A few days ago, Qualcomm officially announced the Snapdragon 865 Plus: its best flagship chipset for the second half of 2020. The new mobile platform promises up to a 10% boost for both CPU and GPU performance, compared to its predecessor Snapdragon 865. A lot of tech enthusiasts are actually impatient to know which will be the handsets powered by the new Qualcomm’s SoC. Even though just a few days passed since the announcement of the new chipset, we already know which will be the first upcoming smartphones with Snapdragon 865 Plus. In this post, we gathered all the info surfaced online and made a list of all the upcoming Snapdragon 865 Plus phones, as well as the rumored ones.
Upcoming Snapdragon 865 Plus phones
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ASUS ROG Phone 3
The first smartphone equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus will be the most awaited gaming phone of the year: Asus ROG Phone 3. It will be officially unveiled on July 22 and it will pair the amazing chipset with up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of UFS 3.0 internal storage. We know almost everything about its specifications thanks to several leaks and official info. According to TENAA, the Asus ROG Phone 3 will measure 171 x 78 x 9.85 mm and it weighs 240 grams. It will feature Air Triggers and an RGB-lit logo. The display will be an AMOLED panel with a diagonal of 6.59 inches, a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, and a 144 Hz refresh rate. The phone will be protected by the Gorilla Glass 6 protection and feature the HDR10 certification. On the rear side, it will sport a 64 MP main camera, while the front camera will have a 13 MP resolution. The battery will come with a 6000 mAh capacity and it will support 30W fast charging. There will also be a secondary USB-C port for charging and accessories.
Lenovo Legion Phone
Alongside the Asus ROG Phone 3, another gaming phone will be unveiled on July 22, and it will be fueled by the Snapdragon 865 Plus as well. We are talking about the Legion Phone, that is the first Lenovo gaming phone and it belongs to its gaming lineup Legion just like its gaming PCs. We told you a lot about the Lenovo Legion phone, it will be the perfect rival of the Asus ROG Phone 3. This phone also brings some innovation since it is designed for landscape usage. Its design will naturally be gaming-centric, and the phone will feature a side-mounted pop-up camera: a perfect solution for live streamers who want to live stream their gaming sessions. The cameras on the rear side will be placed at the center of the phone and there will be a secondary USB-C port that can be used in landscape mode in order to charge the phone while playing. The Snapdragon 865 Plus will be supported by up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of internal storage. The battery will have a capacity of 5000 mAh and it will support 90W fast charging which charges the whole battery in just 30 minutes. The Lenovo Legion Phone is also expected to come with dual speakers and a dual rear camera including a 64 MP main sensor.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series
The Galaxy Note 20 series is the upcoming Samsung’s flagship series including the S Pen and it will be officially unveiled on August 5 at a Galaxy Unpacked event. The lineup is expected to be composed of three variants: Samsung Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Note 20 Plus, and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The vanilla version will feature a display with at least 6.4 inches, the Plus version is expected to come with a 6.9-inch screen, and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra should have a display with a diagonal over 7 inches. The refresh rate should go up to 120 Hz and the U.S. variants of the Galaxy Note 20 will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 Plus processor. This will not happen with the European versions which will be equipped with an Exynos chipset. There will be cameras up to 108 MP, new camera features, and new S Pen features.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
The Galaxy Z Flip will be officially announced on August 5 and it will be available for pre-orders in China starting from July 22. It will be the 5G version of the Galaxy Z Flip, but with a single difference: according to rumors, its SoC will be either Snapdragon 865 or 865+, instead of the Snapdragon 855+ found on the vanilla version. The rest of the specifications of the foldable phone will remain the same. But there will be a new color variant: Mystic Bronze.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
Samsung is rumored to unveil another foldable phone during the Galaxy Unpacked event which will be held on August 5. We are talking about the Galaxy Z Fold 2: the successor of the Galaxy Fold. It is rumored to be fueled by the Snapdragon 865 Plus mobile platform. Unlike the Galaxy Z Flip 5G, it will not be a clamshell foldable phone becoming extremely compact while folded. It will be a smartphone that turns into a tablet, just like the original Galaxy Fold.
Nubia Red Magic 5S
If you thought Asus ROG Phone 3 and Lenovo Legion Phone were the only upcoming gaming phone, you were wrong. After the Red Magic 3, Nubia is planning the launch of another gaming phone this year: the Red Magic 5S. And it will be powered by the Snapdragon 865 Plus mobile platform. According to the latest revelations, the phone will feature a 144 Hz refresh rate and a 320 Hz touch sampling rate to reduce input lag and improve the touch screen accuracy. There will also be a silver-based cooling system.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+
Another smartphone rumored to come with the Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC is the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+. But we are only talking about rumors, so take everything with a pinch of salt about this device. A leak on Weibo revealed that the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro+ will sport a 120 Hz display, the main camera with a 100 MP sensor and 12x optical zoom, and the support of 65W fast charging.
iQOO and Realme
Last but not least, iQOO and Realme are expected to launch their first Snapdragon 865 Plus phone in the coming months. There is still no official confirmation, but it is highly unlikely that they will not do it. And we are probably talking about the most affordable upcoming phones with Snapdragon 865 Plus inside. iQOO’s solution is expected to be called iQOO Pro 3, while Realme is expected to launch the Realme X3 Pro at IFA 2020 (the company already confirmed its presence to the show).
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