ASUS Declares “Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders”

ASUS Announces "Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders"

At present we’re masking a fairly uncommon machine announcement a bit of in contrast to what we’ve seen earlier than. ASUS and Qualcomm – effectively, principally ASUS, are saying a brand new machine known as the “Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders” – sure that’s the precise title of the cellphone. The cellphone follows Qualcomm’s social media initiative known 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, trying to construct a better 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 advanced and unintuitive, as Qualcomm strictly refers back to the SSI as being a product strictly designed and made by ASUS. It’s a bizarre form of relationship and advertising train that may perhaps 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

Storage 128/256GB UFS 3.1 512GB UFS 3.1
Show 6.78″ AMOLED
2448 x 1080 (20:9)

240Hz Contact

Measurement Peak 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
“6000mAh” design

65W charging (PD3.0/QC5.0)


65W charging (PD3.0/QC5.0)

Wi-fi Charging
Rear Cameras
Foremost 64MP IMX686

0.8µm pixels (1.6µm 4:1 16MP)

f/1.8 w/OIS (SSI)

26.6mm eq.

Telephoto 8MP

3x optical zoom

f/2.4 w/OIS

80mm eq.

Vast 12MP IMX363
1.4µm pixels Twin PDAF


14.3mm eq.

Further 5MP Macro
Entrance Digital camera 24MP

3.5mm headphone
Wi-fi (native) 802.11ax WiFi-6E
Bluetooth 5.2 LE + NFC
Different Options In-display fingerprint sensor Rear fingerprint sensor
Twin-SIM Twin nanoSIM
Launch Value (16/256GB) 

Beginning off with the internals of the cellphone, there’s a big sense of familiarity with the specs, dimensions, and simply general 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 truly a bit shocking that the newer SSI doesn’t include the lately introduced Snapdragon 888+, however this was defined to us that the SSI design was already effectively underway and in design earlier than the 888+ can be accessible.

Given what seems to be the identical chassis and thermal design between the ROG 5 and the SSI – one might assume that the final efficiency of each telephones to be extraordinarily related to one another.

The SSI does extra notably differentiate itself by way of RAM and storage – effectively a minimum of in comparison with the common ROG 5, because it solely comes with a big 16GB LPDDR5 and 512GB UFS 3.1 storage capability possibility, which is extra in step 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 provided that the specification sheet on the cellphone we acquired 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 sensible, 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 large 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 big impact 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 massive 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 problem is that these sorts of sensors are solely in a position to be built-in into versatile OLED panels, and the cellphone right here makes use of a strong glass substrate variant. This truly 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 conventional capacitive unit.

Under the fingerprint reader, we see an illuminated Snapdragon brand as an alternative of the ROG brand. This may also be configured to gentle up or pulse in a rhythm, or just turned off.

On the underside of the cellphone there’s extra design adjustments over the ROG 5 – the twin nano-SIM strikes from the very backside left facet of the cellphone to the left backside facet, 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 overview of the SSI, and regardless that 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 check.

The digicam setup can also 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 a substitute of a 5MP macro, the SSI does function the 3x optical zoom / 80mm equal 8MP telephoto module because the third digicam, with f/2.4 optics and OIS.

The actually massive problem I’ve with the digicam setup is that regardless that this could have been a possibility for Qualcomm to showcase their very own experience with their very own SoC’s digicam pipeline, there was little or no point out with regard to who precisely is accountable 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 features akin to digicam processing will likely be built-in into the machine.

The one function 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 it is a mmWave machine, with Qualcomm claiming that it’s the machine with probably the most complete assist for all world frequency bands, making it a very common cellphone in that regard.

This reality is definitely fairly uncommon because it signifies that the cellphone has in depth inside RF front-end and antenna designs, and will considerably clarify the place numerous the inner machine 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 usually refers to a plethora of software program audio stacks and audio elements that permit 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 acquired common critiques and are available at an MSRP of $299.

In the long run, we come to the worth. At $1499 USD, the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders is a reasonably unattractive worth proposition. Even accounting for the truth that you’re getting $299 earphones included into the bundle, that leaves you with a tool value of $1200, and for that value, 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 akin to 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 bundle, the machine actually is destroyed in feature-set and speculations by the likes of a Galaxy S21 Extremely, which is now accessible 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 train to push the Snapdragon Insiders “model”. The only a few positives of the design, such because the in depth mobile compatibility of the machine, don’t make up for simply the relatively absurd and pointless bundle of options the cellphone presents itself as.

The Smartphone for Snapdradon Insiders will likely be accessible in August in ASUS’ eShop in choose international locations.

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