LeEco phones will make it to the US market within 90 days


LeEco may not have been as successful this time round with their hype as they were the first time. That said, there’s still a huge section of the globe that remains uncovered for LeEco.

According to reports, LeEco are in the process of covering more turf — the US, especially. Reports have emerged that suggest a LeEco smartphone launch in the US within the next 3 months.

Company honcho Jia Yueting apparently revealed this to LeEco employees. Unfortunately, this is all the info that we have on LeEco’s US plans this season.

Chinese phone makers, especially smaller ones, tend to find it a little difficult breaking into the US. LeEco are a known giant, and the path should be much less steeper for them.

We shall know in the coming months! Meanwhile, if you’re from the US, let us know what LeEco phone you would like to see launched first.

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53 Comments

  1. Arnie Linson
    July 8, 2016

    So are they gonna give stock android on Le phones in US? Because if they provide their copycat UI they may get sued there.

    • MattD
      July 8, 2016

      Let me point out something obvious: the whole point of them launching phones into USA is to spread their rom along with their contents and streaming services… Do you really think they’ll ditch their rom “just because”?

      • David Košič
        July 9, 2016

        Yes they would just like zte

    • balcobomber25
      July 11, 2016

      What specific patents have they violated in their ROM? Please point them all out seeing as you are in expert in copyright law.

      • Arnie Linson
        July 11, 2016

        You are joking right, you don’t see er’ similarities in their designs/skins with a certain couple of phone companies. And considering that getting sued in US is much easier than in any other country, why do you think most of the chinese companies including Mi don’t launch their products in the US Market.

        • balcobomber25
          July 11, 2016

          So basically you don’t know of any specific patents violated?

  2. MaxPower
    July 8, 2016

    In 3 months? I’ll wait for the next round of phones then

    • balcobomber25
      July 11, 2016

      Hopefully next time they will be smart enough to include the headphone jack.

      • MaxPower
        July 11, 2016

        I don’t mind the lack of the headphone jack. A small adapter and you’re done. I won’t be able to charge the phone while listening to music, but that doesn’t happen anyway.

        I don’t like the UI and the fingerprint scanner on the back.

        Not in a rush for now, I’ll be waiting

        • balcobomber25
          July 11, 2016

          I don’t like the adapter because if you lose it you are SOL till you can order a new one. Until Apple or Samsung adopt it, it won’t be widely available.

  3. jimberkas
    July 8, 2016

    itching to replace my LG G2 and i was waiting on the new nexus phones, but this is interesting. i’ll definitely wait for this as well

  4. Karly Johnston
    July 8, 2016

    Believe it when I see it.

    • balcobomber25
      July 11, 2016

      Makes sense they opened a US headquarters a few months ago in San Jose.

      • Karly Johnston
        July 11, 2016

        Xiaomi has a retail presence, but they aren’t selling smartphones.

        • balcobomber25
          July 11, 2016

          Xiaomi has a website which is still based in China. LeEcco actually opened an office here. They bought land from Yahoo and paid millions for it.

          • Karly Johnston
            July 11, 2016

            They should have spent those millions on licenses of they want to sell phones here.

            • balcobomber25
              July 11, 2016

              What license do they need?

            • Karly Johnston
              July 12, 2016

              Broadcomm, Ericsson, Microsoft all get paid.

            • balcobomber25
              July 12, 2016

              And you know for certain they are violating any of their patents? Show some proof of this.

  5. Arnie Linson
    July 8, 2016

    So are they gonna give stock android on Le phones in US? Because if they provide their copycat UI they may get sued there.

    • MattD
      July 8, 2016

      Let me point out something obvious: the whole point of them launching phones into USA is to spread their rom along with their contents and streaming services… Do you really think they’ll ditch their rom “just because”?

    • balcobomber25
      July 11, 2016

      What specific patents have they violated in their ROM? Please point them all out seeing as you are in expert in copyright law.

    • Arnie Linson
      July 11, 2016

      You are joking right, you don’t see er’ similarities in their designs/skins with a certain couple of phone companies. And considering that getting sued in US is much easier than in any other country, why do you think most of the chinese companies including Mi don’t launch their products in the US Market.

    • balcobomber25
      July 12, 2016

      So basically you don’t know of any specific patents violated? Simply looking like something else isn’t a copyright violation. Patents themselves are very specific. So again if you know of a specific patent they violated pleased share it with us.

      Most Chinese phones don’t sell here because it is very expensive to enter the US market from both a logistical and operational point. Most Xiaomi phones are FCC certified, so thereotically they could be sold here. FCC is very strict with their certifications. Getting sued is easy in several countries especially India and Singapore where most Chinese phones compete head to head with Samsung,Apple and every other big company. Apple files lawsuits all the time in those countries, if Xiaomi or LeTV was violating a specific pattern they would be in court already. Apple would file an injunction preventing sales in several countries. They Haven’t.

  6. MaxPower
    July 8, 2016

    In 3 months? I’ll wait for the next round of phones then

    • balcobomber25
      July 11, 2016

      Hopefully next time they will be smart enough to include the headphone jack.

