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5 Best Android Smartphones Running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or 821 Processor in 2019

It’s hard to believe how rapidly has the processing power of smartphones increased over the last few years. Android smartphones running on cutting-edge mobile processors, such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and 821, could easily compete with many mass-market desktop computers.

Best Snapdragon 820 or 821 Phones LinkPrice on
GoogleGoogle Pixel749.99
ZTEZTE Axon 7499.99
LGLG V20check price
AsusASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe Special Edition ZS570KL 5.7check price

In this article, we take a closer look at some of the most powerful smartphone chipsets, differences between them, and top 5 best Android smartphone that take full advantage of their superior processing power, battery efficiency, and connectivity.  As with all Snapdragon 820 and 821 phones, all 5 phones below have dual sim capability, but Google Pixel does not offer this function in its hardware.

Difference Between Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820

The Exynos 8890 is Samsung’s premium application processor built on 14nm FinFET LPP process technology, according to their official website. It features eight CPU cores including Samsung custom-designed CPU core based on 64-bit ARMv8 architecture and provides over 30 percent improvement in performance and 10 percent in power efficiency compared to the Exynos 7 Octa.The processor features the Mali T880 GPU for smooth 3D gaming, virtual reality, and up to 4K UHD (4096×2160) & WQUXGA (3840×2400) display resolution support.

Even though the Snapdragon 820 is built on the same 14nm FinFET LPP process technology, it has “only” 4 Qualcomm Kryo CPUs. Also different is the GPU: instead of Mali T880, the Snapdragon 820 sports the Adreno 530 GPU. Other than that, the processor is comparable in essentially every category, including connectivity, power efficiency, and memory support.

In AnTuTu, the most popular Android smartphone and tablet benchmarking app in the world, the 820 scores around 136,000 points, and the 8890 scores around 130,000 points. For comparison the now mid-range Helio X10 processor, which still feels snappy and handles all modern games with ease, gets only 50,000 points, making the Exynos 8890 and the Snapdragon 820 very similar in this regard.

To find a difference, one has to run SunSpider, a browser speed test that measures the performance of the JavaScript engine of a web browser. There, the Exynos 8890 fare almost twice better than the Snapdragon. On the other hand, in GPU-heavy GFXBench Manhattan test, the opposite was true.

So, the simple answer is that the Snapdragon 820 is better for running graphics and the Exynos 8890 is better for loading apps faster.

Difference Between Snapdragon 821 and Snapdragon 820

“Building on the technology leadership introduced with the Snapdragon 820 platform, the 821 is engineered to deliver faster speed, improved power savings, and greater application performance, ensuring 821 powered devices keep pace with the growing performance demands of users to deliver the unmatched user experiences the Snapdragon 800 tier is known for,” explains Qualcomm in their official press release for the Snapdragon 821.

The new version of the high-end processor can now reach speeds up to 2.4GHz, delivering a 10% performance increase over the 820. Qualcomm states that the 821 “is designed to complement and extend the competitive strengths of our Snapdragon 800 lineup,” rather than to replace it.

In other words, the company wants to ensure that when Samsung or MediaTek come up with a new mobile processor, customers won’t be tempted to get a new, shiny device.


Galaxy S7 Edge (820)

The Samsung Galaxy S7 edge is available either with the Exynos 8890 Octa CPU or the Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820, so you can choose whether you want better application performance or higher frame rates.

In either case, the 5.5” smartphone looks gorgeous, especially thanks to its curved Quad HD super AMOLED screen with 534 ppi pixel density. The S7 is IP68-rated, making it water-resistant up to 30 min in 5 feet of water. It comes with a large 3600 mAh battery, which should get you through the entire day without having to lean back on the fast battery charging feature capable of charging the battery to 60 percent of its maximum capacity in just 30 minutes.

Like with any smartphone from Samsung, you get an excellent picture and video recording quality. The 12 MP sensor supports simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, and other handy features.


LG V20 (820)

The most exclusive smartphone from LG, the V20, is yet to be released, and countless customers from around the world are already anxiously waiting to see whether it will deliver on its promises. And there are many of them. The V20 features a technology called Steady Record 2.0, which is just a fancy name for optical image stabilization, and Hi-Fi Quad DAC alongside three intelligent mics for Hi-Fi audio recording.

