LeEco launched the much-awaited Le 1s in India on January 20, along with its big and bold partner- Le Max. The Le 1s is the new entrant in the budget phone market, and is all set to compete with the other smartphones in the category like the Lenovo K4 Note.
With breath-taking looks and design, the Le 1s has enough and more to make competitors sweat!
Design and display
The Le 1s sports a stunning all metal unibody which gives it a solid look and feel. Not just that, it also makes it look beautiful in the user's hands. Furthermore, the bezel less design display reduces the footprint of the phone, making it comfortable to hold.
On the other hand, Lenovo offers a more streamlined approach in the K4 Note with a plastic back supported by metal accents around the corners. That aside, it is also a little thicker than the Le 1s. In terms of design and build quality, the LeEco Le 1s definitely has an edge over Lenovo's offering, all thanks to its all-metal body. Both smartphones come equipped with almost identical 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD displays.
The Le 1s is a budget powerhouse. Where the K4 Note is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 processor clocked at 1.3GHz, the LeEco Le 1s, however, goes one step ahead, incorporating a high-end octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 chipset clocked at 2.2GHz. Heavy gamers might tilt towards the Le 1s for smoother gaming experience. Both phones are crammed with 3GB of RAM offering a cushion for multitasking.
Camera and storage
The optics in both the smartphones are not only similar on paper, but in real life performance as well. Both feature 13MP cameras at the rear with phase deduction autofocus and LED flash. 5MP cameras adorn the fronts of both smartphones for selfies and video calling. The Le 1s camera locks focus in just 0.09 seconds, making it the best camera phone to click pictures.
Additionally, the Le Superphones offer consumers great features to capture videos like the 'slo-mo' recording feature that allows users to shoot videos in slow motion, where every frame is well-defined, every moment means more. Users can film in 2x, 4x and HD videos with flash
On the storage front, the K4 Note comes with 16GB of internal storage which can be expanded further up to 128GB with the help of a microSD card. While the Le 1s offers a better internal storage capacity of 32GB.
Software, connectivity and additional features
The LeEco Le 1s runs the company's EUI atop of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with a promised upgrade to Marshmallow in the near future. The Android 6.0 update is due for the K4 Note as well, which currently runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with Lenovo's own Vibe UI on top.
Both devices have a smooth and responsive interface, and as is customary for many Chinese companies, no app drawers in the default home launcher. However, the Le 1s also bets big on its content ecosystem by partnering with streaming services such as Eros Now and YuppTV to offer free subscription to its consumers.
Both smartphones come with fingerprint scanners on the back, which is fast and quite accurate. However, the biometric module on the Le 1s also doubles up as a mirror. Also, you can store up to five fingerprints in the Le 1s, but the K4 Note only allows you to register up to two. The Le1s thus scores on this parameter as well, which is comparable to many flagship devices on offer.
On the connectivity front, both phones feature 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11, mobile hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS. The Lenovo K4 Note also features NFC, unlike the Le 1s. Also worth noting is the fact that the K4 Note is a proper dual-SIM smartphone, with a dedicated microSD card slot, so you don't need to sacrifice dual-SIM functionality in case you need to add more storage, unlike hybrid dual-SIM phones.
Pricing and availability
The Lenovo K4 Note is priced at Rs. 11,999. The Le 1s, on the other hand, is priced more affordably at Rs. 10,999 and will be exclusively available at Flipkart via flash sales starting February 2nd at 12noon.