LeEco entered the Indian smartphone market earlier this year as a disruptive brand and is now keeping up the momentum with follow-up releases. The Chinese internet conglomerate launched the Le 2 smartphone in India on June 8, adding competition to the ever-expanding premium budget smartphone market where players such as Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, Moto G4 Plus, Lenovo ZUK Z1, Meizu M3 Note and others have claimed expertise.
We have already compared the Le 2 smartphone with Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 in a previous article. Here's another comparison of the handset with Lenovo ZUK Z1 and Moto G4 Plus. The Le 2 is priced lower than its rivals in this category at Rs. 11,999. The ZUK Z1 is priced at Rs. 13,999 and the Moto G4 Plus 3GB RAM variant costs Rs. 14,999.
All three smartphones have 5.5-inch Full displays with Full HD resolution, which is pretty much the standard on smartphones these days. But companies are offering some extra features to stand out in the crowd such as Lenovo ZUK Z1 features anti-fingerprint coating, display polariser coating and GFF whole-bonding process and the Moto G4 Plus has a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 shield protecting its display.
The Le 2 smartphone has a blue light filter that helps reduce eye fatigue and uses In-Cell display screen for slimmer and lighter smartphone.
Good cameras are brought by popular demand in smartphones. If you are spending up to Rs. 15,000 on a smartphone these days, expect the camera to be top notch. The Le 2 smartphone features a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with PDAF, dual LED flash and Closed Loop technology, and an 8MP front snapper for selfies.
Motorola Moto G4 Plus also has a 16MP primary camera with OmniVision Pure Cel Plus sensor, PDAF, dual LED flash, professional mode and a 5MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens.
Finally, Lenovo ZUK Z1 comes with a 13-megapixel Sony EXMOR RS sensor with 1.2µm, dual LED flash, OIS, 5-physical lens and f/2.2 aperture. On the front side of the device, there is an 8MP snapper with 1.4µm pixel, OV8865 sensor equipped with OMniBSI-1 technology.
By comparing the on-paper specs, the Le 2 seems to offer the better of both Moto G4 Plus and Lenovo ZUK Z1.
Processor, RAM and storage
LeEco presented the Le 2 smartphone as the first one to be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset and packs 3GB RAM and 32GB onboard storage. Lenovo ZUK Z1 comes powered by a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, paired with 3GB RAM and 64GB storage. Moto G4 Plus runs Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB expandable storage.
By comparison, Lenovo ZUK Z1 takes the lead while the Le 2 trails behind it in terms of performance.
With all premium specs, low battery would make no sense at all. So smartphone manufacturers are offering reliable batteries to withstand the high power-consuming specs and last reasonably long.
Lenovo ZUK Z1 has the biggest battery at 4,100mAh, which the company claims can offer up to 38 hours of 4G talk time. Moto G4 Plus and LeEco Le 2 pack 3,000mAh battery with fast charging technology.
While most smartphones offer everything that is now becoming a standard, companies must offer something extra in order to catch consumers' eye. All three smartphones have fingerprint scanners for biometric authentication and dual SIM 4G LTE support. The Le 2 and the ZUK Z1 comes with USB Type C port, and the LeEco's smartphone uses the same port for connecting headphones. The Le 2 smartphone also comes with one year of free LeEco Membership worth Rs. 4,900.
LeEco Le 2 is expected to be available in early July through LeMall and Flipkart. Lenovo ZUK Z1 and Moto G4 Plus are available exclusively on Amazon.in, but the ZUK Z1 is sold through weekly flash sales.