As of 2018, the gaming industry was valued at $50 billion dollars, meaning the industry is massive, and it still on the grow. In the past few years, there has been a wave of smartphones focused on improvement in the gaming experience.
Each smartphone is now designed to meet specific features in terms of graphics, game playing, and seamless gaming experience. So, If you’re a game freak, and you’re considering getting a smartphone for you to have
This article examines a host of the best smartphone for games in terms of hardware and software specs, body build and special features.
Razor Phone 2
Razor Phone 2 is strictly a gaming phone, it is an upgrade to the
Apart from these features, it runs with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, Dolby speakers, Game Booster that allows you to set up a customized experience for each game. A battery capacity of 4000mah, plus a wireless charging feature.
This smartphone can be gotten for a fair deal of $799.9. Its maker Razer also announced a Raiji Mobile game controller which can be gotten for a fair price of $150.
Other specs include:
- 64GB internal storage, with SD slots
- 12MP Rear Camera; 8MP Front Camera
- Android 8.1 Oreo
This gaming phone comes with a 6.4-inch display, an AMOLED display with an in-screen fingerprint sensor. A glass back that has an LED strip with a 16.8 million color options. It has the super-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 12MP Main Camera, 13MP Angle-wide Camera, 2MP sensor for bokeh effects, and a 12MP selfie camera.
Vivo iQoo has a 4000mah battery capacity, and a 44W Vivo Super Flash Charge Technology support which can charge the device from 0 to 100% in just 45 minutes.
The phone has two hidden buttons on its right side. When the phone functions in a landscape mode, it can serve as pressure triggers for games like first-person shooters, Racing and RPG games.
More so, the smartpho has a
Google Pixel 3 XL
This is an unexpected mobile to make it to the list. But it does because of its hardcore features suitable for any kind of game you throw at it. Having a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and Adreno 630 GPU, the phone can handle just about any game.
Its key features includes:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa-core (4×2.5 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.6 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
- Andreno 630
- Non-removable Li-Po 3430 mAh battery
- 4GB LPDDR4 RAM
- 128GB Storage
- 3Dmark Slingshot Extreme Android Benchmark Score: 3980
Another thing about this device is its true to life colour display. With a price tag of $849, you can get this device to have awesome gaming experience.
Xiaomi Black Shark
Xiaomi Phone Maker launched its own gaming around April 2018, coming out with the phone called black shark. Its a 6-inches display screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, with a battery of capacity 4000mah that supports a Quick Charge 3.0.
It supports a 12MP and 20MP setup, and a 20MP front-facing camera. It comes as a 6GB or 8GB RAM, with a 64GB or 128GB storage respectively.
It has an integrated PC-like cooling system to prevent overheating during long gaming sessions. Plus its design looks like what will happen if you shrunk a gaming laptop design down to smartphone size. The company makers sells a one-sided gamepad that you can attach to the device, with charging support that lasts up to 30 hours.
Pricing begins at $479 for the 6GB/64GB and $559 for the 8GB/128GB version.
Just like Xiaomi’s maker, Huawei’s Honor brand launched it first game phone, in 2018. Honor play is simply a game phone made for owners with less ton of money.
Samsung Galaxy S9
This phone is not specifically designed for gaming purposes, but it has the hardware features which
What are its key features?
- Super AMOLED HDR10 Display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-Core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
- Adreno 630
- 4 GB RAM
- 64GB Storage
- Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
- 3Dmark Slingshot Extreme Android Benchmark Score: 4181
Sony Xperia 1
The Sony Xperia 1 is one of the best gaming phone for
Runs with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 6GB/64GB versus 8GB/128GB, runs with the latest android OS; Android 9.0 Pie.
Its Specifications summarily are:
- Weight: 180g
- Dimensions: 167 x 72 x 8.2mm
- OS: Android 9.0 Pie
- Screen size: 6.5 inches
- Resolution: 1644 x 3840 pixels
- CPU: Snapdragon 855
- RAM: 6GB
- Storage: 64/128GB
- Battery: 3300mAh
- Rear camera: 12MP f/1.6 + 12MP f/2.4 + 12MP f/2.4
- Front camera: 8MP f/2.0
Nubia Red Magic
This gaming phone launched by Nubia (ZTE subsidiary) on April came with a phone that has angled rear feature which makes it looks slick and unique. Nubia maker also claims that the phone back design serves as a cooling system, since the phone has more surface area, plus three cooling ports.
