Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon 855 at an event at Hawai (4-6 December 2018.) Besides the official claim which mentions that this chipset is 45% faster than the previous generation, Snapdragon 845. We tested it among devices and found it to be 28% faster. It also is among the first ones to support the 5G Network. The company also claims that the chipset comes with AI engine which will provide a faster and intuitive experience in regards to voice, camera, gaming, XR, etc.
We have curated this list of the best devices fitted with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset in order to find a phone that best fits your needs. From specifications, features to pros and cons, our team has worked hard to test the phones on every aspect to develop this comprehensive guide for you!
Disclaimer: None of the models we’ve mentioned here were sponsored by companies. This is a completely unbiased list. However, To make money, we might include affiliate links to Amazon or other eCommerce websites which will help us earn a really small commission if you buy the product using our link (without you having to pay extra.)
- 1. Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy S10
- 2. Smartphone with 4K Display: Sony Xperia 1
- 3. Best for Gaming and Fastest Charging: OnePlus 7 Pro
- 4. Best Power House: Asus Zenfone 6
- 5. Best iPhone XR Alternative: Samsung Galaxy S10e
- 6. Best Value for Money: Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
- 7. OnePlus 7 Pro Alternative: Oppo Reno 10x
- 8. Best for Sprint or Verizon: LG V50 ThinQ
- 9. Best Unlocked LG Device with Snapdragon 855: LG G8 ThinQ
- 10. Feature Rich Yet Cheap: Meizu 16S
- 11. Best Under Budget: Xiaomi Mi 9
- 12. Cheapest Snapdragon 855 Phone: Vivo IQOO
- The Verdict
1. Best Overall: Samsung Galaxy S10
There’s not a premium smartphone list which doesn’t have this model!
- 6.1-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Edge-to-Edge Display
- 10MP Selfie Camera, 12MP Super Speed Dual Pixel, 16MP Ultra-Wide, 12MP 2x Zoom
- Comes in two variants: 128GB Storage / 8GB RAM and 512GB Storage / 8GB RAM
- 3,400 mAh all-day battery with Wireless PowerShare
- In Screen Ultrasonic Fingerprint and Facial Recognition
- Available in colors: Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Blue, Flamingo Pink
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is available in three models – S10e, S10, and S10+
It has a 6.1-inch Quad HD+ dynamic AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1440×3040. As a result, the screen produces crystal clear images that are sharp. The display style is edge-to-edge, so there’s no notch and allows the device to make complete use of the entire space on the display.
It runs on Android 9.0 Pie and is equipped with octa-core processors which ensure that you will be able to run multiple apps on this phone without any lag. 8GB of RAM and 128GB memory make this phone a powerhouse of a performance. From running multiple apps at the same time to playing heavy games such as Fortnite, PUBG Mobile – the device never fails you.
The phone also has a sturdy build and a frame made of aluminum. The front and back glass comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection, and the screen is protected from dust and water by IP68 resistance. However, the device is going to be a fingerprint magnet because of the glass back.
The 6.1-inch Quad HD display itself is completely stunning. Due to precise laser cutting, there is no notch, and the dynamic AMOLED display makes sure that the Infinity display is easy on the eyes. You can switch to “dark” or “black” color to reduce battery consumption.
The fingerprint scanner has also been shifted inside the display. The phone comes with a powerful 3,400mAH battery and wireless charging. It also comes with a power share feature so that you can share battery power with another device. This basically means that you can use your phone as a power bank when in need.
Network wise, the device has intelligent Wi-Fi which makes sure that your connection is stable and secure even on public networks. You can also switch to LTE seamlessly without a hitch which is the reason why many would prefer this over the OnePlus 7 Pro. Several users have reported about
The rear camera is actually made of three different cameras (12MP primary, 16MP ultra-wide, 12MP telephoto lens for zooming. It ensures that you get picture-perfect shots every single time. The ultrawide feature of the camera can be used to take cinematic shots of up to 123-degree field.
The camera also has an intelligent design which suggests the best composition according to the light and colors, making sure that you get that perfect shot. Moreover, the selfie camera has 10 MP resolution and comes with dual optical image stabilization.
The phone only weighs 157grams and is 7.8mm slim. The hybrid sim slot can hold two nano sims or one nano sim and one memory card at a time. That’s why we’ve also ranked it #1 in our best dual smartphones list. The device’s inbuilt storage of 128GB is more than enough, so instead of having a memory card, you can add an additional SIM card which can help you during times the first cellular network fails.
