LeEco Enters US Market With Disruptive Pricing On Smartphones, VR Headset, HDTV, And More
Yesterday Chinese company LeEco assembled the global media to announce a barrage of new products destined for the US market, and signaled its intention to
take on Apple, Samsung, Google, Amazon, Tesla, Netflix, and Disney all at once. The company is largely unknown here in the US, so it wanted everyone to
know what it’s all about, what kind of products it makes, its philosophy, and so forth.
At the event the company’s spokespeople announced a slew or products including Android smartphones designed to compete with the Google Pixel as well as a range of smart TVs, a high-tech bicycle, a VR headset, and even a self-driving car.
Le Pro 3: This is the company’s flagship Android device, which has similar specs to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, but there’s a catch; it’ll be offered for just $399. The company said the price could drop even further too, as it’s offering a rewards program that will allow you to take another $100 off the price, bringing it to an unbelievable $299. Details on the “LeRewards” program are unclear, however, so we’re not sure if this instant rebate is a limited time offer or not or how to even get it.
As far as specs go, the Pro 3 has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor as the Google Pixel, is packing 4GB of RAM, has 64GB of internal storage, and sports a 16MP rear camera along with an 8MP front camera. Its display is 5.5”, it has a huge 4070mAh battery (the Pixel XL’s is 3450mAh), and is just 7.5mm thick. LeEco claims its quick-charge capabilities allow it to be fully charged in just 20 minutes. It’ll be offered in either gold or silver. It will also include three months of EcoPass.
This phone looks exactly the same as the Pro 3 but has slightly lower specs, a smaller screen, and a more affordable price tag at just $249. It has a 5.5” display and has a
Snapdragon processor, but it’s a lower-end 652 chip, and the phone will only be offered with 32GB of storage. It also features a 16MP rear camera and an 8MP
front camera, but with a smaller 3000mAh battery. It features 3GB of RAM, and will be offered in gold, rose gold, and grey, and will also come with three
months of EcoPass service as well.
Explore VR Headset:
There weren’t too many details about this headset or what it offers, but it looks “futuristic” for sure. All we could tell from looking at it was that LeEco's smartphones fit into the front of it, and an electrical connection is made through a port on the headset, similar to how Samsung's GearVR works with its Galaxy devices. No announcements were made in regards to content that would be
offered for the Explore VR.
Super Bike: Next up LeEco had something a bit different, that you wouldn't normally see at a tech event. It’s a “connected” bicycle LeEco called its Super Bike, that sports a built in alarm system, tracking device, a central display with GPS and built-in lights for both front and back and side-lighting. The company said there’s even voice communication between bikes, so you can talk to other riders in your group. It certainly looks cool, though pricing and availability dates weren't given.
LeSee Self-Driving Car: There wasn’t a whole lot of information on this slick-looking car at the event, as the CEO humbly explained they had planned to have one on-stage but couldn’t get it to the event in time. As proof that the car exists and is functional, they played a video of Michael Bay on the set of Transformers 5 with the car saying he was just borrowing it for the time being. There was no information about when it would be in-use in the US, though the company’s CEO mentioned it would have an official unveiling at CES in January.
The company unveiled a monster 85” television to kick off the portion of its presentation dedicated to TVs, and announced that instead of a shocking $8,000
sticker price its uMax85 would cost just $5000, and with its LeRewards program the price would drop an additional $1,000 too. It simply showed slides for
its TV selection though, noting they would be available in 43”, 55” and 65” models. All of them
are 4K panels with Android software.
LeEco explained that all of this new hardware (except for the car and bike) would be launching on November 2. It also promised a “disruptive” flash sale on that date, so if any of these products tickled your fancy be sure to visit LeMall.com in November. Hopefully, we’ll get some of the products in for review soon as well. It would be quite interesting to see how LeEco's product compare with competing products in a side-by-side comparison, especially considering their relatively low price points.