Qualcomm announced its latest processor, the Snapdragon 845, at Snapdragon Tech Summit in December 2017. This is the successor of the famous Snapdragon 835 that powers most Android flagships in 2017. We won’t be surprised if all the best Android smartphones in 2018 come with the new Snapdragon 845 processor.
In this article, we’re going to introduce new features of the SD845 and a list of all smartphones coming with the new SoC.
The new Qualcomm processor is manufactured on Samsung Foundry’s lines and it features the same 10nm manufacturing process as its predecessor. The focuses of the processor are immersive XR experiences, a smart personal assistant, and vault-like security. This is a very powerful mobile platform, so it is planned to power some Windows 10 laptops as well.
The chip is engineered with the Kryo 385 CPU with clock speed of up to 2.8 GHz, and the Adreno 630 GPU with 30% improvement in graphics rendering. It features the Qualcomm Spectra 280 ISP (image signal processor) for a premium camera and AR/VR experience. This allows capturing 10-bit 4K Ultra HD videos at 60 FPS, 720p videos at 480fps, and 16MP images at 60 frames per second.
Besides, the system has the 3rd-gen Hexagon 685 DSP for AI processing, the new Secure Processing Unit to protect personal data, the Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem supporting Gigabit LTE service, all-day battery life, and Quick Charge 4+ technology.
Qualcomm promises a 25% performance uplift as compared to the Snapdragon 835.
List of Smartphones with Snapdragon 845 SoC
1. Samsung Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are the first Snapdragon 845 smartphone. Although some versions will come with the Samsung’s in-house Exynos 9 Series 9810 SoC, you will receive the Snapdragon processor when buying the S9 in the United States. The phones have support for T-Mobile’s new 600MHz network. Besides, the S9 Plus features a 6.2″ Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display while the S9 has a 5.8″ display. The best upgrade of the S9 Plus is the dual-camera setup with a 12MP telephoto lens and a 12MP wide-angle lens with dual apertures (f/1.5 and f/2.4).
You can buy the factory-unlocked S9 for $719 and S9 Plus for $839.
2. Sony Xperia XZ2 & XZ2 Compact
Sony upgrades their flagship lineup with the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact. The duo gets rid of the OmniBalance design as found on previous Xperia devices, so now we have a much more modern design. Both of them have the same SnapDragon 845 processor, 19MP rear camera capable of 4K HDR and 960fps FHD slow-mo video recording, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The differences are just the battery capacity and screen size (5 inches and 5.7 inches).
3. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
Xiaomi released the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S in Shanghai in late March 2018. It is touted as the combination of technology and art with the nearly bezel-less design, a ceramic body, and an aluminum frame.
In terms of hardware, The Mi Mix 2S is powered by Snapdragon 845, a 5.99-inch AMOLED display with the resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels, 6GB/8GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB/256GB of internal storage, and 3400 mAh battery. The dual camera setup is quite impressive as it earns an overall score of 97 at DxoMark and the Photo sub-score even reaches 101 points.
Pricing of the global version of the Mi Mix 2S starts at around $529.
4. Asus Zenfone 5Z
Asus Zenfone 5Z has an almost identical design as the Apple iPhone X with the rear dual cameras and a notch on top of the display. The specs include an IPS LCD 6.2-inch display with Full-HD Plus resolution, a fingerprint scanner on the back, 4GB/6GB/8GB RAM, and 64GB/128GB/256GB of internal storage.
The Zenfone is priced at $579 on GearBest.
5. Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
The Xperia XZ2 Premium was announced just 2 months after the XZ2 and this is a much more powerful smartphone. It is upgraded in every aspect including the display, camera, and battery. It boasts a 5.8″ 4K HDR display, a bigger 3540mAh battery, and dual rear cameras that are capable of shooting low light photos at ISO51200, 960 fps Super slow motion and 4K HDR video recording. It also ships with Android 8.0 Oreo and Snapdragon 845 SoC.
6. LG G7 ThinQ
The LG G7 ThinQ debuted in New York in early May 2018. Notably, the phone has a 6.1-inch QHD+ FullVision Super Bright display with a notch up top. Another feature worth noting is a dedicated button on the left side to launch Google Assistant and Google Lens. Apart from those things, we still have powerful specs with Snapdragon 845, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, Android 8.1 Oreo, and a 3,000mAh battery. It’s also equipped with a dual camera setup on the back, including a primary 16MP f/1.6 sensor and a 16MP f/1.9 sensor with super wide-angle lens.
7. OnePlus 6
OnePlus always tries to pack the latest tech into their products at an affordable price, and the OnePlus 6 is not an exception. It features a tall 6.3-inch AMOLED display with a notch cutout on top, a metal frame, and Gorilla Glass back with curved edges. It comes in some variants with RAM options of 6GB and 8GB and storage options of 64GB, 128GB, and 256 GB. On the back, we have a dual-camera setup including a 16MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a supported 20MP sensor.