- Power-sharing feature
- Optimized battery life
- Stunning camera quality
- AMOLED display
- AT&T stability is compromised
- The backglass makes it difficult to hold the phone. (Can be solved using a case or a skin)
2. Smartphone with 4K Display: Sony Xperia 1
Want the richest multimedia experience? This is your go-to device
- 6.5-inch 4K OLED display smartphone with 21:9 Cinema Wide display.
- 12 MP Triple lens camera system with Eye auto-focus and up to 10 FPS burst shooting with AF/AE tracking for precision focus and exposure.
- Android 9.0 Pie with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- 3,330 mAh battery with Dolby Atmos Sound
- 6 GB RAM, 128 GB Internal Storage Memory – Expandable to 512 GB
- Enhanced display setting Creator mode (ITU-R BT. 2020 support and 10-bit tonal gradation) and new cinema recording function.
The Sony Xperia 1 isn’t meant for everyone but the people it is targeted towards, love it. It is commendable indeed that Sony has tried to do something different and succeeded in the effort.
For example, the aspect ratio found is standard smartphones is 18:9, but in this phone – it is 21:9. As a result, it appears that the phone is too tall and any video or movie you play that isn’t shot with this ration will either appear stretched out, or you’ll have to see with black bars. However, there are a plethora of good things about it such as the tall display you can use multiple apps (split-screen) at the same time. The video which is recorded gives a feeling of a movie.
The phone also supports 4K videos and HDR format. However, there isn’t much content on Amazon Prime or Netflix that streams beyond 1080p. As a result, it’s very hard to appreciate the outstanding resolution this phone claims to provide. Right now, people mostly watch 4K content on large screens or televisions and with this device, they can watch it on their smartphone too! Besides, companies like Samsung, LG are already working on 8K Televisions.
Another different design feature is the side-mounted fingerprint sensor. Although it is very snappy and quick. It is far superior compared to the ones in the display as seen in Samsung, Honor, OnePlus devices. It might take time to adjust, but once adjusted you are all set to go! Also, if you are a left-handed person, you might find it difficult to use because all the buttons (power, volume rockers) are at the right.
Being well built, the device has soft curved edges and a lightweight body which is surprising considering how tall it is. Despite having glass on the back, there is no wireless charging. The glass back is the reason why this device might feel like a fingerprint magnet, However, you can buy a skin or a case which suits your needs.
Sony has also taken care to ensure that multi-tasking on the device is smooth and flawless. You can also use the Side Sense feature to the pop-up one-handed mode for using the phone easily.
The phone can compete with flagship devices when it comes to camera power. The triple cameras have excellent photographic quality. The main camera is 12MP with a bright f/1.6 aperture, a 52mm option for 2x optical zoom, and a handy 16mm wide-angle lens for handling any kind of photography. However, there’s no night mode and the app interface is not very user-friendly. The front-facing shooter is 8MP.
The Snapdragon 855 chipset is backed by 6GB RAM and 128GB storage which provide snappy functioning, but this is hardly anything to lose mind over in 2019. For headphone lovers, there is no headphone jack. However, the speakers are enabled by Dolby Atmos and call quality is quite good.
The 3,300 mAh battery is certainly a low point for a phone which has a 4K. But after using the phone for a month, We realized that it isn’t terrible – but not great either. Watching Netflix for an hour consumed 12 percent of the battery.
- The best camera on a phone in this price range
- Stunning design that sets it apart from other phones
- Good display and screen
- Display ratio is odd, may not work for everyone
- Front-facing camera quality could improve
- Battery life is average
3. Best for Gaming and Fastest Charging: OnePlus 7 Pro
A device which charges quickly, allows you to play high-end games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite without any lags!
- Snapdragon 855 processor with Android 9.0 Pie.
- Display Size: 6.67-inch QHD+ AMOLED Display with 1440 x 3120 pixels resolution.
- Triple Rear Camera: 48MP Main + 16MP Ultra Wide Angle + 8MP Telephoto.
- 16MP front camera.
- 3 RAM sizes – 6, 8 and 12 GB
- Two memory sizes – 128 and 256 GB
- 4,000 mAh battery.
One of most awaited phones to be launched this year, The OnePlus 7 Pro is a flagship device that everyone wants to get their hands on.
