As expected, Letv announced a bunch of new stuff at today’s Beijing conference including, of course, the Letv Le 1s smartphone.
Many of you might be aware that the GizChina staff is a fan of the first-generation Letv phones, something you probably would’ve taken away from the Letv reviews. Anyway, let’s get started with the Le 1s that launched today.
As expected, there isn’t much of a difference in specs between the Le 1s and the older-gen Letv Le 1, which only came out six months back. The Letv Le 1s is powered by a MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795T) that runs at 2.2GHz (as opposed to 2GHz on the original version), along with 3GB RAM. The base version of the Le 1s will have 32GB storage, which is double that of what came on the base Le 1.
Moving on, there’s the same 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080p display upfront, with even smaller bezels this time round. On the back, the Le 1s has a fingerprint sensor which the company claims can recognize your fingerprint in just 0.15 seconds. The fingerprint sensor comes with a fingerprint sensor with a mirrored finish, with sits right above the Letv logo on the back.
Other than that, there’s a 13 mega-pixel PDAF supported camera on the rear with a 5 mega-pixel one on the front. Sure, Letv made it a point to compare it with the iPhone 6s, claiming that the Letv Le 1s’ camera can focus in just 0.09 seconds, faster than the iPhone 6s. Lastly, the phone is powered by a 3000mAh non-removable battery.
As you can see from the pictures of the phone, yesterday’s leaked image of the Letv Le 1s turned out to be real after all.
Coming to what matters most: Pricing. The Letv Le 1s is just 1099 Yuan ($172) in China. You can expect your favourite reseller to offer the phone around the $210 mark once it does come in stock. I, for one, am excited to try it out!
Besides the Le 1s, Letv also announced the uMax120, aka a 4K 3D 120-inch television and a smart car, details of which are scarce at the moment. What we do know is that the smart car will feature Letv’s own software (obviously), and is developed in partnership with veteran car manufacturer Aston Martin.
Letv went on to say that the company will be offering its products in the US locally before the end of 2015.
UPDATE: The uMax120 TV is half a million Yuan, or roughly $78,650 if you want to get one.
Also, a comment from Letv on the smart car: “The Letv auto ecosystem strategy is comprehensive and our R&D is fully independent, enabling us to uniquely redefine industry boundaries with significant partnerships—at every level of the automotive industry. Within two years, our plans for a closed-loop ecosystem with open features is being realized and recognized by the industry.” (comment via Android Headlines)