The OnePlus 6 started shipping in May 2018 and pricing starts from $529.
8. Xiaomi Black Shark
Black Shark is a gaming smartphone built in the partnership with the gaming product company Black Shark Technology. The phone is available exclusively in China and its starting price is just $467 for the 6GB/64GB variant. It features a 6-inch display with the resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 pixels, Snapdragon 845 chipset, a dual 12MP + 20MP rear-camera setup, and a 4,000mAh battery.
Notably, it has some features dedicated to gamers. You can use the one-sided gamepad connected to this phone via Bluetooth, its battery life could reach 30 hours. Besides, Black Shark is equipped with a liquid cooling system to avoid overheating during gaming.
9. HTC U12+
The HTC U12 Plus is the brand’s flagship for 2018. The phone has a new design with ultra thin borders, a beautiful Translucent Blue color, and the removal of all physical buttons. The buttons are replaced by pressure sensitive buttons which will give you touch feedback. The most notable feature is Edge Sense 2 which offers new gestures like holding and tapping, apart from the existing squeezing on the sides of the phone.
The pricing starts at $799 for the 64GB variant.
10. Xiaomi Mi 8
In late May 2018, Xiaomi announced 2 versions of the new Xiaomi Mi 8 powered by the Snapdragon 845; We have the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition.
Both of them feature a 6.21-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display with a notch on top housing front camera and infrared sensors, and vertically stacked 12MP dual-rear camera modules.
The Mi 8 Explorer Edition has some more special features like a see-through glass back, 3D face unlock, and a pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint scanner.
11. LG V35 ThinQ
The LG V35 has the same design as its successors like V30 or V30S. There are just some internal upgrades including the Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6GB of RAM, DTS:X 3D surround sound, enhanced far-field voice recognition, and the camera setup which is upgraded to 16MP(F/1.9)+16MP(F/1.6) and an 8MP selfie shooter.
The V35 has similar specs as the LG G7 ThinQ, except that it has no notch and the display is upgraded to a P-OLED screen.
12. Asus ROG Smartphone
Asus ROG is the new gaming smartphone which is based on the Snapdragon 845 SoC. The processor is clocked up to 2.96GHz, nearly 200MHz higher than the standard one. Another important feature is the new GameCool system with a copper heat spreader and 3D vapor chamber for better heat dissipation during gaming. Besides, it has a 6.0″ 18:9 (2160×1080) AMOLED display with the 90Hz refresh rate and HDR support, and dedicated ultrasonic AirTriggers buttons.
You can use the smartphone with accessories like Gamevice controller, a WiGig Dock to cast wirelessly to TV, a TwinView Dock with a secondary screen, and a Mobile Desktop Dock to hook up to your monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
13. Sharp Aquos R2
The AQUOS R2 is available exclusively for the Japanese market, just like many other Sharp’s smartphones. It has a dual-camera setup on the back like many recent phones, however, the most interesting feature is that they use one as a dedicated video camera. That is the 16.3MP super wide-angle (135 degrees) sensor with electronic video stabilization that can produce beautiful cinematic footages.
Some other specs include the 6-inch IGZO LCD screen with the 3,040 x 1,440 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, Dolby Vision for HDR content, and Dolby Atmos audio support.
14. Smartisan R1
Smartisan R1 was announced in May 2018 for the Chinese market. The most notable feature of the phone is that there is a variant with 1TB of UFS 2.1 storage which costs approximately $1,400. Other specs include a 6.17-inch 2,242 x 1,080 notched LCD display, 6GB/8GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB/1TB of internal storage, a dual rear camera setup with a 12MP Sony IMX363 sensor (f/1.8 aperture) and a 20MP Sony IMX350 sensor (f/1.75 aperture), and a 3,600mAh battery.
15. Vivo NEX S
Vivo, a Chinese smartphone manufacturer, released the Vivo NEX S in India in July 2018. It is considered the first smartphone with a truly bezel-less display (91.24% screen-to-body ratio). Another interesting feature is the pop-up selfie camera that will show up when you open the Camera app.
Some other specs include a 6.59-inch Super AMOLED display, 12MP + 5MP dual camera, 4000mAh battery, an in-display fingerprint sensor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB/256GB of internal storage.
16. Oppo Find X
Oppo introduced the Oppo Find X in June 2018 and it is one step closer to a full-screen smartphone (the screen-to-body ratio is 93.8%). They made it possible by removing all buttons on the front and adding motorized slide-out cameras. The whole camera system is only revealed when you need to unlock the phone using 3D face scanning of the front camera or when you open the Camera app.
Apart from the unique design, we see familiar specs like Snapdragon 845, 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB storage, and a 6.4-inch OLED screen.
Some other smartphones that could be powered by the Snapdragon 845 include Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, MOTO Z, ZTE Nubia Z18, and Meizu 16.
This is a developing article; I will continue updating this post as soon as new devices are announced.