System Performance - Extremely Snappy

System performance of the SSI is rather straightforward: With the well known Snapdragon 888 which we’ve review in tons of devices to date, along with ASUS’s software stack, and the device’s 120/144Hz panel, it should perform extremely well.

PCMark Work 3.0 - Web Browsing 3.0

In the web-browsing test in PCMark Work 3.0, the SSI is a little bit faster than the ROG 5.

PCMark Work 3.0 - Writing

The writing subtest shows a more substantial advantage in favour of the SSI, indicating that there’s actually some more notable BSP and scheduler/DVFS differences between it and the ROG 5. It’s in line with the performance of the Mi 11 Ultra and the Galaxy S21.

PCMark Work 3.0 - Photo Editing

Photo editing falls in line with the Mi 11 Ultra and the Axon 30 Ultra.

PCMark Work 3.0 - Data Manipulation

Oddly enough, both the ROG 5 and the SSI top the charts in the data manipulation test, showcasing similar OS optimisations.

PCMark Work 3.0 - Performance

In the overall performance scores, the SSI ends up as the top performing Android device, thanks to its more aggressive tuning.

Web Browser Performance

Speedometer 2.0 - OS WebView (64b) JetStream 2 - OS Webview (64b) WebXPRT 3 - OS WebView (64b)

The web browser results are a bit of a mix between being in line with the ROG Phone 5 and being actually quite ahead of all other Snapdragon 888 phones on the market. Particularly the extremely high WebXPRT 3 scores showcases that the SSI is a lot more aggressive in terms of DVFS than any other Snapdragon powered device.

The overall system performance of the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders is excellent and outstanding The extremely fast responsiveness of the software as well as for the fast chip, along with the very high refresh rate as well as the low latency input means that it’s amongst one of the fastest and snappiest devices on the market.

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  • 29a - Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - link

    I was thinking to myself why would anyone pay that much for a non Apple phone.
  • Dakhil - Monday, August 16, 2021 - link

    Did Qualcomm not learn from McDonald's? Because a skin temperature of 59°C sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen.
  • Leeea - Monday, August 16, 2021 - link

    that is only 138F, what are you complaining about?

    Another 7 degrees and it would be at a safe temperature for cooking pork. Now that would be a sweet secondary function.
  • Spunjji - Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - link

    Qualcomm SSI PorckChop Edition
  • MassacreHugs - Monday, August 16, 2021 - link

    I seriously don't understand how there's a market for phones heavier than 140 grams for hardcore users. What kind of herculean fingers do you people have? My fingers and wrists are on fire with the case off on a 5.2 inch by the end of the day
  • abufrejoval - Tuesday, August 17, 2021 - link

    I am afraid you really only have one choice: You really need to
    a) stop using your phone while driving (or similar)
    b) use you other hand for touching

    Millions of Chinese women with deinty hands manage devices far bigger using this approach.

    As to hardcore: Perhaps a PC or laptop might also help getting through 8-12 hours of "hard core" a day?

    And for nails a hammer might do better, too.
  • DillholeMcRib - Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - link

    Some people think "hardcore" means being tough enough to use a 6 - 7" screen to do your work while you have a elite desktop rig w/ triple monitors sitting across the room.
  • eastcoast_pete - Monday, August 16, 2021 - link

    What's this? A "smart" phone for dumb buyers?
    As an otherwise convinced Android user, this phone is one of the best arguments to get a top flight iPhone instead; for what this thing here costs, you can get much better value for your money. Or just get a decent, current Android phone, and buy 2-3 really nice ANC headsets with the money you saved.
  • drajitshnew - Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - link

    You said it. At this price an iPhone makes sense
  • brucethemoose - Monday, August 16, 2021 - link

    Its is rather worrying.

    If Qualcomm has dreams of pushing ARM laptops, and maybe even ARM desktops some day, is this what we can expect from 1st party hardware?

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