Has anybody mentioned how smartphones have become portable gaming platforms? In such a short period of time, mobile games have reached the same level as computer games. We can enjoy the same titles on our smartphones, but with more humble features. All we need is a good smartphone, but not a whole computer setup.

Some smartphone developers have figured out that gadgets for games is a separate niche and started producing smartphones exactly for this purpose. Gaming handsets are not as popular as those people are buying because of the hype. Camera specs take a back seat when the dialogue goes on about gaming. Smartphones for games are fitted with different hardware and software features that could bring the mobile gaming experience to a new level. I’m talking about a better cooling system, screen size, refresh rate, and everything average smartphones don’t take into consideration.

In this article, you will see many smartphones that can become your gateway to the mobile gaming experience. Let’s move on it.

Razer Phone 2

The golden middle for every gamer

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Release date: October 2018 | Weight: 205g | Dimensions: 158.5 x 78.9 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 9 Pie | Screen size: 5.72-inch | Resolution: 2560×1440 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB (up to 1TB with card) | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

It’s been a while since Razer released their second gaming smartphone. It still has wonderful specifications, and I’m sure it can compete, for the most part, with the major brands on this list. 

The Razer Phone 2 was released two years ago, and it has got a bright 5.72-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate which is funny, because all hype brands managed to boost the refresh rate only in 2020, making it a flagship trend. 

Under the jacket, the Razer 2 is powered with the Snapdragon 845 processor and the improved cooling system keeps the telephone from overheating.

As a nice bonus, you’ll get the phone with IP67-rated water resistance and dual-lens 12MP+12MP cameras. That means you can please your basic needs as well as your gaming desire.

Nubia Red Magic 5G

The smoothest screen in the entire Wild West

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Release date: March 2020 | Weight: 218g | Dimensions: 168.6 x 78 x 9.8mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.65-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Snapdragon 865 | RAM: 8/12GB | Storage: 128/256GB | Battery: 4,500mAh | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 8MP

The Nubia Red Magic 5G was the first phone to test the waters of the 144Hz refresh rate. It’s a treasure in the mobile gaming world because the screen is so smooth you can easily forget about what’s going on around you. 

This phone has got a surprise hidden inside its body, I’m serious. The bezels on the top and bottom are gaming triggers that increase users’ control. That was made to emphasize the ‘4D Shock’ feature which adds vibration to games, though not many games have got this in use.

You can rely on the fan and a liquid cooling system, they’ll not allow your phone to heat a lot. Also, the presence of the 5G module is a great plus for your streaming experience. However, the 1080×2340 screen resolution is not top-ranked, but your eyes will barely notice.  

Black Shark 2

The best budget gaming handset

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Release date: March 2019 | Weight: 205g | Dimensions: 163.6 x 75 x 8.8mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.39-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 6/8/12GB | Storage: 128/256GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 12MP | Front camera: 20MP

Meet the Black Shark 2. It’s Xiaomi’s side project, oriented towards mobile gaming. The Black Shark 2 is the second generation of the phone that was released in 2019. 

You’ll get a nice camera setup, a very big 6.39-inch AMOLED screen, and not cutting-edge but still powerful CPU Snapdragon 855. 

Some tiny inconveniences about this phone need a closer look. First of all, there is no 3.5mm audio jack and no microSD card slot. That means you should pay attention to the storage model you are purchasing, 128 or 256GB. Also, if you live in the US, you’d better charge some patience because it is a rare fruit. 

The Black Shark 2 is available in two variants – 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage. The cheapest is the 128GB and 12 GB RAM model, that costs $439.

Asus ROG Phone 3

The king of gaming phones

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Release date: July 2020 | Weight: 240g | Dimensions: 171 x 78 x 9.9mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.59-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Snapdragon 865 Plus | RAM: 8GB/12GB/16GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB | Battery: 6,000mAh | Rear camera: 64MP + 13MP +5MP | Front camera: 24MP

Asus occupies the position as a flagship phone constructor in the mobile-gaming sector. The Asus ROG Phone 3 is a premium smartphone from any side you look: the design, material, size, hardware features; everything is perfect. Only the price – $950 – bites at your wallet.

