Smartphones have almost entirely replaced handheld consoles for gaming, and with good reason – they often have excellent screens and plenty of power, while the App Store and Google Play Store both have a large and ever-growing selection of games. But not all smartphones are good for games, and there is more to consider than just raw power – though that’s certainly a factor. There are phones like the Asus ROG Phone 5, Lenovo Legion Phone Duel, and Nubia Red Magic 5G, which are all built specifically with gaming in mind, meaning they have things like extra high refresh rates, touch-sensitive triggers, cooling systems, and more. Here are the top-selling 5 phones used for phone gaming.
Asus ROG Phone 5
The Asus ROG Phone 5 is a remarkable gaming phone – one which improves on the already-impressive Asus ROG Phone 3. Its highlights include class-leading power from the pairing of a Snapdragon 888 chipset and up to 16GB of RAM, plus a screen that has a refresh rate of 144Hz and a touch sampling rate of 300Hz – both of which are higher than most phones and beneficial to games. That screen is big too, and it’s backed up by dual front-facing speakers, which are among the best you’ll find on a phone. The Asus ROG Phone 5 also has a huge 6,000mAh battery, so you can game for longer, and with 65W charging, you won’t be out of action for long when it runs dry.
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel
The first gaming phone from Lenovo, the Legion Phone Duel, matches great gaming-dedicated features with some other top specs and features and has talents for all commanders. The phone supports 90W fast charging and has a pop-up camera so the screen remains unbroken. It has also got a top processor and software optimized for use in landscape mode. All of these contribute to making it great for gaming. Some issues with the phone (such as camera quality) do not touch its gaming prowess, though its high price, software issues, and a mediocre camera might affect some. If you’re looking for one of the best gaming phones right now, this is up there; if you’re looking for a great smartphone that is also good for playing games, this is a good choice.
Nubia Red Magic 5G
The Nubia Red Magic 5G has the world’s first 144Hz smartphone screen, which makes it ideal for gaming, as that’s a silky smooth refresh rate.
But that is not the only thing that makes this ideal for gaming. In fact, it’s designed specifically for this pastime, with shoulder triggers to give you increased control, a fan, and a liquid cooling system to keep the handset cool under pressure, a dedicated ‘Game Space’ to let you customize your gaming experience and a ‘4D Shock’ feature that adds vibration to games. That last feature isn’t supported by many titles at the time of writing, and nor is the 144Hz display, but if game developers embrace them then this could be one seriously future-proofed phone.
Black Shark 3
The Black Shark 3 is the best gaming phone from the Xiaomi sub-brand, although it doesn’t quite beat its contemporary gaming phones from a few other brands.
The phone is big, bold in design, and has LED lights, and its specs are all that you would expect from a gaming phone – in that, they’re top-end. The cameras were surprisingly effective too, especially in low-light settings, though sometimes the optimization could be overzealous.
Razer Phone 2
The first Razer Phone was a solid first effort to bring the game-specific brand to a mobile device, but it had a few shortcomings that dropped it further down our list. The second version has addressed some and come out with a stronger device for it, though it’s still aimed primarily at gamers.
What does that mean? The camera and display aren’t nearly as impressive as other phones that cost this much, so casual gamers might want to look elsewhere. But if you’re more serious about mobile gaming and can afford it, this is a solid choice.