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.
List of Phones with Snapdragon 865 SoC
- 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
- Nokia 9.2 PureView
- Meizu 17
- OnePlus 8
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- Asus Zenfone 7
- LG G9 ThinQ
- Google Pixel 5
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.
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.
The upcoming Meizu 17 smartphone from the Chinese firm Meizu will be powered by the Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 865 processor. This confirmation comes from Meizu’s official Weibo account. The post also says “See you in spring 2020.” that means we can expect the device to be launched in the Q1, 2020. As it is a flagship phone, we will see top-notch specifications out of the box.
OnePlus 8 Series
After announcing the next flagship chipset from Qualcomm, OnePlus is there to get that one powering their next OnePlus device, that is the OnePlus 8 and also their next pro edition series device OnePlus 8 Pro. 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. Both phones are expected to launch in April 2020 with a 120Hz display refresh rate.
Asus Zenfone 7
The 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 7z or Zenfone 7 will have the next Snapdragon beast, that is the Snapdragon 865.
Google Pixel 5
Google launches one or two phones every year(with different variants) and their phones always feature the top Snapdragon processor of that time. So obviously we will see Google continuing on that trend and installing the best hardware from Qualcomm on their annual offerings.
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. So the next Note device from Samsung will have the Snapdragon 865 inside it.
LG G9 ThinQ
LG is preparing its flagship device which will probably be called LG G9 ThinQ. It will be the successor to the LG G8 ThinQ and expected to pack in Snapdragon 865. As for the specs, the phone is rumoured to feature 6.7-inch OLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor. It will sport a quad-camera setup (horizontally placed) and dual flash on its rear side.