Qualcomm has reportedly introduced its first smartphone built in collaboration with Asus. The premium phone packing high-end features, dubbed ‘Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders,’ was developed particularly for the company's loyalty program, Snapdragon Insiders, that went live in March.
The Snapdragon Insiders smartphone features a resolution of 2448 x 1080 and a 6.78-inch display with a 144Hz refresh rate. The AMOLED screen, provided by Samsung, has a brightness of 1200 nits (800 nits outdoor-readable brightness), 1ms rate, and Delta-E level of less than 1. The display has thin bezels to accommodate the sensors and cameras instead of a cutout in the screen, sources cited.
The Snapdragon 888 chipset is at the heart of the device and comes with 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage and 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM.
An ultrawide angle camera by Sony, IMX363, with 12MP and aperture of f/2.2 with real-time distortion correction and the ability to shoot 4cm macro images is also available. The smartphone comes with AI auto zoom and can record in 4K UHD at 30/60 frames per second and 8K at 30 frames per second.
The phone also comes with dual stereo speakers and a smart amp from Qualcomm, the first to use Qualcomm's Snapdragon Sound technology. It also includes NFC, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and dual 5G SIM support.
A 4000mAh battery powers the Snapdragon Phone, which supports Quick Charge 5 and 65W rapid charging, with a 65W adaptor.
As per credible sources, the Qualcomm Snapdragon Insiders Phone would be available in August for USD 1499. Customers can also sign up for notifications, however, Qualcomm said Snapdragon Insiders would be notified of the availability.
The phone is available in ‘Midnight Blue’ color and purchases can be made through offline and online retail channels of Asus. China, the United States, Korea, Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom will be the first to receive the phone, followed by India.