Qualcomm’s 500 1,500 smartphone is a huge amount for its biggest fans
Qualcomm – the company behind Snapdragon processors and modems that power almost every major Android smartphone – is building its own phone. Or rather, the company is partnering with Asus on a custom device, officially called the “Snapdragon Smartphone for Insiders,” the company’s 1,500 phone that showcases the chip company’s technology. Designed to And, as the name suggests, Qualcomm will sell the phone directly to members of its Snapdragon internal fan community, which Qualcomm launched earlier this year.
It’s an interesting idea, but unfortunately, the smartphone doesn’t look any different to Snapdragon insiders, when it comes to really taking advantage of Qualcomm’s technology – compared to any other Android flagship – which is special. The 500 is disappointing because of the 1,500 price tag.
Here’s a follow-up to the shape sheet you’d expect from a flagship Android phone in 2021: the Snapdragon smartphone for Android runs Android 11, with 512GB of storage, 16GB of RAM, a 6.78-inch Gorilla There is a 144 Hz Samsung LED panel with glass wickets. , And the rear fingerprint scanner (of course using Q Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Sensor General 2 technology.) If any of this sounds familiar, it’s likely because of the new Qualcomm branded device Asus. The ROG has a lot in common with the iPhone 5 Ultimate. From the beginning of this year
The processor, naturally, is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888, which feels like an interesting choice when the company has already announced the more powerful 888 Plus model. Given this hefty price tag and promise to be the ultimate Qualcomm phone, this is a weird miss for Snapdragon insiders’ smartphones.
The battery offers 4,000 mAh of power, and it’s not the largest we’ve seen in a smartphone, but it does support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 5 standard, though not in its full capacity. Maximum 65W for charging, not 100W-plus specs are theoretically capable.
The back of the phone has a triple camera setup with familiar parts from other Asus phones. The main camera has a Sony IMX66 meap -ixel megapixel image sensor found in last year’s Zenfone Pro Pro – while the ultra-wide sensor uses the old 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor (previous Asus phones). Also used in many Google Pixel (phones). Finally, there is an 8-megapixel telephone photo with 3x optical zoom to remove the camera setup, and a 24-megapixel front camera.
Qualcomm promises that the triple camera array will offer a “professional quality camera” experience, but even then the Spectra 580’s triple ISP won’t take its toll. While the phone can shoot 8K at 30 seconds per second, and 4K at 30 or 60FPS, it can’t manage shooting 3K HDR video streams simultaneously or shoot 3 28 megapixel images at once – The two biggest claims made by Qualcomm when it introduced the Snapdragon 888 last December.
The Snapdragon smartphone for insiders will be the first phone to offer Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Sound rating, which promises hi-fi music playback up to 24 bit 96kHz. Qualcomm also includes some Master & Dynamic Airbuds to help you take advantage of this. It looks like a pair of MW08 Airbuds with the Snapdragon logo. (Those headphones usually sell for 29 9,299, which can help reduce the price tag of 4 4,499 here.)
Another area where Snapdragon brand phones can stand is 5G support. Qualcomm is proud that the phone will “provide the most support for all the key 5G Sub-6 and MMV band and combination in one device.” Support for Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.2.
In addition to phones and headphones, Qualcomm includes a 65W Quick Charge 5.0 charge, USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cables, and a rubber bumper for the phone. But even with all that, the smartphone seems like a tough sell for Snapdragon insiders. There are a number of top-tier Android phones that offer the same (or better) specs for very little money, such as the OnePlus 9 Pro or the Galaxy S21 Ultra.
It’s also not particularly successful in its special work, such as Qualcomm Showcase: Snapdragon does not have the company’s latest and largest smartphone processor for internal companies, and Qualcomm’s technology compared to any other major Android phone. Does not forward. Sure, it has a shiny Snapdragon logo on the back, but its price hardly seems to be what Qualcomm is asking its most enthusiastic fans to pay.
The Snapdragon smartphone for insiders will be available for launch this August in the United States, China, the United Kingdom and Germany, with the launch of more regions in the works.