Chinese smartphone manufacturer LeEco to make a 'big splash' in the U.S. this fall

Chinese smartphone manufacturer LeEco to make a 'big splash' in the U.S. this fall
Earlier today, we told you about LeTV's new name, LeEco. Obviously, we have always concentrated on the phones manufactured by this gigantic Chinese consumer products company. And some of those handsets were beasts. Speaking of beasts, the Le Max 2 is equipped with a Snapdragon 820 SoC and 6GB of RAM. In our story earlier today we mentioned that a new version of the Le Max 2 is rumored to have a Snapdragon 821 chipset under the hood with 8GB of RAM.

There is good news for you stateside smartphone fanatics who would love to see LeEco phones available in the U.S.; a report published today says that LeEco is looking for talent in the U.S. to support the company's stateside launch this fall. Not only will the Chinese firm start offering some of its handsets in the U.S., it also will deliver a streaming video service in the states. The company is said to be negotiating rights to video content in the U.S. The LeEco handsets sold in the U.S. will be able to access this video streaming service, as well as others.

According to LeEco Director of PR Todd Witkemper, LeEco will be making a "big splash" in the U.S. It currently has 400 employees in the states, mostly on the West Coast. By the end of this year, that figure will be up to 1000. Last December, we told you that the Le Max Pro, the first phone to be introduced with the Snapdragon 820 SoC, was heading for the U.S. That never happened even though the manufacturer's commercials in China would loudly boast that the firm was coming to the U.S. But now, it appears that a U.S. launch is really going to happen.

Tonight's report says that LeEco will produce phones specifically for millennials living in the states. Don't expect your U.S. carrier to carry these handsets as they will be all sold unlocked.

source: Phonescoop

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20 Comments

1. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"There is good news for you stateside smartphone fanatics who would love to see LeEco phones available in the U.S." Lol, like they have fans here. That's the funniest statement I've seen since a reporter documented Donald Trump's Economic plan. Priceless I tell you :D.

11. TerryTerius unregistered

True. They may one day become something, but the only thing i'm interested in is the fact that this means more jobs in the US. I'm always for that.

12. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I mean, more jobs is always a plus, but I have my doubts as to the legitimacy of this Company's claim. They would be a walking punching bag after Apple, HTC, and Samsung got through with them in court. Not to mention the overwhelming cost of operations in America compared to China. This doesn't bode well for them. Even Xiaomi has reservations, and they have a much wider brand audience here in America than LeEco.

15. TerryTerius unregistered

Valid point, in terms of operations. Though i'm unsure about how much they are really under threat of legal issues. Insofar as I doubt they would be stupid enough to ape design from Apple in their own backyard and expect nothing to happen. Samsung generally speaking is defensive rather than actively going out of its way to sue companies, and HTC seems to be much of the same.

16. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

I remember when Hyundai and Kia came to the US. Now look at them. I remember when Honda started importing their cars in the 70's when they were primarily known as a motorcycle manufacturer. I remember when LG were called Goldstar and no one bought their products. I remember when Samsung barely registered in a phone market dominated by Nokia and BB. Should I continue?

17. TerryTerius unregistered

That is balanced out by a very long list of companies that have failed in their endeavors or ceased to be altogether. I'm not saying this one will, but success is far from guaranteed. Maybe they will achieve their goals, or maybe they won't. That is the only true statement we can make.

18. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Agreed that success isn't guaranteed but you're talking about a company with very, very deep pockets. They have the resources to enter and compete in the US, whether they will have the stamina to sustain the inevitable initial losses is another matter. But when the American consumer realizes they can get a flagship spec phone bundled with entertainment content for $200-300 things may change. Imagine if they teamed up with T-Mobile and their Binge On. LeEco sell content and advertising, their phones are a tool in their business model.

2. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

8GB Bring it. Better to have too much than too little.

3. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Not really. If your phone isn't using it, it is a parasitic power drain. It's not like it just sits there without consuming power until you need it. There are no free lunches, and in a device with a finite power supply, too much can be just as harmful as too little.

6. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

FUD. RAM uses negligible power. If your phone isn't using it, it's pretty much costing you nothing. In fact, the more free RAM the system has to access the less a CPU has to work. The less the CPU has to work means power is saved. The CPU running is what will cost you the battery life. It's 2016. This should be basic knowledge, especially on a mobile tech enthusiast site.

8. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Like I said better to have to much than too little. There are phones with upto 10000mah batteries. And 8GB can be useful, with innovation and imagination I can see a smartphone, not replacing, but being an alternative to a laptop/desktop. Think docks, or laser keyboards, or even projectors to turn your phone to an on the fly desktop. Technology will always advance. At one point someone said the same thing about 4GB in laptop. Then another person said the same thing about 8gb. Now there are laptops with 32gb. Saying 8gb is not useful, is pretty shortsighted and unimaginative.

10. TerryTerius unregistered

Too much sex with too many people can lead to STDs and unwanted children. The worst you'll get with too little is a stronger right arm and some jokes thrown your way. Ha! Take that, time honored saying!

4. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Not really a fan of LeEco's software. Xiaomi and Huawei's UI are better IMO. BTW, 6-8GB RAM is just overkill.

5. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

8 Gb ram incoming!!! When 4GB was coming people said the same things they say about 6GB or 8GB ram!!!

7. T-Dizzle

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Man, I can't wait. Tired of all the old players who rest on their laurels. I root and ROM my phones anyway.

9. blueghost211

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 19, 2015

I've been following the stories about LeEco. All the specs sounded well and all, but not a single phone coming stateside put me off. I would love to see a new player in the smartphone game, just not really sure about their software. Not a big fan of Chinese OEM skins that take away the app drawer or that look like iOS. Sure I can throw a launcher or ROM, but why HAVE TO? Still, I'm open to seeing what they can offer. Cautiously looking forward to it.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

LeEco used big splash... but nothing happened

14. B-power

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

They are the magikarp that will never evolve.

19. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

If they do come to USA I hope they sell quality phones that are tough and good looking. Not like Samsung where 1 drop killed a Note 1 and a Note 4. Now I pretty much stick to Sony. But even Sony seems to be making mid-level mid-quality phones now.

20. YOURDADkid unregistered

Seems you haven't tried something better! lol. watch Crash Test of S7 VS iPhone 6S on YouTube. iPhones are no where and can't beat the quality. iPhones are dead after freezing them. S7 Will be still alive!! Don't get your iPhone just because your friend got it! Ha ha ha ha

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