Snapdragon 855 phones — what are your best options?

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If performance is what you’re after, getting your hands on the best Snapdragon 855 phone you can find is the way to go. Quite a few of them were announced this year by Samsung, LGSony, and more, with even more expected to debut in the near future.

We’ve rounded up the best Snapdragon 855 phones on the market. Some are already on sale and others will hit the stores soon. Let’s dive in.

Editor’s note: We will update this list of the best Snapdragon 855 phones regularly as new devices launch.

Samsung Galaxy S10 series

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus - best Snapdragon 855 phones

The Galaxy S10 phones are aimed at demanding users, packing the Snapdragon 855 chipset under the hood (Exynos 9820 Octa in some regions), with up to 12GB of RAM. The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus offer almost identical specs, with a few differences. The Plus model has a larger display, a bigger battery, and two cameras on the front (instead of one).

Both sport a triple-camera setup at the back, with an IP68 ratingexpandable storage, and wireless charging. There’s even a headphone jack on board. They also feature an in-display fingerprint scanner and a punch-hole display with curved edges.

The Galaxy S10e offers the least of the trio, sporting the smallest display at 5.8-inches with Full HD+ resolution instead of the QHD+ you get with its bigger brothers. The phone has two cameras at the back and sports a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. It’s the cheapest Galaxy S10 phone you can get, although it’s still pricey — check out the prices via the button below.

In addition to these three phones, Samsung also announced the Galaxy S10 5G, which isn’t available yet. You can learn more about it here.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

  • 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with 3,040 x 1,440 resolution, 522ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 (Exynos 9820 Octa in some regions)
  • 8/12GB of RAM
  • 128GB/512GB/1TB of storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • 12, 12, and 16MP rear cameras, 10 and 8MP front cameras
  • Non-removable 4,100mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm, 175g

Samsung Galaxy S10

  • 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with 3,040 x 1,440 resolution, 550ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 (Exynos 9820 Octa in some regions)
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128/512GB of storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • 12, 12, and 16MP rear cameras, 10MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm, 157g

Samsung Galaxy S10e

  • 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with 2,280 x 1,080 resolution, 438ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 (Exynos 9820 Octa in some regions)
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • 12 and 16MP rear cameras, 10MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,100mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm, 150g

Sony Xperia 1

Sony Xperia 1 Sony Xperia 10 10 Plus

Sony announced Xperia 1 at MWC 2019. It sports a 6.5-inch 21:9 display, which makes it quite tall. According to the company, this aspect ratio offers improved multitasking. For example, you can run two apps on the display in split-screen mode and see more of each one.

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The handset sports the latest Qualcomm chipset under the hood along with 6GB of RAM, which means it can handle anything you throw at it. It comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, three rear cameras, and a modern design with thin bezels and a glass back. The phone doesn’t have a headphone jack and packs a 3,300mAh battery, which is far from impressive.

The Sony Xperia 1 isn’t on sale yet, but it is up for pre-order at Clove in the U.K. It retails for 850 pounds, which translates to around $1,100. However, the phone will be cheaper once it launches in the U.S. — you’ll be able to get it unlocked from various retailers including Best Buy and Amazon.

Specs

  • 6.5-inch OLED display with 3,840 x 1,644 resolution, 643ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • Three 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,330mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 167 x 72 x 8.2mm, 180g

Xiaomi Mi 9

Xiaomi Mi 9 - Device on Table

The Xiaomi Mi 9‘s combination of high-end specs, modern design, and an affordable price make it one of the best Snapdragon 855 phones. The global version comes with 6GB of RAM under the hood paired with 64 or 128GB of storage, while users in China also get variants with 8 and 12GB of RAM and as much as 256GB of storage.

The Mi 9’s battery goes from zero to 100 percent in around 65 minutes.

Xiaomi’s flagship sports an in-display fingerprint scanner and packs a 3,300mAh battery that supports 27W wired charging. This charger is sold separately — you get an 18W charger in the box — and gets the battery from zero to 100 percent in around 65 minutes.

The Mi 9 also supports wireless charging, features three rear cameras covered by sapphire glass, and comes in a couple of gorgeous colors. It’s already up for pre-order in a few European countries with a starting price of 450 euros (~$510).

Specs

  • 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 403ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 chipset
  • 6/8/12GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 48, 16, and 12MP rear cameras, 20MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6mm, 173g

LG V50 ThinQ

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The V50 ThinQ is a minor upgrade over its predecessor. It’s 5G-ready, powered by Qualcomm’s latest and greatest SoC, and sports a large 4,000mAh battery. The phone is a great choice for music lovers, as it features a headphone jack and a Quad DAC for a better audio experience with the right headphones.

Read next: LG’s V-series will now be exclusively 5G, G-series will be 4G only

LG’s flagship has five cameras on board — three at the back and two up front. It’s IP68 rated for protection against water and dust, supports expandable storage, and comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. All these specs and features combined make it one of the best Snapdragon 855 phones out there.

