Long gone are the days that we had to be at home to play our favorite games on our computer. Thanks to rapid technology development, we can now play our favorite games on our phones. That’s why, i decided to review the 5 best smartphones for gaming for this year. We’ve tested a lot of different models over the years, and we concluded that the ones that we will review in this article are the best valued ones.
1. ASUS ROG Phone
The winner of our best gaming smartphones list is definitely the ROG phone. The ASUS Republic of Gamers is known for producing amazing gaming machines, but I couldn’t predict that it could produce such a powerful gaming smartphone, the most powerful and the best in the market hands-down. Thanks to its overclocked CPU, amazingly bright OLED display, great audio, and countless more gaming calibrated features the ASUS ROG Phone is the most attractive gaming phone.
Built from a mix of metal and glass, this phone leans in more to the gamer look, and it is designed for that purpose only, it is very bold and daring. Some may call it aggressive and outlandish but gamers like it, and ASUS ROG pleases their main consumers. On the back of the device, you can find a Corning Gorilla Glass space-gray sheet that is interesting with its angled lines, every detail on the back has some kind of angles and form some parallelograms in the big picture, the back also houses the dual 12MP cameras and the fingerprint scanner right below it.
The ASUS ROG Phone has a 6-inch AMOLED panel that is very sharp thanks to its 2160×1080 resolution, the panel is also very sturdy and durable due to its Corning Gorilla Glass build.
The brightness and the color on this screen are remarkable, it is better than some of the Super AMOLED panels, the image was amazingly detailed and the colors were vibrant. It has managed to reproduce 233.6 percent of the sRGB color gamut, a breath-taking number. It has averaged a maximum brightness of 538nits, one of the best displays not only in the gaming smartphones but for gamers it has a refresh rate of 90Hz.
The ROG Phone rocks a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU with 8GB of RAM, the processor is overclocked to support a clock speed of 2.96GHz in all of its 4 cores. The Adreno 630 GPU also works amazingly and the phone has excelled in every synthetic benchmark tests that you can put your hands on. Gaming on this phone was very smooth and thanks to its performance it will be relevant for years to come.
The absolute best gaming smartphone, you will never be disappointed by ASUS ROG Phone.
2. Razer Phone 2
Razer has been one of the first and best in the mobile gaming industry, thanks to its experience in producing amazing gaming PCs, laptops, and peripherals that have dominated the industry. After the original Razer Phone, Razer has updated and refined its original design with a better screen, up-to-date performance, and better build quality, for the Razer Phone 2.
When you first look at the Razer Phone 2 you will not get the gamer vibes, which I appreciate a lot. It looks very minimal, elegant, and very sophisticated, the rear is made with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5, that houses Razer logo that glows with the Chroma lighting that can be customized to your preference, streamlined and beautiful, on top of it you can find the dual 12MP cameras and the LED flash.
The sides of the phone are constructed from a black CNC aluminum that is special to Razer, on the front you can find the two speakers and the 8MP camera on the top left. Overall, the device is designed with excellence, but it is a little heavy at 7.8-ounces compared to its competition.
The Razer Phone 2 has a 5.72-inch UltraMotion LCD IGZO panel with a resolution of 2560×1440 and a refresh rate of 120Hz.
It provides a very smooth experience for gaming, thanks to its UltraMotion technology that syncs the display’s refresh rate with the GPUs, providing breath-taking gaming experience. Colorwise they are not as impressive as the Super AMOLED panels, but it can handle itself pretty well with a good amount of colors that are a little washed out at times and can achieve an impressive brightness of 492nits.
The speakers use the Dolby Atmos software and Razer algorithms to provide the best audio experience for an immersive gaming experience, that works pretty well.
It is packed with 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and the Adreno 630 GPU. These specs together with its impressive 120Hz UltraMotion screen, provide one of the best gaming performance you can find in the market, excelling in every aspect.
Along with its decent battery life and cameras, the Razer Phone 2 offers a great gaming package.
3. OnePlus 6T
With an amazing set of features such as the end-to-end display, great performance, both face recognition, and on-screen fingerprint scanner, and dual-sim feature, the OnePlus 6T is one of the best smartphones for gaming and for general use as well. You can say that these are features present on most high-end phones, yes but none have the mid-range price of the OnePlus 6T.
The device follows the footsteps of its 6T origins and doesn’t wander far in terms of design, which is a pretty good thing. It is is slightly bigger and heavier thanks to its larger screen, but other than that the changes are minimal. The Midnight Black model I have had my hands on is pretty gorgeous with its matte black curved 3D glass rear. It will feel good at your palm, but you can’t secure a very firm grip and is a fingerprint and dust magnet, other than that there are no negatives about the design.
The OnePlus 6T has pretty large 6.4-inch AMOLED panel with 2340×1080 resolution that is slightly taller than most. It gives a near edge-to-edge display experience with the front camera featuring as a dewdrop notch, it is very cleverly and intuitively placed, with function and aesthetic in mind. It may not be as rich and bright as the top high-end phones, but the display is great, with great color accuracy and 405nits of brightness at its max, making it great for gaming. It is worth mentioning that the fingerprint scanner is incorporated into the screen and works both flawlessly and in a quick manner.
It has flagship performance for half its price, the OnePlus 6T is packed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU with 8GB of RAM and for storage, you have two options 128GB and 256GB. In synthetic benchmark tests, the OnePlus 6T has excelled and was competing head-to-head with high-end flagship phones, it even surpassed some. To aid the performance it utilizes the latest version of the Oxygen OS which has some tweaks that make the system to be more accurate, faster and more efficient.
You will notice it instantly that it runs smoothly with every game. A truly amazing device that will provide you fun and productivity.
4. Xiaomi Black Shark
Gaming smartphones have somehow found a place in the already contested market, and manufacturers have started to produce smartphones specifically for the purpose, one of those is the Xiaomi Black Shark. It is one of the best out there, with its ergonomic design, high performance, build quality and display, and with the included gamepad it is a dream come true.
The Xiaomi Black Shark’s design is pretty oblivious and bold, it rocks the gamer aesthetic throughout its body and it definitely feels good in hands. It has a black body with some green lines and accents scattered throughout its chassis, on the back, it is built with metal and glass parts where you can also locate the dual cameras 12MP and 20MP, LED flash, and the logo with texture around it.
The front is pretty basic with the fingerprint reader on the bottom and 20MP front camera on the top bezel. With its flashy design, it will please every gamer.
The 5.99-inch IPS LCD panel has a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels and a screen ratio of 18:9. Thanks to its IPS LCD display it is able to provide good color accuracy with extremely inky deep blacks that make the experience amazing. While not the most impressive display because of its warm color temperatures, the panel is great for gaming with popping colors that provide an immersive experience, it is also worth stating that the screen can get very bright measuring at 560nits.
Performance-wise the device rocks a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU with 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage which can be upgraded, in the graphics department it is packed with an Adreno 630 GPU. It utilizes the specs to their max and provides a fast and smooth gaming experience with no lags whatsoever. It also features the Extreme Mode which when turned on maximizes the processor clock speeds for better performance. This goes along with the devices unique cooling system which reduces the temperatures by 8 degrees Celsius by comparison to the traditional methods.
Combined with its great battery life, amazing camera, and attractive price, this high-performance device is attractive even for non-gamers, but for gamers, it is near perfect.
5. Xiaomi Pocophone F1
We are going to start our best gaming smartphones list with a budget option. Xiaomi is still building its name and reputation in the western world, is looking to throw more and more models in different price ranges. The company excels in selling budget phones with high capabilities due to its no more than 5 percent profit from each phone. Each device seems to outperform its counterparts in the same price range. The best example of this is the Xiaomi Pocophone F1, giving you the best value that you can get from that price-tag with premium components and high-power specs for games.
To keep it in the budget price point, Pocophone has pulled a few tricks of the hat to decrease the costs while still providing an over-performing phone. One of those tricks is eliminating some design features such as glass-back design and metal frames. Instead, Pocophone F1 features a plastic polycarbonate body, but it is assembled in such a way that you will also get a lot of style and durability at the same time.
The screen comes in 6.18-inch Full HD+ with 2246×1080 resolution. The IPS LCD panel offers impressive brightness and sharp colors. Despite featuring an extended 18.7:9 aspect ratio, the Pocophone F1 is a slightly wide device. Overall the screen is amazing for its price-tag, to the point that it can go head-to-head with flagship phones.
Performance-wise is where this phone shines. At the price point of a budget gaming phone the Pocophone F1 should not give us a flagship processor. And yet it does, it comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with 6GB of RAM. We see the company strategy here, offering the most performance with low prices, without the end product coming out as ‘cheap’. In the benchmarking app, AnTuTu Pocophone F1 landed results within the top 10 highest-scoring devices. Gaming is extraordinarily smooth, solid experience.
It carries a 4000mAh battery it is guaranteed to not make you regret your lunch break gaming sessions. It will surely last a day in heavy use and two days with moderate use. While the camera is not superb, it is expected that the phone will have some disadvantages. It is still one of the best smartphones for games.
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