Thursday, 9 August 2018

10 Best Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Phones Ever Released



Snapdragon 820 phones were once iconic smartphone devices and in 2018, they still are.

Have you ever wondered why?

I know I have at some point.

Now,

There are a number of reasons to back up their popularity and if you have ever used such a device, you'll agree with me.

In any case,

If you plan on buying one of the upcoming phones with Snapdragon 820 Processor in 2018, you should be informed of the specs of the Processor of your next smartphone in order to know the level of performance to expect.

And that is why the Snapdragon 820 specs and the best smartphones powered by this CPU have been outlined below.

Before we go any further,


What is A Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor?


A Snapdragon Processor, is a collection of System on a Chip (SoC) semiconductor products made by the tech company, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. and this type of processor, is considered to be the world's fastest processor.

It uses ARM RISC instruction set and comes with software and hardware components such as graphics processing unit (GPU), Digital Signal Processor (DSP), Modem etc., that help to enhance the performance of the Android and Windows phones it is commonly used in.

Therefore, this is a comprehensive all-in-one system that is the brain of a phone.

It allows the hardware and software to interact with each other and it also sends signals throughout the phone.

Your ability to make keypad inputs, run an application, capture videos and images, play games, connect to the internet, and carry out several other operations can be attributed to the capabilities of this processor.

Now get this:

Snapdragon Processors are in different mobile platform series and these are classified as 200, 400, 600 and 800 series.

Here, the processors in first three series are either used on low-end or mid-end devices, while those in the latter series (800 series) are used on high-end devices.


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That being so,

The types of Snapdragon processors for Mobile devices are Snapdragon 205, 212, 412, 427, 430, 435, 450, Snapdragon 625, 626, 630, 636,650, 652, 653, 660, and Snapdragon 820, 821, 835, 845.

So, if you were wondering what a Snapdragon Phone is, then it is a smartphone running on one of these mobile platform series.


What are the Snapdragon 820 Processor Specs?


To understand what gives this processor its capabilities which result in an enhanced level of performance, you need to take a look at its high-end specs which has made smartphones powered with it, competitive devices.

So, here are the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 specs:

  • NFC: Supported
  • GPU: Adreno 530
  • Modem: X12 LTE 
  • DSP: Hexagon 680
  • Bluetooth: Version 4.1
  • Peak Upload Speed: 150 Mbps
  • Peak Download Speed: 600 Mbps
  • Megapixel Support: Up to 28 MP camera
  • CPU: 2.2 GHz, 64-bit quad-core Kryo CPU
  • Display: 4K Ultra HD Screen, 3840 x 2160 Pixels
  • Video Playback: Up to 4K Ultra HD video playback
  • Charging: Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 technology
  • WIFI: QCA9500 11ad Wi-Fi and  QCA6174A 11ac Wi-Fi
  • Sensors: GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS
  • Video Capture: Up to 4K Ultra HD video capture @ 30FPS
  • Camera: Single Camera support for Up to 28MP and dual cameras Up to 13 MP 
  • Security: Qualcomm® Content Protection, Device Lock Authentication, Fingerprint Sensors, Mobile Security, and Malware Protection


Generally,

Depending on the hardware specs of the phone (Xiaomi, Samsung, Gionee, Huawei, Infinix, Motorola etc.) you're using, its functions can be utilized to the fullest with a Processor of this kind.

Snapdragon 820 Price


The Snapdragon 820 price is around $70 per SoC but then, one can only estimate its manufacturing price.


10 Best Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Phones Ever Released


This is the part where you'll get to know the best Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 phones ever released and the features that made them competitive devices.

These Snapdragon 820 devices are:

  • HTC 10
  • XiaoMi Mi5
  • OnePlus 3
  • ZTE AXON 7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Lenovo Moto Z and Moto Z Force
  • Lenovo ZUK Z2 Pro 4G
  • LeEco Le Pro3 Elite
  • LeEco Le Max 2
  • LGV20


1. HTC 10

HTC 10 Snapdragon 820 phone

The HTC 10 specs show that this is one of the best smartphones released in 2016 by the Taiwan based Consumer Electronics Company, HTC.

