Snapdragon 652 version of the LeEco 2 is coming


LeEco 2

Chinese leviathan LeEco once again hit the homerun with the new LeEco 2 phones and sales of all the three versions are through the roof. Most popular among them is the standard LeEco 2 model with Mediatek Helio X20 processor and very aggresive price tag of 1099 yuan ($168).

And now it seems like the customers will be given even more of a choice, because a new version of the LeEco 2 base model has been spotted on their web store and almost instantly also appeared in Antutu benchmark results.

The new model Le X526 will be carrying the increasingly popular octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, while the rest of the specs remain untouched. The insanely competitive 1099 yuan price is left untouched also so the LeEco 2 remains as one of the best price/performance options altogether. Looking forward to it.

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42 Comments

  1. realjjj
    May 12, 2016

    Odd that it is not cheaper,makes no sense.

    • MattD
      May 12, 2016

      Can’t see why: snapdragons are always costlier than mediateks!

      • frank
        May 12, 2016

        there gonna get a whole lot cheaper when the USD gets replaced with a devalued treasury note!

    • balcobomber25
      May 12, 2016

      Considering Qualcomm chips usually cost more than Mediatek it makes perfect sense. The 652 and X20 must be priced similar.

      • NextHype
        May 12, 2016

        he’s trolling once again

        • balcobomber25
          May 12, 2016

          He usually does when it comes to prices. He has these unrealistic pricing models in his head that only makes sense to him.

      • Lazar Prodanovic
        May 12, 2016

        Considering how Snapdragons are usually larger (have more gates) it’s natural that they cost more. If you try to compare it to cost/gate difference will be minimal. On the other hand that what you paid extra for certainly pays off thru long lasting support & CAF.
        Where do the extra transistors go?
        ADSP cellular radio MTK uses ASICS,
        ADSP multimedia block again MTK uses ASICS & naturally a Larger GPU that actually takes biggest part of die size.
        DSP’s (programmable) are at least one gen (usually two) ahead of fixed function (not programmable) ASICS from the obvious reasons (programmability). Naturally ASICS are smaller & cost less.
        Adrenos are more power/performance efficient because they are designed as single cluster solutions (this actually do cost much more). In this particular case of S652 add in & two A72 cores more against 4 A53 cores, A72’s are roughly 3x the size of A53.
        Hope that’s enough reasons for you why are the QC SoC’s pricier.

        • balcobomber25
          May 12, 2016

          I didn’t really need any reasoning but sure

          • Lazar Prodanovic
            May 12, 2016

            & I didn’t really want to talk to realjjj.

    • SnowyCat
      May 12, 2016

      and it seems to have better performance because in every review i read something about laggs with the x20/25 in 3d gaming (more demanding titles)

      for me its not a bit hard because i still dont know if i should go for the pro or the honor v8… or something else 🙁

      and if i go for the pro will there also be a 652 version? and which version will have more customers so there are more people to talk about those devices..or have something like custom roms

      • Razor
        May 12, 2016

        Adreno 510 on qualcomm snapdragon 650/652 is better than the mali t880 mp4. Cpu performance is better on helio x20/25 and kirin 950/955. I guess if you care about gaming then go for the leeco 2 snapdragon version.

        • SnowyCat
          May 12, 2016

          but to be fair the laggs on the x20 are really weird because even helio x10 devices didnt lagg like that in those 3 d games..its kinda weird 🙁

          • Razor
            May 12, 2016

            Considering that the mali gpu on helio x20 is lower clocked then kirins mali gpu is not surprising. But still it shouldn’t lag like that to be honest . I am guessing it’s a new gpu and it’s not optimized well hence the lag. Mali-t880 mp4 has sufficient horsepower to run modern 1080p games fine.

            • SnowyCat
              May 12, 2016

              you think there will be any improvements maybe via ota on the graphic driver maybe?

          • balcobomber25
            May 12, 2016

            Difference could be that X10 used a PowerVR GPU instead of Mali.

            • Razor
              May 12, 2016

              PowerVR is better gpu than mali.

            • Lazar Prodanovic
              May 12, 2016

              They (Imagination tech) have better driver’s.

            • balcobomber25
              May 12, 2016

              Yup.

        • Lazar Prodanovic
          May 12, 2016

          You won’t even be able to register performance difference between them on CPU front running a simple demanding app like Chrome, what you however will be able to see is when you start another heavy app at the same time or task switch between heavy apps or games. Naturally advantage is on the S652 side as it have a Quad A72 big cluster.

      • Lazar Prodanovic
        May 12, 2016

        Looks like MTK didn’t sort out the MALI driver’s integration right now in their up to date software builds & the other thing is that most of the games arent still optimized for MALI architecture. A shame actually & a direct product of analyst predictions from couple years ago (T400 series) when no one actually sow ARM MALI lineup as competitive nor something that will have future.

        • SnowyCat
          May 12, 2016

          so you think there will be any improvements on the graphic driver or something via ota later? because for now while being actually not that bad its kinda a shame that it now has worse graphical performance just compared to the x10

          • Lazar Prodanovic
            May 12, 2016

            It probably will from MTK but you will see it only in phone from responsible manufacturer that actually have a thing called costumer care & you know that there is a very small number of those.
            For instance take a look at Lenovo K3 Lemon & compare it to every other phone based on the same SoC (MT6752) even the Lemon actually had his downfalls (not so good display & without adequate display protection) it also whose a bit pricey but at the end they did deliver a user experience & care. & don’t get me wrong Lenovo also don’t have all that good costumer care for bunch of their other phone models.

