Mobile gaming has exploded in recent years. Experts predict 2.4 billion global mobile players by the end of 2019. Its share of the global gaming market for game consoles and PCs is already 47%. No wonder we've seen the rise of gaming smartphones, a class of mobile phones that specialize in mobile gaming.
We update this comparison at least once a year. Unlike previous iterations, we finally see a mature market for game phones. The manufacturers have basically thrown things on the wall to see what has to do with the first generation of game phones, but their successors have learned from the mistakes of the past and improved. The result is probably the strongest set of gaming phones we've ever had.
Table of Contents
- SoC: The System-on -a-Chip connects all the components of your smartphone. Part of this circuit is the CPU, which affects the performance of games. Currently, Apple is consistently leading the way, although Qualcomm has closed the gap in recent years.
- GPU: The graphics processing unit is the most important component for games. The GPU renders the images displayed on the screen of the phone.
- Thermal Cooling: An internal component that helps dissipate heat from the SoC. When playing, the SoC works hard to maintain a smooth performance that increases the heat. Without thermal cooling, your phone will reach the point where throttling is required more quickly, significantly impacting gaming performance.
- Maximum Memory: The maximum available memory for the phone. RAM or random access memory is temporarily stored data used by other components. To limit the jerking, games take up a large part of the memory. The more RAM available, the better the performance of your game.
- Maximum internal memory: The maximum available internal memory. Games are large files that grow larger over time thanks to updates and saving files. You want the highest available capacity so you have enough space for all your favorite games, videos, photos, and applications.
- Flash Memory Standard: Most phones use Universal Flash Storage (or UFS) to manage the writing of data and read the internal memory. This standard is further enhanced by adding new, faster lanes, thereby reducing the time required for these tasks. A faster read and write speed results in faster memory and faster load times as data stored in internal memory can be accessed faster.
- Wi-Fi: The highest wireless protocol version supported by the phone. Newer radio standards offer greater range, more bandwidth, and stronger connections.
- Bluetooth: The most supported version of Bluetooth. For controllers and wireless headsets connected via this wireless standard, Bluetooth is important for gaming because it affects the input delay when using a wireless controller. Every phone on our list uses Bluetooth 5, so they have the strongest connection.
- Screen size: The size of the display. The bigger the screen, the more parts of the game you can display at the same time. Larger screens make the experience more comfortable as you do not have to blink to see details on the screen.
- Display field: The type of field used by the screen. AMOLED is superior to the LCD because it offers better picture quality and a better contrast between black and white. Overall, AMOLED delivers a sharper picture when playing.
- Screen resolution: The highest resolution the screen can display. Higher resolution means more pixels are used to create an image. The extra pixels lead to a better picture quality.
- HDR: High Dynamic Range. This term indicates that the display supports a wider range of color and contrast. HDR displays allow the correct representation of bright and dark areas, as our eyes see it.
- Curved or Flat Display: Whether the screen is curved or flat. Curved displays are notorious for unwanted touches because your palm is touching the screen in portrait orientation. Flat screens do not have this problem.
- Refresh Rate: How many pictures the screen can produce in one second. For reference, 60 Hz corresponds to 60 frames per second (FPS). If you combine a higher frame rate with games that support non-locked frame rates, you will have a fluid experience as you move around the game.
- Shoulder Buttons: Indicates whether the phone uses pressure-sensitive areas as shoulder buttons can be assigned buttons on the screen. Since buttons are easier to use than touch controls, this feature allows you to benefit from landscape play.
- Mouse Support: Indicates whether the phone supports the use of a mouse. A mouse offers more precision than touch controls.
- RGB: Indicates whether the phone has an LED light that you can adjust to display different colors. RGB is not a make-or-break feature, but an adjustment option that many players want.
- Headphone Jack: Indicates whether the phone has a headphone jack, and if so, where. In a public area, you must use headphones to hear the sound. This connector offers better audio quality than Bluetooth. For budget-conscious gamers, wired headphones are also cheaper than their wireless counterparts.
