“The Le Max 2 is the power-packed successor to the Le Max. Let’s see how the two flagships compare”
LeEco made its debut in India earlier this year with the Le 1s (review) and Le Max (first impressions). The smartphones were premium powerhouses sporting affordable price tags. We had high expectations for the successors to LeEco’s devices, and now, they’ve been officially unveiled. Apart from the Le 2 and Le 2 Pro (first impressions), the brand also unveiled the Le Max 2. Let’s see how the powerful phablet stacks up against its predecessor, the Le Max.
Display and Design
Talking about the design language, the LeEco Le Max 2 doesn’t fall too far from its elder sibling. Both the devices flaunt metal unibody designs making the smartphones quite elegant as well as sturdy. the absence of the 3.5mm audio jack in the Le Max 2 is the key difference, since the designs aren’t extremely different from each other.
Coming to the display, both smartphones feature QHD resolution, although, LeEco has scaled down from a 6.33-inch panel in the Le Max to a more manageable 5.7-inch screen in Max 2. Owing to the reduced display real estate, the display on the latter should be crisper.
Both smartphones feature rear-facing 21MP units, with the Le Max 2 getting an updated Sony IMX230 sensor, compared to the Sony IMX214 sensor housed on its elder sibling. The front camera gets a significant bump, with the Le Max 2 sporting an 8MP front shooter compared to the 4MP unit found on the Le Max. Both the smartphones are capable of 4K video recording at 30fps and standard 1080p recording at 60fps.
Performance and storage
In terms of the storage variants on offer, the Le Max 2 comes in multiple options, 4GB of RAM and 32GB storage, 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, and the top-end model sporting 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The Le Max is available in a 4GB RAM and 64GB storage option, as well as a ‘Sapphire’ edition with 128GB of storage.
Battery and other features
LeEco decided to scale down a bit the battery with its latest flagship, coming down from a 3,400mAh battery pack in the Le Max to a 3,100mAh one. The reduced battery size won’t be much of a problem, owing to the smaller display, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s battery optimisations. Both smartphones support fast charging.
There are a few added features that are worth mentioning with the Le Max 2. One of them being the lack of a 3.5mm audio jack. LeEco has dropped the 3.5mm headphone jack and replaced it with a USB Type-C connector. This utilises CDLA (Continual Digital Lossless Audio) which LeEco claims to be better than the standard analog methods. LeEco has also launched compatible earphones and headphones. Additionally, the Le Max 2 is equipped with an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor powered by Qualcomm’s Sense ID technology which can read fingerprints even when your hands are wet.
The Le Max was priced at Rs 32,999 in India, with the Sapphire Edition costing a whopping Rs 69,999. In comparison, the Le Max 2 is priced at 2,099 yuan (~ Rs 21,467) for the base model with 4GB RAM and 32GB ROM, while the top model variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM costs 2,499 yuan (~ Rs 25,554). Provided the price differential isn’t too much, the Le Max 2 could be the flagship to look out for this year, offering similar, if not better specs than the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (review), LG G5 (first impressions) and HTC 10, not to mention the Xiaomi Mi 5 (review). It remains to be seen if LeEco launches the 6GB variant of the Max 2 in India, but if it does, it’s bound to shake up the market.