Gamers are arguing endlessly about which is better: a console or a computer, but slowly we notice how more and more games are being developed and ported to smartphones. The convenience of such a system is obvious, we can always take our favorite games with us, we will not be bored in line or at lectures. The main thing is to choose the right gaming smartphone. But today we’ll talk about how to do this and which smartphones are worth attention.
How to choose a smartphone for gaming?
Smartphone specifications make a huge leap forward every year: yesterday we started with a snake on the Nokia 3310, and today we are already playing FIFA 17 on the subway. But there is also a price for this pleasure — at least we need a more powerful device.
So, the characteristics that you should pay attention to when choosing a smartphone for gaming:
- Processor speed — with a powerful processor inside, the smartphone will be able to handle multitasking, even while you have a game running. Most of all, we recommend smartphones with a dual-core processor.
- Memory — You will need at least 1 GB of RAM and at least 16 GB of internal memory. But remember that these are the minimum requirements, and many games can slow down on them. An almost win-win option is 2GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory.
- Autonomy — yes, yes, for games you will need a very, very powerful battery. If you do not want to constantly look for an outlet or chain yourself to an external battery, look for a smartphone whose battery capacity is not lower, but better, higher than 3000 mAh.
For optimal performance, you will need a large screen, so you should look for phablets with a display of 5.5 inches or more. But remember that a large screen consumes more battery power.
Pay attention also to the OS — iOS and Android are best suited for games, since the AppStore and Google Play have the largest selection of games from various developers.
Smartphones for games
Samsung Galaxy S8
After almost a year of the throne of the main smartphone of gamers was occupied by the Samsung Galaxy S7, it will not come as a surprise to anyone that the Galaxy S8 has taken its place. Whether you choose the S8 or S8 Plus, you’ll get a device that can handle any game on the market today.
The huge AMOLED display is capable of supporting QHD+ ‑2960x1440 resolution. Depending on where you live, this smartphone will be equipped with either Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Samsung Exynos 8895 with a 300mAh battery.
Beautiful design, thin body and power that will allow you to enjoy any game with pleasure.
We also note that Samsung has taken care of Game tools, a feature introduced on the S7. So, if you’re serious about gaming, the S8 or S8 Plus won’t disappoint you for sure.
And do not forget that in the game settings you can set the fill to the full screen to fit the display size of the Galaxy S8.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Lovely, fast, big and perfect for gaming. Now the iPhone 7 Plus is one of the fastest smartphones on the planet.
The large 5.5″ display is the perfect choice for mobile gaming — not too small and not too big. As many as 4 cores will be responsible for performance, 3 gigabytes of RAM — for the speed of your games, and options of 32, 128 or 256 GB — for the number of games that you can download on iPhone.
If you’ve played games on iPhone before, you’ll know how easy this smartphone from Apple handles gaming, how smooth the graphics look and how responsive the display is.
The Game Center app is compatible with all the games in the AppStore, and the selection of games is really impressive — there is no such manufacturer who would not rush to add their game to the AppStore library.
Samsung Galaxy S7
It’s still a great smartphone that you can get for less than the flagship Galaxy S8.
But it will provide you with a gorgeous 5.1‑inch AMOLED display, powered by Snapdragon 820 processor. With Galazy S7, your games will look and run quickly and spectacularly. Also, don’t forget that in addition to 64GB of built-in memory, you can always use the built-in MicroSD slot, so that all your favorite games will definitely fit on your smartphone.
Thanks to the built-in functions of the Samsung Galaxy S7, games will become even more fun and social — advanced settings will allow you to run the Game Launcher and Game Tools, and optimize your smartphone for games so that you will not be distracted and even stream games.
The declining price of the former flagship may also become the final argument.
Moto Z Play
When we play games from a smartphone, we always pay attention to the battery charge — we don’t want to leave the game because there are 20% of the charge left. This is exactly what the notorious Motorola company took care of when launching the Moto Z Play smartphone model.
A powerful 3.510 mAh battery with an efficient processor and a lower resolution display increase the battery life on a single charge. Note that the display will not be as bright as other smartphones, but the color calibration and viewing angle are still impressive.
And thanks to the modular design of the smartphone, you can add a more powerful battery, thus getting another 2.260 mAh.