Asides its specs sheet, its real-life operation is quite impressive.

This is a smartphone that stirred a wave of excitement among tech enthusiast upon its release because when a Processor of this kind is coupled with a device featuring the specs outlined below, very little is left to be desired.

Let see exactly how the HTC Specs sheet looks:

  • Build: Aluminum
  • Dimension: 145.9 x 71.9 x 9 mm 
  • Display Type: Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen
  • Display Size: 5.2 Inch
  • Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Inbuilt Storage: 32 GB/64 GB
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
  • OS:  Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Camera: 5 MP front and 12 MP back cameras
  • Battery: 3000 mAh
  • Security: A Fingerprint sensor
  • Price: About 350 Euros


2. XiaoMi Mi5


XiaoMi Mi5 Snapdragon 820 phones

Xiaomi devices from the China-based smartphone company are remarkable ones and the brand's name is fast becoming a trend in Africa, India, and the US smartphone markets.

Notable among its devices are the Xiaomi Note 4 and the XiaoMi Mi5 that have both gained popularity on the social media and on e-commerce sites.

The XiaoMi Mi5 specs, on the other hand, show that it is a high-end device whose price is on par with its specs.

What makes it remarkable and why does it make our top 10 list?

Let’s find out from these XiaoMi Mi5 specs:

  • Build: Front/back glass and Aluminium frame
  • Dimension: 144.6 x 69.2 x 7.3 mm
  • Display Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Display Size: 5.15 inch
  • Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Screen Protection:  Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Inbuilt storage: 32 GB/64 GB/128 GB
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Camera: 16MP front and 4MP back cameras
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Security: A Fingerprint sensor
  • Price: About 240 Euros

3. OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3 snapdragon 820 devices

OnePlus 3 is a successor to the OnePlus 2 smartphone from the China-based smartphone maker, OnePlus.

Like Xiaomi, this is another made in China phone that can stand the competition and the test of time.

It sports specs that set it on par with high-end devices made in the year 2016 and ones that can still give some 2018 high-end devices a run for their money.

If you want a good device from the manufacturer, OnePlus, then you may do well to give the OnePus 3 a consideration.

Here's why:

  • Build: Front glass, aluminum body
  • Dimension: 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4 mm
  • Display Type: Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Display Size: 5.5 inch
  • Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Camera: 16MP front and 8MP back cameras
  • Battery: 400 Euros
  • Security: A FingerPrint Sensor
  • Price: About 400 Euros


4. ZTE AXON 7

ZTE AXON 7 snapdragon 820 phones

ZTE Axon 7 also known as ZTE Axon 2, is a successor to the Axon Pro smartphone that was released in 2016.

This smartphone is designed and manufactured by ZTE Corporation, a Telecommunications equipment company that is based in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

The ZTE Axon 7 Specs are not a let down when one compares it to its price, and if you want something in the same range, you can choose between the ZTE Axon 7 mini, ZTE Axon 7s, or the ZTE Axon 7 Max.

That being the case,

It is a good buy if you want a phone that can offer an acceptable level of performance without taking a huge chunk out of your wallet.

With a 4GB RAM, you can open as many tabs as you'll like without experiencing lags and hangs and you can also play graphics intensive games that need a lot of free memory space to run.

Asides that, you can look forward to the high-resolution cameras of this smartphone which will be most appreciated by a selfie enthusiast.

But that's not all,

You get a dual Hi-Fi chipset with up to 32-bit Hi-Fi playback which are all in a bid to enhance your level of experience while using the smartphone.

