LeEco Cool Changer 1C is a budget smartphone by LeEco and Coolpad. The phone was launched in November 2016 and was made available in the market starting from December 6, 2016. This is the second smartphone after Cool1 Dual to be developed and launched under the joint venture of LeEco and Coolpad. The phone specifications put it in the category of high-end phones, while its cost is that of a budget smartphone making it an obvious choice in the segment. LeEco group and Coolpad group are two major investors responsible for the successful launch of this budget phone. LeEco group is a conglomerate business that deals in various sectors, including consumer electronics, media, automobiles, televisions, bicycles, and others. The company was previously named LeTV. Coolpad group is a consumer electronics company that mainly trades in the smartphone market in multiple countries. Formerly known as “Coolpad Group Limited”, they received their present brand title in 2013. LeEco Cool 1 can be considered as the earlier version of this model.
Cool Changer 1C comes with an Aluminum metallic body design with sandblasted back cover. The phone is 8.2 mm thin and weighs 172gm. The metallic body gives the phone a premium look, and it feels great in hand. The phone measures 152 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm in dimensions. The body also has dedicated keys for volume, power and fingerprint sensor. It also has a torch light for emergency uses. The phone has outstanding design features for a budget segment smartphone. This LeEco smartphone features a 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display. It offers a screen resolution of 1080x1920 pixels at 403 pixels per inch. The phone screen is protected by an inbuilt corning gorilla glass. The phone can display as many as 16 million colours. The screen to body ratio is around 73%. The screen also has multi-touch support enabled.
Cool Changer 1C is powered by a 1.8 GHz Octa Core Processor along with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652, MSM8976 chipset. It runs on powerful Adreno 510 GPU. The phone features the latest Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) based EUI 5.8. The LeEco smartphone is power-packed with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. It comes with 32 GB internal memory and doesn’t have an external memory card slot. The new LeEco smartphone comes with a 1.8 GHz processor coupled with eight cores that make it powerful enough to be used extensively for any purpose. The phone performs quite well in general conditions. It can easily play all standard applications and games without causing much heating or lag. There are almost no delays noticeable with the phone. But it may start causing performance issues when used continuously for long hours. 3GB of RAM is more than enough to run along with the phone processor.
LeEco Cool Changer 1C comes with a 13-megapixel primary camera that shoots at 4160 x 3120 Pixels. The primary camera has dual-LED flash and dual colour flash. It supports Geotagging, HD video recording with 4K resolution, 3G and video calling, up to 5X camera zoom, Panorama, TV output, and many more functions. The phone also has an 8-megapixel secondary (front) camera with features like 80 Degree Wide Angle lens, and f/2.2 aperture. Phone’s primary camera is capable of recording videos at 2160pixels and 30 FPS with slow motion video recording at 720pixels and 120 FPS. Other camera features include PDAF sensor, autofocus, voice capture, low-light mode, HDR, timer, and more. The overall performance of both the front and primary cameras are satisfactory.
Changer 1C comes with a Li-Ion 4060mAh battery, which is non-removable. It supports quick charge for fast charging in emergency cases. Wireless charging is not supported. The phone battery standby time is about 320 hours, while talk time is 14 hours. It can play continuous music for up to 50 hours and movies for up to 8 hours. LeEco Cool Changer 1C supports all standard connectivity options including GPRS, EDGE, HSPA Plus, LTE (4G) at 50 Mbps, Google Maps, Bluetooth 4.1, Type-C USB, MHL TV-Out, Infrared and NFC. It also has inbuilt Wi-Fi options such as WiFi display, hotspot, WiFi direct, and dual band.
Although LeEco Cool Changer 1C is a really nice featured phone in the budget price range, it also has some drawbacks.WHAT WE LIKED