The Snapdragon 765G with 5G is a super popular SoC among smartphone manufacturers, just look at the line of smartphones in our list. It is chosen as a balanced alternative to the chart topping and expensive Snapdragon 865 with 5G. A powerful processor with a capable GPU, it is even suitable for mobile gaming.
Google has chosen the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G with integrated 5G modem to power their flagship Google Pixel 5 handset. It goes to show that the chip has potential. With improved efficiency and low price point, manufacturers use it to design affordable and powerful handsets with plenty of flagship goodies at half or less than half the price of a full-blown flagship.
The proof is in the pudding. The Snapdragon 765G chip is becoming the processor of choice for major phone manufacturers like Google, Oppo, Motorola, LG, Vivo, Nokia, OnePlus and Realme. It is making its way into flagship, mid-range and budget handsets, there is no place that the processor can go. If you are convinced that this is the processor for you, check out our list below.
Top 12 Best Smartphones with Snapdragon 765G
- Google Pixel 5 8GB RAM 6.0-inch 5G 128GB
- Oppo Reno 4 Pro 12GB RAM 6.5-inch 5G 256GB
- Google Pixel 4a with 5G 6GB RAM 6.2-inch 5G 128GB
- Oppo Reno4 5G 8GB RAM 6.4-inch 5G 128GB
- Motorola Edge 5G 6GB RAM 6.7-inch 5G 128GB
- LG Velvet 5G 6GB RAM 6.8-inch 5G 128GB
- Oppo Find X2 Neo 12GB RAM 6.5-inch 5G 256GB
- Nokia 8.3 5G 6GB RAM 6.81-inch 5G 64GB
- OnePlus Nord 8GB RAM 6.44-inch 5G 128GB
- Oppo Find X2 Lite 8GB RAM 6.4-inch 5G 128GB
- Realme x50 5G 8GB RAM 6.57-inch 5G 128GB
- Motorola G 5G Plus 4GB RAM 6.7-inch 5G 64GB
Let’s take a closer look.
1. Google Pixel 5 8GB RAM 6.0-inch 5G 128GB
Google calls the Pixel 5 the ultimate 5G Google phone. The company’s flagship may not outside Apple or Samsung’s offering, seeing that Google has taken a different strategy by offering affordable smartphones using the Snapdragon 765G chip with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. For your money, you get a smooth and fast performer, 6.0-inch AMOLED FHD+ display with 90Hz refresh rate in a metal chassis that is not afraid of the rain, splash or spills (IP68 rated). It even comes with a reverse charger so you can charge another device, headphones or watch wirelessly and share your battery life. In case you are wonder, it has a long 48 hours battery life, so share away.
But it does not stop there. The flagship from Google is famous for capturing high-quality photos and videos. It now features an 16MP ultrawide sensor (107° field of view) to go with its 12.2MP dual pixel main shooter with optical and electronic image stabilisation. Together, the main camera setup offers good low light photos and portraits, HDR+ colour enhancements, wide angle photography and cinematic video with super smooth panning. Adaptive battery looks at your use behaviour to power down and save on apps you hardly use, and Extreme Battery Saver keeps your phone going for up to 48 hours.
2. Oppo Reno4 Pro 5G 12GB RAM 6.5-inch 5G 256GB
There are three smartphones from the Reno4 series. This is the top-end model with huge 12GB RAM memory and spacious 256GB storage while the standard Reno4 5G (also featured here) is the mid-range model, both featuring the Snapdragon 765G chip. The third handset, the Reno4 Z is based on MediaTek chip. Back to Oppo Reno4 Pro 5G, key differentiators include 6.5-inch curved AMOLED FHD+ HDR10+ display with under-screen fingerprint scanner, super quick charging with 65W SuperVOOC 2.0, super slim 7.6mm body and 12MP Ultra Night wide-angle sensor with video shooting algorithm.
