The Snapdragon 845 is here, and several smartphone manufacturers have already released new top-tier flagship devices that use the chipset to bring improved performance, better power efficiency, and improved image processing.
Google Pixel 3 XL
Google’s latest and greatest flagship device may have the same rear camera as the Pixel 2, but that doesn’t mean there are no camera improvements this year. In fact, Google has introduced three brand-new camera modes and a ton of minor software improvements. With Top Shot, you can take multiple pictures of your subject and easily choose the best one. Night Sight makes it possible to take detailed pictures at night even without the use of the smartphone’s two-tone flash. Finally, Motion Auto Focus keeps your subject in focus when recording a video.
The Google Pixel 3 XL has a 6.3-inch P-OLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. Like so many other flagship devices this year, the screen has a notch at the top from the front-facing camera. The display is protected with a slab of Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which ensures excellent shatter resistance while still providing the damage resistance, optical clarity, and touch sensitivity Gorilla Glass is famous for. The Google Pixel 3 XL has a USB 3.1 Type-C connector with support for Power Delivery 2.0.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a gorgeous large-screen smartphone that gives you the freedom to work from anywhere with its DeX technology, which debuted in 2017. Essentially, DeX makes it possible for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to deliver a desktop-like user experience by connecting the smartphone to a monitor or TV with a USB-C to HDMI adapter and cable. When connected, DeX displays a user interface that’s very similar to Windows, allowing you to use apps, play games, write documents, send emails, or browse the web with a click of a mouse or a punch of a key.
As great as DeX is, it’s still just one of many features that make the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 such an excellent smartphone for power users. The new S Pen uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology to let you remotely control your camera, presentations, and apps without touching your smartphone, and writing with it feels even more natural than it did before. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 features an intelligent dual-aperture camera that automatically recognizes your subject and selects the most suitable settings for you. Of course, you can always manually control all essential exposure settings, including ISO and focus.
LG V40 ThinQ
The LG V40 ThinQ is a 5-camera smartphone that gives you the power to capture every moment from multiple different perspectives with a single tap on the shutter button. There are three different lenses on the back: standard-angle lens, super-wide-angle lens, and telephoto lens. The pictures captured by each lens can be additionally customized right inside the camera app, and you also get several special camera modes to play with, including cine shot, which allows you to select and animate the parts of your photo that have movement to bring still images to life.
In addition to its innovative camera setup, the LG V40 ThinQ is also a multimedia powerhouse, featuring a Boombox Speaker capable of reproducing even the lowest frequencies with the accuracy and fidelity that’s typically not expected from smartphones. The LG V40 ThinQ comes with the Google Assistant, so you can ask for directions and do many other things using your voice.
The OnePlus 6T has the least distracting camera notch of all notched smartphones on this list. It’s also the first smartphone in the United States to include an in-display fingerprint sensor, allowing you to unlock the unlock with absolute ease. The smartphone’s 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display has an 86 percent screen-to-body ratio, and it displays colors with the accuracy of a high-end monitor.
On the back of the OnePlus 6T are two camera sensors, one with 16 MP resolution and the other one with 20 MP resolution. Directly below the two sensors is a dual-tone flash for nighttime shots. Both sensors have optical image stabilization and support two new camera modes. The first is called Nightscape, and its purpose is to clear up artifacts and expose highlights to help you capture more detailed city shots after sunset. The second mode is called Studio lighting, and it uses advanced face and edge detection to dynamically tone shadows and highlights on your subject’s face.
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
If it wasn’t for the Xiaomi Pocophone F1, we wouldn’t believe that it’s possible to release a smartphone with the Snapdragon 845 chipset for just $300. But the Pocophone F1 is real, offering incredible performance at an unbeatable price. With the LiquidCool Technology, you can push the Snapdragon 845 chipset with demanding games without any overheating, and the 4,000 mAh battery lets you play for a long time before you need to reach for the charger. Because the Pocophone F1 supports Quick Charge 3.0, you can charge it up to 80 percent in just 35 minutes.
The Pocophone F1 has three cameras, with a 12 MP + 5 MP dual-camera setup on the back and a single 20 MP front-facing camera for selfies. Xiaomi has enhanced the default camera app with artificial intelligence, and it can now distinguish between 206 common scenes and automatically adjust exposure, saturation, and perform other optimizations. It’s only understandable that Xiaomi had to save money somewhere, which explains why the smartphone isn’t protected against dust and water and doesn’t support NFC.