5 Top Gaming Phones for 2019

There’s no denying that mobile gaming is huge. Pretty much everybody these days plays some game or app on the go, and both the Apple App Store and Google Play store are full of hundreds of free-to-play gaming apps, covering all manner of interests. Indeed, mobile gaming has become so popular over the past couple of years that it now accounts for an estimated 51 percent of total revenue for the gaming industry. With that figure set to increase year by year, the mobile gaming boom shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

As the industry grows, so too do innovations within mobile games. A slew of recent mobile releases such as Fortnite et al. are of console-level quality and need a high-performing device. You can say the same of those increasingly popular mobile poker apps and websites, as they may not be as graphic-heavy as a platform or RPG game but still, place plenty of demands on processor performance and GPU speeds. So, without further ado, here’s the lowdown on the top gaming phones that you can get your hands on this year.

Samsung Galaxy Note9

Released: August 2018
Weight: 205 g
OS: Android 8.1
Screen Size: 6.4 inches
CPU: Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810
RAM: 6 or 8GB
Battery: 4000mAh
Camera: Dual (Rear) 8MP (Front)
Storage: 128GB or 512GB

We can quite honestly say that the latest Galaxy Note model is the best Android gaming phone currently on the market. With its huge and bright high-resolution display, gamers can see on-screen action and even enjoy more frames per second than other comparable models when playing games like Fortnite. With a sleek aesthetic, it’s also a quite good-looking device, and the Snapdragon and Exynos CPUs pack a powerful punch.

Sony Xperia XZ2

Released: February 2018

Weight: 198 g

OS: Android 8

Screen Size: 5.7 inches

CPU: Snapdragon 845

RAM: 4GB

Battery: 3180mAh

Camera: 19MP (Rear) 5MP (Front)

The Xperia XZ2 is an entertainment-focused phone and then some. Its stunning 1080 x 2160 HDR display offers crystal-clear views, and thanks to the same Snapdragon 845 CPU that you’ll find in the latest Galaxy smartphones, it does offer some fantastic video gaming performance. The dual front-facing speakers provide a high-quality stereo sound, and the in-built Dynamic Vibration System offers a console gaming experience on the go.

ASUS ROG Phone

Released: October 2018

Weight: 200 g

OS: Android 8.1 Oreo

Screen size: 6 inches

CPU: Snapdragon 845

RAM: 8GB

Battery: 3520mAh

Camera: 12MP (Rear) 8MP (Front)

Storage: 128GB or 512GB

The ASUS ROG looks a lot like a Transformer on the outside and on the inside, some powerful specs that will make any mobile gamer happy power it. It’s another Android device utilising the Snapdragon 845 CPU, and you can expect it to perform comparatively with the others on this list, coming second only to the Razer Phone 2 when it comes to the refresh rate (ROG has a 90Hz refresh rate to Razer 2’s 120Hz). The customisable AirTrigger touch-sensitive buttons at the left and right edges of the phone (in landscape mode) are an added feature that will make gamers feel more like a pro. In true Republic of Gamers style, you can purchase a range of additional accessories like controller halves, a docking platform and a clip-on fan to enhance the gaming experience further.

Razer Phone 2

Released: October 2018

Weight: 205 g

OS: Android 8.1 Oreo

Screen size: 5.72 inches

CPU: Snapdragon 845

RAM: 6GB or 8GB

Battery: 4000mAh

Camera: 1.7 wide angle 12MP and 2.6 telephoto (Rear) 8MP (Front)

Storage: 64GB or 128GB

Speaking of the Razer Phone 2, with its top-of-the-line specs, this is a definitive gaming phone if ever there was one. This second mobile offering from the gaming-specific brand has improved on the original Razer model, most notably the upgrade to Snapdragon 845 CPU and an in-built vapor chamber to keep the device cool when used for gaming. With a 120Hz refresh rate, top-notch speakers, 4000mAh battery and plenty of settings to change battery life and overall performance, die-hard gamers will want to invest in the Razer Phone 2.

Google Pixel 2 XL

Released: October 2017

Weight: 175 g

OS: Android 8

Screen size: 6 inches

CPU: Snapdragon 835

RAM: 4GB

Battery: 3520mAh

Camera: 12MP (Rear) 8MP (Front)

Storage: 64GB or 128GB

Although this more budget-friendly gaming phone is the oldest model to make the list, that doesn’t mean you should discount it in favour of the premium phones above. The Pixel 2 XL remains Google’s best smartphone, and it’s an excellent one for gaming. The 6-inch display offers great playability, the visuals are clear and sharp, and the Snapdragon 835 CPU provides a consistently smooth gaming experience. As a bonus, users can subscribe to Google’s Fi network for some decent coverage when playing online games.

Kathy Kenny

EIC

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