Qualcomm undoubtedly makes one of the best if not the best chipsets used on smartphones across the world. The only competition I see here is Apple’s in-house bionic chipsets. In this write-up are Samsung phones with snapdragon processor.
Samsung Phones with Snapdragon Processor
|Samsung Z Fold 4||Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1||Adreno 730|
|Samsung Z Flip 4||Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1||Adreno 730|
|Samsung A23 5G||Snapdragon 695 5G||Adreno 619|
|Samsung S22||Snapdragon 8 Gen 1||Adreno 730|
|Samsung S22 Plus||Snapdragon 8 Gen 1||Adreno 730|
|Samsung S22 Ultra||Snapdragon 8 Gen 1||Adreno 730|
|Samsung A73 5G||Snapdragon 778G 5G||Adreno 642L|
|Samsung A23||Snapdragon 680||Adreno 610|
|Samsung S21||Snapdragon 888 5G||Adreno 660|
|Samsung S21 Plus||Snapdragon 888 5G||Adreno 660|
|Samsung S21 Ultra||Snapdragon 888 5G||Adreno 660|
|Samsung Z Fold 3 5G||Snapdragon 888 5G||Adreno 660|
|Samsung Z Flip 3 5G||Snapdragon 888 5G||Adreno 660|
|Samsung S20||Snapdragon 865 5G||Adreno 650|
|Samsung S20 Plus||Snapdragon 865 5G||Adreno 650|
|Samsung S20 Ultra||Snapdragon 865 5G||Adreno 650|
|Samsung S20 FE||Snapdragon 865 5G||Adreno 650|
|Samsung S10||Snapdragon 855||Adreno 640|
|Samsung S10 Lite||Snapdragon 855||Adreno 640|
|Samsung S10 Plus||Snapdragon 855||Adreno 640|
|Samsung S10 5G||Snapdragon 855||Adreno 640|
|Samsung S9||Snapdragon 845||Adreno 630|
|Samsung S9 Plus||Snapdragon 845||Adreno 630|
|Samsung Note 9||Snapdragon 845||Adreno 630|
|Samsung Note 10||Snapdragon 855||Adreno 640|
|Samsung Note 10 Plus||Snapdragon 855||Adreno 640|
|Samsung Note 20||Snapdragon 865 5G||Adreno 650|
|Samsung Note 20 Ultra||Snapdragon 865 5G||Adreno 650|
|Samsung A02s||Snapdragon 450||Adreno 506|
|Samsung A42 5G||Snapdragon 750G 5G||Adreno 619|
|Samsung A52||Snapdragon 720G||Adreno 618|
|Samsung A72||Snapdragon 720G||Adreno 618|
|Samsung A71||Snapdragon 730||Adreno 618|
|Samsung A52 5G||Snapdragon 750G 5G||Adreno 619|
|Samsung A52s 5G||Snapdragon 778G 5G||Adreno 642L|
|Samsung Z Flip 5G||Snapdragon 865 5G+||Adreno 650|
|Samsung Z Flip||Snapdragon 855+||Adreno 640|
|Samsung Z Fold 2 5G||Snapdragon 865 5G+||Adreno 650|
|Samsung Fold 5G||Snapdragon 855||Adreno 640|
|Samsung Fold||Snapdragon 855||Adreno 640|
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon and Other Smartphones Processor
Up until a couple of years ago, even Apple was using snapdragon processors on their smartphones. Samsung even has its own in-house chipset; Exynos but also uses a snapdragon processor on their phones.
Just like the top smartphone manufacturers mentioned above, the likes of Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo, etc. also use snapdragon chipsets on their smartphones and since they have no know in-house chip, it is what is being used on most of their devices.
In the Android world, Snapdragon is the best smartphone processor with MediaTek, Kirin, and Exynos playing catch up. Here is a list of Samsung phones that have MediaTek processor.
Samsung phones powered by snapdragon 888 are the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 Plus, Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z flip 3.
Snapdragon processors on the 800 series are for flagship-level phones. The Snapdragon 888 was the latest (launched in December 2020) and the successor to the 2019 Snapdragon 865 which was the successor to the 2018 Snapdragon 855 which itself was the successor to Snapdragon 845 announced in 2017.
