Call it a niche smartphone or a commodity born out of a necessity but the preponderance of gaming smartphones nowadays is a future we have all been expecting in the Android world. Like a gaming console, all the gaming smartphones now have all the features one is very much expectant to see and experience. Convenient perks like a large display, more accessible controls, long-lasting batteries, and loudspeakers to boot – these are all but present in virtually all the gaming smartphone entries of today.
But unlike these consoles, these gaming smartphones are equipped with some of the most efficient of chipsets. And like most modern mobile gaming devices, you're also bound to experience vital features such as vapor and liquid cooling technologies, more beefed up biometrics, and religiously updated software. These are just some of the crucial hallmarks that make a legitimate gaming smartphone.
In today's segment, we've gathered only the best gaming smartphones in the country which expertly combine hardware performance and gaming features which also reflect the needs of the modern consumers.
1. Black Shark Helo
The advent before the imminent launch of the second-generation of the Xiaomi Black Shark is the Xiaomi Black Shark Helo. As it is expected of this gaming series' caliber, the device sports only the niftiest of features from the more modern gaming smartphones. These include the RGB lighting on its sides, front-facing stereo speakers, vapor cooling technology, HDR10-compliant display, and real-time SDR to HDR conversion akin to the Nokia 7.1.
Perhaps the most headline-grabbing feature of the Black Shark Helo is its feature called Gaming Studio which allows users to tweak its processor, display, touch, network, and other notable adjustments just to better a gaming title. In addition, the feature's studio configurations can be shared with ease with other Black Shark users through the "Shark Codes."
The Xiaomi Black Shark Helo is also famed for being the first smartphone in the world to finally get equipped with a staggering 10GB of RAM. Also among its noted features are its new accessories such as the single controller for 6GB and 8GB of RAM variants. The 10GB RAM edition, on the other hand, comes with a dual controller.
|Display Size||6.01 inches|
|Resolution||FHD+ 1080 x 2160|
|OS ver||Android 8.1.0 Oreo|
|CPU||Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Adreno 630|
|CPU Speed||4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver|
|RAM||6GB, 8GB, 10GB|
|Main Camera||12MP + 20MP|
|Battery||4000mAh Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, 18W charge|
|Dimensions||160 x 75.25 x 8.7 mm|
2. ASUS ROG Phone (ZS600KL)
Dubbed as the ultimate gaming smartphone in the competition, the ASUS ROG Phone (ZS600KL) just and simply doesn't need an introduction.
The ASUS ROG Phone (ZS600KL) easily handles the influx of the most modern gaming needs or titles of today such as Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, both of which continue to reign supreme in all smartphones at the moment.
One of its foremost attributes is its overclocked Snapdragon 845 processor. Also thanks to its cleverly-situated haptics and an attractive OLED display and a loud audio, the ASUS ROG Phone clearly exudes a gold standard in mobile gaming.
But with its bold design, a powerful performance, and great cameras in tow, the ASUS ROG Phone (ZS600KL) is also one of ASUS' most compelling releases to date.
|Display Size||6.0 inches|
|Resolution||1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio|
|OS ver||ROG Gaming X mode UI (Android 8.1 Oreo)|
|CPU||Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845|
|CPU Speed||2.96GHz & 1.7GHz|
|Main Camera||12MP + 8MP|
|Battery||4000mAh Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0 (35 mins Fast charging from 0% to 60% capacity) Wi-Fi gameplay: Up to 7 hrs Wi-Fi video play: Up to 11.5 hrs Wi-Fi music livestream: Up to 40 hrs|
|Dimensions||Phone: 158.83 x 76.16 x 8.65 mm AeroActive Cooler: 93.68 x 15.28 x 47 mm|
3. HONOR Play
Inarguably the most popular gaming smartphone among consumers with concerns on budget and performance, the HONOR Play shamelessly albeit efficiently takes a number of pages from the Samsung Galaxy Note9's emphasis on a powerful gaming offering and an artificially-intelligent camera. For the former, the device clearly banks on HUAWEI's GPU Turbo feature which boosts everything that is gaming-related.
The best feature of the HONOR Play cannot be seen or experienced from the phone itself. Instead, HONOR has nicely attached an attractive price tag on its name. With just less than PHP 15,000, you all get to experience what the best, budget-friendly gaming smartphone has to offer.
|Display Size||6.3 inches|
|Resolution||1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio|
|OS ver||EMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)|
|CPU||Hisilicon Kirin 970 Mali-G72 MP12|
|CPU Speed||2.4GHz & 1.8GHz|
|External Storage||microSD, up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)|
|Main Camera||16 MP + 2 MP|
|Front Camera||16 MP|
|Dimensions||157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm|
|Weight||176 g (including battery)|
|Color||Black, Midnight Black, Red, Navy Blue, Ultra Violet|
4. OnePlus 6T
This year, OnePlus has been known to have already pushed some noted boundaries. The best smartphone to exemplify this route is the OnePlus 6T – an affordable, stylish Android-powered handset all taken up a notch.
