Qualcomm is upgrading its mid-range 600-series in a big way for 2018 and the best in its mid-tier lineup will be the Snapdragon 660 that we expect to see on numerous phones next year. In 2017, we saw manufacturers shifting (or downgrading) from Snapdragon 652/653 to Snapdragon 625 for better battery efficiency but Snapdragon 660 is going to fix that.
This chip will bring flagship grade performance to mid-range or even affordable phones in India next year, and here is a list of best Snapdragon 660 phones that are already available.
What’s special about Snapdragon 660?
The Snapdragon 660, which will succeed Snapdragon 653, is a mid-range chipset that includes several components that Qualcomm has kept reserved for its 800-series flagship chipsets so far. It even borrows Kyro 260 cores and X12 LTE modem (600Mpbs down/ 150 Mbps up) which debuted in last year flagship Snapdragon 820/821 chipsets.
The octa-core big.LITTLE chipset (4x Kyro 260 + 4X Cortex-A53) is formed on the power-efficient 14nm chipset and will include support for Neural Processing Engine SDK for machine learning.
Snapdragon 660 Features to look forward to:
- Powerful Kyro 260 cores in the performance cluster
- 30 percent improvement in graphics performance (Adreno 512)
- Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 fast charging support.
- First chip with dual SIM dual VoLTE.
- Improved battery life and lower heating compared to Snapdragon 653.
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Spectra 160 ISP for improved dual camera performance
- Qualcomm’s suite of RF front-end components for an improved signal reception.
1. Vivo X21
The Vivo X21 (review) in-display fingerprint sensor might have all the attention but at its heart lies a real star in Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 SoC. In India, Vivo offers this phone in the combination of 6GB RAM and 128gigs of storage.
The other noteworthy aspects of the Vivo X21 is almost bezel-less AMOLED display, Notch with 29:9 aspect ratio, competent dual cameras at the back and good selfie camera at the front. The phone is also eligible for Android P beta out of the box.
2. Oppo R15 (Dream Mirror Version)
Oppo R15 (Dream Mirror Edition) is powered by octa-core Snapdragon 660 mobile chipset under its hood. Other key highlights of the phone are 90% screen-to-body aspect ratio, notched display, and dual-camera setup on the back.
As for the specification, the Oppo R15 features a 6.28-inch 19:9 Full HD+ display, 6GB RAM, 128GB ROM, a 20MP front camera with AI Beauty, 3400mAh fast charging battery, and Android Oreo-based Color OS 5.0.
3. Xiaomi Mi A2
Back in 2017, Xiaomi launched the Mi 5X in China which was later launched in India as Mi A1. This year, Xiaomi has expectedly rebranded Mi 6X as Mi A2 (Hands-on Review).
The Mi A2 rocks the Snapdragon 660 processor with Kyro 260 cores coupled with 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB ROM. The Mi A2 camera is one of its key highlights. The handset sports 12MP+20MP rear cameras and a 20MP selfie camera all driven by AI. It is also worth mentioning here that Mi A2 India version will support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 out-of-the-box. Unfortunately, there is no 3.5mm audio jack.
4. Nokia 7 Plus
HMD Global announced the Nokia 7 Plus at MWC 2018 and it comes with Snapdragon 660 system-on-chip inside. Apart from octa-core chipset, the Nokia 7 Plus attracts eyes with its premium build quality, 18:9 full HD+ display and Zeiss-tuned dual rear camera setup.
The smartphone comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Optics wise, the dual rear camera setup comprises of a 12MP wide angle primary lens with a 13MP megapixel secondary lens. The phone comes with a 16MP selfie camera, also powered by Zeiss optics.
5. Blackberry Key 2
Yet another smartphone that is powered by Snapdragon 660 processor is the newly launched BlackBerry KEY2. The Octa Core Snapdragon 660 here comes with four Kryo 260 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and the other four clocked at 1.8GHz. The SoC is coupled with a 6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB internal memory, expandable up to 256GB.