- Staging the stereo speakers: The position of each speaker. The front-facing speakers are ideal because the sound is focused on your ears.
- Battery size: The capacity of the lithium-ion battery that powers the phone. Ideally, the larger the battery, the higher the battery life.
- Game Mode: The phone has a special option that optimizes game performance. While the feature varies, in game mode you can usually stop notifications and turn off automatic brightness. In more complex cases, RAM and GPU are automatically raised for the current game you are playing.
- Invite Players Nearby: You can invite players to play the same game as you nearby. With this iOS feature, you can play co-op games with friends or more competitive games without having to search for usernames unnecessarily.
- Play Games in News: The ability to play mobile games with others within a news thread. iMessage supports a variety of games, including some that support more than two group chat players you are currently in.
- Streaming API: Specifies whether the operating system provides an Application Plug-in Interface (API) or framework. for apps and games to record and resend your screen. Only iOS supports this feature, so third-party apps like Mobcrush allow you to stream your game live to your Twitch audience.
- Screen Capture: The ability to record your screen for game uploads and live stream. Only iOS supports this feature by default. Android phones can use one of many screen capture apps available on Google Play. However, you have to wait for Android 10 native support.
- AR Support: Does the phone support advanced reality APIs like ARCore (for Android)? and ARKit (for iOS). AR gaming is a growing field of mobile gaming and the backbone behind popular titles like Pokémon GO.
- Background Audio Processor: The software enhancements that improve the phone's audio quality. These enhancements make the audio louder and more punchy. Dolby Atmos even has several presets, including one for games that boost bass, making explosions and other loud noises stronger.
- Support for games with more than 60 FPS: Supports games with higher frame rates than standard 60 FPS. Since all screens were limited to 60 Hz, games were set to 60 FPS (or less) for years, because generating additional frames was not required. Thanks to the Razer, which triggers the trend towards game phones, more games also include image sharing rates. This means that games can generate a frame rate as high as the GPU allows, and the 120 Hz display of the Razer Phone 2 and ASUS ROG Phone II can accelerate up to 120 FPS.
- Connecting Xbox One and PS4 Controllers: The ability to use your Xbox One (Bluetooth variant) or PS4 controller with your phone. If you have a console, this is the cheapest way to use a controller with your phone. Besides, this is a possibility you are already familiar with. While Android users have been using this feature since the advent of Xbox One and PS4, iPhone users must wait for iOS 13.
- Fortnite with 60 FPS: Fortnite is one of the most popular games ever platforms. With nearly 250 million players, it's a game that most players play or play. On mobile devices, 60 FPS are not supported on all phones. Only a handful of phones are qualified for this feature, which offers smoother gameplay.
- Emulator Support: Emulators are programs that act as console and handheld gaming devices for your phone. With an emulator and a ROM you can play older consoles like Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo on your phone. For iOS users, this process is unreliable. In addition to the jailbreak, you can also download the app from the page. However, you will need to re-sign the app from time to time to keep it working. If Apple decides to quit the profile, the emulator will not work and you will have to find another one.
- Steam Link Anywhere: Steam recently released the app version of its hardware that lets you stream your PC games over the Internet to another device. On iOS, this is limited to your home network. This means you have to be home to use this feature. On Android, however, you can create streams outside of your network so you can play on the go. As long as your PC is turned on and you have a reliable Internet connection, any game in your Steam library can be played remotely on your phone.
- PS4 Remote Play: The ability to play your PS4 games remotely on your phone. PS4 Remote Play lets you stream PS4 games to your phone. You must be on the same network as your PS4 to use this feature. Originally there is support for iOS and certain Sony Xperia phones, but with root you can add this feature to any Android phone through a Magisk module.
- Stadia Support: Google's gaming platform lets you play high-pitch games on your phone, tablet, Chromecast and PC. Google servers perform all processing so your device hardware does not limit performance. Google Stadia transmits PC and console games with a low latency of 1080p (and even 4K at 60 fps) to your phone. This year, it will only be supported by the Google Pixel 3 series (including 3a).