However, you’ll have to wait a bit to get your hands on it. The phone will launch on Sprint’s 5G network this year, which is supposed to roll out before the end of the first half of 2019. No word on pricing yet.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch P-OLED display with 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 537ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • 12, 12, and 16MP rear cameras, 8 and 5MP front cameras
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 159.2 x 76.1 x 8.3mm, 183g

Samsung Galaxy Fold

This is Samsung’s first foldable phone. It can switch between phone and tablet form factors thanks to its bendable display. When closed, you interact with the device via an outer 4.6-inch display. It opens up like a book, revealing a 7.3-inch display.

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The Galaxy Fold is a beast of a phone. In addition to Qualcomm’s latest chipset, it also comes with 12GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and a total of six cameras — three on the back, one on the front, and two on the inside. Unlike the rest of Samsung’s lineup, this device doesn’t have a headphone jack. It also sports two batteries totaling 4,380mAh, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and 5G support.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is the most unique device on our list of the best Snapdragon 855 phones. It will go on sale in the U.S. on April 26 with a starting price tag of $1,980.

Specs

  • 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED main display with 2,152 x 1,536 resolution, 414ppi
  • 4.6-inch Super AMOLED cover display with HD+ resolution
  • Snapdragon 855 chipset
  • 12GB of RAM
  • 512GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 12, 12, and 16MP rear cameras, 10 and 8MP front cameras, 10MP cover camera
  • Non-removable 4,380mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie

These are the best Snapdragon 855 phones in our opinion, but plenty of other great options are available, like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, ZTE Axon 10 Pro, LG G8 ThinQ, and Lenovo Z5 Pro GT. Which one would you choose? Let us know in the comments! 

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Xiaomi’s budget brand might be working on a Snapdragon 855 smartphone

Redmi might finally be ready to shed its budget status and enter the flagship market space with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855-powered smartphone. The only problem is that Xiaomi will soon have a branding problem on its hands.

The announcement came from Redmi general manager and Xiaomi Group vice-president Lu Weibing, who posted a picture on microblogging site Weibo of his Redmi team. According to GSMArena‘s translation of the post, the team is discussing the future of the Redmi brand and two upcoming smartphones.

Weibo

One of those phones is the upcoming Redmi Note 7 Pro, which might be a slightly beefier version of the normal Redmi Note 7. The second smartphone is the Snapdragon 855 flagship, though Weibing didn’t say much else about the device.

From Redmi’s point of view, having a Snapdragon 855 flagship makes sense. It seems like the sub-brand wants to shed its budget label and be taken more seriously in the flagship segment of the market. Redmi could succeed, given the name recognition and goodwill that it garnered over the years.

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That said, this could also lead to some brand confusion. When Xiaomi turned its Redmi range of smartphones into its sub-brand, Xiaomi said Redmi would stick to mid-range smartphones. Xiaomi’s Poco brand, meanwhile, would focus on high-end smartphones at mid-range prices.

With today’s announcement, Redmi could follow the “affordable flagship” footsteps of its fellow Poco sub-brand and its Pocophone F1. Even though that’ll make budget-conscious consumers happy, it makes us wonder what’ll separate Redmi from Poco.

Either way, it’ll be interesting to see how Redmi defines itself in 2019.

This week in Android: It’s weird phone week

We got to play with a lot of cool tech at CES 2019, but little was cooler than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Qualcomm had a reference device sporting the new SoC and we were able to put it through its paces, including our very own Speed Test G. The results are impressive.

In other big news this week, we found out Motorola is planning on bringing back the Razr phone, made famous in the mid 2000s. We don’t know a lot about the phone itself, but we can make some guesses based on a patent from August of last year.

Plus, we look ahead at the future of LG and OnePlus, including a new peculiar accessory for LG. Also, we have good news and bad news about Huawei’s security.

Here are your top stories for the week

4:20 – Snapdragon 855 performance and benchmarking: Speed Test G, AnTuTu & Geekbench

At CES, Gary Sims previewed the Snapdragon 855 processor in reference hardware. He had some fun with it.


21:45 – You’ll flip for the foldable Motorola Razr smartphone reboot

Motorola (read: Lenovo) is talking about releasing a new version of the Razr phone, this time with a folding screen.


34:40 – Google Pixel 3 Lite leaks in video review: Should you expect flagship photo quality?

The back of the Google Pixel 3 Lite. Andro News

The Google Pixel 3 Lite wanted to be just like its older siblings and come out with a full leak before its official announcement. Mission accomplished.


44:20 – Yes, there is a system-wide dark theme in this early Android Q build

You’ve been asking for it. Google’s giving it to you. A full, system-wide dark theme for those late-night phone-using sessions.


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Xiaomi’s new in-display fingerprint sensor solves one big issue

Xiaomi showed off a video of a new kind of in-screen fingerprint sensor which has a larger touch area, making it easier to unlock your phone.


Galaxy S10 Plus photo leak: Is this Samsung’s new flagship?

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This week, we’re giving away a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 9Enter this week’s Sunday giveaway for your chance to win!

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