ASUS and Qualcomm teamed up to make a smartphone that aims to be a reference in the high-end market in this segment. While the phone is ostensibly for the 1.6 million members of the Snapdragon Insiders program (which is somewhat similar to Microsoft’s Windows Insider early access scheme), it will be available in August.
The device has the simple name of Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders (Snapdragon Insiders Phone) and relies on Qualcomm’s top processor, the Snapdragon 888 5G, strangely not with the recently announced Snapdragon 888+, which will be the most powerful processor in the second half of 2021.
The processor features a 2.84GHz octa-core and the Adreno 660 GPU. It has what Qualcomm describes as “the most comprehensive support for all major 5G sub-6 and mmWave bands” of any device, along with support for WiFi 6 and WiFi 6E at speeds up to 3.6 Gbps. In terms of RAM, it will have 16 GB of LPDDR5 memory and 512 GB of storage.
Samsung’s 6.78-inch AMOLED display has a 144 Hz refresh rate, which can help make it a solid gaming phone. The display has up to 1200 nits of brightness and is certified for HDR10 and HDR10+. The phone has three rear cameras: a 64MP main lens, a 12MP ultra-angle camera and an 8MP telephoto camera, and it can capture video up to 8K. The device also features a 24 MP front camera and AI auto zoom.
Qualcomm claims this is one of the first phones to support Snapdragon Sound, which has features including low latency Bluetooth, listening profiles, active noise cancellation (ANC) and high resolution audio support up to 96kHz 24-bit. In addition to stereo speakers, the phone also includes bluetooth headsets with True ANC Master & Dynamic and a carrying case.
There’s also Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 support, which should charge the 4000mAh battery to 70 percent capacity in half an hour or fully in 52 minutes, according to the company. In addition, the phone has dual SIM slots and has the standard version of Android 11.
The equipment is created in partnership with Asus, and it is in the design that we verify the similarities. It is based on the body of the ROG Phone 5 and the camera module of the ZenFone 8 Flip, and the purpose of this equipment is to be a showcase for Qualcomm’s mobile technology.
The company is facing strong competition in the mobile processor market, as many smartphone manufacturers are working on their own processors, so to have a device where we can visualize the company’s know-how and all that is good in the mobile technology, is the company’s bet.
The ASUS-designed Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders will initially be available in some countries, including the US, UK, Japan and South Korea. retail stores.