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Here are the best Snapdragon 888 phones you can buy

Qualcomm's newest chip is the powerhouse of 2021 flagships, and here are your best chances to try it out.
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November 23, 2021
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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chip is the go-to for most flagship devices so far in 2021. The chip promises a big boost in machine learning, photography, and more, so how do you get one for yourself? Here are the best Snapdragon 888 phones that you can buy so far.

See also: The best Android phones

This list offers the best of the best, but we’ll be sure to update it as great new phones come around. Also keep in mind that it also 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.

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Who needs a Snapdragon 888 phone, anyway?

Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders logo light closer up
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Just because it’s one of the best and most powerful chipsets out there doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for everyone. When thinking about which chipset should be under the hood of your new phone, consider the power and speed you actually need.

If you’re a power user, a Snapdragon 888 phone is a good option for you. 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 handle even the most demanding Android games.

For casual users, the Snapdragon 888 may be overkill.

But if you’re a casual user that 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 if not 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 of the SD888 phones cost a pretty penny.

Best Snapdragon 888 phones:


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 OEM launched its 2021 line of Galaxy S devices, including 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.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S21 buyer’s guide

The newest Galaxy S21 family is one of Samsung’s most affordable in the last few years. For example, the smallest Galaxy S21 starts at just $799, while last year’s S20 family kicked things off at $999. No matter which device you choose, you’ll get at least three rear-mounted cameras and Samsung’s colorful new 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.


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 Z Flip 3

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 in hand showing cover display
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The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 continues the clamshell model of the Flip line, but it’s far more refined this time around. 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.

See also: The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 review

The camera setup isn’t the best, though. There are two 12MP rear cameras and a 10MP front-facing shooter. You won’t get the camera performance you’d get with the S21 series, but it’s still a decent option to have at hand. The 3,300mAh battery is the one major flaw here, unfortunately. If used sparingly, the phone can last through a day, but that’s not something you want to hear for an expensive flagship.

Speaking of expensive, the Z Flip 3 starts at $999. That puts it right in line with current-generation flagships and makes it the most affordable foldable yet. If you were hoping to jump into the foldable game, the Z Flip 3 is a great entry-point to consider.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch and 1.9-inch
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128 or 256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • 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 Mi 11 to launch outside of 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.

See also: Xiaomi Mi 11 review — one cool customer, but is it a Galaxy S21 killer?

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 main sensor. On the front, you’ll find a 20MP lens for all of your selfie-shooting needs.

Although the Xiaomi Mi 11 packs a Snapdragon 888 chip and Android 11 right out of the box, the phone runs on the MIUI 12 skin. It’s not for everyone, and you may find yourself looking for a launcher you prefer. However, the $749 starting price is a serious contender.

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 main 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.

Keep in mind that Xiaomi also launched the 11T series, which is worth a look. You get the Snapdragon 888 chipset with both the 11T and 11T Pro, but they do offer a bit less than the Mi 11 phones. On the flip side, they are cheaper.


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 plenty of differences between the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip that can greatly impact your experience.

See also: Asus Zenfone 8 series buyer’s guide

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.

Just 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 front of the Vivo X70 Pro Plus.
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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 great cameras, a vivid display, and flagship-level features like an IP68 rating and wireless charging.

See also: Vivo X70 Pro Plus review

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


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 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 newest ROG Phone 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.

See also: Asus ROG Phone 5 buyer’s guide

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.

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.


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

OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro

OnePlus 9 Pro and OnePlus 9 Snapdragon 888 phones
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As expected, OnePlus’ latest flagships come carrying Qualcomm’s latest and greatest. In many ways, however, they’ve gone from flagship killers to killer flagships. We can’t complain about the boosted specs or the crisp displays, but the OnePlus 9 Pro now carries a true flagship price.

See also: OnePlus 9, OnePlus 9 Pro, and OnePlus 9R buyer’s guide

Of course, we can’t get into the company’s latest devices without mentioning the Hasselblad cameras. They’re the pair’s biggest draw, literally, 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.

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

Oppo Find X3 Pro 5G reflective back on a coffee table book.
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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.

See also: Oppo Find X3 Pro buyer’s guide: Everything you need to know

The Find X3 Pro even comes with an impressive four-camera array, though we can only really praise half of it. Both of 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

Sony Xperia 1 III hero
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Next up on our list of the best Snapdragon 888 phones is Sony with its Xperia 1 III and 5 III models.

See also: Sony Xperia 1 III review

Both the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III bring 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.

However, there are a few key 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.


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 GT

Realme GT review showing camera modules
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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 GT 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 solid 12GB of RAM.

Under the hood, you’ll also find a 4,500mAh battery that’s more about the optimization than the capacity. In fact, Dhruv, our reviewer, noted that the GT sipped just 5% of the battery after a full hour of gaming. Dhruv ultimately found that he could easily skate through a full day of usage with juice to spare, and the 65W charger got him back to a full battery in just 45 minutes.

Check out our review: Realme GT — Leading design, specs to match

The Realme GT follows in the footsteps of a few other phones on our list, skipping wireless charging altogether. While it’s not great for flexibility, you have to remember that this is a significantly more affordable device than most. It also uses proprietary charging technology, so you may not achieve the same speeds if you lose Realme’s included charger.


Realme GT specs:

  • Display: 6.43-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11