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LeEco Le Max 2 Review – A Real Flagship Killer of 2016?

by Linus 10,770 views28

LeEco released quite a few phones this year and the Le Max 2 is probably the best out of their smartphones’ portfolio. It has awesome looks, flagship-grade specs and a lot more to offer.  Learn more in the full review.

Thanks to Letvmart.com for sending LeEco Le Max 2 for a review.

Coupon code for Le Max 2: LMT30 ($30 off on letvmart.com)

LeEco Le Max 2: VIDEO REVIEW

LeEco Le Max 2 Review: UNBOXING

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What you are getting in the box include a fast charger, USB C cable, USB C to 3.5mm headset jack adapter, SIM ejector and some paperwork. Last but not least you are getting a soft TPU case.

LeEco Le Max 2 Review: SPECIFICATIONS

Display
5.7″ 1440 x 2560 pixels (~515 ppi pixel density) (2k)
Processor and GPU
Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820, Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Adreno 530 GPU
RAM
4GB
Camera
8MP Front/21MP Back
Connectivity
Bluetooth, 3G, 4G, GPS, WIFI, GSM,EDGE, GPRS, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, dual-SIM.
Battery
3.100 mAh (non-removable)
Dimensions
156.8 x 77.6 x 8 mm / 185g
OS
eUI  5.6 (Android 6.0)
Storage
32GB (not expandable)

LeEco Le Max 2 Review: DESIGN and DISPLAY

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In terms of the design, Le Max 2 is very similar to our previously reviewed Le 2 and make sure to check that review out.

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The phone sports a 5.7”  2k resolution display, which is very sharp, vibrant and it has a decent sunlight legibility.

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Because of a large display, the phone is quite huge and it is very hard to manage it in one hand.

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We have an all-metal unibody design and the edges of the backplate are slightly curved and thus it is easier to hold it.

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We have an 8MP front firing shooter and non-customizable LED notification light.

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The capacitive buttons are nicely backlit but the backlight is not visible outdoors.

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As far as optics, we have a beefy and slightly protruding 21MP shooter with OIS, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF and dual-LED flash.

The fingerprint scanner is very fast and accurate, and it works straight from the standby mode. Keep in mind that you have to update your software to the latest version as the early software build had some fingerprint scanner issues but right now the issue has been solved.

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One of the most interesting aspects of this phone is that it does not have a headset jack. Instead, LeEco assures that this phone is capable of providing even better audio experience via the USB C port as it uses a new CDLA music standard. I have to tell you that the sound quality via the earphones is very good and the volume output is loud.

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The IR blaster is here to control devices like TVs. The sound quality from the loudspeaker is significantly better than on Le 2. Sure, the quality is not ideal but the sound is crisp and it has a decent amount of depth. Also, the loudspeaker can get really loud. However, I don’t like the placement of it as you can easily cover it (bottom left).

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The dual-SIM card tray can take 2 nano SIM cards and both slots support 4G networks. Unfortunately, there is no microSD card slot.

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The buttons are made of metal too but, unfortunately, the volume rocker rattles quite a bit.

Overall, the phone looks and feels great. It is very well built, it has all-metal design and the only shortcoming is a rattling volume rocker.

LeEco Le Max 2 Review: HARDWARE and PERFORMANCE

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When it comes to hardware, LeEco Le Max 2 is just a beast. In fact, our review unit is a lower-end model, which sports Snapdragon 820 chip, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of non-expandable storage. If you even better specs, you can opt in for a 64GB model, which has whopping 6GB of RAM.

When it comes to gaming, you can be rest assured that every game will just fly.  Also, the graphics looked great on each game I tested and the phone did not heat up to uncomfortable levels. See a video review for gameplay/graphics performance.

LeEco Le Max 2 Review: BENCHMARKS

LeEco Le Max 2 Review: UI

When it comes to the user interface, we have the eUI 5.6, which is built on top of Android 6.0.

In fact, Letvmart.com shipped our review unit with fully debloated ROM with Google services and multi-languages pre-installed. I’ve tested this ROM for quite a while and it works great. If you don’t like it, you can always flash the original Chinese ROM.

What I love about the eUI is that you can quickly access settings toggles, adjust brightness, open or close your recent apps and so on, and you can do that all in one place by simply clicking a left capacitive button. As usual, we have some customization options, quite a few settings and tweaks to play with.

Most importantly, the UI is running fast, fluid and I didn’t have a single hiccup no matter how many apps were open in the background.

LeEco Le Max 2 Review: CAMERA

When it comes the camera, the stock app can take pictures very fast. We have some shooting modes, settings and some manual controls to play with.

LeEco Le Max 2 Review: IMAGE QUALITY

The daylight image quality is very good. There is a good amount of detail, colors look natural and the images look sharp. The only issue that I found is the dynamic range adjustment but the HDR mode, which has to be turned on manually, solves this issue pretty well.

The indoor and macro shots are great too. It may take a bit more time to focus but the images come out pretty sharp.

The low-light image quality is good when the objects are well-lit but the quality decreases dramatically when they are not. There could simply be more details and less noise in those shots.

I took images side by side with the Galaxy S7 edge and the difference is quite significant. On the other hand, the price difference of these phones is quite significant too. Also, I took a few shots side by side with the Letv Le 1 Pro and I can assure you that there is a significant low-light image quality upgrade.

