One trend I have seen is that there are more and more gaming phones coming into the market nowadays. A couple of years ago this was totally a niche product. But now more and more manufacturers are making phones, aiming at the gamer crowd. This is a great idea as this market is definitely growing. As a result of which we have seen more and more phones coming up with dedicated modes. Some phones are optimized for games, some have screens with higher refresh rates supporting higher frame rates, and some have low touch latency for extra responsiveness. Taking care of all these features in mind here is a list of Top 9 gaming phones of 2020 that you can consider while searching for a gaming smartphone.
The List is not in a particular order*
ASUS ROG Phone 2:
OS: Android 9.0 Pie with ROG UI | Dimensions: 171 x 77.6 x 9.5 mm | Screen size: 6.59-inch | Resolution: 2340×1080 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ | RAM: 8GB/12GB | Storage: 128GB/512GB | Battery: 6,000 mAh | Front camera: 24MP | Rear camera: 48MP + 13MP
+ Exceptional battery life
+ 120Hz refresh rate display
+ Loud stereo speakers
+ Gaming peripherals available
– Display color accuracy
– Accessories are pricey
Asus surprised everyone by pricing the new ROG Phone II (Base Variant) at Rs. 37,999 in India. It is one of the best-specced devices on paper and performs exceptionally well in the real world as well. ASUS has launched an astonishing phone with a monster 6000 mAh battery, perfect for heavy usage. ROG Phone II comes with the smooth 120 Hz refresh rate display and with the latest specifications like a Snapdragon 855 plus, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. The device comes with two air triggers on the right side of the phone. The air triggers are customizable and exceptionally useful for playing FPS games like PUBG and Fortnight and it definitely enhances the gaming experience. The cameras on the phone are decent and provide average quality pictures as compared to other phones in the market. ROG Phone II is the best gaming phone with a 120 Hz refresh rate display that you can get.
OnePlus 7 Pro
OS: Android 9.0 | Dimensions: 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8mm | Resolution: 1440 x 3120 pixels | Screen size: 6.67 inches | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 6GB/8GB/12GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Front camera: 16MP f/2.0 | Rear camera: 48MP f/1.6 + 8MP f/2.4 + 16MP f/2.2
+ Plenty of power under the hood
+ Gorgeous notch-free display
+ OxygenOS is quickly improving
– MicroSD slot absent
– Headphone jack absent
– No wireless charging
OnePlus 7 Pro is not specifically marketed as a gaming phone but we can count it as one because of multiple reasons. Let’s start with the giant 6.67 inches Quad HD AMOLED screen without notch. The 90 Hz refresh rate display stands out to keep up with the first person shooting games.
OnePlus 7 Pro is equipped with the latest Snapdragon 855 CPU and a maximum of 12GB of RAM. So, it provides fantastic performance, fantastic visuals, and fantastic audio as well, thanks to the Dolby Atmos-compatible stereo speakers.
The device comes with an upgraded gaming mode that enhances the picture quality and the haptic feedback. With the help of the gaming mode, you can block all incoming calls and notifications to enhance your gaming experience. Hence excellent for playing FPS games like Call Of Duty and PUBG etc.
iPhone 11 Pro Max
OS: iOS 13.2 | Screen size: 6.5-inch | Resolution: 2688 x 1242 | CPU: A13 Bionic | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64/256/512GB | Battery: 3969mAh | Front camera: 12MP | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
+ Unmatched performance
+ Big display
– Little heavy
– 60Hz display
We are talking about gaming on iPhone 11 Pro Max, so without wasting any more time lets jump in. The iPhone 11 Pro Max brings a big, high-resolution display and the right amount of bezel on the sides. The A13 Bionic chip and 4GB of Ram is competent enough to run games like PubG and Fortnite without a sweat.
The new dual stereo speaker setup is also a godsend and the audio quality is the best amongst any iPhone released so far. If the budget is not the concern and you want a phone that can last for a few years, iPhone 11 Pro Max is the phone that you can go with.
Nubia Red Magic 3S
Weight: 215g | OS: Android 9 Pie | Dimensions: 171.7 x 78.5 x 9.7 mm | Screen size: 6.65-inch | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus | RAM: 8GB/12GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Battery: 5,000mAh | Front camera: 16MP | Rear camera: 48MP
+ 90Hz AMOLED display
+ Stereo speakers
+ Powerful vibration motor
+ Big battery
– Inconsistent camera
Nubia gaming mobiles have been an underdog in the gaming smartphone market. Nubia Red Magic 3S is completely a gaming-centric phone. Unlike its predecessor, Red Magic 3S comes with Snapdragon 855 plus chipset and performs exceptionally well. Nubia Red Magic 3S is loaded with 12 GB of RAM and a big 90 Hz AMOLED display. The 5000 mAh battery is capable enough to run through long gaming sessions and included fast charger is a benefit. The dual front-firing speakers are moderately loud, and the powerful vibration motor enhances the gaming experience. Gamers will appreciate the additional customizable shoulder buttons and the RGB strip across the spine.
As a whole Nubia Red Magic 3S is a complete package in itself and if someone is looking for a phone specifically for gaming then Nubia Red Magic 3S can be considered as a good choice.