All this would be useless if the Z Play couldn’t handle the rest of the tasks, thankfully, that’s not the case at all. Gesture and voice control makes working with the device incredibly convenient.
This smartphone is definitely worth paying attention to, given its price, quality and power.
Gamers know how hard and inconvenient it is to play with lags, and if consoles and PCs allow you to customize almost the entire gameplay, it’s not so easy with smartphones — it all depends on the recall of the display.
In this regard, HTC surpassed the rest with last year’s flagship HTC 10. The lowest response time to touch among all smartphones (yes, including iPhone and Samsung) belongs to this particular device. And this is especially important for games.
Other than that, the HTC-10 is a very nice and successful smartphone with good sound quality, a 12MP camera and excellent performance thanks to the Snapdragon 820 quad-core 2.2GHz.
The smartphone has a spectacular body and is available in gray, silver and gold colors.
One Plus 5
Everyone who does not play games already appreciated this smartphone, but for gaming it will also be a very, very good choice. Thanks to the powerful battery, you can play for a long time without being distracted by recharging. Especially nice is that the smartphone does not heat up under heavy load.
The large 5.5‑inch display does an excellent job of displaying colors, the resolution of 1080x2080 is more than enough, so games will be bright and saturated. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 quad-core processor delivers the performance you need to run multiple games and apps at the same time. And of course, the 3300mAh battery will be an incredible helper. No more words needed here — this smartphone is definitely worth the money.
Compact, lightweight and easy to use smartphone on Android Nougat is Google Pixel. What makes it suitable for gaming? First of all, this is its speed — the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset copes with any gaming tasks with a bang — launch a game, check mail, launch a social network and switch between applications — all this is quite within its reach. The battery has a capacity of 2770 mAh, it may seem that this is not enough, but we always have external batteries for such cases. The 5‑inch display provides a comfortable smartphone with a not too huge screen.
And if you take into account other features, such as an impressive camera, a stylish body, numerous bonuses from Google, then the smartphone definitely stands among the best options available to gamers.
If you want a bigger screen, Google has got you covered too — the Google Pixel XL comes with a spectacular 5.5‑inch screen.
One Plus 3T
Another smartphone from OnePlus that has conquered and continues to conquer many. It is capable of loading games 48% faster than the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. An impressive 6 GB of RAM is responsible for this, so you can run several games at once and switch between them whenever you want. It is especially suitable for those who are looking for a smartphone for games, but do not want to spend too much.
A large 5.5‑inch display will provide excellent display of games, a resolution of 1080x1920 will take care of the quality. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, which we already mentioned, will do its job perfectly, and the built-in memory of 64 or 128 GB will definitely be enough for all your favorite and interesting games.
The Android 6.0 operating system will allow access to all games published on Google Play.
In general, this option will suit almost all gamers — whatever you wish for, the OnePlus 3T is ready to handle it. Otherwise, by the way, this smartphone also gets excellent ratings, so you have something to think about!
Sony Xperia XZs
It would seem that this is not the most popular and not the most luxurious smartphone on the market. And in principle, Sony has not pleased fans with trendy devices for a long time. However, not many people know that Sony optimizes its smartphones specifically for games. And it should be noted that the Sony Xperia XZs is no exception. The test results of this smartphone impress both experts and amateurs.
4GB of RAM is more than enough to run multiple games and other tasks. The 5.2‑inch display is not too huge, but not small either, so you can see anything on it, and it will be quite convenient to control the game.
The processor that is used in this smartphone is Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 — a powerful enough chipset that can withstand high loads.
The icing on the cake is a good battery capacity for gaming — 2900 mAh, and of course, options for 32 and 64 GB of internal memory. Of course, we advise game lovers to choose a model with 64GB.
Even though the Xperia lags behind its competitors in many ways, it is a high-quality and good smartphone for games.
So, all gamers definitely have plenty to choose from when it comes to portable gaming options. Whether it’s an expensive but incredibly powerful Samsung Galaxy S8, a trendy and stylish iPhone 7 Plus, or a working and OnePlus 3T with a confident battery. We can only look ahead and wait for even more impressive new products!
Interesting games and big wins!