Which gaming phone is right for me?

Take your smartphone gaming up a level...

18 Sep 2019

We used to sit in our front rooms glued to our gaming consoles. But with more powerful phones in our pockets, it’s official. Gaming’s going mobile. In 2018, 33% of global downloads were games and 74% of mobile spending was games related.

So, whether it’s a train, plane or Uber – gaming on the move is only going to grow. Whether Fortnite is your jam or you like to get lost in the park on Pokémon Go, now’s the perfect time to join the mobile gaming party.

That’s why we’re on a mission for gaming gold. Ready player one?


Which phones are best for gaming?


Razer Phone 2

It’s only fair to start with a phone built for gaming. The Razer Phone 2 has a big, bright 5.7-inch display which is super sharp. Like a desktop gaming set up, it’s even got a cooling system. This means that its Snapdragon 845 processor and 8GB of RAM can both work harder to keep the action fast and furious. If you’re a fan of fast-paced multiplayer action like Fortnite, this might be the phone for you.

Apple iPhone XS Max

With so many games available on iOS, the iPhone XS Max is probably the phone to play them on. Its 6.5-inch screen is the biggest of Apple’s X series, with a 1242 x 2688-pixel resolution displaying games in on their glory. It keeps apps and games running smoothly with its Apple A12 Bionic CPU. With a big 3,174mAh battery, you should get plenty of play time too. So, if you love some battlefield action on PUGB Mobile, this may be the screen to play it on.

Sony Xperia 1

What sets the Sony Xperia 1 apart is its ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio and 4K resolution screen. The wide display is especially good for landscape racing games. Its distinctive shape fits comfortably in the palm of your hand and, at a feather-light 180g, your arms won’t get weary after a gaming sesh. Thanks to its immersive Dolby Atmos surround, your games will sound great.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Like the Razer 2, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro packs in 8GB of RAM, which is paired with a speedy Kirin 980 processor. The giant 4,200mAh battery means you’ll be gaming for longer on its generous 6.39-inch screen. And with a vault-like storage of 128 or 256GB, you’ll have plenty of room for all of the games you love. With such a big screen and battery life, we’d pair this phone with Minecraft.


When it’s time to play, why not grab yourself a mobile perfect for gaming?


Mobile gaming FAQs


Which processor is best for mobile gaming?

If you’re buying your phone mainly for gaming, picking a good processor is essential. GPUs (graphic processing units) are combined with CPUs into a single chipset. CPUs are the brains of the operation, while the GPU keeps things looking good.

Apple phones use the Bionic series, with the recently announced iPhone 11 coming with the upgraded Apple A13 Bionic GPU.

Android phones have a wider range of GPUs. But the most widely used is from Qualcomm – whose Snapdragons chips you’ll find in brands from Sony to Google Pixel.


What is the cheapest gaming phone?

The bigger flagship phones may have powerful processors and beautiful screens, but this comes at a cost. Budget phones may limit your playing experience – unless all you want to play is Snake.

A good compromise under the £150 mark is the Honor 8A. It has enough power under the hood to run popular mobile games on its 6.09-inch screen. And with its 3020 mAh battery, you can expect to be gaming all day on a single charge.


Is 6GB RAM enough for a gaming phone?

Because memory is so important to keep everything running smoothly, it’s usual to have at least 4GB of RAM on a modern mobile. But the truth is that it’s not the size of your RAM, but what you do with it.

While gaming phones like the Razer 2 come with 8GB of RAM, the iPhone XS Max has a smaller 4GB of RAM, and still performs beautifully. Until there’s a new generation of more power-hungry mobile games, 6GB should be plenty.

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