LeEco has now launched a new flagship smartphone in China. The cash starved Chinese firm is referring to it as the LeEco Le Pro 3 AI Edition. For the uninitiated, LeEco had launched a Le Pro 3 smartphone with Snapdragon 821 chip earlier this year.
The LeEco Le Pro 3 AI edition, however, bears very little in common with its Snapdragon touting brother. It is, in fact, a completely new phone that shares no design similarity with previous phones from LeEco. The LeEco Le Pro 3 AI Edition smartphone comes with a metal unibody design with two semilunar antenna lines running along the top and the bottom borders on the back of the device. It also sports a protruding camera setup which apparently looks rather similar to the one found on the recently launched Moto G5 Plus.
Internally, the LeEco Le Pro 3 is more of a midrange smartphone rather than a flagship model. It sports the latest Mediatek Helio X27 deca-core chip on the inside which consists of three clusters of cores clocked at 2.6GHz. This is coupled with a 4GB RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. These specs are, however, found only on the top end Eco variant of the LeEco Pro 3 AI Edition smartphone. The standard variant of the smartphone bears a generation older Helio X23 deca-core chip and half the internal storage at 32GB.
To the front, the LeEco Le Pro 3 comes with a 5.5 inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS LCD Display with 600nits of maximum brightness. Coming to the cameras, the LeEco Le Pro 3 AI Edition sports a dual 13MP rear camera setup. Among these, one of the sensors shoots in RGB while the other in Monochrome. The implementation is similar to the one found in the Huawei and Honor smartphones. The rear shooter comes with PDAF sensor and is capable of shooting 4K videos. That aside, the LeEco Le Pro 3 AI Edition comes with an 8MP front camera with 76.5-degree wide angle lens.
With that said, the main highlight of the smartphone is the AI engine powering the device. LeEco is referring to its artificial intelligence assistant as the LeLe. The name is quite bare bones and doesn’t sound as appealing as the Siri or the Cortana, but it definitely packs some tricks down its sleeve. The LeLe assistant is integrated into all LeEco apps and also works with a number of third-party applications. It is however not clear whether the assistant only understands Chinese or has support for English. Just like any other voice-based assistant, LeLe learns over times. Apart from that, the dual rear camera on the AI Edition smartphone is powered by a Le Image AI Engine which stitches two images together to give you clearer and sharper images under challenging lighting conditions.
The dual rear camera touting smartphone is powered by a 4,000mAH battery and runs on EMUI 5.9 based on Android Marshmallow. It has support for NFC, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi, Infrared Sensor and two SIM slots.
The LeEco Le Pro 3 AI Edition model comes in three color variants namely black, gold and rose gold. It is priced at 1799 Yuan (Rs 16,835/$260) for the Standard variant and 2399 Yuan (Rs 22,450/$347) for the Eco variant. It is currently available for pre-orders and will go on sale starting April 14.
LeEco Le Pro 3 AI Edition Specifications
- 5.5 inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080px) IPS LCD Display with 600nits of Brightness
- 2.6GHz Deca Helio X27 Processor (Eco)/2.3GHz Deca Core Helio X23 Processor
- 4GB RAM
- 32GB (Standard)/64GB (Eco) Internal Storage
- 13MP (RGB) + 13MP (Monochrome) f/2.0 Dual Rear Cameras with PDAF sensor and Dual LED Flash
- 8MP f/2.2 Front Camera with 76.5 Degree Wide Angle Lens
- 4,000mAH Battery
- Fingerprint Sensor
- Dual SIM, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, Infrared Sensor
- EMUI 5.9 with Android Marshmallow 6.0