LeEco smartphones offering premium value for money

Staff reporter

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Appliance Traders Limited (ATL) introduced two new smartphones to the Jamaican market last December, offering a more affordable alternative to popular brands like Samsung.

The devices — Le S3 and Le Pro3 — are distributed by China-based multinational conglomerate LeEco and are sturdy in design, which is quite similar to that of the One Plus 3 smartphone.

A noticeable feature missing from both devices when unpacking is the traditional headphone jack. Like newer iPhone models, users will need to connect the accompanying headset via the charging port. However, a USB-C-to-3.5mm dongle is included to facilitate connections to traditional headphones.

The Le S3, which was launched in 2016, features a generous 5.5-inch touchscreen that adds to the sleek feel and look of the phone. LeEco brags that customers will enjoy the powerful processing speed of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor.

Product manager for business solutions at ATL, Kurt Bradshaw, explained that “the Le S3 is ideal for the day to day use of social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other apps as well as gaming,” based on the specifications of the phone.

The Le S3 also sports a 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory, uses the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) software and is equipped with dual-SIM capabilities for users who want the flexibility of using two SIM cards on a single device. It retails for $25,259 at ATL.

Meanwhile, the Le Pro3, which is slightly bigger than the Le S3, is tailored for high-end users and, according to Bradshaw, is most comparable to the Samsung Galaxy S8.

In fact, the Le Pro3 packs a 16 megapixel back camera, more than the 12 megapixels offered on the Galaxy S8 — which retails for US$700-US$800. However, the phone's display resolution of 1920x1080 pixels is lower than the 2960x1440 pixels on the Galaxy S8.

The Le Pro3 boasts a high-speed Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and 64GB of internal storage but, unlike the Le S3, does not have a dual SIM capacity.

Besides its low retail cost of $46,199, one of the wins for the Le Pro 3 is the long battery life that could be attributed to its 4070mAh battery and Qualcomm Quick Charge feature.

After charging up the phone to full capacity and using it throughout an entire day (app multitasking, Internet browsing and taking multiple pictures) DigIT got a full 10 hours of battery life.

Also hardwired into both LeEco phones' design is the integration of a fingerprint scanner/camera shutter at the back, which is featured on high-end devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the HTC One Max. On the downside, users might be disappointed with the absence of a micro-SD slot for expandable storage on both handsets.

“Currently ATL is the only group that is carrying this brand of phones in Jamaica,” Bradshaw said, adding that the phone comes with a one-year warranty and full replacement on any manufacturer defect.

“We saw that we needed to give the consumers more options when they come to ATL to purchase, so we started looking into phones. Once we saw the specifications of the LeEco S3 and Pro and the value for the price, it was a no-brainer,” he said

The final verdict from DigIt is that these phones offer premium value at affordable rates. It's a definite buy if you're operating on a budget.

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