When it comes to the best mobile phone in 2018, there is more than one answer, because you rely as much on software compatibility as on good hardware and top performance. As we saw on E3 2018, developers bring addictive 2D and console-quality 3D games to mobile handsets. Just look at Fortnite and PUBG Mobile.
The best gaming phones not only let you play the best smartphone games, but also ensure that you have the best graphics and performance for years. The game phones we had with us about three years ago can not be faithful to high-end mobile games. You must be able to prove your next phone in the future in the year 2020, not just in 2019.
Our recommendations take into account the speeds of chipsets, graphics chips, RAM and app ecosystems, the latter being the main reason why Apple's iPhone keeps running away with the price. It first has more games and more games than Android.
To this end, we reviewed all options and selected the best mobile phones based on the options in their app stores, the strength of their components, the quality of their screens, the size of their batteries, their support for VR, and more.
1. Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Date of publication: August 2018 | Weight: 205g | Dimensions: 162 x 76.4 x 9 mm OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.4 inches Resolution: 2960 × 1440 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 6 / 8GB | storage: 128/512 GB (maximum 1TB with card) Battery: 4.000mAh | Back camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a very iterative device, but do not be fooled by thinking that this is not the best gaming phone on the market. Not only does this have one of the largest, brightest and highest res displays on the market – it is all supported by the latest Snapdragon and Exynos CPUs on the market.
You have an advantage over the competition in games like Fortnite, because you can see more clearly and with more frames per second. Even when you have finished playing your games, you are not ashamed to wear the Note 9 in public, unlike some other gamer-y devices, because it has a smooth and modern look.
Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Note 9
2. iPhone X
It's all about the App Store
Date of publication: October 2017 Weight: 174 g Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1125×2436 | CPU: A11 Bionic | RAM: 3 GB storage: 64 / 256GB | Battery: 2716mAh | Back camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 7MP
Great ecosystem for game apps
Maximized OLED screen
The notch can be disturbing
A very expensive smartphone
Apple & # 39; s App Store is already ten years old and even if Macs are not the best for gaming, the iPhones of the company are fantastic for all kinds of games. Part of this is thanks to the love developers who show the App Store. iPhones almost always get the best games first, such as the up to now exclusive iOS launch of Fortnite. We are still waiting for the Android version of the game. But the point is, the best way to play as many mobile games as you want is to buy a brand new one iPhone X.
Apple is also at the forefront of delivering the first meaningful and mainstream AR experiences, including AR multiplayer gaming as one of many iOS 12 features.
The iPhone X has a slightly larger battery than the iPhone 8 Plus, which should give him enough power to play for a while. In addition, the 5.3-inch OLED screen of the iPhone X offers plenty of screen space for games and incredible contrast ratios. There is nothing like OLED to make visuals pop when a scene has a dark and light contrast.
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3. iPhone 8 Plus
Powerful specifications and a large screen
Date of publication: September 2017 | Weight: 202g | Dimensions: 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 5.5 inches Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: A11 Bionic | RAM: 3 GB storage: 64 / 256GB | Battery: 2691mAh | Back camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 7MP
Great ecosystem for game apps
Large 5.5-inch LCD screen
A lot of edges makes the phone too big
You can not ignore it: Apple has two great phones with large, sharp screens driven by the very best specifications. The same internals and the App Store that gave the iPhone X the first place on this list, deserve the iPhone 8 Plus the second place.
The iPhone 8 Plus has a less noticeable Full HD screen, but in our experience it's still great to play games. The 5.5-inch screen is spacious enough. Apple & # 39; s A11 Bionic CPU and graphics provide a nasty gaming experience, and ARkit offers augmented reality games that offer Apple & # 39; s iPhones more to gamers. This is the one you should buy if you want a game phone with a home button and do not want to spend a top dollar on the iPhone X.
4. Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus
Date of publication: March 2018 | Weight: 189 g Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm OS: Android 8 Oreo | Screen size: 6.2 inches Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 6 GB storage: 64 GB / 128 GB | Battery: 3.500mAh | Back camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Giant 5.8- and 6.3-inch screen
Game Tools app is actually useful
Battery not great
The Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630 graphics and 4GB RAM (6GB in the S9 Plus) make both phones incredible artists, both in the game and in the game. And, since the market of other Android phones with the new Snapdragon 845 has not yet been overtaken, Samsung puts this chair easily.
But a powerful chipset is not the only one that gives the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus its ranking. The S9 has a large and abundant 1440 X 2960, 5.8-inch display and the S9 Plus has an even larger 6.2-inch display with the same resolution. Both are Super AMOLED and support HDR10 for stunning images.
The new Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are also equipped with Samsung Game Tools, which can help in making screenshots, recording gameplay and preventing notifications. Let's not forget that Samsung also has the impressive Gear VR headsets that offer super-sharp virtual reality experiences with the pixel-tight displays of the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus.
5. Sony Xperia XZ2
From the creators of PlayStation
Date of publication: February 2018 Weight: 198g | Dimensions: 153 x 72 x 11.1 mm OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.7 inches Resolution: 1080 x 2160 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 4 GB | Battery: 3,180mAh | Back camera: 19MP | Front camera: 5MP
Beautiful HDR screen
Dynamic vibration system
Dynamic Vibration a gimmick
Not easily available in the US.
Helped by a 5.7-inch 1080 x 2160 HDR screen and the same Snapdragon 845 chipset with the latest Galaxy smartphones, Sony Xperia XZ2 jumps to a large part of the competition. This new offering from Sony is just a great phone, and having the latest Qualcomm system-on-a-chip gives the stunning performance of the video game.
