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The best Snapdragon 865 phones you can get

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 in plastic case

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If you’re a demanding user, getting one of the Snapdragon 865 phones that are available is the way to go. Qualcomm’s latest and greatest chipset can handle just about any task you throw at it with ease. It’s usually paired with loads of RAM and a great GPU, so you won’t have any problems with things like playing the latest games and multitasking.

The selection of Snapdragon 865 phones isn’t massive at the moment, but there are still a number of great options available. If you don’t like any of the phones listed in this post and don’t need a new handset urgently, we advise you to wait. There are a lot of upcoming phones with Snapdragon 865 on the horizon including the Galaxy Note 20 and OnePlus 8T, just to name a few. 

Best Snapdragon 865 phones:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list when new phones with Snapdragon 865 are released.

1. Samsung Galaxy S20 series

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Snapdragon 865 phone

The Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra are all powered by the Snapdragon 865 in the US. However, the phones pack the Exynos 990 chipset under the hood in Europe and other regions. 

Read next: Samsung Galaxy S20 buyer’s guide

All three phones sport 120Hz displays, support wireless charging, and are IP68 rated. You also get an in-display fingerprint scanner and expandable storage with each one. Unfortunately, though, there’s no headphone jack on board.

The S20 Ultra is the most powerful phone in the series, sporting the biggest display, the best cameras, and the largest battery. The S20 Plus is next in line, followed by the regular S20. Although there are differences between them, all of them are flagship phones that will satisfy the demands on hardcore users. You can check out the differences in specs between the three below.

Samsung Galaxy S20 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 865 or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 865 or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 865 or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 12, and 48MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. LG V60 ThinQ

LG V60 back against chair

This is the best LG phone you can currently get. In addition to the Snapdragon 865 chipset, the LG V60 also comes with an IP68 rating and a MIL-STD 810G design for improved durability. Thankfully, none of this comes at the expense of the headphone port, which is still offered here.

The LG V60 ThinQ still has a headphone jack.

LG’s flagship features 8K recording, wireless charging, a big battery, and an OLED screen with an in-display fingerprint sensor. This 5G device also supports expandable storage and packs a large 5,000mAh battery. Other specs and features worth mentioning include a quad DAC and stereo speakers.

The only major downside in terms of hardware is that the phone lacks a telephoto or periscope camera, using its 64MP primary camera for zoom instead. But it’s easy to forgive when you look at the rest of the features and the relatively affordable price tag. 

LG V60 ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64 and 13MP + 3D ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Oppo Find X2 Pro

Oppo Find X2 Pro back against orage 1

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The Oppo Find X2 Pro doesn’t turn heads like its predecessor did due to its unique sliding design, but it’s still a beast of a phone. It comes with a great design and packs plenty of 2020 flagship features, including a Snapdragon 865 processor, a QHD+ 120Hz OLED screen, 12GB of RAM, and a 4,260mAh battery with blazing-fast 65W charging.

Read next: The best Android phones you can get

The Find X2 Pro’s camera credentials are impressive too, delivering a new 48MP camera that’s technically superior to other 48MP sensors, an ultra-wide 48MP camera, and a 13MP 5X zoom lens. Just don’t expect 8K video recording like with many other 2020 flagships.

This Snapdragon 865 phone is resistant to water and dust thanks to IP68 rating and can handle two SIM cards at once. It’s a big device, sporting a 6.7-inch display. It wasn’t officially released in the US, but you can get the international model on Amazon.

Oppo Find X2 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Cameras: 48MP main, 48MP ultra-wide, and 13MP periscope
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,260mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Xiaomi Mi 10 series

Snapdragon 865-powered Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro phone

The Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro are two of the best Xiaomi phones you can currently get. They are similar in many ways, both featuring a 6.67-inch display with curved edges, the Snapdragon 865 chipset, and as much as 12GB of RAM.

The biggest difference between them is in the camera department, where the Pro model offers more. The phone also supports faster charging (50W vs 30W) but comes with a slightly smaller battery. You can check out these details and more in the specs section below.

You get an in-display fingerprint scanner with both devices, but don’t expect a headphone jack. The devices run Android 10 with Xiaomi’s MIUI skin on top and support reverse wireless charging. They are great phones overall, but keep in mind they are much more expensive than their predecessors.

