Qualcomm has collaborated with Asus to make its definition of the ultimate Android smartphone. It’s called the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders, and as the clunky name suggests, it’s designed primarily as a perk for Qualcomm’s army of dedicated fans. To put it into better context, think of it like a Nexus smartphone commissioned by a chipmaker, rather than a software maker.
Like Google when it launched the Nexus range of hardware in 2011, Qualcomm is not a device manufacturer, hence it has worked with Asus to make the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders. To be clear, this isn’t a Qualcomm phone, it’s an Asus phone, and it will sell the phone through its own online store. Although it’s made to appeal to the 1.6 million-strong team of Snapdragon Insiders, anyone with $1,499 to spare can buy one.
What makes the phone special?
The SSI provides a fast 5G connection using the third-generation X60 modem, with every key Sub-6 and mmWave band covered for true global
On the front is a 6.78-inch, Samsung-made AMOLED screen with a 2448 x 1080 pixel resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate, and HDR10+. It’s covered by Gorilla Glass Victus. Unusually, the fingerprint sensor is on the back of the phone, but it’s still Qualcomm’s second-generation 3D Sonic Sensor, and has been placed on the rear due to the AMOLED panel being rigid and not flexible, which makes it impossibele for the sensor to be set under the display.
There are three cameras on the back — the 64-megapixel Sony IMX686, a 12MP Sony IMX383 wide-angle, and an 8MP telephoto camera with a 3x optical zoom backing it up. Both the main and telephoto cameras have optical image stabilization. You can shoot
Sound and special true wireless earbuds
Along with Qualcomm’s Elite Gaming features, its Spectra 580 Image Signal Processor, and Quick Charge 5 on the 4,000mAh battery for a 52-minute fast charge time, the phone also introduces Snapdragon Sound. Think of this like a Qualcomm stamp of approval for audio based around the use of key Qualcomm components. The SSI phone has dual stereo speakers, quad microphones, a WDA8835 amplifier, and a QCC5141 audio system-on-a-chip (SoC) with support for 24-bit files and 96kHz streaming, plus AptX Adaptive and AptX Voice.
So you can make the most of the audio on the phone, Qualcomm and Asus bundle a special pair of Master & Dynamic MW08
Qualcomm says the phone is not a competitor to devices made by its other partners, and it’s not saying if this is the first in a series of similar phones either. It’s a special product designed for Insiders, or Insiders with quite a lot of money to spare at least. The
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