Letv Le Max 2 Review- New Snapdragon 821 With Large Flagship

Letv Le Max 2 Review- New Snapdragon 821 With Large Flagship


Basic Information Model Letv 2 Max X820 6+128 Version
Time To Market 2016
Body Metal
OS Eui 5.6 based on Android M(6.0)
CPU Snapdragon 820 Quad Core 2.15GHz
GPU Adreno 530
SIM Card Dual Card Dual Standby ( two Nano-SIM slot)
Weight 185g
Dimensions 156.8×77.6×7.99mm
Li-Polymer 3100 mAh Battery ( builti-in )
Color Gold, Silver, Gray
Large Fonts Yes
Memory Capacity RAM 6GB, LPDDR4
External Memory N/A
About Storage The actual available storage is not equal to the written number,the reason we can explain is that the software configuration of your phone will occupy part of storage.The final available storage you can check the Antutu scores screenshots.We can not accept the dispute over RAM/ROM difference.
Connectivity Cellular and wireless Supports 4G(LTE)  3G(WCDMA) and 2G(GSM) networks
2G GSM : 2/3/5/8; CDMA: BC0/BC1
3G WCDMA: B1/2/5/8; TD-SCDMA: B34/39; EVDO:BC0/BC1
4G FDD-LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/20/25/26
Bluetooth Yes,4.2
WLAN Yes, 802.11ac/b/g/n, 2.4GHz/5GHZ
Screen Display 5.7 inch
Type 2K In-Cell Capacitive Touch Screen
Resolution 2560 x 1440 pixels
Multitouch Yes,
Pixel Density 515 PPI
Camera Front camera 8.0MP  f/2.2
Back camera 21.0MP f/2.0
Video 4K / 3840 x 2160 / 30fps
Sensor CMOS
Auto Focus Support,back camera
Touch Focus Yes
Multimedia Audio format AAC, MP3, WAV, AMR, FLAC, MIDI, OGG
Video format MP4, 3GP, 3GP2, MKV, AVI, ASF, Xvid, FLV, Ts, Webm
Picture format JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG
Support Audio Dolby Atmos, Type-C Digital audio, support CDLA standard
Remark: Continual Digital Lossless Audio
Sensors G-sensor Yes
Infrared Remote Yes
Ultraphonic Fingerprint Yes
Hall sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Light sensor Yes
Electronic compass Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Package Contents 1x Letv 2 max cell phone
1 x Earphone Adapter
1 x Card Pin
1x Charger
1 x Data Cable

What’s in the box

LeEco Le Max 2 is placed in a rectangular black box with the company’s logo in silver on its top. Inside, the compartments, which house the device and accessories, are in black too, while the lining is silver, like the logo. In a black envelope are placed two booklets and a pin for the SIM tray. Letv Le Max 2 Review. The accessories include a micro-USB to USB Type-C cable, a 3.5 mm jack to USB Type-C adapter, and a 5V/3A; 9V/2.7A fast charger. The latter is a US standard one, meaning you can use it in the USA, Canada, some countries in Latin America. It has two flat pins for plugging in the electric socket, without a third one for grounding. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  If your local electric system uses a different socket standard, you will need an adapter. A hard silicone protective case for the back is also included in the package.

Design and build

The Le Max 2 has clean lines and chamfered edges, comprising a metal unibody construction. The front of the phone is designed to look like it doesn’t have any bezels, thanks to the black borders around the edge of the screen. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  However, the bezels are very noticeable as soon as you switch on the display. The backlit capacitive buttons are housed at the bottom, and you’ll find the power and volume rocker to the right of the screen.

On the back, you’ll find antenna lines at the top and bottom, and a protruding camera sensor flanked by a dual-LED flash module to its left. The fingerprint sensor is located below the camera, and offers the ability to unlock the phone even when the screen is off, although there’s usually a delay of a second before the screen switches on. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  The sensor itself features Qualcomm’s Sense ID ultrasonic technology, which uses ultrasonic waves to map out the details of your fingerprint. However, the implementation could be better, as it usually takes a second for the sensor to recognize and authenticate the fingerprint before letting you log into the phone.