Xiaomi Mi 10 specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 13, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,780mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 20, 12, 8MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. Sony Xperia 1 II

Sony xperia 1 II 2020 mark 2 press shots 2

Sony’s latest flagship packs the Snapdragon 865 chipset under the hood along with 8GB of RAM. You’ll find three 12MP cameras at the back as well as a ToF sensor that should help with portrait mode images.

Like most other Xperia phones, the weirdly named 1 II has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. It also comes with a 21:9 display that makes the phone quite lanky. You also get wireless charging, an IP68 rating, and even a headphone jack. All these things combined make it one of the best Snapdragon 865 phones you can get.

The phone will go up for pre-order on June 1 before hitting the shelves on July 24. It’s a great device overall, although it’s overpriced at $ 1,200. But keep in mind that you get a free pair of Sony’s WF-1000XM3 headphones during the pre-order period.

Sony Xperia 1 II specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 4K
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

6. OnePlus 8 series

OnePlus 8 Pro vs OnePlus 8

OnePlus’ latest flagship series consists of two phones: the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. The Pro model offers more, featuring a bigger display with a higher resolution, an extra camera at the back, a larger battery, and wireless charging, among a few other things.

The two handsets do have a lot of similarities, though. In addition to being powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset, both are also dual-SIM devices, come with as much as 12GB of RAM, and sport an in-display fingerprint scanner.

The phones are more expensive than previous OnePlus devices, but they are still cheaper than rivals such as the Galaxy S20. You can check out the exact prices via the button below.

OnePlus 8 specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

OnePlus 8 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 48, 5MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,510mAh
  • Software: Android 10

7. Motorola Edge Plus

Motorola Edge Plus in repose

Motorola made a comeback to the flagship sector of the smartphone world this years with the launch of the Edge Plus. It’s a great phone overall that’s powered by Qualcomm’s flagship chipset and comes with 12GB of RAM under the hood.

The display is quite large at 6.7 inches and has a 90Hz refresh rate. The edges of the display are curved, which may or may not be a good thing depending on your preference. Other specs and features worth mentioning include four rear cameras, a 5,000mAh battery, and wireless charging.

The biggest drawback of the phone for US consumers is that it’s available exclusively on Verizon. It’s also expensive, although the story is the same with most other flagship phones these days.

Motorola Edge Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 16 and 8MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 25MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Poco F2 Pro

The Poco F2 Pro.

The Poco F2 Pro is known as the Redmi K30 Pro in some markets. It’s a high-end phone, although it lacks a few premium features you get with other flagships like wireless charging and IP rating. The good side of this is that the price point is lower.

The battery is said to go from zero to 100 percent in 63 minutes.

This Snapdragon 865 phone sports a 6.67-inch Full HD+ display, up to 8GB of RAM, and a 4,700mAh battery with 30-watt charging. The company claims you can get the battery from zero to 100 percent in 63 minutes.

The F2 Pro also features a pop-up selfie camera, four rear cameras, and a headphone jack. All these things combined make it one of the best Snapdragon 865 phones you can get.

Poco F2 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,700mAh
  • Software: Android 10

9. Realme X50 Pro

Realme X50 Pro 5G Display flat lay at angle

The Realme X50 Pro falls into the flagship killer category because it offers a great price-performance ratio. You get the best Snapdragon chipset available, up to 12GB of RAM, and a large Super AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate.

The battery comes in at 4,200mAh and supports 65-watt charging that gets it from zero to 100 percent in about 45 minutes, according to our testing. The build quality is great, although the design feels a bit dated.

The biggest drawback of the phone is that the cameras aren’t the best. Although they get the job done during daytime, they aren’t that great when it comes to low-light photography.

Realme X50 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.44-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

10. Red Magic 5G

RedMagic 5G with the Snapdragon 865 chipset

This is a great device overall, although it’s not for everyone. It’s a gaming phone, which means its design is a bit out there. But that also means that performance is top-notch. In addition to the Snapdragon 865 chipset, you also get a 144Hz display, active cooling, gaming triggers, and more.

The phone also packs stereo speakers, a headphone jack, and up to 16GB of RAM. What’s more, it’s relatively affordable, at least when compared to other similar phones.