- xCloud Project: Microsoft releases a streaming service that lets you play Xbox One games remotely on your phone. With this service, you can also stream low-latency data outside of your home network, with Microsoft servers taking care of all the graphical processing.
- Apple Arcade: With the upcoming game subscription service, you can play over 100 mobile games for about $ 9.99 a month (Apple has not released official pricing). These games can be played on any Apple device, including your MacBook, iMac, Apple TV, iPad, and of course your iPhone. So far it is available exclusively for Apple products.
- Share Game Status with Discord: In the Android version of the Discord App, you can use the Game Detection feature to share the current game you are playing with your friends. That way, your friends can join you in the same game and play together.
- T-Rex Battery Test: A battery test that runs a GPU benchmark test 30 times. The battery discharge is recorded and the test gives an estimate of your battery life when performing graphically intensive tasks.
- Manhattan 3.1 (Offscreen) Benchmark: A benchmark that tests the ability of the GPU to achieve advanced visual effects with OpenGL ES3 .1 / Open GL 4.3. For comparison purposes, we record the off-screen version as all benchmarks run at 1080p.
- T-Rex Benchmark (Offscreen): A benchmark that tests the ability of the GPU to produce detailed textures, materials, complex geometry, and motion blur, and much more. For comparison purposes, we recorded the off-screen version because it runs all benchmarks at 1080p.
- Sling Shot Benchmark: This is an OpenGL ES 3.0 test that allows the GPU to go through a full range of API functions, including volumetric lighting. Depth of field and bloom post-processing effects. The test is rendered at 1920 x 1080 and then scaled to the device's resolution.
- Sling Shot Extreme Benchmark: This test runs on Metal (iOS), OpenGL (Android), or Vulkan (Android). For our tests we used OpenGL. Similar to the Sling Shot test, the benchmark tests the GPU with a full set of APIs, including uniform buffers, depth of field, and multiple render targets. It is 2560 x 1440 pixels in size.
- Places Where You Can Rest Your Hands: We've selected a place on each phone where you can rest your fingers when you're not using it. A place to rest can prevent inadvertent touches that could cause you to perform an action that you do not want. The best places are an upper and a lower aperture.
How We Picked These Phones
In our review, we focused exclusively on phones that were officially released in the US last year. This mandate eliminated some great options from Huawei and its GPU boost feature.
We only searched for cell phones that are currently for sale. The ASUS ROG Phone is currently not available from official US dealers. And although ASUS announced ROG Phone II at the time of writing, it will be available in the US in September 2019.
As the screen size is important for games, we have focused on the larger version of telephones in series. For example, we choose the Samsung Galaxy S10 + instead of the Galaxy S10 because of its larger display. While the smaller screen behaves very similar, the larger screen is easier to see. For the iPhone X S Max, the larger phone also has a larger speaker for a louder sound.
We have also limited our choices to the latest versions of major OEMs. We did not consider it fair to include multiple entries from the same company as this would limit the variety of our list.
The last flagship ZTE released under its own name in the US was the Axon 7 Pro, a powerful phone that offers fantastic performance for its price. After a fight with the US government, in which it (together with Huawei) was banned from the US and then reinstated, it has avoided the market. In the meantime, ZTE has released two great cell phones under the Nubia brand. The latest is the best gaming mobile phone available on the market.
The special feature of the Red Magic 3 is the price-performance ratio. You get so much from a phone for a price that's almost half the price of most of the phones on our list. But not only is it inexpensive, it also offers all the features you expect from a gaming phone in 2019.
] Let's start with the processor. Like any Android flagship released in the US in 2019, it uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, a 7nm processor that uses a new core configuration. One core is clocked at 2.84 GHz, three more cores are set to 2.42 GHz and four other weaker cores at 1.8 GHz. This configuration gives your phone enough energy to play graphically intensive games while saving energy as you perform simpler tasks. This SoC has the best GPU on the market, the Adreno 640.
