Qualcomm neglects $1,500 Snapdragon Insiders owners with sluggish updates

Qualcomm neglects $1,500 Snapdragon Insiders owners with sluggish updates

What you need to know

  • The Qualcomm Smartphone For Snapdragon Insiders launched July 2021 for $1,500 with high-end specs and “4 years of regular security updates.”
  • It hasn’t received a feature update since March or a security update since January.
  • After blowback, Qualcomm promised a 2-3 month interval for security updates moving forward.

When the overly-wordy Qualcomm Smartphone For Snapdragon Insiders launched last July running on top-class ASUS hardware, we were genuinely impressed with the hardware and saw it as a tempting option for Android super-fans. But now those “insiders” are feeling abandoned, as the phone has yet to receive a security update since the January 2022 patch.

The ASUS release notes (opens in new tab) for the Snapdragon Insiders phone say it “updated [the] Android security patch” in March. But as XDA Developers (opens in new tab) reports, the phone actually remains on the January 2022 patch despite this claim.

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