Apart from the 12MP ultra night wide angle 120° camera with ultra night video support, the main camera is an ultra-clear 48MP sensor with OIS for ultra steady video and third 13MP telephoto camera form the main rear camera. The from camera uses a 32MP sensor with AI beautification. For sound, it uses a pair of stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support. Finally, to keep the phone going longer, it supports super power saving mode for its 4000mAh battery. At the time of writing, the premium Reno4 Pro 5G is offered with a free pair of B&O H4 headphones making it an even more worthwhile purchase.
3. Google Pixel 4a with 5G 6GB RAM 6.2-inch 5G 128GB
Google’s mid-range offering, the Google Pixel 4a is a 5G handset with 6.2-inch OLED display at standard 60Hz refresh rate. At the core of the device is the Snapdragon 765G processor with 6GB RAM memory and 128GB storage. The dual camera setup includes 12MP dual pixel main camera and 16MP ultra-wide camera. As for the front, it uses a basic 8MP selfie camera. These are the same sensors found on the Pixel 5 giving you flagship shooting capabilities. All that is wrapped in a matte polycarbonate body with soft touch to keep things light, and the cost down.
A sufficiently big 3800mAh battery with Extreme Battery Saver mode and 18W charger offers a full day’s battery life on normal use or up to 48 hours with battery saving mode enabled. The Pixel 4a may lack a telephoto camera but the dual camera can still capture beautiful photos including night shots and portraits. If water or dust resistance is not a must-have and you are happy with polycarbonate body, pick the Pixel 4a over the Pixel 5 and save yourself some money. You even get a bigger 6.2-inch display versus a 6.0-inch display albeit at 60Hz refresh rate.
4. Oppo Reno4 5G 8GB RAM 6.4-inch 5G 128GB
Next we have the Oppo Reno 4 5G. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 765G processor with 5G connectivity. It also supports 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 to quick charging the 4000mAh battery fully in 36 minutes. Up front you get a 6.4-inch AMOLED display at 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution with 2.5D contours.
As for the cameras, there is a 32MP Dual Selfie camera and a triple LDAF camera setup for the main shooter. That LDAF camera triple camera is made up of 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra wide camera and 2MP monochrome camera. These support live HDR that when enabled adjusts the exposure, dark or brightness as you capture your video. Other camera features including Ultra Nigh Video Algorithm for low light performance and Ultra Steady Video 3.0 for enhanced stabilisation. For video enthusiasts, the phone comes preloaded with a pro-level video editing app for template, music and clips.
5. Motorola Edge 5G 6GB RAM 6.7-inch 5G 128GB
From the Edge series comes the Motorola Edge 5G. As you may have already guessed, this is a phone with curved edge display and a big one at that. The expansive display measures 6.7-inch, the biggest in our list of affordable and capable smartphones. Only one other phone shares this display size albeit a flat one rather than curved, and that is also from Motorola, see Motorola G 5G Plus above. Of course this is a cut above the other phone in that it costs nearly double that of the G 5G Plus.
With 6GB RAM memory and 128GB storage, the handset is powered by Snapdragon 765 chip with 5G modem. That 6.7-inch curved OLED display has FHD+ (2340 x 1080) and is capable of 90Hz refresh rate, DCI-P3 colour gamut and HDR10+. And if that is not enough, it features a pair of powerful stereo speakers, tuned by award-winning Waves, music to our ears.
As for the shooters, it relies on a 64MP sensor with Quad Pixel for better low light shots. Then there is the 16MP ultra wide sensor with up to 4x more in the frame (FoV 117°) and 5x closer with macro vision, 2x high resolution optical zoom with 8MP telephoto and a time-of-flight sensor. As for the front, you get a 25MP Quad Pixel sensor perfect for selfie and Full HD 30fps video capture. Even with all these features, the phone’s battery promises up to two days battery life using a 4500mAh capacity battery which you can charge up with 15W TurboPower charger.