The OnePlus 6T is the first flagship smartphone that was released in the United States with an in-display fingerprint scanner. And as you'd rightly expect from this brand, this sensor is also both top-grade and blazing fast. The device, however, is also infamously noted to have already let go of its 3.5mm port. OnePlus, instead, has elected to replace it with a USB-C dongle included in its box.
The OnePlus 6T is also commended for its new night photography feature which attempts to improve the low-light shots. And for the most part, the firm has succeeded in this section.
The brand also released the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition which offers 10GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It is also equipped with OnePlus' new Warp Charge system.
|Display Size||6.41 inches|
|Resolution||AMOLED 2280 x 1080 pixels Aspect ratio 19.5:9|
|OS ver||OxygenOS based on Android 9.0 Pie|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (10nm) Octa-core|
|CPU Speed||4x 2.8GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x 1.7GHz Kryo 385 Silver|
|Main Camera||20MP + 16MP|
|Battery||Non-removable 3700mAh Fast Charging 5V/4A|
|Dimensions||157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm|
|Color||Mirror Black, Midnight Black, Thunder Puple|
5. Black Shark Gaming Phone
Over the years, Xiaomi has been making waves for dishing out some of the most high-powered gaming smartphones with staggering low price tags. But none of which would have been in their respective slots on various benchmarks without the release of the first Black Shark Gaming Phone.
Deemed as one of the pioneering gaming smartphones, the Black Shark Gaming Phone is Xiaomi's first stab at the gaming-centric smartphone niche. And with its price point, the company has made it clear that it's their very own.
Owners of the Black Shark Gaming Phone have already come to know just how powerful and attractive the device is in this very class. With the likes of an efficient Snapdragon 845 processor with Adreno 630 graphics, an option of 6GB or 8GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage options, a 6.2-inch display with a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 pixels, and a beefy 4,000mAh battery – they'd know right upfront that they're in for a treat.
But all of these fare quite minimally against the Black Shark Gaming Phone's serious cooling solution which admittedly edges out all its competition in its class.
|Display Size||5.99 inches|
|Resolution||1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)|
|OS ver||Android 8.1 (Oreo)|
|CPU||Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Adreno 630|
|CPU Speed||2.8 GHz|
|Battery||4000mAh (typ) / 3900mAh (min)|
|Dimensions||161.62 x 75.4 x 9.25 mm|
|Color||Polar Night, Sky Gray, Royal Sky Blue|
6. Samsung Galaxy S10
The newly-minted Samsung Galaxy S10 series is not just your ordinary flagship lineup in 2019. In essence, its entries are also optimized for major gaming performance. The Galaxy S10's most noted gaming feature stems from its more improved support for Unity down to its new cooling technology, with the latter rivaling the ones from Xiaomi and Razer.
For the uninitiated, Unity is one of the most sought-after engines for creating video games of today. And to make this more favorable for the series, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is the first lineup to get optimized for Unity-powered gaming titles. As it is, games are expected to run more smoothly, akin to owning a gaming or a PC console. The Samsung Galaxy S10 series' GPU has also been readily optimized for smoother gameplay. And with its artificial intelligence now more than efficient, its performance, to describe it the least, is greatly improved.
Other notable features of the Samsung Galaxy S10 relative to its gaming performance are its Infinity-O display and its Dolby-enhanced game mode.
|Display Size||6.1 inches|
|Resolution||Quad HD+ 3040 x 1440 Dynamic AMOLED|
|OS ver||One UI (Android 9.0 Pie)|
|CPU||Exynos 9820 - EMEA Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 - USA/LATAM, China Octa-core|
|CPU Speed||2x2.7 GHz Mongoose M4 & 2x2.31 GHz Cortex-A75 & 4x1.95 GHz - EMEA, 1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.41 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.78 GHz Kryo 485 - USA/LATAM, China|
|External Storage||Up to 512GB (SIM 2 slot/dual SIM model only)|
|Main Camera||12 MP + 12 MP + 16 MP|
|Front Camera||10 MP|
|Dimensions||149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm|
|Color||Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Blue|
7. Samsung Galaxy Note9
The Samsung Galaxy Note9 didn't exceed all the gamers' expectations for nothing. Still at the top of virtually all of its contenders in terms of performance, is the device's robust processing power, a bespoke screen, and a beefy battery that make it one of the top choices for a gaming smartphone.