The Asus ROG Phone 3 has got a meaty 6,000 mAh battery, so you can play PUBG the whole night. Snapdragon 865 Plus and up to 16GB of RAM will help these words come true. 

Asus didn’t change the size of the screen from the previous model. It’s still a 6.59-inch AMOLED display that can hit 144Hz max refresh rate.

The ROG Phone 3 is strictly a gaming phone. You’ll understand it after discovering a clip-on fan in the box as an amiable bonus. 

Sad, but not bad, the telephone doesn’t have a water resistance rating as well as wireless charging. Of course, nobody pushes you to play video games outside when it is pouring, so this feature is optional.

With all the pluses and minuses, it’s still a real beast in a mobile world. 

iPhone 11 Pro Max / iPhone 11 Pro

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Release date: September 2019 | Weight: 226g / 188g | Dimensions: 158 x 77.8 x 8.1mm / 144 x 71.4 x 8.1mm | OS: iOS 13 | Screen size: 6.5-inch / 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1242 x 2688 / 1125 x 2436 | CPU: A13 Bionic chip | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64/256/512GB | Battery: 3,969mAh / 3,046mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 12MP

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the best Apple smartphone until we get to review the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This telephone was not created for games, but it certainly was created to be the best.

It’s got a big, 6.5-inch screen with a refresh rate up to 60Hz, though it is not as high as the ROG Phone 3. Apple has increased every other parameter of the screen so it feels smoother than it is. 

The iPhone 11 Pro Max has got an extremely tough processor with the A13 Bionic chipset. That is a guarantee for you that you’ll play games without lags. Personally, I like to play on my iPhone because it’s weighty – as if I was playing on a console. Also, it creates a foggy sense when you play on the iPhone things couldn’t go wrong because it’s an iPhone. 

Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20 Plus

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Release date: March 2020 | Weight: 163g/186g | Dimensions: 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9mm/161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.2-inch/6.7-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3200 | CPU: Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990 | RAM: 8GB/12GB | Storage: 128GB (S20) or 128GB/256GB/512GB (S20 Plus) | Battery: 4,000mAh/4,500mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 64MP + 12MP | Front camera: 10MP

The Samsung Galaxy S20 and Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus are in the same category as the iPhone 11 Pro models. These smartphones are awesome and well-hyped. When the dialogue goes towards the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus, you don’t expect them to be slow or laggy. Yes, they are damn slippery if you are playing without the case.

However, the heart of the phone is as tough as a rock. You’ll get a top-tier processor – Snapdragon 865 – if you`re in the US, or an Exynos 990 in most other places, and in both cases these are flagship smartphone chipsets.

In comparison with its deadliest competitor, the Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus have got 120Hz refresh rate options. A QHD+ screen will provide a bright and smooth picture.

LG V60 ThinQ

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Release date: February 2020 | Weight: 213g | Dimensions: 169.3 x 77.6 x 8.9 mm | OS: Android 10 | Screen size: 6.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2460 | CPU: Snapdragon 865 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB (up to 2TB with card) | Battery: 5,000mAh | Rear camera: 64MP + 13MP + 0.3MP | Front camera: 10MP

Techradar, in their original article, put the LG V60 ThinQ side by side with other phones and I understand why. This is a dual-screen smartphone that wakes up a sense of nostalgia. It looks like my old 3DS console. Okay, back to the phone. 

The LG V60 ThinQ has got a 6.8-inch full HD display. It’s as quirky as having a dual-screen smartphone as its software. Yes, you need to spend some time to learn its peculiarities. As a result, you’ll get to know how to launch two apps simultaneously. Maybe you want to cosplay Ceaser and do two things at the same time, for example: watch Netflix and play the game. 

There’s also a special gaming mode that’ll make the second screen an additional touchpad. 

Nevertheless, The LG V60 ThinQ has the power of a flagship worth existing in 2020: Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, and it runs Android 10. The battery capacity is 5,000mAh so you can keep playing for a pretty long time. A nice variant for those who want to sit on two chairs.