LeEco has been in the TV business for quite some time, and with their foray into the smartphone market, they have managed to make a small place in the hearts of their customers that too in a short time. LeEco has been consistently launching quite a few excellent phones since the past few years. Their smartphones come with impressive specifications, and that too at low prices. The problem, though, has been their performance, especially the battery life. Most of the phones from LeEco in the past have suffered from battery backup problem. At first, they work fine, but within 2-3 months, the battery backup falls down.
LeEco Le S3, which was released last month, might be able to save them this time. With 3000 mAh of battery, this one is a pretty good smartphone with great specs. LeEco Le S3 is an impressive device in the mid-range smartphone market. The full metal unibody is not coated with the glossy finish, so there shall not be a lot of fingerprints on it. You also get a Live TV button on the phone, which takes you to the LeTV app. As a matter of fact, it is a streaming service that LeEco was known for when they were still named LeTV. There are a lot of features in this phone which are remarkable, and we shall go through them in this review –
The LeEco S3 is carved into an elegant ultra-weight aluminium body. The phone really feels good in the hand as it is light weight and slim. Its dimensions are 151.1 mm x 78.4 mm x 7.5 mm (5.95 in x 3.09 in x 0.30 in), and weighs 153 gm. The design of the phone somewhat resembles the same of OnePlus 3. The aluminium body is shiny, but it is not glossy. The primary camera on the back is at the top centre, which has a dual-LED (dual tone) flash beside it and the fingerprint sensor is below them. There is nothing else in the back, except the LeEco logo which is positioned at the bottom.
On the top right, there is the volume rocker, and below it is the power key. The keys look metallic, but they aren’t. At the front, there is a secondary camera on top beside the earpiece. There are no capacitive buttons. The USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer is placed at the bottom. The 3.5 mm audio jack is missing on the phone. The phone feels good in the palm. Overall, the design is quite good. The phone comes in grey, gold and rose gold variants. The screen is a 5.5 inch Full HD display, with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and has a pixel density of 403 PPI. On top of it, LeEco has used Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to protect it against scratches and random drops.
The LeEco Le S3 runs on Qualcomm MSm8976 Snapdragon 652 chipset octa-core processor (4x1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A72) with Adreno 510 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. There is 32 GB of internal storage available, and there’s no microSD card slot. There’s another version of the phone with 64 GB internal memory. You cannot expect this specs to win any prizes, but the specs line up above the price. The 3 GB RAM ensures hardware intensive games to run easily on this phone.
The primary camera on the back of LeEco Le S3 is a 16-megapixel shooter, which is equipped with phase detection autofocus and is supported with a dual LED flash alongside. The rear camera is capable of recording videos at 2160p. It also has an 8-megapixel front camera, which can be used to take selfie pictures and for video calling. The camera app has tons of features and filters, such as Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama, etc. It has different scene modes as well like landscape, night mode, night portrait or portrait. The image quality is yet to be reviewed.
The LeEco Le S3 has a 3000mAh battery underneath the hood. The battery is non-removable. It is a dual SIM phone which supports GSM, CDMA, HSPA and LTE networks. Both the SIM slots accept micro Sim. Other essential connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/nac, hotspot; Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with A-GPS and USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.