The 4k and 1080p video quality is pretty good too except for the fact that it looks a bit shaky and there could be a little bit less noise in some of the videos. See a video review for a video sample.

An 8MP camera can take some great looking selfies but the selfie video is only 720p. Still, the footage looks quite sharp as the camera emphasized all the freckles I have on my face. Also, the sound recording quality is pretty good.

Full resolution camera samples are coming soon…

LeEco Le Max 2 Review: CONNECTIVITY

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As for connectivity, I didn’t have any issues. The call quality is good, the GPS is very accurate, Wifi signal is good and Bluetooth works fine.

LeEco Le Max 2 Review: BATTERY LIFE

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A non-removable 3100mAh battery powers up the phone and performance of it is good considering a low capacity and huge 2k resolution screen.

I could get over 4.5 hours of screen-on time on a mixed use, which is a decent result. However, the screen-on time reduced to around 3 hours if I used the phone very intensively (recording 4k videos, gaming, running benchmarks).

On the days when the phone ran out of juice, I could fully charge it up in 1:10 h with the supplied fast charger.

LeEco Le Max 2 Review: CONCLUSIONS

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So, there you have it, LeEco Le Max 2. The phone costs less than $400 and it has a lot to offer for the price.

It all starts with a beautiful all-metal design and good build quality, very sharp display, flagship-grade specifications, stellar performance and great cameras.

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However, the phone lacks microSD card slot for storage expansion, the volume rocker rattles quite a bit, and the loudspeaker is placed on the bottom left, so you can easily cover. Lastly, the phone lacks a traditional 3.5mm headset jack. It is not an issue for me as I use Bluetooth earphones but some users may not be happy about it.

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Overall, LeEco Le Max 2 is a fantastic phone. Yes, it has a few shortcomings but they are far from a deal breaker. In fact, LeEco Le Max 2 is a device that can be highly recommended for those who look for a phablet with bleeding-edge specs, stunning looks, good cameras and great performance for a price to beat.

Coupon code for Le Max 2: LMT30 ($30 off on letvmart.com)

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  • Joe

    That’s one powerful flagship! Great Review Linas!

  • Gurdit SłŇgh

    Better than OnePlus3?

    • Arnie Linson

      OnePlus 3 is yet to be released so he can’t really compare them.

  • Tremaine Underwood

    Well done Linus have easily become my favourite reviewer. You review the phones before any of the site I follow, you quote in prices we will actually pay. Plus you do promise reviews that never happen. The night comparison between this and the S7 was very interesting. Keep up the good work!

    • thank you so much for the support! Stay tuned for more reviews!

  • Muhammad Elagizy

    Good review from the best reviewer linus keep it up ??

    • thank you very much!

  • Muhammad Elagizy

    Very beautiful and cheap phone

  • Muhammad Elagizy

    Waiting for the ultimate comparison with op3 and axon7

  • Inti Energia

    Hate to be repetitive but the color is awful. That wouldn’t be so bad but it seems to be the only one they are able to produce. I suspect that I am only one of many who will buy another phone primarily for this reason and not because of the unfortunate placement of the loudspeaker. You would think that they would come out with a “safe” color first and roll out the pink slime later. Incomprehensible!

    • I should agree with you. The pink or rose gold colour looks great but they should give at least a silver and gold colour options at launch too!

  • bro-reac

    Thanks Linus. Truly in-depth review from a trusted reviewer.

  • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz

    No doubt this is a nice phone, but I’m looking more for Vernee Apollo Lite considering it has X20+4GB ram too, but only for $230.

  • Ionut Johnny

    Great review. Keep them coming. Linus the difference is that big against 1 pro, because now you can buy it under 200 $, shipping, vat included and it has promised marshmallow in June.
    Thanks in return!

    • Mateus Marta

      200$? Where? Thats the price of the Le2 not the Max2.

  • Milo

    Nice phone – easy to put GAPPS on chinese version?

  • Nam Dang

    How would you describe audio recording quality when it comes to loud environment (loud music in car, club, festival)?
    So far most phones have problems with bass.
    Loudspeaker is single?
    A German reviewing site has written it has dual speakers?

  • frie

    if this device comes with gold colours and Super Amoled screen then I would buy this device otherwise i wouldnt buy this device.Rose gold colour is female coolurs and sure that lots people dont like this colour

  • andy

    leeco should launch new version super amoled and gold colour !!!!

  • bayrm

    I was gonna but this device but after watched on youtube stop buying this device so that i didnt like device colour

  • frank

    hey Lunis,leeco le snap dragon 650 version if comes super amoled and diffrent type choice colours option then I am ready buy this device straigt.Please super amoled and not rose gold colour !!!!!

  • adrian

    saw the first few photos… i have to say… they look blurry.

    even the SIM tray pin… the shot was not focused. so, kinda shocking to hear that the review says:
    “The daylight image quality is very good.”

    • phirith

      Please click on the images to view first. those are just the screenshot!

  • Marcus

    But I have ordered Gold version. Is that this rose gold version!?

    • Jack Nathanial Mikhail

      Sadly there is no true gold version. You have actually ordered the (rose) gold version.
      The Silver/Grey version has not been released.

  • Karly Johnston

    Battery is no good. Screen is not great and video stabilization is non-existant. Flagship brain in a mid-range body.