Right now we’re overlaying a fairly uncommon gadget announcement slightly not like what we’ve seen earlier than. ASUS and Qualcomm – properly, largely ASUS, are saying a brand new gadget referred to as the “Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders” – sure that’s the precise identify of the cellphone. The cellphone follows Qualcomm’s social media initiative referred to as “Snapdragon Insiders” the place the corporate is has opened up extra group channels on varied social media platforms to nearer interplay with Snapdragon followers, making an attempt to construct a more in-depth relationship with its customers.
The “Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders”, or let’s simply name it the SSI from right here on, is a product of the collaboration between Qualcomm and ASUS – although right here issues grow to be a bit complicated and unintuitive, as Qualcomm strictly refers back to the SSI as being a product strictly designed and made by ASUS. It’s a bizarre sort of relationship and advertising and marketing train that may possibly seen extra as a Snapdragon branded cellphone by ASUS.
|ASUS Massive Telephones|
|ROG Telephone 5||
“Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders”
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
1x Cortex-X1 @ 2.84GHz
3x Cortex-A78 @ 2.42GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.80GHz
Adreno 660 @ 840MHz
|DRAM||8/16 GB LPDDR5||16 GB LPDDR5|
|Storage||128/256GB UFS 3.1||512GB UFS 3.1|
2448 x 1080 (20:9)
|Measurement||Top||173.00 mm||173.15 mm|
|Width||77.00 mm||77.25 mm|
|Depth||9.90 mm||9.55 mm|
|Weight||239 grams||210 grams|
|Battery Capability||5770 typ (2x 2885) 22.33Wh
65W charging (PD3.0/QC5.0)
65W charging (PD3.0/QC5.0)
0.8µm pixels (1.6µm 4:1 16MP)
f/1.8 w/OIS (SSI)
3x optical zoom
1.4µm pixels Twin PDAF
|Wi-fi (native)||802.11ax WiFi-6E
Bluetooth 5.2 LE + NFC
|Different Options||In-display fingerprint sensor||Rear fingerprint sensor|
Beginning off with the internals of the cellphone, there’s a big sense of familiarity with the specs, dimensions, and simply total design of the cellphone that comes from the juxtaposition between ASUS’s ROG Telephone 5 and the SSI. Each telephones have related form-factors, equally inside elements and considerably related exterior designs, and even inside Qualcomm’s presentation slides throughout our pre-briefing, showcasing an inside format design that’s eerily just like the ROG Telephone 5.
Each telephones are powered by the Snapdragon 888 – it’s really a bit shocking that the newer SSI doesn’t include the just lately introduced Snapdragon 888+, however this was defined to us that the SSI design was already properly underway and in design earlier than the 888+ can be obtainable.
Given what seems to be the identical chassis and thermal design between the ROG 5 and the SSI – one might assume that the overall efficiency of each telephones to be extraordinarily related to one another.
The SSI does extra notably differentiate itself when it comes to RAM and storage – properly not less than in comparison with the common ROG 5, because it solely comes with a big 16GB LPDDR5 and 512GB UFS 3.1 storage capability choice, which is extra consistent with the premium ROG Telephone 5 Final that sees decrease availability.
The show of the cellphone is actually an identical to that of the ROG Telephone 5 – a 6.78” 2448 x 1080 AMOLED panel from Samsung that is ready to run as much as 144Hz refresh fee. We hadn’t precisely confirmed if the contact pattern fee is similar 300Hz as on the ROG 5, nevertheless on condition that the specification sheet on the cellphone we bought from Qualcomm had the show part primarily copy-paste from ASUS’ personal ROG 5 press launch contents, I’d assume this to be the case.
Design clever, the SSI is similar to the ROG 5, nevertheless it’s ever so barely downsized. The basic type remains to be there, however the one massive change is that the SSI is 0.35mm thinner and 29g lighter. This doesn’t sound like an excessive amount of, but it surely has a huge effect on the battery capability which has shrunk 33% down from 6000mAh on the ROG Telephone 5 to 4000mAh right here on the SSI. It nonetheless options the identical 65W USB-PD 3.0 (“QC 5.0”) charging capabilities.
