Qualcomm partners with Asus to launch ‘Snapdragon Insider Smartphone’: Price, Specs

Qualcomm launched its first smartphone in collaboration with Asus on Thursday. This high-end phone is called “Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders” and is designed for the company’s loyalty program called Snapdragon Insiders launched in March. It is equipped with first-class specifications, including Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, 144Hz AMOLED display, and 512GB onboard storage. 

Smartphones for Snapdragon Insiders are also equipped with a standard Android 11 experience and pre-installed with some of the top technologies developed by the San Diego-based chip manufacturer. In addition, it is equipped with true wireless stereo (TWS) headphones.

Snapdragon Insiders smartphone specifications and features

Qualcomm brought the Snapdragon Insiders smartphone, essentially to showcase their different technologies, which are usually selected by manufacturers based on market needs. The phone is equipped with the third-generation Snapdragon X60 5G modem, supports all 5G sub-6 and mmWave key frequency bands, and includes Qualcomm Signal Boost and Smart Transmit technologies to enhance connectivity. 

It also features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Sound, which is designed to provide 24-bit 96kHz music streaming and ultra-low latency and ultra-wideband voice streaming. Customers will also get Qualcomm’s Spectra 580 image signal processor, which will support 4K and 8K video recording and provide AI auto-scaling supported by artificial intelligence. Android 11. It is equipped with a 6.78-inch Samsung AMOLED Full HD + (1,080×2,448 pixels) display with a maximum brightness of 1,200 nits, an aspect ratio of 20.4:9, and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection. 

The display has also passed HDR10 and HDR10+ certification, covering 111.23% of DCI-P3 and 106.87% of the NTSC color gamut. Under the hood, there are Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC and 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Qualcomm said in a briefing that when Asustek started its development last year, this phone chose Snapdragon 888 instead of Snapdragon 888+, and the new chip was released at the end of last month. 64-megapixel Sony IMX686 main sensor with f/1.8 lens. 

The camera setup also includes a 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor with an f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera. The main camera and telephoto camera are also equipped with optical image stabilization (OIS). For selfies and video chats, Snapdragon Insiders has a 24-megapixel selfie camera on the front of its smartphone. Smart AMP and Snapdragon sound effects. There is also a four-channel HDR microphone with a dynamic range of 114dB. 

In terms of storage, the Snapdragon Insiders smartphone has 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage space. Connection options include 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth v5.2 with aptX Adaptive, NFC, GPS/A-GPS/NavIC and USB Type-C ports. Snapdragon Insiders include accelerometers, ambient light sensors, gyroscopes, magnetometers, and proximity sensors. There is also a fingerprint sensor on the back, it is Qualcomm 3D Sonic Sensor Gen 2. 

In addition, there is a glowing Snapdragon fireball icon on the back of the phone, which emits white light when it receives a new voice call or message. You can also keep it on or off in the settings. The smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders is equipped with a 4,000 mAh battery and supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 5.0 charging. In addition, the phone measures 173.15 x 77.25 x 9.55 mm and weighs 210 grams. 

The accompanying MW08SI TWS headset supports 24-bit 96kHz audio and ultra-low latency streaming via Bluetooth. This headset is driven by Qualcomm QCC5141, including Qualcomm active noise reduction and cVc noise suppression and echo cancellation technology. In addition, the company claims that even in a busy RF environment, the headset can be connected to a smartphone.

Price and availability of smartphones for Snapdragon Insiders

A single 6GB + 512GB storage configuration for smartphones for Snapdragon Insiders is priced at US$1,499 (approximately Rs 1,12,200). The phone is available in midnight blue and can be purchased through Asus’ online and offline retail channels starting in August. It will initially be listed in China, Germany, Japan, South Korea, the United States, and the United Kingdom, followed by India. 

The smartphone will be sold in the Indian market at a price of Rs. Although Qualcomm markets this new smartphone as a special model designed for members of the Snapdragon Insider community, it will be open to all customers. 

The phone will also be equipped with MW08SI active noise reduction TWS earplugs manufactured by New York-based Master & Dynamic and equipped with Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 charger (65W worldwide / 35W India), custom rubber buffers, and two USB Type-C transfer USB Type-C braided cables.

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