While the smartphones in the mid-range segment have improved a lot, regarding offering great performance with little to no lags, it is the flagship chipsets from the Snapdragon, which take the mobile computing to a new level.
Qualcomm’s this year’s flagship chipset is the beefy Snapdragon 845 SOC. The SOC can handle and process intensive tasks with ease, thanks to the Adreno 630 chipset that works in conjunction. The chipset also introduces Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4+ technology, that uses Dual Charge Technology, to split the power between two channels to efficiently charge the devices without overheating.
The chipset also offers 4K HDR recording, allowing manufacturers to use the cameras to their fullest potentials. The SOC also takes care of connectivity, with the newer X20 LTE modem that supports theoretical speeds up to 1.2 Gbs and even the newer 802.11AD Wi-Fi Standard.
The chipset offers an enhanced Secure Processing Unit (SPU) which is completely isolated from other sub-systems, can encrypt and decrypt your data and the biometric data in an efficient manner.
Machine Learning is another critical aspect of the flagship SOC that uses Qualcomm’s All-Ways Aware technology with the Hexagon 685 Vector DSP & Adreno 630 to actively monitor and process Artificial Intelligence-based operations.
List of phones running on Snapdragon 845
Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+
The Samsung Galaxy S9-duo are one the first few devices to sport the beefy chipset. Both the S9 & S9 Plus come with a variable apertured 12 MP rear-facing camera, while Plus variant also has a secondary telephoto camera for portrait shots. The Samsung S9 & S9+ have hands-down one of the best displays in the market with their infinity edge curvature, which subtle yet elegant.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 keeps everything great that it’s S equivalent offers, with a few added features and a brand new S-Pen, that is exclusive to the Note-lineup. The Note 9 comes with intelligent scene detecting cameras, which can also notify users of any flaws such as smudges on the lens or people with closed eyes. The S-Pen now can be users a remote shutter button, thanks to the new Bluetooth chipset installed in it. The phone now offers DeX functionality without the need for any special docks. The Galaxy Note 9 is the first Note series smartphone to pack in a massive 4000 mAh battery.
Sony Xperia XZ2 & XZ2 Compact
The XZ2 and the XZ2 Compact from Sony use the silicon’s image processing to the fullest with the rear-facing cameras on both phones being able to record 960fps super slo-mo videos at a resolution of 1080p. The X-Reality engine driven Trilumious displays with HDR playback support, along with the Stereo speakers, allows users to binge watch their HDR ready shows for hours.
Meizu 16 & 16 Plus
The 16 & 16 Plus are the Chinese smartphone maker, Meizu’s flagship smartphone’s for 2018. The phones feature an in-display fingerprint scanner that is said to have a high 99.12% recognition rate. The displays offered on the smartphone have a whopping 91.18% screen to body ratio, leveling with the Oppo Find X. The company achieved this stunt without using any fancy moving trays for the cameras and sensors, unlike the latter.
Oppo Find X
The Oppo Find X can be considered an engineering marvel, thanks to the near-bezel-less design and the futuristic camera slide-out tray. The phone lacks a fingerprint scanner but does come with an advanced facial recognition technology, which 3D maps the user’s face similar to the iPhone X. The front-facing 25 MP AI enabled selfie camera is claimed to unlock the smartphone in just 0.5 secs, including the slide out and slide back in times, as well.
LG G7/G7+ ThinQ
The LG G7 ThinQ comes with a much-improved design and cameras, which are unparalleled by any other smartphone. Along with the usual manual photo modes, the cameras also offer a fully manual video shooting mode, along with a Cine Video mode, which comes with pre-defined Cine filters for video shooting, through either the standard 16 MP primary shooter or through the wide-angle 16 MP camera. The display uses an M+ LCD panel, which can go up to 1000 nits of brightness, which is the brightest LCD panel for any given smartphone. Here’s our review of the LG G7+ ThinQ.
OnePlus’s flagship killers are known for their raw performance and stock android-like experience offered at a considerably lower price. The OnePlus 6 comes with a notched Optic AMOLED display, great cameras and an exceptional battery that charges up in a dash, through the bundled fast charger. Here’s our review of the OnePlus 6.
Xiaomi Mi 8
Th Xiaomi Mi 8 can be called the closest cousin to the iPhone X, not only because of the screen but also because of the features that it offers. It comes with a notched display that although doesn’t come close to the iPhone X’s, still is vibrant enough, thanks to the inclusion of the Super AMOLED panel. The Mi 8 also borrows the facial recognition tech from its American counterpart. The cameras come with dual 12 MP sensor for the back along with a 20 MP selfie shooter. The Mi 8 is also the first smartphone to feature dual-band L1+L5 GPS radio, of which the L5 radio is generally used in Aeronautical industry.
LG V35/ V35+ ThinQ
The LG V35 ThinQ comes with a 6-inch OLED display which supports HDR 10 playback. The V-series from LG is known for the manual modes that it offers in its cameras, that later implemented in their G-series of smartphones as well. The phone uses LG’s ThinQ technology which offers up to 19 camera modes, along with stickers and a super-bright camera mode for low-lighting conditions.
Asus ZenFone 5Z
The Asus ZenFone 5Z was one of the cheapest Snapdragon 845 smartphone in the Indian market. It comes with 12 MP + 8 MP rear-facing cameras of which the 12 MP unit is a standard shooter wheres the 8 MP camera is a wide-angle snapper. The display is an IPS LCD 6.2-inch Full HD panel that covers up to 95.4% of NTSC color space. The 3300 mAh battery comes with ASUS’s BoostMaster Technology allowing users to either fast charge or AI charge their phones. Here’s our review of the ZenFone 5Z.
ASUS ROG Phone
The ROG Phone is ASUS’s answer to Razer Phone, with top-of-the-line internals, geared towards hardcore mobile gamers. The 845 chipset used in each ROG phone are specially binned units, which can clock up to 2.96 GHz. Apart from this, the phone also supports a plethora of accessories which includes a fully functional fan mod to keep the phone cool during intense gaming sessions.
Xiaomi Black Shark
The Black Shark is Xiaomi’s take on the gaming-centric smartphone phenomenon. The phone comes with a 6-inch IPS LCD display which covers 97% DCi P3 color space with the help of an Iris chipset. The phone comes with a multi-stage integrated cooling system, which claims to help the Black Shark run 8°C cooler than other SD845 smartphones. There’s a 12 MP + 20 MP dual camera setup on the back with a 20 MP selfie shooter on the front. The phone packs in a massive 4000 mAh battery, also supports an external gamepad which attaches to the smartphone in a Nintendo Switch-like manner.
Xiaomi Poco F1
Geared towards hardcore gamers who don’t wish spend a fortune, the Poco F1 from PocoPhone, a sub-brand of Xiaomi, competes against OnePlus 6, in terms of raw performance at a significantly lower price. The smartphone comes with Snapdragon 845 & a massive 4000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 support, to help you game for hours.
More phones powered by Snapdragon 845
- HTC U12+
- Vivo NEX S
- Sharp Aquos R2
- Smartisan Nut R1
- Sirin Labs Finney
- Mi 8 Explorer Edition
- Find X Lamborghini Edition
- Sony Xperia XZ3
- Razer Phone 2 (yet to be announced)