It’s also one of the first smartphones to be shipped with Android’s newest OS, Android Nougat. With Nougat, you get to enjoy the multi-window view on V20’s gorgeous 5.7-inch screen with ~513 ppi pixel density. But best of all, the LG V20 will be compatible with Google’s Daydream VR efforts, allowing you to experience unprecedented virtual reality adventures.


ZTE Axon 7 (820)

The ZTE’s flagship Axon 7 and its little brother, the Axon 7 mini, show the engineering prowess of the Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment and systems company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong.

The ZTE Axon 7 has 4 GB of RAM, Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820, Adreno 530 GPU, and a vibrant 20 MP camera with phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. The smartphone is a dream-come-true for audiophiles, who will appreciate the presence of dual Hi-Fi chipsets that deliver the highest level of audio quality with up to 32-bit Hi-Fi playback and recording.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 04: Members of the media examine Google's Pixel phone during an event to introduce Google hardware products on October 4, 2016 in San Francisco, California. Google unveils new products including the Google Pixel Phone making a jump into the mobile device market. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)

Google Pixel (821)

The first smartphone made entirely by Google, Pixel. It’s ready for the company’s new Daydream View VR headset and has the highest-rated smartphone camera ever manufactured. What’s more, it’s also the first phone with the Google Assistant built in. What’s Google Assistant? You can think about it as Google’s take on Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana. The Assistant is backed by advanced artificial intelligence.

Under the hood, the Pixel has all hallmarks of a flagship device: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, USB Type-C with fast charging support, and more. You can choose between a 5” model, simply called Pixel, and a 5.5” model, called Pixel XL.


ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe (821)

Released in August, the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe dazzles with its all metal body, which features an invisible-antenna design. Specs-wise, the smartphone comes with the latest 821 processor paired with an Adreno 530 GPU and 6GB of RAM combined with 256GB of UFS 2.0 memory.  It also happens to be the world’s first smartphone running on the 821 processor, with Google Pixel (mentioned above) being the second.

It’s one of the first smartphones to feature Sony’s latest IMX318 sensor. “The IMX318 is a type 1/2.6 stacked CMOS image sensor with 22.5 effective megapixels, and it boasts a more compact size, greater image quality, and higher performance,” explains a press release from Sony.

Our Take

At the end of the day, the 10-or-so percent of performance difference between the 820 and the 821 will have a negligible effect on your day-to-day experience. Both processors are powerful enough to handle heavy multi-tasking scenarios and graphically demanding 3D games that are yet to be released.

Qualcomm unveils Snapdragon 821, could be powering upcoming flagships

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

#Qualcomm has officially taken the wraps off the Snapdragon 821 SoC, which comes with the same architecture as the Snapdragon 820, but with an overclocked GPU and CPU cores. So in essence, this is merely a placeholder until the real upgrade comes along (Snapdragon 830). The Snapdragon 820 is one of the most preferred SoCs this year, even though users have complained about the battery life. However, one would hope that battery life would be slightly improved here, although we won’t place our bets on it especially since it features overclocked CPU and GPU cores.

As for the devices that will feature this chip, well it seems like the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 might be the first to have the honor (well, the American variant anyway). However, we’ve come across contrasting reports about the CPU running on the Note 7, so we can’t say anything with certainty yet. But any other flagships launching this year, like the HTC Nexus phones for example, will probably run the Snapdragon 821 out of the box.

The octa-core Snapdragon 830 is expected to steal the show in 2017, but until then, the Snapdragon 821 will have to suffice.

Source: Qualcomm

Via: Anand Tech

Likely Verizon model of the Galaxy Note 7 hits AnTuTu with Snapdragon 820

Galaxy Note 7 leak

Galaxy Note 7 leak

An AnTuTu benchmark listing has revealed the #Samsung #GalaxyNote7, packing a Snapdragon 820 SoC under the hood. What’s interesting is the fact that the model number SM-N930V suggests that this is the Verizon Wireless model. It’s not unnatural for a device to hit a benchmarking database ahead of its release, so this is not particularly a major revelation. However, it’s good to know what kind of hardware will be packing on board the Galaxy Note 7 as we countdown to its official release.

