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Le Max Review : A good but over budget phone


Le Max detailed specifications
GENERAL
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 167.10 x 83.50 x 8.90
Weight (g) 204.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3400
Removable battery No
Colours Silver, Gold
SAR value 0.36000001430511
DISPLAY
Screen size (inches) 6.30
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1440×2560 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 464
HARDWARE
Processor 2 GHz Octa-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
RAM 4GB
Internal storage 64GB
Expandable storage No
CAMERA
Rear camera 21-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 4-Ultrapixel
SOFTWARE
Operating System Android 5.0
Skin eUI
CONNECTIVITY
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.10
NFC Yes
Infrared Yes
USB OTG Yes
Headphones 3.5mm
FM No
Number of SIMs 2
SIM 1
SIM Type Micro-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SENSORS
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer Yes
Temperature sensor No

“Let’s do some thing new” this moto is very good for development but some people take it in another way. China’s Letv started making headlines in World back in April 2015, and less than a year later, the company has arrived here to compete in the gruelling smartphone race. This company seems opposite to Indian mobile righno Micromax which goes from mobiles to TV , Letv goes from TV to mobile. Originally one of the largest online video companies in China, Letv has added a couple of ‘firsts’ to its name within a short span. But alongwith TV it they wanted to be best in Mobile industries too so they presented Le Max Pro which is the world’s first smartphone with Qualcomm’s highly anticipated Snapdragon 820 SoC, and the company also had the world’s slimmest 65-inch TV to its credit this CES , with a depth of just 3.9mm thick. The company wanted to grow as fast as possible, other than phones and televisions, the company has a diverse range of products too, which it plans to launch in India over time.
With its sights set on major developed and emerging markets, the company has undergone a rebranding exercise and is now called LeEco, which signifies a whole ecosystem of tech products and services. LeEco has rolled out its first smartphones in India and today, we’ll be reviewing its flagship offering, the Le Max. The phone is all set for a Feb 16 launch via Flipkart at a starting price of Rs. 32,999(470$). Let’s find out if it’s as good as it looks in the brochure.

Look and Design
People of giant screen lovers must like this phone. The display measures a 6.3 inches diagonally which is really massive for smartphone as this massive screen comes with phablet. It’s manufactured by Sharp and has a Quad HD resolution with Gorilla Glass protection. The screen does not covers the whole front but you get a sense of it being almost bezel-less when it’s off or if you have a dark wallpaper. There’s very little wasted space on the top and bottom, which creates a bit of a ‘wow’ factor but isn’t very practical. We accidentally pressed the display and backlit capacitive buttons too many times during day to day use.
The rest of the body is carvy and made out of a single block of aluminium, which gives the Le Max a tremendous look and feel. It isn’t very thin at 8.9mm in depth, but that’s good as you get a firm grip while holding it. The chamfered edges add to the visual appeal, and the even the fit and finish of the buttons is very good.
There’s a USB Type-C connector at the bottom alongside the mono speaker, and a 3.5mm headphone socket and IR blaster on the top. Around the back, we have a 21-megapixel primary shooter, dual-tone LED flash, and a fingerprint sensor. The Le Max also features a dedicated switch for toggling the silent profile.

Display
The display is very brilliant, the screen impressed us up to great extent. Colours don’t get oversaturated . The brightness is sometimes look very high for outdoor use under sunlight. You can change the colour mode from the Settings app as well as increase or decrease the size of content on screen.

Specifications
The Le Max comes with outstanding specifications including the proven octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. There’s also Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, IR, GPS and USB OTG. It would have been nice to also have expandable storage, wireless charging, and FM radio.
LeEco packs multiple video-out options such as MHL, Miracast, and WirelessHD. The latter is a proprietary standard also known as UltraGig and is backed by consortium that includes, amongst others, Broadcom and Intel. The technology is similar to Miracast except that it works on the much higher 60GHz frequency band which can handle nearly 25Gbps data rates at short ranges. We couldn’t test this out since you need a special receiver for it to work. It also usually requires a line of sight between the device and receiver. You’ll notice the little ‘WiHD’ cut out on the right of the phone.
There’s a common SIM tray for both the SIMs (one Micro and one Nano), and 4G works on Indian bands. The battery capacity is 3400mAh, and it is sealed inside the unibody chassis.

Software
Coming ti software department and it will gave strong competition in Indian market, the Le Max rocks Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and design of display looks great with a custom skin called eUI. Our test unit was running the 5.0.007S build, which we then updated to 5.0.008S. However it’s nothing will be changed with the 1GB update, since the documentation didn’t have much information and neither were there visible changes to apps or performance.
The skin shows  some major customisations such as relocating the quick settings toggle switches, which are now accessed when you hit the ‘recent apps’ button. Known as Control Center, there’s a permanent spot for shortcuts to stock apps and functions, music controls, and a slider for brightness. Recent apps are only part of the screen. The notifications shade is used only to display notifications.

