Internet company turned phone maker Leshi is about to launch one of the first devices powered by Mediatek’s high-end 64-bit chipset.
About three weeks ago, LeTV started making some waves in China when it released pictures and some specs of its flagships (that’s right, plural), which are not only bezel-less, but also the first smartphones to sport a USB Type-C. Called by some China’s Netflix, about in the same way Xiaomi is (wrongfully, I might add) referred to as China’s Apple (whereas it’s more of China’s Amazon), LeTV is about to set the phone making industry on fire with its high-end, yet affordable LeTV One, One Pro, and LeTV Max. Whereas the last two are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810, the first one, which is also known as LeTV X600, is going to be the first smartphone to run on Mediatek’s helio X10, a SoC that’s supposed to blow the competition out of the water, besides offering support for 120Hz displays.
The X600 will come with a 5.5″ 1920×1080 IPS display with a pixel density of 403ppi, so there’s nothing otherworldly in that department. Things take a turn for the better when it comes to the included CPU, an octa-core beast running at 2.0Ghz, which is paired with a Imagination PowerVR G6200, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM. The latest aspect could’ve been better, especially since this phablet doesn’t come with a microSD slot. Two other versions with 32, respectively 64GB of on-board memory have been created, but those will surely cost more than the basic model.
If OnePlus One was yesteryear’s flagship killer, this year the title belongs to the X600, and deservedly so. To make sure that no performance is sacrificed because of incompatibilities, LeTV offers Android 5.0 on this phablet, and not as an OTA update, but straight out of the box.
As for the cameras, LeTV opted for a 13MP camera on the back with AF and dual-LED flash, while selfies will be the duty of the 5MP 90-degree wide-angle camera found in the front. Connectivity is yet another aspect that abounds in options, since the phablet has (almost) everything you could possibly need: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, an infrared emitter for remote control functionality, and LTE 1800/2100/2600MHz.
As mentioned before, this is the first smartphone to feature USB Type-C instead of the typical microUSB port. That means that not only will data transfers happen at much higher speeds, but also that that the X600 will charge much faster than its microUSB counterparts. The only thing that leaves a bit to be desired is the 3000mAh battery, but provided that the software is optimized, there shouldn’t be any problems in that department, either.
See below how the LeTV X600 compares in size to the iPhone.
Not at last, the AnTuTu Benchmark scores of LeTV X600 indicate that this phablet could go anyday of the week against its more expensive competitors.
GearBest has started today the pre-sale for LeTV X600, and has it at $364.39. However, this reseller is willing to offer it for about $45 less (or more precisely, for $319) if you apply the coupon code LETVX600 during the checkout procedure.