Letv x829 Le Max 2 5.7" 2K screen, snapdragon 820 4GB 64GB £161 @ Geekbuying
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Letv x829 Le Max 2 5.7" 2K screen, snapdragon 820 4GB 64GB £161 @ Geekbuying

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Found 18th Feb
Yes, another Chinese phone without band 20 though I don't miss it being on 3. Incredible spec for the money. Use code LETVX829 for $10 off pre order.
No head phone socket though comes with USB-c adapter.
Find me a cheaper Snapdragon 820!
Update : no need, I have ordered mine.

Highlights

5.7 inch 2560*1440 Pixel 2K screen

CPU:Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, quad core, 2.15GHz, 64bit,GPU Adreno 530

eUI 5.8 (Base on Android 6.0 OS) , 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM UFS 2.0

Dual Nano SIM card dual standby

Dual cameras, front camera 8.0MP; back camera 21.0MP 6P lens F2.0 with flashlight and auto focus

Metal unibody,3100 mAh battery with fast charge

Support FDD LTE/4G/3G/GPS/Wifi/Bluetooth/Miracast/OTG/Touch ID/Type-C

Networking:2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz

3G: WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz

4G: FDD-LTE 700/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 ( B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17 )MHz

82 Comments

Original Poster

Thanks for the photo, I'm mobile.

Do these still have the awful black border around the screens? One of things that has put me off buying one of these and software.

Great price!. Will get a new phone for my younger brother for April but not sure whether to buy this now or wait... Other than the Zuk Z2 I don't think there are any other snapdragon 820 phones for around the £160 mark or below.

I am however quite wary eUI - I bought the LeEco X800 and there were quite a few bugs which, along with the terrible battery life, made me keep my Xiaomi Mi Note (although I upgraded to a OP3 now).

I find that Xiaomi, Meizu and ZTE Nubia seems to have the better OS out of the Chinese UIs. I've had Lenovo ZUK, IUNI and the LeEco and they are more buggy and whilst they all looked clean and nice, they were a step down when it came to software features and had more bugs.

The current crop of Xiaomi, Meizu and ZTE Nubia phones don't really appeal to me though, especially at their respective price points and design hence I'm really tempted to get this Le Max 2 for my brother as he's using an ageing Meixu MX4 which is coming to a crawl with the MediaTek MT6595 and 2GB RAM. I need to get my sister a phone too as the Zuk Z2 I got her suddenly died and doesn't charge anymore. She was happy with how fast it was but now she's back to her Xperia Z3 Compact with the dated Snapdragon 801 and 2GB RAM. Other than the ugly Xiaomi Mi5 I don't think there is any other compact 5.2" or smaller phone with a Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage for £200 or less. Not even sure what will happen to this dead Zuk Z2 as the seller that I bought it from (aliexpress) is just ignoring me now.

How are geekbuying when it comes to honouring warranties? I've found buying from aliexpress hit and miss (like eBay) - some buyers are nice and willing to help you out but this time I've been unlucky with a seller that's ignoring my faulty Zuk Z2.
Edited by: "Ulti" 18th Feb

Original Poster

Ulti

Great price!. Will get a new phone for my younger brother for April but … Great price!. Will get a new phone for my younger brother for April but not sure whether to buy this now or wait... Other than the Zuk Z2 I don't think there are any other snapdragon 820 phones for around the £160 mark or below.I am however quite wary eUI - I bought the LeEco X800 and there were quite a few bugs which, along with the terrible battery life, made me keep my Xiaomi Mi Note (although I upgraded to a OP3 now). I find that Xiaomi, Meizu and ZTE Nubia seems to have the better OS out of the Chinese UIs. I've had Lenovo ZUK, IUNI and the LeEco and they are more buggy and whilst they all looked clean and nice, they were a step down when it came to software features and had more bugs. The current crop of Xiaomi, Meizu and ZTE Nubia phones don't really appeal to me though, especially at their respective price points and design hence I'm really tempted to get this Le Max 2 for my brother as he's using an ageing Meixu MX4 which is coming to a crawl with the MediaTek MT6595 and 2GB RAM. I need to get my sister a phone too as the Zuk Z2 I got her suddenly died and doesn't charge anymore. She was happy with how fast it was but now she's back to her Xperia Z3 Compact with the dated Snapdragon 801 and 2GB RAM. Other than the ugly Xiaomi Mi5 I don't think there is any other compact 5.2" or smaller phone with a Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage for £200 or less. Not even sure what will happen to this dead Zuk Z2 as the seller that I bought it from (aliexpress) is just ignoring me now. How are geekbuying when it comes to honouring warranties? I've found buying from aliexpress hit and miss (like eBay) - some buyers are nice and willing to help you out but this time I've been unlucky with a seller that's ignoring my faulty Zuk Z2.