However, the Red Magic does have a few drawbacks. The software is far from perfect, and the launcher can’t be changed. The phone also doesn’t support expandable storage and has a mediocre camera system.

Red Magic 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.65-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

These are the best Snapdragon 865 phones you can currently get in our opinion, although they aren’t the only ones. Additionally, there are a lot of upcoming phones with Snapdragon 865 we’re looking forward to from brands like Samsung and OnePlus, among others.

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Redmi K30 Racing Edition goes official as first phone with Snapdragon 768G

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Xiaomi has launched a new phone in the Redmi K30 series. Called the Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition (although machine translation also calls it the Extreme or Speed Edition), it’s the first phone to feature Qualcomm’s upgraded Snapdragon 768G chipset.

The new 5G-enabled processor brings a slight performance increase over the existing Snapdragon 765 and 765G. It boosts the CPU clock speed from 2.4GHz to 2.8GHz. It also ups the performance of the Adreno 620 GPU by about 15%.

Elsewhere, the new Snapdragon 768G includes an integrated 5G modem, making the Redmi K30 Racing Edition compatible with dual mode SA/NSA 5G. The phone also gets 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Besides the upgraded silicon, the Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition gets the same 120Hz refresh rate as its predecessor. The display size is also the same at 6.67-inches. It has an FHD+ resolution (1080 x 2400 pixels) and a 20:9 aspect ratio.

What else to know about Redmi K30 variant?

There’s a vertically aligned quad camera setup at the back consisting of a 64MP Sony IMX686 primary camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, a 5MP macro camera, and a 2MP depth-of-field sensor. As you can see, the camera setup is pretty much the same as the Redmi K30 5G.

On the front of the Redmi K30 Racing Edition is a 20MP selfie shooter assisted by a 2MP depth sensor, both housed within punch holes on the right corner of the screen.

In terms of connectivity, the phone features a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as a USB-C port. In addition to 5G connectivity mentioned before, the phone also supports dual SIM compatibility, Bluetooth, NFC, an IR blaster, and GPS/ A-GPS.

The volume buttons rest on the right edge of the phone and the fingerprint sensor is integrated with the power button.

The entire package is powered by a 4,500mAh battery and there’s 30W fast charging onboard. There’s no wireless charging on the phone.

Redmi K30 Racing Edition: Price and availability

The new Snapdragon 768G phone has only launched in China for now. It is priced at 1,999 Chinese Yuan (~$ 282).

Overall, the new Redmi K30 Racing Edition isn’t at all different from the Redmi K30 5G. The only exception is its new Qualcomm chip, which should improve the overall performance of the phone and assist with a better gaming experience given its GPU boost.

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This is why Poco hasn’t launched a Snapdragon 865 or 855 phone yet

Poco X2 and logo in focus

Poco has officially launched its second smartphone to date and it’s not the Poco F2. You don’t get a flagship killer without a flagship chipset. Instead, we got the Poco X2 — at best a mid-range phone with some cool tricks up its sleeve. It comes with a 120Hz display and quad cameras under the $ 250 price tag, but it doesn’t really cut it if you were waiting for a Pocophone F1 successor.

We asked Poco’s general manager Manmohan Chandolu why that’s the case and one of the primary reasons he cited is a slight deviation in the traditional pricing structure of flagship chipsets. According to Chandolu, Poco — a company that calls itself a startup — did not find costs of Qualcomm’s 2019 and 2020 flagship SoCs feasible. Here’s what Poco says happened.

Our verdict: Poco X2 review: A perfectly average mid-range phone

A chip off the block

“Chipsets right now, all 800-series chipsets, are extremely expensive. And [the Snapdragon 865], being the first 5G generation, is just a lot more expensive,” the executive told Android Authority at the Poco X2 launch.

The face of Poco’s newly formed independent identity, Chandolu still swears by the Snapdragon 845 and believes it to be an extremely well-priced performance workhorse. “But 845 is not there in the market anymore,” he remarked.

While we would tend to agree with the Poco GM on the Snapdragon 845’s capabilities even almost a year after its launch, the question still remains: why didn’t Poco upgrade to the Snapdragon 865, or at least the 855?

