In our current world, everything is computerised, and we don’t just need the computerisation of things. We want them to be as powerful as possible. Bringing it down to smartphones, everybody wants a cute small computer to perform like a traditional computer, or as if it had the Snapdragon 855 processor.
For that to happen, our smartphones would need the hardware called the processor to be more powerful. The processor basically determines if the phone will run smoothly, even with multiple operations, or not.
This year, we’ve seen some of the most powerful smartphones of all time being launched and released onto the markets. Most of these smartphones are powerful because they run on the latest and most powerful processor from Qualcomm — the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset.
Qualcomm is probably the foremost mobile processor maker in the world and that’s probably the reason why almost all the big mobile giants get their chipsets from it.
Since the company has its Snapdragon 855 chipset in most of the top smartphones released until now, let’s see what makes the processor so special.
Features of the Snapdragon 855 processor
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, which is the upgrade for the Snapdragon 845, has 3x better AI performance than its predecessor. It also has support for 5G network, the latest upgrade in the network system. Its camera, battery, gaming and AI for voice performances have all been improved.
Improvements to its camera perfomance include HDR10+ and ability to take 4K HDR videos. On the battery side, the processor can Quick Charge 4+ fast charge. Other key things that also saw improvement in the Snapdragon 855 are the Wi-Fi, Computer Vision ISP, enhanced gaming, 3D sonic fingerprint scanning, and facial recognition.
Now, let’s get to know the top smartphones that run on the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855.
Top 5 smartphones running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
The Samsung Galaxy S10 phones are the company’s first 2019 flagship devices. They are the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and the lite version, Galaxy S10e. However, not all markets have the models with the Snapdragon 855 chipset. Some markets like India got the Exynos 9820 processor.
The Galaxy S10 series come with battery capacities of 3,400mAh, 4,100mAh, and 3,100mAh. The phones also have varied RAM/ROM options and come with Android 9.0 Pie.
The standard S10 comes with 3 cameras at the back with 12MP, 16MP, and 12MP. The selfie camera is a 10MP snapper.
The S10 Plus has the same 3 cameras at its back as the standard S10. To set itself apart, the S10 Plus has two selfie cams — 10MP and 8MP. The little Galaxy S10e has two back cameras (12MP and 16MP) and a 10MP selfie cam.
Their sizes are 6.1-inch (standard S10), 6.4-inch (S10 Plus), and 5.8-inch (S10e).
LG G8 ThinQ
LG also copped the Snapdragon 855 for its 2019 flagship smartphone, the LG G8 ThinQ.
The QS 855 in the LG G8 ThinQ comes with a new way for unlocking the device. This is the interesting Advanced Palm Vein Authentication. It unlocks the device by scanning the palm veins. Weird, right?
The G8 ThinQ has 3 cameras on the rear side and one on the front side. The 3 rear cameras are configured at 16MP, 12MP, and 12MP. The front-facing cam comes along with a depth-sensing feature.
The LG G8 ThinQ has a 6.1-inch QHD+ bezel-less display, powered by a 3,500mAh battery. The RAM is pegged at 6GB and the internal space capacity is 128GB. It also comes running on the latest Android 9.0 Pie.
Sony Xperia 1
Also part of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor gang is the Sony Xperia 1. Running on Android 9.0 Pie, the tall phone (21:9 aspect ratio) has a 6.5-inch OLED display. Its screen resolution is also configured at 3,840×1,644 pixels.
It has 3 cameras at the back and they all have the same megapixels — 12MP. On the front side is an 8MP selfie snapper.
The Sony Xperia 1 comes with a 3,300mAh battery, a 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage.
The Xiaomi is the next mobile device running on the powerful QS 855. Like the other top ones, it also comes with three rear cameras (48MP, 12MP, and 16MP). There is only one front snapper, which is configured at 20MP.
The unlocking tech is an in-display fingerprint scanner. The device has a Full HD+ AMOLED water drop notched display and runs on Android 9.0 Pie.
It also has two RAM/ROM variants: the one with 6GB/128GB and the other with 8GB/128GB. Battery capacity is 3,300mAh. The Mi 9 has additional variants — the Mi 9 Explorer and the Mi 9 SE.
The gaming smartphone from Vivo, the Vivo iQoo, is also rocking the Snapdragon 855 processor. It has support for the 44W Super Flash Charge tech. The in-display fingerprint scanner, multi-Turbo features, and Monster Touch shoulder buttons all combine to make the smartphone an easy gaming device.
It has a 6.41-inch Full HD+ water drop notch display. The battery inside has a capacity of 4,000mAh. Powered by Android 9.0 Pie, the Vivo iQoo comes in 4 RAM/ROM options: 6GB/128GB, 8GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB, and the large 12GB/256GB.
It carries 3 snappers on its back, organised at 12MP, 13MP, and 2MP. The front-facing snapper is also 12MP.
The Oppo Reno also sports the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. This smartphone has a 16MP pop-up front camera and 10x lossless zoom technology.
The rear camera is where it could really have a name. Among the 3 cameras at the back is a whopping 48MP lens. The other two are 8MP and 13MP. Its display is 6.6 inches.
The Oppo Reno comes in three RAM/ROM variants: the 6GB/128GB model, the 6GB/256GB model, and the bigger 8GB/256GB version.
The battery powering the phone has a strength of 4,065mAh. It has support for VOOC 3.0 fast charging tech. It comes running on Android 9.0 Pie and has an in-display fingerprint scanner.
A new addition to the list is the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro. This phone uses the same QS 855 processor as the others but costs less. The Pro variant starts from $670 (about ₵3,450).
Aside from having the Snapdragon 855 chipset, the OnePlus 7 Pro also comes with a triple-rear-camera system. The primary lens is a whopping 48MP lens, supported by a 16MP and an 8MP lens.
The selfie cam was not cut out on the 6.67-inch AMOLED screen like most notchless smartphones. The selfie cam is a motorised pop-up camera fitted on top of the phone with a 16MP sensor.
Coming in three variants based on the RAM/ROM, we have the 6GB/128GB model, the medium 8GB/256GB and the senior 12GB/256GB model.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is powered by a 4000mAh battery and Android 9.0 (Pie) and OnePlus’ OxygenOS 9. Unfortunately, there’s no wireless charging, no headphone jack, and no memory expansion slot.