The war of smartphone specifications continues, with RAM and processors increasing every year. Although conventional mobiles are more than capable of handling advanced and graphically spectacular games, specialized gamers offer additional features in addition to great performance. These are the best smartphones for video games on the market!
Asus ROG: has it all
The Asus sub-brand gaming smartphone, Republic of Gamers, seems to have it all and much more. Snapdragon 845 SoC 2.9 GHz, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB or 512 GB of storage and a 6-inch AMOLED display with 90 Hz. In our analysis, we conclude that it is the best gaming smartphone.
Like its rival Razer, the ROG smartphone has an illuminated logo on the back, excellent front speakers, an advanced cooling system and specialized software to manage games and allocate system resources, with additional options for streaming on direct and the use of special pressure-sensitive buttons called “AirTriggers”. In addition to the additional options in the games, they can be pressed to activate “X mode” and get maximum performance.
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With this device you can easily handle the most advanced mobile games for hours, with additional accessories such as Joycon-style controllers and a dual screen mod that will be sold separately in the future. The disadvantage? With 900 euros, it is only surpassed by high-end Galaxy smartphones as the most expensive on the list.
Razer Phone 2: a lot of power
The company that made its name by manufacturing powerful gaming accessories and the acclaimed range of Razer Blade laptops has improved its offering with Razer Phone 2, solving several first-generation problems and including the company’s Chroma lighting on the back.
The Razer Phone 2 offers 8 GB of RAM along with 64 GB of storage and the Snapdragon 845 chipset. All this with very powerful speakers for surround sound. But the real star of the show is the 5.7-inch screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The GPU can be synchronized with this refresh rate to achieve a smooth frame rate and without delays even in the most demanding games, and it is especially useful in action titles, in which a reaction of fractions of a second can be the difference between victory and defeat.
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Another advantage is the Razer’s Cortex application, where you can manage and buy games and control various related settings, such as resolution adjustment, image frequency and processing power. If you are one of those who have a lot of games on your mobile, surely some of them require more power than others. This is great to make sure your device handles them efficiently. You can even enable anti-aliasing and disable notifications while a game is running so they don’t bother you.
iPhone XS: when you want to be the first to play
In contrast to previous models, iPhones are not intended for gamers, but they have a definite advantage for players. With iOS, Apple makes it easier for application developers to develop a game for iOS than for Android, which suffers from a fragmented distribution and an amazing variety of hardware configurations.
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The result? High-end games usually debut in the App Store much earlier than in the Google Play Store. IPhone owners have been playing Fortnite on their phones for months while Android players kept waiting. The same goes for the latest titles of Life is Strange or Alto’s Odyssey. Although I still prefer the greater variety and control of Android, I have envied iPhone owners more than once for this reason. Apple’s careful selection of App Store titles also guarantees a good optimization and performance of your hardware.
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Naturally, the obvious choice is the iPhone XS or XS Max, the best Apple model of the moment, but the iPhone 8 Plus is also a good choice for iOS players who prefer a more classic look.
Xiaomi Black Shark 2: for the player with budget
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is a smartphone focused on games and that attracts a lot of attention, with its aggressive appearance, black color and bright reflections. Inside the Black Shark, we find a set of hardware powerful enough to handle any modern game with ease: an octacore CPU, 12 GB of RAM and the Adreno 640 GPU. Naturally, it also has a special cooling system.
Another striking feature is the Shark button. When pressed, the phone switches to maximum performance and opens a game environment in landscape mode. From here you can manage your games and configure the gamepad. One comes with the device, but another can be purchased and added on the other side for a Nintendo Switch style configuration.
Black Shark 2 analysis: a predator for a good price
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At a price of € 549, Black Shark 2 is one of the most affordable options but has many extras to offer players. In addition, its predecessor remains a great option at a lower price
Samsung Galaxy S10 / S10 + / Note9: Game mode and VR equipment
Samsung’s high-end Galaxy smartphones also don’t disappoint when it comes to games: the Galaxy S10 and its most powerful brother, the S10 +, with enough power thanks to the Snapdragon 855 SoC and an 8 or 12 GB RAM, and the Note 9, with an incredible screen, storage of up to 512 GB and a larger battery.
Samsung’s Game Mode, which includes the game launcher and game tools, shows the special care Samsung has taken to accommodate mobile players. The Game Launcher is home to all your games, while Game Tools changes the screen mode to adapt games that do not support the unique aspect ratio of 18.5: 9, among other things. All this ensures that your experience is enveloping, by disabling notifications and the home button so that nothing interrupts you.
AMOLED Infinity screens offer a great visual experience, and all these devices have ergonomic curved bodies that are easy to handle.
It should also be mentioned that fans of RV mobile games have an additional advantage when choosing Samsung: the Gear VR is the best VR-compatible helmet that exists, and with it you can enjoy fantastic immersive RV games as Endspace.
OnePlus 7 Pro: much more than RAM
The OnePlus 7 Pro is not far behind when it comes to video games, thanks to its superior specifications that include 8 to 12 GB of RAM. This gives an incredible performance that is complemented by the game mode, which suppresses accidental keystrokes and notifications, can divert incoming calls to the speaker, save battery and other useful settings to ensure that they do not bother you while you play. This was extended with the “fnatic” mode, created together with the big data company eSport, which dedicates all system resources to high-performance games. In addition, its 6.67-inch AMOLED display is updated at a rate of 90 Hz.
There are lots of other great phones (and accessories) for games, of course. Special mention deserves some cheaper devices such as the Honor Play and the Nubia Red Magic, which are much cheaper, but have some extras under the sleeve. However, if you do not want to play the most demanding games from the graphic point of view Even mid-range devices should be able to handle most of the Play Store news.