Letv Le Max Pro officially announced: the world's first Snapdragon 820-powered smartphone, and the first with Sense ID

Letv Le Max Pro officially announced: the world's first Snapdragon 820-powered smartphone, and the first with Sense ID
Not long after Qualcomm confirmed that the Letv Le Max Pro would be the world's first Snapdragon 820-powered smartphone, we now have more details about the device, plus official images of it.

While the Le Max Pro is indeed the very first handset to use Qualcomm's high-end Snapdragon 820 processor (see technical details here), there is no word on exactly when it's going to be released. But we do know that Letv plans to start selling it sometime "in the first half" of this year.

The Letv Le Max Pro is also the world's first handset to come with Qualcomm's Snapdragon Sense ID - the ultrasonic-based fingerprint biometric authentication technology that Qualcomm announced last year. According to Qualcomm, Sense ID is more reliable, and more secure than current capacitive-based fingerprint technologies (used by Apple, Samsung, and others) - that's because ultrasonic scans can provide highly detailed 3D maps of users' fingers. The fingeprint sensor is placed on the back of the Le Max Pro, under 400 ┬Ám (micrometers) of metal. Due to the ultrasonic nature of the sensor, the metal cover won't interact with its functionality.

Letv's newest smartphone features super-fast LTE, and super-fast multi-band WiFi 802.11ad wireless connectivity. Moreover, the device supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, which means that users will be able to charge its battery from 0% to 60% in just 30 minutes.

Letv has yet to reveal a price and a detailed specs list for the Le Max Pro, but we hope we'll be able to find out more about the handset at CES 2016. Rumors have it that the device runs Android Marshmallow out of the box, and is pretty big, thanks to a 6.33-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2440 pixels) display.

Right now, Letv is only selling accessories (and a TV) in the US, and there's no word on when it's going to start commercializing smartphones here. But we'll let you know as soon as we find out.

sources: Press release, Qualcomm



1. Mrmark

Posts: 412; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Cry me a river !

10. Acer_Predator unregistered

How much ?

16. cheetah2k

Posts: 2297; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Le TV Max Pro. This announcement is much like posting here with a "first" but with little content behind it. Released first half of 2016? meaning towards the later. I am guessing every other manufacturer will beat it to release lol...

2. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

I thought we could finally have fingerprint scanner under the screen with that ultrasonic technology. Sad ....

9. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

i think that's because they have to notify the users like "hey, this is the fingerprint scanner and please remember to use it because we put it out in the open right here and you can see it", whereas putting it under the screen can be confusing to the average joe out there who dont really care much about what the phone offers, especially if they can not clearly see it from the first time

3. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Nice front, OK back cover, killer specs. Great phone.

4. mike2959

Posts: 697; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I don't understand why Samsung, HTC, LG aren't the first to release a phone with the 820. Especially HTC, something they could make a big promotion out of.

6. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

Being first doesn't mean anything because all flagships in the 1H will most definitely have the 820

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

HTC M9 was one of the first to come out with the 810 and look how bad that turned out.

8. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1277; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

The enormous heat generated by SD810, made HTC / LG to stay away from SD820 during initial days... They want others to test the depth of the river SD820...

11. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

SD810 is a special case because it was build on 20nm compare to 14nm with samsung. Now it's will be build with 14nm with custom design 4 cpu's only. And I'm sure it will never heat

14. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

However Samsung made the same thing work in the Note 4/5433 so the S810 shouldn't be excused

12. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

It's not the regular time for them to announce new devices. looking for march or April.

5. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Huawei Mate 7, Mate 8, and this all look the same.

13. Wulfgardr

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

I have seen a hands-on video, it's just a prototype right now: camera, browser and other stuff don't even work yet. Availability seems around summer, which is saddening

15. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I guess Samsung or etc. didn't pay Qualcomm enough, apparently a Chinese company that not many people outside of China are even aware of won the bid.

17. Dioky

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 11, 2015

Well, they sure can leave the 'MAX' part out in the name of this device! 5.5" is just pretty normal and doesn't justify the use of MAX. Too bad though. I would have liked the 6.33" version they have now powered with that Snapdragon 820!

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