If the LeEco LePro 3 were the only $400 (or about £320 and AU$530, converted) phone in town, I’d say you should buy it, no problem. At that price, many of the qualms I have with it would be offset by its lightning-fast speed and long battery life.
Unfortunately for LeEco, it isn’t the only game in town. Though it’s certainly a capable handset for the company to court its new US market with, its problematic interface and underwhelming camera keep it from besting the OnePlus 3 (and the upcoming 3T), or even the Motorola Moto Z Play — all of which hit that sub-$450 price range. The LePro 3’s streaming video platform, which is tied to LeEco’s overall media ecosystem, is also nothing to be too excited about.
That’s not to say that these other companies shouldn’t be worried. For some countries, this is LeEco first high-end phone and if it continues to push out low-priced, high-end devices to market, it could soon become a top contender for the budget market. But for now, the LePro 3 is not the standout choice.
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