One other giant bodily change is that the cellphone has a rear fingerprint sensor, which is a bit bizarre because the ROG 5 had an under-screen unit. This rear sensor is definitely Qualcomm’s 2nd gen sonic sensor, however the situation is that these sorts of sensors are solely capable of be built-in into versatile OLED panels, and the cellphone right here makes use of a strong glass substrate variant. This really begs the query of what the purpose is to have a sonic sensor in any respect if it’s not built-in into the display, because it diminishes the benefits over a standard capacitive unit.
Under the fingerprint reader, we see an illuminated Snapdragon brand as a substitute of the ROG brand. This may also be configured to mild up or pulse in a rhythm, or just turned off.
On the underside of the cellphone there’s extra design modifications over the ROG 5 – the twin nano-SIM strikes from the very backside left aspect of the cellphone to the left backside aspect, subsequent to the USB-C connector. What’s very odd right here is that the three.5mm jack has disappeared, and the underside speaker is now not front-facing, however backside dealing with.
Qualcomm despatched us together with the press supplies an extract of DXOMark Audio evaluate of the SSI, and though the cellphone is meant to be a showcase of a “Snapdragon Sound” expertise, it actually carried out worse than the ROG 5 in each speaker audio playback measurement take a look at.
The digicam setup can be fairly just like ASUS’ telephones. On the primary unit, we discover the 64MP IMX686 with an f/1.8 lens with OIS. The OIS right here is totally different to the ROG 5, however in any other case seems to be the identical digicam module. The ultra-wide angle seems to be an identical with an IMX363 and f/2.2 optics with 14.3mm equal focal size.
As an alternative of a 5MP macro, the SSI does characteristic the 3x optical zoom / 80mm equal 8MP telephoto module because the third digicam, with f/2.4 optics and OIS.
The actually giant situation I’ve with the digicam setup is that though this may have been a chance for Qualcomm to showcase their very own experience with their very own SoC’s digicam pipeline, there was little or no point out with reference to who precisely is answerable for the software program. Qualcomm reiterated that that is an ASUS product, and ASUS’ representatives simply famous that the cellphone options “inventory Android” – and it’s unclear precisely what sort of ASUS options or elements resembling digicam processing might be built-in into the gadget.
The one characteristic that does actually distinguish the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders is its community and mobile connectivity. The massive benefit over the ROG Telephone 5 is the truth that this can be a mmWave gadget, with Qualcomm claiming that it’s the gadget with probably the most complete assist for all world frequency bands, making it a really common cellphone in that regard.
This truth is definitely fairly uncommon because it signifies that the cellphone has intensive inside RF front-end and antenna designs, and will considerably clarify the place a number of the interior gadget house went, given the smaller batteries in comparison with the ROG 5.
Lastly, the accent that comes with each SSI is a pair of Grasp & Dynamic Snapdragon branded wi-fi earbuds that together with the SSI, characterize the primary “Snapdragon Sound” expertise. Snapdragon sound right here on the whole refers to a plethora of software program audio stacks and audio elements that enable for greater bitrate and decrease latency audio experiences for wi-fi audio units. These seem to simply be re-branded variants of Grasp & Dynamic’s MW08, which bought common evaluations and are available at an MSRP of $299.
Ultimately, we come to the value. At $1499 USD, the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders is a fairly unattractive worth proposition. Even accounting for the truth that you’re getting $299 earphones included into the package deal, that leaves you with a tool worth of $1200, and for that worth, past the added mmWave functionality and telephoto module, you get little or no added worth in comparison with a ROG Telephone 5 – if something, you’re dropping out options resembling a 50% bigger battery, higher front-facing speaker setups, 3.5mm headphone jack and the gaming accent ecosystem that the ROG Telephone 5 permits for.
Past that, once more, ignoring the $299 worth earphones within the package deal, the gadget actually is destroyed in feature-set and speculations by the likes of a Galaxy S21 Extremely, which is now obtainable for $999 within the 256GB variant.
The cellphone is only a bizarre mixture of specs – dropping out on the very options that made the ROG Telephone 5 actually distinguish itself from different telephones, and seems to me to current itself as nothing greater than only a advertising and marketing train to push the Snapdragon Insiders “model”. The only a few positives of the design, such because the intensive mobile compatibility of the gadget, don’t make up for simply the slightly absurd and pointless package deal of options the cellphone presents itself as.
The Smartphone for Snapdradon Insiders might be obtainable in August in ASUS’ eShop in choose international locations.