The display of this phone is its most beautiful element and enhances the whole experience of using the phone. It is larger, has better resolution, and a refresh rate at 90Hz. The result is that it feels more fluid to use the phone and puts it right next to the best devices offered by Apple and Samsung.
The display is also completely seamless. There is no notch or punch hole, and the front camera pops up when you want to use the front-facing shooter. The bezel-less display also comes with Fluid AMOLED feature which ensures that the visuals look smooth and colors are rich.
The triple-lens camera is definitely more versatile than the predecessors of the phone, and you will notice more details, textures, and colors on the photos. As mentioned in the specs section above, the triple-lens setup includes a 48MP primary camera + 16MP Ultra Wide lens and an 8MP Telephoto lens. The camera also comes with three focus modes and the autofocus feature is also faster and steadier than previous phones.
The front popping camera raised some concerns, but the company showed that not only can it carry over 22 kg weight, but can also retreat back in its shell if you happen to drop the phone. Moreover, the motor of the camera is quite durable. It is said to last for over 16 years. Besides the durability, the 16MP shooter can take vivid selfies.
OnePlus phones have always been known for its power and speed, and the company has raised the bar with this device. Loading time is less with this device, and it is also ridiculously smooth to switch between the apps. Clocking speed is boosted enormously by Snapdragon 855 chipset and makes it one of the fastest Android phones in the market.
The phone has an efficient 10-layer liquid cooling system that prevents it from overheating and CPU/GPU throttling the speed of the chipset. So when you play high-end games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite or even the upcoming Call of Duty Mobile, the device won’t heat.
The Chinese smartphone has also partnered with Dolby to provide crystal clear sound. There are two stereo speakers which ensure you get three-dimensional output while watching movies and videos which surely is going to make your entertainment experience really wonderful!
It is to no one’s surprise that OnePlus has decided to remove the headphone jack. The company first removed it on the OnePlus 6T and the trend continues with the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro. The irony is, it is the same company which mocked at Apple for removing the headphone jack during the OnePlus 5 launch event and twitter.
There was a post on the OnePlus Forum by Carl Pei, which says that getting the water resistance rating costs money which in return increases the cost of the device, that’s why they didn’t get it rated. However, they’ve posted a video in which they throw the device in a bucket of water and it has survived it.
- Excellent display quality
- Speedy and fast enough for multitasking and heavy gaming
- Charging is super-fast
- UI is easy to learn and friendly
- Audio and sound are terrific
- The Camera is mediocre
- Heavy phone
- Wireless charging is missing
- No headphone jack
4. Best Power House: Asus Zenfone 6
Want a device with a huge battery? The 5,000 mAh battery in the Zenfone 6’s battery would last an entire day!
- Flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform
- 6.4-inch All-screen NanoEdge Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 6
- 5000mAh Battery with Quick Charge 4.0
- 6/8GB RAM, 64/256 GB storage expandable to 2 TB
- Front and Rear 48MP Sony IMX586 and 13MP Ultrawide
- Dual rear camera – 48 PM wide-angle, and 13 MP ultra-wide-angle
- Android 9 Pie with ZenUI 6
For people who want features of flagship devices without spending a huge amount of money, there are handsets like Asus Zenfone 6. The device was announced during May 2019, However, it only became available in July in the market.
Now the first and most notable feature of this device is its swiveling camera which functions as both front and rear camera. Although it’s a cool feature which reduces the need for a notch, it also means that you will no longer be able to capture those spontaneous, momentary shots because it takes the camera about 5 seconds to rise.
The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6, and the back also is covered with glass. As a result, the phone looks clean and sophisticated. But the glass back also means that it is heavier than other phones in this range.
Another thing that got my goat was the button design. There is a Smart Key at the right side just below the Power button, which launches Google Assistant and other shortcuts. However, I ended up pressing it when I want to put the phone to sleep or lock it. It takes some muscle memory to keep that in check.
Perhaps one of the best features of the phone is its world-class Snapdragon 855 processor which ensures that you get snappy smooth functioning and gaming without any lag. The flagship device is comparable to the newly launched OnePlus 7 Pro in terms of performance.
Based on my experience, I can say with confidence that with 8GB RAM and 256 GB storage, the model lives up to the standards set by the best Android phones in the market. Overall performance is comparable to big boys like Galaxy 10 and LG G8 ThinQ. If you are not someone who does multi-tasking, you can get the model which comes with 6GB RAM with 64GB storage memory.
