Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) vs LeEco Le2: Which makes for a better budget smartphone!

By Harshita

    Samsung launched the new edition of its last year's Galaxy J2 smartphone a few days back to take on its Chinese rivals. The Samsung Galaxy J2 2016 features a glowing notification ring around its camera, which was much rumored and talked about well before its launch. The phone has been priced for close to Rs 10,000 in India, which puts it against the LeEco Le2 smartphone that falls in the same price range.

    Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) vs LeEco Le2: The better performer wins!

    Here we do a specification comparison between the Samsung Galaxy J2 2016 edition and the LeEco Le2 to see the difference in specs between the two smartphones.

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    Bigger screen v/s compact screen:

    The Samsung Galaxy J2 features a 5-inch AMOLED display of HD quality, packing in 720x1280 pixels of resolution. Whereas, the LeEco Le2 features a 5.5-inch full HD display, giving you 1080x1920 pixels resolution. Higher resolution should mean sharper and better visuals, but Samsung's phone features an AMOLED screen which enhances picture quality. Both phones offer good imaging, though we found Le2 slightly better in terms of visual quality.

    Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) vs LeEco Le2: The better performer wins!

    Powerful processor or smart processing!

    Performance of a device is dependent majorly on the chipset it houses, combined with the software brilliance. Samsung powers the Galaxy J2 (2016) with a 1.5GHz quad-core chipset, paired with 1.5GB of RAM, however Samsung claims that its Turbo Speed Technology can compress apps and data for the phone to perform smoothly, making it more efficient. Samsung promises that the device will perform as smoothly as any other device with higher storage and better hardware configuration would do!

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    While Samsung makes big promises, LeEco lures its customers by using a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 octa-core chipset under the hood of the Le2. Moreover, the phone has 3GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage.

    Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) vs LeEco Le2: The better performer wins!

    No slot for expandable storage!

    Besides good RAM and internal storage, support for microSD card to expand storage space on a phone is important. Sadly, the LeEco Le2 does not offer expandable storage space. Whereas, Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) allows users to expand the storage by up to 128GB using microSD card.

    Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) vs LeEco Le2: The better performer wins!

    8MP selfie camera on one, primary on another!

    On the back of Samsung's new Galaxy J2 smartphone, you will find an 8MP snapper, and there also is a 5MP selfie camera up front. LeEco Le2, on the other hand, flaunts a 16MP rear camera paired with an 8MP front-facing snapper. Going by the tech specs, as mentioned on paper, the Le2 seems much better an option in the camera department. However, we can't judge the performance of a device on the basis of its tech specs, until we review the phone ourselves. During our brief sessions with the phones, we found LeEco Le2's camera to offer better pictures in good lighting conditions, though images distort in low light. Samsung's camera is an average performer.

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    Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) vs LeEco Le2: The better performer wins!

    Marshmallow flavoured:

    In the software department, though both phones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you get a different experience due to native UI skinned atop Android OS. LeEco Le2 bets big on content, and offers pre-loaded services to make its device a package of entertainment and communication. Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016), on the other hand, gets its native UI with new features such as Turbo Speed Technology that compresses native apps, cleans kernel time to time and brings smart features to offer a smooth experience to users.


    Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) vs LeEco Le2: The better performer wins!

    USB Type C or microUSB connectivity port:

    As far as connectivity options are concerned, the Le2 offers USB Type C reversible port, which usually is good to charge the device and fast data transfer. However, the company has also removed 3.5mm audio jack, and added a new audio standard called CDLA (Continual Digital Lossless Audio) to the Type C port to offer better audio quality. The Samsung's baby, on the other hand, brings the contemporary microUSB port paired with 3.5mm audio jack.

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    Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) vs LeEco Le2: The better performer wins!

    Other features: Fingerprint scanner, Smart Glow and more:

    One of the design highlight of the Samsung Galaxy J2 (2016) is that it features the company's new Smart Glow notification ring on the back of the phone. It basically is a new notification light that is now presented as an LED ring surrounding the rear camera lens. The ring glows a different colour, which depends on the type of notification a user receive. It essentially is just like a standard notifications LED, however with a slight twist! But, considering that not many users would keep their phones up-side-down, in a way that its display faces the surface and back facing them, we are not sure how useful this feature would be!

    Also, there is a Selfie Assist feature that detects a user's face while taking a selfie with the rear camera, and turn the LED ring on to inform when the face is in frame!

    The LeEco Le2, on the other hand, has fingerprint scanner for enhanced security of the phone. Moreover, it features an infrared port for connecting and operating other consumer electronics remotely.

    Price and availability:

    Samsung Galaxy J2 2016 is priced at Rs 10,990, but will be available for Rs 9,750, starting July 14. The LeEco Le 2 can be bought for Rs 11,999, under flash sale model.

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