Unleash the beast: best smartphones with a Snapdragon 810 chipset inside


Qualcomm's top-of-the-line chipset, the Snapdragon 820, might be a bit controversial due to the throttling issues that are reportedly plaguing it, yet we shouldn't neglect its "flagship" role in the manufacturer's silicon portfolio.

Until the next iterations of the chipset family roll out, it's the Snapdragon 810 that is the best Qualcomm can throw against Samsung, MediaTek, and everyone else aspiring for their fair share of the chipset market.

The Snapdragon 810 comes with a big.LITTLE chipset setup, comprising four Cortex-A57 and another four Cortex-A53 cores, running at 2GHz and 1.5GHz, respectively. In the meantime, an Adreno 430 GPU unit takes care of the graphics.

That said, is fairly normal that several big players on the market have adopted the chipset in their newer handsets. We decided to round them up and see what devices are being powered by Qualcomm's current crème de la crème.

We've already compared the Snapdragon 810 with the Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420 and the Apple A8 SoCs, which you should check if you want to find out which is the clear winner of the aforementioned trio.

HTC One M9


Arguably one of the most popular current-gen devices that have a Snapdragon 810 heart inside, the HTC One M9 certainly did not live up to the expectations that both customers and, interestingly enough, HTC itself expected. Not that the One M9 is a disappointing device, but it's certainly not improving as much aspects of the One M8 in order to be viewed as a successful successor. Still, it's not a device that should be easily overlooked as it has a few selling points, like the excellent speakers, call quality, and the outstanding build.



LG G Flex 2


LG's second try at a curved phone, the G Flex 2, is certainly a notable device, not only thanks to its banana-shaped silhouette, but also due to the fact that it was the first announced phone with Snapdragon 810 on board. This 5.5" device is a niche one that packs some beefy internals along with other notable features, chief among which is the self-healing rear cover.


Sony Xperia Z3+ (Sony Xperia Z4)


This slightly-improved follow-up to the Sony Xperia Z3 might be known as the Xperia Z4 in Japan, but internationally it is known as the Xperia Z3+. There is a Snapdragon 810 inside, there's also 3GB of RAM, a 20.7MP rear camera, and a 2,930mAh battery at the back. This is making the Xperia Z3+ the most out-spec'd Sony phone to date, but are more than certain that it won't sit on this throne for a long time.


Xiaomi Mi Note Pro


Shortly after LG announced the G Flex 2, Xiaomi quickly followed suit and revealed that it has also worked on a Snapdragon 810-equipped device - the Mi Note Pro. Apart from having a top-notch chipset, it was the second Android handset to be announced with 4GB of RAM on board (the Asus ZenFone 2 took this title a week or so beforehand). Interestingly, the Mi Note Pro is the first device to come with both a Snapdragon 810 and 4GB of RAM on board.



ZTE Nubia Z9


It might be coming straight our of the factories of a not-so-popular manufacturer, but the Nubia Z9 is certainly a device that deserves its fifteen minutes of fame. With a Snapdragon 810, 3GB of RAM, a 5.2" 1080p display, and a 2,900mAh battery at the back make the Nubia Z9 a noteworthy device. Still, getting it might be a bit tough.


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40 Comments

1. Browndynamite

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 01, 2015

HTC one M9-"one of the most popular" my ass

3. FluffyBled unregistered

Well it is popular for it's processor throttling ... there's nothing wrong with that sentence!

4. Browndynamite

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 01, 2015

Correct me if I'm wrong but as a whole, it's not really popular and I've never seen HTC one M9 being mentioned in any article 2 or 3 days after launch!

9. waddup121 unregistered

Still waiting for a Z3+ review!

19. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I sold twice more M9 than S6 at my cellshop so yeah its popular when you know how to position it. When a client ask for the S6 they mostly take the M9 after i shown them both device UI ( and multitasking capacity thats the S6 lack lol ) When you see a phone struggle to keep 2 app opened at the same time and keep closing one where the other phone can easily have 5 open at the same time and switch with no loading time... Also i explain to them thats with the M9 you still have 32 gb onboard wich is more than enuf for apps and games and you can go up to 2 tb on sd card ( a 512 gb just came out thats can go up to 300 mb speed wich is about as fast as the best internal memory on cellphone. ) They go for the phone thats has the best looking UI the most smooth usage and the most flexibility ( SD , multi tasking ) Also the M9 survive drop to the ground much better than the S6. But hey you can be a no brain guy who buy for branding and marketing its your choice... Still i inform my client of the point where the S6 beat the M9 ( Screen and camera ) but the camera will be better after some software fix ( try use Camera FV-5 on the M9 the camera instanly become as good as the S6 )

