LeEco, a Chinese OEM, has officially announced their latest smartphones, with each being called the Le 2, Le 2 Pro, and Le Max 2. Interestingly enough, none of them include 3.5mm headphone jacks, something Apple’s been rumored to drop as well in the next iPhone. But nonetheless, it isn’t there, and the company thinks they have a solution, but we’ll get to that in a minute…
First up is the Le 2, the lowest-end handset of the three announced today. This smartphone features a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a MediaTek Helio X20 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 16MP rear camera and 8MP front camera, and a 3,000mAh battery which should be able to get you through at least a full day of moderate use.
Next, let’s talk about the Le2 Pro which is a spec bump up from the Le 2. This handset has the same screen and resolution of the Le 2, however stores a Helio X25 chip inside to power everything. Followed by that is 4GB of RAM, a 21MP Sony IMX230 rear camera, the same 8MP front camera, a 3,000mAh battery, and 32GB of space for storing media. It may not seem like much different on paper, however when compared to the Le 2, using the Le 2 Pro should prove to be a completely different experience.
Lastly is the Le Max 2 which is the highest-end handset out of these three. This smartphone features an “optimized for VR” 5.7-inch QHD display, a Snapdragon 820 processor (with Qualcomm’s SenseID ultrasonic fingerprint sensor mounted to the back of the phone), either 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage or 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, a 3,100mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, and the same cameras as the Le 2 Pro with the rear sensor adding OIS. All in all, this is a big step up from the Le 2 Pro with it’s beefier processor, better screen, and extra RAM.
A USB-C port can be found on the bottom of each of these phones which supports both data and energy transfer. And to solve the missing 3.5mm headphone jack problem, LeEco announced two new pairs of USB Type-C digital headphones with its new Continuous Digital Lossless Audio standard alongside the handsets. One pair is in-ear style while the other is over-the-ear with noise cancellation capabilities. And while it’s going to be a pain when your jamming out to that new album with just 10% juice left, this is definitely a step in the right direction.
The Le 2 is priced at 1099 RMB ($170) while the Le 2 Pro and Le Max 2 are going for 1499 RMB ($232) and 2099 RMB ($325) respectively. For reference, this price is for 32GB of space and 4GB of RAM in the Le Max 2. For 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM, you’ll need to put down 2499 RMB ($387).
LeEco is now accepting preorders for the phones in China with plans to launch at least one of these phones in the US later this year.