The new wave of flagship Android smartphones are coming in 2020 and almost all of them will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. The new processor is expected to deliver ultimate speed and power to turn these phones into 5G, gaming and camera powerhouses. Let’s dive deeper to see all the new features and the new smartphones coming with Snapdragon 865.
As compared to the Snapdragon 855, the Snapdragon 865 has been vastly improved in terms of performance and features. The CPU features ARM’s newest 1x Cortex A77 @ 2.84GHz 1x512KB pL2, 3x Cortex A77 @ 2.42GHz 3x256KB pL2, and 4x Cortex A55 @ 1.80GHz 4x128KB pL2 cores. The new A77 cores are said to lift the Kryo 585 CPU’s performance by 25%. The GPU is updated to the latest Adreno 650 which also provides up to 25% performance boost from its predecessor.
Some other important upgrades include new Tensor cores in the Hexagon 698, the integration of a new hybrid LPDDR5 and LPDDR4X memory controller, and new camera capabilities like 8K video recording, Dolby Vision video capture, or 200MP photo taking. The upgrades are meaningful for power users as they will be able to experience faster processing time for complicated tasks, Gigapixel speed photography, and desktop-level gaming features.
The most important feature of the Snapdragon 865 is the 5G connectivity. Unfortunately, there is no modem integration which means the SoC requires an extra Snapdragon X55 5G Modem. In theory, the modem covers both sub-6GHz and mmWave bands with the maximum download speed up to 7000 Mbps and upload speed up to 3000 Mbps.
Both 5G and 4G chips of the Snapdragon SoC are separated into the X55 modem, so there are some disadvantages like the size and power consumption of the new smartphones. The decision can be explained by the short development time and phone manufacturer also needs more time to integrate a completely new SoC into new phones. We wouldn’t be surprised if the cellular modem is re-integrated into the SoC next year. In fact, Qualcomm also released the Snapdragon 765G SoC this year which includes the onboard 4G/5G modem; However, flagship devices might not use the 765G because its performance is significantly lower than 865’s.
The List of All Snapdragon 865 Smartphones
1. Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra
Samsung Galaxy models have always been the first Android flagships launched globally every year and the Galaxy S20 series is not an exception. They come in some variants including S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra. The Galaxy S20 Ultra is the highest-end version as it comes with a complicated quad camera setup including a 108MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, a 48MP telephoto camera, and a DepthVision camera. The camera features Space Zoom with Hybrid Optic Zoom 10X and Super Resolution Zoom up to 100X. Besides, it features up to 512GB internal storage and a microSD card slot, a 5,000 mAh battery, and 45W super fast charging.
The whole S20 lineup has a 120Hz Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display, Dolby Atmos speaker, screen sizes ranging from 6.2″ to 6.9″, and 5G connectivity. The S20 is the cheapest version and is perfectly fine for most average consumers; Its only shortcoming is the lack of mmWave 5G and you can use the sub-6 GHz 5G connectivity only.
The phones are available starting March 2020 with prices ranging from $999.99 to $1,599.99.
2. Xiaomi Mi 10 & Mi 10 Pro
Xiaomi Mi 10 is among the first Snapdragon 865 phones as it was announced in December 2019 and starts shipping in February 2020. Xiaomi released two versions this year, which are the Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro. The phones feature a 6.67-inch curved FHD+ AMOLED display with HDR 10+ support and 90Hz refresh rate, Snapdragon 865, up to 12GB of RAM, up to 256GB/512GB of UFS 3.0 storage, 4,780 mAh/4,500 mAh battery, dual-mode 5G connectivity, and a quad-camera setup with a 108MP main camera.
3. LG V60 ThinQ 5G
The LG V60 ThinQ was launched in February 2020 and it features a huge 6.8-inch FullVision P-OLED display with a 20.5:9 aspect ratio. As compared to its predecessor, the V60’s most important upgrades are the massive 5,000mAh battery and the rear camera setup including a 64 MP main sensor, a 13MP super-wide-angle lens, and a 3D time-of-flight (ToF) sensor. The 5G phone is powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC and the Snapdragon X55 modem.
4. Sony Xperia 1 II
Sony announced the Xperia 1 II in February 2020 and it is pronounced as Xperia 1 Mark Ⅱ. As compared to the first generation, the Mark II bumped up the specs with the new Snapdragon SoC, 256GB storage, 8GB RAM, 4,000mAh battery, and an extra 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor. It launches in Europe with 5G sub-6GHz at a price tag of 1199€.
We will keep updating this post once a new Snapdragon 865 phone is announced. Some other phones include the Samsung Galaxy Note 11, OnePlus 8, Xiaomi Black Shark 3, Google Pixel 5, LG G9, Realme X50 Pro, Vivo NEX 3S 5G, Asus Zenfone 7, Asus ROG Phone 3, Oppo Find X2 Pro, and Sony Xperia Pro.
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