Review: LeEco LePro3
The LeEco Pro3 is a fine phone, especially for $400. The company put together a simple, but high-quality piece of hardware that keeps pace with rivals in the most important aspects of performance, while the software often left me cringing.
The Pro3's metal-and-glass chassis is top-notch. I like the display a lot, even if it isn't quad HD, and found the device to be an excellent tool for making calls and browsing the web. Battery life is spectacular, but it's a bummer the phone doesn't support expandable memory. Other highlights include great stereo sound and a fast/accurate fingerprint sensor.
LeEco's user interface skin is another story. I'm glad the phone runs Android 6 and yet LeEco marred usability with an overwrought series of changes to the core UI, such as the changed Quick Settings panel and absent app drawer. The camera app is decent, but lacks a couple of key tools. Thank goodness the phone takes good pictures. The LeEco-branded video apps are a bit of a disaster, which is curious given the company's thrust on providing video.
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There are many high-quality phones playing in the $400 space. There are solid options from Alcatel, Asus, Huawei, OnePlus, and ZTE. The Pro3 from LeEco competes well with all of them in terms of hardware and yet it trails a bit with the software.
For the moment, I'd only recommend the LeEco Pro3 to people who plan to invest in LeEco's wider ecosystem of products, such as TVs, STBs, and more due to the benefits of the LeEco Pass / account. If you're looking for a more well-rounded $400 phone, the OnePlus 3 or ZTE Axon 7 might be a better choice.
Feb 23, 2017
LeEco today gave its Le Pro3 and Le S3 smartphones an app drawer. The company is pushing the latest build of its Ecosystem User Interface to the Le Pro3 and Le S3, and the update includes a handful of new features.
Jan 11, 2017
LeEco has struck a distribution deal with Target and is now selling its Pro3 (pictured) and S3 handsets via Target's web site. The two phones are available online for $400 and $250, respectively, and are sold unlocked.
Oct 19, 2016
LeEco today announced the LePro3 smartphone, an Android-based flagship that includes the Snapdragon 821 processor and a 4,070mAh battery. LeEco says the large power cell provides 33 hours of talk time or up to 49 hours o media playback.
May 22, 2017
Jia Yueting, who founded China's LeEco, is cutting back on his responsibilities in order to help the company better focus on products. Specifically, Jia has stepped down as the CEO of Leshi, LeEco's main business unit.
Apr 10, 2017
LeEco today said it has canceled plans to acquire TV-maker Vizio. The company first announced the $2 billion acquisition last summer.