Here's what you should know about the ZTE Axon 7 specs:

  • Build: Aluminum 
  • Dimension: 151.7 x 75 x 7.9 mm
  • Display Type: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Display Size: 5.5 Inch
  • Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Inbuilt storage: 64 GB
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Camera: 20MP front and 8MP back cameras
  • Battery: 3250 mAh battery
  • Security: Fingerprint Sensor
    • Price: About 410 Euros


      5. Samsung Galaxy S7


      Samsung Galaxy S7 snapdragon 820 phones

      The Samsung Galaxy S7 is one of the best devices in the Galaxy series and is available in variants for the USA and China.

      This guy is still a competitor not only because it is water and dust resistant with an IP68 rating, but it offers much more.

      In the same vein,

      Its Processor made and eye-catching design is what sets it apart from other variants in its series,

      You should look out for the following Samsung Galaxy S7 specs:

      • Build: Front/back glass, aluminum frame
      • Dimension: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm
      • Display Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
      • Display Size: 5.1 Inch
      • Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels
      • Protection: Gorilla Glass 4
      • RAM: 4 GB RAM
      • Inbuilt Storage: 32/64 GB
      • Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
      • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
      • Camera: 12MP front and 5MP back cameras
      • Battery: 3000 mAh battery
      • Security: A Fingerprint sensor
        • Price: About 370 Euros


        6. Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force


        snapdragon 820 devices

        Motorolla is an American based smartphone company that has been around for decades now and as such, you can consider them as one of the oldest consumer electronics made in the world.

        In that regards,

        Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 phones from the 45-year-old company, Motorola, should not be a letdown device.

        Although the Moto Z and Moto Z Force now have successors which are, the Moto Z2, Moto Z2 Force, and Moto Z2 Play the former phones still stand out in 2018.

        These are the Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force specs:

        • Build: Front glass, aluminum body
        • Dimension: 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.2 mm against 155.9 x 75.8 x 7 mm
        • Display Type: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
        • Display Size: 5.5 Inch
        • Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels
        • RAM: 4 GB RAM
        • Storage: 32/64 GB
        • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
        • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
        • Camera: 13MP front and 5MP back cameras against the 21MP front and 5MP back cameras
        • Battery: 2600 mAh battery against 3500 mAh battery
        • Security: A Fingerprint sensor
        • Price: About 290 Euros


        7. Lenovo ZUK Z2 Pro 4G



        Lenovo is a China-based smartphone company whose devices are still yet to gain popularity in some countries.

        Nevertheless,

        Their Lenovo ZUK Z2 Pro device tells us a lot, and that is, the same won't be the case in the near future.

        This Lenovo Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 phone was released in 2016, and its specs are a force to reckon with.

        Here’s the big catch:

        • Build: Aluminium frame
        • Dimension: 145.4 x 70.5 x 7.5 mm
        • Display Type: Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
        • Display Size: 5.2 Inch
        • Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels
        • Screen Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass
        • RAM: 4 GB/6 GB
        • Storage: 64 GB/128 GB 
        • Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
        • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
        • Camera: 13MP front and 8MP back cameras
        • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery
        • Security: A Fingerprint sensor
        • Price: About 350 Euros


          8. LeEco Le Pro3 Elite


          LeEco-LeTV-Le-Pro-3-Elite

          LeEco is a China-based maker of smartphones and automobiles.

          The LeEco Le Pro3 is a successor to the LeEco Le Pro2, and it is available in different variants including the LeEco Le Pro3 Elite and AI Edition.

          You get to choose a variant with either a 4GB RAM or 6GB RAM to handle your multitasking needs and you also get a smartphone with a large battery capacity.

          Also worthy of note, is its moderate screen size which might tend not to drain the battery fast compared to a larger screen with the same battery capacity.

          Play graphics intensive games, load multiple tabs as you browse with Chrome, Opera mini, or Firefox, and carry out other operations seamlessly with this smartphone.

          These are the LeEco Le Pro3 specs:

          • Build: Aluminium
          • Dimension: 151.4 x 73.9 x 7.5 mm 
          • Display Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
          • Display Size: 5.5 Inch
          • Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels
          • RAM: 4 GB/ 6 GB
          • Inbuilt storage: 64/128 GB
          • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
          • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
          • Camera: MP front and MP back cameras
          • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4070 mAh battery
          • Security: A Fingerprint sensor
          • Price: About 280 Euros





          9.  LeEco Le Max 2

          One more LeEco snapdragon 820 phone that has got the attention of mobile enthusiasts and reviewers is the LeEco Le Max 2, a predecessor to the LeEco Le Max 3.