Black Shark 2 Pro
OS: Android 9 Pie | Size: 6.44″ x 2.95″ x 0.35″ | Weight: 7.23oz | Screen size: 6.39″ | Resolution: 1,080 x 2,340 | CPU: Snapdragon 855+ | RAM: 12GB | Storage: 256GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP (wide), 12MP (telephoto) | Front cameras: 20MP | OS: Android 9 Pie
+ Dedicated gaming mode
+ Stereo Speakers
– No headphone jack
– No microSD
The first thing I would like to tell is that Black Shark 2 Pro is built for gaming. The material used to build the phone is a combination of metal and glass. It really looks and feels like a great gaming device. It offers a Snapdragon 855 plus chipset with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage under the hood. Black Shark 2 Pro is equipped with a special Shark Space mode which is totally optimized for gaming. Once you turn the shark space on, it disables all the background processes and uses all the phone’s resources for gaming. The best part is that you can tweak the CPU and GPU speeds to maximize frame rates in a game. There are some really cool gaming accessories available for this phone that can be used to enhance your gaming experience. Black Shark 2 Pro can be considered as a cheap and best option for someone looking for a gaming smartphone.
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro
OS: Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top | Dimensions: 156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8mm | Screen size: 6.39 inches | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 SoC | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Front camera: 20MP | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 13MP
+ Notchless display
+ flagship-grade chipset
+ On-screen fingerprint reader
– Poor Selfie Camera quality
Xiaomi has promised that its new Redmi K series mobiles would be a flagship killer and it seems somewhat true. Redmi is currently offering its Redmi K20 Pro at a price of Rs 24,999. Xiaomi is a great competition to the companies like OnePlus. Although Redmi K20 Pro does not offer a 90Hz display, the flagship-grade chipset and notch-less display design, storage and fast memory offers loads of value to the smartphone gamers. Big 4,000 mAh battery joined with 27W fast charger is a plus for all the gamers whose gaming sessions last long.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Dimensions (HxWxD): 157.6mm x 74.1mm x 7.8mm | Weight: 175g | OS: Android | Screen size: 6.4″ Dynamic AMOLED | Resolution: 3040 x 1440 (Quad HD+) | Storage: 128GB/512GB/1TB | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 | Cameras: 12MP standard lens, 16MP ultra-wide, 12MP telephoto, 10MP and 8MP front camera
+ Plenty of screen real estate
+ Snappy chipset can handle anything
+ Wireless Powershare
– Slippery design
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is the advanced version of S9 and S10 in every way. For Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and India Samsung has catered out the S10 Plus with Exynos SoC and a Mali GPU while those in the USA get the Snapdragon 855 with the Adreno 640 GPU. If you are serious about gaming on the phone then you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus.
It supports a variety of resolutions. The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus game launcher arranges all of your games in a single place and allows you to tweak the performance of the phone as you see fit. It’s helpful when you are looking to get the best out of your games. Game tools are also available which help you to take screenshots, record videos, enable and disable calls and notifications, and control Dolby Atmos for higher quality audio.
For gaming, its big Super AMOLED display is something to observe. You get vibrant and sharp visuals and the blackest of blacks while playing games or watching movies. Whether it’s PUBG or Asphalt, phone’s 6.4″ display doesn’t let you miss anything. There are some perks available too. It has got wireless-power share technology that helps you to charge other wireless charging devices through it.
So if you are looking for not just a gaming device but a complete smartphone, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is worth a choice.
Razer Phone 2
OS: Android 8.1 | Dimensions: 158.5 x 79 x 8.5mm | Screen size: 5.7 inches | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Front camera: 8MP f/2.0 | Rear camera: 12MP f/1.8 + 12MP f/2.6
+ Improved cooling
+ Bright display
– Poor camera quality
If we speak about gaming then Razer certainly knows what it is doing. Razer Phone is impressive but Razer Phone 2 is even more impressive. There is more power under the hood. The Snapdragon 845 chipset with 8 GB of RAM gives enough power to drive those frame rates on the most demanding games that the Android platform has to offer. While playing games a 5.7-inch 120 Hz refresh rate display won’t let you miss any of the action. Talking about the cameras, the dual-lens (12MP+12MP) rear-facing camera isn’t that impressive and the quality of the pictures taken by it is comparatively pretty low on quality with other phones in the market. But personally IP67 water resistance and dual-lens 12MP+12MP cameras shouldn’t be much of a concern for the gamers. Being built by the gaming experts for the gamers, Razer Phone 2 is the most reliable gaming smartphone available.
Huawei P30 Pro
Dimensions: 158 x 73.4 x 8.4 mm | Weight: 192 g | Screen: 6.47-inch, 19.5:9, 398 PPI (1,080 x 2,340) | CPU: Kirin 980 | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB | Battery: 4,200 mAh | Cameras: 40MP + 20MP + 8MP rear + ToF / 32MP front
+ IP68 dust and water resistance
+ Great camera hardware
+ Bright and responsive display
– Headphone jack missing
– No microSD
Huawei P30 Pro is famous for its telephoto camera. Besides this, the other aspects of the phone are also top-performing. The hardware of the phone is capable enough to handle the most intensive gaming with ease.
Since launch, I have done loads of gaming on the phone and haven’t faced any performance or slowdown issues at all. The giant 6.47 inches OLED Screen is perfect for all types of games especially the games like PUBG mobile, Asphalt, and Call Of Duty. The 4200 mAh battery is big and provides enough time to enjoy long gaming sessions.
I hope you liked the article. Let me know which phone you liked the most in the comments below.
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