The AnTuTu listing has also revealed that the Galaxy Note 7 rumored specs will be packing 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front camera, Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a Quad HD display, although the size isn’t mentioned. It’s clear from this leak that Samsung is trying not to alienate the Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge with the release of the new Note flagship, which explains why there are no major hardware changes on board here.

Multiple reports had predicted that the company would be using 6GB of RAM with the new flagship, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. The mention of a 13-megapixel camera is a touch surprising, especially since the Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge are packing 12-megapixel sensors. Could this be the only major change on the Galaxy Note 7? Only time can tell.

Galaxy Note 7 AnTuTu


Via: VR Zone

Data reveals the battery life on the Exynos version of the Galaxy S7 to be better than the Snapdragon model

Galaxy S7

A new report compiled by a variety of sources have revealed that the battery life on the Exynos 8890 running #GalaxyS7 is significantly better than the Snapdragon 820 variant. This goes to show that although the Snapdragon 820 edges out the competition in terms of power, there’s a substantial gulf between itself and the Exynos 8890 in terms of battery life and efficiency. One test found the Exynos 8890 toting model to be about 71% more efficient than the Snapdragon version.

Some other independent tests have shown similar results, suggesting that Samsung has done significant work on its own home-grown Exynos SoC. It’s either that or the Snapdragon 820 is just too much of a power hog. In any scenario, customers who own the Exynos 8890 version of the Galaxy S7 shouldn’t be too disappointed compared to their counterparts.

The Galaxy S7 is available with an Exynos 8890 chipset in most regions of Asia and Europe, while the U.S. and some other parts of the world received the Snapdragon 820 version of the device.

Via: Phone Arena

Benchmark listing confirms hardware specs of the OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3 TENAA

OnePlus 3

The #OnePlus3 is set for an announcement on the 14th of June, with the device expected to be available the very next day. After encountering a handful of image samples of the device last evening, we’re now being treated to a complete rundown of the hardware specs sheet thanks to a new GFXBench listing. The site has always offered device information ahead of time, which has helped us get a good idea of what to expect from OEMs.

As you can see, most of the hardware specs mentioned in the listing are what we already know. Including the 5.5-inch 1080p display, the 16-megapixel rear camera, the 8-megapixel front camera, the Snapdragon 820 SoC and more.

Just as the rumors had predicted, this particular model is revealed to be packing 6GB of RAM on board, which was hard to believe at first, but cannot be disregarded now with visual confirmation coming through. The handset appears to be running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which was to be expected. There’s 64GB of onboard storage here and we don’t think there will be a microSD card slot on board.

OnePlus 3 GFXBench

Source: GFXBench

Step aside Snapdragon 820, the first Snapdragon 823 phone might be weeks away

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

Up until a few months ago, the tech world was buzzing for Qualcomm’s #Snapdragon820 silicon. Manufacturers have obliged accordingly, as there are a handful of smartphones in the market today running the new chipset. But this might soon be old news, with a slightly more powerful Snapdragon 823 all set to hit devices as well.

If a report is anything to go by, Chinese OEM LeEco could unveil a new smartphone running the said chip. The device will apparently be announced at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai which is scheduled to take place between June 29 to July 1.

LeEco is a vastly popular company in China and is known for its content distribution services. The company recently went through a makeover for its mobile wing, renaming itself LeEco (previously known as LeTV). So it shouldn’t be a surprise to many that a Snapdragon 823 based smartphone will be coming out of this particular manufacturer.

Speaking more about the Snapdragon 823, it will feature the same quad-core CPU architecture but with two 2.6 GHz cores and two 2.0 GHz cores respectively, while the Snapdragon 820 features a 2.15 GHz + 1.59 GHz combination. So it’s more about an increased clock speed than a revamped chipset architecture, so current device owners don’t have much to be disappointed about.

