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Here are the best Snapdragon 888 phones you can buy

The Snapdragon 888 may not be the latest, but it's still among the greatest.
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April 1, 2022
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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chip is still among the go-to’s for many flagship devices. At launch, the chip promised a significant boost in machine learning, photography, and more. It delivered, and devices sporting this chipset are still stunning performers. How do you get one for yourself? The list of devices is getting shorter as we move on to the newer Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, but there are still some great Snapdragon 888 options around. Let’s go over them.

Who needs a Snapdragon 888 phone, anyway?

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Just because it’s an amazingly powerful chipset, it doesn’t mean the Snapdragon 888 is the right fit for everyone. Consider the power and speed you need when considering which chipset should be under your phone’s hood.

A Snapdragon 888 phone is a good option for you if you’re a power user. These devices are usually paired with loads of RAM (as much as 18GB), meaning they can handle just about any task you throw at them. SD888 phones are also great options for gamers, as they have enough power to run even the most demanding Android games.

For casual users, the Snapdragon 888 may be overkill.

On the other hand, if you’re a casual user who sticks to basic tasks like taking pictures, checking email, and scrolling through social media, a Snapdragon 888 phone may be overkill. At least in terms of raw power. A mid-range device like the Pixel 5a with its Snapdragon 765G chipset should handle all those simple tasks with ease, and the phone still offers a camera that matches or exceeds those found on phones powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset.

It’s not all about the chipset, though. If you’re a basic user, but there are other features you want that only flagships powered by the Snapdragon 888 have, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get a phone like that. You’ll have to pay up, though, since most SD 888 phones cost a pretty penny. Luckily, many of these phones are starting to get older, and their price tags are also coming down.

More: The very best Android devices you can buy

The best Snapdragon 888 phones

Editor’s note: This list offers the best of the best, but we’ll be sure to update it as great new Snapdragon 888 phones come around. Also, keep in mind that it includes a few handsets powered by the Snapdragon 888 Plus, which offers clock speed improvement and faster AI capabilities compared to the standard version of the SoC.


Samsung Galaxy S21 series

Samsung Galaxy S21 Snapdragon 888 phones
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Samsung wasn’t the first to announce a Snapdragon 888 device, but it’s one of your best options to get the powerful chip in your pocket. The Galaxy S21 series includes the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra. You get top-of-the-line specs across the board, and the S21 Ultra has finally grown into its lofty title.

More: The best Samsung phones available

No matter which device you choose, you’ll get at least three rear-mounted cameras and Samsung’s colorful phantom finishes. However, you’ll only find a Snapdragon 888 chip on your new Galaxy S21 if you purchase the US version. International variants come with Samsung’s in-house Exynos 2100 processor instead. In either case, these phones will all be powerful and offer a great experience.

Additionally, Samsung has more recently released the Galaxy S21 FE. This phone offers most of the best Galaxy S21 features while keeping the design simpler. This helps the device keep a lower price tag, making it one of the best value-per-dollar propositions in the Galaxy S21 series.


Samsung Galaxy S21 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, FHD+
  • Chipset: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, FHD+
  • Chipset: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP
  • Front cameras: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,800mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, FHD+
  • Chipset: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 10, 10, and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, FHD+
  • Chipset: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 in hand closed up
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The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 continues the clamshell model of the Flip line, but it’s far more refined. The build quality is excellent, the exterior finish looks fantastic, and you get a much better 6.7-inch internal display. The external display gets a necessary boost as well. It’s larger, more vivid, and makes managing your notifications much easier. Performance isn’t an issue either, with the Snapdragon 888 and 8GB of RAM keeping everything running smoothly. You don’t get as much storage as other Samsung flagships, but up to 256GB should be enough for most.

More: The best foldable phones

If you want a true performer and a larger screen, you need to look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. This is definitely among the best Snapdragon 888 phones if you want a foldable device that can turn into a tablet. The Galaxy Z Fold comes with 12GB of RAM, as much as 512GB of storage, and a 4,400mAh battery. The internal screen is larger than pretty much every smartphone out there, coming in at 7.6 inches. It also has a stunning Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel with a 120Hz refresh rate.