Camera
There is  21-megapixel camera gave an excellent performance and it enabled with Optical Image Stabilisation, which results in some very impressive pictures in most lighting conditions. Macros and landscapes are very detailed. Whites tend to get washed away, especially in parts of the picture that aren’t in focus. Low-light pictures are not excellent but it can be said that it gave very good performance with little shaky and details are good. Video recording goes up to 4K and the quality is pretty impressive, however the autofocus doesn’t readjust quickly enough when you pan, forcing you to do it manually. The 4-megapixel front camera does a decent job with selfies even under artificial lighting.
The company did not had any compromise in quality ,the camera app which comes with the best of the Sony sensor, but its layout and design is not so impressive and company can improve quality. For instance, you can change settings like the exposure, white balance, and ISO but you need to go into the settings and change them individually, this is very irritating. Something like a Pro shooting mode would have been more effective. The camera does a good job with panoramas. There’s a separate ‘slow-mo’ video mode which shoots 720p video at either 2x or 4x.

Performance
Letv max is sometime hard to use. The aluminium back offers good grip but tends to pick up dirt and smudges very easily, so it’s good thing the company bundles a case with it. Call quality is good and we didn’t face any issues with 4G either.
The fingerprint sensor is very very accurate but it is fault of company that the fingerprint sensor is in the dip so sometime if we are not careful the it is hard to use it. The sensor can only be used to unlock the phone or take a photo from within the camera app. More can be done with the sensor.
Company had done very good job in performance department. App performance and multitasking are smooth. You have roughly 2GB of free RAM at your disposal, which is plenty for demanding games. There is need of high quality RAM at this price range but 2 GB also works very well. The phone loves benchmarks as well, and we managed 80,132 points in AnTuTu and 25,872 points in 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited, which is nearly as good as the top guns from Samsung.
The Le Max also excels at multimedia playback, thanks to audio enhancements for music and videos. Audio quality is very good with headphones due to the Le Hi-Fi enhancement for the music player but without headphone it gives a little blurred sound when it is at the peak and Dolby Audio for the video player. Volume from the speaker on the bottom is loud as well, but lacks the stereo effect. While Le Hi-Fi works for all types of music, the Dolby Audio toggle switch didn’t appear for all of our test files.

Battery
Battery life of the Le Max is good for regular usage and we found it works easily entire day before needing to charge the phone. In our video loop test, we manage to clock 11 hours and 19 minutes of continuous video playback. The phone also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge feature which can juice up the Le Max from zero to about 25 percent in 30 minutes which is appreciative.

Conclusion
As many Chinese company came in India we firstly refuse to review it but a user sent us feedback to review it. The phone is quite impressive to use ant its specifications are also very good. The Le Max is priced at Rs. 32,999(470$) for the 64GB version and Rs. 36,999 (475$)for the 128GB version. There’s also a limited edition which boasts of sapphire glass for the display, going at Rs. 69,999(980$).
The launch price seems a tad on the high side when you consider that the Yu Yutopia, which is nearly identical in specifications, retails for a good Rs. 7,000 less. Another competitor is Qiku Q Tera which has done very good performance in our review. The LG G3 could be an better alternative.
It is not easy for a new company to make strong its roots in Indian market by high priced phone. One thing that usere does not like that company have no service center. As far as service goes, the company says it plans to launch over 500 service centres in “prime locations” across the country, which will open once the phones go on sale next month.
The Le Max is one of the better phablets in the market but would be even more appealing at a lower price.


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ROM is short for Read-Only Memory. It has many versions just like Windows OS does; no matter it is stock ROMs from companies, or custom ROM from third party. This new custom ROM can bring you the latest version of Android before your manufacturer. Anyhow, flashing a new ROM means installing a new operating system to your Android.

The new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes with many new features :

  • Mobile payments (Android Pay) feature.
  • Better RAM Management.
  • Fingerprint support.- A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins.
  • It has a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.
  • Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86, and MIPS-based cores.
  • OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance.
  • Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device.
  • More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication.
  • See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen.
  • New devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices.
  • SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware.
  • State of the art video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming.
  • and other cool features.
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Note: If there is more than one download option, that likely means that you need to download and install the Bug Fix Update for your smartphone or tablet device before you can actually update to 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Step 1:

Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It's easy to check so follow this guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called 'Android version'. If it doesn't, click 'Software information' to find out.

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Step 2:

Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.

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android-version

Refer to Android developer page to choose which version of Android your phone or tablet is running. I.e, 4.0.4 corresponds to Ice Cream Sandwich, an old version of Android that was released in 2013.

Step 3:

Note: Your phone or tablet may require a Wi-Fi connection to search for an update. We suggest you to download the software Droid Over Wi-Fi because the file size can be large.

system-update

Choose and click the "Software Update" option. Next it will search available update for your phone or tablet. If update is available, you will be asked if you want to install it. Select "yes" and it will install the new operating system in your device. If you want to install it later, you can download the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow file first. Download Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.zip

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