A bunch of phones were launched with the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855/ 855 Plus SoC last year. Now the next big processor from Qualcomm has taken over 2020’s smartphone market. The Snapdragon 855 was quite an improvement over the 845 of the previous year. But what lies ahead is the future of mobile communication, that is 5G. The Snapdragon 865 processor comes with X55 5G Modem-RF System for the next generation of flagship phones. It comes with support for 5th gen AI engine, up to 200MP camera, HDR10+, mmWave, Sub 6 GHz, CA, DSS, Dual-mode NSA/ SA 5G network and Dual 5G SIM. 5G has a long way to go but this will be a push in that direction. As far as the devices are concerned, we have narrowed down the list of best Snapdragon 865 phones. These smartphones have been introduced as the company’s flagship device.
Here is the list of Snapdragon 865 series powered phones
- Asus Zenfone 7
- Asus Zenfone 7 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- iQOO 5
- iQOO 5 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra
- ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5S
- Lenovo Legion Phone Duel
- Asus ROG Phone 3
- Vivo X50 Pro+
- Poco F2 Pro
- Realme X50 Pro Play
- Motorola Edge+
- iQOO Neo3 5G
- Vivo Nex 3S 5G
- OnePlus 8
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- Oppo Ace2 5G
- Redmi K30 Pro
- Nubia Red Magic 5G
- Oppo Find X2
- Oppo Find X2 Pro
- Black Shark 3
- Black Shark 3 Pro
- iQOO 3 5G
- Realme X50 Pro
- LG V60 ThinQ 5G
- ZTE Axon 10s Pro 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
- Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Xiaomi Mi 10
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
- Sony Xperia 1 II
- Redmi K30 Pro
- Meizu 17
- Meizu 17 Pro
- Nokia 9.2 PureView
Now, let’s discuss the best features of the above devices.
Asus Zenfone 7 Series
The Asus Zenfone 6 aka Asus 6z with the flip camera and Snapdragon 855 with a price under 35,000 rupees is very compelling to anyone looking for a new device. After a while now Asus has finally gained market in India and other markets as well with their price to value offerings. Their flagship Z series always packs in the latest Snapdragon processor as soon as it launches, as we saw with the Snapdragon 855 and the 6Z. So the Asus Zenfone 7 is the next Snapdragon beast for 2020 that packs the Snapdragon 865. There is also a pro variant with Sndargon 865+ chipset called Zenfone 7 Pro.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series
Samsung has two flagship series, one is the S series and the other is the Note series. The Note lineup has been a stand out from Samsung except one device which has a hardware malfunctioning. Other than that with the Note Series, you get a huge display with the best hardware on market along with customary Samsung Note accessories made for people who use their phone as an all in one device. This year we have got two Note devices that include Galaxy Note 20 5G and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Both phones are powered Snapdragon 865+ chipset.
iQOO 5 Series
iQOO company’s iQOO 5 and iQOO 5 Pro smartphones are currently available in China. Both the phones come with a 6.56-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate and 92.6% screen-to-body ratio. However, with the Pro version, we also get a 3D curved screen that has narrow side bezels of 1.48mm. The two phones are powered by Snapdragon 865 with VC liquid cooling system for better heat dissipation.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra
Xiaomi has introduced Mi 10 Ultra in China as Xiaomi’s 10th-anniversary celebration phone. It sports a 6.67-inch curved AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. There is also a 3D glass back with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. We get the latest Snapdragon 865 SoC with 5G SA/NSA support and LiquidCooling 2.0 vapour chamber. The chipset is paired with up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The device runs Android 10 with MIUI 12 skin. The main highlight of the Mi 10 Ultra is its 120W wired fast charging.
ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5S
ZTE’s Nubia Red Magic 5S packs an AMOLED panel of 6.65-inch, 144Hz of refresh rate, octa-core Qualcomm 865 processor, and 4500 mAh battery (supports 55W charger). It has two variants: 8GB RAM with 128GB storage and 12GB RAM with 256GB storage. We get a triple rear camera setup of a combination of 64MP main sensor, 8MP ultra-wide lens and 2MP macro sensor.