6. LG Velvet 5G 6GB RAM 6.8-inch 5G 128GB – BIGGEST DISPLAY
Another smartphone with curved display, the LG Velvet 5G comes with one of the biggest OLED display in our list. A 6.8-inch curved OLED FHD+ FullVision panel is slapped across the front of the device. Around the back you get a simple but solid backplate design with ergonomic 3D Arc Edges and a triple shooter. It is worth mentioning that the body is dust, water and shock resistant with IP68 rating and MIL-STD-810G tested. That rear camera comprises a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra wide camera and a 5MP depth camera. LG has also included the LG 3D Sound Engine to their stereo speakers to automatically adjusts the sound based on the application, be it voice, music or movie for a three-dimensional listening experience. Finally, fast charging and wireless charging are supported to bring the 4300mAh back up when it is running low.
7. Oppo Find X2 Neo 12GB RAM 6.5-inch 5G 256GB
Moving back up again on the price ladder is this flagship alternative from Oppo, the Oppo Find X2 Neo has a bigger 6.5-inch OLED display FHD+ resolution with curved edges, 1100 nits peak brightness, DCI-P3 wide colour gamut and up to 90Hz refresh rate. It even has an ultra-thin on-screen fingerprint scanner.
It is more expensive than both the Oppo Reno4 5G above and the Oppo Find X2 Lite below. It stands out from the rest with a huge 12GB RAM and even bigger 256GB storage. The other Oppo phones here have half the memory at 6GB RAM and half the storage at 128GB. For processing power, it is powered by the smartphone manufacturers’ favourite, the Snapdragon 765G with 5G support.
For optics, it gets quad camera with 5x hybrid optical zoom using 48MP main camera with OIS, 13MP telephoto lens, 8MP wide-angle lens and 2MP monochrome lens. Go from Ultra wide to main to telephoto for real optical zoom. Night scape photography is also improved with the help of AI algorithm.
For charging, the phone supports VOOC4 with 30W charging power to bring the 4025mAh battery up from 3% to 50% in 20 minutes. If you need more storage for files, more memory for multitasking and like the curved OLED display, the Oppo Find X2 Neo 5G is your choice.
8. Nokia 8.3 5G 6GB RAM 6.81-inch 5G 64GB
The Nokia 8.3 5G smartphone may have limited storage at 64GB but it comes with a pro-level quad camera with ZEISS cinematic effects and PureView. The former adds anamorphic and blue flares to video footage to elevate your video giving it an epic look. There is also a cinematic colour grading tool to add filters to your video for a dramatic effect. It copes well shooting in low light too thanks to its large super pixel. The camera group is encompassed in a circular ring and it is made up of a 64MP main camera, 12MP ultra wide camera, 2MP macro camera and 2MP depth camera together with dual LED flash. For the front, you get a 24MP wide selfie camera.
At the core of the device is the Snapdragon 765G chip with 5G connectivity. To power it, it has a 4500mAh battery that supports fast 18W charging for up to 2 days battery life. Nokia also promises software upgrades for the phone up to two years so it is Android 11 ready. Beyond that, the handset continues to get another years monthly security update. Finally, for ease of use, the fingerprint sensor is embedded into the power button and there is a dedicated Google Assistant button.
9. OnePlus Nord 8GB RAM 6.44-inch 5G 128GB
Keeping the price low again we have the OnePlus Nord handset with flagship level cameras with nighscape support and dual selfie front cameras. Powerd by Snapdragon 765G processor and 5G ready, it both quick and future proof. That 6.44-inch AMOLED display may not be 120Hz quick but can go up to 90Hz refresh rate. Quick charging with Warp Charge 30T is also supported, while not as fast as 65Watt charging is still good topping up to 70% in an hour.
As for the flagship level shooters, you get four rear cameras and two front cameras. On the back, the camera group is smaller than OnePlus 8T but you get a 48MP primary sensor with OIS, 8MP ultra wide angle sensor, 5MP depth sensor and 2MP macro sensor. That 48MP primary sensor is shared with OnePlus 8T. For the rest, the OnePlus 8T uses 16MP ultra wide sensor, 5MP macro sensor and 2MP monochrome sensor.
