LeEteo would like nothing more than lớn be everything khổng lồ everyone. The impulse is no better demonstrated than with the company’s grand U.S. debut a few months baông xã, which included everything from phones and flat-screen TVs to a bicycle, an electric car, a VR headmix and, yes, a cameo by Michael Bay directly from the mix of the lathử nghiệm Transformers.

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Of all the products unveiled during that bizarre spectacle, the Le Pro3 is the most compelling for the simple reason that it’s here và it exists. I’m holding it in my hvà. The U.S. retail future of many of the other products shown at the sự kiện, on the other hand, feels a lot less certain.

So, aside pomp và circumstance, what does LeEco bring lớn the table with the Le Pro3? The same thing that most of its fellow Chinese smartphone makers are banking on — low price. And indeed, the $400 price point is mighty tempting in a world of $700 và $800 flagship devices.

But the market is flush with inexpensive sầu handsets from relatively unknown makers (in the U.S., at least), making it a tough time khổng lồ distinguish oneself by price point alone, particularly with companies lượt thích OnePlus offering some truly terrific bang for a consumer’s buck.

LeDesign

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The Le Pro3 has a kiến thiết that belies its thinness. At 7.5 millimeters, it’s not much thicker than a lot of the competition, but a blocky thiết kế & a weighty metal build give sầu the handphối an added sense of bulk that’s hard to lớn shake. What the metal case does lover the phone, however, is a solid (though not waterproof ) build & an eye-catching design. It’s not for everyone, certainly, but the extremely shiny brushed metal backing certainly helps it stvà out from the crowd. It’s also, for the record, a bit of a fingerprint magnet.

There are two physical buttons on the right side of the handset — power và the volume rocker, both of which could have benefited from a little extra rounding of the edges. Two large speaker grilles are located on the bottom, flanking the USB-C slot. The tai nghe jachồng, on the other hand, is nowhere to lớn be found.

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Yes, LeEco has joined the courageous ranks of the iPhone và the Molớn Z, becoming one of the first budget devices to drop that familiar connector, so you might want to add the price of công nghệ Bluetooth không dây headphones into the handset’s bottom line. Around back are an extra shiny (and fairly finicky) fingerprint reader và a 26-megapx rear-facing camera that adds a notable bump.

Also of note, while the front is devoid of any overt branding, the haptic disappearing trang chính button takes the khung of the company’s “LE” hình ảnh sản phẩm, an extra bit of branding that just couldn’t be avoided.

At 1920 x 1080, the display’s not bad for its price point. Of course, plenty of handsets go much higher these days, but it’s plenty sharp & bright và will get the job done for most users.

LeSpecs

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All told, the Le Pro3’s got some pretty impressive sầu power under the hood, on par with some truly premium handsets. The Snapdragon 821 processor is top of the line, putting the handset in still fairly rare company, alongside the Google Pixel và, most recently, the OnePlus 3T. That’s coupled with a decent 4GB of RAM & 64GB of storage — no microSD slot though, so you’re stuchồng with that. But that should vì the triông xã for most.

The biggest standout on the spec-front, however, is the 4,070 mAh battery, which blows out of the water OnePlus’s recent modest upgrade to lớn 3,400 mAh. Honestly, this is the spec that LeEteo really ought to have led with. Weirdly, in its own press materials, it boasts of “up lớn 318 hours of 4G stand-by time.” I probably would have sầu gone with the two-plus days you’ll be able khổng lồ go without needing a charge.

LeSoftware

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LeEteo was clearly hoping lớn stand out on the software front. The company is set lớn learn the lesson learned time and time again by various Android manufacturers over the years — less is more. But part of building your own world-conquering ecosystem is customizing your basic OS. But if this overall experience is indicative of the ecosystem that gives the company its name, it may be destined for the drawing board.

EUI is really a skin layered on top of Marshallow. Among mỏi other sour notes is the laông xã of a default ứng dụng drawer — forcing you to lớn stiông xã all of your apps on the trang chính screen. A bit of that real estate is already taken up by the company’s own apps, including Le, which is a video clip tiện ích, và the Live button smaông chồng dab in the bottom of the middle, which — well, which is also a Clip phầm mềm.

LeEco really wants khổng lồ bring you inlớn its video ecosystem. In fact, in the way that the Kindle Fire & its ilk were really ultimately content-delivery devices, one gets the sense that the company views its low-over handmix as bit of a backdoor khổng lồ push its video services inkhổng lồ new territories. Hey, the company finished the upcoming big-budget Matt Damon movie, The Wall, so it would really like you khổng lồ buy inlớn its services, thank you very much.

LeBottom line

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The price is certainly right with the Le Pro3 — especially if you get in on one of the company’s flash sales & get $100 knocked off. The hardware is an odd phối of cutting edge and clunky, but it still feels like a solid giảm giá at the $399 price point. As far as overall experience, the OnePlus 3T is slightly pricier, but it’s a safer a bet — even if it sports a massive sầu battery life.

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LeEteo has some bugs lớn work out, particularly on the software front, but the Le Pro3 feels lượt thích a pretty decent first effort that would be made a lot better by simply going easier with its software skins.