LeTV release Le Max, Le 1Pro and Le 1, Worlds first USB Type-C phones

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LeTV Superphone

Every device you can think of now comes with USB. From Phones, TV’s and laptops to coffee makers and cars. Almost all Android phones are charged using a Micro USB cable. You may not have heard, but there is now a new type of USB, classified as USB type-C which has much higher data transfer speeds than Type-B. So far, only a few products have launched with USB Type-C, most notably Apple’s newest MacBook, but also the Chromebook and the Nokia N1. Now, the first USB Type-C charged phones have been revealed in China from LeTV, a Chinese media streaming company.

LeTV Le Max, Le 1Pro and Le 1, the first USB Type-C Phones launched in China:

If you didn’t hear about the phones being launched, you may have heard of a comment made by the LeTV CEO Jia Yueting at the launch event for the Le Max, Le 1 Pro and Le 1 when he likened Apple’s closed ecosystem to Naziism. He eventually apologised, but it certainly gave the event publicity, which may have been the point.

The main talking point, however, were the three new phones LeTV launched. Their top of the range Le Max had some amazing specifications, whilst the Mid-range Le 1Pro had some very tempting specs too. The low-end Le 1 also had impressive specs, considering it was their base model. The main talking point among the technical specs was the fact that all three of these phones will be the first to be on sale in the world with the new USB Type-C port. This doesn’t necessarily mean faster charging, but it would mean faster data transfer when connected to a computer (for uploading your songs and pictures, for example).

Phone specifications:

We’ve put all the specifications in one easy to read list for you. All phones run Android 5.0 Lollipop with the LeTV made EUI launcher:

Le Max:

LeTV Le Max Superphone

  • Aluminium body
  • 6.33 inch Quad-HD display
  • Snapdragon 810 CPU (2GHz, 64 bit octa-core)
  • 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB storage
  • 21MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and Sony’s new IMX230 sensor with Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and Dual-tone flash)
  • UltraPixel front camera
  • ESS HiFi Chip
  • One Touch fingerprint reader
  • InfraRed Remote
  • Dual LTE
  • 3500mAh battery
  • WirelessHD Display Link

Le 1Pro:

LeTV Le 1 ans Le 1Pro

  • Aluminium body
  • Same CPU & RAM
  • 5.5 inch display
  • 13MP rear camera (with OIS)
  • 3000mAh battery
  • 32GB or 64GB storage

Le 1:

  • Plastic on Aluminium body
  • Media Tek Helio X10 CPU (64 bit, 2.2GHz Octa-core)
  • 3GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 5.5 Inch 1080p display
  • 13 MP rear camera with OIS
  • 5 MP Front camera with wide angle lens
  • 16GB, 32GB or 64GB Storage
  • 3000mAh battery

For a company that have never made phones before, these first devices are something extraordinary. Imagine Netflix making something similar!

To date, there is no word on what the top range Le Max will cost, but LeTV have said they may crowdsource the price. As for the Le 1pro and Le 1, prices are said to be approximately $400 (£268) and $240 (£160) respectively.

We look forward to seeing how these phones actually perform once they hit the market later this year.

Source: Engadget

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