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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chip is here, and it’s become 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.

Best Snapdragon 888 phones:


Samsung Galaxy S21 series

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Samsung wasn’t the first to announce a Snapdragon 888 device, but it’s currently your best 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

Xiaomi Mi 11 series

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 finally 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.

The final Snapdragon 888-powered member of the Mi 11 family is the Mi 11i. In fact, it’s a repackaged version of the Redmi K40 Pro Plus, right down to the last detail. You’ll find a 6.67-inch display, a solid 4,520mAh battery, and even a 108MP main camera on the back. It does miss out on creature comforts like an IP rating and a telephoto camera, but it should be easier on your wallet.


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

Xiaomi Mi 11i specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,520mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Asus Zenfone 8 series

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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, however, 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: Everything you need to know

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 X60 Pro Plus

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Vivo isn’t sticking with just one Snapdragon 888 phone this year. The most powerful member of its X60 family is the X60 Pro Plus, and it’s tapped to feature Qualcomm’s powerful hardware. It’s a premium device, no doubt about it, and you’ll be able to grab yours in gray leather.

Unfortunately, the X60 Pro Plus is still a bit tricky to track down. However, it packs a 6.56-inch Full HD+ display with a 120Hz display rate, so it’s worth looking forward to. Vivo also chose a 4,200mAh battery to keep you moving, and you won’t have to charge long at 55W speeds.

Perhaps the most impressive part of Vivo’s X60 Pro Plus is the new camera setup. It stars a 50MP Samsung GN1 main shooter, and Zeiss contributed to the overall array. The powerful Snapdragon 888 phone also comes with a 32MP telephoto lens and an 8MP periscope shooter.


Vivo X60 Pro Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.56-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, 32, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Asus ROG Phone 5 series

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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.

No matter which way you turn, this trio is your best bet for a gaming Snapdragon 888 phone.


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

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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.

See also: OnePlus 9 review

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

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

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Sony is bringing up the rear on our best Snapdragon 888 phones list, and the Xperia 1 III and 5 III are the newest devices you’ll find. In fact, they’re so new that you can’t buy them yet. Instead, Sony has announced the pair, and now we have to wait on a confirmed release date.

See also: Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III launched: Flagships with crazy zoom tech

Both the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III bring Sony firmly into 2021. You’ll 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 both RAM and memory, with up to 12GB and 512GB. It also has the edge with fast wireless charging and reverse wireless charging, while the Xperia 5 III only offers wired charging. Check out the spec sheets below, and we’ll be sure to update this section when we have a release date.


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