There has been a surge of high-performance phones in the market in the past few years or so. This has been made possible by the massive improvements in mobile hardware. The increased performance also allows developers to make games that are near to or on par with PC and console games. Here we discuss some of my personal phone selections which deliver an unparalleled gaming experience –
1 Razer Phone –
Razer is a dedicated gaming company, having made unparalleled products for the gaming industry in the past. It is one of the pioneers of the gaming industry, and now it has come out with its own smartphone. The Razer Phone has been built with one thing in mind – gaming.
It features the world’s first mobile 120 Hz screen, giving users the most crisp and fluid visuals possible for a mobile. It packs a lot of power under the hood – running on Snapdragon 835 chipset coupled with 8 GB RAM. All this hardware runs a 5.7-inch QHD(2560×1440) display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It runs on Android 7.1.1 and has a massive 4000mAH battery. It also supports QuickCharge 4+ and uses USB Type-C to further augment the fast charging capability and data transfer rates. Razer Phone scores an impressive 6685 on the GeekBench multi-core and manages a respectable 61 fps on the GFXBench Manhattan 3.0 test at 1080p.
Another feature is UltraMotion, which utilizes the high refresh rate of the display to sync up its GPU. This allows games made for the phone to have much smoother frame rates without lag. Additionally, 2 large and loud front speakers with Dolby Atmos support allow for extremely good sound quality. It features dual 12MP cameras on the rear and an 8MP camera on the front.
2 Asus ROG Phone
While this is an upcoming phone, I wasn’t able to stop myself from including this beast in this list. We all know about the iconic ROG lineup of laptops, and now the legendary logo will also decorate a smartphone.
The ROG phone will use the Snapdragon 845 chipset under the hood, but with the clock speed at 2.96Ghz. Further, the chipset is coupled to 8GB RAM along with a choice between 128 GB and 512 GB of storage. Camera duties are handled by a dual 12MP and 8MP camera setup at the rear and 8MP camera at the front. It also features twin speakers at the front.
The phone features various hardware additions specifically designed for gamers. It will have three AirTrigger ultrasonic touch sensors to serve as shoulder triggers in landscape mode. The phone will also have an extra USB Type-C port on the side, so you can connect it up to an optional WiGig gaming dock. Finally, there will be an X Mode, activated by squeezing the sides of the ROG Phone, to increase the gaming performance of the phone.
Asus also plans to sell various accessories to further augment the gaming capabilities of the phone. The WiGig dock will allow you to connect the ROG phone with an external display or a keyboard or mouse to use it like a PC. Then there is the AeroActiveCooler which will be a cooling setup for the phone during long gaming sessions. Finally, there’s the TwinView handheld dock, which adds a second screen allowing you more screen space or opens up a second app to chat while gaming. It will come with its own 6000 mAH battery.
The phone is expected to go on sale by Q3 2018. There have been no announcements for the accessories.
3 Xiaomi Black Shark
Chinese behemoth Xiaomi recently launched a gaming smartphone of their own – the brilliantly named Black Shark. It has a 6 inch UHD display (2160×1080) with 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the Snapdragon 845 and a massive 4000 mAH battery which supports QuickCharge 3.0. The rear camera is a dual 12+20MP setup, while the front camera is a single 20MP. It’s available in either 6GB + 64GB or 8GB + 128GB combination. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo.
The phone has PC-like integrated cooling system to keep it cool even during long gaming sessions. Like the ROG phone, it has a special ‘Shark Button’ to push it to high-performance mode. Xiaomi is also offering a gamepad for the phone. It has a 270,680 score on the Antutu benchmark, which is currently the highest score achieved.
The Black Shark is currently available only in China. The 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage version costs just $479, while the version with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will run you $559.
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Other than the phones above, most of the flagships today offer a decent gaming experience. Below are my personal picks of such phones –
1 Samsung Galaxy S9
The top of the line Galaxy smartphone comes with the proprietary Exynos 9810 Octa chipset coupled with 4 GB RAM. There are 3 storage options – 64, 128 or 256 GB. It is powered by a slightly underwhelming 3000 mAH battery. The screen is a gorgeous 5.7-inch QHD Super AMOLED display.
It is no slouch in the gaming department either. Samsung has provided Game Launcher and Game Tools, 2 dedicated software for gamers. Game Tools is especially useful, built into the navigation bar and appearing any time you load up a game. It allows you to turn off distracting notifications while also including important new features for addressing the curved edges of the screen and temporarily turning off the “invisible” home button so you don’t accidentally press it during gameplay. And, given the hardware, there are no currently available games which won’t run fluently with the S9. It scored 8830 on the GeekBench 4.1 Multicore benchmark.
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2 Sony Xperia XZ2
The latest Sony flagship is one of the most powerful Android smartphones in the market currently. It runs on Snapdragon 845 coupled to 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. The display unit is a 5.7 inch UHD screen. Although the battery is 3180 mAH ‘only’, it easily lasts a day under medium to high usage and also has QuickCharge supported. The rear camera is 19MP while the front is 5 MP.
The PlayStation makers have created their fastest phone yet. It scores a tremendous 8449 on the geekbench multicore benchmark and also averages 82 fps at the GFXBench Manhattan 3.0 1080p test.
3 OnePlus 6
The latest flagship killer from OnePlus is an extremely powerful phone. It features hardware similar to other flagships at almost half the price. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 845 (same as Xperia XZ2) along with either 6 + 64 GB or 8 + 128 GB RAM and memory combinations. The screen is a beautiful 6.28-inch Optic AMOLED with the resolution of 1080×2280 and 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 3300 mAH LI-Po battery. The rear camera is a dual 16 + 20 MP setup while the front is a 16 MP shooter.
While the camera may not be comparable to other flagships (although it has been significantly improved with the recent software updates), it’s performance is exceptional. It scored 9011 on GeekBench 4.1 multicore benchmark, ahead of Galaxy S9 and the Xperia XZ2.
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