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Best Snapdragon 835 Phones with Top Features, Camera and Software

The Snapdragon 835 SoC (System on Chip) is the flagship processor of 2017 from the house of Qualcomm. The octa-core chipset was announced back in November 2016 and most of the smartphones being powered by the 835 are being launched in 2017. It is the first 10-nanometer mobile chip manufactured by Qualcomm, which will perform amazingly well. Actually, Qualcomm and Samsung has collaborated to make this SoC using the 10nm FinFET process developed by Samsung. Today, we bring you the best Snapdragon 835 phones but first have a look at the features of the chipset.

The Snapdragon 835 processor made by 10nm process is even smaller than the Snapdragon 821 chipset, which is made by 14nm process. This makes the processor more energy-efficient and powerful than any other mobile processor in the world. As the chipset becomes smaller, smartphone makers will get more room to fit bigger batteries, camera sensors and make the flagship phones even more slimmer. According to data, the 835 boasts of 30% more area efficiency, 27% higher performance and 40% less battery-consuming than the 821. In the graphics department, we get Adreno 540 GPU. The CPU is the octa-core Kryo 280, which includes four cores with 2.45GHz and four cores with 1.9GHz. The processor also supports up to 32 megapixel camera or 16 megapixel dual camera sensors, Bluetooth 5.0, better AR and VR experience along with 4K Ultra HD video streaming. The Exynos 8895 from Samsung and Kirin 960 from Huawei are equivalent to the Snapdragon 835 in terms of performance and efficiency. So without any further ado, let’s get started.

Best Snapdragon 835 phones with Top Features, Camera and Software

Check out the best Snapdragon 835 Mobile Phones in India

1. Nokia 8

Nokia 8 - Best Nokia Smartphone Under Rs. 50,000 in India

Nokia 8, one of the Snapdragon 835 phones, was unveiled globally back in August and in India back in September 2017. It is the most powerful Nokia Android smartphone ever. The Nokia 8 features a 5.3-inch Quad HD LCD display and is powered by Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor. It comes in two variants – one with 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM and another with 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM but in India you will get the 4GB variant only. It runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS and will be upgradable to Android 8.0 Oreo OS. In the camera department, there is a dual camera setup at the back – a 13 megapixel RGB sensor along with another 13 megapixel monochrome sensor. On the front, there is a 13 megapixel selfie cameras as well.

Key Specifications of Nokia 8
Display 5.3-inch Quad HD
Processor 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB (expandable – 256GB)
Operating System Android 7.1 Nougat
Rear Camera Dual 13MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 13MP
Battery 3090mAh (non-removable) with Quick Charge 3.0
Fingerprint Front
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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2. OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5 - Dual Camera Phone under Rs. 40,000 in India

OnePlus 5, the second 8GB RAM smartphone in the world, was launched in India back in June 2017. Besides being a multitasking beast, it is also one of the Snapdragon 835 phones. The OnePlus 5 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor along with Adreno 540 GPU. One of the main features of this device is its dual camera setup at the back. We get a 16 megapixel primary lens and a 20 megapixel secondary lens. The phone can take portrait images with depth of field effect and you can also use 2x lossless zoom. It runs on Oxygen OS based on Android 7.1 Nougat.

Key Specifications of OnePlus 5
Display 5.5-inch Full HD
Processor 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC
RAM 6GB/8GB
Storage 64GB/128GB (non-expandable)
Operating System Oxygen OS (Android 7.1 Nougat)
Rear Camera 16MP + 20MP with dual LED flash
Front Camera 16MP
Battery 3300mAh (non-removable) with Dash Charge
Fingerprint Front
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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3. HTC U11

HTC U11 - Best HTC Flagship Smartphone in India under Rs. 50,000

HTC U11, another smartphone powered by Snapdragon 835, was launched in India back in June 2017. It features a 5.5-inch Quad HD display and 6GB of RAM. The U11 has a new squeeze interaction technology and comes with an Edge sensor. It helps the user open any application of their choice with “short squeeze” and “squeeze and hold” responses. The device runs on HTC Sense UI based on Android 7.1 Nougat OS. There is a 3000mAh battery under its hood with support for Quick Charge 3.0. This Snapdragon 835 smartphone is a beautiful beast that can handle every task with ease.

