Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders review (hands-on): Qualcomm’s best, for a price

At $1,499, the Qualcomm Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders won’t appeal to most shoppers. But it exhibits some features that could find their way into the top Android phones.

Qualcomm’s announcement earlier this summer that it would team up with Asus to make the not exactly evocatively named Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders caused a lot of head-scratching in the mobile world. Qualcomm certainly knows its way around mobile chipsets, the thinking went, but what’s the point of building your own handset, when plenty of the best Android phones already showcase Qualcomm silicon?

Now that we’ve gotten our hands on the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders — really, they couldn’t come up with a snappier name? — Qualcomm’s reasoning is a little clearer. Qualcomm wants to show off everything its chips can do — not just performance and graphics, but in capturing photos, providing stellar audio and keeping you connected. There are Qualcomm technologies involving gaming and charging to highlight, too.

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