Is there an option to process UTF-16LE file directly by pdflatex, without the conversion to UTF-8? And does xelatex have such an option?

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No. You should convert to UTF-8. It’s the easiest solution by far.

The available input encodings for PDFTeX are documented in the inputenc manual. You can also use these encodings, through luainputenc, with LuaLaTeX or (despite the name) XeLaTeX.

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