Related: The Poco X2 isn’t the Pocophone you’ve been waiting for (and that’s okay)

“The Snapdragon 865, as I told you, is already very expensive and it does not make any sense,” Chandolu said, “Then what could we have considered? [The Snapdragon] 855. Right?”

He continues to tell us that the Snapdragon 855 did not see the same price depreciation as the company expected: “The 855 was launched with a little [sic] higher price point and we expected that also to undergo some depreciation. But 865 has launched extremely high and now the transition from 4G to 5G is happening across the board. So the depreciation the 855 should have seen [did not happen].”

That’s why, Poco claims, it chose the more affordable Snapdragon 730G octa-core chipset. Chandolu believes the Poco X2, like the F1, will still stay true to being a gaming-centric device even with a 700-series Qualcomm SoC at its heart.

Why does a higher processor cost matter?

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 in hand front

It’s a well-known fact in the smartphone industry (and in basic economics) that higher processor costs directly impact the retail prices of phones.

In this instance, the Snapdragon 845 which powered the first Poco phone reportedly cost manufacturers somewhere around $ 45 plus additional licensing fee per chip. Its price was later reduced, as Chandolu tells us, but it’s no longer available in the market.

Related: How low will 5G smartphone prices go in 2020?

Then came the Snapdragon 855 and 855 Plus, which were reportedly priced around $ 53 per chip, in addition to some extra fee that Qualcomm is said to charge. Now, industry insiders believe that prices of 5G chipsets, like the Snapdragon 865, are likely 50% more than their 4G counterparts.

This will not only unnecessarily drive up the cost of upcoming flagship smartphones in markets where 5G is a non-factor, it will also prevent the likes of Poco from pulling off an affordable flagship-grade 5G phone at the original Pocophone F1’s price point of $ 300.

Is a cheap Pocophone F2 coming with a Snapdragon 865?

While Chandolu refused to confirm the existence of the Poco F2, unlike in a previous interview, he didn’t seem too optimistic about bringing a 5G-ready smartphone to the Indian market yet.

That’s because Poco is essentially an India-only brand as of now. It is not looking to expand its horizons internationally just yet. That, combined with the lack of any 5G network in the country right now or in the near future, would not serve Poco’s interests at the moment.

“It’s not just chipsets, right? We also want the infrastructure to be ready,” said Chandolu. “Again, what’s the point of having a chipset if the infrastructure is not available?”

“My worry with 5G right now is that it requires a lot of infrastructure costs, huge infrastructure costs, so I do not know how that will play. Probably closer to that [India getting the 5G infrastructure] we will probably take a look at our strategy and formulate our thoughts on it.”

For now, a powerful Poco flagship still seems unlikely to launch anytime soon… unless the company surprises us all by pulling a rabbit out of its hat for a second time.

The future of Poco

Poco X2 and back panel

In a nutshell, the new Poco brand doesn’t seem to have a clear chipset or pricing play in mind. Chandolu says that the brand will keep its strategy dynamic and is not really ready to set things in stone.

Poco also has a bunch of other factors to consider, including how much it can compete with its former parent company Xiaomi. This is especially problematic since both brands still share many of the same resources, right down to research and development. Then there’s the matter of Xiaomi bringing its premium Mi-branded phones to India, which Poco will need to carefully weigh in order to price its flagships competitively.

For now, however, we have the Poco X2, and the promise that the Poco brand is back and, this time around, is here to stay.

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Qualcomm confirms LG G5 will use Snapdragon 820

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At this stage of the game I don’t think there’s anyone out there that doesn’t already know the upcoming LG G5 will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC. But that hasn’t stopped the semiconductor maker from jumping the gun on this weekend’s announcement at MWC 2016 by confirming in a tweet that the LG G5 will use the new chipset. The tweet doesn’t specifically mention the LG G5 by name, but with LG’s only other announcements being mid-range devices, it’s obvious they’re referring to the G5.

The LG G5 has been outed in a series of leaks the last few days, from being photographed and listed for sale on Dubai’s equivalent of Craigslist, to our very own LG G5 Magic Slot module leak and the revelation of an Always on display (which we posted first, only to have LG’s social media steal our thunder a half hour later). Despite confirmation of the modules and processor, there is still some confusion surrounding the Always On display. We were told it is just like the LG V10 secondary ticker display but on the entire front screen. Other sources have claimed there is a second screen exactly like the V10, but then retracted the claim.

LG V10 Vs LG G4 Quick Look-15See also: LG G5 rumor roundup: release date, specs, and features94

There’s only a few days to go and we’re sure to see more leaks, specs and images hit the airwaves soon, so stay tuned to the LG G5 rumor roundup above and keep an eye on our constantly updated MWC 2016 page for all the latest MWC 2016 news when the event starts on Sunday.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 said to be 50% stronger than the Samsung Exynos 7420

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 AA

We know it’s unfair to compare the Samsung Exynos 7420 to a next generation high-end processor, but in this case Sammy’s chipset is serving as a benchmark that will help us get an idea of just how good the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC will be. That is, assuming the latest report is to be believed.

Analyst Pan Jiutang has published insider knowledge coming from an “upstream friend” who claims the Snapdragon 820 is going to be a massive upgrade compared to current generation flagship processors. The source claims there are insane differences between the Snapdragon 820 and the Exynos 7420, which is the CPU you will find in most Samsung high-end smartphones right now, including the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5.

Exynos 7 Octa

It turns out the Snapdragon 820 will be 50% more powerful than the Exynos 7420, a chip that is already known for its ample processing power (#1 in our Best Android phones post has this CPU). Furthermore, it is said even single-threading tests produce the same outcome.

qualcomm-snapdragon-820-leakGiven, these are processors from different generations, but a 50% increase doesn’t fail to impress, especially considering most upgrades tend to be gradual. It also leaves us wondering why the already powerful Snapdragon 810 would need such a huge upgrade. Especially considering people were left worried about possible overheating issues. Will that much more power warrant an equal amount of added heat? Let’s hope not!

We must also keep in mind that recent rumors say the Samsung Galaxy S7 is to feature a Snapdragon 820 processor in the USA and China. The reason is still unknown, but such happening would suggest Samsung has a basis for opting for the Snapdragon 820, as opposed to its own chips.


So far we know the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 will feature the new Adreno 530 GPU, a Hexagon 680 DSP, an improved Kryo CPU and improved  LTE/WiFi connectivity. More details will probably come as we near a release, but the real competition wills start once we start hearing more about Samsung’s upcoming processors. Until then, all we can do is look at our newest Galaxy handsets and wonder what it would be like to have 50% more power added to them.

Do you even need that much performance?

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Xiaomi Mi 4c specs leaked, packing a Snapdragon 808 and USB Type-C


Xiaomi probably surprised a number of its home-grown fans in China when it announced that its new Mi 4i would be heading to India first, but such is the company’s focus on the fast growing Indian market. However, it looks like Chinese customers are in for a new low cost device of their own called the Mi 4c, complete with some beefed up specifications.

A picture from China of the back of the box has given away pretty much all of the specifications for the Mi 4c, which appears similar to the Mi 4i in many regards. There’s the same 13 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and similar 3,080mAh battery as the Indian handset.

However, the Xiaomi Mi 4c is expected to ship with a high performance Snapdragon 808 SoC, the same chip found in the LG G4. This SoC features two high power Cortex-A57 CPU cores, four lower power A53 cores and an Adreno 418 GPU. For comparison, the Mi 4i ships with an octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC, which is built solely from lower performance Cortex-A53 cores and an Adreno 405 GPU. This should give the Mi 4c considerably more grunt in demanding scenarios and while gaming.


The Mi 4c also apparently comes with a USB Type-C connector, another first for a Xiaomi smartphone. Although not listed on the back of the box, the smartphone is also expected to ship with a 5-inch 1080p display and Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 7 operating system. A 32GB variant is also likely in the works.

We don’t have any official details regarding the handset’s price tag yet, but the Mi 4c is expected to cost around 1,299 Yuan, which is almost exactly the same price as the Mi 4i. That’s potentially a very good deal, even for a Xiaomi handset, given the extra processing hardware on board. A release announcement is expected sometime in the first week of September.

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OPPO Mirror 5s officially announced – 5-inch display, Snapdragon 410 CPU, 8MP camera

OPPO Mirror 5s announced

Although early claims stated that the rumored OPPO Mirror 5s wouldn’t be released until the second week in July, it looks like the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has taken the wraps off of its mid-ranger a bit early. Officially unveiled in Taiwan earlier today, the OPPO Mirror 5s features a reflective crystal pattern on its back, as well as a handful of specifications that are actually quite impressive.

