In a surprise announcement at CES 2016, Qualcomm has officially confirmed the LeTV Le Max Pro as the first smartphone to run on the Snapdragon 820 processer. Previous speculation had suggested the Samsung Galaxy S7 would be the one to debut the new SoC and have exclusive access to it until April.
The LeTV Le Max Pro is expected to be out within the first half of the year. The device will take advantage of the Snapdragon 820 CPU’s Sense ID ultrasonic biometric authentication fingerprint technology. Its scanner is supposedly more stable and secure than capacitive-based sensors used by the likes of Apple and Samsung.
This is apparently due to the new feature’s ability to accurately record 3D scans of a user’s fingers. The LeTV phablet is also set to utilize Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 to power up its 3400mAh battery from 0 to 60% within 30 minutes. Its Snapdragon 820 SoC uses 4 Kryo cores clocked at 2.2GHz to fuel the device and works in collaboration with an Adreno 530 GPU.
A quick summary of the main specs of the LeTV Le Max Pro:
– OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
– Display: 6.33-inch, 2560 x 1440 pixels
– Memory: 32GB/64GB/128GB
– RAM: 4GB
– CPU: 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 820
– GPU: Adreno 530
– Camera: 21MP rear
– Battery: 3400mAh
According to Engadget, the 4G-ready Le Max Pro packs a 21MP main camera and a massive 6.33-inch WQHD 1440 x 2560p resolution display. The handset will be available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB variants. LeTV has infused the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS running in the phone with its own custom UI and further granted the smartphone multi-band WiFi 802.11ad connectivity.
The LeTV Le Max Pro is the relatively new Chinese brand’s first attempt to conquer the US market. We’ll keep you posted as when the company reveals the price and availability details of the handset.