Don't know about geekbuying warranty, I assume no warranty support when buying directly from China.

Hot from me, but you do have to bear in mind that Three do use a lot of band 20 (800mhz) now for their SuperVoice/rural and building penitration for their 4G.

damadgeruk

Don't know about geekbuying warranty, I assume no warranty support when … Don't know about geekbuying warranty, I assume no warranty support when buying directly from China.



Usually you can post it back to them at your cost and then cross your fingers and wait a month to get your phone back.

Tempted to go DHL (3-5 Business Days) for USD 5.91 vs registered airmail. Is there more chance of getting stung with import duty using DHL?

You be stung on your behind big time via dhl

Mars104

Tempted to go DHL (3-5 Business Days) for USD 5.91 vs registered airmail. … Tempted to go DHL (3-5 Business Days) for USD 5.91 vs registered airmail. Is there more chance of getting stung with import duty using DHL?


Mars104

Tempted to go DHL (3-5 Business Days) for USD 5.91 vs registered airmail. … Tempted to go DHL (3-5 Business Days) for USD 5.91 vs registered airmail. Is there more chance of getting stung with import duty using DHL?



Pointless anyhow as its a presale which means they don't even have in stock yet. Just wait till they actually have some.

Mars104

Tempted to go DHL (3-5 Business Days) for USD 5.91 vs registered airmail. … Tempted to go DHL (3-5 Business Days) for USD 5.91 vs registered airmail. Is there more chance of getting stung with import duty using DHL?



​not exactly big time. I received a mi5s last week, and received a DHL charge before it had even left China. £17.99 no big deal.

bankerscum

​not exactly big time. I received a mi5s last week, and received a DHL c … ​not exactly big time. I received a mi5s last week, and received a DHL charge before it had even left China. £17.99 no big deal.



I would expect VAT of 20% plus a handling charge. What does the DHL invoice say?

I'd definitely consider this (or the 6Gb+128Gb version I posted last week) if it had better software support & a future update to Nougat.

Band 20 & NFC support wouldn't go amiss either. Also, no MicroSD slot in all versions, but the generous 64/128Gb internal storage would keep me satisfied for a long time.
Edited by: "Crossbow" 21st Feb

Price is £174 and pre-order only. Cold

Original Poster

shariifi

Price is £174 and pre-order only. Cold


Your currency calculator is broken and you missed the voucher. You did manage to read it is pre - order though, well done.

If paying using a credit card would that offer any protection if the phone developed a fault? Im guessing not but thought I'd ask.

I have this phone. It's best phone I ever had. Paid £171 on 5.1.17 and received 17.1.17 from geekbuying. The only negative point is the fingerprint sensor. It stops working. It's a common problem with all Letv phones. After reading other forums sounds like both Geek buying and Letv can take 6 weeks to repair N ship mobile back. Mines develop this fault on the 3rd day. I did pay with my credit and already placed a s75 claim which is currently being investigated. Maybe I was unlucky. I have reported to geekbuying N they asked for to post mobile back to them. Just a heads up for all and feel free to ask any questions. Thanks

masai

If paying using a credit card would that offer any protection if the … If paying using a credit card would that offer any protection if the phone developed a fault? Im guessing not but thought I'd ask.


Yes paid with credit card for added protection. You can use section 75 and claim through that should you have any problems with device.

kfm1eng

Yes paid with credit card for added protection. You can use section 75 … Yes paid with credit card for added protection. You can use section 75 and claim through that should you have any problems with device.


#Yes pay ...

kfm1eng

I have this phone. It's best phone I ever had. Paid £171 on 5.1.17 and … I have this phone. It's best phone I ever had. Paid £171 on 5.1.17 and received 17.1.17 from geekbuying. The only negative point is the fingerprint sensor. It stops working. It's a common problem with all Letv phones. After reading other forums sounds like both Geek buying and Letv can take 6 weeks to repair N ship mobile back. Mines develop this fault on the 3rd day. I did pay with my credit and already placed a s75 claim which is currently being investigated. Maybe I was unlucky. I have reported to geekbuying N they asked for to post mobile back to them. Just a heads up for all and feel free to ask any questions. Thanks



How much import tax have you received!

dryspuri

How much import tax have you received!


