Last year, Razer kicked off a new trend by building a smartphone from the ground up with mobile gamers in mind Fortnite players.
Because gamers demand so much of their devices, they are usually made with the very best components. Gamers do not just want to play games, they want to enjoy them at the highest resolution settings while maintaining a high frame rate with minimal latency. It is not enough for a phone to have a high display rate. And audio is not afterthought, it's an essential component of the immersive experience and its quality should be combined with the video it's synced to.
Once you've come to the criteria demanded by the gaming community, you realize that other communities share many of these must-haves. While most flagship phones are looking at the envelope. The ASUS ROG Phone and Razer Phone 2, which does not only excel at gaming, but maximizes the experience of watching movies and listening to music. Yes, the "gaming design" is not for everyone.
More Than Just Gaming
When it comes down to it, many people prefer the same things: big displays, excellent picture quality, nice speakers, a large battery, and a powerful modem for fast cellular data.
When we ranked the best phones for watching movies earlier this year, the Razer Phone was number three on our list. Its industry-leading speakers, great screen, and excellent battery life make it easy to make our list. As the only gaming phone at the time, it stood out among the crowd.
Fast forward to our recent revision of this list, and things have changed. The Razer Phone 2 just hit the cut, but the two other gaming-centric phones made the ASUS ROG Phone and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. And they did not make it up, but they topped it, taking the number one and number two spots.
One of the reasons ASUS and Samsung were so highly on our list of cause of Razer – specifically, the shortcomings of their first product. Both ASUS and Samsung tried to address many of the issues with the first Razer Phone. One example is the headphone jack, which the Razer Phone did not include. Because of the backlash, ASUS made sure to include it in the ROG Phone.
Speaking of audio, when used to front-facing speakers? This feature has made a comeback in gaming phones, but it's making a comeback in gaming phones. For instance, the Razer Phone 2 is the most aesthetically pleasing piece of music on any phone. So while it does not have the 18: 9 aspect ratio or the small forehead and chin, it does have some speakers that are Bluetooth external speakers, which is perfect for gaming, watching movies, or listening to some music. Galaxy Note 9 make sure to include stereo speakers using the front earpiece and a bottom-firing speaker.
If you enjoy music, there are few phones that will provide a better audio experience than some of the gaming phones released this year. Even if they are listening to the Razer Phone, they still take audio seriously. The Razer Phone 2 (like its predecessor) has one of the best dongles on the market thanks to its THX certification.
The non-gaming benefits of gaming phones do not stop there. For processor-intensive tasks, these include: SoCs that will help you when you're not playing a game. The ASUS ROG Phone has a special edition of the Snapdragon 845 that's specifically designed to maintain an overclocked speed. Every ROG Phone can handle the 2.96GHz overclock comfortably without the need to throttle. And even if overclocking is not necessary.
The benefits of gaming phones extend to productivity and multitasking. Every gaming phone has an 8 GB RAM option, so you'll never slow down because of the lack of memory. Apps cease in the RAM. And for those who enjoy gaming and video-in-picture gambling phones will make sure they do well too.
Gamers demand that they can. Whether you like watching movies, listening to music, or just getting a lot done, gaming phones can help.
This article was produced during Gadget Hacks' annual Movies & TV on Mobile special coverage. Read all of the Movies & TV on Mobile coverage.