If you’ve never heard of the Le Max 2 smartphone, it is most likely not because the phone was launched last week in China; as a matter of fact, LeEco, the makers of the phone, are barely known as a serious maker of smartphones. Though the latest launch of three smartphones brings the total number phones under their belt to eight, a visit to their website shows little sign they make smartphones. Their main business includes,
“…..building a “Le Ecosystem”, an online platform with content, devices and applications. LeEco is engaged in myriad businesses, spanning from Internet TV, video production and distribution, smart gadgets and large-screen applications to e-commerce, eco-agriculture and Internet-linked electric cars, which were announced in late 2014.”
With the launch of the Le Max 2, along with Le 2 Pro and Le 2, the company seems to be announcing to the world that they intend to take smartphone manufacturing very seriously indeed. Perhaps that is why it is claiming a ‘first’ in smartphone design. The three new phones are hyped as the first smartphones to come without a 3.5mm headphone jack. An obvious dig at Apple, who we all thought would be first to launch a smartphone without the headphone jack.
In the coming days, we would be looking at the Le 2 Pro and Le 2. Today, the high-end Le Max 2 takes center stage.
As far as the physical design of Le Max 2 goes, there is nothing outstanding in the all metal unibody look. It is similar to the Nexus 6P except that in the case of the Le Max 2, there is the usual camera bump at the top of phone’s rear. This design feature applies to the other two models launched last week.
The Le Max 2 sports a huge display of 5.7″. This definitely qualifies it as a phablet. The QHD display has an impressive screen resolution of 1440×2550 pixels. That is just one step below the 4K resolution found on some flagship smartphones. The chipset too is impressive. A 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, supporting a massive 6GB of RAM. Making the Le Max 2 the third phone with that RAM capacity this year, after the Vivo Xplay 5 and the Vernee Apollo. Like I once stated, 6GB RAM in mobile phones would soon become commonplace.
Other notable specs of the Le Max 2 includes 64GB of internal storage, a 21MP camera with Sony sensors that supports optical image stabilization and LED flash. Selfie lovers will have an exciting time with the 8MP front camera. Also, the 4G LTE supported device packs a 3100mAh battery optimized to make sure the power lasts a long time. And to ensure the battery charges very fast, the Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 is also part of the phone’s software.
So, if there is no 3.5mm jack for headsets, how do you listen to music privately? This is where the ‘world’s first’ pitch comes in. The USB Type-C port also doubles as an audio connector, making the Le Max 2 Android 6,Marshmallow, the first phone in the world to use a Type-C audio connector.
The Le Max 2 goes on sale tomorrow. But it had been on pre-order since it was launched last week.
|Network||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Status||Coming soon. Exp. release 2016, April|
|Display||Type||Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Resolution||1440 x 2560 pixels (~515 ppi pixel density)|
|Platform||OS||Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820|
|CPU||Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo|
|Internal||32/64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM|
|Camera||Primary||21 MP, f/2.0, OIS, phase detection autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||1/2.4″ sensor size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR|
|Secondary||8 MP, 1080p|
|Sound||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Comms||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||v4.1, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS|
|Radio||To be confirmed|
|USB||Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Features||Sensors||Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email|
|– Fast battery charging: 83% in 30 min (Quick Charge 3.0)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Document viewer
– Photo/video editor
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery|
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