Source: Gizmo China

Via: Phone Arena

Nexus 6P successor spotted with Snapdragon 820 and Android N on board

Nexus 6P

We just heard about two possible #HTC #Nexus smartphones launching later this year. A new benchmark listing has now revealed what could well be the #Nexus6P refresh. The listing mentions this as the Google Nexus 6P and what has caught our eye is the fact that it’s packing Snapdragon 820 on board with Android N.

This hints that Google could well be testing the Nexus 6P successor already, even though it’s a few months away from launching. It’s also likely that Google is testing new hardware with the old Nexus 6P, so let’s not get our hopes up just yet.

Google Nexus 6P 2016

The benchmark listing also reveals that the handset is sporting Android N by default, which is understandable since this is a Nexus device. There’s 4GB of RAM as well, so it seems like Google is testing the very latest hardware here to get a better understanding of how the device will perform. Do you like what you see from this particular handset? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: GeekBench

Via: Techno Buffalo

ZTE Axon 2 gets certified with Snapdragon 820 on board

ZTE Axon 2

ZTE Axon 2

The #ZTEAxon is a popular device in the U.S. thanks to its hardware and pricing. Well, it seems like the company has already developed a successor with the ZTE Axon 2 now making its way to the Chinese certification site TENAA. This suggests that the device might be revealed in China first, which is standard practice from the manufacturers.

What’s immediately noticeable here is that ZTE has done away with the dual camera layout on the back and stuck to the conventional single camera arrangement. There’s a fingerprint scanner below the rear camera which adds to the overall feature set of the smartphone. The company has retained the front facing stereo speakers, however.

It is expected that the ZTE Axon 2 will come with a 5.5-inch 2K display, the quad-core Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, a 20-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera, Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a 3,140 mAh battery. We hope to hear more about the American launch of the Axon 2 once it is officially unveiled by the manufacturer.

Source: TENAA

Via: VR Zone

There could be contrasting performance between the Snapdragon 820 and the Exynos 8890 models of the Galaxy S7: Report

Galaxy S7 - Galaxy S7 edge

Galaxy S7 - Galaxy S7 edge

The #Samsung #GalaxyS7 and the #GalaxyS7edge have finally started reaching the customers in the U.S. Samsung is offering the handsets with a Snapdragon 820 chipset in the U.S., while rest of the world markets are getting the model with an Exynos 8890 SoC on board, which is supposed to be a worthy successor to the Exynos 7420 that decimated the competition in 2015.

However, a new report suggests that the Snapdragon 820 might be significantly ahead this year in terms of performance compared to the Exynos 8890. This could be cause for concern for several global users as the Snapdragon 820 is relatively rare outside the U.S. GPU benchmarks suggest that the Exynos 8890 is in third place after the Snapdragon 820 and the Apple A9. Sure, it’s well above the ill-fated Snapdragon 810 (4th place) from 2016, but fans were surely expecting the gap to be very minimal.

AnTuTu - Snapdragon 820 - Exynos 8890

It is said that the difference in CPU performance between the two models should be negligible, so there are no issues on that front. Samsung is yet to comment on this, although we expect a very diplomatic response from the company on the matter.

Source: AnTuTu

Via: Pocketnow

Qualcomm confirms Snapdragon 820 for the LG G5

LG G5 - Incoming Call

LG G5 - Incoming Call

With the #LGG5 expected to be revealed this Sunday, we’re getting confirmation on the chipset that it’s running underneath, courtesy of suppliers #Qualcomm. Confirming what most media outlets had reported, Qualcomm has mentioned that the LG G5 will be packing the Snapdragon 820 quad core SoC on board. The chip maker gave away the information via Twitter.

This chipset is set to become an industry standard this year with most major manufacturers expected to use the chip for their flagships. Samsung is also said to be using the Snapdragon 820 for its Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge flagships.

We saw LG recently revealing a flip cover that’s meant for the LG G5, while the company also confirmed that the handset would be packing an always-on display, which will be crucial in providing crucial notifications to the users without having to turn on the display. A separate leak gave us a comprehensive look of the device, revealing the dual cameras on the back as well. So we have a good idea of what to expect from the device.

With manufacturers trying to innovate in terms of technology, it’s good to know that there will be a level playing field as far as the CPU is concerned.

