Late last year, amidst immense anticipation, Qualcomm introduced its next-generation mobile chipset called the Snapdragon 855. It’s the most powerful and advanced SoC ever to have gone inside any Android phone. Some of its highlight-worthy traits include its semi-custom Kryo 485 cores that translate into ultrafast-yet-efficient performance, support for 5G modems, cutting-edge camera capabilities and of course, its focus on providing excellent AI experiences to the end user. The Snapdragon 855 chipset didn’t take much time to start showing up in smartphones, and all of those that have embraced it have managed to impress us with their powerful capabilities. Let’s take a look at the best Snapdragon 855 phones you can buy in India right now.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is known for its ultra-premium features that are offered at a relatively lower price. Among them is its exquisite full-screen fascia that’s covered by a 6.67-inch QHD+ AMOLED panel. This panel bears a refresh rate of 90Hz, resulting in extremely fluid user experience. It’s got a triple-camera setup moreover, with its main snapper boasting a resolution of 48-megapixels. And its 16MP front camera has a pop-up mechanism so you can summon it only when it’s needed. Apart from a 4,000mAh battery, this phone also offers 30W fast charging. The Snapdragon 855 processor under its hood is paired with up to 12GB RAM.
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The OnePlus 7 is also an option for those who are not looking for the premium features of its Pro model, while saving money at the same time. That said, the handset is still a beast. It’s got a 6.41-inch AMOLED panel, which has taken the teardrop notch approach in order to offer the full-screen experience. The phone comes with a dual-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel main camera and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. There’s a 3,700mAh battery inside it, which allows for 20W fast charging. OnePlus complements its Snapdragon 855 processor with either 6 or 8GB worth of RAM.
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This handset will immediately grab your eye with its peculiar flip camera setup. It’s a motorised apparatus that serves as the rear camera all the time. But when you wish to click selfies, this unit sort of trebuchets itself to the front in a jiffy. Moreover, the ASUS 6Z also lets you control its angles for some unique photography scenarios. All this allows its 6.4-inch display to spread over the entirety of its front surface. Furthermore, the device features a whopping 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support and supports reverse charging. You can buy this Snapdragon 855 phone in 6GB or 8GB RAM variants, with storage options varying from 64GB to 256GB.
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This one really is the top-shelf gaming phone right now. Powered by the combination of a Snapdragon 855 chipset and up to 12GB of RAM, its heat management is taken care of by liquid-cooling system and an internal turbofan. The nubia Red Magic 3 has a 6.65-inch AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90Hz, just like the OnePlus 7 Pro. And to aid long hours of gaming, the Red Magic 3 packs a 5,000mAh battery as well. nubia has granted the smartphone with a single 48MP rear camera, which is the first in the world that can record 8K footage. Apart from various software enhancements aimed at gaming, this phone also offers touch-sensitive side surfaces that can act as triggers during gameplay.
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If you’ve ever felt dissatisfied with the zooming capabilities of your smartphone, the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom is here to try and solve your problem. As its name implies, it can offer 10x hybrid zoom at your fingertips thanks to its unique periscope-like lens arrangement. These shots are captured by a 13MP sensor, while the regular wide shots are taken care of by a 48MP sensor. There’s also an 8MP sensor meant for capturing ultra wide-angle photographs. Another big highlight of this well-designed phone is its unique rising camera mechanism for the front shooter, which makes it look like a shark fin when it’s out.
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Black Shark 2
Another gaming phone on this list is the Black Shark 2. It’s known as much for its industrial looks as it is for its advanced specifications. A 6.39-inch AMOLED panel sits at the front, while its rear surface is headlined by heat vents and lit up ‘S’ logo. Liquid cooling is indeed present inside this device, apart from front-facing speakers and a vibrating functionality that rumbles the phone during gameplay. The Black Shark 2 also supports detachable gamepads. Lastly, its top variant pairs the Snapdragon 855 with 12gigs worth of RAM.
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Redmi K20 Pro (Upcoming)
Xiaomi is yet to bring the Redmi K20 Pro to India, but we do know that it will be arriving on our shores in the coming weeks. This phone will be very much like the POCO F1 (review), offering flagship-grade performance at a mouth-watering price. In China, its highest-end model ships with the Snapdragon 855 chipset and 8GB worth of RAM. The K20 Pro adopts a 6.39-inch AMOLED full HD+ display and a triple-camera array consisting of a 48MP main camera, an 8MP telephoto camera and a 13MP ultra wide-angle camera. Its front camera is a 20MP unit that has been equipped with the pop-up mechanism.
There are other phones out there like the LG G8 ThinQ, Sony Xperia X1 and Samsung Galaxy S10 trio (Snapdragon variants) that deserve to be on this list, but they are unfortunately not available in India. So which of the aforementioned smartphones would you be going for? Let us know in the comments below.