This has been a phone I have been very excited to try and today I finally got to undress the beast. Keep reading for my LeTV Le Max (LeTV X900) unboxing video and first impressions.
After months of using the budget LeTV Le1 and enjoying every minute of it, I was super excited to hear from LeTV when they told me to expect a LeTV Le Max to arrive. Due to customs issues it took a little longer than hoped, but the phablet finally arrived, and today I got to go hands with it once and for all.
The Le Max is the largest of the current 3 LeTV smartphones with a 6.3-inch 2K display. To be honest years of seeing huge Android phones and writing about monstrous phablets had numbed me to the size of a 6.3-inch phone but I was still in awe of the size when I came face to face with the LeTV Le Max for the first time.
A screen so large can certainly make use of some extra pixels and this might be one of those rare times a 2K panel actually makes sense. It is truly a gorgeous display everything simply looks amazing, but once again I find the screen isn’t visible when wearing polarized sunglasses. Not a huge issue unless you live in a sunny climate.
That large panel has black borders all around but they are very thin and measure only a few mm even along the edges of the gold unibody alloy chassis. Below the screen we find back lit hardware buttons and above there are the usual light and proximity sensors plus a 4MP ultra-pixel camera (similar to the IUNI U3).
A gold finish might not be to everyone’s taste, but I quite like the finish. It is a subtle colour that is closer to a champagne than a tacky gold finish. The rear has those iPhone 6 like lines on it. There is a LeTV logo at the bottom, fingerprint scanner closer to the top and a 20 mega-pixel camera and dual tone LED flash above that.
Being a unibody construction there is a SIM tray for access to the dual SIM cards on the right hand side, below which you will find the power button.
The volume rocker and 2 position notification switch (the same on or off as the LeTV Le1) are on the left.
Like the more affordable LeTV Le 1 there is a USB Type C between 2 speakers, and at the top a 3.5mm head phone jack and IR blaster.
Despite the huge size the LeTV Le Max is feels quite light-weight and easy to handle. The flip side to that is the lack of mass gives it a less substantial and quality feel when compared to the OnePlus Two. The battery is also quite tiny at only 3400mAh. In comparison the 5.5-inch 1080p OP2 has a 3300mAh battery and 5.5-inch 1080p ZUK Z1 has a 4100mAh battery.
LeTV Le Max Unboxing Video
LeTV Le Max first impressions
Although big I think I could happily handle the Le Max on a daily basis. I’ m impressed by the screen (although it is annoying I can’t see it with my sunglasses on) and it’s strange that EUI only shows 4 icons across that large panel when more would fit.
The build quality is very good and the gold finish is actually rather pleasing. The light-weight of the phone is going to be a pleasant surprise to anyone picking this huge handset, but I’d prefer some extra weight if it gave a more substantial feel and larger battery.
I can’t really comment on the performance of the phone yet as I haven’t really used it, but the camera is fast and focus is accurate. The 20 mega-pixel photos are snapped and saved away faster than the 13 mega-pixel images of the OnePlus 2 but it remains to be seen how the LeTV Le Max camera compares in quality.
My next step is to take the Le Max out with a couple of other phones for a camera shootout so keep your eye’s peeled for this coming soon. If you have any questions about the LeTV Le Max or any of the other Chinese Android phones we have please feel free to ask.
Thanks to LeTV for arranging this review phone.