On Thursday, chip-maker Qualcomm and Taiwanese tech brand Asus introduced a $1,499 phone powered by Snapdragon 888 chipset and will be available from August.
Weighing 210 grams in Midnight Blue color, the smartphone (16GB +512GB) is designed and manufactured by ASUS for the ‘Insider’ community at the moment. Houses custom premium earbuds from Master & Dynamic, a Quick Charge 5 adaptor, charging cables, and a protective case.
The 6.78-inch smartphone with a Samsung AMOLED screen and a 144Hz screen refresh rate offers an elite gaming and breakthrough audio and sound experience.
Mike Roberts, Qualcomm’s VP of product marketing, said during a presentation that
“Never before has such a complete Snapdragon experience been brought together in one single amazing device”.
With QuickCharge 5 and a charger in the box, the smartphone charges at 65W and claims to give a full charge in 30 minutes. It houses a 4000mAh high-capacity battery.
The dual-SIM device comes with Master & Dynamic Snapdragon Sound earbuds that support 24-bit, 96kHz audio, and high-quality voice codecs.
On the back, there’s a second-generation Qualcomm ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.
The rear camera setup has the main Sony flagship IMX686 64 MP image sensor, a 12 MP Sony Ultrawide Camera with dual pixel image sensor, and an 8MP Telephoto Camera with 3x optical zoom and up to 12x total zoom.
The front camera has a 24MP sensor.
The smartphone runs Android 11 and offers 8K UHD video recording at 30 fps for the main rear camera and 4K UHD video at 30 /60 fps for the main rear camera.