ASUS and Qualcomm have teamed up to make a smartphone that showcases some of the latter’s mobile technology. Although the phone is apparently for 1.6 million members of the Snapdragon Insiders program (which is a bit like Microsoft’s Windows Insider access scheme), it will be more widely available in August.
The smartly named smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders utilizes Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 5G chipset (but not the latest Snapdragon 888+). It has a 2.84 GHz octa-core processor and Adreno 660 GPU. It has what Qualcomm describes as “the most comprehensive support of all important 5G sub-6 and mmWave bands” on any device along with WiFi 6 and WiFi 6E support with speeds of up to 3.6 Gbps. You get 1
Samsung’s 6.78-inch AMOLED display has a refresh rate of 144 Hz, which can help make it a solid gaming phone. The screen has up to 1,200 nit brightness and is HDR10 and HDR10 + certified. The phone has three rear cameras: a 64MP main lens, 12MP ultra-wide camera and 8MP telephoto. The array can record video in up to 8K. The device also has a 24MP front camera and AI auto-zoom.
Qualcomm says that this is one of the first phones to support Snapdragon Sound, which has features including low Bluetooth latency, listening profiles, active noise reduction (ANC) and high-resolution audio resolution up to 24-bit 96kHz. Along with stereo speakers, the phone comes with Master & Dynamic genuine wireless ANC earbuds and a charging case for them.
There is also support from Qualcomm Quick Charge 5, which according to the company should charge the 4000mAh battery up to 70 percent of capacity in half an hour or fully in 52 minutes. In addition, the phone has two SIM slots and it runs on stock Android 11.
The device draws from previous ASUS smartphones. It draws from ROG Phone 5’s body design and ZenFone 8 Flips camera module. Still, it’s a showcase for Qualcomm’s mobile technology. The company faces some challenges on the mobile processor front, with many phone manufacturers working on their own chips. Showing his know-how with his own smartphone seems like a solid idea for Qualcomm. That way, it might remind people what it can do.
The ASUS-designed smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders will initially be available in a few countries, including the US, UK, Japan and South Korea. It arrives later in India. You can purchase the $ 1,499 device at ASUSTeKs eShop and other retailers.
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