Top 10 Ultimate Gaming Smartphones

Mobile gaming has been a thing since the days of monochrome phones like Nokia 6110. Millennials and to some extent Gen Z can recall hours spent on Snake. But let’s put nostalgia into the backseat. The first half of 2010 saw unprecedented development in the mobile phone industry. Smartphones came to replace keypad mobile phones. Gaming experience evolved with the mass availability of powerful gadgets.

Fast forward to 2021 and smartphones are widely considered a viable alternative to handheld gaming consoles. And there are plenty of reasons to believe that. A powerful smartphone is a TV, laptop, and gaming console all merged into one. You could literally pick service bundles like Cox internet while listening to a song on your smartphone.

That said, let’s take a look at top gaming smartphones currently available in the market.

1.     Asus ROG Phone 5

Asus ROG Phone 5 is arguably the best gaming smartphone due to its spectacular features and unbeatable gaming options. Its design bears a close resemblance to many customized personal computers, adding to its appeal. ROG Phone 5 is a tremendous improvement on the already-phenomenal Asus ROG Phone 3. It comes packed with features like a 144Hz AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 888 chipset, responsive shoulder buttons, and an AeroActive Cooler 5 cooling system.

Performance wise the smartphone is second to none. The RAM is expandable up to 16GB with storage capacity up to 256GB. It features a powerful 64MP rear camera. Add to that a huge 6,000mAh battery and you are looking at a device designed to provide you a long-lasting gaming experience. It is priced between $699 and $1,119.

2.     ZTE Nubia Red Magic 6

You won’t be disappointed with Red Magic 6 if you’ve already used the Red Magic 5S. Red Magic 6 is designed to satisfy gamer’s appetite for a smooth and long-lasting gaming experience. It comes equipped with the first-of-its-kind 6.8-inch 165Hz OLED panel. The 400Hz touch sample rate is second to none. Other features include the top-notch Snapdragon 888 chipset, RAM up to 18GB, 256GM of ROM, and a built-in cooling system.

Its extraordinary gaming features like tactile feedback and side-mounted shoulder buttons make it the best of the best for gamers. All of this is presented as a part of Red Magic’s ‘Game Space’ mode. It runs on Android 11 with an Octa-core processor. When it comes to cameras, the Red Magic 6’s photo quality is decent at best. It is priced at $599.

3.     ZTE Axon 30 Ultra

The ZTE Axon 30 Ultra may not have the design of a gaming phone, but there are reasons as to why it is on this list. Axon 30 Ultra is 8mm thick and weighs 188 grams. These specifications alone make it extremely similar as compared to the much heavier Asus ROG Phone 5. It comes packed with a powerful Snapdragon 888 chipset and comes in multiple RAM and ROM variations. The price starts from $749.

4.     Lenovo Legion Duel 2

Lenovo Legion Duel 2 features a great 144Hz OLED display, stereo speakers, and a long-lasting battery life to name a few. With an 865 Snapdragon Chipset and up to 16GB of RAM, Legion Duel 2 is among the top class gaming smartphones dominating the market. It only takes 30 minutes to fully charge the phone, thanks to its super-fast charging capability. Other features include an advanced cooling system that comes with two dedicated fans and RGB lights. It is priced at $965.

5.     iPhone 12 Pro Max

Apple’s flagship line of products did little to appeal to mobile gamers. But that trend is changing with iPhone 12 Pro Max. The 5nm A14 Bionic used in iPhone 12 Pro Max is one of the most powerful chipsets currently available in the market. It can handle almost any possible task without a lag or a stutter. The storage capacity is a whopping 512GB. With that storage size, you can store entire libraries of mobile games as well as exclusive Apple titles on your iPhone 12 Pro Max. It is priced between $1,099 and $1,399.

6.     Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro

The Xiaomi Black Shark 4 Pro is one of the cheapest gaming-centered smartphones currently available in the market. The new model carries noted improvements on the Black Shark 3 Pro. The new upgrades include 144Hz OLED display, better connectivity options, the top-end Snapdragon 888 5G chipset, and an HDR10+ playback. Price starts from $499.

7.     Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S21 Ultra makes for a great gaming phone, thanks to its sick features. It offers a 20:9 6.8-inch display screen with WQHD+ resolution and HDR10+ visuals. The refresh rate is 120Hz for a smooth gaming experience. Other features include the high-powerful Exynos 2100, 5G connectivity, and 25W fast charging. On top of that, you get a powerful 108MP camera complemented with high-end tech. The photography prowess of Galaxy S21 Ultra is unparalleled. Price starts from $1,199.

8.     Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G

If you’re looking for a gaming phone on a budget, then you should buy the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G. It features a screen which is 6.55-inch in size and is 90Hz 1B color HDR10+ AMOLED and a Snapdragon 780G 5G chipset. It offers a long-lasting battery life as well as stereo speakers that are pretty loud and wild. When it comes to the storage capacity, Mi 11 Lite 5G comes in 6GB or 8GB RAM variations. Price begins from $407.

9.     Oppo Find X3 Pro

Oppo Find X3 Pro is a powerful gadget designed to work even under intense gaming sessions. Its 6.7-inch, 10-bit, 120Hz, QHD+ panel is perfect for playing games on mobile. It also offers wireless charging operations, so you can charge your phone without interrupting your gaming session. Other features include a Snapdragon 888 chipset, and up to 12GB of RAM. It is priced at $1,500.

10.     Razer Phone 2

Razer’s consistent efforts to improve gaming experience should be appreciated. Razer Phone 2 is a great upgrade over the first Razer phone. It comes packed with an 8GB RAM (expandable up to 1TB with card), a Snapdragon 845 chipset, a 120hz refresh screen sate and an extended battery life. It is priced at $1,013.


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