Both the 888 and 865 have Plus variants that offer a little bit of a feature than the standard versions.
There is a new naming scheme for Qualcomm’s flagship processors. The first in the series is the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 which was announced in late November 2021 and succeeds the Snapdragon 888.
On the mid-range segment, Snapdragon 700 series processors are the champ here followed by the 600 series. The most powerful 700 series SoC right now is the Snapdragon 780G followed by the 778G which is followed by the 750G, then we have the 768G, 765, and 765G processors. One of the newest on the lowest end is the 732G and 720G.
Samsung phones that use the 700 series include the A72 and A52 powered by the 720G. The A52 5G and A42 5G are powered by the 750G chip while the A52s 5G is powered by the 778G SoC.
The most powerful chipset of the 600 series is the snapdragon 690. and there are others but sort of old.
Qualcomm chipset powering entry-level phones is the 400 series with snapdragon 480 being the latest and the most powerful. It is followed by Snapdragon 460 which itself is followed by the 450 and 439 processors.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Series
- 4nm, 8-Cores Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
- Octa-Core; 1 (3.0 GHz Cortex-X2), 3 (2.4 GHz Cortex-A710) and 4 (1.7 GHz Cortex-A510)
- Adreno 730
On the 9th of February, Samsung announced their 2022 flagships which comprise the S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra at the moment. It is unclear if we are going to see an FE this year.
Powering these devices is the latest Qualcomm flagship chipset; the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with an 8-Cores CPU and Adreno 730 GPU. This is a power-hungry processor but Samsung was able to come up with a cooling system that prevents overheating and a management system that makes it power efficient.
This device handles multitasking, gaming, and every other intensive task like a champ.
Supporting the processing power is 8GB RAM on the S22 and S22 Plus while the S22 Ultra has an option for 8GB and 12GB RAM.
The internal storage options on the S22 and S22+ are 128GB and 256GB while that of the S22 Ultra are 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. None of them come with an SD card slot.
The size of the S22 screen is 6.1-inches, that of the S22 Plus is 6.6-inches, and the S22 Ultra is 6.8-inches. Just like their predecessor, the S22 and S22+ feature an FHD+ screen resolution while the Ultra features a QHD+ resolution.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Series
- 5nm, Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
- Octa Core; 1 (2.84GHz Kryo 680), 3 (2.42GHz Kryo 680) and 4 (1.8GHz Kryo 680)
- Adreno 660
All phones under the S21 series which include the S21, S21 Plus, S21 FE, and S21 Ultra are powered by Snapdragon 888 5G processor; a powerful and efficient CPU. Adreno 660 is the GPU assisting with all graphics-intensive workloads.
Galaxy S21 and S21 Plus come with 8GB RAM while the S21 Ultra gives you options to choose from 12GB and 16GB RAM. You have the option to choose between 6GB and 8GB on the S21 FE.
Internal storage options on the S21, S21 FE, and S21 Plus are 128GB and 256GB while the S21 Ultra has 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB options. They all feature UFS 3.1; fast storage for both read and write.
None of these phones come with an external storage slot. If I were you, I will be going for at least the 256GB storage variants.
S21 series features a Dynamic AMOLED display with support for 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ and are protected by Gorilla Glass Victus.
While the S21, S21 FE, and S21 Plus come with a 1080 x 2400 pixels screen resolution, the S21 Ultra comes with 1440 x 3200 pixels screen resolution. The Ultra is the only Samsung phone with a QHD display resolution in the S21 family.
The screen size of the Ultra is 6.8-inches, the Plus is 6.7-inches, The FE is 6.4-inches and the standard S21 has a screen size 0f 6.2-inches.
S21 is packed with a 4000 mAh battery, S21 Plus is packed with 4800 mAh, S21 FE with 4500 mAh, and S21 Ultra is packed with 5000 mAh battery capacity. They all support up to 25 watts of fast charging.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series
- 7nm, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ 5G
- Octa Core; 1 (3.0 GHz Kryo 585), 3 (2.42 GHz Kryo 585) and 4 (1.8GHz Kryo 585)
- Adreno 650
It was still one of the bestselling phones in Q4 2021 even though it was announced in Q3 of 2020. One of the reasons for that is because of the powerful and efficient processor.