Red magic has a 6-inch display with a 18:9 display ratio. A red button by the side, Nubia claims “Game Booster”, is used to improve gaming performance. Furthermore, it has a battery capacity of 3800 mAh, and runs on older Snapdragon 835 processor. A single rear camera of 24MP, 8GB RAM, 128GB internal storage. Pricing is around $399.
Asus ROG Phone
Clock speed mode of 2.96GHz for a processor (normal which happens to be 2.8GHz), the Asus ROG phone is a phone to reckon with. It runs with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6-inch display with a refresh rate of 90GHz
Its sold with the 8GB RAM along with a 128GB or 512GB onboard storage. It has a battery capacity of 4000mAh, rocks a 12MP and 8MP dual rear cameras, plus 8MP front cameras, and two dual speakers at the front. The phone has some interesting gaming features.
Additionally, it has three AirTrigger ultrasonic touch sensors to serve as shoulder triggers when holding the phone in landscape. Apart from its USB
There is also an X mode, which when you squeeze the side of the phone, it enhances the hardware performance. The Asus ROG 128GB is priced at $
Xiaomi Black Shark Helo
This is the successor of the black shark. This one has a RAM from 6GB up to 10GB RAM. 6-inch OLED display, Snapdragon 845 chipset, 256GB or 128GB onboard storage, battery capacity of 4000mAh, dual front speakers, plus hardware key so owners get to activate the phone mode performance.
The Black Shark Help comes with a Studio software which enable users to customize the network speed, touch, display, processor and other things for specific games. With two gamepad attachments, you can add D-pad consoles to both side of the phone. It starts with a pricing of $461 for the 6GB/128GB variant, and $504 for the 8GB/256GB variant.
Huawei Mate 20 X
It runs with a in-house Kirin 980 chipset, 6GB RAM, 128GB onboard storage, triple rear camera, dual speakers and Android 9.0 (Having Huawei’s EMUI 9.0 Skin build). This gaming phone sells on Amazon for $849.
Nubia Red Magic Mars
This is a successor to the Nubia Red gaming phone. Unlike the predecessor which didn’t have much
In addition, this gaming phone has two shoulder triggers for gaming, which are in truth, capacitive keys. An extra optional gamepad attachment comes along with
The other hardware features
Some other cool
Nubia Red Magic 3
It seems the Nubia gaming phone makers were relentless after their release of the Nubia Magic and the Nubia Red Magic Mars which followed, all which came out around April last year. Now the latest in the block is the Nubia Red Magic 3.
It rocks a 6.6-inch FHD+ display with refresh rate of 90Ghz, with support for HDR display. Fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset , 5000 mAh battery that supports quick charging. The makers claim that in 10 minutes of charging, you gain a 1hr plus gaming time.
Nubia also claims that the phone comes with a state of the art liquid turbo fan cooling system, which by theory should boost the phone’s performance while running graphically intensive games. Nubia claims that it has what they call, “Red Magic Game Space 2.0” switch by which owners can use to launch their
However, better shoulder triggers for the sweet gaming experience, RGB lighting system which you can customize, plus it runs with the Android 9.0 Pie. There are three variants: 128GB/6GB RAM, 128GB/8GB RAM, and 256GB/12GB RAM.
Xiaomi Black Shark 2
This is another under the Black shark gaming series.
It comes with a dual layered vapour chamber cooling system , to keep the phone from overheating during gaming. 6.39 inch screen with AMOLED display, along with an in-display fingerprint sensor. It rocks a big 48MP rear camera with a 12MP sensor, and a 20MP front camera. 4000mAh battery that supports fast charging of 27W.
The pricing list are as follows: In China, you can get the gaming phone in four variants – 6GB/128GB for 3,199 yuan (~$476), 8GB/128GB for 3,499 yuan (~$521), 8GB/256GB for 3,799 yuan (~$566), and 12GB/256GB for 4,199 yuan (~$626).
In Europe: You get the 8GB/128GB version for €549, or the 12GB/256GB version for €649. It’s also available in the UK, with the 8GB/128GB variant selling for £479 or the 12GB/256GB variant for £559
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
This made the list because of its affordability. Not everyone has the money to get all of the
Considered one of the cheapest
Key features are:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
- Adreno 630
- 64GB Storage
- 6GB RAM
- Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery