If you’re planning to get a flagship phone, say, like Samsung Galaxy S20, you’ll need to spend at least P49,990. Huawei, on the other end, has recently released the price of the P40 series which starts at P36,990. It’s significantly less expensive, but the base model P40 lacks the latest features such as a faster screen refresh rate and a bigger battery. See the trend here? Flagship phones are slowly losing their value due to their incredible price tags. As a result, brands have to make a way to capture the market that previous flagship phones have left. And you’ll mostly see Snapdragon 765G phones, in this case.
The new chipset is touted as powerful as a flagship chipset. The number indicates that the tier is just right below the 800 series while the letter “G” denotes gaming. Qualcomm still promises fast gaming performance which also means smooth overall experience when using devices with SD 765G. And based on reviews, this is true. With that said, we gathered the best phones with Snapdragon 765G. Most of these phones will arrive in the Philippines unless stated otherwise.
Only announced recently, Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite has already made the list. In a typical Xiaomi manner, the device is all about performance. It sports a vapor cooling chamber and a large 4160mAh battery that powers the handset with support for 20W fast charging. Like most 2020 phones, the quad-camera setup consists of 48MP, 8MP ultrawide, 5MP macro, and 2MP depth. Featuring an AMOLED screen, underneath the display is an optical fingerprint scanner for biometrics.
Not to be confused with the Reno3 Pro with 44MP dual-selfie camera, the Reno3 Pro 5G uses Snapdragon 765G instead of the Helio P95 of its 4G model. This model can support up to 256GB storage and up to 12GB RAM. The cameras aren’t the best but they are versatile, featuring 48MP, 13MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom, 8MP ultrawide, and 2MP monochrome. The battery is rated 4025mAh which supports OPPO’s popular VOOC charging at 30W. This allows the phone to go from zero to 50 in just 20 mins. Lastly is the presence of a stereo speaker which is commonly seen on flagship phones. Unfortunately, there’s no headphone jack and the build quality is made of plastic. Also, it’s highly likely that the Helio P95 version will arrive locally instead.
3. Nokia 8.3 5G
HMD Global took its time to provide us Nokia 8.3 5G. Compared to most phones under this segment, some might find the IPS LCD a head-scratcher. However, it’s only one of the few phones that support a dedicated microSD slot and a headphone jack. The cameras are co-made with Zeiss, featuring 64MP, 12MP ultrawide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth. The same goes for the 24MP selfie camera. Featuring a glass build, Nokia 8.3 easily provides that “premium” feel in the hands. A large 4500mAh battery ensures longevity, while Android One guarantees up to Android 12 support. Unlike Sony, LG hasn’t left the country yet, so there’s a slight chance that we’ll see Nokia 8.3 this year.
Realme continues to challenge Xiaomi when it comes to the best value phone. So far, its Realme X50 is one of the best value phones from the company. Aside from the flagship-level chipset, the screen refreshes at a 120Hz rate. Expect animations and UI navigation to be a lot faster and smoother. Although expandable memory is not available here, the configuration goes up to 256GB and up to 12GB RAM. Cameras are not to be left out, too. Realme X50 comes with 64MP, 12MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom, 8MP ultrawide, and 2MP macro. There are two more cameras on the front, featuring 16MP and 8MP ultrawide. The battery is rated 4200mAh with 30W VOOC charging, going from zero to 70% in 30 minutes. The only feature this phone is missing is the headphone jack.
We are crowning Redmi K30 5G as the best Snapdragon 765 phone due to the complete package it offers. The screen supports 120Hz but it adds HDR10 certification. The internal storage tops at 256GB with support for an expandable microSD slot. There’s no shortage of cameras, too, with 64MP, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth. Redmi K30 also has two cameras for selfies — 20MP and 2MP depth. Some specs that are not found on other phones are the headphone jack, NFC, and IR blaster. There’s also enough battery for the power-hungry screen as it’s rated 4500mAh.
We understand if you have the Realme X50 as the better device since it has a more versatile camera setup, such as the telephoto lens and the ultrawide angle of the selfie camera. But, we feel like buyers under this price segment prefer the inclusion of every feature.