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First Snapdragon 820 powered smartphone announced at CES

Jan 5, 2016

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In November 2015, the greatly anticipated Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor made its debut. With extended battery life, powerful performance and superior connectivity, the Snapdragon 820 was designed from the ground up to bring truly immersive, and intuitive experiences to the next generation of premium mobile devices.

This week at CES, the first Snapdragon 820 powered smartphone was announced by Letv—the Le Max Pro smartphone. Expected to be available in the first half of 2016, the Le Max Pro is the first phone to feature the Snapdragon 820 processor and other unique capabilities made possible by its robust technology foundation, including Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology with liveness detection.

Unlocking potential with the 820

The Qualcomm Spectra 14-bit dual ISPs (image signal processors), enhanced by the Qualcomm Hexagon 680 DSP’s HVX performance, allows for advanced computational photography such as object recognition, low-light photo and video, as well as touch-to-track features, marrying high-quality media with intuitive use.

And with the Qualcomm Adreno 530 GPU and Qualcomm Kryo CPU, graphical and computer processing are engineered to happen in parallel, supporting not only breathtaking multimedia experiences, but also creating the foundation for next-generation computer vision, life-like virtual reality, and riveting console-quality 3D gaming.

With the integrated X12 LTE modem, Max Pro users can enjoy download speeds up to 600 Mbps, and multi-gigabit 802.11ad Wi-Fi. The X12 LTE modem supports comprehensive and fast streaming of anything, from multi-player games, to movies, to live concerts. And with Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 3.0 technology, the Le Max Pro supports low power consumption and faster charging over previous Quick Charge technology. [corrected 1/15/2016]

This combination of connectivity, processing, and power-efficiency comes together seamlessly, enabling OEMs to build truly unique, innovative devices. And Letv, with its Le Max Pro, has done so, enabling an array of features that are making their first commercial appearance ever, including Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology.

Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology

The Le Max Pro will be the first commercial device with Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology, the first comprehensive ultrasonic-based fingerprint biometric solution for mobile, providing a more secure, reliable alternative to capacitive-based fingerprint sensors. The solution incorporates security features that are designed to protect user biometric information and device data and enhances the user experience with a more convenient and secure alternative to passwords, new device design options, and by consistently scanning through common fingerprint contaminants.

Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology is engineered to protect users’ biometric information and device data. Biometric data never leaves the device thanks to Snapdragon on-device design approach. So it’s not vulnerable to interception or server attacks, unlike passwords.

Data and privacy is protected by hardware. The Snapdragon Sense ID platform incorporates algorithms managed by the Qualcomm SecureMSM foundation, the Qualcomm Biometric Integrated Circuit and custom sensor technology. And it is integrated into the Qualcomm Haven authentication framework, which supports secure biometric authentication for a variety of online and off-line formats.

Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology is based on proven, government-grade security technology. Many Appendix F-level government applications utilize technology similar to that found in the same leading Snapdragon Sense ID ultrasonic technology. SecureMSM technology has already provided the hardware-based security for billions of mobile devices.

Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology, now including liveness detection, supports more robust authentication than capacitive-based sensors. It is more difficult to spoof in part because the ultrasonic scan results in a highly detailed 3D map of the finger, capturing even fingerprint ridges and sweat pores, a level of detail that capacitive sensors simply can’t. (Capacitive sensors can be easily spoofed; e.g., simulating a lifted fingerprint print.)

The Le Max Pro will also be the first mobile device with the new liveness detection capability of Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology. Qualcomm Technologies innovative liveness detection technology uses ultrasonic waves to help detect whether it is an actual, live finger.

Users enjoy an improved overall authentication user experience on the Max Pro with Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology. It is designed to provide more a consistent authentication by consistently scanning through various finger contaminants, including water and oil. And it supports new device design and sensor placement options through strong material penetration.

Letv are making groundbreaking use of ultrasonic technology by placing the Snapdragon Sense ID ultrasonic sensor on the back of the device, under 400 µm of metal. Utilizing the ultrasonic sensor under metal on the back of the device for device unlock/home screen functionality allows for convenient and frequent authentication.

With Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology and other features from the Snapdragon 820, the Le Max Pro is a groundbreaking phone.

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