Le 1s: Full metal jacket

Bangalore, February 28 2016:  One of the  debuts at MWC this year was the Chinese  Internet and phone company LeEco ( formerly LeTV) which took the prize for Most Innovative Company for its market disruptive product launches.

Unusually  the two handsets it unveiled at the event had already been launched in the Indian market some weeks earlier. Of the two ( we have already reviewed the LeMax in this space),  I would rate the  Le1s as decidedly the better value   for canny Indians.

This 5.5 inch phone has a luxurious and its  screwless  full metal body notwithstanding, it weighs just 169 grams.  The  display is full HD   and while the  3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage may not be  extraordinary it makes up with some features  normally associated with products  two or three times the price: a mirror- surfaced finger-print scanner, a fast  charger  that   gives you over 3 hours talk time with a 5-minute charge  of the 3000 mAh battery and the newest  Type C  USB reversible  port  which  does double duty  for  data and charger . There are a pair of    4G SIM slots -- sensibly taking standard and micro SIMS. The cameras as   13 MP ( primary) and 5 MP ( selfie).

The makers   have been  comparing  the phone to  much pricier options  -- but  even without going down that path, I have no hesitation, to  rate  the Le1s as one of the best handset deals in India  today,  nicely judged for  price and performace.-- Anand Parthasarathy