When I got approached to eat some duck and check out LeEco’s new smartphone I jumped at the chance. Reviewing the LeTV 1S a few months ago and going hands on with the LeEco Le Max Pro which was the first smartphone announced with the Snapdragon 820 processor at CES 2016. It’s clear that LeEco is making moves in the industry and their launch event in Beijing today was more than just phones. Ecosystem focused and looking to penetrate into multiple sectors at once a new VR headset which will feature the content from their movie studio (LeEco is one of China’s top blockbuster movie and television houses). A new TV which is higher quality and more budget than its competitors it just another iteration of several generations. The showstopper was of course the debut of their new concept car LeSee which is electric and features a display on the front panel.
We have three devices, the Le 2, Le 2 Pro and Le Max 2 devices. The LeEco Le 2 is the most affordable one of the three, but this phone still packs a lot of punch, and is a mid to high-end smartphone. The Le 2 Pro is the company’s all-new flagship smartphone, and the Le Max 2 is their new flagship phablet. The LeEco Le 2 features a 5.5-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. This smartphone is fueled by MediaTek’s Helio X20 64-bit deca-core processor running at 2.3GHz, and packs in a 3,000mAh non-removable battery on the inside. The 16-megapixel shooter is placed on the back of the LeEco Le 2, and an 8-megapixel snapper can be found up front. Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes pre-installed on this smartphone, along with the LeEco’s EUI user interface.
The Le 2 Pro, on the other hand, sports a 5.5-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) panel, but unlike the Le 2, this phone comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of native storage. MediaTek’s Helio X25 64-bit deca-core processor fuels this phone, and is clocked at 2.5GHz. This phone sports a 21-megapixel main shooter (Sony’s IMX230 sensor), while you’ll find an 8-megapixel snapper up front. The software version is identical as on the Le 2.
LeEco Le Max 2
The Le Max 2 sports a 5.7-inch QHD panel, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The device is fueled by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core processor running at 2.15GHz, and an Adreno 530 GPU for graphics. The Le Max 2 features the same camera sensors as the Le 2 Pro, and also the same software version, but unlike the Le 2 Pro, it comes with a 3,100mAh battery.
What surprises about all of these smartphone is the price tag, they showed a few slides during the event stating “Flagship Killer” blatantly stealing the line from OnePlus. But if I’m being perfectly honest at these prices LeEco did just announce 3 flagship killers. The LeEco Le 2 starts at 1099RMB or $170 USD, the LeEco 2 Pro is 1499 or $240 and the Le Max 2 is 2099 which is around $325. The only question is availability and right now we are waiting on US and European timelines for launch.