Paper Soldiers: Review Of LeEco Le 2 And LeMax 2 Smartphones

Paper Soldiers: Review Of LeEco Le 2 And LeMax 2 Smartphones
Paper Soldiers: Review Of LeEco Le 2 And LeMax 2 Smartphones

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Video: Обзор LeEco Le Max 2 2023, January
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According to psychologists, people are bragging because they are trying to compensate for their lack of self-confidence.

A couple of years after the iPhone was released, a period of what I would call the "paper wars" began. A furious pursuit of numbers by tech companies. We have more cores and megahertz! And we have megapixels! And we have a bigger battery! At first, bragging about the length of the diagonals worked - until the consumer realized: technical specifications are not everything. They play a very important role, but they are only a means to achieve a user experience that customers will admire - not an end. What difference does it make to how many points a smartphone scores in benchmarks if it "stumbles" when loading pages in a browser? The numbers should turn into sensations.

The paper wars broke out with the flourishing of Chinese companies, but they quickly grasped the essence: Huawei, Xiaomi, One Plus not only install top-end hardware, but also try to make this hardware work. Desirable, out of the box, without dancing with a tambourine and prayers to the forum gods with Reddit and w3bsit3-dns.com.

LeEco, a company with big ambitions and gigantic budgets, has yet to find out. LeMax 2 and Le 2 are real paper soldiers. Perfect on paper, but no more than not bad in practice.

I would not begin the text with such reflections if it were not for the daring self-confidence with which LeEco is promoting its products in Russia. At the Moscow presentation, the LeMax 2 flagship was openly compared with the Galaxy Note 7 and iPhone 6S Plus, showing how much it surpasses its competitors in all possible technical characteristics and at the same time costs much less. I will do the same - not on paper, but in real life. At the end of the day, the essence of my profession is to describe user experience. Otherwise, why do we need reviews at all? I looked at the characteristics - and that's all.

But first, let's deal with Le 2 - the younger model was a success. It costs 15 thousand rubles, and it has everything that should be in a modern smartphone. Metal body, large screen (5.5 inches) with high resolution, very fast fingerprint scanner and no less fast charging, support for two SIM cards. All of this is subject to caveats, but it is easy to forgive them, given the very pleasant price.

For example, I do not like the design - say “an ordinary smartphone” and most likely your imagination will draw you Le2 (and LeMax 2 for the company, because they are almost identical in appearance). There is a metal case, but aluminum does not give the feeling of gloss and high cost at all. Besides, the smartphone is not neatly assembled: the gaps between the camera and the body, untidy plastic "ribbons" of antennas, glued-in inserts above them, which differ from the color of the main body.

Photo: LEReee
Photo: LEReee

© LEReee

A Full HD display is okay: the color rendition is strange, the white is too cold, but there are no special problems with the brightness and clarity of the image. But the additional black frames around the display look very bad: they are large, and it seems that a smaller display is hastily built into the case than it should have been originally.

As is usually the case in smartphones in this price segment, the camera in Le 2 leaves much to be desired: shoot calmly during the day, in the evening - only in the light, but at night it is better not. But it is 16 megapixels, yes. Even bigger than Galaxy S7 Edge!

But there are no complaints about performance: the Snapdragon 652 processor is powerful enough to keep everything running smoothly and quickly, without noticeable slowdowns. The smartphone quickly loads browser pages and switches between applications (thanks to three gigabytes of RAM). Both Le 2 and LeMax 2 work on Android 6.0 in the proprietary EUI shell. It is still inferior to stock Android, but not as bad as some other Chinese counterparts. The quick settings panel here, by the way, is placed in the multitasking menu, which is terribly annoying at first, but you get used to it, and it seems that it's even more convenient: quickly pressing the button at the bottom of the smartphone with your finger is easier than reaching with your finger to the very top to raise or lower brightness.

At the presentation, Le 2 was compared head-on with the iPhone 6S, which, of course, is just a ridiculous hoax. But overall, the Le2 is a good smartphone for the money. On the "gray" market, you can buy better options from other companies, but in that case, you will not receive a guarantee and you may run into Chinese firmware. Here, everything is official. What happens to your smartphone - you will have where to turn. And for 10 thousand, for which it was sold in the first few days after the start in Russia, this is just a fabulous option.

Photo: LEReee
Photo: LEReee

© LEReee

Now about LeMax 2. It is a flagship, based on a top processor, which, according to the slogan of the marketing campaign, is "made to win". It is better than Le 2 in everything: it is more neatly assembled, looks nicer, more powerful, and, most likely, Apple and Samsung will win.

Let's walk through the presentation: the iPhone went beyond the thick frames and immodest dimensions. Well deservedly so. But the iPhone looks solid and thoughtful. And LeMax 2 looks pretty cheap against the background of the Galaxy Note 7, despite the aluminum case.

Going further: “Apple still uses Retina displays from 2010 in its smartphones. Apparently Apple's evolution stopped there,”end of quote. First, the Retina mark for Americans means a pixel density above three hundred dots per inch - the “mark” beyond which the human eye can no longer distinguish grain in the image. Well, secondly, the Full HD display of any latest iPhone dry out the "designed to win" LeMax 2 screen in all respects: from color reproduction to black depth and contrast. You simply won't see the vaunted difference in resolution. The iPhone also has 2.5-D glass lamination. The LeMax 2 has a good screen - just not the best, whatever LeEco says.

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And so - in everything. There's a top-end Snapdragon 820 processor and six gigabytes of RAM, but the Nexus 6P is still faster. There is an all-metal body, but the glass Xiaomi Mi5 looks better and is cheaper. Here the camera is 21 (I will write it in words for heightened effect - twenty-one) megapixels, but it shoots worse than the iPhone 7 at 12. In order not to be unfounded - look at the photos. Same conditions, no processing.

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None of this makes the LeMax 2 a bad smartphone. Not at all - this is a nice device with a good screen, a decent camera, and excellent performance. Just to have the courage to mock the exploding Note 7 (another revealing moment from the presentation), it's worth having some kind of trump card up your sleeve. Both Le 2 and LeMax 2 look like these trump cards only on paper.

The ultrasound scanner, by the way, really works with wet fingers - they didn't lie here. It's generally slower than the traditional one (even slower than the Le 2), but it almost always works. And neither the Le 2 nor the LeMax 2 have a headphone jack. Technically LeEco got rid of it even before Apple did. Exactly when the first weighty leaks about the iPhone 7 started …

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I like LeEco. They are extremely ambitious, they do really cool things like affordable EVs and cheap 4K TVs, and I'm genuinely glad that the company has officially entered our market. The problem is that their approach to promoting their products is "Chinese" in the fullest sense: they literally "sell" their smartphones to you with numbers alone.

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We buy equipment not only for characteristics. The more buyers pay attention to how many megapixels in their camera, how many points a benchmark gives, the easier it will be for companies to sell them another mediocre smartphone.

If you like LeEco smartphones and you buy yourself one of their models, you will hardly be disappointed. It's just that the next time someone calls their product the “killer” of some top flagship, check and take a closer look to see if another paper soldier has appeared before you.>

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