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LeEco Announces Le Pro 3, Snapdragon 821 and 4,070mAh Battery for $299

LeEco announced its entrance into the US market this morning in San Francisco, providing an extremely comprehensive look into its “eui” ecosystem and connected devices. While there was plenty of stuff announced, we will focus on the two smartphones LeEco unveiled, both of which will be available starting November 2 through LeMall, LeEco’s e-commerce web store. 

The two phones are the Le Pro 3 and the Le S3. The Le Pro 3 is the higher-end model, even though its price does not adequately reflect what’s inside the device. For specs, the Le Pro 3 is a powerhouse, featuring a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard storage, 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5.5″ Full HD display, fingerprint reader, plus a monstrous 4,070mAh battery. Even with that massive battery, the device measures in at 7.53mm thick, even thinner than the Galaxy S7’s 7.9mm.

For software, LeEco stresses its use of eui, a connected platform, capable of seamlessly integrating with other LeEco products such as television sets. Think of eui like Huawei’s EMUI, but going a few steps further. Yes, it’s a skin on top of the Android OS, but LeEco is also building in multimedia services, cloud storage solutions, and much more.

LeEco announced that the phone is priced at $399, but when it first launches at LeMall on November 2, a $100 instant rebate will be applied, bringing your out-of-pocket cost to $299 for the Le Pro 3.

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The other device announced is the Le S3, an even more affordable device. Listed at $249, but also being offered with a $100 instant rebate, it features a 5.5″ Full HD display, Snapdragon 652 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16-megapixel camera, 32GB of storage, and a 3,000mAh battery. Again, this phone will cost only $149 on November 2 through LeMall.

In order to purchase these devices on November 2, you will need to register an account through LeMall. Once registered, you can purchase all of your Le devices, like the aforementioned smartphones, TVs, or even LeEco’s upcoming connected bicycle.

For further details, check out the product pages on LeMall.

Links: Le Pro 3 | Le S3

  • Gasaraki

    WHY? Why reverse the buttons? Back is on the left. Stop copying Samsung.

  • Austin

    will this work on VZW?

  • blindexecutioner

    Half an inch too big otherwise looks nice. I like the use of the lower bezel as well. Good design.

    Edit – I see there is no headphone jack. Nevermind on the design praise. I wouldn’t want one for that reason.

  • Jacob Svonavec

    Nice work on the small shin and forehead. Mfg’s take note. However still looks like iphone, needs front facing speakers too.

  • MastermindDrew

    That logo is tiny. Have we seen the skin in action? Have they said it won’t get updates? Lets wait for some reviews before we tear it to pieces

  • MastermindDrew

    Proof GPhone and iPhone are overpriced

  • Comediante

    Typical chinese phone: iOS skin (that will never seen another system version), iPhone-like visual, inverted capacitive buttons.
    What’s up with theese guys?

    Only news here is Qualcomm over Mediatek wich, in this case, doesnt makes difference (XDA thread for it will be a desert anyway)…

  • Lillianjnance3

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  • Daistaar

    Runner up for Android phone of the year right behind the S7 edge. The 1080p hurt it a bit both not noticeably. Wonder how everyone feels about the lack of headphone jack? I’m fine with it.

    • NexusMan

      I don’t want any phone without a headphone jack.

    • T_Dizzle

      I don’t mind the headphone jack being removed.

  • HotelQuebec

    Le Pro 3 looks nice with the brushed pattern finish and only $300 is a steal for the specs.

  • Godzilla

    I could never order a phone from a pretty much unknown or never heard of company.

    • Harry Balsaq

      Don’t get a Vizio TV then since they just bought Vizio in July.

      • NexusMan

        I don’t buy Vizios either.

    • NexusMan

      Me either.

  • Dominick White

    I would get this just for the battery

  • ChrisI

    The middle button looks like a toilet

  • Sporttster

    Nice looking phones…

  • Chris

    A few things to note for anyone interested:

    1. No Verizon Support
    2. No headphone jack
    3. No AMOLED display
    4. No SD card slot

    It seems to have really good reviews (it has been out since September elsewhere). I think it’s a great contender, just not the phone for me personally. Hopefully some of you will buy it and enjoy it.