Overall, the Le Max 2 is quite heavy at 185g, and is not as comfortable to use one-handed as the OnePlus 3. The Mi 5 with its 129g weight and svelte profile is significantly better and much more ergonomic to handle. The build quality of the phone is top-notch, but there isn’t any visual flair. The Letv branding at the back has given way to the newer LeEco moniker, although branding is still inconsistent as the Le 2 sports the older Letv logo.

As for the phone’s display, you’re getting a 5.7-inch QHD LCD panel, which offers great viewing angles and contrast levels, as well as decent visibility in bright conditions. However, colors are muted, and are nowhere near as punchy as other phones in this segment. Furthermore, the lack of 2.5D curved glass at the front lends to sharp edges.

It isn’t the best display in this segment, but if your use case is limited to watching videos and movies from LeEco’s digital content services, it is adequate. Do note that the screen is prone to scratches, and is highly reflective. There isn’t any mention of Gorilla Glass (or Dragontrail), and given the scratches picked up in just over a week’s worth of usage, it looks like the phone does not come with any added protection.

If you’re considering the Le Max 2, a screen protector and a case is highly recommended, as getting a broken screen fixed can cost up to a third of the value of the handset.


LeEco Le Max 2’s performance relies on a Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 chipset. Built around the 14nm, the latest top-notch SoC from Qualcomm provides ultra-low power consumption, while increasing efficiency. The chipset includes two custom Kryo cores clocked at 2.15GHz and other two custom Kryo cores clocked at 1.6GHz. An Adreno 530 GPU clocked at 624MHz is handling the graphics. The unit we are reviewing has 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM (dual-channel, clocked at 1.866GHz) and 32GB of UFS 2.0 memory, which is four times faster than eMMC5.0 in terms of random read capability. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  We got an amazing AnTuTu score of 137549, which places the device in the top three of AnTuTu’s database, just after another, a bit higher score of the same device. Geekbench 3’s and PCMark’s results are at the top as well. We also played Asphalt 8 at the top graphics level and it was running impressively smoothly.

The RAM is definitely helping a lot at multitasking and you can even have all of the apps open and running in the background and still not feel any glitches, while working with the phone. The UFC 2.0 type of storage really delivers to expectations providing the highest sequential and random read/write speeds of devices we have tested up to now and more importantly, higher than Xiaomi Mi 5’s results, which has the same chipset and type of internal memory. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  On board the smartphone you’ll find many sensors, some which are proximity, light, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, Hall, and a metal fingerprint sensor. The latter is positioned on the back of the device under the camera and according the LeEco it works in rainy and dusty environment, even if it is dirty. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  The company also specifies that some of its functions will develop in the future. Setting up a fingerprint ID is very easy and unlocking the device is ultra-fast.


The battery life on the Le Max 2 is surprisingly decent considering the phone has a 5.7-inch QHD display and a 3,100mAh battery. I was able to make the battery last a day or more on average, with typical usage including at least two hours of browsing, an hour on social media, a few hours streaming podcasts and music, and a few YouTube videos over the course of the day.

The phone offers Quick Charge 2.0 tech, which while isn’t the fastest way to charge your phone does allow you to quickly top up should you need to during the day.


LeEco Le Max 2 is equipped with a 21-megapixel rear camera that features a Sony IMX230 Exmor RS image sensor. This is a 1/2.4″ CMOS BSI sensor with high signal to noise ratio and support for 4K videos @ 30 fps. It is combined with a 6-element lens with 4.67 mm focal length and an f/2.0 aperture along with a dual-tone LED flash and optical image stabilization (OIS).  Letv Le Max 2 Review.  The camera uses phase detection AF and a closed-loop motor. How does the latter work? The sensor is pointed at the subject and its auto-focus system calculates what changes have to be done in order for the subject to be in focus, then it send this info to the lens without waiting for it to move. This process is repeated several times, so quickly that we don’t even notice it, till the sensor sees that the subject is in focus and the system confirms it. This multi-measurement method provides high-precision auto-focus. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  The front camera of the Le Max 2 packs an 8-megapixel OmniVision OV8865 sensor with a 1/3.2″ size and a 1.4μm pixel size along with an f/2.2 lens with a focal length of 3.66 mm. The camera app has all the options you’d expect from a mobile camera: it lets you manage the ISO, white balance, exposure, resolution and other parameters, while shooting with the rear camera and add several beautification features if you’re shooting with the front-facing snapper. If we have to compare it with Le 2’s camera, Le 2’s is better.

