Qualcomm Partners with ASUS on Smartphone for Snapdragon Fans

Qualcomm and ASUS have announced a lightly-skinned version of the ASUS ROG Phone 5 that’s aimed at Snapdragon Insiders and costs $1500.

Maybe “announced” is the wrong word, as there’s no announcement on either companies’ websites, at least for now. Instead, it appears that they briefed several tech enthusiast sites about the product, so I’ll have to go off of those.

What appears to be happening is that Qualcomm, as the next step in its plan to push the Snapdragon brand to fans, has partnered with ASUS to release a version of the ROG Phone 5 that’s even more awkwardly named the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders. You may recall that the company unveiled its Snapdragon Insiders program back in March.

I’m not sure that the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders justifies its $1500 price tag, but it is very much a high-end device, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 16 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 512 GB of UFS 3.1 storage, 5G networking, and a 6.78-inch 20.4:9 Samsung AMOLED display panel with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and HDR10 and HDR10+ capabilities. It has a 4000 mAh battery and 65-watt wired fast charging. The cameras look decent as well, with a 64 MP main sensor, a 12 MP ultra-wide sensor, and an 8 MP telephoto sensor with 3x optical zoom.

I assume you’ll be able to buy this directly from Qualcomm soon.

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  • sherlockholmes

    Premium Member
    08 July, 2021 - 12:53 pm

    <p>I guess there are fans for everything. Even for a smartphone chip</p>

  • cnc123

    08 July, 2021 - 1:34 pm

    <p>How many years of security and OS updates do you get for $1,500? </p>

    • jimchamplin

      Premium Member
      08 July, 2021 - 1:38 pm

      <p>18 months of security updates. :D</p>

  • brettscoast

    Premium Member
    08 July, 2021 - 9:20 pm

    <p>Blimey Paul those specs sound ok for a high end\premium laptop. The display on that thing will be amazing.</p>

  • John Craig

    09 July, 2021 - 2:07 am

    <p>$1500 is steep, but with those specs it ought to hum along well past 3, 4, maybe even 5 years. </p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

  • samp

    10 July, 2021 - 7:35 pm

    <p>The specs look good, but the design is nowhere near as nice. Shame. </p>


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