    • jimt

      Looks like a headphone jack in the pictures but maybe the IR blaster.

      • Chris

        It’s an IR blaster. The box includes a USB C to 3.5 mm adapter

    • Harry Balsaq

      1. Verizon uses CDMA. The rest of the world and at&t and t-mobile use GSM.
      3. Not a big deal and it’s considering the price you’re just whining.
      4. 64 GB is fine for most people.

      • Chris

        Don’t assume things. This phone is great for the price. I am just trying to help people. Also the Axon 7 is the same price and has a 2K AMOLED so your “point” about “whining” isn’t valid. Obviously I know that only Verizon and Sprint are CDMA but that is a lot of the U.S. market.

    • Art Ramirez

      Thanks. This is what I was looking for.

    • lsh99

      All good points, and I’ll miss the headphone jack (especially because I don’t trust the quality of the Bluetooth connection), but that battery is absolutely massive relative to the size of the phone. Definitely a worthwhile tradeoff for me.

  • Johny M

    Is there NFC? Is the bootloader unlockable?
    For the rest, slap Nova on it and XPOSED when ready and you are good to go.

    • jimt

      NFC in the features list but not specs. The spec sheet seems lacking to me.

  • Wolf0491

    Almost bought it then looked at some videos of software and threw up a little. The bottom iPhone like notification thing…. Really?!

  • paul_cus

    Lebicycle?

  • Dane Carpenter

    The back button is on the wrong side. Just like Samsung phones

  • RiceCake

    Did HTC make this phone too? Reminds me a lot of the m10. I like the look overall.

  • Dee Mann

    Waterproof?

    • T_Dizzle

      No, it isn’t.

  • Is it just me or is every freaking phone looking the same now? This looks like the OnePlus 3 and HTC 10, iPhone 6, ZTE Axon, etc, this metal look with the antenna bands and “iphone-esque” speaker grill is played. There has to be new design choices that people can make. I mean, if Feld & Volk can redesign iPhones in stunning versions, why can’t these companies think of something different?

    Enough already, every Android phone looks the same. Stop.

    • Harry Balsaq

      It’s a phone. And screen shapes are all the same so yea phone are going to look similar.

      • I never mentioned screen shapes. I talking about industrial design. The materials used, the placement of antenna lines (if any), patterns, textures, camera placement, bezels, chamfered edges, speaker holes, etc, etc, etc. Don’t just toss this notion aside, it’s real issue that seems to be stemming from the Chinese, who are not shy about copying designs from Apple, HTC and others. Now we are getting companies like Huawei, Xiaomi, and OnePlus who continue to steal good designs and put them out there like no one will notice, or they just don’t care, because any company outside of China will never win a lawsuit against a Chinese company, IN CHINA.

        So just stop with the whole, “how different can they make a slab, of course there.. blah blah blah.” Look, up until the iPhone 7, Apple has been able to make dramatic changes to the “design” every non-S-model phone. Look at what Samsung has been able to design since the first Galaxy S. Even HTC, with the One, M7, M8, EVO, EVO 4G LTE (which they basically returned to for the Pixel). Point is, hardworking companies have been able to differentiate themselves for years, with talented engineering and industrial designers. These lazy, cheap Chinese manufacturers do not feel the same way, hence why Xiaomi just blatantly rips off Apple and HTC.

        Say what you want, but it’s a real problem.

  • RTRmustang

    Our Chinese tech giant is taking over your Murica!

  • Defenestratus

    Why capacitive buttons WHY?

    • Orion

      One of the reasons I’m not getting that Tango phone or whatever it’s going to be called. Lol

    • Harry Balsaq

      did capacitive buttons rape your mom or something?

  • Mikhail Pozdnyakov

    cheap not mean good… In Russia… kak to tak 🙂

  • DanSan

    i kept getting more excited as i read each spec then I got to the software part and it completely ruined it.

    why cant they just include stock android, would be nearly perfect on paper.

  • Thomas

    My only question is storage. I see nothing mentioned about its storage and if its expandable.

    *Nvm, at the bottom.

