Unlocked phones are great. You can take them to whichever carrier you desire, you usually have greater control over software modification, and you don't have to deal with contracts. Amazon seems to think so, too; as a result, it's running an "Amazon Unlocked Phone Event" that starts today, with discounts on Sony Xperia, LeEco, Lenovo, ASUS, and Coolpad smartphones. Read More
In one of those [Finally] moments, LeEco is releasing an update to its Le Pro3 and Le S3 phones that brings with it an app drawer. Besides just that, there are some improvements to the cameras, (the Le Pro3's was not the best, if you'll recall) and some other miscellaneous additions and fixes. Read More
If you missed the $100 discount on LeEco's two debut phones for the American market, you have another chance to snag one today. The company is selling its higher-powered phone, the Le Pro3, for just $299, while the more down-market Le S3 will be just $149. Apparently the manufacturer didn't see the stampede of sales that it wanted last week, so it's making that generous offer again. The deep discounts on LeEco's televisions remain, minus the dramatic 85" model. The sale will start at 10 AM Pacific and end tonight, or sooner if supplies run out. Read More
Chinese manufacturer LeEco made a splash with its US debut, even if it wasn't a particularly promising one. Today it has its sights set squarely on the mid-range market with $100 discounts on both of the debut American phones: the Le S3 and Le Pro3. (And yes, after penning down an initial writeup for the latter, I am LeTired of this LeNaming scheme.) That brings the pricing down to just $149 and $299, respectively, assuming you can snag one of the phones once the sale starts at 10 AM Pacific time. Read More
This morning, I received a rather odd email from a firm representing LeEco offering a "news update." It didn't seem to be an update at all, just re-confirming that on November 2nd the company's products would go on sale, and that there would be stupendous-amazing-wonderful discounts on them. Such as the Le S3 smartphone, powered by a Snapdragon 652 processor, which would be just $149 ($100 off), or the Le Pro 3, which would get you a Snapdragon 821 for a staggering $299. Or its 85" 4K smart TV, discounted to just $3999. LeEco said during its press conference that the prices would be good through November, and it was all part of its UP2U and LeRewards programs - no strings attached. Read More
LeEco isn't a name familiar to most US consumers, but is very well-known in China and India. As was LeAked (sorry, couldn't resist) last week, LeEco's US range has now been unveiled, and boy is it expansive, with phones, TVs, cloud services, and a bike.
There are two smartphones: the Le S3 and the Le Pro3. As you may have guessed, the Le Pro3 has the higher specifications of the two, with a Snapdragon 821 CPU, 5.5-inch FHD display, a massive 4070mAh battery, 4GB RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. The Le S3, meanwhile, also has a 5.5-inch FHD display, but couples it with a Snapdragon 652 CPU, 3GB RAM, and 32GB internal storage. Read More
The stage darkens, smoke pours out of an opening on the catwalk as bright blue lights franticly converge on a point. A man dips his head as he appears over the oddly low ramp, and jogs onto the stage.
That's YT Jia, LeEco's founder and CEO. He runs the LeEmpire (sorry), and his entrance was preceded by a video montage that included his face peering out of a wall of fire and sparks. To say that LeEco practices hero worship of its creator would not be a stretch - I have a feeling there's something approaching a cult of personality around this man in the company. Read More
Well, LeEco's big October 19th US launch event seems to have been spoiled: what looks like the vast majority of its launch lineup just showed up on LeEco's website. The company appears to be prepping the storefront for the launch, but in the process revealed basically everything, including some prices, that it intends to announce on the 19th. Here's a list of those products. Read More