LeEco breaks into U.S. brick-and-mortar stores with Target sales

LeEco Le S3 Hands On
Christian de Looper/Digital Trends
It looks like LeEco is going to try and make 2017 the year it finally makes a serious impact in the U.S. We already knew that the company had resolved to break into U.S. brick-and-mortar stores in the new year, and now it looks like it has completed that resolution in a matter of weeks — the LeEco Le Pro 3 and Le S3 are now available at Target.

The news is an important step for LeEco. It’s phones haven’t exactly taken off in the U.S. as the company would have hoped, even though phones like the Le Pro 3 are a great choice for users who want high-spec phones at an affordable price. Still, there are issues with LeEco’s phones, especially when it comes to things like software — the company seems to have bet on U.S. customers being fine joining a totally new ecosystem, a bet that doesn’t seem to be paying off.

It’s also expected that LeEco will launch a few new phones in the U.S. this year, although it’s not known exactly when. If the company really wants to make a dent in the market, it will require a pretty huge operation spanning multiple handsets across all price points.

Of course, LeEco has an uphill battle ahead of it. The smartphone market in the U.S. is pretty saturated, and customers are quite loyal to the brands they’ve been using. Still, LeEco has made a pretty good case for itself based on the specs you get at an affordable price with the Le Pro 3. Breaking into brick-and-mortar stores will help, too.

If you’re interested in getting a LeEco phone for yourself and don’t want to do it through the LeMall, LeEco’s online store, then you can head to the Target website.

Business

Chinese court upholds Qualcomm's complaint that Apple infringed on two patents

Apple is following the FTC's lead and has sued Qualcomm for a massive $1 billion in the U.S., $145 million in China, and also in the U.K., claiming the company charged onerous royalties for its patented tech.
Mobile

Put down the controller and pick up the best phones for gaming on the go

Which phones are the best if all you want to do is play some mobile games? We've done the hard work and put together a list of the best gaming phones on Android and iOS, so you can keep playing and winning.
Mobile

Android 9.0 updates to stretch into 2019 — will your phone get a slice of Pie?

Android 9.0 Pie has been released. But is your phone getting Android 9.0 Pie, and if so, when? We've done the hard work and asked every device manufacturer to see when their devices would be getting the update.
Deals

Save up to $750 with the best smartphone deals for December 2018

Need a better phone but don't want to spend a fortune? It's never a bad time to score a new smartphone and save some cash. We rounded up the best smartphone deals available that can save you as much as $750.
Mobile

G’day, Google: U.S. users can now give Assistant a British or Australian accent

U.S. Google Assistant users can give their Assistant a different voice. Google has updated Assistant with the ability for users to give it either a British or Australian accent, which could make it a little more personal for some.
Music

Tune in to the best internet radio stations for your listening pleasure

Even in the streaming era, radio stations get some of the best exclusives and curate some of the finest handpicked playlists around. Here are the best internet radio stations, for your listening pleasure.
Mobile

Leave the laptop at home, the iPad Pro is the travel buddy to take on vacay

The iPad Pro is a powerful tablet that's perfect for creatives and professionals. How does it fare when traveling with it as a laptop replacement? We took it on a two week trek in Japan to find out.
Computing

Microsoft’s latest patent paves the way for Andromeda dual-screen mobile device

The latest patent discovery from Microsoft showcases a new hinge design for quickly opening a dual-screen mobile device with a single hand. Could this be additional proof surrounding the rumors of the company's Project Andromeda device?
Mobile

Need to record calls on an iPhone? Check out our handy guide

Are you wondering how to record calls on your iPhone? It isn't as easy as you might think, but we'll walk you through the process of doing so with Google Voice, and identify several other apps and external voice recorders that can help.
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.
Mobile

Apple is spending $1 billion to hire up to 15,000 new employees in Austin

Apple has announced a series of expansions across the U.S. -- including a massive expansion to the company's Austin campus that will see it spending $1 billion to accommodate for up to 15,000 new employees.
Outdoors

Google Maps makes it easier than ever to find a Lime bike or scooter

Google Maps has added a new feature that helps you find a Lime bike or scooter in just a few taps. The feature currently works in 11 U.S. cities served by Lime, with more coming next year.
Mobile

Quirky smartphone accessories you never knew you needed

Looking for a few accoutrements to make your smartphone even better? If you, or someone you know, is a sucker for accessories, you'll want to check out our collection of quirky smartphone accessories you never knew you needed.
Mobile

Ditch your smartphone for a year and win $100k from Vitaminwater

Vitaminwater is willing to part with $100,000 if you're willing to part with your smartphone partner for a year. Could you last for a year armed with only a 1996-era phone? Here's your chance to find out.