Earlier this year, in the month of April, Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 665 alongside Snapdragon 730. Ever since then, we have seen a bunch of phones shipping with this chip. The SD665 is an incremental update to Snapdragon 660 SoC and the performance differences are nominal.
The Snapdragon 665 is manufactured on 11nm LPP FinFET process and employs 4 Kryo 260 (A73) performance cores and 4 Kryo 260 (A53) power-efficient cores, each with a clock speed of 2.0GHz and 1.8GHz, respectively. The new Adreno 610 brings Vulkan 1.1 support and is more power-efficient. The SoC also touts a 2X faster AI processing and adds support for modern imaging hardware.
Before we proceed with the list of Snapdragon 665 phones, here’s a side-by-side comparison of the two:
Snapdragon 665 vs Snapdragon 660 Specs
|Chipset||Snapdragon 665||Snapdragon 660|
|Manufacturing Process||11nm LPP FinFET process from Samsung||14nm LPP FinFET process from Samsung|
|CPU||4x Kryo 260 (Cortex A73 based)@ 2.0 GHz
4x Kryo 260 (Cortex-A53 based) @ 1.8 GHz
|4x Kryo 260 (Cortex A73 based)@ 2.2 GHz
4x Kryo 260 (Cortex-A53 based) @ 1.8 GHz
|GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 610 GPU||Qualcomm Adreno 512 GPU|
|DSP||Hexagon 686||Hexagon 680|
|ISP||Spectra 16525MP single / 16MP dual||Spectra 16024MP|
Best Phones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 that you can buy
1. Realme 5
The non-pro variant of the Realme 5 series ships with Snapdragon 665 chipset. The internals also includes a 5000mAh battery and multiple memory configurations going up to 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which is further expandable. Realme 5 (review) brings a good amount of everything on to the table.
It boasts a quad rear camera at the sub-10k price range. The occupants are a 12-megapixel leading the way, followed by an 8-megapixel ultrawide snapper, a 2-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel depth-sensing unit.
2. Vivo U10
Vivo U10 (review) is the latest one to ship with Snapdragon 665 SoC. It comes with 3/4GB of RAM and 32/64GB of storage. You get to go overboard up to 256GB using a microSD card. Like the Oppo phone above, it also carries a 5000mAh battery. You can charge it with an 18W fast charger.
The camera trio sports a 13MP main camera that’s teamed with an 8MP and a 2MP sensors.
3. Xiaomi Mi A3/ Mi CC9e
The phone is known by Mi CC9e in China and as Mi A3 (review) in India. Besides, the diversity in names, the product is the same. Unlike the above Xiaomi phone, this one runs on stock-ish Android One (v.9.0) software on top of the SD665 chipset. Although it parades an sAMOLED panel, the overall display quality is marred by a lackluster resolution and pixel density.
Compared to Note 8, this one ditches the depth sensor from the rear camera panel. On the other track, the front snapper is a 32MP sensor. It draws from a 4030mAh battery which is more or less the same. And it bears a hybrid slot, which means you can either use Dual SIMs or expandable storage (also 256GB in size).
4. Oppo A9 2020
Leaving aside the name for a moment, the specs might give you a Deja Vu. Na, it’s not just the Snapdragon 665 silicon. The camera setup also comprises of a 48MP+ 8MP+ 2MP+ 2MP quad lineup. But obviously, the camera performance would differ. The selfie is ousted by a 16MP sensor.
It has a larger 5000mAH battery and more the merrier.
5. Redmi Note 8
The Redmi Note 8 follows the legacy of the Note 7 series, which was a top incumbent in the budget segment for the major part of the year. Although the specs are less fervent in contrast to the Note 8 Pro, this one has agreeable hardware for the price tag. Snapdragon 665 primes the list.
It packs 4/6GB of RAM and 64/128GB onboard storage. You can expand this further upto 256gigs using a dedicated microSD card slot. The imaging is helmed by camera quartet at back led by a 48-megapixel primer, coupled with an 8MP ultrawide sensor, and a 2MP portrait and depth-sensing duo. The selfie comes out of a 13MP shooter. It draws from a 4000mAh battery backed by an 18W quick charger.
Top Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Phones
It looks like the Snapdragon 665 will be a hot favourite for affordable and entry-grade phones priced around Rs. 10,000. For now, we have listed the phones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset, currently available or soon to be available. Needless to say, we will update this article as and when more of them hit our radar.