The Best Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones to buy in 2023

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is a new SoC platform for premium flagships. In other words, this chipset is meant for the most powerful smartphones today. While it is a new chip, more and more phones are being released with it.

Qualcomm says artificial intelligence (AI) is the great marvel of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, citing that the embedded Qualcomm® AI Engine is their fastest and most advanced yet [1]. This AI focus translates to better 5G connectivity, camera optimizations, cinematic video capture, direct voice commands, and next-level gaming, among others, for users.

If you are based in the United States, your options of Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones are pretty limited, well, because the options of phone manufacturers in the US is limited. Samsung is the DeFacto Android brand in the US, followed far behind by a handful of others like Nokia, OnePlus, TCL, Google Pixel, and others.

The best Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones to buy

Seeing as TCL does not make premium flagship phones (yet) and Google smartphones do not use Snapdragon chips, what you are left with here in the USA are premium flagships by Samsung and OnePlus. Those are where you will, find the best Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 smartphones. Let’s jump into the list.

The Best Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S23 – available in the US
  2. Samsung Galaxy S23+ – available in the US
  3. Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra – available in the US
  4. OnePlus 11 – available in the US.
  5. Xiaomi 13
  6. Xiaomi 13 Pro
  7. Nubia Red Magic 8 Pro
  8. Vivo X90 Pro Plus
  9. Iqoo 11

Note that the Samsung S23 series devices use an overclocked, customized SD 8 Gen 2 chip.

Upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phones:

  • OPPO Find X6 Pro
  • Sony Xperia 1 V

More Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 smartphones will be announced by various phone makers in the course of 2023. Stay tuned to this page, as I shall be updating it as more of these phones hit the streets.


  1. Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 mobile platform by Qualcomm (source)

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