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Gaming aficionados want the best performance a mobile chipset can offer. Until the Snapdragon 865 starts debuting on Android phones, your best option right now is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus — an improved version of the high-end Snapdragon 855. Picking the right gaming handset is no easy feat, so we have put together a list of the best Snapdragon 855 Plus phones currently available.

Best Snapdragon 855 Plus phones:

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list as more Snapdragon 855 Plus phones hit the market.


More about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus

The Snapdragon 855 Plus brings CPU and GPU improvements to elevate the mobile gaming experience. The primary change is the overclocked Kryo 485 CPU Prime core, now clocked at 2.96GHz. This is in contrast to the Prime core in the standard Snapdragon 855, which clocked up to 2.84GHz. The Adreno 640 GPU gets a 15 percent increase in performance.

The Snapdragon 855 Plus brings CPU and GPU improvements to elevate the mobile gaming experience.

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Besides these two changes, most of the chipset’s specs remain the same. The Snapdragon 855 Plus is still utilizing the X24 multi-gigabit 4G LTE modem and X50 5G modem. It also brings improvements over the Snapdragon 845 like the fourth-generation multi-core AI engine and support for Vulcan 1.1.

Also read: Should you pick the Snapdragon 855 Plus over the regular 855?

It is an incremental upgrade and we can’t say everyone should buy a Snapdragon 855 Plus phone over a Snapdragon 855 one, but an added boost in performance is always welcomed. Especially for those who have phones with 90Hz or 120Hz displays. Keep in mind the Snapdragon 865 has been announced, and that chipset comes with plenty of improvements as well, including a gaming performance boost.


1. Asus ROG Phone 2

Snapdragon 855 Plus phones - Asus ROG Phone 2 back in hand at angle

The Asus ROG Phone 2 was the first Snapdragon 855 Plus phone, and it is a top performer industry-wide. Asus’ latest gaming phone is extremely beefy elsewhere, offering 12GB of RAM as standard, along with 256GB or 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage, and a massive 6,000mAh battery. It also stands out as one of the few phones packing an OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate.

The ROG Phone 2 offers air triggers that act as shoulder buttons, a 48MP+13MP ultra-wide rear camera pairing, a 24MP selfie camera, and an array of accessories.


Asus ROG Phone 2 specs:

  • Display: 6.59-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 48 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


2. OnePlus 7T Pro

OnePlus 7T Pro rear taking photo - Snapdragon 855 phone

The OnePlus 7T Pro might not be branded as a gaming phone, but it packs the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, so it has what it takes to handle the most demanding titles.

Aside from raw power, it features a 90Hz AMOLED 6.67-inch QHD+ display. It’s not quite as slick a refresh rate as the one of the ROG Phone 2 or Razer Phone series, but it’s better than most phones out there. It also means you can enjoy slightly higher frame-rates in games that support refresh rates higher than 60Hz.

Other specs include 8GB of RAM, 128GB to 256GB of storage, and a 4,085mAh battery. Toss in a triple rear camera (48MP, 16MP ultra-wide, and 12MP telephoto) and a 16MP pop-up selfie shooter, and you’ve got one of the best Snapdragon 855 Plus phones around.


OnePlus 7T Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,085mAh
  • Software: Android 10


3. Realme X2 Pro

Snapdragon 855 Plus phones - Realme X2 Pro front display view of home screen top down

The Realme X2 Pro represents a change in Realme’s focus in the smartphone market and is proof that the previously budget-focused brand needs to be taken seriously in all areas. It packs some serious hardware into a device priced far lower than its competition. The phone starts at only €399 (~$445) in Europe, which is very cheap given the punch it packs.

In addition to the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, you also get a large 6.5-inch display, up to 12GB of RAM, and four rear cameras. You can check out the rest of the specs below.


Realme X2 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 6, 8, and 12GB
  • Storage: 64, 128, and 256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0


4. Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro

Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G back panel on table

The Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G builds up on the foundation of the Mi 9 series, adding the fastest processing package around, 30W wireless charging, and an improved camera.

Memory and storage are top-notch too, but the big deal about this phone is that it supports 5G and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. In true Xiaomi tradition, the base version of the phone is very affordable, at 3,699 yuan (~$520).


Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10


5. Vivo Nex 3

Vivo NEX 3 5G screen 2 with a Snapdragon 855 Plus

The Vivo Nex 3 has a lot more than a Snapdragon 855 Plus processor going for it. It sports a large 6.89-inch display, a curved display, and high-end specs. In his review, our very own Bogdan Petrovan called it “a solid alternative to the Mate 30 Pro” due to the many similarities between the two. The Nex 3 comes with a similar design, packs a triple camera setup at the back, and is also available in a 5G variant.

It has its drawbacks, like any other phone. The software experience leaves a lot to be desired and the image quality can be inconsistent at times, among other things. But it’s still a great device, and one of the best Snapdragon 855 Plus phones. The Nex 3 was not released in Western markets, but you can still get it on Amazon.


Vivo Nex 3 specs:

  • Display: 6.89-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 13MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


6. Nubia Red Magic 3s

Red Magic 3S LED strip 16x9 Snapdragon 855 Plus phone

The Nubia Red Magic 3S is the latest device in the ZTE sub-brand’s gaming line, and there’s more to it than the stereotypical, garish design. Nubia’s latest flagship device packs a Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, 8GB to 12GB of RAM, and a 5,000mAh battery with 18-watt fast charging. You’ve also got a 6.65-inch 90Hz OLED screen and capacitive shoulder triggers, making its claim as a gaming phone more concrete than many other devices.

In other words, you should expect great gaming performance and better than average endurance.


ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3s specs:

  • Display: 6.65-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


7. Oppo Reno Ace

Oppo Reno Ace Snapdragon 855 phone review nestled on mulch

The Oppo Reno Ace is a solid offering from the Chinese manufacturer. The metal-and-glass chassis is high quality, the 90Hz screen is bright and fluid, and the battery life excellent. Of course, it is also a Snapdragon 855 Plus phone, so it won’t be lacking in the performance department.

Another factor that makes this phone special is its 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charging, which can take the phone from zero to 100% in just 30 minutes. Impressive!


Oppo Reno Ace specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 13, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


8. Black Shark 2 Pro

Black Shark 2 Pro Snapdragon 855 Plus phones in different colorsBlack Shark

The Black Shark 2 Pro is one of the more prominent gaming phones on the market, and it deserves a place on the list of the best Snapdragon 855 Plus phones.

This version is very similar to the standard Black Shark 2, with the two main differences being the chipset and the addition of UFS 3.0 storage. Other notable features include a “direct touch liquid cooling” system, a 240Hz touch response, and a pressure-sensitive display. All of these gaming-focused features and its powerful specs make the Black Shark 2 Pro one of the best Snapdragon 855 Plus phones you can get.


Black Shark 2 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


These are the best Snapdragon 855 Plus smartphones you can get your hands on right now in our opinion. They are top contenders, and you can be sure none will disappoint.

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