LeEco, the Chinese smartphone vendor has launched a new smartphone under product portfolio. Dubbed as the Le Pro 3, the smartphone comes with incredible hardware such as the OnePlus 3 and Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe.
LeEco is very well known for the affordable smartphones with powerful hardware on board. The major question for the smartphone is how it fares against the already existing smartphones such as the OnePlus 3 and Zenfone 3 Deluxe?
Let's make a quick comparison of the specifications of three smartphones.
Starting off with the display, the LeEco Le Pro 3 and OnePlus 3 comes with a 5.5-inch FHD display with a curved 2.5D glass on them. On the other hand, the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe has a relatively bigger 5.7-inch display which is also a 1080p panel.
The display on the OnePlus 3 is fairly good even though it is a 1080p panel.
OnePlus ditched the famous sandstone back design with the OnePlus 3 in favor of the metallic body, but the design impressed many. And, the Zenfone 3 Deluxe also comes with the same unibody metallic design.
The new entrant Le Pro 3 also comes with the all-metal body. Now, it is up to you to decide between the three smartphones. According to use, the OnePlus 3 looks more premium than the two, followed by Zenfone 3 Deluxe.
The real competition starts here. All the three smartphones come with powerful hardware. The Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe is the first smartphone to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset and the new entrant LeEco Le Pro 3 also features the same quad-core Snapdragon 821 chipset. Though the OnePlus 3 packs a Snapdragon 820 chipset, we don't expect much change in the performance as it comes with nearly stock Oxygen OS. All the three smartphones feature 6GB of RAM, which is becoming a norm in the smartphone industry.
In terms of camera, the Zenfone 3 Deluxe comes with a bigger camera with 23MP sensor on the back with Sony's new IMX 318 module and has support for OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) and f/2.0 aperture. A 16MP camera rests on the rear of Le Pro 3 with f/2.0 aperture and PDAF. And, the OnePlus comes with 13MP rear camera which also has support for OIS and PDAF technology.
Up front, all the three smartphones feature an 8MP camera sensor for covering up the selfies and video calls. Asus has a knack of delivering good camera-centric smartphone followed by the OnePlus 3, which also has a good camera. LeEco doesn't have a good record in terms of camera.
Clearly, the OnePlus 3 is a winner here as it ships with almost stockish Android which runs on Android Marshmallow. Asus claimed at the launch of Zenfone 3 Deluxe that they are making the slicker than previous versions of Zen UI.
As expected, Le Pro 3 comes with the company's own EUI on top of Android Marshmallow (still :(). But, as seen in previous iterations of EUI, it will be heavily skinned and not as responsive as Oxygen OS on OnePlus 3. The OnePlus 3 gets a nod over the two in this segment.
LeEco, at their teaser of the Le Pro 3, a week ago mocked Apple for their small capacity batteries on iPhones. That said, the smartphone comes with relatively bigger 4,070 mAh battery with Qualcomm's QuickCharge 3.0 support.
Both the Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe and OnePlus 3 comes with a smaller battery of 3,000mAh capacity, but the OnePlus has Dash Charge support which can charge the smartphone from zero to 100 percent in one hour, which is insane and an added advantage .
Pricing and Verdict
The LeEco Le Pro 3 comes in two variants, one with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage which costs RMB 1,7999 9 (Rs. 18,100) and other variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with a price tag of RMB 1,999 (Rs. 20,100).
The Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe is priced on the aggressively at Rs. 49,990 and the OnePlus 3 is already available for Rs. 27,999 in India. We suggest you choose the OnePlus 3 ahead of both LePro 3 and Zenfone 3 Deluxe because the Snapdragon 821 is not a major upgrade when compared to Snapdragon 3 and it also has support for Dash charging and near stock Oxygen OS.