Key Specifications of HTC U11
Display 5.5-inch Quad HD
Processor 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB (expandable – 2TB)
Operating System HTC Sense UI (Android 7.1 Nougat)
Rear Camera 12MP with dual LED flash
Front Camera 16MP
Battery 3000mAh (non-removable) with Quick Charge 3.0
Fingerprint Front
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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4. Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony Xperia XZ Premium - Smartphone under Rs. 60,000 in India

Sony Xperia XZ Premium, one of the most premium Snapdragon 835 phones, was launched in India back in June 2017. It is undoubtedly powerful because of the chipset inside but we get an amazing 5.5-inch 4K HDR TRILUMINOS display with X-Reality for mobile and Dynamic Contrast Enhancer. It has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and pixel density of 807 PPI. In the camera department, it rocks a 19 megapixel primary camera, which can shoot 960fps slow-motion videos as well as 4K videos. The phone supports Dual SIM and 4G VoLTE connectivity.

Key Specifications of Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Display 5.5-inch 4K HDR
Processor 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB (expandable – 256GB)
Operating System Xperia UI (Android 7.1 Nougat)
Rear Camera 19MP with dual LED flash
Front Camera 13MP
Battery 3230mAh (non-removable) with Quick Charge 3.0
Fingerprint Front
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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5. Xiaomi Mi 6

Xiaomi Mi 6

Xiaomi Mi 6, one of the Snapdragon 835 phones, was unveiled in China back in April 2017. The company has not launched the phone in India yet but it is scheduled to arrive soon. The new Xiaomi flagship phone has skipped the 3.5mm headphone jack and joined the USB Type-C audio bandwagon. The phone is being powered by 6GB RAM and Snapdragon 835 processor. It runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS. The Mi 6 has a water-repellent coating as well but did not get certification. There is a 3350mAh battery, that supports Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

Key Specifications of Xiaomi Mi 6
Display 5.15-inch Full HD
Processor 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB/128GB (non-expandable)
Operating System MIUI (Android 7.1 Nougat)
Rear Camera Dual 12MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 3350mAh (non-removable) with Quick Charge 3.0
Fingerprint Front
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

6. ZTE nubia Z17

ZTE nubia Z17 - Snapdragon 835 smartphone

nubia Z17, the latest flagship smartphone from the house of ZTE, was unveiled in China back in June 2017 and is expected to be launched in India in the near future. This is also powered by Snapdragon 835 processor and can handle everything smoothly. For multitasking, we get options of both 6GB and 8GB RAM. In the camera department, there is a 12 megapixel primary rear lens along with a 23 megapixel secondary rear lens. The secondary camera helps in 2x optical zoom and 10x dynamic zoom along with taking portrait images. Under the hood, we get a 3200mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 4.0+, that can charge 0-50% in just 25 minutes.

Key Specifications of nubia Z17
Display 5.5-inch Full HD
Processor 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC
RAM 6GB/8GB
Storage 64GB/128GB (expandable – 200GB)
Operating System nubia UI (Android 7.1 Nougat)
Rear Camera 12MP + 23MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 16MP
Battery 3200mAh (non-removable) with Quick Charge 4.0+
Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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7. Essential Phone PH-1

Essential Phone - One of the best bezel-less smartphones in the world

Android creator Andy Rubin had launched his own smartphone company back in May 2017 with a bezel-less phone named Essential Phone PH-1. It has a 5.71-inch edge-to-edge Quad HD display, which has a resolution of 2560 x 1312 pixels and pixel density of 504 PPI. The phone has a screen-to-body ratio of 84.9% and is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor along with 4GB RAM. This Snapdragon 835 mobile runs on Ambient OS based on Android 7.0 Nougat and is made up of titanium and ceramic. It is modular in nature as you can attach a 360-degree camera on to the magnetic connector placed on the back.

