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. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
Asus has been on a roll in 2018 and has ended its 2018 launch with the Zenfone Max Pro M2 (review). Price under Rs 15,000 it is one of the best-specced phones in its budget right now. The phone boasts off appealing aesthetics, powerful octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset.
The phone has stock Android UI and houses a massive 5,000 mAh battery inside. Asus has also upgraded the optics as it comes with on the phone and Gorilla Glass 6 protection.
2. Vivo V11 Pro
After the Vivo X21, the Chinese smartphone maker has introduced another smartphone with Snapdragon 660 SoC. The Vivo V11 Pro is also the first V-series phone to feature an in-display fingerprint sensor and a water-drop notch screen.
The Vivo V11 Pro also checks the right boxes with regards to gaming and camera performance. The phone is available on Flipkart, Vivo Store, and offline stores.
3. Realme 2 Pro
The newcomer brand which touts a tagline “Proud to be Young” is set to launch the RealMe 2 Pro with Snapdragon 660 chipset. Apart from that, it will have aggressive specs that include 8GB RAM and 128GB storage with a dedicated microSD card slot.
The phone also adheres to the latest trend of water-drop notch display and features a dual camera set up at the back. It comes running on Color Os 4 which is based on Android 8.0 Oreo.
4. 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 19:9 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Vivo V9 Pro
The Vivo V9 Pro (review) is basically a high performance or ‘Pro’ variant of the V9. It’s one of the most affordable Snapdragon 660 phones as of today and the base variant includes 6GB RAM. Where it differs from the Vivo 9 is the optics, it boasts a dual rear cameras setup of (13MP + 2MP), 16MP front camera, 64GB storage (expandable) and runs Funtouch 4.0 OS (Android 81.Oreo) software out of the box.
The V9 Pro debuts with 3260mAh battery, dual-sim dual VoLTE, and dual-band WiFi 802.11. For those who pay attention to SAR value, V9 Pro is rated at 1.138 (for Head) and 0.718 (for body).
10. Samsung Galaxy A8 Star
This Snapdragon 660 featuring phone by Samsung has been priced at Rs. 34,990. Even though a few sub-20000 range phones like the Mi A2 offer the same processor at cheaper rates, this phone has several other features that speak in favor of its high price.Key specifications of this phone lists 6.3-inch Full-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display, Adreno 512 GPU, Face Unlock technology, dedicated fingerprint scanner, adaptive fast charging support, 24MP front camera with Smart Beauty and Pro Lighting technology that adds to its efficiency, and a Dual rear camera setup of 16MP+24MP.
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 many more phones moving ahead, and will update this list accordingly.
Here’s is the sum-up list of Best Snapdragon 660 Phones In India (february 2019)
|Product Name||Price starting from||Available at|
|Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2||₹12,999||Flipkart|
|Vivo V11 Pro||₹24,969||TataCliq|
|RealMe 2 Pro||₹15,999||Flipkart|
|Xiaomi Mi A2||₹16,987||TataCliq|
|Nokia 7 Plus||₹25,999||Amazon|
|Blackberry Key 2||₹42,990||Amazon|
|Blackberry Evolve X||₹34990||Amazon|
|Vivo V9 Pro||₹17,990||Amazon|
|Samsung Galaxy A8 Star||₹34,990||Amazon|