LeTV teases first Snapdragon 820 powered smartphone

by: Rob TriggsAugust 18, 2015
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You may not have heard of LeTV, an up and coming smartphone manufacturer based in China, but the company has just been the first to tease a smartphone based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC.

The company has only posted a picture up to its Hong Kong Facebook account, which doesn’t reveal anything else about the smartphone other than a short reference to the “820”. This is also a rather premature announcement, as the first Snapdragon 820 smartphones aren’t expected to make an appearance until early 2016. The teaser also doesn’t necessarily mean that LeTV will be the first to market with an 820 powered handset, but it’s interesting to note that a smaller brand has early access to Qualcomm’s processors.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 was made official last week, and will be arriving with a new high-end Adreno 530 GPU, which boasts 40 percent improvements to performance and energy consumption, along with a Spectra ISP with some new imaging features. The 820 is also set to be the first SoC to use Qualcomm’s own 64-bit ARMv8 based Kyro CPU core designs, rather than the reference Cortex-A57 and A53 cores found in its current chip generation. Qualcomm has been keeping details about its new CPU cores very close to its chest, but the company is apparently going back to a quad-core design, rather than producing another octa-core chip.

Qualcomm SnapdragonSee also: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 is official, comes with new Adreno 530 GPU27

LeTV has been gaining some traction in China thanks to its small range of low cost, high-end smartphones. The company’s existing LeTV One Pro and One Max are based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processing package, but cost much less than flagship smartphones from HTC or Samsung. We will have to see if the new processor can restore Qualcomm’s shaken reputation after the overheating issues with its 810.

Are you waiting for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 to hit the market before making your next purchase?

  • Abdullah Almosalami

    I get the feeling that Samsung, LG, and the other major OEMs were like “Let the Chinese try it out first to see if it actually works.” XD But seriously, though. I always like to see increased competition in these types of markets, cuz it means better for me, the customer :).

  • Xavier_NYC

    This gives me hope that the Huawei Nexus will have the 820.. Hopefully…

    • Jay McCaughrean

      I hope so too

      • Android Developer

        What about the other Nexus ? of LG? Is it possible too?

        • wrkerr

          Rumors show the LG Nexus will be lower spec’ed than the Huawei, so very unlikely.

          I’d say it’s very unlikely to be in the Huawei too, since everything reliable suggests we won’t see the 820 in the wild until 2016.

          • Android Developer

            Too bad.

    • s2weden2000

      no need to…

      • Xavier_NYC

        care to elaborate?

        • s2weden2000

          there is no need right now..that barrier was pretty much passed with s8oo..it will propably be 8o5 or 8o8 = cost …

          • Xavier_NYC

            I don’t really agree with that. The entire purpose of the nexus line is to show Android at it purest on the top of the line specs. Every nexus that has come out has always had the latest and greatest specs. Especially with OEM’s and implementing finger print scanners, QHD displays etc. It’s quite possible that it will have the 808 and I’d be fine with that but I don’t see that happening.

          • Andreas Larsson

            No! Nexus was never released with the latest and greatest and that was never the goal. Only once has it offered the latest processor and that was the nexus 5, but still the ram, battery, camera and display was mid end specs at best

  • Gangsta101

    Please not another word about LETV and their “firsts”
    First USB type c, bezel-less LETV max has been coming for months, where da heck is it?

    • s2weden2000

      it’s out in china since a while back..relax..bing it …

      • Jaden Keuten

        “bing it” hahahahahahahahahahaha

        this is an android site, not windows.

        • s2weden2000

          i know..he´s a win phone user anyway…

      • neonix

      • Filly Jnr

        Love it, Bing

  • TCvitalalive

    Any chance the next LeTV with Snapdragon 820 will also be for sale in EU ?

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