Letv Le 1S? This writing about Android smartphones is a complicated task, when you think you have found a smartphone framed in “the best of its category”, you see a few hours later writing about another terminal that improves on the previous one. And if yesterday we talked about the new Meizu Blue Charm Metal, and the strong competition that was for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, since LeTV have decided to curl the curl even more. If it is difficult for us to believe how the market has evolved in 2015, reaching a level of quality and performance in smartphones of around 200 euros that a few years ago was unthinkable even in the highest end terminal. So we can only say that welcome is the competition and welcome is the LeTv LE 1S , a terminal that is being a sales success.
LeTv Le 1s or X500: small improvements here and there to beat your predecessor.
A 6-grade aluminum chassis and a CNC construction process make the LeTV Le 1S a very robust and lightweight terminal.
LeTv Le 1S arrives with some very strong arguments to become the king of 200 euros (at least for a while). When we started talking about this terminal, and due to its X500 nomenclature (remember that the entry model to date was the X600) it was thought that it was a more basic model, built in plastic materials to reduce costs and compete better with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and the Meizu M2 Note . But this has not been the case, because the LeTv Le 1S not only keeps the profile in aluminum, but also introduces it into the back shell, (built in plastic on the X600), resulting in a unibody chassis with a reduced thickness of only 7.5 mm(2 mm less than the X600). So we have a smartphone very much like the UMI Iron or the Meizu MX5, but with an outstanding quality / performance / price ratio.
Let’s see what its technical specifications are:
Display: 5.5 “Full-HD (1920 × 1080) 401ppp, third-generation Corning Gorilla Glass, 85% NTSC gamut color / 500 cd / m2.
Processor: MT6595 / Octa-Core 64-bit ( MediaTek Helio X10 @ 2GHz ).
SO: eUI 5.0 (based on Android 5.0).
ROM: 32 GB (only model) / Not expandable.
Dual SIM Dual Standby (Micro SIM + Nano SIM)
4G LTE: 1800, 1900, 2100, 2300, 2500, 2600 MHz.
3G: 1900, 2100, 850, 900 MHz
2G: 1800, 1900, 850, 900 MHz
WiFi: 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11n 5GHz.
Bluetooth: 4.0 / A2DP
A-GPS, Beidou, Beidu, GLONASS, GPS
Sensors: Accelerometer, Compass or Magnetic sensor, Traces, Gyroscope, light sensor, Proximity sensor, gravity sensor.
Video: MP4, 3GP, MOV, MKV, AVI, FLV, MPEG.
Audio: WAV, AMR, MP3, FLAC, APE, AAC, MKA, OGG, MIDI, M4A.
Image: GIF, JPEG, BMP, PNG.
Rear camera: 13 MP with double flash, OIS (Samsung), F / 2.0
Front camera: 5 MP (Samsung.)
Battery: 3000 mAh / Li-Polymer / Non-removable / fast charging.
Size: 74.2 mm x 151.1 mm x 7.5 mm
Weight: 169 gr.
Extras: USB Type C, FM Radio, infrared sensor, DLNA
Left side: volume control, mute switch.
Lateral right: power button and slot 2 SIM cards (SIM + Micro Nano SIM).
Bottom side: USB type C connector, two speakers, and microphone.
Top side: 3.5 mm jack connection and infrared port.
Front top: led notifications, sensors, front camera, and speaker.
Bottom front: 3 backlit touch buttons
Rear: Camera with double flash (Double tone), fingerprint reader, noise canceling microphone.
The LeTv 1S repeats a design with very small side frames and a useful surface of 73% on its front.
As you can see, the LeTV Le 1S is a very serious proposal in the segment of 200 euros, where we have all the ingredients to become a reference phablet in the middle / high range. Whether for its 5.5-inch Full-HD , its Helio X10 that exceeds 50000 points in Antutu Benchmark, its 3 GB of RAM , which offer us a multitasking superior to the Redmi Note 2 and the Meizu Blue Charm Metal, its excellent construction , a first line connectivity or a photographic section quite well resolved.
We would like to highlight the excellent brightness of the screen used, which with its 500 nits , gives us an outstanding outdoor visibility.
LeTv 1s, a phablet that arrives to stay with the throne of the medium / high range.
The most important features of LeTv Le 1S at a glance.
But the LeTv Le 1S is not just a well-built, powerful terminal suitable for intensive use of multitasking, qualities of which the X600 already boasts, but some improvements have been included on its predecessor for make it more interesting.
On the one hand we have the improvements in the quality of construction and materials of which we have already spoken, on the other hand we have changes in their storage, since the base and single storage is 32 GB. Being a terminal without a slot for Micro-SD, from LeTV have realized that a 16 GB version can be short for many users, but as a point against, it does not seem to see version of 64GB or much less 128 GB of storage.
Another improvement included, and that puts the LeTV Le 1S at the height of the best, is the inclusion of a fingerprint reader that not even the LeTv One Pro has. This reader also has an elegant mirror finish and works in 360 degrees.
We also have advances in the operating system, as we now have Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, a slightly more optimized version than Android 5.0, and that runs under the OeUI 5.5 customization layer . Gizlogic_LeTV-Le-1sIn the photographic section we also have changes, although we do not know if they are for good or bad, because although the cameras repeat with a resolution of 13 and 5 MP for the rear and front sensors , we passed a Sony IMX214 Exmor RS sensor in the X600 in the rear camera, to a Samsung ISOCELL sensor , which in the absence of evidence, should offer good photographs in low light environments. This camera also has an excellent focus speed of only 0.09 seconds .
The LeTV Le 1s specifications are completed with excellent connectivity, where we only miss the support for the 800 megahertz 4G band (we do not know if there will be another version that includes it) and the NFC chip , for which LeTV still does not bet.
There are also two regulars of the brand, such as the infrared transmitter to control our appliances and the USB type C connector , since as you recall, LeTV was one of the pioneers in making use of this revolutionary reversible connector .
Infrared sensor and USB type C connector, two identity signals of the LeTV brand.
We conclude with a mention to the sound system , which is of Swedish origin and has compatibility with Dolby Digital and DTS HD.
The conclusions about LeTv Le 1s are very easy: it is the only terminal on the market that today offers this level of constructive quality, power, RAM, storage and extras, for about 200 euros in the Chinese market.
And the truth is that the figures speak for themselves, in a week that leads to the sale of this terminal, has already achieved 11 million reserved units , something that LeTV can feel very proud of. They have managed to make a smartphone that has as its only notable lack the NFC and the 800 megahertz band. Some may think that the external memory or the removable battery are on your list of essentials, in which case the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 will be your ideal smartphone; but if we can do without these qualities, and 32 GB of storage is enough, we have in LeTv Le 1S a premium smartphone that has nothing to envy to any high-end market, and with a price that makes it a real bargain .
And speaking of its price, although its official cost is 157 euros in the Chinese market, we have managed to find it in Gearbest (as of November 30) at a price of 218 euros in presale until next November 20.