15 Best Gaming Phones to Pump Up Your Andrenaline

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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 good gaming experience.

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 Razor Phone released in 2017. This device runs with a 8GB RAM, a 5.7-inch display, with a refresh rate of 120Ghz. Combined with its Ultra Motion, which syncs with the phone GPU, these features allows for games to have silky smooth frame rates with little to no lag on screen tearing. It has a 50% brightness capacity than its predecessor.

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

Vivo iQOO

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.

Vivo iQOO

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 vapour cooling system which keeps it from overheating during long gaming sessions. It comes in different sizes of 6GB/128GB, 8GB/128GB, and 12GB/256GB, with pricing starting from $450 up to $640.

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.

Xiaomi Black Shark

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.

Honor Play

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.

It’s features includes, 4GB or 6GB RAM version, with a storage of 64GB, a Kirin 970 chipset processor, and a 3750mAh. 6.3 inch display, a dual-lens camera of 16MP and 2MP, plus a 16MP front camera.

Huawei Honor Play also features an “AI 4D Smart Shock”, which makes the phone vibrate in unique ways reflecting the actions of the game. The back has a cool circuitry themed design, which appeals to gamers. As for the pricing, the 4GB RAM versions sells for a price as affordable as $ 340.

Samsung Galaxy S9

This phone is not specifically designed for gaming purposes, but it has the hardware features which enables it to run any game you throw at it. So it makes the list with a pricing of $ 584.47. Its more of a daily phone, but it has one of the highest gaming benchmark score, specifically the 3D Android Benchmark Score. This Samsung Galaxy S9 phone scores a 4180.

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 ultra-wide display. With a 21:9 aspect ratio, 6.5 inches display with 4k resolution, we are talking about a device that rocks a very HDR display. There’s just few words to summarize this: Games are going to look vibrant and sharper.

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 type-C port, it has an extra of this on the side, with which you can connect the phone up to an optional WiGig gaming dock.

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 $899 , while the 512GB version sells for $1099.

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

Huawei chinese smartphone maker started off in the gaming industry with its release of the Huawei Mate 20 X. Its a gaming phone with display 7.21-inch 2244× 1080p OLED, the largest screen ever with the Huawei build. Plus it rocks a 5000mAh battery,  and a new graphene-based cooling system, which hasn’t been used in the smartphone industry before. It provides superior cooling during gaming sessions.

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 of hardware to wow, this successor boast of such hardware buildup. Rubs is with a Snapdragon 845 Chipset, with 6GB to 8GB RAM, 64GB to 128GB, and 10GB/256GB build is on its way.

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 it .

The other hardware features includes: 6-inch LCD screen, 3800 mAh battery capacity, stereo speakers, 8MP front camera and 12MP back camera, headphone Jack,  plus it runs on the Android 9.0 Pie.

Some other cool feature include vapour themed cooling system, motor-rumble system, RGB light on the back that will react to certain games you play. Its on sale in its maker country china for, $389 for the 6GB/64GB variant, $461 for the 8GB/128GB, and $575 for the 10GB/256GB variant.

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 favourite games quickly.

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. Its similar to the outside of its predecessor, but on the inside, this gaming phone rocks the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, plus 6GB, 8GB, 12GB RAM with 128GB and 256GB onboard storage.

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

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

This made the list because of its affordability. Not everyone has the money to get all of the above listed gaming phones and so the Pocophone F1 is an alternative to lovers of game. It sells for a price less than $300.

Considered one of the cheapest phone for hardware games, it comes with a Snapdragon 845 and Adreno 630, with a whole 6GB RAM to it. It scores a 3188 in 3DMark Sling Shot  Extreme Benchmark. This phone is really affordable for your in gaming experience.

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

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