Perhaps the best feature of this device is its massive 5,000 mAh battery. It can last for 15 hours on a full charge, putting it on the list of devices with biggest batteries. The quick charge is not as fast as the DASH, WARP charge, but it sure does charges the giant battery faster which saves huge time. Surfing, downloading, playing games and watching videos on YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime for an hour only trickled the battery from 87% to 72%.
- Absolutely great battery life
- Performance equal to flagship devices
- Innovative camera
- Not so hefty price tag
- Display is mediocre
- The Selfie camera takes a long time to open
- Heavy phone
- Button layout is odd
5. Best iPhone XR Alternative: Samsung Galaxy S10e
The device is priced similar to the iPhone XR and comes with specs better than it. So if you are looking for an alternative to the XR, you just found one!
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset
- 5.8” Infinity Display, Full HD+ Dynamic AMOLED
- 12MP rear camera with Super Speed Dual Pixel and 16 MP ultra-wide lens.
- 10MP Front-Facing camera
- Comes in 2 configurations – 128 GB storage with 6GB RAM or 256GB storage with 8GB RAM
- 3,100 mAh battery with wireless power-sharing
For people who think that spending a grand on a mobile phone is too much, Samsung has introduced an affordable flagship phone in the form of the Galaxy S10e. The phone offers competition to Apple’s iPhone XR and comes at a price tag that will not burn a hole in your pocket.
We have been using the phone on T-Mobile’s network for a week now and I have to say that the phone is flawless, considering the cost. It shares a similar design as the rest of the Galaxy phones, however, it is not as flashy as the S10 or S10 Plus. The display is not as big, and therefore, it can be easily used as a one-handed phone.
The bezels around the display are quite small, and the back fits very snugly in the hand. It is also not very heavy. However, like most recent phones, it is quite slippery and you are going to need a case. Just like the Sony Xperia 1 this phone also has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor which rests naturally where your thumb would be while using the phone, so that is handy as well.
The 5.8-inch dynamic AMOLED display is simply wonderful. There is no problem with using the phone in outdoor lighting. The display is full-HD+. While it may not be as brilliant as the other Galaxy S10 phones, it is certainly wonderful and pretty.
Another selling point of this phone is that it is the first to feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. To say that the processor is fast is an understatement. Since we started using the phone, We didn’t notice a single lag. The unit is powered by 6 GB/8 GB of RAM and 128 GB/256 GB of storage. You can also expand the storage up to 512 GB with a microSD card.
The 12MP + 16MP dual-camera setup at the rear is complete with wide-angle and ultra-wide-angle sensors. There is also a telephoto lens at the back. The photography is good to moderate with the phone and you can notice the details. The color saturation is good, as is the dynamic range of the photos.
- Stunning display quality
- Comes with a headphone jack
- The Fingerprint sensor is very fast
- Fast performance
- The UI is intuitive and clean
- Camera quality is good in daylight conditions
- Camera quality is poor at night
- Battery life is mediocre
- Software updates are not regular
6. Best Value for Money: Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G
5G, Snapdragon 855, Super AMOLED Display, Fast charging, Dual Front and Rear camera at $450 only, Isn’t it really value for money?
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM (Internal storage)
- 6.39-inch Super AMOLED Fullscreen Display with Multifunctional Magnetic Slider, 93.4% screen-to-body ratio, 16M colors and Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
- 24MP + 2MP Front camera, Real-time video background blurring, 12MP + 12MP rear camera, Ultra light-sensitive AI dual camera
- Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10. Rear-mounted fingerprint.
- 3,800 mAh battery with Fast charging (Quick Charge 4+).
Xiami Mi Mix 3 is a beautiful phone that does not hold back on performance. Perhaps its most talked about feature is the slider mechanism which pushes out the camera to take a photo. As a result, there is no hole-punch or bezel on the screen. The wonderful camera that slides out of the top of the phone makes this phone an eye-catching piece of technology.
The massive 93.4 percent screen to body ratio ensures that the screen looks absolutely gorgeous. It is 6.39-inch tall and comes with AMOLED technology. You can turn up the brightness as much as want, and the contrast will stay smooth and sharp. The colors are vivid too, and viewing movies is absolutely immersive. Alternatively, you can use dark backgrounds or wallpapers to save battery!
