It has been less than a year since the release of the wildly popular LeEco Le 1s, and within that time, the company has progressed by leaps and bounds. From having their own television business to buying an Electric bike that runs on Android, LeEco has gone from a company that no one has heard of to the manufacturer of smartphones that everyone wants. After the release of their latest premium phone the LeEco Max 2, the company has come up with the Le Pro 3 or as it is more commonly known, the Le Pro 3. In this review, we check out some of the features of the phone and see if it worth the buy in this extremely competitive mid-range phone market.
On first seeing the phone, you cannot help but wonder that you have seen the similar model earlier too. The phone resembles a combination of good features extracted from both the OnePlus 3 as well as iPhone, like the antenna lines and the metal body. Other than that, the phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back and capacitive touch buttons below the screen. One unusual thing though is that the phone has no headphone jack and instead a connector has to be used with the USB Type-C port on the bottom of the phone.
The phone has a 5.5 inch IPS Full HD screen with a resolution of 1080x1920 which translates to a pixel density of 403-ppi. The screen does have good brightness, but it lacks in good colour, contrast and vibrancy giving you a very bland image. The screen also has a sizeable bezel around the screen which doesn’t look very premium-ish. All in all, the display is good considering that it is a budget phone, but there are better displays out there.
The phone comes with the latest Snapdragon 821 processor which has proved itself to be the best performer available in the market now and is used on many other devices like the Google Pixel. The phone also comes with 4 GB of RAM which can be increased to 6 GB at a premium. The graphics unit is an Adreno 530. The quad-core processor along with the hefty RAM helps the phone chug along really well. However, there were some software problems on the phone which causes certain apps and the home screen to misbehave.
The phone runs Android Marshmallow and comes with LeEco’s own eUI skin. The phone is available with either 32 GB or 64 GB with the 4 GB RAM variant, or you can have up to 128 GB with the 6 GB RAM variant. There is no card slot to increase the memory further.
The front camera on the phone is an 8 MP shooter. It has beauty mode on by default, that makes it take better selfies. The primary camera has a resolution of 16 MP. The pictures taken by the camera are decent with good colour quality. However, there is no vibrancy in the images, and the colours were a bit off when taking low light pictures. The camera app itself has very few modes and is very laggy. This again is due to software related issues that are on the phone.
Video recording on the primary camera is at 4K resolution at 30 fps which is very good for a flagship phone.
The phone comes with a larger battery size than most flagship phones. Even though the battery of 4070 mAh looks good on paper, it does drain very quickly when being used. This is partly because of software related issues which also affects the connectivity of the phone. Connecting to Bluetooth and other wireless networks like NFC take a lot of tries and the connection keeps getting disconnected. This is a software related issue that is being faced by many phones with the 821 processor including the Pixel and may be fixed by a later software update. The battery can last up to 9 hours and also has Quick Charge that can get the phone from 0 to 100 in less than 1 hour.