Best Snapdragon 865 SoC phones: OnePlus 8, POCO F2 Pro, Motorola Edge+, POCO F2 Pro, and more

Snapdragon 865 phones’ list includes the likes of OnePlus 8, Samsung Galaxy S20, Redmi K30 Pro, Realme X50 Pro, Mi 10, iQOO 3, as well as OPPO Find X2 and Ace2, among others.

Snapdragon 865 phones are increasing in number in the market as the chipset is becoming the preferred choice of many Android smartphone makers across brands, including Samsung, Xiaomi, Realme, OPPO, and Vivo. Of course, more brands will follow suit. The new Snapdragon 865 SoC succeeds last year’s Snapdragon 855 SoC with a handful of iterative upgrades and performance improvements across the board. Snapdragon 865 phones are said to offer powerful gaming capabilities, faster AI processing, and a 25 percent performance boost and power efficiency when compared to last year. Before we get into the list of the best Snapdragon 865 phones, here’s everything you need to know about the chipset.

Snapdragon 865 SoC key highlights

As stated above, Snapdragon 865 is Qualcomm’s flagship SoC. It brings in enhancements such as the new ARM cores, more power-efficient process node as well as image signal processor, and latest connectivity options. The chipset is forged using 7nm chipset that features the Qualcomm Kyro 585 cores clocked at up to 2.84GHzfor performance. This is aided by 5th-gen AI Engine, which is capable of doing 15 TOPS (trillion operations per second) — 2x faster than the fourth-gen AI processor on the Snapdragon 855. The Adreno 650 GPU handles the graphics on this chipset.

Snapdragon 865 phones can support camera resolutions as high as 200MP, though we are a fair distance behind that resolution. Furthermore, the devices equipped with the flagship SoC can shoot 8K videos at 30fps; moreover, they can simultaneously record 4k footage and capture photos at 64MP resolution.

In short, the Snapdragon 865 phones will be capable of handling everything with aplomb, including graphics-intensive games that can run at the highest settings without lag or jitter. So without any further ado, let’s begin with the list of best phones with Snapdragon 865 chipset.

List of Snapdragon 865 SoC phones

1. OnePlus 8 series

It doesn’t come as a surprise that OnePlus next-gen flagships OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro both rock Snapdragon 865 SoC under the hood. The chipset is paired with 5G modem, latest Adreon 650 GPU, and up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM + up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. The design of these Snapdragon 865 phones has also been refined — they feature a punch-hole display instead of pop-up selfie camera and waterdrop notch. While the OnePlus 8 packs a 6.55-inch Full-HD+ Fluid AMOLED display that bears 90Hz refresh rate, the Pro model sports a 6.78-inch screen with QHD+ resolution, MEMC technology, and flagship-grade 120Hz refresh rate.

OnePlus has finally relented to the waterproofing and wireless charging demands from the company’s loyalists with its latest flagship. The OnePlus 8 Pro is the first OnePlus smartphone to feature IP rating and pack Warp Charge 30 wireless charging support. There is also Warp Charge 30T wired charging that can quickly juice up the phone’s 4,510mAh battery. For photography, the OnePlus 8 Pro sports 48MP quad rear cameras and 16MP selfie shooter on the front. The regular OnePlus 8, on the other hand, sports 48MP triple rear cameras, 16MP front camera, and a 4,300mAh battery with 30T Warp wired charging tech.

The OnePlus 8 series price in India starts at Rs 41,999. 

2. POCO F2 Pro (aka Redmi K30 Pro)

The POCO F2 Pro, a rebranded version of Xiaomi’s flagship offering Redmi K30 Pro, rocks Snapdragon 865 SoC under the hood. The chipset is mated with 6GB/ 8GB LPPDDR5 RAM and 128GB/ 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. This Snapdragon 865 phone offers both 4G and 5G connectivity and sports a pop-up selfie camera design with 6.67-inch full-HD+ E3 AMOLED display that bears 60Hz refresh rate. The handset runs Android 10-based POCO Launcher 2.0 out of the box and houses a 4,700mAh battery with 33W fast charging support.