Primary camera

Secondary camera


Following LeEco’s revolutionary idea of removing the 3.5mm jack and providing an opportunity of enjoying music with better quality, the LeEco Le Max 2 arrives only with a USB Type-C Port, which is compatible with the in-house developed CDLA ear/headphones. Still, if you want to use ear/headphones that are only 3.5 mm compatible, the device arrives with a short 3.5 mm to Type-C cable to ensure you can hook them somewhere. The Type-C port is centrally positioned at the bottom frame of the device and to its left and right there are symmetrical holes for speakers. However, only the left one houses a speaker. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  The top frame of the model is where the IR blaster is. With it you can use the smartphone as a remote control for LeTV sets or for other TVs and home appliances. This can be properly adjusted from the Remote Control app or the corresponding section from the Settings menu. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  The SIM tray is placed on the left hand side of the model, while on the right are the volume and power buttons. The top front area of the device is where the LED notification light, light sensor, earpiece, and front camera are positioned. The LED light can be managed from Settings > Display > Pulse notification light. Below the display is placed a capacitive navigation bar. When it is not engaged, the backlights are off and the buttons are invisible. However, if you tap on the area, where they should be, the backlights switch on. The navigation bar’s arrangement from the left to the right is Menu, Home button, and Back. You can switch the Menu and Back places by choosing the Left Hand Mode from the Accessibility menu in the Settings. Also, for each button you can assign a task of your choice. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  By default, a tap on the Menu opens the Quick Menu settings, while a long-press opens the Widgets menu. A long-press on the Home button opens a Search, and a long-press on the Back button dims the display (if you’re on the Home screen) and you’ll need to switch it back on from the power button. The back of the device is where the primary camera is placed – centrally, with a dual-tone LED flash to its right. Below them is the square fingerprint sensor with rounded edges. Further down, towards the lower end you can see LeEco’s logo.

OS, UI and software

The second batch of LeEco superphones is advertised as receiving the EUI 5.8 this June. While we’ve been reviewing the Le 2, there has been no update and now the Le Max 2 arrives with the same latest stable version of the custom UI: 5.6.014S(Stable) from June 3rd and no signs of receiving the 5.8 soon. Similar to the Le 2, we have received the Le Max 2 with a webshop ROM, which we changed with the original ROM from LeEco’s website. The 5.6 version of the EUI is based on Android 6.0.1. Marshmallow. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  It retains the basic features of the OS, while optimizing the looks and accessibility and adding several new features that connect every device with EUI with LeEco’s Ecosystem. The first and foremost feature that proves this is the LeLive icon. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  Centrally placed in the docked apps on the home screen, instead of an App Tray, it allows access to various TV broadcasters. When switched on, the phone automatically switches to landscape mode and the default screen launches nine channels simultaneously. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  It can reach three-way live stream broadcasting. Besides visual content you may enjoy a huge library of online music and moreover, if you have a superTV (LeTV that is), you can synchronize it with your smartphone and enjoy the same content on both devices. LeLive is also accessible if you swipe the home screen to the right. Another major source of content as part of Le Ecosystem’s Supertainment package for mobile devices is the LeEco Membership app. It arrives pre-installed and provides access to premium content online. From the Lock Screen you can access the Camera and you can choose whether the Quick Menu to be available from there or not. Besides the docked row of apps on the Home Screen – Dial pad, Contacts, LeLive, Browser and Camera, there are three rows of pre-installed apps. If you swipe to the left you access a second screen with other three rows of apps. In case you install additional apps, they will appear on successive screen when this one is filled up. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  Unlike in Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the apps are directly installed and accessed and appear on several screens, not only one that is scrollable. If you like to customize the appearance of the UI to suite your taste better, you can choose from three offline themes. There are many more, which are available online – for free or paid ones.