For an astute gamer, the very first feature that should readily make them choose the Samsung Galaxy Note9 is its vibrant 6.4-inch AMOLED screen. For most specs-obsessed gaming enthusiasts, such feature can already be a source of envy from your fellow compatriots when they get to stare at your screen.
The Samsung Galaxy Note9 also brings supreme stereo sound to the table, with dual speakers expertly tuned by AKG.
|Display Size||6.4 inches|
|Resolution||QHD+ 2960 x 1440 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio|
|OS ver||Samsung Experience v9.5 (Android 8.1 Oreo)|
|CPU||Exynos 9810 Octa core Octa-core (4x2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)|
|External Storage||microSD, up to 512GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual SIM model only|
|Main Camera||12MP + 12MP|
|Dimensions||161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm (S Pen: 5.7 x 4.35 x 106.37 mm)|
|Weight||201 g (S Pen: 3.1 g)|
|Color||Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple (Global), Metallic Copper|
8. Razer Phone 2
If you're already decided to cough up some of the best features of the first-generation Razer Phone, then the successor of this established gaming brand should readily impress you.
The Razer Phone 2 retains the audio and the impressive refresh rate of its predecessor. And as it would usually go for a refresh in a much-awaited series, the phone also does come with notable improvements such as the 120Hz display and a more sophisticated camera setup.
Ultimately, the Razer Phone 2 is among the front-runners for both gamers and multimedia enthusiasts who only want the best audio and graphics possible.
|Display Size||5.72 inches|
|Resolution||IGZO LCD QHD 1440 x 2560 pixel|
|OS ver||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|CPU Speed||2.8 GHz|
|External Storage||microSD up to 1TB|
|Main Camera||12MP + 12MP|
|Dimensions||158.5 x 79 x 8.5 mm|
|Color||Mirror Black, Satin Black|
9. HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro
The designers of the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro have taken it to another level for gamers when they finally decided to equip this refresh with a large screen – an obvious advantage when you're playing a gaming title.
The same can be said with the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro's speed. Much of its performance comes from its highly-efficient processor, the HiSilicon Kirin 980. HUAWEI's latest, in-house SoC is built using 7nm architecture, similar to Apple's A12 Bionic. As such, a smoother gaming experience should be expected.
Another feature which should please gamers is the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro's extended battery life. With a 4,200mAh battery equipped in this handset, this should keep your phone powered for days.
Other convenient, gaming features of the HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro are its superb Mali-G76 MP10 graphics card and a reliable HD display for gaming.
|Display Size||6.39 inches|
|Resolution||2K+ 3120 x 1440, 538 ppi|
|OS ver||EMUI 9.0 (Android 9.0 Pie)|
|CPU||HUAWEI Kirin 980 Octa core|
|CPU Speed||2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.6 GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 1.92 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.8 GHz|
|External Storage||Up to 256GB|
|Main Camera||40MP + 20MP + 8MP|
|Battery||4200mAh HUAWEI SuperCharge HUAWEI Wireless Quick Charge|
|Dimensions||157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm|
|Weight||Approx. 189 g|
|Color||Black, Red, Pink Gold, Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Blue, Twilight|
10. Samsung Galaxy A50
Samsung's most successful mid-range release this year is also among its very contender in the mobile gaming niche. At the helm of its features which should greatly please both bona fide and rookie gamers is its 4,000mAh battery capacity. The phone's battery is claimed to last a full day with moderate gaming use and even with heavier usage in this respect, the phone efficiently sips power that should let you survive a day.
The Samsung Galaxy A50 also comes with a more-than-decent GPU – maneuvered by a Mali-G72 MP3. With the most popular smartphone games around, the device maintains a steady frame rate with settings at Ultra Mode. Also, there were no noted slowdowns. And best of all, the handset just doesn't incur any noted heat.
|Display Size||6.4 inches|
|Resolution||FHD+ (1080×2340) Super AMOLED|
|OS ver||Samsung One UI (Android 9.0 Pie)|
|CPU||Exynos 9610 Octa-core|
|CPU Speed||4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53|
|External Storage||Up to 512GB|
|Main Camera||25 MP + 5 MP + 8 MP|
|Front Camera||25 MP|
|Dimensions||158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm|
|Color||Black, White, Coral, Blue|
Finding the best gaming smartphone out there is one tricky business. It comes in essentially all forms, all the best features, and possibly in between all price tags. And for someone who is tasked to filter out all the better ones is also challenging, if not ultimately, an obligation that tests patience.
And so, we at Priceprice.com are more than confident now that the entries above should more than provide you of what you've been looking for in gaming smartphones. These smartphones represent possibly all the best in every segment, may it be a budget-friendly one, a mid-range contender, or a flagship gaming iteration. Right alongside their bona fide gaming features, we're certain that whatever gaming titles you intend to play, these smartphones are more than ready to perform.