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We asked, you told us: You'd buy a phone with a 2019 flagship chipset

New silicon is probably better than no silicon at all.

Published onApril 7, 2021

The Samsung Galaxy A82 is reportedly in the works sporting a more traditional punch hole selfie shooter and a rumored 64MP primary camera. But one surprising feature including might be the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset.

Released in 2019, the Snapdragon 855 series powers the OnePlus 7T Pro and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. While it may have packed flagship performance back then, it’s arguably a little dated in 2021.

With that said, we asked you if you’d consider buying a phone this year that packed a Snapdragon 855 Plus. Here’s what you told us.

Will you consider buying a Snapdragon 855 Plus phone in 2021?


We saw more than 1,300 votes on this poll. Just under 70% of those voters admit they would consider buying a device with the Snapdragon 855 Plus this year, provided it offered good value for money.

Around 20% of voters are more close-minded, stating that they’d want the latest chipsets in the latest phones. Just under 11% of voters are on the fence, voting “maybe.”

Of course, a smartphone’s performance also depends on numerous factors beyond the chipset. While the Snapdragon 855 series might be a little long in the tooth, Samsung would need to ensure other features can hold the A82’s head above water.

However, older chips also come with caveats. Below are some of our readers’ views and concerns.

Here’s what you had to say

  • Wongwatt: This is only a thing because of the worldwide chip shortage, I’d be concerned about just where they found those SD855 SOCs.
  • Gordon: A Snapdragon 800 series soc that almost 18 months old, still better than that hot mess called the Exynos 990.
  • who’s_ur_buddha: It’s a 2 year old chip the 855! The AI capabilities of chips are changing rapidly. A 2 year old chip is not future proof 3 years down the line.
  • Tommy Crosby: My only real gripe with using old flagahip chipsets instead of the new mid-range ones is the ability to bring devices updates. We all know that Qualcomm loves to drop support for new Android versions after few years. But if Samsung can promise his recent 3-4 years of updates to the new phone regardless of the SoC, well, why not using them?

That’s it for this poll. Thanks for your votes and comments. If you have any additional thoughts, be sure to drop them down below.

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