You can access the themes either from the Settings menu, or from the Widgets, Themes, Wallpapers and Sort Icons options. The latter appears when you long press on an empty space between the docked apps on the Home Screen or you long-press the Menu button. It gives you several tools for customization, including rearranging the icons on the Home Screen (automatically or manually), changing the theme and wallpaper, adding/removing widgets. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  The Notifications menu is accessed as per standard by swiping downwards from the top of the screen. With it you get a shortcut to the Notifications management in the Settings. A short tap on the Menu button from the capacitive navigation bar opens the Quick Menu, which is enriched and besides the standard shortcuts to tools and apps includes music controls for quick access and several tools, which cannot be accessed in any other way, e.g. the torch. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  From the Settings > Control Center you can toggle the icons from the Quick Menu. Another typical LeEco software feature is the PanoSearch, which is accessed by long pressing the home button from the navigation bar. The latter can be managed from the Settings > Accessibility menu, from where you can change the functions of the buttons or switch their placed with the Left Hand Mode option. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  The Volume options are accessed from the Volume button and include the standard media, system and ringer levels. The Power Off menu opens up by long pressing the power button and is the typical EUI one with a stylish overlay screen with slight opacity.

The way the Settings menu is structured makes its features and options quicker to find, easier to access that ultimately leads to a more user-friendly experience with the UI. It is obvious that most of the changes are done with this in mind. Yet, the structure does resemble an original Marshmallow one, so you can easily find your way around it. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  From the Wireless & networks set of options you get direct access not only to the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and SIM settings, but also to Airplane mode and Personal hotspot. The More… folder hides features that are not used very often. Under Common are listed the Display, Wallpaper and theme, Sounds and vibration, Notification management, Control Center, DND Mode, Dual-app feature. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  The Display settings provide you with all standard options coupled with color adjustment and content scaling. The Sounds settings is where you enable the Dolby Atmos and CDLA headphones features besides all else. The Notifications settings let you manage the LED Notification Light behaviour and apps notifications.  Letv Le Max 2 Review.  The Control Center allows you to toggle the Quick Menu shortcuts and you can opt-in or out for it to be accessed from the Lock Screen. As a frequently used feature the DND mode is brought up as a separate feature as well as the Dual-App function. It lets you use two different logins in two different versions of one and the same app – WeChat in this case – thus separating your personal and business contacts.

The Personal set of options is where you manage your LeEco account (if you have one) and all other ones along with the Fingerprint and Password manager, Location and App permissions. Finally, the Other set of options, a.k.a. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  System, includes the System menu, Language & input, Date & time, Power on & off settings, Application management, Battery, Storage, Factory data reset, Accessibility, Printing service, and About phone. All these are self-explanatory and only the Accessibility menu is more interesting by including options for managing the Navigation Bar, switching on/off captions and magnification gestures.

Though based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, EUI 5.6014S has very little to do with it regarding the apps layout. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  While in Android M, all apps are accessed via a home-screen-pinned App Tray and are listed alphabetically on a single screen that can be scrolled down and back up, LeEco’s UI lists all apps on successive screens accessed by swiping directly from the home screen. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  You get all the classic apps a modern smartphone needs – Browser, Calendar, Camera, Clock, Contacts, Dialer, File Manager, Gallery, Messenger. The Le Ecosystem is represented by several Le apps like the Le Mall, LeMe, My LeEco, Le Sports, Le Store, Game Center and of course Music. You can either access huge online sources or enjoy the music stored in your smartphone.