Although the 7 nm processor reduces heat better than its predecessor, ZTE has improved it by adding the world's first fan in a phone. The Red Magic 3 has two heatpipes for dissipating heat from the SoC. and via a fan that gives off heat outside the phone. According to ZTE tests, this improves the maximum CPU runtime by 900% compared to other smartphones. In addition, the CPU core temperature is lowered by 16 ° C. This active cooling keeps the phone cool even though it is played for hours.
This SoC is combined with up to 12GB of RAM. Only two other phones offer so much RAM and both demand hundreds more for it. Most games do not even use half of it, so you can stream your game live at the same time without affecting performance.
A 5,000 mAh battery is needed to power this phone. This is the largest battery capacity of all the phones listed on our list. Such a large rechargeable battery, thanks to its resolution limited to 1080p, also holds its most extensive gaming sessions. And when your phone's battery is low, you can quickly recharge it thanks to the 18W Fast Charger.
Talking about the display: The Red Magic 3 works at 90 Hz. As long as the game supports higher frame rates, you can play up to 90 FPS. This means that the animations become smoother as they transition into the game world. It also has 240 Hz touch response rate. This status means that animations start faster because the screen registers inputs that are 2.6 times faster than the refresh rate of the screen. The display is also large at 6.65 inches and it is an AMOLED panel. It offers first-class picture quality and supports HDR for games.
Then there is the gaming port. On the side edge of the phone is a port through which the Magic 3 can connect to the Magic Adapter. This $ 46.90 adapter has three additional phone ports: a headphone jack, a USB-C charging port, and a 100-megahertz Ethernet port.
Game Space 2.0 is the mode for this phone game and one of the best on the market. With Game Space 2.0, you can monitor statistics for the games you play in real time, adjust performance settings, block notifications, and more.
One thing to keep in mind is that the buying process is somewhat problematic. When we bought the phone for our tests, we found that the website is a bit sketchy compared to the Amazon buying experience. And since ZTE nubia does not provide this phone anywhere else, you'll need to complete the transaction through the website. We were able to successfully buy the phone without any problems, but be warned that the process may trigger some red flags for security-conscious buyers.
It should also be noted that this phone has no IP protection class and no NFC. The latter will affect more people as more and more of us become dependent on mobile payments. So, if you're using Android Pay or Android Beam, keep in mind that this phone does not offer these features. Since this is the first ZTE Nubia phone in the US, we do not know what the timing of the update cycle will look like. So far we have not heard anything about Android 10. Although it is still fairly new and things could change, there is a possibility that this phone will not receive Android 10 until the end of next year.
This phone has many more game features – actually too many to mention here. Even if this phone was twice as expensive, it would be a great value. But at $ 479, you can not miss this phone. If you love mobile gaming, there's just too much phone to ignore. ZTE has a clear eye on the market, and the result is a phone that not only improves gaming, but also gives you a competitive advantage.
Phone 2: Samsung Galaxy S10 +
Samsung Galaxy S10 + is not exactly a gaming phone. It's more of a great phone that's great for playing. With first-rate specifications and Samsung's recent entry into the mobile gaming industry, the Galaxy S10 + delivers outstanding performance for every game available on the Play Store. Unlike other smartphones but is not saved in other areas.
First let's talk about the technical data. The S10 + has a maximum configuration of 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. That's terabytes with a "t" – twice the storage capacity of the next higher offer and 4 GB more RAM. It even supports expandable storage so you can expand that storage to 2TB at the time of writing. That's more storage space than I need for my Xbox One. This paired with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, the newest and best from Qualcomm, which is almost as fast as Apple's A12 Bionic. It is the only phone on our list that supports Wi-Fi 6 (also known as 802.11ax) and its theoretical maximum speed of 9.6 Gbps. Wi-Fi 5 (also known as 802.11ac), which is available on all other phones listed on our list, is limited to 3.5 Gbps. The new version is also more secure and can connect to more compatible devices. With a compatible router, you can establish the most reliable connection in your lobby and never have to worry about delays.
Due to Samsung's popularity, it is no surprise that this is one of the few phones to support Fortnite 60 fps games. With the additional 30 frames, the animations become smoother as you work your body up and try to survive the Battle Royale.