In optics, the F2 Pro packs 64MP quad rear cameras with Sony IMX686 primary sensor, 5MP (50mm equivalent) telephoto lens with 3cm ~ 7cm autofocus macro, a 13MP 123-degree ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. There is another Snapdragon 865 phone in this line — Redmi K30 Pro Zoom Edition, which packs an 8MP telephoto lens that can shoot up to 30x hybrid zoom. The front camera of the phone packs a 20MP for selfies and video calling.

There is no word over POCO F2 Pro India launch yet.

3. Realme X50 Pro

Realme is in the club of Snapdragon 865 phones with Realme X50 Pro. The vendor introduced the handset as India’s first 5G phone back in February. The Realme X50 Pro is not only driven by the high-end chipset but also sports 90Hz 6.44-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED display and impressive 65W SuperDart fast charging technology. This Snapdragon 865 phone ships with a 4,200mAh battery, while Android 10-based ColorOS 7 takes care of its software side of things.

Realme X50 Pro camera specifications include a 64MP quad-camera setup on the back that comprises a 64MP wide-angle lens, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, a 12MP telephoto lens with 20x zoom support, and a 2MP portrait sensor. Up front, this Snapdragon 865 phone gets a 32MP Sony IMX 616 main sensor and an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens housed in a pill-shaped cutout.

The Realme X50 Pro price in India starts at Rs 37,999 and goes up to Rs 44,999 for the high-end 12GB RAM + 256GB storage option.

4. iQOO 3

The iQOO 3 is a gaming-centric Snapdragon 865 SoC phone. The handset has the chipset working alongside Adreno 650 GPU, up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS3.1 storage onboard under the hood. The iQOO 3 features an edge-to-edge 6.44-inch punch-hole E3 Super AMOLED display but lacks the high refresh rate. The Snapdragon 865 phone also packs ‘Monster Touch Buttons’ and ‘4D Game Vibration’ to assist gamers.

The iQOO 3 has 48MP quad rear cameras, which comprises 48MP Sony’s IMX582 primary sensor, 13MP (f/2.46) telephoto lens with 20X digital zoom, a 13MP (f/2.2) wide-angle lens, and a 2MP (f/2.4) bokeh sensor. The phone’s front camera gets a 16MP shooter with f/2.45 for selfies and video calling. A 4,400mAh fuels this Snapdragon 865 phone that supports 55W fast-charging support, which promises to juice up the phone to 50 percent in just 15 minutes.

The iQOO 3 India price is set at Rs 34,990 for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The top-end 5G variant 12GB RAM and 256GB storage costs Rs 44,990.

5. Mi 10

Mi 10 is Xiaomi’s premium flagship offering with Snapdragon 865 SoC ticking at its core. The chipset is paired with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB storage variant. The Snapdragon 865 phone sport a 6.67-inch curved AMOLED display that bears Full-HD+ resolution (1,080×2,340p), 90Hz refresh rate, and 180Hz touch sampling rate. A 4,780mAh battery with 30W wired fast charging support fuels the handset.

The Mi 10 rocks a 20MP selfie shooter on the front and quad rear cameras, which is headlined by 108MP Samsung HMX primary sensor. This is paired with a couple of 2MP sensors with f/2.4 aperture, 13MP f/2.4 wide-angle lens, and LED Flicker. Software-wise, the handset boots Android 10-based MIUI 11 out of the box. It also features an in-display fingerprint scanner, 5G, and other standard connectivity options.

The Mi 10 has been priced in India at Rs 49,999.

6. Motorola Edge+

Motorola Edge+ is the flagship offering from Lenovo sub-brand Motorola. The handset is driven by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC paired with 12GB of RAM and 256GB UFS 3.0 storage onboard. The phone also packs a 6.7-inch full-HD+ OLED Endless Edge display with extreme curved sides, a 90Hz refresh rate, and a punch-hole cutout on the top left corner for the selfie camera. Software-wise, the Snapdragon 865 phone boots Android 10 out of the box.

In the camera department, the Motorola Edge+ rocks 108MP quad cameras at the back and 25MP selfie shooter on the front. Other highlights include 5,000mAh battery, 18W fast charging support, 15W wireless charging, 5W reverse wireless charging, an in-display fingerprint sensor for security, and 5G connectivity.

The Motorola Edge+ has been priced in India at Rs Rs 74,999.