You also get a Tools folder that contains Calculator, Compass, Contacts, Downloads, Email, SIM toolkit, Video Player, and Voice Recorder. There is a WPS Office pre-installed, which is a handy tool in case you work with documents. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  It can open, edit and store MS Office and Adobe PDF files. A Super manager app is on board as well and includes several features that optimize the device’s performance, including its battery stamina. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  More on this will follow in the Battery section of this review. There’s a Feedback app as well, via which you can send information about your user experience with the device and EUI. A Map and a Weibo app are available, too, but suitable for those of you who know Chinese. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  In addition, you get a Remote Control app, with which you can turn the device into a universal remote control for home appliances via its infrared emitter, a Wallpaper app as yet another tool to customize the appearance of your lock and home screen, a Notes app, if you use such a tool, and a Weather app. Besides the Settings menu, there is a separate App settings menu, which combines all apps in one list and clicking on each opens its own specific set of options, which are otherwise accessible directly from the app, when it is open.

Networks, calls and connectivity

LeEco Le Max 2 is a dual-SIM smartphone, equipped with a double-blind SIM tray, meaning that you can insert your card either way. Both slots are for nano-SIM cards and support 4G networks. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  Actually, the model supports a very wide range of networks, making it suitable for world-wide use. More specifically, it supports the following network bands: 2G GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 2.5G CDMA (800 and 1900 MHz), 3G W-CDMA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz), 3G TD-SCDMA (1880-1920 and 2010-2025 MHz), 4G FDD-LTE (700 MHz Class 17, 800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1800, 1900, 2100, 2600 MHz), 4G TDD-LTE (1900, 2300, 2500, 2600).  Letv Le Max 2 Review.  The device actually provides what is called 4G+ services along with VoLTE. Theoretically, 4G+ provides download speeds of up to 534 Mbps, while VoLTE offers voice calls with HD quality. Furthermore, the smartphone supports dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with 2×2 MU-MiMO, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, and Wi-Fi Display. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  The Multi-User multiple-input and multiple-output set of technologies for Wi-Fi, which provides more powerful signal reception, more remote connections, and creates a stable and fast internet experience. The rest of the model’s connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.2, USB OTG and infrared emitter. LeEco Le Max 2 works with all satellite navigation systems – GPS/A-GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, and during our testing period has been capable of detecting lots of satellites very quickly and with good accuracy.


LeEco Le Max 2 is equipped with a customized digital music processing chip and scores very good in our audio test made by using the RightMark Audio Analyzer software and the TASCAM US-2×2 audio interface. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  Yes, many devices have a Very good overall result, but it is the separate scores and their exact values that make the difference. This model has a wider frequency response range, the best stereo cross talk so far and excels in both together with the IMD + Noise. It also has one of the best noise levels, THD and dynamic ranges of the devices we’ve tested and has an Average score for THD + Noise. All this means that you’ll enjoy high-quality audio. Letv Le Max 2 Review.  This will be even further enhanced, if you possess LeEco’s proprietary CDLA headset. The company’s Continual Digital Lossless Audio technology has been patented and approved as a global innovation standard. The headset has an independent CPU plus other 100 components making it an intelligent device. Each headset has a unique identification tag and when it is connected to the phone it will automatically recognize it.  Letv Le Max 2 Review.  The CDLA headset also automatically adjusts the sound quality according to the type of music, based on each user’s musical preferences. LeEco promises more intelligent functions to come. Even if you don’t have this type of headset, you can still enjoy improved audio quality via your existing headset with a standard 3.5 mm jack (well this depends on the headset of course). Letv Le Max 2 Review.  The model includes a 3.5 mm to Type-C connector, which is designed in such a way by using an ultra-high isolation technology as to prevent losses, decrease stereo cross talk and provide more accurate sound field reduction. Last but not least, the device arrives with Dolby Atmos tech on board, which by default is switched off from the Settings > Sound and vibration menu. Letv Le Max 2 Review.   From the same point you can also manage the CDLA headset, if you have one. The speaker sound is also very good as well as the one from the video recording.

Test Value RMAA rating
Frequency response (from 40 Hz to 15 kHz), dB +0.04, -0.05 Excellent
Noise level, dB (A) -92.9 Very good
Dynamic range, dB (A) 93.1 Very good
THD, % 0.0074 Very good
THD + Noise, dB (A) -79.6 Average
IMD + Noise, % 0.0079 Excellent
Stereo crosstalk, dB -93.9 Excellent
IMD at 10 kHz, % 0.015 Very good
General performance Very good

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