T-Mobile bound Samsung Galaxy S7 spotted in benchmarks with impressive scores

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

The T-Mobile branded #Samsung #GalaxyS7 has already been spotted on a benchmark listing, revealing a powerful device. This variant is sporting the Snapdragon 820 SoC underneath, which means the performance is clearly going to be on focus.

And we’re happy to report that the device doesn’t disappoint in that area as the phone is shown to be returning single core benchmark score of 2347 and a multi core score of 5352, which is quite impressive considering the fact that this is a quad core CPU being used here.

While this model here comes with the Snapdragon 820, Samsung should also introduce an Exynos 8890 model of the smartphone later this month. CPU benchmarks are not necessarily talked about once the device has hit the markets, as the customers really pay more attention to user interface and other aspects of the device. One can also say that marketing plays a big part in the success and failure of a device. And we know very well that there’s no dearth of a marketing budget over at Samsung.

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Source: GeekBench

Via: GSM Arena

Xiaomi could be looking to release the Mi 5 sometime after February

Xiaomi Mi 5

Xiaomi Mi 5

There’s been immense speculation about the launch of the #Xiaomi #Mi5. A new report is now giving fans some good news about the release date of the device. It was long believed that the Mi 5 would be released first thing in 2016, but that doesn’t appear to be the case as the company is supposedly waiting until after the Chinese New Year to unveil the device. For those unaware, that’s sometime after the 8th of February.

That’s not to say that the device will be launched right after February 8, but merely that Xiaomi has set the Chinese New Year as a deadline in order to ramp up production of the flagship, keeping the demand in mind. From what we can tell so far, the Mi 5 will be one of the few devices that we know of right now to pack the Snapdragon 820 chipset (the Le Max Pro will have dibs, apparently).

Further, the handset is expected to be packing a Quad HD display, a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 13-megapixel front camera, a 3,600 mAh battery and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Don’t hold your breath if you’re expecting a Stateside release as Xiaomi has been relatively non-existent in the North American mobile industry, barring the release of its Mi Band fitness tracker and some other accessories.

Source: Weibo

Via: 9to5Google

Le Max Pro to be the first handset with Snapdragon 820 on board

Le Max Pro

Le Max Pro

Chinese manufacturer #Letv has been on the forefront of technological advancements in the Chinese mobile industry as we’ve seen over the past few months. The company is now planning to release the world’s first handset with the #Qualcomm #Snapdragon820 chipset on board, calling it the Le Max Pro.

In addition to featuring the benchmark topping SoC, the smartphone is also said to be sporting an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor known as Sense ID, making it the first device to have the honor. This will supposedly offer improved fingerprint scanning compared to conventional capacitive fingerprint sensors that are available today, which should give it a leg up over the competition.

The handset will also support WiFi 802.11ad, which allows high speed data transmission speeds at up to 8 Gbps. This however works if you have devices in direct line of sight, so its application will be very limited in the everyday user’s life.

In addition to the aforementioned specs, the Le Max Pro will also come with a 6.33 inch display (probably Quad HD), 4GB of RAM, 32, 64 or 128GB of internal storage, a 21-megapixel camera on the back, a 3,400 mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Source: Letv

Via: Android Authority

Samsung Galaxy S7 to be the first smartphone to pack the Snapdragon 820 chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820

The #Qualcomm #Snapdragon820 is one of the hotly debated topics in the tech sector right now, especially after the failure of the Snapdragon 810. There is some sort of a race going on in the mobile industry where manufacturers are supposedly rushing to be the first to bring this chipset to the market.

A new report now mentions that Samsung might be in line to be the first company to have this privilege. It is being speculated that the Galaxy S7 will be the device to bring the latest Qualcomm silicone to the markets. It is further being said that the two companies are developing the chipset together using the 14nm LPP process.

Samsung was openly against Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chipset earlier this year as it was plagued by overheating related concerns. But it seems like the two companies have mended their relationship since then. So the expectations are generally pretty high from the 2016 flagship chipset. Expect companies like Xiaomi, LG, HTC and others to feature the Snapdragon 820 on their upcoming flagships.

Source: Weibo

Via: Phone Arena