To wit: The compelling, if poorly named, LeEco Le S3 currently sells for only P5,229, or just a little over $100, on Lazada Philippines. Yup, the equivalent of a brand-new pair of kicks. And if you think that doesn’t make the Le S3 seem like a hell of a bargain, think again.
Anyone familiar with the Le S3 knows it’s quite a monster of a smartphone, rocking 10 (!) CPU cores, 4GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage. Its metal unibody casing doesn’t look too shabby as well, though the black borders around the display are a bit of an eyesore.
Additionally, it packs 21- and 8-megapixel rear and selfie cameras, plus a fingerprint reader and a USB-C port. The battery is 3,000mAh and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 standard, meaning you don’t have to leave it plugged in for hours to get a decent charge. It’s also bundled with a fast charger, a luxury we don’t usually come across.
As with most deals on the cheap, this one comes with some caveats. Firstly, the LeEco Le S3 lacks a couple of features that are synonymous with budget smartphones: expandable memory and a headphone jack for wired audio. Second, the Le S3 runs aging Android Marshmallow, with no update on when it will receive Android Nougat or Oreo.
The last, and perhaps most important, thing to remember is that LeEco doesn’t have an official presence in the Philippines, so getting a lemon or a broken unit replaced or repaired under a warranty policy would be impossible. You have better odds winning the lottery than you do getting the Le S3 serviced here.
Warranty claims notwithstanding, however, this is easily the cheapest deca-core phone you can buy today. If you’re interested, you probably should hurry up before stocks run dry.
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