Not only are these powerful devices, but they have very unique form factors made possible by foldable screens. These are still novelty phones, so there’s a “wow factor” attached to them. It’s that intangible experience that makes them special, as well as some of the best Snapdragon 888 phones.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch and 1.9-inch
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 specs:

  • Display: 7.6-inch QXGA+ and 6.2-inch HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP, 4MP UDC
  • Battery: 4,400mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 series

Xiaomi Mi 11 back against brick
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Xiaomi edged out the Galaxy S21 family as the first Snapdragon 888 phone. However, it took a few months for the Xiaomi Mi 11 to launch outside China. Even though Samsung had a slight head start, the Mi 11 packs an impressive spec sheet of its own and an impressive price tag to match.

You’re looking at a large, 6.81-inch display, as well as a powerful 4,600mAh battery and blistering 55W fast charging. Xiaomi also chose a triple camera array to lead the charge, topped off with a 108MP primary sensor. On the front, you’ll find a 20MP lens for all of your selfie-shooting needs.

Related: Xiaomi buying guide

If you’re hoping to take your Xiaomi flagship even further, now is your chance. The company has pulled back the curtains on its Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11 Pro, and Mi 11i, all of which pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888. Xiaomi’s Mi 11 Ultra is the first in the company’s portfolio to feature an IP68 rating out of the box, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Should you decide to grab the premium Mi 11 Ultra, you’ll immediately notice the massive camera bump. It houses a 50MP primary shooter and two 48MP lenses, and the camera bump even offers a small 1.1-inch secondary display. You can also check out the Mi 11 Pro, which looks nearly identical to the base model in many ways. It also comes with an IP68 rating, and the 6.81-inch display matches that of the Mi 11. However, the Mi 11 Pro packs 67W wired and wireless charging, so you’re looking at a full boost in just over half an hour.


Xiaomi Mi 11 specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,600mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 13, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, and 48MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Asus Zenfone 8 series

Asus Zenfone 8 Flip 10
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Asus decided to cover all of its bases with the new Zenfone 8 series, offering versions with and without a pop-up selfie camera. Regardless of which way you go, you’ll get the powerful Snapdragon 888 SoC to keep you moving at top speed. Beyond the processor, there are many differences between the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip that can significantly impact your experience.

Also read: Awesome selfie camera phones you should take a look at

The more traditional Zenfone 8 packs a punch hole selfie camera, a smaller 5.9-inch AMOLED display, and creature comforts like a 3.5mm headphone jack. On the other hand, the Zenfone 8 Flip jumps to a 6.67-inch Gorilla Glass 6 display and a larger 5,000mAh battery. You also get the all-important pop-up camera, which packs a 64MP lens backed by 12MP and 8MP options.

Remember that of these two Snapdragon 888 phones, the true flagship is the smaller one.


Asus Zenfone 8 specs:

  • Display: 5.9-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 6/8/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Asus Zenfone 8 Flip specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: Same as rear
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Vivo X70 Pro Plus

The Vivo X70 Pro Plus face-down on a table.
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The Vivo X70 Pro Plus is the best you can get from the company at the moment. This Snapdragon 888 phone offers excellent cameras, a vivid display, and flagship-level features like an IP68 rating and wireless charging.

It’s a big boy, with its display measuring 6.78 inches. The battery comes in at 4,500mAh and supports 55W charging that will get it from 0 to 100% in around 55 minutes. You’ll find four cameras at the back, and one on the front, all of which should be more than good enough for most people.

The Vivo X70 Pro Plus issue is availability, as it’s only available in India and China right now. In our opinion, there’s also too much bloatware that comes with Vivo’s Android skin.


Vivo X70 Pro Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888 Plus
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Asus ROG Phone 5 and 5s series

Asus ROG Phone 5 product shot of the rear of the device at an angle
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If you wanted more proof of the close relationship between gaming phones and the Snapdragon 888, the Asus ROG Phone 5 series is perfect. The fifth iteration of the powerful gaming device now includes three models, which means that Asus has taken a step beyond the “Pro” name.

No matter which way you go, all three of Asus’s new devices pack the Snapdragon 888, and their spec sheets are nearly identical. You’re looking at a 6.78-inch display, a triple rear camera system, and massive 6,000mAh batteries. However, the differences come in terms of RAM and storage.

Also: Other gaming phones worth considering

If you splurge for the premium ROG Phone 5 Ultimate, you’ll get 18GB of RAM with 512GB of storage. On the other hand, the ROG Phone 5 Pro tops out at 16GB of RAM with the same storage amount. The final option is your basic ROG Phone 5 with 8GB, 12GB, or 16GB of memory and up to 256GB of storage.