          If you're wondering why:

          This device comes with great cameras, long-lasting battery, large RAM for multitasking, and is large and wide enough for lovers of Phablets.

          More about that later!

          Now,

          Coupled with these specs is a meaningful price tag that makes this smartphone a good choice.

          Here are the LeEco Le Max 2 Specs

          • Build: Aluminium
          • Dimension: 156.8 x 77.6 x 8 mm
          • Display Type: LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
          • Display Size: 5.7 Inch
          • Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels
          • RAM: 4 GB/6 GB
          • Inbuilt storage:  32 GB/64 GB/128 GB
          • Processor: Quad-core Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
          • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
          • Camera: 21MP front and 8MP back cameras
          • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery
          • Security: A Fingerprint sensor
            • Price: About 350 Euros


            10. LGV20


            snapdragon 820 wiki


            LGV20 is one of the upcoming phones with snapdragon 820 in 2018, hence users expectations for this device is high.

            Can it deliver a high level of performance in real life or is it just another smartphone holding a promise on its specs sheet?

            We'll wait to find out!

            LG Electronics Inc. is a reputable manufacturer of electronics and that has been the case for years now.

            As a consequence, we can rely on that fact to receive a quality device from this South Korean multinational electronics company.

            The smartphone has already gotten many fans around the world and is a competitor against the Google Pixel and iPhone 7.

            Worthy of note, is its dual back cameras which have become a trend for high-end devices made in the current year.

            Like the smartphones listed above, this mobile device from LG does come with unique features that set it aside from the rest.

            Here's something to look forward to:

            This smartphone will come with one of the newer versions of the Android operating system, which is the Nougat 7.0.

            Accordingly, you can expect a smartphone that uses battery power efficiently and manages its memory space thanks to the battery and memory management features of this version of the OS.

            Asides that, it has been rumored that this smartphone will feature a Steady Record 2.0 and Hi-Fi Quad DAC as well as support for Google’s Daydream VR.

            Impressive right?

            Other features of LGV20 include:

            • Build: Aluminium
            • Dimension: 159.7 x 78.1 x 7.6 mm
            • Display Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
            • Display Size: 5.7 Inch
            • Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels
            • RAM:  4 GB
            • Inbuilt storage: 32 GB /64 GB
            • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820
            • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
            • Camera: MP front and MP back cameras
            • Battery: Removable Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery
            • Security: A Fingerprint sensor
              • Price: About 460 Euros


              Comparison Between Snapdragon 200, 400, 600, and 800 Processors


              Now that you know the best phones out there using the Snapdragon 820 processor, you may be wondering, what's the difference between the Snapdragon 200, 400, 600, 800 processors?

              What sets one apart from the other and why can't I just settle for any phone as long as it's got the Snapdragon chip.

              Read on to find out!

              A comparison made between the Snapdragon 200, 400, 600, and 800 processors shows the capabilities of a smartphone powered by each of these and as such, you'll get to know which Snapdragon processor is right for you.


              1. Snapdragon 200 series:


              The Snapdragon 200 processors (MSM8612, MSM8210, MSM8610, and MSM8625Q) are used in low-end smartphones which gives these phones a cheap or budget-friendly price tag.

              Since these are inexpensive smartphones that do not have high-end features such as 4G connectivity, it is more ideal to use a processor in this series for them.

              As a result, these phones can operate seamlessly, allowing its users to switch between apps and multitask with little or no lags.

              These processors support up to an 8MP camera, Bluetooth 4.1., U802.11n WiFi, Near Field Communications (NFC), GSM/EDGE, amongst others.