As an Android device, the Play Store has emulators for almost all previous consoles and handhelds. It also supports Steam Link Anywhere, so you can play games from your Steam library anywhere. You do not need to use touch controls, and you can easily connect your Xbox One or PS4 controller via Bluetooth for a better user experience. 19659006] Pictures by Jon Knight / Gadget Hacks
This is also a horrible device when it comes to gaming performance. In 3DMarks Sling Shot, he scored 7,290 points. Only the OnePlus 7 Pro came closer, with most phones losing at least 1,000 points. The result was the same for Sling Shot Extreme. As I said at the beginning, the Galaxy S10 + is the phone of choice if you like to play, but also use your phone for other purposes. It has all the credentials of a game phone, lots of RAM, a big screen and a fast GPU. But it also has one of the best displays on the market and one of the best cameras. Some of the niche gaming features (not RGB here) are missing, but that may not be a bad thing. Not every player wants their phone to scream, and this phone does not.
This is also a horrible device when it comes to gaming performance. In 3DMarks Sling Shot, he scored 7,290 points. Only the OnePlus 7 Pro came closer, with most phones losing at least 1,000 points. The result was the same for Sling Shot Extreme.
As I said at the beginning, the Galaxy S10 + is the phone of choice if you like to play, but also use your phone for other purposes. It has all the credentials of a game phone, lots of RAM, a big screen and a fast GPU. But it also has one of the best displays on the market and one of the best cameras. Some of the niche gaming features (not RGB here) are missing, but that may not be a bad thing. Not every player wants their phone to scream, and this phone does not.
Phone 3: OnePlus 7 Pro
OnePlus's motto is Never Settle. Starting with the OnePlus One, the company has developed phones that challenge the traditional flagship by offering the same specifications at a fraction of the price. The more expensive the components are and the bigger the team, the more expensive the phone will be. The average user has also changed and is no longer willing to settle for a 1080p display. That's why OnePlus shocked us all with the 7 Pro, which embodies its motto for the first time.
The OnePlus 7 Pro has specifications that make every techie smile. The latest Snapdragon 855 SoC with an Adreno 640 GPU. Up to 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of memory. A 6.67-inch 1440p AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, HDR support and a DisplayMate rating of A +. Stereo speakers and a 4,000 mAh battery. Even if you are not a fan of technology, you can be sure that this technical data sheet is something special.
That's what OnePlus users dreamed of, especially considering the price. Its highest configuration is the same price as the entry-level price for the Galaxy S10e and the iPhone X R – the cheapest flagship model from Samsung or Apple.
And that's exactly why According to technical data, the OnePlus 7 Pro is perfect for games. With all the RAM in combination with the Adreno 640 GPU, you will have no trouble performing graphic effects and textures required for a mobile game. And with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, if the game supports an unlimited frame rate, you can enjoy smooth pictures at up to 90 fps. Even if the game does not, there is a good chance that you can still enforce 90 fps.
All of this power is also reflected in benchmarks. In Sling Shot, the OnePlus 7 Pro scored the second highest score, a mere 96 points difference between it and the leader. In Sling Shot Extreme, the story was the same as it again came in second place in an even closer race with only 6 points behind.
Why does the OnePlus 7 Pro take third place? Well, first understand that this is the third of hundreds of phones that are on the market. But it was defeated by two cell phones because there are no game features. Except game mode and Fnatic mode, there are no game-centered features. No shoulder triggers, no RGB, no detailed GPU statistics when playing. That's because OnePlus 7 Pro is not a gaming phone. Instead, it's a great smartphone that's great for playing.
Phone 4: Apple iPhone X S Max
Like most others In our ranking, there are usually three or four Android devices and the latest from Apple. Because Apple is the only manufacturer of iOS devices, it's usually limited to one entry in our summary, and gaming is no different.
