Display: 7 / 10

The smartphone features a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD panel. It offers a 401 PPI which makes it sharp. The bezels around the display are fairly in check with a black border all around. Overall quality is good. Colours look accurate, although there is a slight shift when viewing from an angle.

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Contrast could’ve been better but isn’t all bad. It does come with options to customise the tone of the colours so you can bump up or down the tone on the screen to your liking. I was quite satisfied with the touch response as well.

Software: 7 / 10

The Cool 1 utilises LeEco’s proprietary EUI on top of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The only difference being the absence of all the LeEco services like LeVidi and LeView.

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It does, however, come with a built-in FM radio app, a ‘system tools’ app, Yahoo Weather, Amazon India and an infrared remote control app. We’ve seen the same UI in a bunch of LeEco handsets so it did seem very familiar.

Swiping from the top down reveals the notifications while the quick toggles and settings can be accessed by tapping on the multitasking, square, capacitive key.

It’s quite snappy and I was happy with how fluid it felt. Of course, if you are coming from a stock Android smartphone, you will need some time to get used to everything.

Performance: 7.5 / 10

Powering the smartphone is a Snapdragon 652 processor which was also seen on the LeEco Le 2. There is 4GB of RAM to handle multitasking and an Adreno 510 GPU to take on graphics. The combination provides an excellent experience considering the price point.

Watching videos, scrolling through your mails, browsing through numerous social media apps was a breeze. I managed to open about 10 apps at the same time and it didn’t stutter.

It did, however, disappoint while I was gaming. Ten minutes of Pokémon Go led to a very strong heating on the left of the fingerprint scanner. Surprisingly, it was fine while I was playing Asphalt Nitro.

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In the benchmarks, the results were quite good though. I compared the results to the LeEco Le 2 and both came to be pretty similar.

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As for call performance and network performance, everything works well. I wish the loudspeaker had a punch to it as it offered a bit too much of the highs. The fingerprint scanner worked well, although I didn’t like the glossy finish. It wasn’t always accurate in detecting, but when it did, the lockscreen opened very fast.

Publish date: December 28, 2016 3:34 pm| Modified date: December 28, 2016 3:53 pm

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