LeEco might not ring bells outside of China, but it’s gradually becoming a force in India, and soon, the rest of the world. Headliners like the new flagship Le Pro 3 show how serious the brand has become with smartphones. With the loaded specifications of the latest model, we can’t help but welcome the handset wholeheartedly.
What makes the Le Pro 3 special are the two chips inside: Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 821 processor and a total of 6GB of RAM. Both specs, which are still quite rare in smartphones nowadays, will skyrocket the handset to the top of pure performance charts. Its closest rivals for the crown would be the recently released Le Max 2 and the OnePlus 3 we unboxed a couple of months ago.
For the sake of comparison, let’s bring in the Le Max 2, which is LeEco’s other flagship device. While it has the same 6GB of RAM and just a slightly slower Snapdragon 820 processor, its 5.7-inch Quad HD display is way better than the 5.5-inch Full HD screen of the Le Pro 3. The Le Max 2 also has a better 21-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, whereas the Le Pro 3 settles for 16 megapixels and no stabilization. It’s clear that the larger sibling specializes more in viewing and producing multimedia content.
Less specs-obsessed consumers will be glad to know that the Le Pro 3 isn’t all about numbers. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based handset is covered in an all-metal body with a thickness of only 7.5mm — impressive when you consider the generous 4070mAh battery. At the back you’ll find a fingerprint scanner for quick logins, and there’s a USB Type-C port supporting QuickCharge 2.0 to make the phone go from zero to 50 percent in 30 minutes. As for those seeking a 3.5mm audio jack: This phone doesn’t have it.
Pricing is largely dependent on the configuration you’re getting: 4GB RAM with 32GB storage costs CNY 1799 ($270); 6GB RAM with 64GB storage costs CNY 1999 ($300). Then we have the more expensive Zhang Yimou Edition units: 4GB RAM with 64GB storage costs CNY 2499 ($375); and 6GB RAM with 128GB storage goes for CNY 2999 ($450). The color options are rose gold, plain gold, silver, and gray, but it looks like only China will be seeing these choices for the time being.