Qualcomm at CES 2016 has revealed the first smartphone that will be powered by the new Snapdragon 820 processor. The chipmaker confirmed that the Chinese brand LeTV’s Le Max Pro will be the first handset to sport its latest top-end mobile processor. LeTV is expected to start selling the Le Max Pro in the first half of 2016.

The confirmation from Qualcomm could potentially refute reports that claimed Samsung will have exclusive access to the Snapdragon 820 chipset until April 2016 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone would be the first handset to have Qualcomm’s latest offering. After all, an early launch has been long rumored for the Galaxy S7 and its variants, so the new Samsung flagship may actually beat the Le Max Pro to markets. With the announcement by Qualcomm however, ‘exclusive access’ has been thrown out the window.

Apart from the Snapdragon 820, the Le Max Pro will also pack features such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Sense ID ultrasonic fingerprint technology that’s claimed to be more secure than capacitive sensors. Unfortunately, LeTV hasn’t confirmed all the specifications of the Le Max Pro and we will have to wait for the unveiling of the handset.


However, it is not yet clear when Letv Le Max Pro will hit the market as the company only said the smartphone will be released sometime in the first half of the year.

Along with Snapdragon 820, Letv Le Max Pro is also the launchpad for Qualcomm’s new Sense ID fingerprint scanning ultrasonic technology. The chipmaker says Sense ID is more secure and accurate than the fingerprint sensors used by the likes of Apple, Samsung etc. as it creates a more detailed scan of the fingerprint.

Letv Le Max Pro reportedly has a 6.3-inch screen with QHD (1440x2560p) resolution and is powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. It has a 21MP rear camera and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 fast-charging technology. Other details about the smartphone have not been revealed yet.

The company’s Le Max Pro would be the first smartphone to pack the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor that offers better user-experience as well as the display quality than other processors.

“Letv has already established itself as one of the world’s top innovators and our decision to include the Snapdragon 820 processor in these new devices demonstrates our commitment to creating and delivering the best technology available to our customers,” Jun Liang, chief operating officer at Letv said in a statement.

Snapdragon 820

The Le Max Pro would also include Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology — the mobile industry’s first comprehensive ultrasonic-based fingerprint biometric solution, providing a more secure, reliable alternative to capacitive-based fingerprint sensors.

The Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology now has a liveness detection feature that ensures an actual finger is being used for biometric authentication. The Le Max Pro also features Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 for up to 75 percent faster charging than conventional methods.

“We are very pleased that Letv is first to bring compelling and advanced smartphones to consumers that are powered by the Snapdragon 820 processor and feature Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology,” Alex Katouzian, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies said.

Additionally, Letv will be the first to roll out commercial devices integrating 802.1 1ad multi-band wireless connectivity with up to 4.6 Gbps speeds and nearly uncompressed content transfer.

“The collaboration between Qualcomm Technologies and Letv underscores the importance of 802.1 1ad solutions in allowing users to interact with Wi-Fi like never before, including moving content onto and off of devices in seconds, and unwiring virtual reality (VR) glasses,” Katouzian added.

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