LIst of best Snapdragon 865 Plus Phones to buy

Qualcomm announced its mid-year chip upgrade with the Snapdragon 865 Plus. The new chip brings forth a higher clock speed at 3.1GHz frequency. Close to the announcement of the chipset, Asus announced the ROG Phone 3 as the first phone to run on the 865+. Not just that, even Lenovo declared its Legion Phone Duel to feature the same.

We have seen several phones since then. Needless to say, we will be seeing a lot more summer and fall releases bearing the 865 Plus. So, before we have a look at the phones, let’s see what’s new and improved in the chipset over its predecessor.

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Snapdragon 865+ vs Snapdragon 865 Specs

Mobile PlatformSnapdragon 865+Snapdragon 865
Processor Cores1x Cortex A77@ 3.1GHz, 1x512KB pL2

3x Cortex A77@ 2.42GHz, 3x256KB pL2

4x Cortex A55@ 1.80GHz, 4x128KB pL2

4MB sL3

1x Cortex A77@ 2.84GHz, 1x512KB pL2

3x Cortex A77@ 2.42GHz, 3x256KB pL2

4x Cortex A55@ 1.80GHz, 4x128KB pL2

4MB sL3

Adreno 650
Process7nm7nm
GPUAdreno 650 (plus an additional 10% gain)Adreno 650 @ 587MHz
RAM4x 16-bit CH
@ 2133MHz LPDDR4X / 33.4GB/s
or
@ 2750MHz LPDDR5 / 44.0GB/s
3MB system level cache
4x 16-bit CH
@ 2133MHz LPDDR4X / 33.4GB/s
or
@ 2750MHz LPDDR5 / 44.0GB/s
3MB system level cache
ModemDiscrete (but paired with Snapdragon X55 only for 5G);

(5G NR Sub-6 + mmWave)
DL = 7000 Mbps
UL = 3000 Mbps

(LTE Category 24/22)
DL = 2500 Mbps
7x20MHz CA, 1024-QAM
UL = 316 Mbps
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM
Discrete (but paired with Snapdragon X55 only for 5G);

(5G NR Sub-6 + mmWave)
DL = 7000 Mbps
UL = 3000 Mbps

(LTE Category 24/22)
DL = 2500 Mbps
7x20MHz CA, 1024-QAM
UL = 316 Mbps
3x20MHz CA, 256-QAM
ISPDual 14-bit Spectra 480 ISP
1x 200MP
64MP ZSL or 2x 25MP ZSL
4K video & 64MP burst capture
Dual 14-bit Spectra 480 ISP
1x 200MP
64MP ZSL or 2x 25MP ZSL
4K video & 64MP burst capture
DSPHexagon 698
15 TOPS AI
(Total CPU+GPU+HVX+Tensor)
Hexagon 698
15 TOPS AI
(Total CPU+GPU+HVX+Tensor)
Encode/ Decode8K30 / 4K120 10-bit H.265
Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
720p960 infinite recording

8K30 / 4K120 10-bit H.265
Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, HLG
720p960 infinite recording

Snapdragon 865 Plus: What’s new?

Best Snapdragon 865 Plus Phones

The major difference is in the CPU and GPU front with a promised 10% performance improvement. Notably, the Snapdragon 865+ happens to be the first chip to cross the 3GHz frequency threshold. This falls in line with what ARM has been claiming ever since its Cortex A75 announcement.

Further, the power consumption is said to be parallel with the higher clock speed. Ergo, the energy efficiency and overall battery life are likely to stick close to that of Snapdragon 865.

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Best phones with Snapdragon 865 Plus

As for the first adopters, just like the previous year, Asus has come forward with the confirmation that its ROG Phone 3 will be the first Snapdragon 865+ phone. Another taker is expected to be Lenovo Legion, also a gaming smartphone. Here are the currently announced phones with 865 Plus:

1. Asus ROG Phone 3

ROG Phone 3 (review) is the first phone to launch with Snapdragon 865 Plus. Being a gaming phone, it maxes out on hardware specs. This includes Adreno 650 GPU, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, and 6000mAh battery inside. The camera system comprises of 64MP primary unit, 13MP ultrawide, and 5MP macro by the back, while to the front, you have a 24MP snapper.

Also since ROG Phone 3 is a gaming machine, you get some fancy and some functional features with it.

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 20, Note 20 Ultra

Samsung Note lineup is known to be spec monsters. This year’s models, ie Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra aren’t any different. They both come helming the latest Snapdragon 865 Plus. But when it comes to the rest of the specs, there are some significant changes between the two phones.

If you want the best, go with the Ultra, which true to name, boasts plenty of everything, save for a headphone jack. You get with it a 120Hz refresh rate, QHD+ resolution, sAMOLED, Gorilla Glass Victus protection, 108MP main cam, 50X zoom, 25W fast charging, up to 12GB RAM, 512GB internal storage, 1TB micro-SD expansion and more.

3. Lenovo Legion Phone Duel

Lenovo Legion

On the heels of Asus, Lenovo announced that its gaming flagship will be running on Snapdragon 865 Plus. And it launched recently in China, heralding the powerful processor and other specs, expected out of its kind.

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel (a lengthy name indeed!) features a 144Hz AMOLED screen, up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM, 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage, 64MP + 16MP (ultrawide) rear cameras, 5G, side-popping 20MP selfie snapper, 5000mAh battery, and a fast 90W charger.

There are many other hardware and software perks for gamers of course.

4. Galaxy Z Flip 5G

Another Samsung offering with Snapdragon 865+ chipset. But more importantly, Galaxy Z Flip 5G stands apart from the crowd for its design. The fold and flip format give rise to various unique use cases.

On the specs front, you get 8GB RAM + 256GB storage option, AMOLED panels in both folded and unfolded state, 12MP + 12MP dual rear shooters, 10MP front camera, 3300mAh battery among other things.

5. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7, S7 Plus

Now, these are not technically phones. Still, in their own right, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 series might be the best tablet you can buy from the Android world. They boast the top-shelf specs including the 865+ chip.

Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+ are here with 11-inch (2,560×1,600 pixels) LCD and 12.4 inches (2,800×1,752 pixels) OLED displays respectively along with the 120Hz refresh rate. They feature a book cover keyboard with trackpad, quadruple speakers (also tuned by AKG), Dolby Atmos surround sound, Android 10, and dual rear cameras

That’s all for now. More phones such as iQOO 5 are rumored to pack the 865 Plus inside. We will be surely hearing from more brands in the coming times. If and when they release, the new contenders will find their spot here on this list.

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