Best Gaming Phones for 2019: Which Smartphone Will You Pick?

For mobile game lovers, a gaming phone with great hardware is a must, for it can deliver better gaming experiences than other general phones. Here we have rounded up the very best smartphones for gamers. And during the new year sales season, most of the smartphone manufacturers are offering discounts. So, it is a great time for picking up a nice gaming smartphone if you’re in the market for one.

But before buying a smartphone, you must know what factors to consider when you choose the phone.

Tips for choosing a gaming phone

First, you should take note of the processor and GPU. A powerful CPU and GPU can guarantee a powerful phone performance. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip has already reached 270000+ score in AnTuTu Banchmark.
Although you can play games on a phone with 1GB of RAM, you may not enjoy the experience compared to those with a higher RAM. There are already gaming phones with 10GB of RAM in the market.
When playing mobile games, bigger displays offer a more comfortable experience. So why not choose phones equipped with a bigger, bezel-less full screen? You will find it to be manipulated easily and inadvertently.
Battery life is always important for a phone, especially for a gaming phone. We all know that playing games will consume more power. So it’s obviously better to have a phone with higher battery capacity. Meanwhile those equipped with rapid-charging technology can also provide you with a shorter charging time.

Considering the chipset, RAM, battery and some other factors, we picked out the following 5 smartphones that we think are great choices for mobile gaming lovers.

ASUS ROG phone for gaming

Chipset: Qualcomm AdrenoTM 630 GPU
Display: 6-inch
Battery: 4,000 mAh, Quick Charge 4.0

When it comes to mobile gaming in China, ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) is the most mentioned brand. The ROG brand was established in 2006 for the purpose of delivering the most innovative hardcore hardware for truly dedicated gamers. On Sept. 12 last year, ASUS unleashed its latest ROG gaming smartphone at the “Dare to Win” launch event in Beijing.

The ROG gaming phone is designed with performance in mind for keen mobile gamers, boasting the “world’s fastest speed-binned 2.96GHz octa-core” processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a Qualcomm AdrenoTM 630 GPU. It houses a 4,000mAh battery that is packed into a body that looks as radical as the company’s gaming laptops. It also supports Quick Charge 4.0 and can be charged from 0 to 66 percent in just 30 minutes. The smartphone features ASUS HyperCharge, which prevents the device from overheating during charging.

Razer Phone 2 for gaming

Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip
Display: 5.72-inch full-HD+ (2,160×1,080 pixels)
Battery: 4,000 mAh, Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+, Wireless Charging
Cooling System: Vapor Chamber Cooling

Razer, with a triple-headed snake logo, is one of world-leading brands for gamers. It has designed and built the world’s largest gamer-focused ecosystem of hardware, software, and services. The Razer Phone 2 is the company’s most well-known gaming smartphone.

Razer Phone 2 (photo source: Razer)

Razer Phone 2 is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8 GB of RAM, and a large 4000mAh battery that supports quick/wireless charging. It is also the only smartphone with a true 120Hz touch sampling and refresh rate display. This flagship lets you enjoy a speedy and unparalleled silky-smooth mobile gaming experience

Nubia Red Magic Mars

Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip
Display: 6-inch full-HD+ (2,160×1,080 pixels)
Battery: 3,800 mAh

Nubia, founded in 2012, aims to bring high-end innovative smartphones to adventurous users. During the recently held CES, Nubia unveiled its latest phone for gamers—the Red Magic Mars. Much like the ASUS ROG phone, the Red Magic Mars comes with two touch-sensitive buttons located at the sides that can be mapped to in-game buttons based on user preference.

Nubia Red Magic Mars (photo source: Nubia)

It packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip and an impressive 10GB of RAM for the highest-end model. Its 3,800mAh battery and a liquid and air dual cooling system can keep you gaming for hours without feeling toasty

BlackShark Gaming Phone

Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip
Display: 5.99-inch, 2160×1080
Battery: 4,000 mAh, Quick Charge 3.0

In April 2018, Xiaomi-backed Black Shark Technology released its first flagship high-end gaming phone—BlackShark, in China with the slogan “Born to Game”.

Xiaomi Black Shark Gaming phone
Xiaomi Black Shark Gaming phone

Black Shark uses the Snapdragon 845 processor, and comes in three different RAM and storage configurations: 6GB +128GB, 8GB +128GB, and 8GB+256GB. It uses the QC3.0 quick charger (same as Xiaomi MIX 2S), has a pre-installed Android 8.0 system, and an exclusive user interface called Joy UI, as opposed to Xiaomi’s MIUI.

Black Shark looks different from all the other mobile phones in appearance. The front body adopts a 2.5D borderless suspension glass for the bezel-less 5.99-inch screen, and has an X design on the back for better hand grip. There are also other bedazzling designs all around the sides of Black Shark.

Vivo X23 – Dual-Turbo accelerating

Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
Display: 6.41-inch, screen-to-body ratio is 91.2%
Battery: 3,800 mAh, 22.5W Quick Charge

vivo x23
vivo X23 smartphone (photo source: vivo)

Vivo is a Chinese smartphone brand well known for its stunning designs and great cameras on its smartphones. Vivo X23 is one of the company’s best flagship phone. In addition to its powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 chipset, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage, the X23 also comes with an upgraded version of “Game Assistant” and a new “Game Box” feature. When you start a game, the game assistant interface will automatically pop up and optimize CPU performance and memory usage. The “Game Box” also comes with a hook function, which keeps a game running in the background while you use other functions such as taking videos, chat or message people, etc.

The Vivo X23 also has an e-sports mode 2.0 function. Furthermore, it features a dual-turbo acceleration technology: System Turbo and Game Turbo, which optimizes performance and available resources respectively to the game being played.

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Featured photo credit to ASUS