You have searched high and low on sites like fonehouse and newegg for the best phone for gaming, but you still need a bit of direction. Lucky for you, this topic is under constant scrutiny from the technology community, and we’ve rounded the best of the best up in a list for you.
Let’s take a look at the 6 best gaming phones that every gamer dreams about.
1 – iPhone Xs Max
The new kid on the block has a bunch to boast about. Sure, it’s running the same A12 processor that the iPhone X runs on, but it’s been tweaked for 40% more efficiency. This tweaked 7nm processor monster has been killing performance phone benchmarks. The reason we picked the iPhone Xs Max really comes down to the total package you get. The 6.5 inch screen is perfect for games, and if you’re on a phone, this is about as good as it gets in that department. The iPhone Xs has it all for the gaming phone environment. To top it off, the app store tends to get games before we see them released on android phones. The only major negative of this phone is the measly 4GB RAM.
As a side note, the iPhone X is still all the way up on this list, so consider this the iPhone X and up category.
2 – Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Of course the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was going to appear on this list, but many will be surprised it’s not at number one. After all, it was in a joint advertisement with Fortnite. Just because it’s not at number one doesn’t mean it’s should be a go to phone for gamers. If you are an Android user, this is probably the phone you want. The massive 6.4 inch screen is simply stunning, and games look smooth and crisp. With 8 GB of RAM to play with, you’re basically on a mini PC with this octa-core processor pocket monster. As for the length of game time, the huge 4000 mAh battery will give you plenty of life for plenty of gaming. Just like the iPhone Xs, the Note 9 comes with 512GB of storage, so a game won’t wreck your phone memory.
3 – Galaxy S9/S9+
These are the flagship phones from Samsung, so just like the Note 9, they are amazing machines for gaming. They are on the same Snapdragon 845 chipset and octa-core Kryo processor as the Note 9. That means they go toe to toe for performance for the most part, but the flagship phones only have 4GB RAM. That doesn’t stop them from playing games like a champ, and if you don’t want a huge phone, these should be on your list. The screens are the same resolution as the note, so the picture is just as smooth and crisp, if not a bit better. With 256GB of storage, this phone can run your games and take business calls without issue.
4 – Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
Sony phones are the unsung superheroes of the cell phone world. They are always on the same page as the big guys like Samsung and Huawei, but they never really get any hype. Well, here is the Tony Stark of smart phones. It’s low key, and it’s extremely powerful. How powerful? Well, it runs on the same Snapdragon 845 chipset as the Note 9, it has the same Octa-Core Kryo 835 Processor as the Note 9, and it has 6GB RAM. That’s 2GB more RAM than the flagship S9 and S9+. The only real place this phone doesn’t reach up to the Samsung standard is storage. With a mear 64GB of storage, you might be stretching it without a nano storage expansion. Luckily, these phones can handle up to 400GB storage cards.
5 – Razer Phone 2
Razer is common name in the PC gaming community. They make proprietary equipment for PC Gamers and sponsor eSports Teams around the world. They are the Apple of the PC world if you will. Now, they are stepping to Apple in the world of Mobile Gaming Phones. The Razer Phone 2 is the newest venture in the phone game, and it’s no slouch. The 5.7 inch screen makes gaming beautiful in every sense of the word. When you tear into the phone, you see a similar formula like the Androids above. Snapdragon 845, the octa-core Kryo processor, and the Adreno 630 GPU should spell good things to come for this phone. Another shining star is the whopping 8GB of RAM that puts it on par with the Note 9. The issue lies in the 64GB internal storage limit, but you can expand with a memory card up to 1TB. Keep in mind this is Razer’s second phone, but the internals are tested and proven in other devices.
6 – Moto Z2 Force
This phone is a bit older, but it’s still a great choice for gamers on a phone budget. Running last years Snapdragon 835 chip set, this octa-core monster can still duke it out with the best of them. Though the stats might not tickle the gamer’s fancy right away, the attachments will. This phone has controller-like attachments you can buy that make gaming more natural for those swapping from console gaming. All-in-all this is the previous generation phone that still hangs out with the new kids on the block.