LeEco Le1S Full Technical Review: Is it Overpriced?

Over 70,000 LeEco (LeTV) Le1S units were sold like in a real flash in the first flash sales on Flipkart. From the day Flipkart had given the registrants number to media, the curiosity for this smartphone has increased 5X times. Initially, I thought the brand has not much value in smartphone industry but the Gadget Woman states (in GWAT session 1) the brand is what people are not caring about these days.
There is a reason why people are getting nuts over buying this phone and you could have already sensed it why if you had read my Le1S preview that I had posted a week ago.
It’s time! Let’s take a complete look at the device and see if it is really worth buying or it is just another marketing stunt played by the companies to generate hype.

What’s in the box?

The package contains the Le1S handset, SIM card ejector tool, wall-mount detachable USB type-c charger and instruction manuals/user guides.


The design of LeEco Le1S looks premium if to say it in one line. The full metallic body and clean back panel gives it the rich look. From the back, the phone looks like Honor 7 and Samsung Alpha series phone. If the uniqueness of the design is not to be cared about, the Le1S is the phone that grabs the attention with its stunning metallic looks.
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The phone is built 7.6mm thinner in a bezel-less unibody with solidly premium looks. The rear camera accompanied by the LED flash are placed on the top right corner on the back leaving much explorable place for a finger to reach out the fingerprint scanner on the spine of it. Unlike the other fingerprint scanner phones in the market, Le1S’s fingerprint scanner shines out new and is reflective.
The device is a right hander device. The power and volume rocker buttons are placed comfortable for right thumb’s reach. The charging and data connection type-c port is placed on the bottom of the phone alongside with the loud speakers. On the top it has 3.5mm headphone jack and IR blaster. The dual SIM tray is given on the left side of the screen which supports one micro type and another Nano type.
One the front side, it has 5.5 inch screen with a black border which looks pretty good when screen on. One the above is the speaker with front camera and sensor neatly arranged side by side.


LeEco Le1S has 5.5 inch 1080P IPS display with 403 pixels per inch sharpness and is protected by Gorilla Glass 3.
The display specification is quite good for multimedia usage and it is great for this price range of ₹10,999 i.e., around $160 USD.

Processor, RAM and GPU

Le1S comes with MediaTek Helios X10 6795T 64-bit Octa-Core processor clocking at 2.2 GHz speed. The processor is supported by 3GB RAM and PowerVR G6200 GPU for smooth running of multiple tasks and graphics at a time.
Le1S have a very good processing configuration. Multimedia, multi-tasking and gaming would be fun out of nowhere on this device.

Operating System

LeEco stands behind with its Le1S when it comes to the version of the operating system. It has Android Lollipop 5.0.2 on board with eUI (Eco User Interface) skin which could be based on v5.1.1. It lessens the curiosity over getting marshmallow update in future. May be they can do it like Asus is doing it for its Zenfones.


LeEco disappoints users by not providing the external memory card slot for memory extension. The internal memory that comes with the device is 32GB though but may not be sufficient for all type of users.


Le1S has 13MP PDAF rear camera with single LED flash (which is not cool enough). It can record Full HD videos just like other smartphones. The front one is a 5MP camera and both the cameras work with f/2.0 aperture.
The camera UI is neat and clean with only a few most used modes highlighted and other modes hidden under a ‘modes’ button. The color reproduction is good and the macros are great with this camera. But, I still doubt about the low light and flash photography with this device.


Le1S is a dual SIM phone with 4G LTE compatible slots (Micro + Nano). It has GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity and OTG support is still not known. It also lacks NFC which pushes this device off the trend.


LeEco has taken care of the battery as it seems. Le1S comes with 3000mAh Li-Polymer battery that can stand a day or so on average usage.


+ Super premium design
+ Sharper display
+ Clean UI
+ Good processor configuration along with 3GB RAM
+ Good camera
+ Good battery
+ Fingerprint sensor
+ Type-C port


- Still Android Lollipop 5.0.2 on board
- No external memory card slot
- Single LED flash
- No NFC
- OTG Support is unspecified

Is LeEco Le1S worth buying?

LeTV has worked it best on the design of LeEco Le1S smartphone. The metallic premium looks of the device is definitely worth buying for ₹10,999. But, talking the whole processing capability and specifications it lack into consideration, the price seems a bit higher than it deserved. According to my knowledge and experience in smartphones, the same specifications and configurations can be priced finely under ₹10,000 i.e., around ₹9000.
What’s you take on it? Do you think the LeEco Le1S is overpriced? Comment your opinion below.

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