No tax paid

i wouldn't buy anything off geekbuying after my mi max didnt turn up.paypal refunded me eventually.i trust banggood as have ordered many items off them and the come fast compared to other resellers.also gearbest never let me down.geekbuying is a no no

If phones get any larger I'll be buying a touch screen TV and jamming it in my pocket

Original Poster

vulcanproject

If phones get any larger I'll be buying a touch screen TV and jamming it … If phones get any larger I'll be buying a touch screen TV and jamming it in my pocket


Not sure I'll manage with such a small phone (currently xiaomi mi max)! Fits just fine.

tranceazure

i wouldn't buy anything off geekbuying after my mi max didnt turn … i wouldn't buy anything off geekbuying after my mi max didnt turn up.paypal refunded me eventually.i trust banggood as have ordered many items off them and the come fast compared to other resellers.also gearbest never let me down.geekbuying is a no no


I agree. Better experience with geartbest N bangood. First and last with geekbuying.

Original Poster

kfm1eng

I have this phone. It's best phone I ever had. Paid £171 on 5.1.17 and … I have this phone. It's best phone I ever had. Paid £171 on 5.1.17 and received 17.1.17 from geekbuying. The only negative point is the fingerprint sensor. It stops working. It's a common problem with all Letv phones. After reading other forums sounds like both Geek buying and Letv can take 6 weeks to repair N ship mobile back. Mines develop this fault on the 3rd day. I did pay with my credit and already placed a s75 claim which is currently being investigated. Maybe I was unlucky. I have reported to geekbuying N they asked for to post mobile back to them. Just a heads up for all and feel free to ask any questions. Thanks


What fault did your phone develop?

Ulti

Great price!. Will get a new phone for my younger brother for April but … Great price!. Will get a new phone for my younger brother for April but not sure whether to buy this now or wait... Other than the Zuk Z2 I don't think there are any other snapdragon 820 phones for around the £160 mark or below.I am however quite wary eUI - I bought the LeEco X800 and there were quite a few bugs which, along with the terrible battery life, made me keep my Xiaomi Mi Note (although I upgraded to a OP3 now). I find that Xiaomi, Meizu and ZTE Nubia seems to have the better OS out of the Chinese UIs. I've had Lenovo ZUK, IUNI and the LeEco and they are more buggy and whilst they all looked clean and nice, they were a step down when it came to software features and had more bugs. The current crop of Xiaomi, Meizu and ZTE Nubia phones don't really appeal to me though, especially at their respective price points and design hence I'm really tempted to get this Le Max 2 for my brother as he's using an ageing Meixu MX4 which is coming to a crawl with the MediaTek MT6595 and 2GB RAM. I need to get my sister a phone too as the Zuk Z2 I got her suddenly died and doesn't charge anymore. She was happy with how fast it was but now she's back to her Xperia Z3 Compact with the dated Snapdragon 801 and 2GB RAM. Other than the ugly Xiaomi Mi5 I don't think there is any other compact 5.2" or smaller phone with a Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage for £200 or less. Not even sure what will happen to this dead Zuk Z2 as the seller that I bought it from (aliexpress) is just ignoring me now. How are geekbuying when it comes to honouring warranties? I've found buying from aliexpress hit and miss (like eBay) - some buyers are nice and willing to help you out but this time I've been unlucky with a seller that's ignoring my faulty Zuk Z2.



They certainly offer a UK return for about £2 (I took it out, but that was an order from the Spain warehouse).

damadgeruk

What fault did your phone develop?


Fingerprint sensor not working

Original Poster

kfm1eng

Fingerprint sensor not working


There's fairly extensive discussion on xda about that, along with a fix iirc.

No LTE band 20 and only 3100mAh battery. 2k screen with this battery means max 4h watching video before gets flat.

fubuki81

No LTE band 20 and only 3100mAh battery. 2k screen with this battery … No LTE band 20 and only 3100mAh battery. 2k screen with this battery means max 4h watching video before gets flat.



And no NFC either - the X820 at least has band20 by the way. Endurance rating for video is 8+ hours (according to gsmarena), which isn't too bad but below average I'd assume.
Edited by: "Crossbow" 22nd Feb

I bought the Le Max 2 X820 at the end of last year and I have been very impressed. I did install a custom rom within a couple of days though as what it had was full of Chinese stuff and a real pain. But with the RR ROM it is a truly great phone and the hardware build quality is no different to the high end phones.

Mine was £164 with insurance, 32GB but includes Band 20 so I felt worth it.

