Yes, that seems to be one of the confusing names to suggest. You might be wondering what is this Eco-Eco everywhere. Well, that’s the core business of LeEco (previously known as LeTV) from their inception before they forayed into smart product business. Ecosystem, the word that was the new entrant stressed all over from day one by LeEco is finally here. Though not yet 100% ready, it has finally landed. To our surprise, the company has launched an all new device that comes with Ecosystem as core and with a slight bump in the hardware. Let’s check what’s new in LeEco Le 1s Eco and how is it going to be your alternative for the entertainment.
What is Le Ecosystem is all about?
The most interesting part of the LeEco Le 1s Eco device is, it comes with ecosystem built in its core system itself. Yes, there are some changes about the device, but then entertainment is the main USP of this device. So we are going to talk more about the ecosystem than about the device in this review.
Aaah! Too many times, I used the word ECOSYSTEM, right? Well, LeEco did use it more than me 😛 As an ecosystem, LeEco has tied up with the local service providers to provide video, audio and live TV streaming to its users. Here is everything you get with the Ecosystem Membership Program,
- Video Content: LeEco has tied up with EROS Now which ha more than 2000 plus movie titles
- Audio Content: Partnership with Hungama to provide access to 2.5 million music tracks
- Live TV: 100+ live streaming of TV channels, courtesy Yupp TV
- 5TB Cloud Storage
This is awesome to begin with! Isn’t it? Well, these are not standalone apps that sit on the app tray. LeEco has integrated them deeply into their operating system for the better and lag free experience. All of these come via LeEco membership that costs Rs. 490 per month or Rs. 4900 per year. However, the LeEco Le 1s Eco users are going to enjoy all these for free for the 1st year.
LeEco Le 1s Eco – Entertainment… Entertainment… Entertainment!
Now that you know about the ecosystem lets talk about the LeEco Le 1s Eco. This device is almost similar to the initial LeEco Le 1s in terms of the ergonomics. The only way one can differentiate these two devices will be via the matte and glossy corners (still difficult to separate them). Everything else is ditto similar to the design of “Eco-less” Le 1s.
Again, the LeEco Le 1s Eco carries similar hardware when compared to Le 1s. It has the same 5.5-inch Full HD display with 403ppi, 13MP camera on the rear and 5MP camera on the front. It has 3GB of RAM and the 32GB of inbuilt storage. Under the hood, there is a 3000mAh battery power this beast.
The only noticeable change in terms of the hardware is, the LeEco Le 1s Eco runs on the modified version of Helio X10 MediaTek Processor that is, MTK6795MM which is clocked at 1.8GHz.
LeEco has made slight improvements to the cameras of this device. The rear camera can take some sharp images. The front camera has improved significantly. However, there is no autofocus on the front camera again.
The main USP of the LeEco Le 1s Eco is the software that comes loaded out of the box. There are some significant changes made in the operating system to accommodate the ecosystem we spoke in the previous segment. Here are the 3 major changes / apps included as a part of entertainment bonanza,
- Live: Sits as an app tray icon in the middle of the bottom app bar, this app takes you directly to the live streaming of the TV channels. There are more than 100 plus channels divided across 10 plus languages. This service is powered by YuppTV but you will never get to see the provider as it is deeply integrated into the operating system.
- Le Vidi: An app that can take you directly to the world of the videos. With Le Vidi, users can catch the best of Indian movies now (powered by Eros Now).
- LeEco Music: LeEco smartphone users will be able to access and enjoy 3.5 million plus music tracks powered by Hungama service in 25 Indian languages. Users can even have a personalized playlist with their favorite songs on top and being recommended.
Besides that, LeEco India will also provide more than 50 live online concerts from around the world, streaming directly to all LeEco members with Superphones.
Availability of services:
- Live: Via OTA update slated to be pushed on May 24
- Le Vidi: Via OTA update slated to be pushed on May 24
- LeEco Music: 3rd quarter 2016
In terms of the performance, the LeEco Le 1s Eco was able to perform better than its predecessor. The device ran for a day under heavy usage. I was able to get 3.5hours of screen-on-time, which is not bad after all. It charges faster, thanks to USB type-C port with Qualcomm 2.0 quick charge feature. Yes, there were some heating issues while playing games and charging the device while using it. Can be ignored as it has become the norm these days.
GO FOR IT! At the price tag of Rs. 10,899 you will even get a one-year LeEco membership that cost Rs. 4900 extra if taken separately. This is an amazing offer, the company is providing for its buyers. A killer phone that just got better with killer entertainment add-ons. LeEco Le 1s Eco is a perfectly “Made for India” device that was promised and delivered on time by the company.
Personal Note to….
This is what you promised to bring TVs that needed ecosystem in India, but never stood by it! But LeEco was able to deliver it. Any comment on why you couldn’t stand by your words?
Thank you LeEco for adding a new feather to the smartphones that the users will love to explore! You can purchase the device from Flipkart.
LeEco Le 1s Eco
"LeEco Le 1s Eco has got slight improvements to the hardware but the majority is in terms of the software it comes loaded with. LeEco introduced the Le Ecosystem that adds entertainment features to the core operating system. Users will get access to more than 2000 plus movies/videos, 100+ live TV channels and 3.5 million plus audio tracks spread across 25 languages."
- Le Ecosystem