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel
Lenovo has announced a new gaming smartphone under its Legion branding dubbed as Lenovo Legion Phone Duel. It has a side-mounted pop-up front camera which can be used at the time of gaming live streams. Talking about its specs, we get a 6.65-inch 144Hz refresh rate AMOLED screen that offers 2340×1080 pixels resolution with 240Hz touch sampling rate. Under the hood, the device features a Qualcomm’s overclocked flagship i.e. Snapdragon 865+(Plus) SoC which is paired with up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage. With Legion Phone Duel, we get 90W Turbo Power Charging technology.
Asus ROG Phone 3
Asus’s latest gaming smartphone Asus ROG Phone 3 comes with Snapdragon 865+ processor that brings advanced 5G mobile communications capabilities. It’s built-in GameCool 3 cooling system that uses an advanced 3D vapour chamber and a large heat sink helps to remove heat during full-speed operation. We get LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 Storage tech with ROG Phone 3 that delivers the ultimate performance and provides super-smooth gaming experience. It sports a stunning 144Hz AMOLED display with an industry-leading 270 Hz touch-sampling rate.
Vivo X50 Pro+
Vivo’s latest flagship X50 Pro+ packs a 6.56-inch FHD+ AMOLED with 55-degree curved screen,120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate. Under the hood, we get Snapdragon 865 that supports 5G SA/ NSA (Dual Mode). It features 50MP ISOCELL GN1 1/1.31″ CMOS sensor with 1.2μm size. Other camera units include an 8MP periscope 5x telephoto camera, 13MP portrait camera and an 8MP 120-degree ultra-wide-angle camera. With the X50 Pro+, we get 44W fast charging support that charge the 4315mAh battery.
Poco F2 Pro
Poco F2 Pro has announced in Europe. It costs 499 euros for the 6GB RAM/128GB variant and 599 euros for the 8GB RAM/256GB variant. The F2 Pro comes with Qualcomm’s flagship SoC and it is the rebranded version of the Redmi K30 Pro. Even we get the same colour options but with different names which include Cyber Grey, Electric Purple, Neon Blue and Phantom White.
Realme X50 Pro Play
Realme’s X50 Pro Play is the cheaper version of the X50 Pro. An FHD+ Super AMOLED panel of 6.44-inch is packed with the X50 Pro Play. Rear camera units include a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor, 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, 2MP macro and 2MP B&W depth camera. It is fueled by Snapdragon 865 chipset with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Additionally, we get the Vapor Chamber with Multilayer Solid Graphite cooling. Other features include a separate gaming mode, 360° antenna and custom 4D game vibration.
Motorola Edge+ has a 6.7-inch FHD+ OLED panel with 90Hz refresh rate. We get “Endless Edge” technology that wraps 90 degrees around both sides of the device. The device runs on Android 10 OS with My UX for customization. The Edge+ sports 108MP primary sensor which produces 27MP output with Quad Pixel technology. It is equipped with Snapdragon 865 7nm chipset (Octa-Core) with Adreno 650 GPU.
iQOO Neo3 5G
Vivo’s iQOO brand has introduced its Qualcomm 865 powered 5G smartphone called iQOO Neo3 5G in China. The device sports a punch-hole screen, 90.4% screen-to-body ratio and upto 144Hz refresh rate (we can easily switch to 120hz and 90Hz also). On the right side, we get a large 2.4 mm fingerprint sensor that can unlock the device in just 0.16 seconds. With the help of 44W flash charger, we can charge the device up to 100% in 58 minutes.
Vivo Nex 3s 5G
Vivo NEX 3S 5G arrives with UFS 3.1 storage, LPDDR5 RAM and Snapdragon 865 under the hood. The chipset is paired with the 5G-capable X55 modem that supports both NSA and SA. We get an extreme curvature 6.89-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED panel with HDR10+ support. For quick top-ups, the device has 44W fast charging tech.