If only it had micro sd support at this pace I'll need to keep my G4 for years since I can't find a worthy successor without spening an eye
Edited by: "Jijin2" 20th Feb

Jijin2

If only it had micro sd support



You could get the 6Gb+128Gb version, which is only around £70 more.in some stores - examples below (with tempered glass costs ~£2.50 extra). Choose standard shipping to minimise the chance of being hit by duties, VAT, etc:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Original-LeEco-Letv-Le-Max-2-Qualcomm-Snapdragon-820-2-15GHz-5-7-Inch-2K-Screen/32704051146.html
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Original-LeEco-Letv-Le-Max-2-Qualcomm-Snapdragon-820-2-15GHz-5-7-Inch-2K-Screen/32702134358.html

Edit: slightly cheaper option: coolicool.com/lee…GBP
Edited by: "Crossbow" 20th Feb

sharzam1

But with the RR ROM it is a truly great phone



That's good to know, but is everything working fine, especially the camera & all its functions?

Do banking apps work OK as well?

sharzam1

Mine was £164 with insurance, 32GB but includes Band 20 so I felt worth … Mine was £164 with insurance, 32GB but includes Band 20 so I felt worth it.



That would be the X820 version I think, which also has working NFC if I'm not mistaken.

sharzam1

I bought the Le Max 2 X820 at the end of last year and I have been very … I bought the Le Max 2 X820 at the end of last year and I have been very impressed. I did install a custom rom within a couple of days though as what it had was full of Chinese stuff and a real pain. But with the RR ROM it is a truly great phone and the hardware build quality is no different to the high end phones. Mine was £164 with insurance, 32GB but includes Band 20 so I felt worth it.




Was tempted myself to get this and install RR, can't stand the ROMs Chinese manufacturers install.

How do you find it?

How do you find the black borders?

Trying to decide between this Mi Note 4 and Mi Max

Crossbow

You could get the 6Gb+128Gb version, which is only around £70 more.in … You could get the 6Gb+128Gb version, which is only around £70 more.in some stores - examples below (with tempered glass costs ~£2.50 extra). Choose standard shipping to minimise the chance of being hit by duties, VAT, etc:https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Original-LeEco-Letv-Le-Max-2-Qualcomm-Snapdragon-820-2-15GHz-5-7-Inch-2K-Screen/32704051146.htmlhttps://www.aliexpress.com/item/Original-LeEco-Letv-Le-Max-2-Qualcomm-Snapdragon-820-2-15GHz-5-7-Inch-2K-Screen/32702134358.htmlEdit: slightly cheaper option: http://www.coolicool.com/leeco-letv-le-max-2-ultrasonic-touch-id-6gb-ram-128gb-rom-qualcomm-snapdragon-820-215ghz-quad-core-g-44998?currency=GBP



The point for me is not the max storage but the fact that I have been carrying a lot of stuff in my microsd for years, especially important pictures. Also without microsd if your phone breaks you lose everything, while with a micro sd pictures and other important things are still there.

Jijin2

The point for me is not the max storage but the fact that I have been … The point for me is not the max storage but the fact that I have been carrying a lot of stuff in my microsd for years, especially important pictures. Also without microsd if your phone breaks you lose everything, while with a micro sd pictures and other important things are still there.



If the photos & other stuff are really that important to you, you'd be backing-up on a regular, even daily, basis. As you know, even SD cards are not perfect & can go at any time.

Great deal, I ordered one yesterday having read a few reviews. Main concern would be the fingerprint sensor but tbh I've got used to it not working on my current phone already. I got mine from banggood, there's currently a promotion and I paid £156 with 7% tcb, will post the link when I'm home if anyone's interested
Edited by: "tinted" 20th Feb

Original Poster

Jijin2

The point for me is not the max storage but the fact that I have been … The point for me is not the max storage but the fact that I have been carrying a lot of stuff in my microsd for years, especially important pictures. Also without microsd if your phone breaks you lose everything, while with a micro sd pictures and other important things are still there.


Without micro SD you lose anything saved ONLY to phone memory(assuming you can't connect to computer and retrieve). Pretty much all smartphones will backup photos, contacts and whatever else you choose to the cloud. I do prefer phones with micro SD though they fail too (my 64GB sandisk just died, RMA will replace it though the data is gone-dash cam so no issue).

sharzam1

But with the RR ROM it is a truly great phone

sharzam1

Mine was £164 with insurance, 32GB but includes Band 20 so I felt worth … Mine was £164 with insurance, 32GB but includes Band 20 so I felt worth it.


Barclays banking and Halifax works on mines
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