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LeEco Le S3 x626 Review

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LeEco Le S3 x626 Review

Pros

  • Great value
  • Great design
  • Excellent performance
  • Good camera
  • Quality and crisp display

Cons

  • Battery life
  • Lack of updates

Rating:

(4.5 / 5)


Full Specification

  • Device Type – Android Smartphone
  • CPU – Deca-Core 2x 2.3 GHz ARM Cortex-A72 + 4x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 + 4x 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A53
  • Chipset – MediaTek Helio X20 MT6797
  • GPU – ARM Mali-T880 MP4, 700 MHz, 4-Core
  • Camera – 21 Megapixels with Dual-LED and AF Rear Camera | 8 Megapixel Front camera
  • Memory – RAM- 4GB | ROM 32GB/64GB External Memory Not Supports
  • Display – Screen size 5.5 inches FHD (1080×1920 Pixels)
  • Battery – Non-Removable 3,000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
  • SIM – Dual SIM (Nano + Nano)
  • Sensors -Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient Light, Gyro, Fingerprint, Hall Effect
  • Color – Gray, Rose-Gold, Gold
  • Operating System – Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EUI 5.8
  • I/O Interface – 2x Nano SIM Card Slot, Type-C USB Port, Power Button, Volume Button, Microphone, Speaker
  • Dimensions – 151.1 x 73.9 x 7.5 mm
  • Weight – 153 Grams
  • Other Features – Aluminum Metal Body Design, CDLA Full Digital Loss-Less Audio, LTE Cat 6 300 Mbps Download, 50 Mbps Upload, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps Upload, HSDPA 21 Mbps Download, Computer Sync, Tethering, OTA Sync, VoLTE Support, Infrared Port, Dolby Atmos Audio, Noise Reduction, Type-C USB, With MHL TV-Out, NFC, Noise Reduction, Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 Technology.

Low cost king for just $130 bucks!

I am using the Le S3 as my primary smartphone for almost 2 months now and I feel great about it. It looks elegant and easily outperforms branded much more expensive flagships! I am aware of the recent downs of the manufacturer – Le Eco company – but no matter what, the phone is great.

First look:

I have read some reviews from the web claiming that the design of the Le Eco Se X626 is not good enough, but in fact the design is just awesome and love it. It looks like some of the older HTC flagship models and as we know from the other day, Google closes $1.1 billion deal for HTC design talent. Good marketing for a bad design, huh!?
The phone has an aluminum back which is very elegant and stylish, it is not heavy, and is with the perfect thickness for my hand. In fact this phone is very beautiful. At a first glance the frame design offers a premium feel although the display itself is not an end-to-end bezel-less unit.

The display offers FHD quality (understand – 1080p) and has a size of 5.5 inches. On the back there is a fingerprint sensor for unlocking. The speed of this sensor is not as quick as the current flagships but still unlocks the phone fast enough not to irritate you. It rarely happens not to unlock the phone on the first attempt.
The phone is equipped with dual-sim slot. A microSD is missing. Therefore you can choose from two different storage sizes – 32GB and 64GB. I have my remarks about the placement of the speakers because when holding the phone in landscape mode for watching videos or playng games, your palm is disturbing the optimal sound distribution. This can be a little annoying, but not a deal breaker.
The phone has no headphone jack, and i can’t understand the whining about the “no headphone jack” drama about (although some of my colleagues have quite a different pick on the topic 😉 ). There is a USB-C adapter that can be used with almost any wired 3.5mm-jack-based headset. Charging the phone is possible via with the latest fast charging technology and within just 30-40 minutes the phone is charged at 100%!

Hardware & performance:

Inside the phone we have 4GB RAM and a 10-core processor that will not let you down even in intensive operations. With a 75,000 Antutu-Benchmark result, LeEco S3 X626 easily overtakes double and triple-priced handsets from popular brands like Samsung, HTC and LG. Each of my favorite daily habits – Internet browsing, watching Youtube, plauying tv-Shows and a bunch of other things – the phone is lightning fast. You can easily play your favorite games without any lag or slowing down.

Camera:

The phone is equipped with 21 megapixel rear camera and 8 megapixel front camera. The colors are well saturated and the produced images are very sharp in bright lighting conditions. There is a large set of manual settings that would come into use in different situations. Because Le-Eco is a Chinese company, they pay special attention to the artist-orientated people – there are quite a few predefined filters to the photos (something like LUTs). You may count on 4K video recording, slow-motion and some other goodies.

Software:

I was surprised when I received the phone – I expected it to be full of bloatware. In fact it came clean and very close to stock Android – only the MyEco App was there and that’s the only thing I could call “bloatware”. Although the OS is good, the drawback for new owners will be the look of it. You can turn on/off everything with a single push of a button even if the screen is locked. The OS has its name – EUI – based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The slightly negative bit is that you shouldn’t count on any updates. Well – at least not as frequent as we all would wish. And unfortunately this will have negative impact on you receiving the latest Android security patches.
Currently the custom ROM options for this particular device are very limited.

The phone comes with infrared and you can customize all your remote controls at home for just about a minute, even if the brands are not listed in predefined ones. It has the latest variation of Bluetooth – 4.2, and you can enjoy CDLA Headphones with Dolby Atmos for crystal clear sound. The wireless display function works flawlessly. As I said – for most of the Android enthusiasts that switch to a LeEco phone the main challenge will be the different alignment of the menus and may last for just a day (I don’t consider myself as very adaptive person!).  After that you will start enjoying it. Furthermore – you will start noticing the advantages of LeeCo’s software design. The OS can be customized in your own style and according to your own preference – all the apps, settings, quick links – everything can be adjusted to suit your needs.

Battery:

If the battery was a bit bigger, it would make this phone brilliant! But we can’t get everything for just 130 bucks. It drains fast when browsing and watching videos, although it usually makes it through a full-day cycle with normal usage. If you are not that social savvy nor a gaming addict, the phone can last for 2 days and even more without a doubt. The phone is equipped with Fast Charge technology, so you can get that battery percentage back to 100% in almost no time.

Final words:

The Le Eco S3 X626 is great phone! I did recommend this phone to my friends prior writing this review, and some of them are pretty satisfied with it. For just $130 you get stylish premium design, a big screen, a really powerful performer and decent camera, capable of 4K video. You will be able to find similar specs in devices that cost $600-$700! And “investing” these $130 in that one feels like you hit the jackpot. The only real disadvantages I could point to – the battery and the lack of regular updates (and the latter one is quite typical for most Chinese brands with a few exceptions)! You can buy this phone at following links:

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