24. Sale247

Posts: 72; Member since: May 08, 2014

Thank you! You said it all!! HTC M9 is GREAT PHONE and very popular. But in the heads of Sammy lovers,there is nothing but S6 and S6 edge... Pathetic. There is MORE GREAT phones you know,sammy trolls. Like LG G4,Sony Xperia Z3+,Motorola X and etc...

34. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

They're all garbage, as far as I'm concerned. The S6 is just the most versatile H1 2015 flagship

29. Shocky unregistered

Cool story bro. Tell it again.

38. datagrab

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

"But hey you can be a no brain guy who buy for branding and marketing its your choice"... -pretty much this.

40. Shocky unregistered

All of the above is utter nonsense. Nice story as always but copy and pasting the same comments every day is getting tiresome, I'd imagine even for you.

39. ILikeBubbles

Posts: 525; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

i agree.. as much as i

2. Browndynamite

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 01, 2015

Does this mark the downfall of qualcomm?

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

No, it just means they need to stay on track with their custom CPU cores to go along with their Adreno GPUs.

14. Shocky unregistered

Yes, it's does. Samsung have invested a lot in SoC development and production and it's game over for Qualcomm if they keep up this spending, Qualcomm can't compete with Samsung's resources. I'm glad, because Qualcomm seem to focus and max peak performance but they all throttle heavily so the actual performance is not great.

20. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

lol you a funny Fellow. Samsung failled on every single chip they made beside this last one Qualcomm was king on every single chip they made beside this last one. See my point? if not you just an idiot.

27. Shocky unregistered

Nope, you have no point because you have no idea what you're talking about. Samsung SoC's in the Galaxy S, Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3 were all superior to qualcomm's parts available at the time. They were less competitive with the Galaxy S4 and S5. Now they are ahead again with the Galaxy S6.

30. Shocky unregistered

Actually they were ahead with the Galaxy Note 4, Exynos 5433 is superior to Snapdragon 805.

31. singhkaran9830 unregistered

Why are you getting offended!Exynos in the GS4 heats too much but Samsung improved it in the Note 4 and and GS6. Similarly,Qualcomm made a mistake with the SD810 they will correct in their next SoC.Nobody failed or was a king,they make mistakes and improve.The way you speak clearly depicts you are trying to protect Qualcomm.

5. TyrionLannister unregistered

In short, the list of phones to avoid while shopping for a flagship in 2015.

7. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Actually, most flagships in 2015 aren't worth buying at all. I'm gonna either go for Note 5 or Mate 8 or Xperia Z5 or some other 2016 flagships. Still enjoying my Z running Android Lollipop.

10. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

I'm desperate for some Note 5 news. I've decided to hold off and not get the GS6 and keep my G3 for the time being. Honestly performance/software wise im content. I need a better camera and battery life.

16. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Same here, Note 5 is the only device I am interested purchasing this year, hope they get A72 working in SOC by that time, don't want last A57 soc by Samsung.

8. Pr3dict

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I'm the guy that registered to point out that the first sentence is wrong. Qualcomm's top-of-the-line chipset, the Snapdragon 820, might be a bit controversial due to the throttling issues that are reportedly plaguing it, You said 820 instead of 810...

13. TheLegendaryGhost

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

same reason i got registered but i didn't correct them since English is not my primary language... n someone had already it said it by the time i got there....

11. TheLegendaryGhost

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

and just like the #8 it says 820 suppose to be 810 .... and i agree with @gaming64 as well lol...

12. gaming64 unregistered

Title should be "Unleash the heat with the best heat sink with a Snapdragon 810 chipset inside"

21. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Why then i got S6 user complaining of overhead and not a single M9 user? ( and i sold twice more M9 lol ) Oh yeah propaganda by Shamsung.

28. Shocky unregistered

Nobody gives a f**k about your made up stories, give it a rest.

32. singhkaran9830 unregistered

So you mean to say HTC is lying about the poor sales of M9? and you know more about the sales than the company that builds it. Anyways,HTC is going to release a redesigned phone later this year probably with the SD820.

15. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Feel the heat.

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