The original phone came with Snapdragon 845, but the Chinese smartphone maker has introduced a 5G version which comes with Snapdragon 855. If you want to buy a phone with that chipset specifically, make sure you buy the 5G version of the phone. We used the version for about 21 days and found the device to be faster than its predecessor and other devices too!
The device comes with Android 9.0 Pie, paired with MIUI 10.2 on top of it. The software is free from bugs and is exceptionally smooth and fast. However, we did face some difficulties with the notification center which just doesn’t show some notifications on the lock screen. The UI is definitely clean and user-intuitive, so you don’t have to worry about getting used to it.
There are four camera lenses on the phone, a 24MP, f/1.8 aperture main lens and a 2-megapixel depth lens on the front under the slider, and a Dual-lens 12MP setup on the back. All the cameras have artificial intelligence-driven photo modes which ensure that all your shots are captured beautifully.
Although the battery of the phone is smaller than its predecessors on paper, the beast of the phone handles the juice well enough to last a day even with heavy use. If you are a moderate use, you can easily stretch it to 24 hours. The phone also comes with Quick Charge 4.0 technology. The average time taken to charge the device in 18 tests was around 0-100% in 80 minutes (1 hr, 20 minutes)
- Eye-catching design
- Slider mechanism of camera is innovative
- Performance powerhouse
- Good camera quality
- Sturdy phone build
- No water or dust resistance certification
- Software is filled with bloatware
7. OnePlus 7 Pro Alternative: Oppo Reno 10x
OnePlus 7 Pro alternative with a better selfie camera? You just found one!
- 2.8 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with octa-core processor.
- 6.6 inches screen, 93.1 % screen ratio, 2340 x 1080 resolution, 387 PPI density, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection
- Rear camera setup – 48MP + 13MP + 8MP three-shot full-focus image system
- 16 MP beauty selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture, 79.3° wide angle
- ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie
- 4,065 mAh battery with VOOC flash charging 3.0
The Oppo Reno is a big device having a 6.60-inch display and weighing around 210 grams. It comes in Ocean Green and Jet black colors. The mobile has an AMOLED display with 93.1 screen ratio and a pixel density of 387. The bezel-less display really brings pictures to life.
The device runs flawlessly with Snapdragon 855 from Qualcomm. For the gamer inside you, it comes with Adreno 640 GPU which can handle even the most graphic-intense games such as PUBG Mobile, GTA, Need For Speed, FORTNITE, etc at highest FPS. You have the option to choose between 6 GB or 8 GB variant.
The bestselling point of the Oppo Reno is the shark-fin rising camera. The front and rear flash along with front camera are cleverly built-in structure. This intricate movement of the fin is accomplished within 0.8s.
The 48 MP back camera with 13 MP telephoto lens and 8 MP wide-angle lens completes the tri-lens setup of the Oppo Reno. With 10x zoom, you are never far away from the action. The phone comes with night mode for low light photography. You are going to like the 10x zoom if you are a wildlife photographer or love capturing things at a distance.
The large AMOLED screen can cause the battery to drain somewhat faster but Reno comes with 3,765mAh of battery and Reno 10x comes with 4,065mAh which can last a day for a medium-to-heavy user. With the latest VOOC 3.0 charging speed has increased up to 100% compared to its predecessor VOOC 2.0.
The Color OS based on Android 9 is something you have never experienced on your previous smartphone. But it comes with a lot of bloatware. For example, it comes pre-installed with Opera Mini, Google Chrome and many more. You can get rid of these apps but it takes a while.
The Dolby ATMOS sound system is not something which you can find in every other smartphone and is a nice addition to the device. Overall the Oppo Reno is a very stylish device with delicate colors and that asymmetrical popup section really separates it from other devices.
- Stylish Device
- One of the best Camera phones out in the market
- AMOLED Display
- Bloatware in the OS
8. Best for Sprint or Verizon: LG V50 ThinQ
Carrier locked, but great specs and camera!
- 6.4-inch Bezel-Less OLED display with a Notch, Screen resolution 3120 x 1440 pixels and a pixel density of 537ppi
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor
- 6 Gb RAM and 128 GB internal storage
- 12 + 12 + 16 MP Triple Rear Cameras.