Key Specifications of Essential Phone PH-1
Display 5.71-inch Quad HD
Processor 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC
RAM 4GB
Storage 128GB (non-expandable)
Operating System Android 7.1 Nougat
Rear Camera Dual 13MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 3040mAh (non-removable) with Quick Charge 3.0
Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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8. Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ launched in India back in April 2017 are powered by Exynos 8895 processor but the global variant is powered by a Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor. Both of these processors are identical in performance, thus Samsung is able to use both in their flagship devices. Hence, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are Snapdragon 835 smartphones according to our view. They come with 12 megapixel primary rear camera and 8 megapixel selfie shooter. We get a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display on the S8, while the S8+ boasts of a 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display.

Key Specifications of Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+
Display 5.8-inch Quad HD+ (S8)

6.2-inch Quad HD+ (S8+)

Processor Exynos 8895 octa-core SoC
RAM 4GB (S8)

4GB/6GB (S8+)

Storage 64GB (S8)

64GB/128GB (S8+)

(expandable – 256GB)

Operating System TouchWiz UI (Android 7.1 Nougat)
Rear Camera 12MP with LED flash
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 3000mAh (non-removable) – S8

3500mAh (non-removable) – S8+

Fast charging (both wired and wireless)

Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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9. LG V30

LG V30 - Best Bezel-less Flagship Smartphone of 2017

LG V30, one of the Snapdragon 835 phones, was unveiled globally at the IFA 2017 back in August 2017. The phablet features a 6-inch Quad HD+ OLED FullVision display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is also the “lightest among the smartphones in the 6-inch and over category.” It packs in both 4GB and 6GB RAM along with 64GB and 128GB storage. The phone runs on LG UX 6.0+ based on Android 7.1.2 Nougat OS. Under the hood, there is a 3300mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging. In the camera department, we get a dual camera setup at the back – a 16 megapixel primary lens along with a 13 megapixel secondary lens. There is a 5 megapixel selfie camera on the front.

Key Specifications of LG V30
Display 6-inch Quad HD+
Processor 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC
RAM 4GB/6GB
Storage 64GB/128GB (expandable – 2TB)
Operating System LG UX (Android 7.1 Nougat)
Rear Camera 16MP + 13MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 5MP
Battery 3300mAh (non-removable) with Quick Charge 3.0
Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

10. Google Pixel 2 / Pixel XL 2

Google Pixel 2 - Upcoming 5G Mobile Phone

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 are the two most awaited flagship smartphones of 2017 as they will have the best stock Android experience. These smartphones will run on the latest Android 8.0 Oreo OS out of the box and are expected to pack in 4GB RAM. These will also become Snapdragon 835 phones as the Pixel and Pixel XL were powered by Snapdragon 821 chipset. In the camera department, we can expect dual lens camera setup, specially in the Pixel XL 2. The regular variant might come with a single 12 megapixel camera according to the latest rumors.

Key Specifications of Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2
Display 5-inch Full HD (Pixel 2)

6-inch Quad HD (Pixel XL 2)

Processor 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC
RAM 4GB
Storage 128GB (non-expandable)
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo
Rear Camera Dual 12MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 13MP
Battery 3000mAh (non-removable) – Pixel 2

3600mAh (non-removable) – Pixel XL 2

Fast Charging with Wireless Charging

Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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Hope you have liked our best Snapdragon 835 phones segment. We will keep on updating this article as more and more flagship smartphones get powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Do tell us about your favorite Snapdragon 835 phone in the comments section below. Also, check out our latest articles including best 5G smartphones to know more about the upcoming technologies.

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Bibek Saha

He is the Co-Founder of BSU. A Tech enthusiast at heart, who loves to write long form articles. A certified foodie who won’t give up Chicken for anything else in this world. A Manchester United fan, who loves to play Fifa when not in work mode.

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