The new smartphone has a 5.0-inch 1280×720 display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage and microSD card expansion up to 128GB. It also has a 2420mAh battery, an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, a dual SIM card slot and 4G LTE connectivity. What’s more, the smartphone is running ColorOS 2.1, which is based off of Android 5.1 Lollipop.

So far, there’s been no mention of pricing or availability, so we’ll have to wait for official word from the company before we know anything for sure. We’ll be sure to let you know when we get word from OPPO regarding these details. If you’d like to take a closer look at the handset, be sure to head on over to OPPO’s website.

If the new Mirror 5s ends up making its way to the U.S. for a relatively affordable price point, would you be interested in purchasing one for yourself?

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LG reassures that the G Flex 2 and G4 won’t be affected by Snapdragon 810 issue

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Yesterday Qualcomm revealed that a “large company” had decided not to use the Snapdragon 810 in an upcoming flagship, with all signs pointing to Samsung. The reason for this change reportedly had to do with Snapdragon 810’s alleged overheating issues, something Samsung encountered in its tests of the chip. So why did Samsung run into problems and not LG? As it turns out, LG had more troubles developing the 810-powered LG G Flex 2 than it originally let on.

Despite denying that overheating was an issue a week earlier, at an LG earnings conference in South Korea LG came clean and admitted that it had ran into some issues with its “initial batch” of chips. However, LG and Qualcom have since dealt with the issues and all is on schedule both for the release of the LG G Flex 2 and the future release of the LG G4.

Despite denying that overheating was an issue a week earlier, at an LG earnings conference in South Korea LG came clean.

Speaking of the G4, LG was also asked if the latest iteration might feature a metallic body when it arrives. As you might expect, LG was pretty vague stating that “these decisions will be based on market demand.” Considering just about every OEM is now shifting to metal for flagships, we’d say the demand is there. Whether or not LG decides to follow suit is a whole other matter.

Back to the subject of overheating, providing that LG is being 100% truthful on the matter, that means other OEMs that are expected to still utilize the Snapdragon 810 (like HTC) shouldn’t experience any delays either. Let’s just hope that everything goes according to plan, both for the sake of OEMs, Qualcomm and for us consumers who want the latest and greatest without having to deal with further delays.

What do you think of the “Snapdragon 810 fiasco”, based on what we know so far? Will this hurt Qualcomm’s reputation in the long term, or will they bounce back as long as they truly have solved any performance issues by the time devices reach customers?

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Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 810 is on schedule for 2015

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Qualcomm was recently under attack with claims that their upcoming Snapdragon 810 SoC had hit a snag or two, that it would be late to market. Qualcomm want’s nothing of this, confirming that the Snapdragon 810 is on track, that we have nothing to worry about.

The claims were that the Snapdragon 810 is plagued by thermal and memory issues, plus a GPU bug or two. Qualcomm’s upcoming 64-bit SoC will be their first processing unit built on their newest 20nm architecture.

Qualcomm hasn’t specifically addressed the individual claims, but they were quick to respond to Fudzilla, assuring them that the Snapdragon 810 should be available on devices in the first half of 2015. Senior Director of Public Relations for Qualcomm, Jon Carvill, offered the assurances.

I can tell you that everything with Snapdragon 810 remains on track and we expect commercial devices to be available in 1H 2015.
Jon Carvill

This is great news for manufacturers like Samsung and LG, who are said to be building their next flagships, that’s the Galaxy S6 and the LG G4, with the Snapdragon 810 SoC.

We have seen a few 64-bit chipsets on the market already, with the NVIDIA Tegra K1, which can be found mostly in tablets, like the Nexus 9, and a handful of lower-end Qualcomm SoCs, like the Snapdragon 410 in devices like the HTC Desire 510. The Snapdragon 810, however, promises to usher in a new level of overall processor performance for the next generation of flagship Android phones.

Be sure to check out our previous coverage of 64-bit processors, Qualcomm’s roadmap for 2015 and a bit about the current high-end 64-bit SoC options.

What do you say, will you be buying into the latest devices running the Snapdragon 805, or will you hold off another few months to get into the Snapdragon 810?

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