    • jimt

      64 gig

  • Bobb

    Why can’t we get a nice normal stock android with these specs?

    • BrettW

      OnePlus 3 is pretty close.

      • chris debacker

        OnePlus 3 is 4? Isnt it?

  • edwoordd

    It’s looks like a op3 in a weird way

  • Amit E

    at this price why wait/worry for updates, just buy a new updated one and sell the old one

  • ddevito

    Wait for the OnePlus 3S (or 4 – whatever it’s going to be called). #PixelKiller

    • moew

      Binned socs and binned screens. #nothanksOPO

      • ddevito

        That was the case for the first batch of OPOs, but whatever. Your loss.

    • chris debacker

      Or the Galaxy Note 8 after they fix whatever issues they r currently having.

  • R2deetard

    Where can I get some Le damn bait?

    • Droid 1967

      only on a vegas vacation.

  • ddevito

    This is only the beginning, many more Chinese OEMs are headed our way. For most people, ya know the average people Google is targeting for the Pixel, would do just fine with a device like this one. Just saying.

    • lsh99

      I can’t wait until Xiaomi gets going over here.

    • DanSan

      the problem still exists that if they dont get these phones on the shelves at carriers, majority of consumers wont buy them. you will have people like us who would buy them direct but most consumers buy from their carrier. believe it or not, i think consumers are turned off or scared from buying it directly from the original manufacture, weird…

      • lsh99

        You’re right, but that’s changing little by little, with each new manufacturer that enters the fray. It also helps that Apple, Samsung, and Google are starting to sell unlocked, too. I’m sure those companies have little interest in dealing with a middle man if they don’t have to.

  • buckeyelife

    you’ll get exactly what you pay for… i went to their website, some of their products look like re-branded cheapo products, except the TVs

  • Shady Gambino

    Am I the only one thinking the Le S3 for $150 is pretty rediculous? Talk about a solid value backup phone.

    • joe23521

      I’m currently having a hard time talking myself out of buying one of those.

      Though I can’t confirm if the S3 has stereo speakers as well.

      • jimt

        It said so in the presentation or maybe it said dual speakers, which could be mono.

    • BrettW

      The S3 for $149 is a steal. They are practically giving it away. I’m going to get one for my daughter.

  • hkklife

    Make this the basis of the next Nexus (no, not a Pixel, a NEXUS!!) and I’d be interested. Until then, this is like those semi-interesting powerhouses that seem to come out from Asus & Lenovo and elsewhere all of the time….bloated skins, terrible UIs, no CDMA connectivity for Verizon, and no guarantee of a single update.

    Also, no 3.5mm and no microSD=no buy no matter what kind of specs it has. They’re aping Apple for no good reason other than to save a buck and try to be hip.

    • T_Dizzle

      Their CDLA earphones sound great actually and they update regularly. The skin isn’t great, that’s for sure.

  • Duffman

    Proof Samsung can’t design sh*t! And they grossly over charge.

  • Frankiie

    Damn, this is a nice device with an excellent price. Now i dont now if i should get this or see whats good with the Mate 9. Since im not buying that iPhone google made, because its too damn expensive. Lol

    • T_Dizzle

      The Pixel price is ridiculous.

  • CaptainHowdy13

    ‘It looks like an iPhone’ WHO CARES! Everything looks like an iPhone these days. It actually looks quite nice for the the price!

  • Ming

    Pro LTE bands: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/29/30/38

    ATT and Tmo support!

    • hfoster52

      AT&T 2, 4, 5, 17 1900, 1700 abcde, 700 bc
      Verizon Wireless 2, 4, 13 1900, 1700 f, 700 c
      T-Mobile 2, 4, 12 1900, 1700 def, 700 a
      Sprint 25, 26, 41 1900 g, 850, 2500

      • vinnie

        so will this work on vzw? could be a good phone for the lady… cheap and fast. if she breaks it no big deal

        • LaFave07

          No, it won’t.

          • Deplorable Angus66√ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ🇺🇸

            Why not???

    • jimt

      No band 66 for Tmo.

      • NexusPhan

        Ya, but what phones do? Only the V20?