              Examples of phones using the Snapdragon 200 series processor include:

              • LG L Fino
              • Lenovo A560
              • Sony Xperia E1
              • Mann Zug 3 Falcon
              • Microsoft Lumia 532 
              • Microsoft Lumia 535
              • Huawei Ascend G630
              • Asus Zenfone Go ZB452KG
              • Alcatel OneTouch Idol 2 Mini
              • Prestigio MultiPhone 8500 DUO


              2. Snapdragon 400 series:


              Snapdragon 400 series processors are used in low-end smartphones and smartwatches.

              They provide high-fidelity audio, HD video capture and playback, comprehensive internet connections with 4G LTE-Advanced,  and a high megapixel camera.

              Therefore, you can expect a decent level of performance from a phone using a processor of this kind.

              Some Snapdragon 400 phones include:

              • Vivo X3V 
              • LG Leon 4G
              • Mann Zug 5S
              • Lenovo S856
              • InFocus M512
              • LG Wine Smart
              • Sony Xperia E3
              • Sony Xperia C3
              • Nokia Lumia 735
              • Nokia Lumia 830
              • Acer Liquid E600
              • Gionee Elife S5.1
              • Samsung Galaxy A3
              • Huawei Ascend P7 mini
              • Asus ZenFone 5 A500KL
              • Motorola Moto G (3rd gen)


              3. Snapdragon 600 series:


              A Snapdragon 600 series processor can do a lot for you and that includes providing support for 4K Ultra HD video capture and playback,  multichannel audio, and advanced camera.

              You also get a Quick Charging 3.0 With this series.

              Moreover, you'll find this type of processor on midrange devices that are neither cheap nor overly expensive.

              According to Qualcomm,

              The Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600 processor with quad-core CPUs is designed for long battery life, seamless connectivity, fast web browsing and easy adaptability: perfect for high-tier smartphones and advanced embedded applications.

              Processors in this series are the 610, 615, 616 617, 618 and 620 and some snapdragon 600 phones include:

              • LyveHome
              • HTC One A9  
              • LG G Pad 8.3
              • HTC Desire 820
              • LG Optimus G Pro
              • Samsung Galaxy S4
              • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

              4. Snapdragon 800 series:


              If you're looking for the best user experience when it comes to 4G LTE and Ultra HD video, then you need one of  Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon processors and they are those in this series.

              The Snapdragon 800 series processors can ensure the efficient use of battery power and provide an acceptable level of performance.

              But then, smartphones powered with it like the HTC One M9,  LG G4, and Sony Xperia Z5 tend to be the most expensive out there.

              Nevertheless, With a smartphone using this processor, you get at least a quadcore processor with Adreno 330 graphics and LPDDR3 memory as well as other features such as Adreno 530 GPU, Hexagon 680 DSP, and X12 LTE modem.

              The latest processor in this series, is the Snapdragon 835 and given below, is a list of Smartphones with Snapdragon 835 SoC:

              • Nokia 8
              • OnePlus 5T
              • Xiaomi Mi 6
              • ZTE Nubia Z17
              • HTC U11 & HTC U11+
              • Essential Phone (PH-1)
              • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
              • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
              • Google Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL
              • Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus


              Which is the Best Snapdragon Processor?


              The best Snapdragon processor is one of those in the 800 series and these are the Snapdragon 845, 835, 821, and 820 processors.

              These are the fastest processor that can provide a high level of performance compared to processors in other series.

              The Snapdragon 821, for instance, can provide a speed that is 10 percent higher than that of the Snapdragon 820 chip and as one would expect, the 835 and 845 will do so much more.


              Conclusion


              The listed above are best Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 phones ever released and they featured the latest and greatest CPU in their time.

              With their hardware specs built with great care and quality, coupled with the powerful Snapdragon 820 CPU, they are still strong contenders in 2018.

              Armed with the specs of high-end devices given in this snapdragon 820 review, you can settle for a smartphone that has a long battery life, a great image capturing capabilities, high-resolution screen, and most importantly, a processor that will enhance your level of productivity.