Today, AnTuTu announced the top 10 Android flagship smartphones for December 2021. Of course, we don’t expect the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 SoC to be on the list. Smartphones (Moto Edge X30 and Xiaomi 12/Pro) with this chip were released late in December thus can not make the list. Since these smartphones have been in the market for only a few days, there is not enough data to rate them. However, the top 10 smartphones on this list use either Snapdragon 888+ or the Snapdragon 888. According to AnTuTu, the Black Shark 4S Pro with Snapdragon 888+ still dominates the Android flagship list.
The Black Shark 4S Pro with Snapdragon 888+ has an average score of 874,702. In the second position is another gaming smartphone, Nubia Red Magic 6S Pro with an average score of 852,985. This smartphone also comes with the Snapdragon 888+ SoC. By comparing the sub-scores, the difference between the two lies in the CPU, GPU, and MEM scores. Among them, the Black Shark 4S Pro relies on the unique SSD + UFS 3.1 flash memory and it also has the advantages of the 512GB large storage.
In third place is the iQOO 8 Pro, which is also equipped with the Snapdragon 888+. It is the model with the highest running score among the regular (non-gaming) flagships. This smartphone is more performance-oriented.
Full list of Android flagship smartphones that make the list
- Black Shark 4S Pro (Snapdragon 888+) – 874,702 points
- Nubia Red Magic 6S Pro (Snapdragon 888+) – 852,985 points
- iQOO 8 Pro (Snapdragon 888+) – 845,580 points
- Vivo X70 Pro+ (Snapdragon 888+) – 837,109 points
- Oppo Find N (Snapdragon 888) – 836, 772 points
- iQOO 8 (Snapdragon 888) – 831,983 points
- Asus Rog Gaming Phone 5s (Snapdragon 888+) – 831,905 points
- iQOO Neo 5s (Snapdragon 888) – 825,706 points
- Motorola Edge S30 (Snapdragon 888) – 825,232 points
- Oppo Find X3 Pro (Snapdragon 888) – 825,047 points
From the list above, we can see that the first four smartphones on the list use the Snapdragon 888+. Furthermore, five smartphones on the list use the SD888+ while the other five uses the Snapdragon 888 SoC.
However, the AnTuTu top 10 flagship list will change significantly in January. This is because smartphones with the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 SoC will make the list. There will be a significant difference because the SD 8 Gen1 exceeds 1,000,000 on AnTuTu. Taking the Xiaomi 12 Pro equipped with the new generation of Snapdragon 8 Gen1 as a comparison, the actual test score is 1,020,324. The GPU score of this chip is close to 450,000 but the Nubia Red Magic 6S Pro GPU scores 320,000. Thus, the improvements on the SD8 Gen1 are significant. The GPU performance is top-notch and its practical applications can bring better game frame rate stability. Below is the succinct spec description of the top five smartphones on this list.
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1. Black Shark 4S Pro
The Black Shark 4S Pro sports a mammoth 6.67 inches display. The phone draws its power from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus processor. Furthermore, it ships with 12GB of RAM. In the photography department, the Black Shark 4S Pro houses a 64MP main camera, an 8MP camera, and a 5MP camera at the back. Upfront, the phone features a 20MP shooter for capturing selfies and video calling. Aside from that, a 4500mAh powers up the entire system.
2. Nubia Red Magic 6S Pro
The Nubia Red Magic 6S Pro is armed with a 6.8-inch OLED display with FullHD + resolution and a refresh rate of 165 Hz. There is a Magic GPU 1.0 engine with Display Black technology for improved frame rate stability. The device is based on Snapdragon 888+, offers 8/12/16/18 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128/256/512 GB UFS 3.1 storage. The smartphone has a 4500 mAh battery with fast 120-watt charging. It takes only 17 minutes to fully refuel the battery. The Nubia Red Magic 6S Pro has an 8MP selfie camera, a display fingerprint scanner, and a 64MP + 8MP + 2MP triple rear camera. It runs on Android 11 OS with the Red Magic 4.5 UI.
3. iQOO 8 Pro
The iQOO 8 Pro stands tall in a stack of flagship smartphones. It packs a 6.78-inch sAMOLED display with a 120 Hz refresh rate. It also offers QHD+ (2K) resolution, 10-bit color, and comes with HDR support. Moreover, the device has a triple-camera setup on the back. It comprises a 50 MP primary camera, a 48 MP ultra-wide snapper, and a 16 MP tertiary camera. This device comes with the VIS five-axis anti-shake micro-cloud gimbal stabilizations. For selfies and video calls, there is a 16 MP front snapper. Under the hood, this device uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ SoC and supports up to 12GB of RAM. Its RAM capacity can get up to 16GB with the virtual RAM feature. The iQOO 8 draws its powers from a 4,500 mAh battery with 120W wired fast-charging.
4. Vivo X70 Pro+
The Vivo X70 Pro+ flaunts a 6.78-inch Samsung E5 AMOLED display which is bigger and better than the 6.56-inch found on the X60 Pro+. The device also gives a step forward in resolution with 3,200 x 1,440 pixels which is a major step forward from its predecessor 1080+ and maintains the HDR support. The new display uses an LTPO panel, therefore it can gradually adjust its refresh rate in the range 1 Hz to 120 Hz.
Under the hood, the excellent smartphone carries the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+. It’s better than most smartphones released this year with the SD888. The device is paired with 8GB or 12GB capacity LPDDR5 RAM. It also comes with 256 GB or 512 GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
5. Oppo Find N
Oppo Find N is one of the most attractive flagship smartphones in the market. This device sports a 7.1-inch WUSXGA 1-120 Hz Adaptive refresh rate display. It also has an outer display that has 5.49-inch, Full HD+ resolution, and a standard 60 Hz refresh rate. The flagship boasts the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC with up to 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of Internal Storage. In terms of software, it runs Android 11 with ColorOS 12 on top.
Moving around to the back, we have a 50 MP camera, accompanied by a 13 MP telephoto snapper, and a 16 MP module for ultrawide shots. The front-facing snapper is a 32 MP camera. The handset has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, USB C port, Stereo Speakers, and Wi-Fi 6. The battery size is very satisfactory for a foldable smartphone with a 4,500 mAh total capacity. It charges fast with a 33 W SuperVOOC charger and also has 15W AirVOOC charging.
If you need to get flagship smartphones, you may want to consider any of the smartphones on this list.