While we wait for that oft-leaked Le X850 handset to become official, LeEco has started teasing a new smartphone yesterday, saying that it wants to strike a good balance between performance and battery life with it. This teaser may in fact refer to the Le X850, but it could also be about an entirely new phone.
That's because an oddly named "LeMobile XiubaleR" device was spotted in the Geekbench database today. As usual, the benchmark listing gives us an idea of the handset's specs, but Geekbench isn't as comprehensive in this regard as GFXBench, for example, so all we get is the chipset, amount of RAM, and Android version on board.
That's still plenty for us to realize that this definitely isn't the Le X850 under another name. While that model was supposedly coming with the Snapdragon 821 in tow, the "XiubaleR" is powered by MediaTek's Helio X20 (MT6797), which has a deca-core CPU with two Cortex-A53 clusters and one Cortex-A72 cluster. This is paired with 3GB of RAM, and surprisingly the prototype already runs Android 7.1.2 - a version of the OS that's still in beta for devices supported by Google.
The Android version in use here gives away the fact that this is likely not launching anytime soon, but who knows - maybe LeEco wants to be the first handset maker to release a device running Android 7.1.2 out of the box.