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 an 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. Xiaomi Poco F1 (Pocophone F1)
Even though, Snapdragon 845 is a processor usually found on expensive, high-end phones, Xiaomi’s budget smartphone Poco F1 (review) surprisingly features this powerful chipset despite an affordable price tag of Rs 20,999. Another catchy feature about Xiaomi’s first Poco series phone is its impressive 4000mAh battery back-up that Xiaomi claims would drive the phone through a single day of medium usage.
Other specifications of Poco F1 include QuickCharge 3.0 support, faster mobile data download speeds, 12MP rear camera with real-time AI photography, and a fresh MIUI customisation skin, called MIUI for Poco, with many inbuilt features.
Display: 6.18-inch notched display, 1080x2246p resolution, 500nits brightness | Processor: 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB | Software: Android 8.1 (Oreo) | Rear Camera: 12MP+5MP | Front Camera: 20MP | Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 155.5×75.3×8.8mm | Battery: 4000mAh.
2. Vivo Nex
The Vivo Nex has entered the Indian market with Snapdragon 845 SoC and 8GB RAM. But that’s not all there is to it. The handset comes with a bezel-less and notch-less display, a motorized pop-up selfie camera, piezoelectric earpiece and under-display fingerprint sensor and more.
The Vivo Nex not only packs powerful hardware but also oozes innovation. What makes the deal sweeter is an aggressive price of less than Rs 45K and if you club the bank offers, it makes a loot deal.
Vivo Nex: Display: 6.59-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC | RAM: 8GB LPDDR4x | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear Camera: 12MP+5MP | Front Camera: 8MP | Weight: 199g | Battery: 4000mAh
3. OnePlus 6T
The OnePlus 6T (review) 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 with minimum 128GB storage.
The OP 6 runs Android 9.0 Pie-based Oxygen OS out of the box, has dual rear cameras, a decent selfie camera, and remarkable battery backup. OnePlus has included in-display fingerprint sensor in the expanse of 3.5mm audio jack.
OnePlus 6T Specs
Display: 6.42-inch (19.5:9) Full HD+ AMOLED | Processor: Snapdragon 845 SoC | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 9.0 Pie| Rear camera: 16MP + 20MP| Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 185g |Battery: 3700mAh
4. Samsung Galaxy S9, S9 Plus and Galaxy Note 9
Samsung flagships – the Galaxy S9, S9+ (review) and Galaxy Note9 (review) all rock Qualcomm’s best ever chipset till date – the Snapdragon 845. However, the Snapdragon vairiant of the Galaxy flagships are reserved for the US market. In countries like India, Samsung offers these phones with comparable Exynos 9810 chipset.
Apart from the latest chipset, the Galaxy S9 and Note9 all offer one of the best displays and camera available in the market today. All three of them are IP68 rated and also feature 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.
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5. Oppo Find X
Oppo Find X is another heartthrob which has literally become the talking point for tech enthusiasts with pop up optics and a curved 6.4-inch screen that offers more than 93 per cent screen-to-body ratio front. But if look beyond that, it also top of the line innards including a Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB of RAM.
The Find X also offers 25MP selfie camera, 20MP +16MP dual rear cameras, 256GB inbuilt storage space, and 3D face recognition technology.
Oppo Find X Full Specifications and Features
Oppo Find X: Display: 6.42-inch (19.5:9) Full HD+ AMOLED| Processor: Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC | RAM: 8GB LPDDR4x | Storage: 256GB | Software: Android 8.1 | Rear Camera: 16MP+20MP | Front Camera: 25MP | Weight: 186g | Battery: 3730mAh
6. Asus Zenfone 5Z
At MWC 2018, Asus also unveiled its Zenfone 5Z (review), 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 starts from Rs 29,999 which once earned it the title of cheapest Snapdragon 845 phone in India.
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.
7. 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.
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- View Xiaomi MI 8 Explorer Edition Full Specification and Features
8. 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.
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.
11. Sony Xperia XZ3
Sony’s Xperia XZ3 houses all top of the line features that makes it a complete phone. Besides Qualcomm’s flagship chipset, the phone comes with a 6-inch battery efficient TRILUMINOS OLED HDR display and 3300mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, and Smart Stamina mode to maximize its battery life.The phone gives an improved audio experience, and interestingly runs Android 9.0 (Pie) out-of-the-box. It is also Water as well as dust resistant.
Sony Xperia XZ3: Display: 6-inch OLED HDR display | Processor: Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: up to 512GB via microSD card | Software: Android 9.0 (Pie) out-of-the-box | Rear Camera: 19MP | Front Camera: 13MP | Weight: 193g| Battery: 3300mAh.
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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, 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|
|Xiaomi Pocophone F1||Rs 20,999||84/100|
|Vivo Nex||Rs 44,990||88/100|
|OnePlus 6T||Rs 35,999||87/100|
|Samsung Galaxy S9+||Rs 59,990||87/100|
|Asus Zenfone 5Z||Rs 29,999||86/100|
|Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition||Rs 39,000||86/100|
|LG G7 ThinQ||Rs 50,500||85/100|
|Oppo Find X||Rs 58,990||87/100|
|Mi Mix 2S||Rs 41,000||87/100|
|HTC U12 Plus||Rs 54,630||85/100|