LeTV Max Pro debuts as first smartphone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

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Isn’t it annoying to scroll down the YouTube comments of a video and see “FIRST” pop out at number seven or eight? And even if it really is the first comment, shouldn’t it really be a statement about something? Qualcomm made such a statement today.

In its CES event, chief executive Steven Mollenkopf said that the LeTV Max Pro will be the first smartphone to sport the Snapdragon 820 chipset.

Not only does this turn the page on what would questionably be a dark spot in the company’s mobile application processor legacy with the Snapdragon 810, but it also puts to bed rumors that Samsung had an exclusivity agreement with Qualcomm to be the first to run with the Snapdragon 820 on its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge handsets.

Qualcomm also expanded upon the 820’s newer capabilities such as the debut of the new Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ad or “WiGig.” The system is intended for connecting phones to devices within a room, slotted in at the 60GHz band. This new standard is the second one we’ve learned about this CES, the other being “HaLow.”

A variation of the Snapdragon 820, the 820A, will be suited for smart automobiles (think Android Auto and the like) as well.

LeTV is having a separate launch event for the Max Pro, we’ll give you the details on that as soon as they get here.

Via: VentureBeat, Qualcomm (PRNewswire), Android Police
Image courtesy of Android Police

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.