LeEco (formerly LeTV) announced the launch of their latest flagship smartphone, the Le Max Pro, at CES 2016 in Las Vegas. The biggest highlight of this launch is that - by a small margin - the Le Max Pro managed to become the first phone to be equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor.
Other specifications of the Le Max Pro include 4GB of RAM, a massive 6.33-inch Quad-HD display and a 21MP camera sensor. It also has an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C Port. Read on to find out the top 10 features of this exciting new flagship - the Le Max Pro!
Snapdragon 820 Processor
Starting off with the highlight of this device, the Snapdragon 820 processor inside it. Powered by Qualcomm's latest and greatest, the Le Max Pro is sure to be one heck of a beast when it comes to multitasking performance. This new processor is a quad-core 64-bit CPU and will succeed the infamous Snapdragon 810 processor.
Massive 6.33-inch display
Borrowing the display and form factor from its younger brother, the Le Max, the Le Max Pro has the same, gigantic 6.33-inch phablet display. This display has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, making it a Quad-HD screen. As seen on the Le Max earlier, the display is very bright and pleasing to the eyes.
Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
Another first on the Le Max Pro is the addition of a new Ultrasonic Fingerprint sensor. Using Qualcomm's Sense ID technology, the smartphone can now be unlocked with this new security system. Instead of the existing capacitive and photographic based fingerprint sensors, this technology uses ultrasonic sound to detect the unique fingerprint of the user.
USB Type-C port
Replacing the traditional Micro-USB port on smartphones, is the new Type-C port, mostly due to the flexibility in its usage. With reversible sides, this new Type-C port is much easier and faster to use than the older Micro-USB technology. With all of LeEco's smartphones using the same port, it was but natural for the Le Max Pro to have the same Type-C port for charging and data syncing.
Aircraft-grade metal unibody
The Le Max Pro, like the Le Max, is made out of aircraft-grade aluminum unibody chassis. The bezel-less design gives it an illusion of a seamless experience during usage. It also has a screwless industrial design, as well as the world's first full-floating glass, which is a Sharp branded screen exclusively for LeEco.
A 21MP camera sensor
Equipped with the Sony IMX230 sensor on the rear, the Le Max Pro has a 21-megapixel shutter for crisp and wide images. The camera sensor also has features like Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), dual-ISP support and an aperture of f/2.0. The front camera is a decent 4MP sensor that is accompanied by a wide-angle 81.6 degree lens.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Running on Google's latest mobile software - Android 6.0 Marshmallow - the Le Max Pro is one of the very few smartphones in the world to have this feature. With all the features of the software - including Doze Mode, Now on Tap and Touch to unlock - on the Le Max Pro, it is sure to give you the most advanced experience in the Android ecosystem.
Big 3,400 mAh battery capacity
A bigger battery means longer Screen On Time and that translates to extended usage on the Le Max Pro. With a massive 3,400 mAh battery, the Le Max Pro can take most of what you throw at it, and then some. With the Quad-HD being a complete battery hog, LeEco was smart to incorporate a decent enough battery to suit your needs.
Only 1,000 units up for sale
On February 23rd, LeEco held a sale for the Le Max Pro in China, for which only 1,000 units were made available for purchase. As odd as it may seem, the units made available were not commercial but engineering units instead. This sale was probably held in a hurry to make sure their device goes on sale before the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5, which have the same processor.
Pricing and availability
While the first sale for the Le Max Pro took place on Feb 23, the most astonishing detail about it is the pricing at which the smartphone was sold. Eariler rumored to be priced at around CNY 3,500 ($535), the first 1,000 units of the Le Max Pro were sold at just CNY 1,999 ($306). Just to remind you, the Le Max Pro isn't a mid-range smartphone, but a top-end flagship with killer specifications.