LeTV announces three new Superphones with USB-C ports in tow, coming soon to the U.S.

by: Jimmy WestenbergApril 14, 2015
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Chinese smartphone manufacturer LeTV has just announced three new “Superphones” that will eventually make their way to the United States. Dubbed the Le Max, Le 1 Pro and Le 1, these budget-friendly handsets are the first smartphones to features USB Type-C charging ports.

For starters, the Le Max (pictured above) is the company’s flagship device, toting an aluminum chassis, a 6.33-inch quad HD display, a 2GHz octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64 or 128GB of internal storage, a 21MP f/2.0 rear-facing camera with OIS and an UltraPixel front-facing camera. It also has a touch-based fingerprint scanner on the back, an IR blaster, a 3500mAh battery, WirelessHD display link and dual LTE SIM support.

LeTV Le 1 Pro

Next up is the Le 1 Pro, which is basically just a smaller version of the Le Max. It has a 5.5-inch quad HD display, a 13MP rear-facing camera with OIS, 32 or 64GB of on-board storage and a 3000mAh battery. The only other changes between these two devices are the removal of the fingerprint scanner and WirelessHD display link.

LeTV Le 1

Last but not least, we have the Le 1. The most affordable of the bunch, this device offers up a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 2.2GHz octa-core 64-bit MediaTek Helio X10 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB of on-board storage, 3000mAh battery, a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. The Le 1 is made of plastic, while the other two are made of aluminum.

If you thought the specifications were great, wait until you hear the price. The Le 1 starts at 1,499 yuan (~$240), the Le 1 Pro starts at just 2,499 yuan (~$400) and unfortunately there’s no pricing information available for the Le Max. LeTV hasn’t announced a release date for the phones quite yet, but we’ll be sure to update you once we hear anything.

  • Tuan Bui

    With those specs and prices, sure going to be a dangerous combination. Esp if it makes it to North America with the pricing.

    • MaxPower

      Those prices are meant for Chinese market. If they will ever go international then consider paying a little extra.

      • Marc Perrusquia

        The article says they’re coming to the states.

        • MaxPower

          I saw that too but I really don’t understand where he found that they are coming to the states .
          Again, those prices are meant for Chinese market, no news about going international and if they will they didn’t say how they are going to price those phones for international customers.

          • Marc Perrusquia

            You’re right I did some digging around and no other article says it’s coming to the states. Really wish it would I’d be willing to pay maybe $700-$800 for the top end model.

          • MaxPower

            Well, it won’t support our LTE bands anyway. You’ll get H+ speed on AT&T and theoretically it should work on T-Mobile as well but due to the lack of 2700 MHz band it won’t be reliable.
            You can still get this from resellers, they usually charge an extra 50-60$ for it.
            I bought from China already, if you can survive without LTE then it’s a real bargain.

          • Marc Perrusquia

            I’ll look into that thanks man.

          • TheOracle

            I don’t have lte on my Nubia Z7 Max on T-mobile but the H+ is plenty fast.

          • TheOracle

            Gizchina confirms it’s coming to the US.

          • Marc Perrusquia

            That’s a relief thanks, really want the Le Max, that thing could be the spiritual successor to the z ultra.

  • daggettbeaver

    If there are no surprise problems with the Le Max, I’d love to get one.

    • wat

      Same. I am worried about the 810 but if it is ok then I am buying it.

  • EvilCuLT25

    too bad about the OS. Need wait for stock android rom.

    • William Gaugirard

      u can flash a stock android rom its there in some forums andi have it on my x600

  • King4evr

    This looks like the HTC one m9. This SHOULDVE been the HTC one m9

    • Marty

      Doesn’t look good enough to be an M9. If you look at a side-view picture…angled view…you can see the top and bottom front pieces look tacked on giving it a cheap look. The M9 is finely constructed throughout. It doesn’t have any cheap looking tacked on pieces.

      • Toss3

        They could have done so much more and I personally find this device to be much better looking. HTC would of course have been able to build it better, but looks-wise this has got the m9 beat.

    • Toss3

      I agree. Looks a lot better.

    • JGaLaXY

      truth

    • Ethos Evoss

      No it looks like Mate 7 copy of huawei mate 7

  • Marc Perrusquia

    Looks like an ascend mate 7.

  • Lord_Kaizer

    I more excited about the reversible USB C implementation hopefully the Note 5 will have it

    • Marc Perrusquia

      It will Samsung crams everything into their flagships.

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      • NeeBot

        except micro sd, removal battery and water/dust resistance when it comes to the s6

        • Marc Perrusquia

          You’re right about that, but I view the note as their true flagship hopefully the note 5 retains microsd and the removable battery.

      • Anonymousfella

        Samsung showed a lot of restraint this time with the S6.

    • MattEgansHairLine

      Otherwise known as Lighting 2

  • Replicant Jason Booth

    They just made some of the most perfect on paper sounding devices ever.

  • ichuck7

    And these are coming to the United States? I don’t suppose we will get lucky and them have good speakers as well.

  • DDroid45

    This probably won’t se’ll very well in America, you can offer us in this country a super phone I’m talking dream speccs, but they’re so many sheep in this country, they go do like they always do, walk into stores and immediately ask for the next galaxy

  • Baylee

    A copy of the Huawei Mate 7 by the looks

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  • If the price is right for the top model – $500 or less, it will sell. I would buy one.

  • MY

    As soon as this comes near to the US, i’m ordering one to use here in Canada. Hope they are fully UNLOCKED & comes with at least Lollipop 5.0. Anyone can confirm if they are? Looks really sexy and specs and agree with the one who said that this should have been HTC M9 ;-)

  • Stadi

    What I don’t understand is why all these Chinese/Asian manufacturers have to turn around the buttons (back on the right instead of the left). I have a OnePlus One, but because of this use only the on screen keys.

    • Itamar Baum

      Because if you hold the phone with your right hand, you use the back more than setting/apps and its easier. I prefer it this way.

      • Peerpressure

        Agreed. Especially on the bigger phones, having the back button closest to your fingers is easier than having to stretch all the way over, every time. I also appreciate the Settings button instead of Recent Apps. I use settings way more than switching between apps.

        • Itamar Baum

          even though in the beginning I found it annoying the long press on the home button for the app is also quite comfortable

      • Android Developer

        Most people are right handed so they hold the device with the right hand, and the “back” button is the most common, so I think it’s best to put it on the right, to make it as accessible as possible.

    • TheOracle

      Apart from Apple who are the other non Chinese/Asian major manufacturers? Therefore it’s the norm since they make all our phones! Lol

      • Stadi

        Well, almost all new, non established Asian (most of them Chinese) manufacturers do this. We of course don’t really have new non-Asian manufacturers, unless Nokia starts doing Android phones themselves.

        HTC, Sony, LG (I’m not 100% sure), Motorola do not do this. Samsung and the “new Chinese” ones do.

        • TheOracle

          My Nubia Z7 Max allows you to switch the functions of the buttons. I’ve kept them as is because that’s what I’m used to.

  • Android Developer

    The top of the phone looks like a face that winks :)

  • Dave

    Whhhhhhaaaat? This sounds like a Tesla with the price of a leaf.. I was pretty sure the G4 would be my next phone but now I’m not sure about anything anymore