LeEco Le 1S vs Lenovo K4 Note and other rivals: Who wins the budget phone market?

Here's a point-by-point breakdown of how the Le 1S stacks up against rival phones in and around its price point.


LeEco's debut phones in the Indian market, aka the Le Max and Le 1S are both very interesting offerings, each in their own right. The Chinese company is looking to tap into two very different market segments with both these phones. While the Le Max is a super-sized phablet that costs a good odd Rs 33,000 to own, the Le 1S is aimed at those looking for a budget buy without compromising on hardware.
As such, while the Le Max may appeal to a niche audience (owing to its massive form factor), the Le 1S is expected to be the more talked about phone in the days to come thanks to its well to-do spec sheet at an aggressive pricing. After all, in a budget conscious market like India, it's all about value for money quotient.

Here's a point-by-point breakdown of how the Le 1S stacks up against rival phones in and around its price point:

Talking about the design, the first thing that you notice about the Le 1S is its near all-metal exterior. The phone boasts of aircraft grade aluminium and a floating glass design that makes it instantly stand out among rival phones. Yes, the Le 1S doesn't have the most original designs around, but that doesn't take away the fact that this is a phone that costs just Rs 10,999. At this price the best we got is probably the Lenovo K4 Note that has metal restricted to just the sides. The rest of it is all plastic. At its price point, having a near all-metal unibody is sort of a novelty. Hopefully, this will change now that we have the Le 1S around.

The phone has rounded edges and subtle curves along the sides that help enhance looks and grip. The upper and lower ends -- on the back - are plastic with brushed metal finish and house the antennas. These stand out a bit in comparison to the middle part of the body. But, at its low price, we can forgive and forget this aspect. All in all, the Le 1S at its price is the most 'premium' looking phones around. Phones like the K4 Note, Moto G Turbo and Coolpad's Note 3 all look pale in comparison.

What adds to the grand scheme of things is its excellent screen-to-body ratio. LeEco has used the bezels well.The front is occupied by a 5.5-inch FullHD screen which again is nothing short of a novelty in this price range. The only other recognisable FullHD phone is the K4 Note. The Note 3 and Moto G Turbo have HD screens. That said, the screen of the Le 1S has a slightly upper hand when compared to the K4 Note's primarily because it is brighter and less reflective.

The Le 1S is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor coupled with 3 gigs of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The Helio X10 is MediaTek's top-of-the-line mobile processor of the current generation. While phones like the K4 Note and Note 3 have 3GB RAM, they are brought down by inferior processors (MediaTek MT6753). Not that they are any less performers, but the Helio X10 on-board the Le 1S holds an edge in terms of raw power. Add to it LeEco's simplistic lag-free EUI (based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop) and what you get is buttery smooth experience out-of-the-box. Lenovo and Coolpad's UIs are heavier in comparison and are practically overloaded with unwanted apps or bloat. EUI on the other hand has far lesser of these. If you're looking for the stock Android experience, the Moto G Turbo is clearly the way to go, but if you're looking for raw performance with a UI that isn't exactly overwhelming to use, the Le 1S won't disappoint.
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