Now you're probably wondering why the iPhone X S ] Max is so low? It has X-function or makes X-things better than any Android smartphone. Die Sache ist, da Apple nur eine Serie von Telefonen pro Jahr herstellt, muss es alle Gruppen ansprechen. Das heißt, es wird die Spezialisierung eines "echten" Spieltelefons fehlen. Kombinieren Sie das mit der Tatsache, dass iPhones in der Spezifikationsabteilung schlecht abschneiden, und Sie können deren Platzierung nachvollziehen die gute. iOS ist eine bessere Plattform für mobiles Spielen. iOS erhält normalerweise A + -Titel Monate vor Android und Spiele funktionieren auf allen Smartphones, da weniger Modelle optimiert werden müssen. Darauf aufbauend ist Apple Arcade, ein neuer Abonnementdienst, der ähnlich wie der Xbox Game Pass von Microsoft funktioniert. Für etwa 9,99 US-Dollar im Monat erhalten Sie Zugriff auf über 100 Handyspiele – ein hervorragendes Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis, da Sie eine Vielzahl von Spielen erhalten, die Sie sonst nie genießen würden.
Dann gibt es den Apple A12 Bionic SoC. Dies ist der schnellste SoC auf dem Markt, der die besten Angebote von Qualcomm, Samsung und Huawei jedes Jahr für mehrere Jahre in Bezug auf die CPU-Leistung verdrängt. Es verliert in der GPU-Abteilung, aber da das Spielen eine Kombination aus CPU- und GPU-Verarbeitung erfordert, gleicht es die Verzögerung der GPU mit der CPU mehr als aus / YouTube
Dort befindet sich auch das Game Center. Mit dieser iOS-Funktion können Sie alle Spiele auf Ihrem System verwalten. Außerdem können Sie Spieler in der Nähe zu dem Spiel einladen, das Sie gerade spielen, und so das Spielen mit Freunden vereinfachen. Dann gibt es iMessage, mit dem Sie Spiele in Ihren Messaging-Threads (einschließlich Gruppen-Chats) spielen können.
iOS ist die einzige Plattform, mit der Entwickler für Live-Streams innerhalb der App direkt auf Ihren Bildschirm zugreifen können. Im Gegensatz zu den meisten Android-Handys, für die eine Drittanbieter-App erforderlich ist, wird die Bildschirmaufzeichnung auch nativ unterstützt. Es ist auch eines von nur zwei Handys auf unserer Liste, die Fortnite mit 60 FPS unterstützen. Neben ausgewählten Xperia-Handys können Sie Ihre PS4-Spiele nur mit einem iPhone spielen.
Während das iPhone X S Max in keiner Abteilung einen großen Mangel hat. Für Gamer gibt es einfach bessere Möglichkeiten. Es gibt Telefone mit höherer Auflösung, höheren Bildwiederholraten, Schultertasten und Kopfhörerbuchsen. Dank der Offenheit von Android können Emulatoren im Play Store gefunden werden. Für iOS müssen Sie sie von der Seite laden, was keine leichte Aufgabe ist (und jederzeit von Apple getötet werden kann). Aufgrund der schleppenden GPU-Leistung ist das Spielen einfach nicht so gut wie auf einem optimierten Android-Telefon ( optimiert ist von entscheidender Bedeutung, da viele Spiele nicht für bestimmte Android-Telefone optimiert sind).
Der große Vorteil des iPhones ist seine Leistung. In unserem Benchmarking schlug das iPhone X S Max die Konkurrenz sowohl auf Manhattan 3.1 GFXBench als auch auf T-Rex. Beide wurden außerhalb des Bildschirms durchgeführt, sodass die Ergebnisse zwischen den Handys vergleichbar waren. Beim Manhattan 3.1-Test schaffte das iPhone X S Max 123 fps und 7.600 Frames. Das nächste Telefon war mehr als 1.000 Frames hinter sich. Die Geschichte war auch für den T-Rex-Benchmark dieselbe. Selbst im Akkubenchmark erreichte das iPhone X S Max trotz geringster Akkukapazität die höchste Punktzahl.
