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All posts tagged "LeEco"

  • LeEco in deeper trouble, chairman’s assets frozen

    Chinese tech firm LeEco hasn't had the best 12 months, to put it mildly, as it sought to rapidly expand. The company's Faraday Future electric car division has endured a troubled gestation, while major layoffs at the parent company haven't done it any favours either. Now, a Shanghai court has frozen the personal assets of chairman Jia Yueting, the New York Times reported. The assets were frozen after LeEco's Le Mobile business missed a bank repayment. The bank in question issued a statement, saying it had made the move after numerous attempts to recover the cash. Banks aren't the only creditors looking for...

  • LeEco Le 2 review: it’s a great phone but don’t buy it

    Chinese brand LeEco has quickly made a name for itself in the smartphone world, having entered the sector in earnest back in 2015. We saw the firm reveal the first USB Type-C handsets in the form of the LeTV Le 1 range, followed by the second-generation devices, dropping headphone jacks before Apple. On paper, these smartphones seem to pack great specs into an affordable package, evoking Xiaomi in many ways. What about real-world usage though? We reviewed the once-Takealot-exclusive LeEco Le 2. AN IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER Our first review unit issued questionable adult ads in the notification tray, which seems to stem from the preinstalled...

  • LeEco Le 2: Takealot-exclusive phone sending dodgy ads? [Update 2]

    Update, 7 March 2017: In order to figure out whether this was an isolated case or not, I requested a second review unit. I took delivery of the second unit last month, using it sparingly over a period of two to three weeks (I left the phone at home for a week in February when I travelled overseas). However, Friday 3 March saw a dodgy notification popping up once again, after several days of using the handset. Holding down on the notification showed that the file manager was to blame again. Check out the screenshots below. Update, 1 February 2017: Takealot has told...

  • LeEco Le 2: does this R3900 phone have a good camera? [Photos]

    Aside from this week's weird review unit issues, we really dig the LeEco Le 2 smartphone, being exclusive to Takealot. At around R3900, you're getting loads of bang for your buck, in the form of a powerful Snapdragon 652 chip, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a solid 1080p display. In saying so, bargain-priced handsets often falter in the camera department, so how does the Le 2 fare? Well, it's got a 16MP f/2.0 main camera and an 8MP selfie shooter. We've been using it for a few weeks, so here are a few samples for your perusal. [burngal title= "LeEco...

  • LeEco Le 2 phone: Pinnacle responds to ‘dodgy ads’

    The LeEco Le 2 smartphone is one of the more capable handsets in its price bracket, being sold as a Takealot-exclusive. But we discovered that our review unit was pushing out questionable ads in the form of notifications. Tapping and holding on the notification revealed the offending app to (seemingly) be the preinstalled File Manager. We also conducted an AVG scan of the device, which labelled the File Manager as malware and the UC Browser app as adware. Takealot then decided to "delist" the phone pending an investigation by local distributor Pinnacle. It's worth noting that two subsequent scans (one by Kaspersky...

  • Did you know these smartphone brands are in SA?

    We've seen Apple and Samsung rule the roost for a while now, but emerging market brands have taken over the world. South Africa is no different, with Huawei taking the top throne and Xiaomi making in-roads as well. But did you know there are more emerging brands that are actually available or will be available in South Africa? We pick a few you should keep an eye on. OnePlus One of the more popular brands at the moment, OnePlus popularised the idea of a more affordable flagship smartphone. Currently available as a Takealot exclusive, the OnePlus 3 is a beast of note, packing a...

  • LeEco put Android on a bicycle, because reasons

    Chinese firm LeEco has been pushing into the US market in a big way over the past 12 months, but its latest product isn't a streaming box, TV or smartphone. Instead, the company has revealed two smart bicycles running an Android-powered platform. The LeEco Smart Road Bike and Smart Mountain Bike both offer carbon fibre frames, 11-speed setup and lightweight design. But they also feature a 4-inch touchscreen and the so-called BikeOS platform (based on Android 6.0). In fact, the smart platform is powered by a 6000mAh battery and Snapdragon 410 chip. So what's this tech used for? "The system provides turn-by-turn navigation...

  • OnePlus, ASUS & Lenovo: 6 new smartphones that pack 6GB of RAM

    Thought 3GB of RAM was a ridiculous amount? Then you might not want to hear that 6GB of RAM is actually a thing this year. Believe it or not, but these handsets are out in the wild already. What would you do with this much memory though? Who knows, but here are a few phones that deliver in this regard. OnePlus 3 The most recent entry on the list, the follow-up to last year's disappointing OnePlus 2 is looking like a very capable smartphone. There's a Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, so you shouldn't be wont for more horsepower then. Otherwise,...

  • Samsung to supply Xiaomi, LeEco with dual-camera modules?

    A new report claims that Samsung's Electro Mechanics unit will be supplying several Chinese manufacturers, including Xiaomi and LeEco, with dual-camera modules. "The South Korean firm will be begin supplying the modules to Xiaomi and LeEco beginning in July," an "industry source" told the Korea Herald. The publication noted that Samsung already sells single camera modules to Xiaomi, but said that the dual camera module would likely be fitted to the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5S smartphone. Little is known about the new Xiaomi handset, although some rumours claim it will feature a pressure-sensitive display (similar to Apple's Force Touch) and an ultrasonic fingerprint...

  • Chinese firm LeEco ditches earphone jack for new phones

    The first smartphones from Chinese brand LeEco (then known as LeTV) were rather neat, offering some solid specifications and very familiar hardware designs last year. These phones were also notable as they were the first to feature USB Type-C connections, beating other manufacturers to the punch. Now, the company has taken another first with the launch of three new phones, namely the Le 2, Le 2 Pro and Le Max 2. Where's the audio jack? The Chinese firm has opted to ditch the 3.5mm earphone jack on these new smartphones, so users will need to plug their earphones into the USB Type-C slot instead. In the live-stream for the products'...