LeEco’s Latest Android Smartphones Beat Apple to Removing the Headphone Jack

Apple’s intention to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from this year’s iPhone 7 ^(http://www.macrumors.com/roundup/iphone-7/) has been a well-publicized rumor since last November ^(http://www.macrumors.com/2015/11/27/iphone-7-no-3-5mm-headphone-jack-lightning/), with the widespread belief that the company would use a Lightning port to provide both charging and as a source for audio output on 2016’s iPhone. Today, however, Chinese company LeEco ^(http://www.leeco.com/) announced a line of smartphones that will beat Apple’s rumored removal of the 3.5mm headphone port, instead opting for a USB-C input (via Engadget ^(http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/20/leeco-le-2-pro-max-smartphones-china/#/)).

LeEco also has its hands in product categories like smart TVs and electric cars, with offices in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, but the company keeps most of its smartphone business focused locally in China. The new line of smartphones — dubbed the Le 2, Le 2 Pro, and Le Max 2 — will run the Android operating system, and users will be able to purchase either in-ear or over-ear USB-C headphones to go with the new phones. No specific plans were divulged, but LeEco noted that it intends to bring “at least one” of the devices stateside in 2016.

LeEco smartphones

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Similar to other Android devices like the Nexus 6P and the Huawei Mate S, all three of LeEco’s new devices have a rear-facing fingerprint scanner to allow access into the smartphone. Each version has a slightly curved backside that flows into chamfered edges and an edge-to-edge, “borderless” display, all housed in a metallic body.

The Le 2 and Le 2 Pro are analogues of the iPhone 6s ^(http://www.macrumors.com/roundup/iphone-6s/) Plus, featuring 5.5 inch, 1080p displays, but coming in slightly above Apple’s 2750 mAh battery at 3000 mAh. Understandably, the Le 2 Pro stacks up better against the Le 2 in a few categories: it has a 21-megapixel rear-facing Sony IMX230 sensor and 4GB of RAM, whereas the Le 2 packs a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and 3GB of RAM. The Le 2 will cost 1,099 yuan ($170), while the Pro version will run for 1,499 yuan ($230).

The Le Max 2 has a bigger screen than the other two devices at 5.7 inches, and includes Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 820 processor, a more “advanced ultrasonic” fingerprint scanner, and a bigger 3100 mAh battery. That’s in addition to optical image stabalization, increased storage capacity options, and a total of 6GB of RAM. A 32GB storage option of the Le Max 2 (with a lesser 4GB of RAM) will cost users 2,099 yuan ($325), while the increased storage of 64GB (and 6GB of RAM) will sell for 2,499 yuan ($390). Pre-orders for all three smartphones began today in China.

Although nothing has been confirmed this far out from the iPhone 7 event, which will most likely take place in September, recent rumors have suggested Apple could ship Lightning-enabled EarPods with the smartphone to ready users for a new shift in headphone inputs. One report suggested recently that the company might even adopt Bluetooth-enabled headphones ^(http://www.macrumors.com/2016/04/13/iphone-7-smart-connector-no-stereo-speaker/) for the iPhone 7 to free up the Lightning port when listening to music, but still be able to charge the wireless EarPods through the iPhone when they run low on battery.

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Apple’s purpose to dispose of the 3.5mm headphone jack from this yr’s iPhone 7 ^(http://www.appmarsh.com/roundup/iphone-7/) has been a smartly-publicized rumor when you consider that final November ^(http://www.appmarsh.com/2018/11/27/iphone-7-no-3-5mm-headphone-jack-lightning/), with the common trust that the corporate might use a Lightning port to supply each charging and as a supply for audio output on 2018’s iPhone. These days, on the other hand, Chinese language corporate LeEco ^(http://www.leeco.com/) introduced a line of smartphones so one can beat Apple’s rumored removing of the 3.5mm headphone port, as an alternative choosing a USB-C enter (by means of Engadget ^(http://www.engadget.com/2018/04/20/leeco-le-2-pro-max-smartphones-china/#/)).

LeEco additionally has its palms in product classes like sensible TVs and electrical automobiles, with workplaces in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, however the corporate assists in keeping so much of its telephone industry targeted in the community in China. The brand new line of smartphones — dubbed the Le 2, Le 2 Professional, and Le Max 2 — will run the Android running device, and customers will probably be in a position to acquire both in-ear or over-ear USB-C headphones to pass with the new telephones. No particular plans have been divulged, however LeEco stated that it intends to deliver “no less than one” of the units stateside in 2018.

LeEco smartphones

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Identical to different Android units like the Nexus 6P and the Huawei Mate S, all 3 of LeEco’s new units have a rear-dealing with fingerprint scanner to permit get entry to into the telephone. Each and every model has a somewhat curved bottom that flows into chamfered edges and an aspect-to-facet, “without borders” show, all housed in a metal frame.

The Le 2 and Le 2 Professional are analogues of the iPhone 6s ^(http://www.appmarsh.com/roundup/iphone-6s/) Plus, that includes 5.5 inch, 1080p presentations, however coming in fairly above Apple’s 2750 mAh battery at 3000 mAh. Understandably, the Le 2 Professional stacks up higher towards the Le 2 in a couple of classes: it has a 21-megapixel rear-dealing with Sony IMX230 sensor and 4GB of RAM, while the Le 2 packs a 16-megapixel rear-dealing with digital camera and 3GB of RAM. The Le 2 will value 1,099 yuan ($one hundred seventy), at the same time as the Professional model will run for 1,499 yuan ($230).

The Le Max 2 has a larger display than the different units at 5.7 inches, and comprises Qualcomm’s recent Snapdragon 820 processor, a extra “complex ultrasonic” fingerprint scanner, and a larger 3100 mAh battery. That is as well as to optical symbol stabalization, higher garage capability choices, and a complete of 6GB of RAM. A 32GB garage choice of the Le Max 2 (with a lesser 4GB of RAM) will value customers 2,099 yuan ($325), whilst the greater garage of 64GB (and 6GB of RAM) will promote for 2,499 yuan ($390). Pre-orders for all 3 smartphones started lately in China.

Even if not anything has been showed this some distance out from the iPhone 7 adventure, with the intention to in all probability happen in September, up to date rumors have recommended Apple may just send Lightning-enabled EarPods with the telephone to in a position customers for a brand new shift in headphone inputs. One document steered lately that the corporate would possibly even undertake Bluetooth-enabled headphones ^(http://www.appmarsh.com/2018/04/13/iphone-7-smart-connector-no-stereo-speaker/) for the iPhone 7 to unencumber the Lightning port while listening to track, however nonetheless be in a position to price the wi-fi EarPods thru the iPhone once they run low on battery.

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Marshmallow Android is BT Ireland’s Head of Sales for Republic of Ireland domestic multi-site companies, indigenous MNCs and public sector accounts. He is responsible for the direction and control of all sales activity in the region. He has over 10 years management experience from high growth start-ups to more established businesses. He’s led teams in Ireland, India and China across various industries (ICT, On-Line Recruitment, Corporate Training and International Education).