7. OPPO Find X2 series

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC is also the brain behind OPPO’s flagships Find X2 and Find X2 Pro offerings. Apart from the high-end chipset, the handsets also tout premium design with ceramic/ leather finishes. They also feature a high refresh rate and 65W fast charging support charging, among other things. Both these Snapdragon 865 phones sport a 6.7-inch 120Hz QHD+ AMOLED display and up to 12GB of RAM + 512GB storage onboard. Software-wise, the phones run ColorOS 7 atop Android 10 out of the box.

The phones rock triple rear cameras, with vanilla OPPO Find X2 featuring 48MP Sony IMX586 primary sensor, a 12MP wide-angle lens, and 13MP telephoto lens with up to 20x digital zoom support. The OPPO Find X2 Pro, on the other hand, rocks 48MP Sony IMX689 primary sensor, 48MP ultra-wide-angle lens, and a 32MP telephoto camera with support for 10x hybrid zoom and up to 60x digital zoom. For selfies and video calling, both the Snapdragon 865 phones rock 32MP shooter on the front. The entire setup is driven by up to 4,260mAh battery.

The OPPO Find X2 series has only been launched in Europe at the moment, with a starting price of EUR 999 (approx Rs 83,200). There is no word when the handsets India launch at the moment.

8. Samsung Galaxy S20 series

As always, Samsung is among the first OEMs to launch phones with Snapdragon 865 SoC. The all-new Samsung Galaxy S20 series, in the US and China, is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship chipset under the hood. In India and other select markets, meanwhile, the handsets have Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 990 SoC ticking at their core. The chipset, Samsung claims, is on par with the Snapdragon 865 SoC in performance terms.

Samsung Galaxy S20 series comprising three models: Galaxy S20 (vanilla), Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. All three phones tout Dynamic AMOLED Infinity O display with 120Hz refresh rate, QHD+ resolution, and an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner. The lineup also packs a beefy battery cell with fast wired and wireless charging and up to quad-camera setup with 100x Space Zoom. Other highlights include 5G connectivity (for select regions), Android 10-based One UI 2.0 OS, and up to 16GB of RAM + 512GB user-expandable storage.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 series with Snapdragon 865 SoC has been priced starting at $999.99 (roughly Rs 71,300), while the Exynos version in India costs Rs 66,999.

9. nubia Red Magic 5G

nubia Red Magic 5G is a gaming-centric smartphone with Snapdragon 865 SoC. This has been paired with an astounding 144Hz refresh rate display, up to 16GB RAM and 256GB UFS 3.0 storage, dual-mode 5G connectivity, and a 64MP main camera. The nubia Red Magic 5G also features an active air-cooling system that combines a spinning fan with a heat-sink chamber to dissipate heat while playing games.

The Snapdragon 865 phone houses a 4,500mAh battery and supports 55W fast charging tech. It runs Red Magic OS, which sits on top of Android 10, out of the box. As the name suggests, the handset supports 5G connectivity. Additionally, the phone packs an RGB light panel, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, a headphone jack, a 3 microphone setup for optimal audio capture, and capacitive shoulder triggers with an impressive 300Hz sampling rate.

The nubia Red Magic 5G is currently exclusive to China.

10. ZTE Axon 10s Pro

ZTE Axon 10s Pro is the world’s first smartphone to rock Snapdragon 865 SoC. Launched in China, the handset comes with curved edges, dual-mode 5G connectivity, and a waterdrop notch to accommodate the selfie snapper. The phone sports a 6.47-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, 19:5:9 aspect ratio, a 92 percent screen to body ratio, and in-display fingerprint scanner. The ZTE Axon 10s Pro comes in two variants: 6GB RAM + 128GB and 12GB LPDDR5 RAM + 256GB UFS 3.0 storage, and runs a dated Android 9.0 Pie with MiFavor 10 custom skin out of the box.

In addition to that, the handset gets RAM-Booster and FS-Booster to improve read/write performance of RAM and storage. The Axon 10s Pro features a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP telephoto camera, and a 20MP ultra-wide-angle lens with 125-degree field of view. The front camera of the phone sports a 20MP snapper for selfies and video chats. A 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 fast-charging support fuels this Snapdragon 865 phone.