Also das iPhone X S Max ist definitiv keine schlechte Option – es ist einfach nicht die beste Option. Es ist die beste Option für diejenigen, die in die iOS-Community und das Apple-Ökosystem eingebettet sind, und es hat einige schwerwiegende Vorteile gegenüber seinen Android-Gegenstücken. Wenn Sie jedoch das beste Spielerlebnis erzielen möchten, stehen Ihnen bessere Optionen zur Verfügung.
Telefon 5: Razer Phone 2
Wenn Sie dort sind In der Vergangenheit waren es Gaming-Smartphones gewesen (zum Beispiel das Xperia Play), als Razer 2017 ihr erstes Handy auf den Markt brachte, wurde der Trend zu Gaming-Handys ernsthaft eingeleitet. In ihrer Pressekonferenz erläuterte Razer, wie sie jeden Aspekt des mobilen Spielens berücksichtigten, um das Spielerlebnis zu optimieren. Mit dem Nachfolger hörten sie Beschwerden von Rezensenten und Benutzern zu und aktualisierten das Telefon, um ihre Bedenken auszuräumen.
Razer verwendete sowohl beim ersten Telefon als auch beim neuen Razer Phone 2 Frontlautsprecher. Diese Lautsprecher haben jeweils eigene Verstärker , allowing them to drive sound that's decibels higher than the competition. And these speakers are further enhanced by Dolby Atmos, which increases the volume and bass for punchy gaming audio while simulating surround sound.
But what makes these speakers so crucial to gamers is the bezels they create. These bezels are perfect to rest your thumbs and palm on during gaming. This protects users from registering any unintended touches, as the bezels are large enough to accommodate most peoples' thumb size. Specs aside, the Razer Phone 2 is one of the most comfortable gaming experiences on our list because of this reason.
Razer also introduced the smartphone community to higher refresh rates. Both the Razer Phone 1 and 2 use IGZO panels capable of 120 Hz refresh rates. Razer also reached out to developers so that they would uncap their games' frame rates to take advantage of the higher refresh rate. The result is a growing list of games that support frame rates higher than 60 fps, all of which Razer Phone 2 users can take full advantage of.
Oh, and Razer made sure to upgrade the Razer Phone 2 with an important feature to some gamers: RGB. The back logo is now fully customizable to display any color you wish. Using Razer's Chroma software, you can apply four different effects onto the logo: breathing, spectrum, static, and wave.
Where Razer falls short at is its screen size and panel type. At 5.72 inches, it is not only the smallest screen on our list, but one of the smallest of any flagship smartphone (excluding phones released in series). Bigger screens are just better for gaming (to a degree), as you can see all aspects easily.
It's also one of the few flagship phones released in the last two years to use an LCD panel. While this does lower its cost (although it retails at $799.99, which is in no way cheap), it offers inferior image quality compared to AMOLED. While the 120 Hz refresh rate wasn't possible on AMOLED without black smearing, this is no longer the case.
Even with its shortcomings, this is a fantastic phone. Despite rocking 2018's Snapdragon 845, it nearly matches the performance of the Galaxy S10+ and its Snapdragon 855. While its starting price was pretty high, it is currently selling at about half off. At this price, it's one of the best values for any gaming smartphone. While it wasn't able to rank higher, the Razer Phone 2 is still a great gaming phone. You will need a microSD card (it only has 64 GB of internal storage), but in turn, you will be gaming with one of the most comfortable smartphones to hold in landscape that has powerful speakers, fast performance, and RGB.
Never has there been a greater time to be a mobile gamer. With the rise of gaming phones, no longer do you have to struggle to play games. Mobile gaming doesn't have to be an uncomfortable experience or reserved for casual players. With any of the phones on our list, you can game as hard as you would on a PC or console.
After our testing, we've concluded that the best option is the ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3. It has the best price to performance ratio of any phone on our list, sports gaming-centric features, and one of the best cooling systems. You can game up to 90 FPS and even add Ethernet using a separate dock.
But if you are a more well-rounded user who happens to game a lot, opt for the Samsung Galaxy S10+. It has all the power of a gaming phone while still providing you an overall excellent phone experience that doesn't scream gaming phone.