OnePlus 8 Series
After announcing the next flagship chipset from Qualcomm, OnePlus was there to get that one for their next OnePlus device. Recently, the company has unveiled OnePlus 8 along with its Pro edition OnePlus 8 Pro. Both devices run on the latest Snapdragon 865 flagship processor. They take pride in the fact that their devices always feature top of the line hardware and not having the next Snapdragon 800 series chip is just not something Oneplus would let to happen. The two devices are bundled with Warp Charge 30T (5V/6A) fast charging tech that can charge the phone 50% in 22 minutes.
Oppo Ace2 5G
Oppo’s Ace2 5G smartphone comes with a 6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display and Qualcomm’s flagship SoC. It has a 91.7% screen-to-body ratio, 90Hz refresh rate, 12GB of RAM, 4000 mAh battery and 40W Air VOOC wireless charging. The Ace2 runs on Android 10 OS with ColorOS 7.1 skin on top of it.
Redmi K30 Pro
The Redmi K20 Pro has been a hit so far for the price to value ratio of the device. It packs in the best hardware for every user with the price kept as minimum as possible. Now, its successor Redmi K30 Pro which is the company’s latest flagship smartphone has arrived in the market with the Snapdragon 865 chipset. The device has E3 Super AMOLED display (6.67-inch ) from Samsung with 60Hz refresh rate and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The phone packs 3435mm² VC liquid-cooled heat sink, 4D vibration, Game Turbo 3.0 and Hi-Res audio support.
Nubia Red Magic 5G
Nubia has announced its next gaming phone Red Magic 5G with Snapdragon 865 chipset. It is the world’s first gaming smartphone that features a 144Hz display refresh rate. The device runs on Android 10 Operating System with Redmagic 3.0 UI. The processor has been paired with either 8GB, 12GB, or 16GB LPDDR5 dual-channel RAM. It arrives with 55W air-cooled fast charging tech that can help the device achieve a 56% charge in 15 minutes.
Oppo Find X2 Series
Oppo’s 5G flagship Find X2 series includes Find X2 and Find X2 Pro. Both devices arrive with a 6.7-inch 3168×1440 AMOLED display, 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support. The display has an aspect ratio of 21:9 and fingerprint sensor embedded under it. They are fueled by Qualcomm’s 865 Mobile Platform with upto 12GB of LPDDR4x RAM and upto 256GB of UFS 3.1 Storage. When it comes to charging, they are equipped with 65W SuperVOOC fast charging technology to charge Find X2’s 4,200 mAh battery and Find X2 Pro’s 4,260 mAh battery over USB-C.
Black Shark 3 Series
Gaming phones are more than before now and Xiaomi’s very own gaming phone lineup, Shark always is one of the first ones to grab the best Qualcomm processor for their next device. Xiaomi’s sub-brand Black Shark recently introduced Snapdragon 865 powered two gaming smartphones dubbed as Black Shark 3 and Black Shark 3 Pro. Both devices come with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 270Hz touch sampling rate. However, they differ in terms of display size and resolution. The Black Shark 3 sports a 6.67-inch FHD+ display whereas its Pro version packs a 7.1-inch Quad HD+ display. They are powered by the company’s latest custom skin JoyUI 11 which is based on Android 10.
iQOO 3 5G
The 5G-ready gaming-centric smartphone iQOO 3 5G along with its 4G Version iQOO 3 4G launched in India. It is by powered by latest 7nm Snapdragon 865 chipset which is equipped with the latest A77 architecture and Adreno 650 GPU. It offers some exciting features for mobile gamers such as pressure-sensitive shoulder buttons on the sides and 4D vibration feedback. The device comes with 55W super flash charge technology that can charge 50% of 4440mAh battery in just 15 minutes.
Realme X50 Pro 5G
The Realme X50 Pro 5G which is the Realme’s most premium device now goes official. It is the “first” 5G phone in India with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor. To keep the processor cool, the company has used a vapour cooling system in the X50 Pro 5G. The device price has been set at Rs 37,999 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model. The phone comes with 65W SuperDart charging technology to power its 4,200 mAh battery. The company claims the latest SuperDart charger can fully charge the larger battery in just 35 minutes.
