Playing games is one of the many entertainments you get when you purchase a smartphone. But the fact is that not every smartphone is up to the gaming task, that is why some phone experience lag or hassle when used to play certain games.
Some of the factors that contributes to a lag- free gaming are large RAM size and a strong processor. Actually, some smartphones are manufactured mainly for game lovers, but the truth is a smartphone doesn’t have to be a gaming device for it to be used for playing games.
In fact most of the best smartphones for games happens to be those that ain’t gaming device but comes with features that supports gaming.
Apart from the RAM size and processor, other factors like large and colorful display, long battery life and a high resolution cameras for 3D games adds thrill and convenience to gaming.
Imagine playing a game on a smartphone with a 6.5 inch display and on a 5.0 inch display, you will surely see the difference as the former will make the game more enjoyable.
What about battery life?
If the battery of a smartphone cannot withstand the pressure of gaming, the user might not have a great experience while playing games.
This article is specifically for those individual who would want to buy a smartphone for the while also having the luxury of playing games as one sees fit.
Besides, this post will give recommendations of 10 best gaming smartphones. During my research, I was able to sort out 10 best smartphones that comes with the aforementioned features.
Note: this list is in no particular order of best smartphone for gaming, so users be free to use your judgment to make decision on the smartphone you want to buy.
Starting my list is the Asus ROG, released in June last year and comes with the republic of gamers (ROG) PC, this smartphone is totally for gamers. The phone’s appearance might not necessarily sell it out as a gaming device but it packs features and software that makes gaming fun.
First let talk about its processor performance, Asus ROG runs on Qualcomm latest snapdragon 845 processor which has speed clocked at 2.96Ghz surpassing the standard 2.8Ghz processor speed.
To improve performance, the phones was built with a massive 8GB RAM which allows you play intensive games without lag. Also, ROG is available in two specs which are the 128GB and the 512GB and has enough space to house all the users vital information.
Most smartphones usually comes with a 60Hz refresh rate, but the Asus ROG comes with 90 Hz refresh rate which is quite impressive but not up to the 120Hz rate of the Razer 2. It has a 6 inch AMOLED display With a 2160 x 1080 resolution that give a colorful and cinematic viewing.
Like I earlier mentioned, the battery life of a device is important for gaming, ROG meets the requirement with its 4000mAh battery that lasts long even when playing games for hours.
The phone sports a 12MP and 8MP dual rear camera and an 8MP front camera with dual speaker also at the front which will play a role in 3D games.
In addition to all the aforementioned features, the smartphone comes with gaming features like the three Air trigger ultrasound Touch sensor that serves as shoulder trigger when holding the phone in landscape.
Moreover, with the phones USB type-C port, users can Connect the phone to a WiGig gaming dock.
Interestingly, Asus built-in Aero Active cooler prevents the phone from overheating when playing games. Asus has also made available a third party controller called the twinView hand handle dock that will allow you play game with larger display.
This third party control will come with its own 6000mAh battery. By the way, while playing game via the twinView, you can launch another app to chat with friends.
Xiaomi Black Shark
Xiaomi Black Shark was released in 2018 and since then have received a lot of praise for its gaming features. Coming in at a price range of $479 to $579 (price depends on gigabyte), the mid-range device has features that can be compared to that of high end device.
A lot of smartphone now features the powerful snapdragon 845 processor and the black shark is no exception. Along with this fast processor, Xiaomi built the Black Shark with 6/8GB RAM which is necessary for smooth running of the device.
The phone also come with 64GB and 128GB internal memory. All this feature will be incomplete if the battery is wack, so the smartphone is powered by a 4000mAh battery which supports fast charge and that can last throughout a whole day.
More of its features is a high resolution camera with 12MP and 20MP dual rear camera and a 20MP front facing camera setup.
For the sake of gaming, Black Shark comes with a PC cooling system that prevents overheating during long gaming sessions. Also, the flagship device has a shark Key that aids performance.
Alongside the smartphone is a one sided gamepad that can last up to 30 hours when charged.
Finally, Black Shark’s 6 inch display with 2160 x 1080 resolution makes playing game fun.
Huawei Mate 20x
Joining the trend, China based smartphone company Huawei introduced its flagship Huawei Mate 20X in 2018. The device which costs about $1040 shares similar features with it’s brother mate 20 pro.
In fact, these two device are almost the same if not for the larger display and the battery life. Just like the mate 20 pro, mate 20x runs on the latest 9.0 Pie Android version and is powered by Huawei’s hiSilicon kirin 980 chipset.
Also, Mate 20 x has a 6GB RAM size to boost the Performance and a 128GB internal storage that is enough to carry high MB videos, applications, photos and documents.
Unlike the Mate 20 Pro which came with a 6.3 inch display, the Huawei Mate 20X comes with a 7.21 inch OLED display with a 2244 x 1080 resolution. It also has 5000mAh battery which lasts longer than the Mate 20 Pro 4700 mAh battery.
Furthermore, Mate 20 X sports a triple rear camera setup and a dual speaker, making this Huawei smartphone not just for game lovers buy also for picture lovers.
Most gaming phones comes with a cooling system and this is because phone usually gets heated when playing intensive games. Huawei Mate 20 X is no exception as it comes with a graphene-based cooling system that prevents the phone from overheating during long gaming sessions.
The brand has also made a game controller for the mobile phone that can be attached to the left side of the device and will come with analog stick and D-pad for games.
Razer Phone 2
One of the few phones that stands out in terms of games is the Razer Phone 2. Not only does the Razer 2 has a 120Hz refresh rate which is more than that of the Asus ROG, it also offers fast charge and 4000mAh that can give about 10 hours of intensive gaming session.
Like some other gaming device, Razer Phone 2 is powered by snapdragon 845 chipset, a 8GB RAM which supports the fast processor.
A feature of this phone users might not appealing for game is the smaller display.
Razer Phone 2 comes with a 5.72 inch display. However, the display is still good enough for casual game plus the phone has other features that supports gaming.
One thing that caught my eye is the glass design of the phone which gives it a classic appearance and enables Qi wireless charging. Moreover, Razer 2 has a vapor chamber that cools down heating during gaming session, it also has a Dolby Atmos sound.
Sony Xperia XZ3
Sony Xperia XZ3 has all the features that makes gaming thrilling. Powered by the latest Qualcomm snapdragon 845 processor, xperia XZ3 can process up to 5.5 billion transistor per minute.
The Android 9.0 Pie and a 4GB RAM along with a massive 64GB internal storage that contributes to the phones performance. In terms of display, Sony tweaks the 5.7 inch seen in the XZ2 to a 6 inch OLED display of the XZ3.
Improvement was also made in terms of battery, Xperia XZ3 comes with a 4000mAh battery that lasts longer.
Furthermore, the Sony phone features a single 19MP rear camera and a front facing camera for amazing shoots. The phone also comes with a dual front facing speaker for better sound performance.
For what its worth ($900), the feature should have been more especially the camera feature.
Earlier last year, Huawei released the fantastic Honor Play which carries features that supports intensive gaming. One reason why I picked Honor Play as one of the best gaming smartphone is its low cost.
Unlike the other smartphones mentioned on thus list, Honor Play is very affordable and still packs amazing features. Currently, Honor Play is sold for about $340 on Amazon, however, price may vary depending on the online store.
Honor Play is powered by the fast hiSilicon kirin 970 and comes in 4GB and 6GB RAM size respectively with both variants having a 64GB internal storage.
To support gaming, the smartphone sports a 6.3inch 2340 x 1080 LCD display. Also, the phones 3750 mAh battery lasts long even during gaming session.
Most importantly, Huawei Honor Play comes with the turbo technology which improves frames rate and battery life. Although not so awesome, the camera setup of 16MP and 2MP dual rear camera and 16MP front camera is still enough to take clear photos.