- 8 + 5 MP Dual Front Cameras
- 4,000 mAh battery with Quick Charging v3.0 and Wireless Charging
5G is all the rage now. Every network wants to get in on this hot new trend. LG’s new phone was introduced with Verizon and Sprint to make use of the next-generation network. The phone looks pretty much the same as its predecessor, but it is the first from LG to have 5G support – which is why the price is so jacked up.
There is no unlocked version of this device. If you buy it from Sprint or Verizon, it will not work with the other’s network. This is because the Sprint model uses a mid-band spectrum while the Verizon phone uses a millimeter-wave.
The design is pretty similar to the LG V40. We do like that the camera is flush against the back of the phone and that there is Gorilla Glass 6 to protect it from any scratches. However, the phone doesn’t have an in-screen fingerprint sensor, and the price that you are paying for it should really ensure that you get such premium features.
The screen of the phone is certainly its highlight. It is a big 6.4-inch screen with 3120 x 1440 resolution which ensures crystal clear pictures, every single time. The audio is excellent too, as the phone comes with stereo speakers and a Boombox feature which ensures that you can use amplified sound when the phone is placed on a wood table.
Talking about the performance, the phone is powered by Snapdragon 855 processor with 8GB of RAM. The powerful chipset ensures that the phone runs smoothly without any issues. The phone comes very close to matching performance provided by the big league phones like Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, OnePlus 7 Pro.
Although the phone runs on Android 9.0 Pie, it could use some tweaks. Switching between apps can be delayed, and sometimes the phone skips over one app entirely. The camera menu is also not very intuitive and may need some tweaking to ensure you can get to all the features.
Speaking of the camera, the image processing in this phone is far better than the previous one. The 12 + 12 + 16 MP triple camera setup on the back is very versatile and can take photos zoomed up as well as capture ultra-wide angled view. The photos are also very detailed and accurate to reality.
- Ready for 5G technology
- Bright and stunning screen
- Flush camera design
- Versatile photography modes
- Fast performance
- The software has too much bloatware
- No Unlocked version available
- Battery life poor on 4G LTE
9. Best Unlocked LG Device with Snapdragon 855: LG G8 ThinQ
Want an unlocked LG phone with the aforementioned chipset? The LG G8 ThinQ your best option!
- 6.1-inch QHD+ bezel-less display
- 6GB of RAM, 128GB of ROM, 3,500mAh battery
- Android 9.0 Pie with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
- Three back cameras, configured at 16MP, 12MP, and 12MP
- Depth sensing front camera
- Advanced Palm Vein Authentication
One of the best smartphones out in the market. With all the features of other flagships plus the smooth experience of Snapdragon 855 makes using this phone a flawless experience.
The LG G8 ThinQ comes with a display which is quite similar to the G7 ThinQ. It comes in black and silver colors. It’s not bad, but there is also nothing spectacular about it. The bezels of the phone are quite slim and you will not find a hole-punch camera like the newer phones.
The edges on the back and the curve in the front do make it very easy to handle the phone and provide it an ergonomic feel. The power button is easily accessible, but I did find it hard to reach the volume rocker button when I was using the phone with just my right hand.
This LG phone comes with a piezoelectric vibrator which produces sound through the display. LG is calling it Crystal Sound OLED and there is also a Boombox speaker on the phone. The result is that you get the loud sound you can hear even in busy outdoors, and the phone has a very decent bass quality.
Sound is not something which will help increase the immersive experience of watching a movie or video, and it will definitely satisfy the audiophile inside you. LG has also retained the headphone jack, so people are bound to be happy with the phone.
The phone has quite a capable camera. You will get a good detailed photo in good lighting, and the wide-angle feature makes it easy to take a variety of shots from different angles. The main lens also comes with Night View – a feature that will help you take excellent and detailed photos even in low light.
The LG phone comes with a massive 3500 mAh battery and with fast wireless charging, you’ll never be low on battery. This battery can give you up to 10 hours of screen-on time. However, when I played YouTube over WiFi, it only lasted 8 hours and 40 minutes – which isn’t bad but isn’t great either.
The phone comes with 128 GB of internal storage plus a micro SD slot, this storage can be expanded up to 2 TB. 6 GB RAM combined with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is more than sufficient for all your mobile functions. Performance is one of the only areas of this phone where I was completely satisfied. Snappy performance and quick to launch apps – what more can you ask for?
