Qualcomm launched a Snapdragon-branded smartphone on Thursday, its first foray into hardware development with the help of Asus. Qualcomm claims that the device, dubbed “Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders,” will put Qualcomm’s innovations front and center, whether it’s the chip itself, sound technology, modem, or photographic prowess.
While the phone contains all of Qualcomm’s signature technology, the high-end gadget was designed and built by Asus. Beginning in August of this year, the phone will be commercially accessible in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, and China. Qualcomm has not yet announced a release date for the smartphone in India. The smartphone will be sold by Asus through its online store and channel partners.
The package includes,
The package includes the handset, a pair of TWS earbuds with Snapdragon Sound made by Master & Dynamic, a bumper case, a Qualcomm Quick Charge 5.0 power adaptor, and two charging cables for those who can afford the $1,500 curated option.
Let’s start with the hardware because there’s a lot to talk about with this gadget. On the front, there’s a huge 6.78-inch Samsung AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2448 x 1080 pixels and a quick 144Hz refresh rate. Gorilla Glass Victus protects the screen, which also offers an always-on display. The phone’s top bezel houses a 24MP front-facing camera.
A triple camera arrangement, fingerprint scanner, and a self-illuminating Snapdragon logo are all found on the rear. A main 64MP f/1.8 camera, an ultrawide 12MP f/2.2 camera, and a telephoto 8MP camera with 3X magnification are all included. Qualcomm AI software experiences such as auto zoom and AI object tracking will be available in the camera app. We should expect to see more of Qualcomm’s camera functionality here, but Asus is in charge of the actual camera tweaking.
Like the Galaxy S21 series, the fingerprint scanner is a Qualcomm 2nd generation 3D Sonic Sensor. The fingerprint scanner, on the other hand, is not in-display, as Qualcomm says, due to its incompatibility with the Smartphone’s stiff OLED panel.