  • J. Gilbertson

    LeNo

    • vdefender

      but that LePrice tho.. jk. It’s good hardware for the price, but the android skin is terrible, the logo is ugly.. it’s a definite LeNo for me too.

      • digitalicecream

        LedBrand?

    • joe23521

      Vo?

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      • Meffaliss

        Pho….
        que

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    These things always boil down to the software experience for me. Only skins i’m currently okay with are Sense UI and TouchWiz. I have no interest in any other skin so far…then there’s updates.

    • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      great point. I wonder how theirs is.

    • Suicide_Note

      LeNoupdates.

    • Duffman

      You hardly see updates on Samsung phones and these are $500 cheaper. I’d rather take one of these than an exploding Samsung.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        You see updates on Samsung phones much more frequently than the lowballing Chinese OEMs.

        • Duffman

          I still think that’s worth saving $500. And everyone says “updates don’t matter” in the Android community. I see it all over this blog.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            I care about updates. And I don’t care much for Chinese skins.

        • Comediante

          Specially the ones with Mediatek SoCs.

  • guest

    That’s cheap, please work on Verizon.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      You know Verizon, they’d have to “OKAY” it… even if it does have the bands…which I doubt it does

    • Averix

      Isn’t CDMA capable so, no.

    • vdefender

      Not a chance. Leave verizon already.

  • bqluong

    Hmm, I like their $20 bluetooth headphones. I can buy three of these phones for the price of one Pixel XL.

  • Kris

    I’m on board if the bootloader is unlockable and there is prospect of a Cyanogen Mod.

    • T_Dizzle

      There is. Just look at the Le Pro 2 on XDA.

  • Averix

    Gorilla Glass 3? Aren’t we up to 5 now?

    • New_Guy

      Gotta make a compromise somewhere for that price. If it’s easy to fix, then this is a good place to do so.

    • Duffman

      5 scratches the easiest I have ever seen any generation of GG.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        That’s BS.

      • Andy

        I have a Samsung s5 with no case and zero scratches. Not wire how people sctach their screens

        • Duffman

          Your S5 probably has GG3. That’s an old phone.

      • calculatorwatch

        That makes sense because they are trying to improve drop resistance these days. In order to prevent it from shattering they would have to make it more flexible, which probably means they can’t make it as hard and scratch resistant.

      • DanSan

        yea anything with GG5 i’d strongly recommend a tempered protector. Its sad that in order to protect the glass which is suppose to be shatterproof you need to install more glass on it

      • Big EZ

        It’s because they went the route of less broken displays instead of fewer scratches. I haven’t seen or heard of the scratches, but I knew when they announced it being shatter resistant that it would be much softer and scratch easily. I always use a screen protector, so I’d rather have the shatter resistances over scratch resistance.

      • Turb0wned

        That was already debunked.

  • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Pixel killer??? SHEESH!! no, but wow what a splash. wonder if the camera is decent. Any word on IP rating????

    • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      wow and it has some stereo speakers on it?!?! might have to grab this!

  • hfoster52

    Wow I was thinking this was GSM only but I was surprised reading this has LTE. This is crazy.

    • Averix

      LTE uses GSM technology. It’s CDMA that is the missing puzzle piece for Verizon/Sprint support.

      • litobirdy

        yea i’m not seeing CDMA, blah

      • p0k3y

        So this won’t support Verizon/Sprint, right?

        • hfoster52

          nope

      • okpud

        LTE does not use GSM technology. It uses E-UTRA, which is completely different. It is, however, the 4G network technology chosen by 3GPP, which is the same group that governs GSM and UMTS,

        • Averix

          Yes, you are correct. I should have said includes rather than uses. An LTE device typically has to have the radios and tech to support GSM in every case I’m aware of. Even Verizon devices to satisfy global roaming. CDMA is the optional piece that is specific to Verizon and Sprint (Boost, Virgin, etc.). An LTE only device wouldn’t get you very far in this world (yet).

      • Roy Berry
        • brewcrew87

          WCDMA != CDMA. “WCDMA is the standard that most GSM carriers moved to when upgrading to 3G. Parts of the WCDMA standard are based on GSM technology. WCDMA networks are designed to integrate with GSM networks at certain levels. Most WCDMA phones include GSM as well, for backward compatibility.”

