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Here is Qualcomm’s fully loaded Snapdragon phone for insiders built by ASUS and launched in August

By on July 8, 2021 0
It’s finally here, the first smartphone from the Snapdragon brand, designed by ASUS with premium features from head to toe. Called Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders, the handset definitely falls into flagship territory, with a price tag to match (more on this in a moment). Interestingly, however, it does switch Qualcomm’s regular Snapdragon 888 system-on-chip (SoC), rather than the recently announced Snapdragon 888+.
In reality, the upgraded Snapdragon 888+ isn’t considerably faster than the base model – it increases the clock speed from 2.84 GHz to 2.99 GHz, for an increase of just over 5% of gross speed. Qualcomm also upgraded its 6th Gen AI Engine (Hexagon 780) from 26 TOPS to 32 TOPs on the Snapdragon 888+, but apparently the new version of the SoC wasn’t quite ready for this launch.

Either way, even without those speed boosts, the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders appears to be a very fast and capable handset with many of the more desirable features you would expect from a flagship device. Other major components include an Adreno 660 GPU, 16GB of LPDDR5 memory, and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Good things for sure, but there is more …

Qualcomm smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders All Sides

All of this combine to power a 6.78-inch screen with a resolution of 2448×1080. It’s a Samsung AMOLED panel with an ultra-fast 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, which puts this phone in gaming territory for sure, although it doesn’t. not have the girth of some gaming phones. This screen also gets extremely bright – up to 1200 nits (peak) to make it easily visible outdoors and to help bring out HDR images (it supports HDR10 and HDR10 +).

According to Qualcomm, the display is also very accurate, offering a whopping 150.89% coverage of the sRGB color gamut (106.87% NTSC and 111.23% DCI-P3). It will be interesting to see how this compares to some of the best smartphone displays on the market, because on paper it is certainly competitive.
Qualcomm smartphone for Snapdragon Insider cameras

For camera tasks, there’s a 24-megapixel shooter up front with an equivalent focal length of 27mm. And on the back, the phone is equipped with a 64-megapixel (f / 1.8) Sony IMX686 sensor for primary camera tasks, complemented by an ultra-wide 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 (f / 2.2) sensor. ) and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, with 3x optical zoom and full zoom up to 12x.

Qualcomm smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders with headphones

Qualcomm seems particularly excited about the device’s audio and recording capabilities. To this end, it has a pair of stereo speakers (upper front trigger and lower side trigger) with aptX compatibility and several sound profiles to choose from (music, videos, games and voice enhancements), as well as four microphones. HDR with a dynamic range of 114 dB. It also comes with a set of Master & Dynamic headphones.

“The Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders is establishing itself as a fierce competitor in the audio arena. While it is certainly well suited for reading, whether watching movies, playing games or listening to music, it is is the best recording device we have measured so far It is therefore an excellent choice for recording any type of content, in all kinds of scenarios, from a voice memo to a live concert, loud and serious ” , explains Qualcomm.

Of course, this device also supports the latest connection features including 5G sub-6 and mmWave (Snapdragon X60 5G modem) and Wi-Fi 6 / 6E, just as you would expect from a cutting-edge handset.
It has been said for a while that a Snapdragon-branded phone is in the works, and here it is. The “Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders” branding is a bit odd, and that basically means this device is for enthusiasts. The plan is to make the phone available in August (distributed through ASUSTek’s eShop and channel partners) for $ 1,499.
That price puts the phone at the top of the spectrum, even well north of the ASUS ROG Phone 5. Perhaps the street price will drop. Either way, we’ll be keeping an eye on this one and trying to get one for a proper review.