When it comes to the smartphone flagship segment, companies build products with the best they’ve got. The perfect smartphone still a myth, but makers release devices with high-end specs in some aspects that could fit into the desired price bracket with respect to the marketing standpoint. Year by year, especially in Indian smartphone market, we are seeing the price of gadgets going down, also devices from foreign manufacturers pouring in huge numbers. Two devices with such specs in recent times we’ve seen are Le Max from LeEco (previously LeTV) and Q Terra from QiKU. Both these two guys not only share a common point of origin, which is China, but also received good reviews all over.
Design, Display and Dimensions
As the trend goes, both devices, QuiKu Q Terra and LeEco Le Max are made of metal with curved design giving you great look and feel. While Le Max is made of aircraft grade aluminium with floating glass design, Q Terra boasts amalgamation of Magnesium and Aluminium alloy yielding strong yet light body. One common thing you’ll notice in both is that the excellent body-to-screen ratio. The display screens got widely spread up to almost end of the edges utilizing the space giving a feel that the screen is all over the body. Talking about display, both devices got huge ones. While QiKU Q Terra packs a 6 inch FHD IPS display (1920 x 1080 resolution) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection and 1400:1 contrast ratio, LeEco Le Max features a rocking 6.33 inch Quad HD display (2560 x 1440 resolution) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection. Both are great and do not compromise while giving you qualitative visual experience with vivid color production, appropriate amount of brightness and great viewing angles. But since we are trying to compare, Q Terra would get bonus points because of high resolution and crispiness. Mind you, we are talking about 6 inch displays here, which is the biggest screen size as of now. If you are okay with the fact that huge displays would sometimes become difficult to carry for some people, these two devices got awesome displays in one word. Talking about the measurements, LeEco Le Max dimensions are 167.1 × 83.5 × 8.95 mm and weighs 204 grams in hand and QiKU Q Terra turns out to be 157.6 × 79.8 × 8.6 mm and weighs 185 grams in hand. Obvious that with slightly bigger display, Le Max has more length, occupies more width and Q Terra is somehow thinner and lighter in hand. Both devices have fingerprint scanners, making locking and unlocking of your device easy.
Beneath the Hood
Under the hood, on paper, QiKU Q Terra packs hexa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC coupled with Adreno 418 GPU while LeEco Le Max features 64-bit octa core 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC coupled with Adreno 430 GPU. If you think Le Max got high powered core specs, and your are right, but mind you, there is 10k price difference between these two guys. So, if you want a device giving a value for your money, Q Terra works best. But if you do not care about money and want a device with more power, obviously Le Max would be a pick for you. Coming to storage, QiKU Q Terra has 3GB RAM, 16GB flash storage which can be expandable up to 128GB using MicroSD Card, and LeEco Le Max has 4GB RAM, 64/128 GB flash storage, non-expandable. Again, you should know that Q Terra has got a hybrid SIM slot (Micro + Nano/SD) if you want to expand your storage while Le Max has Dual SIM slots but with non- expandable storage. So, if you are concerned about storage in your device, you need to take a decision accordingly. On software front, QiKU Q Terra runs 360 OS on top of Android Lollipop v5.1 and LeEco Le Max runs EUI based on Android Lollipop v5.0.
Turning the devices backwards, QiKU Q Terra features a duo- 13MP Sony IMX278 sensor with Dual-tone LED flash and f/1.8 aperture and another 13MP IMX214 depth sensor on the back and 8MP camera ( f/2.4,1.4μm Pixel Size, 1080p video recording) on the font. LeEco Le Max features a 21MP PDAF Sony IMX230 Sensor (dual-tone LED, f/2.0, dual ISP support) on the back and 4MP OmniVision OV4688 sensor (2μm pixel size, 81.6 degree wide angle) on the font. Truth to be told, both cameras are probably among the best we can get in a smartphone right now. Even though Q Terra has less pixels compared to Le Max, it’s dual brother would enhance quality many times giving you great shots and it has support for 4K video recording using which you can take crispy videos. That said, Le Max isn’t any small either. For some reason, even though it had enough pixels, it doesn’t support 4K but, it has Optical Image stabilization adding high quality image processing capability to your photos. On the front side though, Q Terra features great camera on paper with 1080p video recording.
On the connectivity side also, both devices got great specs. Q Terra is a 4G enabled Hybrid Dual SIM device supporting Wi-fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (dual band), Bluetooth 4.1, and GPS/GLONASS. It also comes with USB OTG support using which you can easily transfer data to your external devices. Le Max, on the other side, is also a 4G enabled dual SIM device supporting Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1 with APT-X and GPS. To justify the price tag, LeEco included other great options in Le Max which are NFC, USB Type-C, MHL 3.0, Wireless HDMI, LeHiFi and AKG built audio chip which would come handy if you really use them. So, one can say that on the connectivity front, both devices have missing features and depending on your interest, you can choose one.
Coming to batteries section, LeEco Le Max has 3400mAh battery while QiKU Q Terra comes with huge 3600mAh battery with fast charging facility. So, if you want a device giving you more backup time, Q Terra would definitely work for you not only because it has bigger battery, but also it has less pixels and less cores to deal with.
According to our announcements, LeEco Le Max is available in two variants – 64GB (Silver/Gold) priced at ₹32,999/- and 128GB(Sapphire) priced at ₹36,999/-. QiKU Q Terra is also available in gold and silver colors being priced at ₹21,999/- on open sale and ₹19,999/- if you have an invite. Even though both devices are great in terms of specs and clearly justify the term flagship, they have their own cons in some aspects. On the surface, if you look at Le Max, it packs high end specs in almost all areas, but comes in high price bracket. If you are a fan of latest new features and money doesn’t matter for you, LeEco Le Max can be considered. But if you talk about adding value to your money, Q Terra is a killer flagship justifying every penny you invested for it and also coming for lesser affordable price.
Which one between the two is your favorite? Do let us know in comments.