          • Roy Berry

            I figured it was the upgraded CDMA that Verizon moved to around the same time that LTE started deployment.

        • hfoster52

          Verizon Wireless 2, 4, 13 Missing one of the VZ Bands.

        • lsh99

          WCDMA and CDMA are not the same thing.

    • Anoneyemou5e

      If only it supported band 13, 700 MHz, we’d be in business.

  • New_Guy
    • Tyler Durden

      Dammnnnnn no updates is right

      • New_Guy

        Meh, for $299 this is a pretty “daaaaaaamn” good backup phone, updates or not.

        • Tyler Durden

          yeah and a $50 one can make calls as back up too

          • New_Guy

            Technically yes, but I’d run a $50 phone constantly looking to replace it every second I used it. I could use this as a daily driver for a while and feel good about it.

          • Tyler Durden

            You said back up, what reason is there to spend $300 on a back up?

          • New_Guy

            I buy a new high-end phone on installments, no insurance, i break it a week in, and boom i need a back up.

            Not sure what’s so hard about that….

          • Tyler Durden

            insurance is too much?

          • New_Guy

            Most people don’t buy insurance. Usually not worth it. $200 deductable +$10 a month to get a refurb…most people dont want to do that.

          • Tyler Durden

            square trade
            apple care is only $130. $100 for 2 years $30 to replace screen
            there’s options and even then $200 deductible + 10 months insurance paid is the same price/ cheaper than a back up

          • New_Guy

            Sure if you ever use it. I’ve owned phones for 15 years and never broken one. Someone like me may not be inclined to waste the money.

            Anyhow…yes this a nice phone. Good entry for LeEco. I’d buy one. Maybe u wouldn’t, but eh, who really cares…

          • Tyler Durden

            I mean it’s nice for new buyers who need a phone to work and is good – but any smart person who needs updates and a other list of needs, it’s not good for them.

          • David Martrano

            What networks can you use with this phone??

          • ChrisI

            goddamn you just love to argue endlessly until everyone agrees with you. Cracks me up.

          • Tyler Durden

            I mean yeah I bought a Tesla as backup to my Lamborghini because you know, money money

      • T_Dizzle

        They update regularly. The Le 2 is on October’s security update. Why the misinformation?

        • New_Guy

          Nice to know. Seriously, this seems like a very respectable entry into the US mobile market.

        • Tyler Durden

          It’s on Android 7?

          • T_Dizzle

            That is an irrelevant question. You should ask yourself how many phones have October’s security update.

          • MastermindDrew

            I got the October 5th security update on the 10th and I’m rolling with Cricket

          • T_Dizzle

            Cricket for the win! I left Verizon for cricket earlier this year.

  • So, what’s the catch?

    • RobTheIcon

      They’re a Chinese company with a market cap of $13 billion and they want to make an impact over here by releasing phones with top tier specs (mostly) for really cheap prices. My only concern would be the frequency of Android OS updates.

      • Averix

        If they follow suit of every other Chinese company, you get the OS it comes with and that’s about it. There just isn’t financial incentive for them to keep updating devices.

      • T_Dizzle

        They update regularly, they are different in that regard. The skin requires a launcher app for an app drawer.

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    incoming pixel price comments. But SERIOUSLY, wtf??

  • litobirdy

    dam that is massive for just $300. But are they good overall, how are updates handled? product support after a year and such

  • Alex

    Freaking half the cost of the Pixel, with comparable specs. Do these have awful build quality or something?

    • Suicide_Note

      You’re likely stuck with whatever version of Android it ships with. Not sure how the build quality is, however.

    • ddevito

      No, Android phones are trending downward in price, *cough* except for Google phones. This is what was supposed to happen, prices to eventually drop, not go up. Google’s swimming upstream

      • hkklife

        And Samsung phones.

    • T_Dizzle

      Build quality is very good. Updated regularly but skin isn’t great.

  • catfanatic1979

    These just need to be better named. Both the product and the brand, actually. Otherwise, these sound great.