Apple’s intention to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from this year’s iPhone 7 has been a well-publicized rumor since last November, with the widespread belief that the company would use a Lightning port to provide both charging and as a source for audio output on 2016’s iPhone. Today, however, Chinese company LeEco announced a line of smartphones that will beat Apple’s rumored removal of the 3.5mm headphone port, instead opting for a USB-C input (via Engadget).
LeEco also has its hands in product categories like smart TVs and electric cars, with offices in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, but the company keeps most of its smartphone business focused locally in China. The new line of smartphones — dubbed the Le 2, Le 2 Pro, and Le Max 2 — will run the Android operating system, and users will be able to purchase either in-ear or over-ear USB-C headphones to go with the new phones. No specific plans were divulged, but LeEco noted that it intends to bring “at least one” of the devices stateside in 2016.