- Good battery life
- A good camera with fun video features
- Authentication with palm veins
- Flush camera against phone back
- Excessive bloatware
- The Display is mediocre
10. Feature Rich Yet Cheap: Meizu 16S
Want a cheap yet feature-rich Snapdragon 855 smartphone? The Meizu 16S comes with great features, amazing specs, and a cheap price!
- 6.2-inches AMOLED display (No notch or punch hole camera) with 2,232 x 1,080 Full HD+ resolution.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, OneMind 3.0 AI Engine.
- 6GB/8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128 GB/256 GB storage.
- 3,600 mAh battery with mCharge rapid charging
- In-display fingerprint reader
Meizu 16S is the latest flagship smartphone by the company. It has some updates over the predecessor, Meizu 16. It is, in essence, an affordable flagship phone which aims to target the same market as Xiaomi and Asus. It comes in three colors, Carbon black, Phantom blue, and Pearl white
Coming to the design of the phone, it looks quite similar to its predecessor. The phone is thin and light – and there is nothing excessively noticeable about the phone. The exterior is clean-cut and smart, but it’s also quite forgettable. The in-display fingerprint reader which works as fast as the big boys of Android such as Galaxy S10, OnePlus 7 Pro.
The phone has a 6.2-inch AMOLED display with a screen to body ratio of 91.53 percent. The corners are curved, and the phone looks quite impressive without a notch or bezel. It is quite easy to read everything on the display even in sunlight, and the colors on the display are quite rich.
The specs and performance of this phone are certainly unmatched. It is quite speedy and on par with other Android mainstream phones. The software OneMind 3.0 AI Engine presumably uses a series of optimizations which help with performance. All we can say is that the apps were launched quickly and even the ones running in the background didn’t slow down.
It supports 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, and 40 4G LTE bands. The phone works fine in Europe, but in the US – it supports very few bands provided by AT&T and T-Mobile. Because it does not support band 12 which is the primary frequency of AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s secondary “Extended Range” frequency – it can be difficult to use it in some remote areas.
You can use the phone for a day and a half on a single charge. Even if you are a heavy user, you will be able to use the phone for a full day without any lag which is a good thing, especially for a device from a Chinese brand which is not quite popular.
- Crystal clear display
- Powerful performance
- Excellent battery life
- Good camera
- Slim phone
- There are no updates
- No headphone jack
- No dust or water protection
11. Best Under Budget: Xiaomi Mi 9
Have a strong budget which can’t be increased? The Xiaomi Mi 9 should be a perfect model for you!
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 flagship processor, Octa-core processor, up to 2.84 GHz
- Android 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10
- 6.39″ AMOLED Full Screen Display*, 2340 x 1080 FHD+ 403 PPI
- In-screen Fingerprint Sensor, 3300 mAh battery, TÜV Rhineland Certiﬁed Safe Fast-Charge System
- Corning Gorilla Glass 6, Anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protective coating
- Rear Camera – 48MP primary camera + 12MP telephoto camera + 16MP Ultra wide-angle lens
- Front Camera – 20MP front camera with 0.9μm ƒ/2.0 aperture
Like all other Xiaomi devices, Mi 9 boasts of impressive specs but is a whole lot cheaper than other devices. With aluminum frame and glass at the front and at the back, the device feels super premium in hand. Besides, the premium feels the metal frame adds the durability factor too!
The 6.39-inch AMOLED display delivers vibrant colors with precision and a great brightness range. The device has just the perfect weight at 173g. Mi 9 is available in Piano Black, Lavender Violet, and Ocean Blue.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 is available in two variants 6 GB RAM + 64 GB internal storage and 8 GB + 128 GB internal storage. However, no SD card slot is provided within the mobile. This 6/8 GB of RAM is powered by Snapdragon 855 chipset with octa-core processor. As a result, you will experience smooth multitasking on this device no matter what you are doing.
Based on Android 9.0 Pie, The device runs the latest MIUI 10 launcher. MIUI 10 introduces a dark mode which will give the device a dark theme and helps you saving a large chunk of battery. However, people don’t like the UI because of ads.
A 6.39-inch AMOLED screen with a waterdrop notch makes it one of the tallest screens available in the market. The pixel density is great at 402ppi. The screen sits below Gorilla glass 6 while the back panel is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about scratches anymore.
The Xiaomi Mi9 comes with a 3,300mAh battery which is not so great with an AMOLED display but the 18W charger can take the device from 0 to 45% in half an hour. If this is not good enough for you, the device also supports wireless charging as well and for a mere $20, you can get a 20W wireless charger plus 27W turbocharger. Using the 27W charger will charge your depleted battery to 70-75% in half an hour.