LG V60 ThinQ 5G
LG has introduced the V60 ThinQ 5G with Dual Screen accessory as a successor to the V50 ThinQ 5G. It has Qualcomm’s 865 SoC under the hood with X55 modem to enable 5G connectivity. The phone sports 6.8-inch FHD+ FullVision P-OLED screen with HDR10+ support. The V60 also included an audio processing technology called 3D Sound Engine which recognizes the type of content and helps to optimize the sound quality.
ZTE Axon 10s Pro 5G
The Chinese smartphone maker ZTE has unveiled ZTE Axon 10s Pro 5G smartphone which arrives with Qualcomm’s latest flagship 865 SoC. The device has been listed on the official website which reveals some of its key specifications. As per the listing, the Axon 10s Pro 5G packs a 6.47-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It runs on Android 10 Operating system with latest MiFavor 10 UI. The device comes with two memory configurations: 6GB+128GB and 12GB+256GB. For optics, the phone sport triple camera module at the rear with 48MP + 20MP + 8MP units and a 20MP camera on the front for selfies. The Axon 10s Pro is backed by 4000 mAh(typical capacity) battery with support for Quick Charge 4+ fast charging.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Series
The first-ever phone to launch globally with the Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 chipset depending on the location is the Samsung Galaxy S20. It comes with an FHD+ 6.4-inch AMOLED display and a 120Hz refresh rate. The slightly larger 6.7-inch Galaxy S20 Plus and the top-of-the-line 6.92-inch Galaxy S20 Ultra also join the S20 family.
For photography, both S20 and S20 Plus comes with a triple rear camera setup that includes a 12MP primary sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide sensor and a 64MP telephoto camera. On the other hand, S20 Ultra packs a 108MP primary sensor, a 12MP ultra-wide sensor, a 48MP periscope telephoto sensor and a 0.3MP Time of flight camera.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra is Samsung’s flagship device for the year 2020 and it packs a huge 5,000 mAh battery. Whereas the other two phones S20 and S20 Plus are backed by 4000 mAh and 4500 mAh battery respectively. All of them runs on OneUI 2.0 based Android 10 operating system.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Series
Xiaomi has launched its latest flagship smartphones Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro in China with the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 mobile platform. Both devices arrive with faster UFS 3.0 storage and more efficient LPDDR5 RAM. They run on MIUI 11 custom skin which is based on Android 10 OS and features a full-HD+ 6.67-inch AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate. The Mi 10 comes with a 4,780mAh battery capacity with support for 30W wired and wireless charging. On the other hand, a 4500 mAh battery that supports 50W wired and 30W wireless fast technology powers the Mi 10 Pro. For optics, both phones come with a quad rear camera setup that includes a 108MP primary snapper, however, the rest of the camera units are different.
Sony Xperia 1 II
Sony has unveiled the company’s first-ever 5G-compatible smartphone Xperia 1 II. It is the successor to the last year’s Xperia 1. The phone sports a notch-less and bezel-less 6.5-inch OLED panel in 21:9 Cinemascope format with 4K HDR compatible. It runs on Qualcomm’s flagship processor, which is coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Meizu 17 Series
Chinese firm Meizu has unveiled its flagship device Meizu 17 Pro along with its younger sibling Meizu 17. Both devices come with the Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 865 processor. We see top-notch specifications out of the box which includes a 6.6-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel with third-generation polar edge full-screen display, 90Hz high refresh panel, 92.2% screen-to-body ratio and 2.2mm ultra-narrow bezel. There is a 2.99 mm punch-hole on the display that houses a 20MP selfie camera. They are equipped with 4500 mAh battery with mSmart 5G optimization that provides 8-hour of 5G battery life.
Nokia 9.2 PureView
HMD Global is working on its upcoming flagship Nokia 9.2 PureView smartphone. It is the successor phone for Nokia 9 PureView and expected to launch in late 2020 according to tipster Nokia Anew. The phone will have Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC. So, we could see a 5G version of 9.2 PureView smartphone that will have an X55 5G external modem.