BlackBerry’s key feature, i.e the QWERTY keyboard is present below a 4.5-inch (1620 x 1080 pixels) touchscreen. The keys have been customized to perform shortcut key functions. Some other spotlight features of this phone comprise the 12MP+12MP dual camera setup( for the first time in BlackBerry phones), Android 8.1 (Oreo) OS, and 3500mAh battery unit, which according to BlackBerry’s claims, will last beyond 25 hours under mixed usage conditions.
6. Blackberry Evolve X
Optiemus Infracom the company with Blackberry license name, has launched Evolve X phone in India. This Snapdragon 660 chipset powered smartphone makes its debut with a price close to OnePlus 6 which is going to be its biggest challenge.
Other than SD660 chipset, the Blackberry Evolve includes a 6-inch Full HD+ LTPS LCD display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection, 4GB RAM, 64GB Internal storage, and 4000mAh battery with quick charging and wireless charging support.
7. Oppo R11s and Oppo R11s Plus
The Oppo R11s and its elder sibling, the Oppo R11 Plus, were the among the first set of phones to debut with Snapdragon 660. More recently, the duo was also in the limelight for the design semblance they share with the upcoming OnePlus 5T.
Both the R11s and R11s plus include a full-view 18:9 AMOLED display, have dual rear cameras with wide aperture optics (20MP + 16MP, f/1.7 aperture), and 16MP selfie cameras. They primarily differ in terms of display size and battery.
- Oppo R11s Plus lowest price and full specifications
- Oppo R11s Plus lowest price and full specifications
8. Vivo X20 and X20 Plus
Vivo X20 and X20 Plus both flaunt trendy full view 18:9 AMOLED screens and are now available in China. They are powered by the Snapdragon 660 chipset, have dual rear cameras (12MP + 5MP), 12MP selfie camera, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and run Android Nougat based software out of the box.
The only noticeable difference between the two is in terms of display and battery size. The X20 Plus has a bigger 6.43-inch display fueled by 3905mAh battery, and the X20 includes a 6.1-inch display and houses a 3250mAh battery.
9. Mi Note 3
Xiaomi’s Mi Note 3 too was an early Snapdragon 660 adopter. The SoC is aided by 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. There are two 12MP cameras on the rear to facilitate 2X optical zoom and a 16MP selfie camera on the front.
The handset has a stylish curved glass back, houses a 3500mAh battery and has a 5.5-inch Full HD display. And the chances of this making to India are slim at best.
10. ZTE Nubia Z18 Mini
ZTE’s Nubia Z18 Mini is also one of those phones which are powered by Snapdragon 660 under its hood. Assisting the SoC is the 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB onboard storage. On the face of it, the phone boasts a 5.7-inch 2160x1080px 18:9 IPS LCD and a glass sandwich body with Gorilla Glass on either side of an aluminium frame.
For shutterbugs, the Z18 Mini sports a dual 24MP+5MP sensor on the rear and an 8MP sensor on the front for selfies. The phone runs on custom UI Android 8.1 out of the box and is aided by 3450mAh battery.
Best Snapdragon 660 powered phones that you can buy
These are some of the best Snapdragon 660 Powered phones that we know of. Most of these are already available and some will go live shortly. We expect to see Snapdragon 660 and 636 in a lot more phones next year and will update the list accordingly.
Here’s is the sum-up list of Best Snapdragon 660 Phones In India (June 2018)
|Product Name||Price starting from||Available at|
|Xiaomi Mi A2||17,999*||Amazon|
|Nokia 7 Plus||25,999||Amazon|
|Blackberry Key 2||42,990||Amazon|
|Blackberry Evolve X||34990||Amazon|
|Mi Note 3||19,999*||–|
|ZTE Nubia Z18 Mini||18,990*|
|Vivo X20 Plus||28,990*||–|