    • MaxPower
      July 12, 2016

      I don’t mind the lack of the headphone jack. A small adapter and you’re done. I won’t be able to charge the phone while listening to music, but that doesn’t happen anyway.

      I don’t like the UI and the fingerprint scanner on the back.

      Not in a rush for now, I’ll be waiting

    • balcobomber25
      July 12, 2016

      I don’t like the adapter because if you lose it you are SOL till you can order a new one. Until Apple or Samsung adopt it, it won’t be widely available.

  7. jimberkas
    July 8, 2016

    itching to replace my LG G2 and i was waiting on the new nexus phones, but this is interesting. i’ll definitely wait for this as well

  8. Karly Johnston
    July 8, 2016

    Believe it when I see it.

    • balcobomber25
      July 11, 2016

      Makes sense they opened a US headquarters a few months ago in San Jose.

    • Karly Johnston
      July 11, 2016

      Xiaomi has a retail presence, but they aren’t selling smartphones.

    • balcobomber25
      July 11, 2016

      Xiaomi has a website which is still based in China. LeEcco actually opened an office here. They bought land from Yahoo and paid millions for it.

    • Karly Johnston
      July 11, 2016

      They should have spent those millions on licenses if they want to sell phones here.

    • balcobomber25
      July 12, 2016

      What license do they need?

    • Karly Johnston
      July 12, 2016

      Broadcomm, Ericsson, Microsoft all get paid.

    • balcobomber25
      July 12, 2016

      And you know for certain they are violating any of their patents? Show some proof of this.

  9. Akimitsui
    July 8, 2016

    Just be warned, EUI, even the global version of the ROM, is absolute crap. I own the original Letv Max 6.33″, it came with the official international ROM. Had to flash it with Evolution ROM for it to even be comparable to the features of MIUI which I came from.

    • malcom rendo
      July 9, 2016

      Where did you get your max from

    • Andrey Marchuk
      July 11, 2016

      What features do you mean? I own 1s and everything that is needed is in there. BTW, there’s no “official international ROM”, there’s a chinese and indian version

  10. Akimitsui
    July 9, 2016

    Just be warned, EUI, even the global version of the ROM, is absolute crap. I own the original Letv Max 6.33″, it came with the official international ROM. Had to flash it with Evolution ROM for it to even be comparable to the features of MIUI which I came from.

    • malcom rendo
      July 9, 2016

      Where did you get your max from

    • Andrey Marchuk
      July 11, 2016

      What features do you mean? I own 1s and everything that is needed is in there. BTW, there’s no “official international ROM”, there’s a chinese and indian version

  11. Ionut Johnny
    July 9, 2016

    They will release the letv pro 1 because it’s cheaper and it has us version already.

  12. Riccardo Benzoni
    July 9, 2016

    they prepared letv x800 for us market, should have been the first device to enter the US.
    Then something happened (maybe proper timing was missed, or some agreement fell) and you have seen those devices, which were already produced and ready to be shipped, selling instead at the mere price of 170$ on resellers.
    Now you get why the “us” 64gb costed way less than “chinese” 32gb, that hardware is insane for the price.

    • MaxPower
      July 9, 2016

      Where?

      • VMortens
        July 9, 2016

        Look for good prices on LeTV X800 Pro – it will be the US version. Even tho LeTV claims they never released it.

  13. Ionut Johnny
    July 9, 2016

    They will release the letv pro 1 because it’s cheaper and it has us version already.

  14. Riccardo Benzoni
    July 9, 2016

    they prepared letv x800 for us market, should have been the first device to enter the US.
    Then something happened (maybe proper timing was missed, or some agreement fell) and you have seen those devices, which were already produced and ready to be shipped, selling instead at the mere price of 170$ on resellers.
    Now you get why the “us” 64gb costed way less than “chinese” 32gb, that hardware is insane for the price.

    • MaxPower
      July 9, 2016

      Where?

    • VMortens
      July 9, 2016

      Look for good prices on LeTV X800 Pro – it will be the US version. Even tho LeTV claims they never released it.
      Original ROM is shite. There is no perfect one just now, but due to so many being avaialble at excellent price, they get developed quickly.

  15. Luis Amaral
    July 11, 2016

    I have the LE1 X600 that I bought last december because it had good specs and because of the camera wth OIS and this site gave it an excelent review.
    It has developed battery problems and I am in the market for a new phone. The camera was really good imo and another plus from Leeco are the firmware upgrades. The phone just got marshmallow which is nice to know that the company provides upgrades past the three month mark like other chinese companies. So with the latest crop what phones offer a camera as good or better than the X600 and regular updates?

  16. Luis Amaral
    July 12, 2016

    I have the LE1 X600 that I bought last december because it had good specs and because of the camera wth OIS and this site gave it an excelent review.
    It has developed battery problems and I am in the market for a new phone. The camera was really good imo and another plus from Leeco are the firmware upgrades. The phone just got marshmallow which is nice to know that the company provides upgrades past the three month mark like other chinese companies. So with the latest crop what phones offer a camera as good or better than the X600 and regular updates?