Qualcomm’s current flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 855 is truly a powerful yet power efficient chipset. It completely excels based on benchmark scores as compared with rivals like Exynos 9820 and Kirin 980. it is also equally as powerful as Apple’s A12 Bionic chip.
There are a lot of flagship smartphones powered by this chipset but unfortunately, only few phones with this chipset inside that is made available in the Philippines. we have rounded up these smartphones with Snapdragon 855 and check them out.
Xiaomi Mi 9
Announced earlier this year, the Xiaomi Mi 9 is the Chinese phone maker’s flagship for the first half of 2019. We never had the opportunity to review this phone but we got a chance to see it up close during the launch. It has a decent sized display at 6.39 inches which is an AMOLED panel, a triple camera set up and running Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10. The only drawback here is the battery which is kinda small – 3,300 mAh.
Xiaomi’s other flagship the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is not available in the Philippines which is a bummer. Its gaming phone, the Black Shark 2 which is also powered by Snapdragon 855 is also not available here.
OnePlus 7 Pro
The Android purist’s dream phone in the Philippines. Since Google’s Pixel series are not sold in the Philippines, the OnePlus 7 Pro is the closest thing you can get to a pure Android experience. One of its highlight feature is the phone’s 90Hz display. You will appreciate 90Hz refresh rate when playing games that supports it. OnePlus phones are also one of the first to get the latest version of Android after Pixel phones. Support of OnePlus for their phones usually last 3 years. Buying OnePlus devices via Digital Walker also gets you 18 months warranty. Nice!
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The regular OnePlus 7 is your cheaper alternative to the Pro model. Still powered by Snapdragon 855, you lose that 90Hz display, the wide angle rear camera and pop up camera mechanism. You also get a smaller display and battery. For Php 26,990 this is one of the most affordable flagship smartphones today.
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OPPO Reno 10x Zoom Edition
Looking for a Huawei P30 Pro alternative? Check out the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom Edition. If you love zooming in a camera plus a big, notchless screen, look nowhere else. You get Snapdragon 855, large 6.6-inch display, triple rear cameras, a pop up 16MP selfie camera, a large 4,065 mAh battery and running Android 9.0 Pie. ColorOS 6 is one of those custom UI which has a big improvement compared to its older version. It ismoother performance, cleaner look and it now has an app drawer.
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Samsung Galaxy S10/ S10+
Samsung 2019 flagships, the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ are powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 9820 chipset. The Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S10 devices are sold in North America. But there are some online sellers offering the Snapdragon 855 Galaxy S10 in gray markets like Greenhills and on Facebook, brand new and unlocked. We just have to caution you because these phones don’t have Samsung warranty. So buy at your own risk.
Compared to Exynos-powered Galaxy S10, the Snapdragon counterparts are reported to have much better battery life and better post processing of photos. Honetly, our Galaxy S10+ with Exynos chipset have relatively OK battery life considering it has a 4,100 mAh mill. We expect more out of its battery so we think a Snapdragon powered S10 might have better battery performance.
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Other Android OEMs like LG, ZTE, ASUS, Sony, HTC and Vivo have their own flagships but none of them are sold here which is quite disappointing. We hope ASUS could bring the Zenfone 6 or Vivo can bring the NEX smartphone so that flagship hunters here can have more choices especially if the price is right.
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