In 2018, all top-tier flagship phones will rely on Qualcomm’s latest processor, Snapdragon 845. The new mobile platform makes several improvements over Snapdragon 835, that was a thoroughly impressive chip to begin with.
If performance is the trait you value most on your phones, and you are looking for a durable phone that can hold for the next couple of years, your investment in a SD 845 powered phone should be worth it. Let’s take a look at the best Snapdragon 845 options you can choose from.
Snapdragon 845 vs Snapdragon 835: What has changed?
The Snapdragon 845 is the Android industry’s most advanced processor, which succeeds this year 835 processor. Some major updates include:
- According to Qualcomm, Snapdragon 845 is 25% faster than its predecessor Snapdragon 835.
- This is the first Qualcomm Chip to be based on DynamIQ architecture and the first one with a system-wide Cache.
- The new chipset will improve the battery life by up to 30%.
- Snapdragon 845 is said to have a separate ‘Secure Processing Unit’ that will store biometrics scans in order to make devices more secure.
- The new Snapdragon 845 packs Kryo 385 Gold cores clocked at 2.8 GHz and four Kyro 385 Silver cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. The processor is integrated with Adreno 640 GPU.
- The 845 chipset will support up to 4K Ultra HD video capture @ 60fps.
Best Snapdragon 845 Phones In 2018
1. OnePlus 6
The OnePlus 6 is one of the most affordable Snapdragon 845 option you can buy in India. The handset has a premium glass body and is available in up to 8GB RAM and up to 128GB storage options (not counting the 256GB storage Avengers edition).
The OP 6 runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Oxygen OS out of the box, has dual rear cameras, a decent selfie camera, and remarkable battery backup.
OnePlus 6 Specs
Display: 6.28-inch (19:9) Full HD+ AMOLED | Processor: Snapdragon 845 SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 8.1 Oreo | Rear camera: 16MP + 20MP| Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 175g |Battery: 3450mAh
2. Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus
Samsung next-gen Galaxy S9 and S9+ became the first smartphone to rock Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset. However, the chipset is only meant for phones that will be shipped in the US market. Other markets such as India will see the inclusion of comparable Exynos 9810 powering the Galaxy S9 phones.
Apart from the latest chipset, the Galaxy S9 duo comes with incremental improvements over previous Galaxy series devices. Both devices are touted to have improved camera performance, AR Emojis support, and stereo speakers.
Galaxy S9 Specs: Display: 5.8-inch (18:9) Quad HD+ S-AMOLED | Processor: Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC | RAM: 4GB LPDDR4X | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear Camera: 12MP | Front Camera: 8MP | Weight: 163g | Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm | Battery: 3000mAh.
Galaxy S9 Plus Specs: Display: 6.2-inch (18:9) Quad HD+ S-AMOLED | Processor: Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC | RAM: 6GB LPDDR4X | Storage: 64GB/256GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear Camera: 12MP+12MP | Front Camera: 8MP | Weight: 189g | Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm | Battery: 3500mAh.
- View Samsung Galaxy S9 Specification and Lowest Price
- View Samsung Galaxy S9+ Specification and Lowest Price
3. Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact
Sony was next to join the list of rocking its smartphone with flagship chipset. The firm unleashed its Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact both coming with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, under its hood.
That’s not all, both Xperia devices became the first Sony handset to boast 18:9 display and a glass sandwiched design. Sony also bundled both the devices with hefty camera features and a 3180mAh and 2870mAh battery, accordingly.
Sony Xperia XZ2: Display: 5.7-inch (18:9) Full HD+ IPS LCD | Processor: Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear Camera: 19MP | Front Camera: 5MP | Weight: 198 g | Dimensions: 153 x 72 x 11.1 mm | Battery: 3180mAh.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact: Display: 5.5-inch (18:9) Full HD+ IPS LCD | Processor: Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear Camera: 19MP | Front Camera: 5MP | Weight: 168 g | Dimensions: 135 x 65 x 12.1 mm | Battery: 2870mAh.
- View Sony Xperia XZ2 Specification and Lowest Price
- View Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Specification and Lowest Price
4. Asus Zenfone 5Z
At MWC 2018, Asus also unveiled its Zenfone 5Z, which is powered by Snapdragon 845 SoC. Irrespective of the latest chipset, the biggest talking point of the phone is its fascia. The Asus Zenfone 5Z has an iPhone-X like display with 19:9 screen aspect ratio and a notch on top.
Other features of the phone include dual-rear camera setup, dual speakers with dual smart amplifiers, Android Oreo, facial as well as fingerprint unlock, and AI-powered fast charging for 3300mAh battery. The Asus Zenfone 5Z Price has been revealed (for Europe) and it’s currently the most affordable Snapdragon 845 phone out there.
Asus Zenfone 5Z: Display: 6.2-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC | RAM: 4GB/6GB LPDDR4x | Storage: 64GB /128GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear Camera: 12MP+8MP | Front Camera: 8MP | Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 153×75.65×7.85mm | Battery: 3300mAh.
5. Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition
Xiaomi has a wide array of Snapdragon 845 phones. The Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer edition are the two most talked about Xiaomi flagships this year and the both of these include SD 845 with ample RAM and storage.
The two phones are quite close to iPhone X in terms of design. The 3D face-unlock tech and an in-display fingerprint sensor are exclusive to the Explorer edition.
- View Xiaomi MI 8 Full Specification and Features
- View Xiaomi MI 8 Explorer Edition Full Specification and Features
6. LG G7 ThinQ and LG V35 ThinQ
LG G7 ThinQ and the LG V35 ThinQ have almost similar hardware on the inside. The two phones differ in terms of design though.
The G7 ThinQ has an SLCD display with a notch at the top and a dedicated hardware key for Google Assistant, whereas the LG V35 ThinQ follows the same design as the last years V30s and V30 Plus.
As far as specifications and features are concerned, the upcoming LG phone will come an 18:9 OLED display, a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB RAM, and a dual camera setup on the back. The phone is reported to come with an advanced iris scanner for facial recognition.
LG G7 ThinQ: Display: 6.1-inch (19:9) QHD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC | RAM: up to 6GB LPDDR4x | Storage: up to 128GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear Camera: 16MP+16MP | Front Camera: 8MP | Weight: 162g | Battery: 3000mAh.
LG V35 ThinQ: Display: 6.0-inch (19:9) QHD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC | RAM: up to 6GB LPDDR4x | Storage: up to 128GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear Camera: 16MP+16MP | Front Camera: 8MP | Weight: 157g | Battery: 3300mAh.
7. Vivo Nex S
The Vivo Nex S flaunts a staggering 86% screen-to-body ratio. To accomplish the same, Vivo has used a pop-up selfie camera, piezoelectric earpiece, and under-display proximity sensor. In fact, the fingerprint sensor is also under the screen (in-display type).
The Vivo Nex S includes top-of-the-line hardware, including Snapdragon 845 octa-core mobile platform. The handset also has a good quality AMOLED screen.
Vivo Nex S: Display: 6.59-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC | RAM: up to 8GB LPDDR4x | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear Camera: 12MP+5MP | Front Camera: 8MP | Weight: 199g | Battery: 4000mAh.
8. Oppo Find X
Oppo Find X will go official on June 19, but we already know most of what there is to know about the phone. Apart from the high-end SD 845, other highlights include 5X optical zoom, a curved 6.4-inch screen, and a cool looking pulse notification light.
The Find X also offers 25MP selfie camera, 20MP +16MP dual rear cameras, 8GB RAM and up to 256GB of inbuilt storage space.
9. Mi Mix 2S
Xiaomi’s full-screen (well, almost) phone, the Mi Mix 2s, has the Snapdragon 845 on the inside. The Mix 2s is currently available only in China, where it retails in multiple variants with up to 8GB RAM and up to 256GB of storage.
The USP of the phone is, of course, its 5.99-inch 18:9 Full HD+ screen that’s notch-less and bezel-less (Approx 82.9% screen to body ratio).
Other notable features include dual 12MP rear cameras with 2X Zoom support, Android 8.0 Oreo-based MIUI 9.5, and has a 3400mAh battery.
Mi Mix 2S: Display: 5.99-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC | RAM: up to 8GB LPDDR4x | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear Camera: 12MP+12MP | Front Camera: 5MP | Weight: 191g | Battery: 3400mAh.
10. HTC U12 Plus
HTC U12 Plus is a very interesting flagship. One variant even has a partially see-through back cover. The U12 Plus includes an HDR 10 compatible SLCD 6 screen and has Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM and up to 128GB internal storage.
The handset has 21MP rear camera with OIS and dual front-facing selfie cameras. Its Water resistant, has Boomsound Audio, IP68 water resistance, and a 3500mAh battery.
HTC U12 Plus: Display: 6.0-inch (19:9) QHD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC | RAM: 6GB LPDDR4x | Storage: up to 128GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear Camera: 12MP+16MP | Front Camera: 8MP | Weight: 188g | Battery: 3500mAh.
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10 Best Snapdragon 845 Phones to buy in 2018
As expected, the Snapdragon 845 is the first choice for flagship phones this year. The next generation flagships like ZTE Nubia Z18, Pixel 3 devices, Note 9, and several others are most likely to employ its services. We have already experienced the new chip in more
Best Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Phone list
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Phone list||Price||Score|
|OnePlus 6||Rs.34,990/ Rs. 39,999||84/100|
|Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium||TBA||88/100|
|Asus Zenfone 5Z||Rs. 39,000||84/100|
|Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition||Rs. 39,000||88/100|
|LG G7 ThinQ||Rs. 50,500||89/100|
|Vivo Nex S||Rs. 47,777||90/100|
|Oppo Find X||TBA||–|
|Mi Mix 2S||Rs. 41,000||87/100|
|HTC U12 Plus||Rs. 54,630||92/100|