This trio is your best bet for a gaming Snapdragon 888 phone, no matter which way you turn. You can also check the new Asus ROG Phone 5s series for an updated punch. They pack similar specs to the ROG Phone 5, but with a Snapdragon 888 Plus onboard.


Asus ROG Phone 5 specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 18GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Asus ROG Phone 5s specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888 Plus
  • RAM: 8/12/16/18GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888 Plus
  • RAM: 18GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro

OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 Snapdragon 888 phones
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The OnePlus 9 series comes carrying Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 processor. However, they’ve gone from flagship killers to killer flagships in many ways. We can’t complain about the boosted specs or the crisp displays, but the OnePlus 9 Pro now carries a true flagship price.

Of course, we can’t get into the company’s latest devices without mentioning the Hasselblad cameras. They’re the pair’s biggest draw as they add quite a bit to the camera bump. Both devices offer powerful 50MP and 48MP main shooters, while only the OnePlus 9 Pro carries an 8MP telephoto lens.

Look: OnePlus buyer’s guide

Inside, you’ll find the Snapdragon 888 humming away backed by either 8GB or 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. Some of the other devices on this list may be tough to track down, but you should have no problem getting your hands on one of the newest OnePlus devices.


OnePlus 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 50, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

OnePlus 9 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 50, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Oppo Find X3 Pro

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We’ve come to expect unique features on Oppo’s Find series of devices, and we’re happy to report that the Find X3 Pro lives up to expectations among the best Snapdragon 888 phones. It packs space-age style with a shiny (though fingerprint-showing) finish and a camera bump that seems to melt into the device.

Oppo also selected a brilliant 6.7-inch Quad HD+ display that seems to draw you in while it wows you with a Snapdragon 888 chip. You should be pleased with the 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage as well, even if the single downward-firing speaker is underwhelming. The 4,500mAh battery is solid too, and 65W SuperVOOC charging is tough to top.

The Find X3 Pro even comes with an impressive four-camera array, though we can only really praise half of it. The 50MP shooters are crisp and achieve good results, but the telephoto and macro lenses leave something to be desired. You shouldn’t have any problems with the latest version of Color OS, which means that at least Oppo is doing something right.


Oppo Find X3 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 50, 13, and 3MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III

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The Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III brought Sony firmly into 2021. You get a Snapdragon 888 processor on both devices, as well as three 12MP lenses and a headphone jack. However, the Xperia 1 III is the larger of the pair at 6.5-inches. The Xperia 5 III measures just 6.1-inches, so it’s your best bet to fit in a tight pocket. You’ll get a side-mounted fingerprint sensor either way, and the 4,500mAh battery is standard.

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However, there are a few fundamental changes to help you decide. The Xperia 1 III takes the lead on RAM and memory, with up to 12GB and 512GB. It also has the edge with fast wireless and reverse wireless charging, while the Xperia 5 III only offers wired charging. Check out the spec sheets below to see exactly how the two stack up against each other.

If you need a pro-grade camera experience on top of the basic Sony package, you can also look at the Xperia Pro-I. It boasts a 1-inch primary camera sensor as the highlight of its 12MP trio, along with the Snapdragon 888 onboard.


Sony Xperia 1 III specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 4K
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, 12, and 0.3MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Sony Xperia 5 III specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Realme GT2

Realme GT2

We’ve been hitting on flagship after flagship so far in this list, but now it’s time to give your wallet a break. The Realme GT2 is by far the most affordable pick on this list. Looking at the spec sheet, you might never realize that it’s a more affordable option with its Snapdragon 888 processor and as much as 12GB of RAM.

Under the hood, you’ll also find a 5,000mAh battery that’s more about the optimization than the capacity. Sadly, the phone skips on wireless charging. At least you get 65W charging, though. Not to mention the 6.62-inch screen is nice and has a 120Hz refresh rate.


Realme GT2 specs:

  • Display: 6.62-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 12

Are you still looking to get a new high-end phone? Take a look at our list of the very best Android phones available today. If you think Snapdragon 888 phones are too much, we also have a guide with the best budget phones around. Take a look at both and see if you still want one of the best Snapdragon 888 phones.