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LeEco's Le S3 phone shines silver

With its aluminum, silvery sheen, the Le S3 looks expensive. But at just $250, it's actually quite affordable.

Lynn La
Lynn La covers mobile reviews and news. She previously wrote for The Sacramento Bee, Macworld and The Global Post.
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At just $250 (£200 or AU$340 converted), the LeEco Le S3 is a competitively priced phone that offers decent hardware. In addition to its 5.5-inch display, it has dual-SIM capabilities and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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The handset is powered by a Snapdragon 652 processor and a nonremovable 3,000mAh battery.

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The device has several apps that center around streaming video content: LeLive, which broadcasts shows live from the internet; the YouTube video curator LeView; and the Le app, which also has movies.

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Unfortunately, the phone does not have a headphone jack, so you'll either have to use a wireless Bluetooth headset or a dongle to listen to your music and calls.

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On the back is a 16-megapixel camera and fingerprint sensor. For your selfies, there's an 8-megapixel shooter in the front.

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The device does not have an NFC chip, so you can't purchase stuff over Android Pay. There's also no expandable storage on top of the 32GB of built-in memory.

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The Le S3 is an affordable phone if you're on a budget, but there are other options. The Motorola Moto G4 Plus has expandable memory and it's water resistant. The Asus ZenFone 3 is even cheaper and has a more advanced camera that includes laser-guided autofocus.

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