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Rank: The 5 Best Gaming Phones in 2019 «Smartphones :: Gadget Hacks

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.

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Important Comparison Points

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.

Phone 1: ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3

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.

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] 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.

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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.

Buy the ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3

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.

Buy the Samsung Galaxy S10 +

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Buy the OnePlus 7 Pro

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.

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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.

Kaufen Sie das Apple iPhone X S Max

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.

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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.

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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.

Buy the Razer Phone 2


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.

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