LeEco introduces 4K HDR TV lineup, featuring the 85-inch, $5,000 uMax85

Wednesday marks the official launch of LeEco in the U.S., and considering that the company acquired Vizio earlier this year, the announcement of LeEco-branded TVs for the U.S. is somewhat of a surprise. At least, it would have been if the company hadn’t accidentally leaked this news earlier this month. As expected, LeEco unveiled four new Android-powered TVs on Wedesday, October 19, as part of its #LeNext presentation, all of which offer 4K Ultra HD resolution.

LeEco uMax85


The star of the show, at least as far as TVs are concerned, is the company’s latest flagship, the 85-inch uMax85. As expected in such a sizable TV these days, the uMax85 supports 4K resolution, but it doesn’t stop there. The TV also features support for both HDR standards: HDR10 and Dolby Vision. So far, the only other companies offering TVs that support both are LG and — surprise, surprise — Vizio.

Like Vizio TVs, this model uses a vast array of local dimming zones to make for darker blacks and thus better contrast, as well as more uniform brightness. In the case of the uMax85, there are a total of 448 separate partitions. The TV boasts an 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and 3,000:1 static contrast ratio. The TV features a total of four HDMI inputs, as well as an optical audio output.

The TV also features Fluid Motion for sports fans, and claims to provide one of the best TV experiences for gamers, with a 6.5 millisecond response time. LeEco says its new TVs offer best-in-class processors and storage, with the uMax85 featuring a quad-core processor, along with 4GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage.

The uMax85 also aims to decrease the need for external speakers (although most home theater enthusiasts will almost certainly still want them) by partnering with Harman/Kardon to provide the sound for the TV. Support is included for both Dolby and DTS audio, and both Bluetooth 4.1 and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi are included for connectivity.

The suggested retail price for the uMax85 will be $5,000, but a rebate program promises that amount will drop to $4,000 at checkout. This appears to be one of the least expensive TVs of its size and capabilities on the market.

Super4 X Series


The company also announced its Super4 X UHD TVs would be coming to the U.S., though details were all but entirely absent. The TVs will be available in 65-inch, 55-inch, and 43-inch screen sizes, priced at $1400, $900, and $650 MSRP respectively. Rebates on these TVs will also be offered and,  like the uMax85, LeEco promises best-in-class performance.

Unlike the uMax85, while these models feature HDR, they only support HDR10 — Dolby Vision support isn’t included here. Each of these models is also slightly less powerful overall than the flagship, offering similar processing power, but only 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal SSD storage, except in the case of the Super4 X43 Pro, which only features 16GB of storage. Response times are also slightly slower at 8ms.

The two larger TVs also feature Harman/Kardon sound, while the smaller Super4 X43 Pro does not.


Each of the new TVs is preloaded with familiar apps like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Sling TV, and others, but LeEco wants to draw customers into its own ecosystem. The company announced several launch partners today, some of whom, like Lionsgate and Vice, had presenters at the show. Other partners include Sling TV, SeeSo, and Showtime.

These companies will provide video content via a number of built-in apps, like Live, which LeEco says provides nine streaming channels at any given time, offering a channel surfing analog. Le, on the other hand, is an on-demand service loaded with content from LeEco’s partners. Another app, Le View, attempts to learn your tastes as you watch content.

Finally, the company unveiled EcoPass, a service somewhat similar to Amazon Prime, which buyers of a LeEco uMax 85 TV get free for one year, along with a three-year warranty. The service offers unlimited photo and video storage, as well 5TB of online storage for whatever users want. There are also discounts on the company’s LeMall store and unlimited monthly viewing of Fandor — an online independent film streaming service.

These LeEco TVs are expected to be available in the U.S. on November 2.

Updated on 10-19-2016 by Kris Wouk: Added more specs and information on the Super4 TV models.

Home Theater

Vizio is still rocking the Black Friday spirit with these TV and soundbar deals

If you missed out on all the great TV deals this past Black Friday and Cyber Monday, don't worry, Vizio has you covered. The company has some great discounts on its most popular 4K TVs and sounbar systems. But don't delay -- some of these…
Home Theater

Confused about LED vs. LCD TVs? Here's everything you need to know

Our LED vs. LCD TV buying guide explains why these two common types of displays are fundamentally connected, how they differ, what to look for in buying an LED TV, and what's on the horizon for TVs.

LG’s most affordable OLED TVs now come with $170 to $260 in gift cards

Trusted electronics retailer ABT is offering LG's most affordable OLED TV, the B8 series with $170 and $260 gift cards for the 55- and 65-inch models, respectively. While the OLED TVs don't often go on sale gift cards like this are…
Home Theater

Kill your cable and switch to streaming with our painless guide

If you're going to quit cable or satellite for a streaming TV solution, you're going to want to get it right the first time. We've outlined exactly how to get started, step by step. Follow our lead, and you'll never look back.
Home Theater

Phiaton’s active lifestyle headphones do noise canceling on a budget

Looking for a set of active noise-canceling earbuds that can keep up with your active lifestyle, without breaking the bank? Phiaton's new Curve BT 120 NC could be just the ticket.
Home Theater

5 sonic stocking stuffers to improve your loved ones’ listening life

Looking for some simple and affordable gifts to get the music nerd in your family? Here are five great gift ideas that will improve their listening life -- and won't cost you an arm and a leg to give them.
Home Theater

Set your ears free with the best completely wireless earbuds

If you can't stand the tangle of cords, or you're just excited about completely wireless earbuds, you're going to need some help separating the wheat from the chaff. Our list serves up the best true wireless earbuds around.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.
Home Theater

Block the outside world, tune into your own with the best in-ear headphones

Over-the-ear headphones offer top-flight sound, but they're not so easy to take along with you. If you're looking to upgrade your portable sound, check out our favorite in-ear headphones -- there's a model for every user and every budget.
Home Theater

These awesome A/V receivers will swarm you with surround sound at any budget

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to shopping for a receiver, so we assembled our favorites for 2018, at multiple price points and all loaded with features, from Dolby Atmos to 4K HDR, and much more.
Movies & TV

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of ‘The X-Files’ with the show’s 10 best episodes

The X-Files premiered 25 years ago, so here are the 10 best episodes of the award-winning sci-fi series. From alien-abduction drama to hilarious satires, these are the best episodes from all 11 seasons of the hit series.
Movies & TV

Can't get enough lightsaber action? Here's how to get your Star Wars fix online

Few of us want to deal with DVDs or Blu-ray discs anymore. Unfortunately, the Star Wars movies are few and far between when it comes to streaming. If you want to watch Star Wars online, check out our guide on where to find the films online.
Home Theater

Streaming services blast past networks for the most scripted TV shows in 2018

For the first time in history, streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, produced more original scripted series than broadcast or cable channels, setting a new record for the number of TV shows on the air.
Home Theater

Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon Prime: Battle of the streaming giants

Trying to figure out which subscription streaming service to use while sticking to a frugal entertainment budget? Check out our updated comparison of the big three: Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu.