Mobile games are highly popular among the youth generation and mobile brands try and roll out better phones for such purposes. The tricky bit is working out which is the right mobile for gaming, as there is so much of competition.
The likes of Apple, Samsung, Razer, Google and many more all have excellent devices that are worthy of your cash. So, to help narrow down the choices, here is a list of top-tier phones that are also perfect for gaming.
1. OnePlus 7 Pro
Few phones are truly games-focused; most of the time they get little more than a cursory nod. The OnePlus 7 Pro is an exception to that rule. Designed in collaboration with eSports competitors, its dedicated ‘Fnatic Mode’ promises an “aggressive CPU focus, with almost all available resources concentrated into the game”.
It is acheived by blocking network access from other apps and banning all calls or notifications while activated. This leaves every scrap of battery power for your game. It’s PC-style overclocking, in other words – and that’s something we very rarely see on mobile devices.
Another feather in this phone’s cap is its speed. Honestly, this is one of the fastest phones ever used, owing to a blistering 90Hz refresh rate, which in turn is 30Hz more than most other phones. The quad HD+ display with a resolution of 3120 x 1440 help tie a bow around what is already a top-quality offering (oh, and that telescoping front camera is really cool).
2. Apple iPhone 11 Pro
This year’s iPhones have arrived with the pizazz of a fireworks display, and they’re arguably the best yet – particularly the triple-lensed iPhone 11 Pro. Even though you may not notice much of a difference between it and the older iPhone XS range at first glance, look closer and you’ll find enough to wow you here. To begin with, its battery life is far better than those older models. That’ll definitely come in handy if you like to play Fortnite or Pokemon Go on your morning commute. It also has a gorgeous 5.8-inch OLED screen that’ll make your games a visual delight.
However, the biggest improvement would have to be its trio of high-quality cameras. You get 12MP wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lenses, not to mention a 12MP front-facing camera and ‘Night Mode’ for shots in dark environments as well. Yes, it’s not a gaming-related feature, but that still puts the iPhone 11 Pro head and shoulders above older iPhones.
3. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is a step up from the S9 (and even the standard S10) in practically every way. Packing the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor as the OnePlus 7 Pro, it has horsepower to spare. Its beautiful Super AMOLED screen is also something to behold; you get vibrant visuals and the blackest of blacks when tackling realistic titles or movies. Thanks to a larger 6.4″ display, you also won’t miss a thing no matter whether you’re playing Mario Kart Tour, Fallout Shelter, or The Elder Scrolls: Blades.
There are a few non-gaming perks to this upgrade, too – it’s got Wireless Powershare functionality, an in-screen fingerprint sensor, 12MP main, telephoto, and ultra wide lens, and 93.1% screen-to-body ratio. That makes it a must-have if you’re set on a Samsung device.
4. Honor 20 Pro
The Honor 20 Pro is an absolute beast for gaming. It boasts of a powerful Kirin chipset and 8GB of RAM, which easily chews through the most demanding of games, but it’s also optimized for play on the go. It possesses the ability to not only lock Fortnite Mobile to 60fps, but also includes a series of features that boost your online connection, and specially tunes other features on your phone to increase battery life and divert resources to make everything run as smoothly as possible. There’s a generous 256GB of storage, which means you can download a whole lot of games before filling the device up, and the 6.26-inch screen is large enough to offer decent control over most titles.
As a phone, the 20 Pro is extremely versatile. The 48Mp main camera brings crystal clear shooting, and there’s a decent macro lens on there too. The wide-angle and zoom lenses are… just fine, and there’s a great selfie camera too. The main drawbacks are that there’s no 3.5mm socket here, so you’re reliant on Bluetooth connections for headphones (the phone speakers are pretty good, if you’re gaming alone), and that the screen isn’t QHD like some competitors, so you can’t display ultra-HD content. The other issue is that Honor is owned by Huawei, who are currently in dispute with Google (and the US) over the use of the Android OS on its phones. This situation changes almost daily, but be aware that it’s a factor.
As a phone, however, the Honor 20 Pro is superb for gaming, and works well as a day-to-day handset. It’s competitively priced, too, so won’t break the bank like all Apple phones, or the likes of the Galaxy S10 and Note 10.
5. Razer Phone 2
The Razer Phone 2 really is a marvel when it comes to gaming. That 5.7-inch screen, which does both HDR and 120Hz refresh rate is a thing of beauty, and it enhances pretty much any game you stick on there. No, it isn’t edgeless, and it still sticks to the 16:9 aspect ratio, but the quality of the picture more than compensates for this. Add in the Dolby Atmos sound, and the terrifyingly fast Snapdragon 845 processor, and this will run anything you throw at it with panache. The overall build and feel of the phone is large, chunky and well made, so you know it won’t break if you get a bit excited on the train, playing PUBG.
It runs Android, so there are loads of settings within the system to prioritize gaming and movie watching. The battery is commendable too, offering both rapid charging from 0% in under two hours and a usage time of 10+ hours. That’s not just messaging and occasional use either; that’s playing games, using the camera, and accessing the media player. The battery especially stacks up very well against this phone’s competition.
The Razer Phone 2 is only let down by everyday use features. Yes, it’s large, and no it doesn’t have a headphone socket, but it’s a powerful phone specifically designed for gaming. If that’s your primary concern, this is way ahead of the competition.