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The best phones for gaming

The best phones for gaming

When you’re buying a new phone, there’s a lot of criteria to consider. Performance can be measured in all kinds of ways, including processing power, battery life, display quality, camera quality and overall build quality.

But often your decision is informed by what you expect to be using your device for the majority of the time. For example, a high-end camera might seem tempting, and it’s certainly something you can enjoy showing off to friends, but if you’re not one to take many photos then what’s the point of spending the extra money?

In this article, we will discuss the best Android phones on the market through the lens of gaming, and understand the features required to enable you to enjoy your favourite titles in the way the developers intended.

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Points to consider

It’s important to remember that phones today are already very well entrenched as gaming devices, with the lines between handsets and traditional console becoming more blurred all the time. The majority of phones now support bolt-on gaming accessories, such as thumbsticks and physical buttons, while you can also pair Bluetooth controllers to the phone and fix the handset in place using a gaming mount.

It’s also wise to bear in mind that gaming on mobile goes far beyond simple button mashing. Many of the top gaming apps on the Google Play store offer access to real casino games, where players can play for real money. The popularity of these games is growing globally, with household names like William Hill introducing localised portals for players in Japan and across Asia. Keen casino gamers need a phone that is comfortable to hold, boasts great battery life and features a vivid display.

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Xiaomi Black Shark 3

Featuring an eye-catching design and a massive vivid display, the Black Shark 3 certainly turns heads. One of this phone’s best accessories is the clip-on charger, which, in practice, allows you to keep battery life up without wires getting in the way of gameplay. A pro version is also available, offering an even larger screen.

OnePlus 7 Pro

Succeeding the popular ‘6’ model from OnePlus, the 7 Pro features a 6.67-inch screen and a beautifully uninterrupted notch-free display. Its native OxygenOS is getting better all the time, while its Snapdragon 855 CPU packs plenty of punch to handle even the highest specs.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

The Galaxy line of phones has proven incredibly popular with all kinds of phone users, providing legitimate competition to Apple’s own iPhone series. Its S20 Plus handset is the best of the bunch for gaming, featuring 8GB of RAM and a head-turning 6.7-inch screen.

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5G

A lesser light in the mobile phone industry, previously known for its Firefox phone, ZTE are quickly earning a reputation for their high-performance handsets. The Nubia Red Magic pushes possibilities to their limits, featuring a Snapdragon 865 chipset and shoulder buttons for gaming. But its stand-out feature is the open port that actively cools processors using a fan.

Asus ROG Phone 3

Last but not least on our list is the ROG Phone 3 from Asus. Boasting an incredible 12GB of RAM, the phone has very much been pulled together with gaming a key consideration. Its Snapdragon 865+ chipset put it a class above many competitors, while its range of accessories includes functionality for playing mobile games on your TV screen.

We hope this list has proven enlightening – and useful if you happen to be on the look-out for your next high-end gaming phone. As the mobile market for serious players booms, it seems certain that phones designed to offer this kind of experience will become more and more common.

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Edited by Calliers

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