6 interesting Snapdragon-powered smartphones that most people don't know about

6 interesting Snapdragon-powered smartphones that most people don't know about
If you go out and randomly buy a high-end, mid-range, or low-end smartphone that runs Android or Windows Phone, chances are that this has a Qualcomm system-on-chip inside. That’s because Qualcomm is the world’s largest maker of mobile chipsets, and its Snapdragon SoCs are powering the majority of today’s most popular handsets.

The first Snapdragon chipsets - QSD8250 and QSD8650 - were introduced in 2008, and we can still find them in once-famous handsets like the Nexus One, the first HTC Desire, or the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10. Since then, every relevant smartphone maker (except Apple) has used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon solutions.

But besides the Snapdragon-powered devices made by Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC and other well-known brands, there are also handsets that most people haven’t heard of. Some of them are really interesting, so we decided to present them in this article. In no particular order:

Fujitsu Toshiba IS12T

The IS12T was the very first water-resistant Windows Phone, as well as the first to feature a 13 MP rear camera. It sports a 3.7-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels, being powered by a single-core Snapdragon S2 (MSM-8655) processor clocked at 1.0 GHz. Because it was released in 2011, the Fujitsu Toshiba IS12T didn’t run Windows Phone 8, but Windows Phone 7.5. The handset was available to buy only in Japan.

YotaPhone 2 

YotaPhone 2 is a smartphone that hails from Russia, and comes as the successor to last year’s YotaPhone. The interesting thing about the YotaPhone 2 is that, just like its predecessor, it offers two touchscreen displays: a regular, 5-inch AMOLED one with 1080 x 1920 pixels, and a 4.7-inch e-ink one with 540 x 960 pixels on the back. The handset uses a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and should be available in select markets (apparently including the US) starting the fourth quarter of the year, running Android KitKat out of the box. You can find out more about the YotaPhone 2 by checking out our hands-on here.


The IUNI U3 is a China-exclusive handset that aims to directly compete with LG’s G3. Just like LG’s high-end smartphone, the U3 sports a 5.5-inch display with 1440 x 2560 pixels, and features a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, as well as 3 GB of RAM. The U3 is made out of metal, and is about 1 mm shorter than the G3 (which is really compact itself for a 5.5-inch device). The IUNI U3 also comes with a 13 MP rear camera, and a 4 MP UltraPixel front-facing camera (huh, we thought UltraPixels were an HTC-exclusive thing).

Sharp Aquos Phone The Hybrid 007SH
We know, that’s quite a weird name, but the Sharp Aquos Phone The Hybrid is a smartphone made for Japan, so perhaps that explains everything. Naming aside, the 007SH is water-resistant, and was the world’s first Android handset to pack a 16 MP rear camera. It’s actually a clamshell device that features a 3.4-inch display with 480 x 854 pixels, plus an external OLED screen. Released in 2011, the Sharp Aquos Phone 007SH has a Snapdragon S2 processor inside.

Highscreen Boost II

The Android-based Highscreen Boost II is another handset made by a Russian company, and it features a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 processor. It was released last year in two versions: one including a 3000 mAh battery, and another one offering a huge 6000 mAh battery (which, of course, makes the device quite bulky). Other features: 5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, 8 MP rear camera, 1 GB of RAM, and 4 GB of expandable storage space.

Doov T90

Most mid-end smartphones made in China use MediaTek processors, but not the Doov T90, which is powered by a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor. This is a handset that’s specifically targeted at female customers, coming with a “very delicate and lovely” Android-based UI that includes lots of apps like Virtual Wardrobe and Virtual Makeover. That aside, the Doov T90 seems to be a decent smartphone, featuring a 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, a 5-inch 720p display, and 1 GB of RAM. (Images via Yesky).



1. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Yota phone 2 looks unique.. But I still don't understand the need for 2 screens..

3. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Battery saving, e-ink display consumes very little battery.

11. mdroid

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

yes you have choice to save battery while reading from e-ink display

15. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

It's like having a super extreme battery saver but better because you can use all the or most of them ...

26. engineer-1701d unregistered

i like boost but put those speakers on the front.

28. AnTuTu

Posts: 1621; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Yota phone is a great concept, I think Samsung should pull a device based on this concept.

2. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Highscreen Boost II, the first time I've heard of a "phone" with 6000mAh battery.


Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

Boost II SE available in Russia since Feb 2014. Vodka, balalaika, bears, Highscreen Boost II SE :)

12. Gulenkov

Posts: 50; Member since: May 15, 2013

No bears, I tell you! :) From Russia with love.

13. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

With snapdragon 200 onboard... This device should literally have a week of battery life....


Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

@phonearena.com Boost 2 has MediaTek CPU, but Boost 2 SE has SD400. Mistake in article ;) It's not Boost II, its Boost 2 SE. Proff: highscreen.org/smartphones/ Thanks.

6. Florin.T

Posts: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Hm, actually, the specs listed for both the Boost II and Boost II SE mention Snapdragon:http://highscreen.org/portfolio/boost-ii/ andhttp://highscreen.org/portfolio/boost-2-se/ Am I missing something?

27. avyfa

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Boost ii has old crappy snapdragon with very slow gpu, but boost 2 se has SD400, not SD200.

7. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

IUNI U3 Where can I get one. It looks so boss.

10. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

really does. alibaba is your best bet i reckon.

18. peace247 unregistered

IUNI U3...... beautiful.....

21. Utopian

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

The girl too

24. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

It's the only reason I visited the article ;)

25. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

www.merimobiles.com is better than alibaba for mobile phones

8. fatexo

Posts: 221; Member since: May 21, 2010

The Fujitsu Toshiba IS12T reminded me of Sony Ericsson Satio from the front

9. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Slow news day?

14. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

That YotaPhone 2 actually seems pretty practical. Front display for regular usage and media consumption, back display for saving battery when you want to read or something...

16. mamadathu

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 01, 2014

i like yotaphone 2

17. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

The IUNI is awesome. Wish I could get one and use it on Big Red...

19. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I like the U3. Great design & specs

20. zubby1995

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

What about this one PA

22. zubby1995

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

What about this one PA q mobile noir z5 snapdragon 800 Pakistani brand

23. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

I wish Fujitsu Toshiba would make another Windows Smartphone cause that'd be a great device. I don't care about what any Fanboy says cause I want to get a device for every OS I can.

29. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

That IUNI U3....is....so......beautiful

30. RandomAshole

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Dat gal !!!

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