Top best smartphones for games of 2018

The video game industry is gaining momentum every year, demonstrating a steady growth rate in the number of players both on traditional means of entertainment (PC and stationary consoles), and in the mobile segment. It is interesting that now portable gaming is developing especially rapidly – Nintendo with its new hybrid console Switch quickly gained a huge army of fans around the world, and manufacturers of mobile devices successfully reopened the “gaming smartphone” class.

There are really a lot of game-oriented smartphones. In fact, such devices are not very different from standard devices. But if you prefer to play not only “Snake”, but also more serious games, then a model with its own game chips will do best. We clarify that such devices do not have to be expensive at all. In this article, we have collected the most interesting gaming smartphones, among which there are a number of relatively affordable solutions for a wide audience.

Razer phone

Buy Razer Phone

One of the first new-generation gaming smartphones was the Razer Phone, released last year. It was developed by Razer, a popular company among PC gamers, a leading global manufacturer of high-quality gaming equipment and various peripherals. Being a gaming smartphone, the Razer Phone looks quite strict: the all-metal case does not have fanciful details, and the true essence of the device is provided only by the brand logo of the brand, which is located on the back side. Nevertheless, looking at the specifications of the device, you understand that in fact there is a “beast” in front of you. As a processor, one of the top Qualcomm chips, Snapdragon 835, is used, and the amount of RAM is an impressive 8 GB – such a filling can cope with any resource-intensive game.

To make the gaming experience even stronger, the company installed a high-quality 5.7-inch IGZO IPS-display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels in the smartphone, the main feature of which is working with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. With such a screen, the response in games becomes much faster, and the increased speed has a positive effect when working with the device’s operating system and various applications. Other features of the Razer Phone include powerful stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support, a pretty good two-module camera with a resolution of 12 megapixels with double optical zoom, 64 GB of non-volatile memory with expandable memory card (up to 512 GB), as well as the presence of NFC, USB Type- C and a fingerprint scanner (on the right side edge). The battery in the smartphone has a capacity of 4000 mAh,

Xiaomi Black Shark

Buy Xiaomi Black Shark

The famous Chinese company Xiaomi has already managed to gain a foothold in almost every area. Starting with the production of low-cost Android devices, she gradually switched to the production of various accessories, household goods, and even personal electric vehicles. And now Xiaomi has decided to swipe at a new market for gaming smartphones, introducing this spring Xiaomi Black Shark – the brand’s first gaming smartphone with high-performance stuffing.

To begin with, unlike the Razer Phone, the Xiaomi device does not hide behind the shell of a regular smartphone. The appearance of the Black Shark is greatly adapted to the design of gaming laptops, and the dark colors are diluted with bright green inserts, so it is easy to identify the device among the “civilian” models.

The main Black Shark filling is represented by the top-end Snapdragon 845 chip, 6 or 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, a 5.99-inch display with an aspect ratio of 18: 9, as well as a 64/128 GB UFS 2.1 drive. With such insides, the smartphone should decently warm up, but the manufacturer foreseen this point and endowed Black Shark with a liquid cooling system, which at maximum load can reduce the processor temperature by 8 ° C.

Among other gaming features in the smartphone there is a game launcher that can be launched using a dedicated physical key, and compatibility with a special external gamepad that simplifies control in dynamic games. As for the other characteristics of Black Shark, they are represented by the main dual-camera 12 + 20 megapixel camera with support for shooting self-portraits and double optical zoom, a 4000 mAh battery (with Quick Charge 3.0 support), a USB Type-C connector, a dual slot for nano-SIM and a 20-megapixel selfie module.

Honor play

Buy Honor Play

Huawei has many high-performance devices that can easily play the role of a portable gaming console. But if you are looking for an affordable and powerful device for playing, say, in World of Tanks or PUBG Mobile, then Honor Play is a good choice – a new youth smartphone from Honor, which is perfect for beginner gamers.

The hardware base of the Honor Play is represented by the familiar HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor and 4 GB of RAM. However, due to the unique function of the GPU Turbo, this smartphone is able to increase the performance of the graphics system of the chip by 1.5 times, while reducing power consumption. Thus, with a stuffing similar to the brothers, Honor Play demonstrates higher FPS in games, and also works on a single battery charge (at 3750 mAh) a little longer. The smartphone screen has a diagonal of 6.3 inches with an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9 and Full HD + resolution. The display also has a fashionable eyebrow that can be hidden. For photo enthusiasts, a good two-module camera for 16 + 2 megapixels with the ability to shoot portrait shots and featuring artificial intelligence support is provided.

Pocophone F1

Buy Pocophone F1

Poco is a sub-brand of Xiaomi, created by a Chinese corporation to produce affordable devices with flagship filling, which contains everything you need without overpaying for unnecessary functions. The first Poco device was the Pocofone F1 – a smartphone with top-to-top filling and a mid-range price tag.

Новый «убийца флагманов» вполне заслуживает этого звания, ведь при доступной цене он имеет в своем арсенале чип Snapdragon 845, 6 или 8 ГБ оперативной памяти, накопитель на 64, 128 или 256 ГБ с возможностью расширения картой microSD, безрамочный 6,18-дюймовый дисплей Full HD+ с «чёлкой» и соотношением 18,7:9, а также стереодинамики, основную двойную камеру (12+5 Мп) и 20-мегапиксельную фронталку с технологией Face Unlock для разблокировки по лицу. К достоинствам модели также можно отнести наличие достаточно большой батареи на 4000 мА·ч, быстрый дактилоскопический сенсор, порт USB Type-C и 3,5-мм аудио-разъём под наушники. К сожалению, для удешевления модели производитель был вынужден отказаться от премиальных материалов в отделке: корпус Pocofone F1 полностью изготовлен из поликарбоната, который, впрочем, почти не нагревается даже при стрессовых ситуациях. В этом также заслуга хорошей системы жидкостного охлаждения LiquidCool. В качестве ОС используется Android 8.1 Oreo с переработанной оболочкой MIUI. Также здесь нет беспроводной зарядки и NFC: пришлось пойти на компромисс, чтобы сделать устройство не только мощным, но и доступным.

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1)

Buy ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1)

Unlike most smartphones presented in this collection, ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 does not directly belong to the class of gaming devices. However, for its price, this Android-smartphone offers a rather interesting stuffing that copes with both multimedia and gaming tasks.

Qualcom Snapdragon 626 chip with 1.5 times higher performance (compared to SD625), coupled with 3 or 4 GB of RAM, produces quite good results. That is why there are no performance problems in well-optimized games such as World Of Tanks Blitz. Heavy projects are also tough for this chip, but here you have to sacrifice high graphics settings for the most comfortable frame rate. To play away from home as long as possible, ASUS did not stint on the battery – in the Zenfone Max Pro M1 it has an impressive capacity (5000 mAh), and also supports fast charging. The case of the device is all-metal with plastic inserts, the display is frameless (5.99 ”Full HD +) with an aspect ratio of 18: 9. The main camera is two-module and has 13 and 5 megapixel sensors, Supports portrait mode and video recording in 4K quality. The resolution of the front camera is 8 megapixels, a face unlock function is provided. A fingerprint scanner and NFC are present, but there is no USB Type-C connector; instead, it is a typical microUSB port for budget employees.

ASUS ROG Phone

Buy ASUS ROG Phone

ASUS ROG Phone is one of the top-end gaming flagship smartphones at the moment, which should soon go on sale. The smartphone is part of the well-known game line ROG (Republic of Gamers), so in it the manufacturer applied many technologies that had previously been used in their laptops – an advanced cooling system, backlight, high-quality display and much more. But first things first.

The good look of the smartphone is one of the most important conditions in top-level devices. ASUS ROG Phone has a unique design in the style of ROG using expensive materials and Aura RGB-illumination, implemented in the logo on the rear panel. With its help, the company logo has dynamic visual effects, customizable color and can serve as an indicator for various gaming and everyday events.

The internal space of the device is filled with no less cool stuffing: here you can find the Snapdragon 845 processor with an overclocked to 2.96 GHz frequency and a GameCool cooling system based on an evaporative camera, a 6-inch Full HD + frameless AMOLED display with a response time of 1 ms, and a refresh rate of 90 Hz and HDR support, dual main camera (12 + 8 megapixels) from Zenfone 5, 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 512 GB of permanent memory, stereo speakers with amplifiers NXP 9874, ultrasonic flip-flops on the sides, a pair of USB Type-C ports (standard + for peripherals) and 4000 mAh battery · H with fast charge HyperCharge. Other interesting features include Android 8.1 Oreo with a special ROG Gaming X mode that directs all power exclusively to games, as well as a wide range of additional accessories (an external AeroActive cooler,

Honor Note 10

Buy Honor Note 10

In addition to Honor Play, the second smartphone with a claim to gaming capabilities, Note 10, has an even steeper technical side, recently appeared in the subsidiary catalog of the Honor brand. Honor Note 10 is even difficult to call a smartphone in the usual sense of the word – with a diagonal of 6.95 inches AMOLED display, the status of a mini-tablet is more suitable for it, however, a good aspect ratio of 18.5: 9 and a minimum frame around the perimeter made the dimensions of the device quite acceptable .

