If you’re using an Android smartphone, it’s very likely that you’re using a Snapdragon chip from Qualcomm. Indeed, it is one of the main suppliers of smartphone chips for Apple’s competitors.
And this year, Qualcomm isn’t just supplying the chips, as it announced its own smartphone in early July, developed in partnership with ASUS. Qualcomm does not intend to compete with brands such as Samsung or Xiaomi.
Its smartphone, the “Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders” can be considered as a reference model for the premium segment that allows you to discover its new technologies, whether for processors, for connectivity, or even for audio. And this week, Qualcomm’s smartphone makes its market debut.
A smartphone “Qualcomm” at $ 1 500
Indeed, it is now available for pre-orders on the American site of ASUS, at a price of $ 1 499. At this price, you get a smartphone with a 6.78-inch Samsung AMOLED display, a resolution of 2,448 x 1,080, as well as a refresh rate of 144 Hz. The whole thing is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus.
Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chip, which also powers premium models like the OnePlus 9 or Xiaomi’s Mi 11. This chip is accompanied by 16GB of RAM as well as 512GB of storage. When it comes to connectivity, the “Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders” supports 5G, Wifi 6E, as well as Bluetooth 5.2. The battery has a capacity of 4,000 mAh, and can be charged using Quick Charge 5.0 technology.
On the back, Qualcomm’s smartphone has a set of three sensors on the back: a 64-megapixel Sony main sensor, a second 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor, as well as an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with x3 Optical Zoom. On the front, there’s a 24-megapixel sensor.
To highlight the audio experience provided by this smartphone, Qualcomm is shipping it with Master & Dynamic wireless headphones with active noise reduction.