Night shots are enhanced by taking up to 9 different photos at varying exposures and stitching them together for a clearer and brighter photo in low light. Flip over the phone and the two selfie cameras are made up of an 8MP ultra wide-angle lens with 105 degree field of view and a main 32MP Sony sensor to enable you to capture even more, including 4K 60fps videos.
11. Oppo Find X2 Lite 8GB RAM 6.4-inch 5G 128GB
Around the same price as the Huawei P40 Lite 5G, Samsung Galaxy A51 5G and the OnePlus Nord is this next entry, the Oppo Find X2 Lite. Another ‘Lite’ version of the company’s flagship, this handset also uses Snapdragon 765G with support for 5G. There is a slight advantage with this handset in that it has a bigger 8GB RAM over those with 6GB RAM while the storage stays at 128GB.
Up front, you get a 6.4-inch OLED panel full display with FHD+ resolution, hidden fingerprint sensor and a dewdrop to house the 32MP selfie camera. For the cameras, it loses the telephoto sensor but retains the 48MP main camera and 8MP wide-angle camera. The other two cameras focuses on taking beautiful portrait with a 2MP portrait style mono lens and a 2MP portrait style retro lens. The main camera copes really well in the dark with Ultra Night Mode and NPU AI noise reduction while the wide-angle lens also doubles as macro lens for wide and close-up shots.
It also support 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0 to quickly charge the 4025mAh capacity battery from 3% to 50% in just 20 minutes. Sounds familiar? That is because the Oppo Find X2 Neo above uses the same battery, technology and processor. What this means is that if you are willing to forgo the big curved display and some top end features and save some money in the process, the Lite version is for you.
12. Realme x50 5G 8GB RAM 6.57-inch 5G 128GB
Even cheaper than the Nord is the Realme x50 5G. The phone is powered by the same chip used on the Nord, the Snapdragon 765G with 5G. This makes it a direct competitor to the OnePlus Nord and Oppo Reno4 5G above, making it a true money saving option. Even with 5G and strong gaming and everyday use performance, it still manages to squeeze a 120Hz high refresh rate 6.57-inch FHD+ (2400 x 1080) full screen display. That is flagship territory double the refresh rate of standard 60Hz panels. With a 30W Dart Charge, the handset will be fully charged in just 55 minutes.
The quad camera setup for the rear puts a 48MP main camera with a 119 degree ultra wide 8MP camera, a monochrome camera and a 2MP macro camera. The dual front shooter sits in the cut-out on the display. These are 16MP main sensor and 2MP portrait lens for selfies with bokeh, HDR and beautification support. It even supports 1080p slow motion video capture at 120fps. Finally, a fingerprint sensor is built into the power button for easy reach and quick unlocking.
13. Motorola G 5G Plus 4GB RAM 6.7-inch 5G 64GB
Throwing down the gauntlet on the barrage of cheap phone is Motorola’s entry simply known as Motorola G 5G Plus. A mouth full of a name but so is most of the budget phones in our list. But the unique selling points for us apart from the low price tag and fast speed 5G connectivity is the 48MP quad camera system and long 2 days battery life. Powered by Snapdragon 765 it is just as good as most phones here in terms of performance. Throw in the huge 6.7-inch FullHD+ LCD display, 5000mAh high capacity battery, 20W TurboPower quick charging and Android 10 without a clunky custom skin and you have a total crowd pleaser, especially the bargain hunters.
Other smartphones with Snapdragon 765G chip
- LG Wing 8GB RAM 6.8-inch + 3.9-inch 5G 128GB
- Xiaomi Redmi K30 5G 6GB RAM 6.44-inch 5G 64GB
- Nubia Play 5G 8GB RAM 6.65-inch 5G GB
- ZTE Axon 11 5G 6GB RAM 6.47-inch 5G 128GB