Check out these four best gaming smartphones available today that’ll definitely give you premier playing experience.
Smartphones have become powerhouses when it comes to gaming. Mobile games have grown from personal entertainment to huge eSports competitions. This prompted manufacturers to have their own entry into the best gaming smartphone category.
The best gaming smartphone varies from one person to another depending on their needs. But, several manufacturers such as ASUS, Xiaomi, and Razer have created their own gaming smartphone.
These devices feature top of the line processors, fast refresh rate screens, and a large memory for multitasking.
Below are some of the best gaming smartphones available today. There are pros and cons for each device. However, there are a lot to choose from depending on the user’s needs.
1. ASUS ROG Phone 2
When it comes to gaming, any smartphone with decent specs will do. However, ASUS surprised a lot of users when it released the ROG Phone 2. The device turns one year old in July but it still tops the chart as the best gaming smartphone today.
Being the first choice is not just a random thought. ASUS packed the ROG Phone 2 with top-tier specs and it can handle every game you throw at it. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ with a 6.59-inch 2340 x 1080 120Hz display.
The fast processor partnered with the high refresh rate display ensures smooth gameplay.
There is no dedicated microSD card slot but there are plenty of memory and storage options available. The base model has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and the configuration goes up to 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.
The ASUS ROG Phone 2 is also a great daily driver. It takes great photos with its 48-megapixel main camera and a 13-megapixel ultrawide shooter. It is also capable of taking high-resolution videos with different frame rates.
One thing that is common among the ASUS ROG products is its flashy design. As expected, it is present on the ROG Phone 2. It has the light-up ROG logo at the back. The angular lin3es surrounding the phone also screams gaming.
Despite being almost a year old, the ASUS ROG Phone 2 is more than enough for all mobile games available. If the smartphone’s age is a purchasing factor, the ASUS ROG Phone 3 is rumored to be released by July this year.
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2. OnePlus 8 Pro
Last year the OnePlus 7 Pro was one of the best gaming options available. The OnePlus 8 Pro takes the throne this time. The recently released device is the first dedicated flagship from OnePlus. It has all the bells and whistles found on top Android flagships.
What makes the OnePlus 8 Pro a great gaming machine is its processor and screen. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. The 6.78-inch 3168 x 1440 AMOLED display looks stunning. It has a 120Hz refresh rate similar to the ROG Phone 2.
Gaming online is not a problem. This device has a 5G modem included. The new connectivity features give users blazing fast speed when connected to the internet with their mobile data.
Long hours of playtime is not a problem with this device. It has a 4,510mAh battery that provides enough juice to last a day. It also supports wired and wireless charging so topping up is not a problem.
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3. Apple iPhone 11 Pro
The 5.8-inch Super Retina display is smaller compared to the two devices mentioned earlier. However, it has a 2436 x 1125 resolution. It looks great with accurate colors.
The only downside is it only has a 60Hz refresh rate. Half of what the top two Android phones have.
Apple selling point with the iPhone 11 Pro is its trio of excellent cameras. It has three 12-megapixel sensors that take wide, ultrawide, and telephoto images.
The Apple iPhone 11 Pro retails for around US$1000 [AU$1538] right now. It is almost double the price of the ASUS ROG Phone 2.
For pure gaming, the OnePlus 8 Pro and the ROG Phone 2 is the better option. However, for all-around usage, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro is the better option.
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4. Xiaomi Black Shark 2
Xiaomi’s dedicated gaming smartphone is out for a year now. Despite that, it is still the best budget smartphone for gaming.
The Black Shark 2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage on the cheapest model. The memory-storage combo maxes out at 12GB of RAM and 256 of storage. It has a 4000 mAh battery with fast charging for long gaming hours.
This device’s display is not comparable to the three other smartphones mentioned. However, at this price point, the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 has one of the best displays available. It is rocking a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with a 2340 x 1080 resolution.
The great thing about its display though is the 240Hz touch response.
The touch input issues are the only problem on this smartphone. Eliminate those issues and it might be the first choice.
The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is an excellent device but with a quirk that will irk most gamers. Nobody wants to experience touch problems while playing a game.
Putting the touch issue aside, the $500 price tag makes the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 one of the best gaming smartphone today.
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