Xiaomi has triple camera setup. The 48 MP primary camera paired with 12 MP telephoto snapper and a 16 MP wide-angle. Other than some basic changes in the camera app, Xiaomi has an AI toggle which will give you suggestions which mode you should use. HDR and night mode are provided just like any other smartphone.
- Best features in this price range
- Excellent AMOLED display
- Only triple camera setup device at this price
- Battery life is average
- No headphone jack in mobile
12. Cheapest Snapdragon 855 Phone: Vivo IQOO
Don’t want to waste money on features you won’t use? This is the cheapest Snapdragon 855 device you’ll find in the market!
- Funtouch OS 9 based on Android 9 platform
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- 6.41″ FHD+ 2340×1080 Super AMOLED Capacitive multi-touch screen
- Front camera Dual-core 12 megapixels
- Rear camera – Dual-core 12MP main camera + 13 million pixels wide-angle camera + 2 million pixels sub-camera
- F/2.0 (front), F/1.79 (rear main camera), F/2.4 (post-wide angle), F/2.4 (post-shot)
- In-screen fingerprint
Vivo launched IQOO in March 2019. The phone is available in 6/8 GB of RAM and 64/128 GB of internal storage. The most advanced variant of the phone will have 12GB of RAM. The phone looks stunning and is available in three different colors – Black, Blue, and Orange.
The screen offers 16M color combinations with a pixel density of 404ppi portrayed on a 6.38-inch multitouch AMOLED screen. As a result, the viewing experience is immersive and seamless. However, the phone is a bit heavy weighing 196g.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 paired with Adreno 640 GPU gives you a super smooth experience. Despite looking like an everyday phone, IQOO is a beast and can handle even the most intense gaming sessions. Unlike most of the flagships out there, IQOO also comes with a headphone jack.
The phone is equipped with the triple camera setup. A 12 MP main sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide sensor and 2 MP depth of field sensor. The front camera also has a 12MP sensor which takes decent selfies. The default camera app comes equipped with other filters such as AI Beauty, HDR mode, low light, etc. Manual mode is not included among these.
With 4,000 mAh battery, IQOO will give you 10-12 hours of on-screen time. If you’re not a heavy user, you may end your day with 30-40% of the juice still remaining. Overall the device has excellent battery life.
The IQOO runs Funtouch OS based on Android 9.0 Pie. Some new animations, eye-candy colors and dark mode are the main features of this new OS. The Funtouch OS has AI features like AI Turbo which will increase the speed of apps up to 30%. AI Turbo is also responsible for a good gaming experience, it can increase FPS by up to 73%. The Net Turbo technology makes sure you have a reliant and stable connection.
VIVO IQOO is one of the cheapest Snapdragon 855 phones which is suitable for high-end gaming and other basic purposes such as using popular apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and watching videos on Amazon Prime, YouTube or Netflix.
- Amazing specifications for a budget smartphone
- Multitouch helps in gaming
- Long-lasting battery life
- The Camera is fairly average
- Bloat-ware in OS
If performance is your main concern, there is nothing quite like a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. It is the newest technology which ensures that you get the most out of gaming, surfing, and VR. The above-mentioned list mentions every phone in the US that supports the technology.
There is no doubt that Galaxy S10 phones are marketed towards people who demand more from their phones. Both the S10 and S10e are aimed at providing users with excellent smartphones with a wide buffet of features meant to make their lives easier.
The Sony Xperia 1 offers increased multitasking with its massive display. You can easily run split-screen mode for using two apps at the same time. The handset is fitted with 6 GB of RAM which ensures that it can handle almost anything you deem fit.
OnePlus has given all it has got with the new flagship phone OnePlus 7 Pro. It may be an expensive smartphone, but the top-tier features ensure that you get the most of your money. With a pop-up selfie camera and 90Hz OLED display, it can match even the Pixel.
Other budget phones from companies like Asus, LG, Xiaomi ensure that you don’t have to spend a thousand dollars to get a stunning phone. You can also opt for the beautiful piece of art that is Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, which comes with a shark-fin selfie camera pop-up. It is not only a flagship phone but a powerful device that will stand out in the crowd.
Other brands you can consider are Meizu and Vivo IQOO if you want the fast chipset performance at a very low budget.