightning port that is found on the recent Apple iPhone, iPod and iPad mobile device range. The LeEco Le Max has the latest USB Type-C port which is termed as the next big thing in PC connectivity. Dropping the usual micro-USB port found on most Android smartphones, the Le Max went with the Type-C port that betters the predecessoys by adding features like reversible compatibility and quick charging support for most devices.
As talked about in the above passages, the iPhone 6S runs on Apple's very own iOS. The Le Max, on the other hand, is powered by EUI - a custom skin on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop. While iOS and Android differ drastically, EUI is very similar to iOS when it comes to functionality and aesthetics. Various features like the font size, Control Center, no app drawer point towards EUI borrowing quite many features from Apple's iOS.
The LeEco Le Max sports a 21.4 Megapixel rear camera sensor with features like Optical Image Stabilisation, Dual-tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture and Phase Detection Auto Focus. The Apple iPhone 6S has a 12 Megapixel rear sensor with features like True tone LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, five element lens and Focus Pixels. All in all, both the cameras are flagship-worthy and quite comparable in performance. Talking about the front cameras, the Le Max sports a 4MP Ultrapixel sensor and the iPhone, a 5MP sensor. The iPhone takes the lead here with support of Retina Flash on the front.
The color of the smartphone is a very crucial step in buying one as it is the very first and most important that people look out for when they glance upon it. While the LeEco Le Max offers premium colors - Gold and Silver - Apple takes it one step ahead with the Space Grey variant that is currently its most-selling color option for the iPhone 6S.