Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders master station experience: born for the minority


The rear of the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders with a triple camera array, a fingerprint sensor and the Qualcomm fireball icon.

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Now in the mobile phone industry, many manufacturers have begun to build their own processors, which undoubtedly brings a lot of challenges to the supply-side giant Qualcomm. It may be for this reason that they teamed up with ASUS to bring a Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders last month. The reason for this is, on the one hand, to give back to the Snapdragon supporters, on the other hand, through Qualcomm’s own operations, to show people the most authentic Snapdragon experience at the moment.

The main station colleagues recently shared some after experiencing this phoneExperience. First of all, in terms of styling, it is obvious that this device is designed based on ROG Phone 5, and does not pursue those elements that are mainstream in the current market, such as narrow edges and large cameras. Its 6.78-inch body is no longer small, and the 217.7g weight is quite present in the hand. The background color of the machine is dark blue, supplemented by some red lines. The Snapdragon fireball logo in the middle of the back cover and under the fingerprint reader is very eye-catching, and it can also be lit, which will add a bit of playfulness during use.

A man holding the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders. The picture shows the phone in his hands, with its rear facing us.

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The 2,448 x 1,080 AMOLED panel used by Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders has a refresh rate of 144Hz, and the browsing is smooth in normal times. The 1ms response time of the screen is also very helpful for players to compete in the game. The peak brightness of this panel can reach 1,200 nits, but for the 20.4:9 ratio, Qualcomm and Asus seem to have not optimized it yet. For example, in Telegram, the end of a long message disappears at the bottom of the screen.

As for the audio part, this is one of the first models of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Sound technology. In theory, it can provide as low as 89 microseconds delay (45% lower than the market competition), active noise reduction, 24-bit 96kHz high resolution High-frequency audio, 32kHz ultra-clear voice pickup and other features. In the new machine set, there is a Master & Dynamic true wireless headset that can use these selling points, but it is not a mass production version and “cannot reflect the sound quality level of Snapdragon products on the market”, so the main site editor is in a simple experience After that, only an acceptable evaluation was given. In addition, the phone’s own dual speakers can provide very loud volume.

A man holding the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders with its screen facing out.

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Like ROG Phone 5, the camera is not the strength of Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders. At least in terms of hardware, its rear triple camera is just a combination of 64MP main camera (IMX686, with optical image stabilization), 12MP ultra-wide-angle (IMX363) and 8MP 3x telephoto camera, which is incomparable with many flagships on the market. of.

A close up view of the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders' three rear cameras at an angle.

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However, according to Qualcomm, they will launch an OTA update later this month, which will increase the high-resolution mode and improve the performance of night shooting, video recording, focusing, and noise reduction. If it’s just talking about the current level, this device may just be usable. Relatively interesting is the automatic zoom function in the video, it will rely on AI to recognize the subject and automatically rely on the zoom to adjust the composition. But this tool does not work all the time. At present, it still has some problems with focusing. I hope that the follow-up factory can fix the problem through an update.

A screenshot of the camera app in the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders, demonstrating an Auto Tracking video recording mode. There is a yellow square surrounding a man and Stop and Pause buttons on the right..

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As for performance, Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders is equipped with a regular combination of Snapdragon 888 processor, 16GB RAM and 512GB storage. The processor did not use the latest Plus model, which is a small accident. In terms of experience, the speed of this match is not slow, but like most Snapdragon 888 models, it cannot avoid overheating. If you want to play the game, it is estimated that various external cooling accessories are indispensable. The endurance of the device is quite satisfactory. The Quick Charge 5 charger is provided in the package. The phone can charge 70% of the power in half an hour, and it can be fully charged in 52 minutes.

The Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders with its rear facing the camera against a yellow background.

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In general, it can be clearly seen that Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders is still a very niche product. Its specifications are good, but after combining design, brand and other factors, it is destined to become a minority in the current market. The average consumer should still favor more mainstream brands, but if you pursue uniqueness, or believe in Xiaolong, you can give it a try.