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LeEco Releases Three Phones Without Headphone Jacks

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A photo of the Le 2 from the LeEco website. |

Chinese smartphone company LeEco, formerly known as Letv, unveiled three smartphones that have an all-metal design and thin bezels, and more notably, no more headphone jacks. According to a report in Gadgets 360, the company decided to let go of the standard headphone jacks in favor of using USB Type-C ports for audio. It has also put one over Apple, who has been repeatedly rumored to remove the headphone jack on its next iPhone.

The three phones namely the Le 2, the Le 2 Pro and the Le Max 2 have the same look and design, according to the report. The difference is mainly what is under the hood. The high-end device among the three is the Le Max 2, which has a 5.7-inch Quad HD display with a 1,440 x 2,560 pixel resolution. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, paired with either 4 GB of RAM and internal storage options of 32 GB and 64 GB or 6 GB of RAM with 64 GB onboard storage. Battery capacity is at 3,100 mAh. Camera set-up is a 21-megapixel main shooter and an 8-megapixel selfie camera.

The Le 2 has a MediaTek deca-core Helio X20 processor paired with 3 GB of RAM and has 32 GB of onboard storage. It has a 16-megapixel main camera with an LED flash and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The Le 2 Pro has two variants – one powered by a Helia X20 processor and one with a Helio X25 processor; both have 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. The Le 2 Pro has a better rear camera at 21-megapixels, while the front shooter is also an 8-megapixel one. Both the Le 2 and the Le 2 Pro have full HD screens and 3,000 mAh batteries.

Since there are not too many USB Type-C digital headphone available in the market, LeEco also released its own USB-C earpieces: one pair of in-ear earphones and a pair of noise-cancelling "over-ears" earphones.

According to a report in Engadget, the prices of the devices have been announced. The Le 2 is priced at around $170, while the Le 2 Pro will sell for $230. The base-spec Le Max 2 will be available for $325, while the top-spec can be bought for $390. Pre-orders for the devices are already available in China.

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