            • SnowyCat
              May 12, 2016

              because i’m still not sure if i should go to leeco le 2 pro or try to save up way more and get the cheapest honor v8

              i would love to simply stay with xiaomi and miui but they dont have devices that i really want :p

            • Lazar Prodanovic
              May 12, 2016

              I would actually recommend you to go with this basic Le 2 variant as I think it have just enough of everything you will be needing & still cost a lot less. Naturally I would recommend you to wait for this variant with S652 as it’s still not available. It won’t be a top in any way but it will be more than enough to provide you with joyful experience. It has a nice bring display (540 lux), good nice sounding loud speaker LeTV actually showed us that they do work on software optimizations with their first wave of devices & after all there will also be a lot of costume roms through time for this one (even I only prefer costume kernels). I don’t see a real reason for spending more money on anything else, certainly they culd have done even better for a little more money but it is good as it is.

            • SnowyCat
              May 12, 2016

              well but i would still prefer going for the le 2 pro with 4gb of ram and the imx 230 ..just because i dont want a downgrade in camera from my mi4 ^^

            • Lazar Prodanovic
              May 12, 2016

              Yes & I would like Amoled display & dedicated audio DAC for 30~40$ more, 70 with additional nand & gig more of ram rather than better camera but as I stated it’s not perfect but just good as it is.

            • Lazar Prodanovic
              May 12, 2016

              If you really like to take photos save money & buy your self a nice maxi idiot (DSLR with fixed non removable objective) that will serve you for many years if you go nice & easy on him & will certainly be better than any phone camera ever.

            • SnowyCat
              May 13, 2016

              but i dont want to carry a dslr everwyhwerelike most people i jsut want to take decent photos with my phone and i was happy with the mx4 and the mi 4 in the past in those regards.

            • Lazar Prodanovic
              May 13, 2016

              Well Andey whose pretty much satisfied with cam performance on Le 1. Actually stories how smartphone cam can even get close to DSLR are actually ones for small children & that part won’t change. Looks like we can’t have it all with out at least some compromising.

  2. Hellvetta
    May 12, 2016

    Why LeEco don’t like black front of their phones? It’s can hide ugly thick black bezel around a screen. They have good smarts which I would to buy, but in trend are white and gold front panels only.

    • NextHype
      May 12, 2016

      Chinese consumers prefere white/gold over grey/black.
      It has to do with their visual conception of luxury, i think.

      Many phones are sold over there ONLY in “rose gold” / “champagne gold” / “luxury white”. That’s funny.

      Can’t wait for an imperial red + yellow gold phone. Red beeing the primary color and gold beeing the second.

      • metalboyz
        May 12, 2016

        Yeah, black bezel is luxurious in china.
        No wonder it’s also featured in the mi max.

        • NextHype
          May 13, 2016

          haha good one

    • Guaire
      May 12, 2016

      It’s narrowest 5.5 inch Chinese budget phablet. Its width even narrower than most of high-end 5.5 inchers.

  3. vijay sud
    May 12, 2016

    If they want India sales, then put a Hybrid Sd card slot n 4000 mah. Batt..and beat bejesus of Redmi Note 3 P sales. Otherwise will be only mildly popular. Poor quality Indian networks are great battery eaters.

  4. jimberkas
    May 12, 2016

    sounds awesome. i’m hoping they start pushing their phones in the US soon. they seem to slowly be making some inroads with other products

    • balcobomber25
      May 12, 2016

      They are opening offices in the US so their phones should be here soon.

  5. Trayanee
    May 12, 2016

    This is promising. Le Max 2 even has EU LTE so chances are this version will get them too

  6. Lazar Prodanovic
    May 12, 2016

    Actually they nailed this one & if it gets made in large quantities it culd become a phone of the year. Publish regular kernel sources (as their is nothing stopping them as it is QC) & it will certainly have its international glory. Considering that they nailed even Xiaomi with pricing and that they have a better build quality this one is the right what doctor ordered.

  7. Hallex
    May 12, 2016

    Oh yes ! Want to replace my LG G4 with is …. battery life ! If there is a Snapdragon 652 any chance to get 800mzh and better battery life ? And sure customs roms ! MTK is so bad with sources.. My Umi Cross C1 never had any roms because they don’t give sources/kernel/… !!

  8. Aeonia
    May 15, 2016

    Awesome…Just as I was about to pull the trigger on the Redmi Note 3 Pro.

    Also quick question: Does anyone know whether it will come with a USB Type C earphone as an accessory? Because I can’t seem to find info any out there

    • AtereJr
      May 15, 2016

      Hello there, it should come with an earphone accessory but not necessarily type c (i’ve seen a review of it) more like a 3.5mm one with a type c adapter.
      Although it is believed that a type c earphone accessory will be made available for purchase by the company.
      Also interesting to note is that an earphone maker (forgotten the brand) has reportedly made some usb type c earphones also available for purchase.