LeEco's two U.S.-bound smartphones leak, high specs and aggressive prices in tow


Ahead of its October 19 media event, U.S.-bound Chinese electronics and media brand LeEco has accidentally leaked its upcoming product line-up for the U.S. market on its online retail outlet LeMall. The product webpages have since been removed, but not before the Android Police grabbed screenshots showing pages for two smartphones which LeEco will be introducing to the U.S. These are the Le Max 2 and Le S3.

The Le Max 2 is a high-end model with highlights such as a 5.7-inch Quad-HD resolution screen, a 21MP camera, a fingerprint scanner, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor, up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. Available in Grey and Gold, the prices start at a competitive $349, with a $60 discount available through December 2016.

The Le S3 is a more modest offering with a Snapdragon 652 chipset, a 5.5-inch, 1080p resolution screen, a 16MP rear camera, a fingerprint scanner, and a 3000mAh battery. The final price for it appears to be $299, with a discount through December 2016 rendering it $169.

Of course, it's possible that these prices are merely placeholder values, although we wouldn't expect them to be significantly different at launch. The smartphones are also notable for having no 3.5mm jacks, though they are most likely to ship with bundled USB Type-C to 3.5mm jack adapters.

So, do you believe LeEco's smartphones have a chance at disrupting the U.S. market? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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17 Comments

1. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

If these are real specs and the phones perform well. Like actual good real world performance and not OP3 6GB of RAM aggressive app management BS then yea they might stir up some trouble.

12. Unordinary unregistered

Praying this is the case.

16. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

They perform really well. And the price is in the same range in my country. The only annoying you have to live with is their heavily customed android :D

2. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Looks like Oneplus 3 and ZTE Axon 7 have some competition. High specs & low cost, this what the Nexus used to be. Hopefully their is some good developer support like the OnePlus 3. Note: They also will be selling some TVs here in the US as well.

3. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

My wife is HATING her Nexus 6. All these updates have left her with the buggiest phone I've ever seen. I'm pretty sure this Le Max 2 is going to be her next phone. Hopefully the camera is OK.

4. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Yea my friend has had the Nexus 6 for about a year now. He says that the camera quality has been steadily decreasing over time with each update.

10. Jishnusur

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

Trust me UI is the worst ever. Needs a lot of work. Been using one. Camera too, pathetic HDR.

5. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

If it's cheap it's for a reason, nice specs on paper but let's see how it performs in performance, display accuracy, sunlight ratio, waterproof, battery life, features.

6. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

And future updates.

7. blackadamFTW

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 27, 2015

If this is real, and they have good marketing, I think they might hit it off in the U.S. I know I'd be tempted to buy either of these devices at those prices.

8. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

I want the Le max 3.

9. Kevinwoo

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 12, 2016

I have a le Max 2. Its software is buggy and the camera is subpar. I'm pretty sure you're all gonna be disappointed by this phone if its compared to the axon 7 or the Oneplus 3. I wish i had bought a Oneplus 3 instead but I wanted a big phone so I bought the le Max 2. I really regret my choice. I'll have to wait till next year to get a new smartphone

11. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

They gotta fix their basics 1st, else they'll end up starting out the ZTE way of becoming a pseudo ODM for cheap telco phones. To start with; their global website (or rather where is the proper one?). Take Le Pro 3 for example. I can see it on their online store but not a product page on their website. I'm liking it very much but being Malaysian and there's no visible official representation of LeEco here this is more than a bit of a problem as far as initial impression goes. Maybe learn from ZTE's way of adapting fast for Axon 7's marketing. And yes the other problem with these Chinese OEMs is that seemingly they're a bit too overconfident of their in house devs and own UIs that they think it affords them the luxury of slow to no updates. Only Xiaomi's handling of MIUI nowadays have improved on community interactions with their dual mode approach; stable and dev builds. They still suck on timely Android base changes but general MIUI fixes trickles in steadily.

13. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

What happened to leeco le pro 3? I thought they were bringing that one to America? I sure hope it's not the 32GB le max 2 version for $289, because you can get one for as low as $235 atm.

14. SyCo87

Posts: 326; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

The more competition, the better.

15. piratestation

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Was hoping they'll bring the Le Pro 3 here with the aggressive pricing. Really want a 5.5 inch with at least a Snapdragon 820.

17. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

Not bad on paper but unknown quality in the USA. I think I will wait and pay more for Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Tango phone.

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