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CNET First Look
LeEco's phone is cheap, but has major caveatsAt just $250 in the US, the LeEco Le S3 is a super affordable phone. But it has a clunky interface, underwhelming video content and no headphone jack.
The LeEco Le S3 is a $250 phone that packs Android 6.0 Marshmallow into a 5.5 inch package. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 652 processor and a 3-ampere hour battery. You also get a 16 mega-pixel camera that can record 4K video, and an 8 mega-pixel front-facing shooter to snap selfies. It has dual SIM capabilities and 32 gigs of built-in memory. But there is no expandable storage. The phone also doesn't have NFC or a headphone jack. So you'll either have to use a wireless Bluetooth headset or a dongle to listen to your music and calls. The S3 has a clunky interface. There's no app drawer, and your recent apps are merged together with quick settings in one messy page. Let Eco's live broadcasting video service, which fits in your home screen dash and can't be removed, also needs work. Though it has clips that you browse from time to time, there's nothing here that I'd actually really want to watch. Let Eco's other video app and the Love You video curator don't have compelling content either. At two hundred and fifty dollars, the phone is definitely affordable. It maybe worth considering if you have a tight budget, but know that there are better phones out there that cost the same like the Motorola G four plus and the Asus Zenfone three.