In addition, features like the Al 4D smart shock is added to bring more thrill to the user during gaming session. This technology allows the phone vibrate whenever an action occurs in the game.
I most say Honor Play is a beauty, the cool circuitry design gives it an appealing look.
IPhone XS Max
Apple’s recent flagship iPhone XS Max is another good smartphone for games. Although the phone domes at an outrageously high cost, it comes with features that is worth the cost.
Firstly, the Apple smartphone has a one of a kind processor which has proved to be unmatched by any other processor available currently on benchmarking test. Apple’s latest A12 bionic which powers the XS max is a very fast processor.
Not only is this chipset fast, it is 50% more efficient than the predecessor A11 bionic. A test done on this chipset shows how fast it loaded online games such as PUBG at very high speed.
In terms of display, the flagship device sports a 6.5 inch screen which is perfect for gaming. This display gave iPhone XS Max an edge over the XS which has a 5.8 inch screen. However while the large display is good for gaming, some users might prefer the iPhone XS probably because the XS Max is heavy.
iPhoneXS Max has an modern design that is not just attractive but also has a nice feel.
The Apple iPhone XS Max smartphone would have been everything and more if not for it’s battery performance which fell below expectation.
Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus
Much loved Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus made it to the list of best gaming smartphone.
Ever since its released in 2018, Galaxy S9 has been making wave and has also been on almost every best smartphone list. Well, it’s not surprising and this is because Galaxy S9 packs amazing features.
Not only does this phone come with an attractive modern design, it also has a spectacular camera performance. This camera uses mechanical aperture to capture brilliant photos in low light.
The phone’s Snapdragon 845 processor is very powerful and brings extremely fast response to the device. Both mobile phones are great but the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is actually better.
While Galaxy S9 comes with a 4GB RAM, Galaxy S9 Plus has a 6GB RAM which will contribute immensely to the performance of the smartphone. It also integrates on a fast Adreno 630 graphic processing unit, so you can expect lag free gaming.
Interestingly, the SD845 is able to handle any type of game effectively and this includes PUGB, sonic forces etc. Additionally, Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus comes with a 5.8 inch and 6.2 inch AMOLED HDR10 display respectively.
For the purpose of gaming, both flagship phones comes with Samsung game tools that allows you screenshot and record gameplay.
Before I forget, Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus has Gear VR headset for great virtual reality.
Other notable features are a microSD card, a 64GB internal storage, headphone jack, and a stereo speaking. As for the battery performance, I believe one of the cones of the phone should be the battery as it did not wow users of the device.
Moto Z2 Force
Moto Z2 Force is another smartphone that should be considered for game lovers. The phone might not necessarily be the best smartphone for games, but it is good enough and is also affordable.
One feature users might not find interesting is the small 5.5 Quad HD display. However, the Moto Gamepad mod may catch users fancy. This Gamepad mod includes an analog stick, a D-pad and more.
The smartphone is powered by snapdragon 835 chipset which is also fast but not as fast as Qualcomm latest snapdragon 845 processor. It also has a small 2730mAh battery which is not much for a gaming smartphone.
In terms of virtual reality, Z2 force comes with Google daydream view whose performance can be compared to Samsung’s awesome Gear VR.
Google Pixel 2 XL
Last on my list is one of Google’s flagship mobile phone Pixel 2 XL. Aside from the fact that Google Pixels has the best camera in the mobile market, it also happens to be a good gaming smartphone.
Goole Pixel 2 XL is powered by snapdragon 835 chipset which is fast and ensure smooth gaming sessions.
More appealing is the phone’s 6 inch display with less Basel and a 1440 x 2880 pOLED panel that brings amazing contrast. For longer gaming session, the smartphone was built with a 3520mAh battery that last longer than some device in its price range.
Finally, Google Pixel 2XL has a daydream view for spectacular virtual reality that can match the Gear VR.