The Xperia XZ2 does not only offer great gaming visuals. It has two forward-facing speakers for a high-quality stereo experience. The 3.180mAh battery also provides a good battery life for the game. And for mobile gamers with a large library, microSD support offers up to 400 GB of extra storage space.
A unique feature that makes mobile gaming on the Xperia XZ2 just a bit more like consolegaming, is Sony's Dynamic Vibration System & # 39 ;. A little haptic feedback can improve your gaming experience, even if it is only a small detail in an already solid Sony offer.
6. Razer phone
Date of publication: November 2017 | Weight: 197 g Dimensions: 158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.7 inches Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 8 GB | Battery: 4.000mAh | Back camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
The screen has a refresh rate of 120 Hz
Large 4000 mAh battery
The Snapdragon 835 chip last year
Large and bulky
The Razer Phone is an Android device intended for mobile gaming and has the specifications to prove it. It runs on a Snapdragon 835, which still offers commendable performance, despite being replaced with the new Snapdragon 845.
The mobile gaming bona fide features of the Razer Phone include a 5.7-inch QHD screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz for creamy, smooth images, a colossal 4000mAh battery for long playing times and some of the best smartphone speakers around for rocking game audio. Maybe since the infamous Nokia N-Gage there is no smartphone so focused on gaming. Expandable storage via microSD is only a bonus advantage.
7. Moto Z2 Force
Gaming with a controller mod
Date of publication: August 2017 | Weight: 143g | Dimensions: 155.8 x 76 x 6.1 mm OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.5 inches Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4 GB or 6 GB | storage: 64 / 128GB | Battery: 2,730 mAh | Back camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP
Lots of nice add-on mods
Google Daydream-ready VR
The battery life is excellent
The great specifications of last year
The Moto Z2 Force is a curious case. It has the high-quality 5.5-inch Quad HD screen and the powerful Snapdragon 835 chipset for gaming, but in itself it is not the most amazing gaming smartphone. A somewhat small battery of 2,730 mAh does not give it the long life that we would like to see in a game phone. But it has a trick that others do not.
The Moto Z2 Force can be on the Moto GamePad mod, which has two analog sticks, a D-pad, and a host of other gamer-friendly buttons. Having physical controls for smartphone games is a double bonus because they are easier to use and the screen is easier to see (your thumbs do not cover your enemies). The Moto GamePad even has a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
When it comes to virtual reality, the Moto Z2 Force is ready. It is certified for Google Daydream. In addition to Samsung Gear VR, the Daydream View provides some of the best mobile VR available, and the Moto Z2 Force can make that experience possible.
8. Google Pixel 2 XL
Date of publication: October 2017 Weight: 175 g Dimensions: 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2880 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4 GB | storage: 64 GB / 128 GB | Battery: 3.520mAh | Back camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Very little screen edge
No 3.5 mm headphone port
Screen has poor viewing angles
The biggest and best smartphone from Google, the Pixel 2 XL, also has everything needed to be a great gaming smartphone. The 6-inch screen offers a lot of leeway without having to cover your thumbs. That display is also a 1440 x 2880 pOLED panel, so the images are clear with an excellent contrast.
Like many of the other phones on this list, the Pixel 2 XL has a Snapdragon 835 chipset that delivers smooth gaming performance in most mobile games. Of course, the Pixel 2 XL can also supply VR content with the Daydream View headset.
An added bonus is that the large 3.520mAh battery makes it easy to game on the go, while Google's Project Fi network (which Pixel owners can subscribe to) offers impressive coverage that helps you lose connectivity with online games can be taken away.
9. LG V30
The best LG phone for gaming
Date of publication: September 2017 | Weight: 158g | Dimensions: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 6.0 inches Resolution: 1440 x 2880 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4 GB | storage: 64 / 128GB | Battery: 3300mAh | Back camera: 16MP + 16MP | Front camera: 5MP
Excellent audio performance
The great specifications of last year
The LG V30 is just an excellent phone. It has the sharp, large screen and the powerful processor needed to provide a great mobile gaming experience. The 6-inch 1440 x 2880 OLED display is very similar to the Pixel 2 XL, and it is also Daydream-ready for gamers who want to dive in VR.
A 3,300mAh battery offers a bit more gaming time than a standard battery from a smartphone. And a microSD slot means a lot of space for games if the built-in 64 GB of storage is not enough. Although this is a great phone, it will probably soon be replaced by the incoming one LG G7 ThinQ or, later, by the LG V35S ThinQ.
10. Asus Zenfone 4 Pro
An executor for a better price
Date of publication: August 2017 | Weight: 175 g Dimensions: 156.9 x 75.6 x 7.6 mm OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.5 inches Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 6 GB storage: 64 / 128GB | Battery: 3.600mAh | Back camera: 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 8MP
Cheaper than most gaming phones
A beautiful 5.5-inch AMOLED display
Soon replaced by the 5Z
The great specifications of last year
The Asus Zenfone 4 Pro is a high-performer with a more attractive price than much of the competition on this list. It only has a Full HD screen, but at 5.5 inches it is enough pixel-tight. Moreover, it is an AMOLED screen, so the images will be of top quality.
The Zenfone 4 Pro uses the same Snapdragon 835 chipset as many other phones on this list, which will perform admirably on Full HD. Because lower resolutions simplify the hardware, the emphasis can be placed on consistently smooth gameplay and better graphical representation.
The large 3600 mAh battery combined with a smaller 5.5-inch AMOLED screen is a great formula for a long battery life. And microSD support means a lot of space for games, films or whatever. The following Asus Zenfone 5Z with Snapdragon 845 is expected later this year and will probably find its way on this list.