In addition to a cool display with Full HD + resolution and HDR support, this unit also has 8 GB of RAM, which together with the HiSilicon Kirin 970 chip give excellent performance in all modern games. If the power suddenly turns out to be insufficient, then a special button on the right side will come to the rescue, when clicked, the Double Turbo function is activated – a technology that increases the frequency of the CPU / GPU and optimizes RAM for increased performance. But do not worry about overheating: thanks to the Nine liquid cooling system, heat dissipation is increased by 41%, and the temperature of all important components on the board in serious situations is reduced by 10 ° C compared to standard solutions. The Honor Note 10 runs on a 5000 mAh battery, and a dual main camera for 16 + 24 megapixels (F1. 8) with support for AI-algorithms. The sound part is also on top – “under the hood” there is a dedicated music chip, stereo speakers and support for Dolby Atmos.

Moto Z3 Play (Gamepad Edition)

Buy Moto Z3 Play (Gamepad Edition)

Smartphones under the Motorola brand have been using a modular concept for several years with the ability to install additional accessories through a special magnetic pad. Fresh Moto Z3 Play got the same feature. Among the various additions to the device, you can fix a powerful external speaker, a backup battery, a compact projector and much more. But the main thing that interests us today is the gaming capabilities, which in Moto Mods for Z3 Play are represented by an external Moto Gamepad.

The Moto Gamepad itself has not changed at all during its existence – it is still a fairly compact overlay on the back, on the right and left sides of which there are all the necessary controls for playing games (cross, couple sticks, triggers, etc.). As for the smartphone itself, it acquired a new Snapdragon 636 processor, an enlarged 6-inch Super AMOLED display Full HD + with an aspect ratio of 18: 9, a fingerprint scanner on the right side, 32 or 64 GB of permanent memory, an 8-megapixel front camera, and also the main dual-module camera with 12 and 5 megapixel sensors (background blur is supported). The device also placed a 3000 mAh battery with Fast Charging, an NFC sensor and a USB Type-C port, but the 3.5 mm audio jack disappeared – in exchange, the manufacturer put an adapter in the kit.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Buy Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Announced in early August, Samsung’s new flagship Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is interesting for several reasons. Firstly, the ninth Nout is a very powerful device with a high-performance filling for the most demanding tasks. And secondly, Samsung in time noticed the upcoming release of the Android version of Fortnite and received from Epic Games the right to temporary exclusivity of the popular game for its new products (and several other recent devices). So Galaxy Note 9, albeit for a while, but still force players to draw attention to themselves. And in order to warm up their interest, the developers give each owner a unique Galaxy skin and 15,000 units of virtual currency relevant to the Galaxy game.

The next hardware will help you enjoy Fortnite on the Galaxy Note 9 – the top-end Exynos 9810 chip (or Snapdragon 845 for the USA) with a well-thought-out cooling system, 6 or 8 GB of RAM, a huge 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels with HDR support, as well as stereo speakers for surround sound tuned by experts from AKG. The device is largely a copy of the Galaxy S9 +, which means that there is also an advanced main camera on board with two modules (12 + 12 megapixels) and a variable aperture system from F1.5 to F2.4. However, there are also enough chips – the Galaxy Note series has always been distinguished by the presence of a stylus built into the case, the ninth generation was no exception. This time, the S Pen was pretty pumped up, having worked not only on ergonomic features, but also functional ones. So, thanks to the hardware stuffing that appeared in the re, the user can use it as a control panel to remotely take pictures on the camera, manage presentations, applications, and more. Other parameters of the device are distinguished by a flash drive of 128 or 512 GB, a combined scanner of the iris of the eyes and face, wireless charging with a 4000 mAh battery, and also protection from water and dust according to the IP68 standard.

ZTE Nubia Red Magic

Buy ZTE Nubia Red Magic

ZTE, or rather, its subsidiary Nubia, also has its own gaming smartphone. Red Magic, and this is the name the device bears, does not have any unique gaming features, such as a 120-Hz display, but due to the stylish angular case and RGB-backlight, it looks advantageous next to ordinary smartphones.

The Nubia Red Magic hardware platform is represented by the Snapdragon 835 processor with a performance enhancement function activated by a special switch on the case. Using it, you can also block all notifications so that they do not interfere during the game. For improved heat dissipation, the inside of the smartphone is trimmed with a three-layer graphite coating, and outside there are special cooling holes located on the back side. In one of them, by the way, a speaker is hidden. The amount of RAM is 6 or 8 GB standard for a gaming device, the battery is 3800 mAh, and the storage is implemented as a 64 or 128 GB drive without expandability. The main camera is single – a 24 megapixel sensor with an aperture of F1.7. I almost forgot about the screen. In Nubia Red Magic, as previously reported,


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