Galaxy Note 20 exists in one storage variant; 8GB RAM + 256GB internal storage with no support for an external SD card. Note 20 Ultra on the other hand has RAM options of 8GB and 12GB with internal storage options of 256GB and 512GB.
Both internal storage type is UFS 3.0 for both devices. It is good and fast for read and write operation though not the fastest.
Note 20 Ultra is a 6.9-inches Dynamic AMOLED display with a 120Hz high refresh rate, 1440 x 3088 pixels screen resolution, and corning gorilla glass Victus protecting its front and back. It is packed with a 4500 mAh battery with 25 watts of fast charging support.
Note 20 on the other hand is a 6.7-inches Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 2400 pixels screen resolution and protected by gorilla glass 5. It is packed with a 4300 mAh battery with 25 watts of fast charging support.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Series
- 7nm, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G
- Octa Core; 1 (2.84 GHz Kryo 585), 3 (2.42 GHz Kryo 585) and 4 (1.8GHz Kryo 585)
- Adreno 650
The phones under this series include the S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra (launched in February 2020), and S20 FE (launched in September 2020).
Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus have 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The S20 Ultra has RAM options of 12GB and 16GB and internal storage options of 128GB and 512GB. This trio features UFS 3.0 storage.
Samsung 20 FE has a RAM option of 6GB and 8GB and internal storage options of 128GB and 256GB.
All four devices use a hybrid sim card which means you can either use 2 sim cards or 1 sim and an SD card.
Samsung S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra have a 1440 x 3200 pixels screen resolution, up to 120Hz refresh rate, and gorilla glass 6 protection on the Dynamic AMOLED display as well as the back. S20 is 6.2-inches in screen size, 20 Plus is 6.7-inches and S20 Ultra is 6.9-inches.
S20 FE is a 6.5-inches Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz high refresh rate and 1080 x 2400 pixels screen resolution.
S20, S20 Plus, and S20 FE are packed with 4000 mAh battery, 4500 mAh battery, and 4500 mAh battery capacity respectively with support for 25 watts of fast charging. S20 Ultra is packed with a 5000 mAh battery capacity with 45 watts of fast charging support.
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
- 6nm, Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G
- Octa Core; 4 (2.4GHz Kryo 670) and 4 (1.9GHz Kryo 670)
- Adreno 642L
A52s 5G is powered by one of the best snapdragon mid-range processors. In fact, at the time of publishing this, the Snapdragon 780G is the only mid-range processor better than the 778G, and not by a lot.
You have options to choose from 6GB and 8GB RAM as well as 128GB and 256GB internal storage. There is a hybrid SD Card slot; meaning you can either use 2 sim cards or a sim card and an SD card.
It is a 6.5-inches Super AMOLED display smartphone with a 120Hz high refresh rate and protected by gorilla glass 5. It is packed with a 4500 mAh battery with 25 watts of fast charging support.
Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
- 8nm, Qualcomm Snapdragon 750 5G
- Octa Core; 2 (2.2GHz Kryo 570) and 6 (1.8GHz Kryo 570)
- Adreno 619
This is the same processor powering the A52 5G and one of the best mid-range processors out there. RAM options include 4GB, 6GB and 8GB with internal storage option of 128GB.
It supports an external or SD card but you will have to sacrifice one sim slot to use it. It is called a hybrid slot; you either use 2 sims or 1 sim and an SD card.
It has a 6.6-inches big display that features a Super AMOLED panel but a 720 x 1600 pixels screen resolution. It is packed with a 5000 mAh battery with 15 watts support.
As you have noticed from the write-up, some snapdragon processors are more powerful than others.
You don’t necessarily need to buy the most powerful ones if you only need a smartphone for things like surfing the internet, navigating social media, or listening to music and watching movies.
One of the major reasons you may want to buy the high-end phones which are powered by the flagship Snapdragon processor is when you need them for intense usage such as gaming.
With upper mid-range phones featuring a powerful processor, great display, and large battery capacity with fast charging, most people don’t really need the flagship phones.
I hope this write-up was helpful in narrowing your list of Samsung phones with snapdragon processor down to a few devices.