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Introducing the Letv Le 1 Pro Superphone

An expansive display

Integration with video streaming

Belod, the USB Type-C

Getting it right the first time

A thin profile

Snapdragon 810 humming inside

A 13MP shooter for photogs

All in the family

Uphill battle

Launched in China in May, the Le 1 Pro Superphone from Letv is making its way to the US by the end of this year. Sporting high-end specs, the handset has access to Letv's large database of streaming video, which includes TV shows, movies and live events.

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The device runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and features a 5.5-inch, 2K display.

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A big part of Letv's business strategy is getting users to subscribe to its video streaming and content services. The handset gives users a year's subscription for free, and a "live" button at the bottom of the display launches any content that is playing live at the moment.

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At the bottom edge is a USB Type-C port for charging and transferring data. A rarity among smartphones, the Le 1 Pro Superphone and its variants are the only handsets currently available to feature the port.

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Faster and more efficient than the usual Micro-USB ports seen on other devices, Type-C USB is also reversible, so you don't have to flip your connector cable over and over when you're trying to plug it in.

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A look at the phone's left edge and slim profile.

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Powering the phone is a Snapdragon 810 processor from Qualcomm and a non-removable 3,000mAh battery.

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On the back is a 13-megapixel camera that can shoot up to 4K video.

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The device has two other variants: the cheaper Le 1 Superphone (far right), which has the same-sized display but a lower resolution and a less powerful processor; and the bigger, 6.33-inch Le 1 Max Superphone (middle), which has the same Snapdragon 810 processor.

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Though Letv faces stiff competition from both handset manufacturers and the video streaming/distributor industry, the company hopes to carve out its own space in the US by integrating the two seamlessly. For more on the phone, check out our hands-on.

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