Chinese company LeEco recently held its United States launch event and announced that it will be selling its flagship Le Pro 3 smartphone in the country for $399. The launch of the smartphone, which has been available in other regions since September, marks the company’s first official entry into the U.S. market.
The Le Pro 3 comes with a 5.5-inch full HD 1080 display and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor, the same chipset found on Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL. LeEco’s handset also comes with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a fingerprint scanner and a 16-megapixel camera capable of 4K video recording, according to Gizmodo.
By those specs alone, the Le Pro 3 is already an attractive smartphone that’s considerably cheaper than Google’s Pixel phones. Taking a page from Apple, the new handset also lacks the 3.5mm headphone jack and users will have to plug in their headphones through its USB Type-C port.
LeEco says that the USB Type-C port provides “Continual Digital Lossless Audio” for a better listening experience, according to Android Authority. The USB-C port also comes with Quick Charge 3.0 support which will allow the handset to charge to 33 percent in just 20 minutes. That’s particularly helpful considering that the Le Pro 3 comes with a massive 4,070mAh battery.
The Le Pro 3 will be available in both gray and gold color options and will be available to purchase starting on Nov. 2. The $399 price tag may already be a good deal, but LeEco is also offering a $100 rebate for those who sign up to the company’s LeRewards flash sale on Nov. 2 making the handset even cheaper at just $299.
If the Le Pro 3 is still too pricy, LeEco also launched the mid-range $249 Le S3. Like the Le Pro 3, the Le S3 comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display but its internals are a bit downgraded. The handset is powered by the Snapdragon 652 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, according to Andorid Headlines.
Despite the less impressive specs, the Le S3 still comes with a fingerprint sensor and a 16MP camera. Like the Le Pro 3, the Le S3 also ditches the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of USB-C. The Le S3 will also be available starting on Nov. 2, and users can also get the same $100 rebate deal bringing its price down to $149.
Although both LeEco handsets are impressive, it’s a bit of a disappointment that it will only be running Android 6.0 Marshmallow instead of 7.0 Nougat straight out of the box. One major advantage it has over other handsets is that LeEco is selling both models unlocked and will work on carriers like T-Mobile, AT&T, MetroPCS or Cricket Wireless.