You can buy mobiles for taking pictures, going online, and of course, for making calls. For gamers, however, the most important consideration is how suitable the phone is for playing games. Of course, a smartphone will never be able to match a PC or console when it comes to display or gameplay, however you’ll find some that will allow you to enjoy the best that mobile gaming has to offer. Here are the best mobile phones for gaming on the market.
5 Best Mobile Phones for Gaming
- Asus ROG Phone 2
With plenty of power, air triggers, and superior resolution, the ROG Phone 2 tops our list as the best phone for gaming. This is one of the few mobiles out there that was designed with gaming in mind – and it shows! It features a powerful engine, bonus cooling and ultrasonic air triggers that act like the bumpers on a PS4 or Xbox One controller. This gives you more accuracy and control without needing to resort to attachments.
The ROG’s advanced cooling system keeps the temperature down even over long gaming sessions, and its 120Hz/1ms display means effortless graphics and scrolling. This phone isn’t all about gaming, however: it is also high performing in all the other areas you expect from your smart phone. It also comes in a sleek and interesting design. We have to admit that the camera on this phone isn’t as good as many competitors, but this isn’t a big deal if gaming is your main concern.
- iPhone 11 or 11 Pro
Apple has been at the forefront of the mobile gaming world for some time, and the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro is no exception. The 11 has an exceptionally bright 800-nit display, with a peak up to 1200-nit. Although it lacks the level of memory of many other gaming phones, Apple’s iOS systems optimize memory to deliver higher levels of performance. Coupled with the cutting edge A13 bionic chip, the 11 and 11 Pro offer superfast processing.
As with any iOS phone, you’ll have access to Apple’s exclusive subscription-based games library, Apple Arcade, which includes a number of exclusive games. The iPhone 11 is also an excellent all-round phone when it comes to general features and functionality. It has a long battery life, great performance, and a superior camera system including an outstanding night mode.
- OnePlus 8 Pro
Probably the best Android phone currently on the market, the OnePlus 8 Pro is also a great choice for mobile gaming. The power and superior display make this model ideal for games. It has a superfast refresh rate AMOLED screen that can handle any kind of graphics, with 90Hz on the OnePlus 8 and 120Hz on the OnePlus 8 Pro. Both models also have a large, bright display.
With a speedy Snapdragon 865 processor and eight and twelve GB or RAM respectively in the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro, you won’t need to worry about slowdown during gameplay. Another cool feature is that you’ll be able to fast charge your phone even when gaming without the phone overcharging. All of this comes at an affordable price far below other top models.
- Samsung Galaxy S20
Although not branded as a gaming phone, the Samsung Galaxy S20 has the power gamers need, with a Snapdragon 865 processor and 12GB of RAM (16GB in the S20 Ultra). It also features a beautiful 120Hz AMOLED display for stunning game graphics, sharp resolution and superfast refresh rates. The Galaxy S20’s long battery life, supported by its 4000mAh battery will allow you to game (almost) as long as you want.
In terms of gaming-specific features, the Galaxy S20 offers Game Launcher and Game Tools that allows users to adjust game settings according to your tastes, as well as take screenshots and record videos. The 128GB of expandable storage is handy too, not only for gaming but for general usage. This phone’s sleek, all-glass design is great aesthetically, but has its practical concerns.
- Razer Phone 2
The Razer Phone 2 is another mobile designed and branded specifically for gaming. It has a 5.7-nch 120Hz LCD screen for fast refresh and bright graphics. The Razer Phone 2’s Snapdragon 845 processor also supports gaming without lag, and between 64GB and 128GB of storage is available depending on the model you choose.
The Razer Phone 2 also comes with a long-lasting 4000mAh battery to facilitate long gaming sessions and front facing speakers for a more immersive experience. Although designed for gaming, this model also serves perfectly well as a general phone. It features wireless charging, a decent camera, and water and dust resistance.