THE BEST OF 2020 GAMING SMARTPHONES
Here is my list of the best gaming smartphones of 2020, the list could go on but this short list should do it. Let’s go!
Ever since it’s debut the ASUS ROG Phone has dominated the Mobile Gaming niche category and this time with the ASUS ROG Phone 3, I just wonder what they have installed for us this year in 2021.
There are other smartphones with about the same internals as the ROG Phone 3 but what really sets it apart from the rest of the competition is it’s vast accessory options that are meant to cover every possible use case, and the extremely particular needs and whims of the modern mobile gamer.
I like the expression that GSMArena uses to describe the ASUS ROG Phone 3: “The ROG Phone 3 is probably the closest thing the smartphone industry currently has to a super car – and we don’t mean that in the gaming sense.
Just like a real super car, it comes with high upfront and associated costs and requires a certain level of involvement and technological proficiency and implies a multitude of limitations when used as a regular, every-day driver.” Yes one would buy this for the purpose of ordinary phone use but that would be like caging a Lamborghini.
You wouldn’t be able to enjoy the ROG Phone 3 in it’s full glory. It is specifically targeted to the hardcore mobile gamer who will uncage and bring out what it was created for. Featuring a fast and fluid 144Hz OLED display, a 600omAh mammoth battery, the speed-binned and overclocked SD 865 Plus chip, Fast UFS 3.1 storage of up to 512GB and insane 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The ASUS ROG Phone 3 is the benchmark for mobile gaming. Read More…
Unlike the ASUS ROG Phone 3, the ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5G is powered by the SD865 instead of the SD865 Plus. Nonetheless, it is paired with the X55 modem for 5G connectivity. With 256GB UFS 3.0 storage and up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM it will blaze through any type of game with ease. One of the standout features of the Red Magic 5G is the 144Hz display that sets it apart from most of its competitors.
The major difference between the ASUS and the Nubia Red Magic 5G is that the latter gives more for the price (though not in terms of accessories). The icing on this cake is the Red Magic 5G has an active cooling design. Please keep in mind that gaming smartphones come with their own compromises i.e. you will have an amazing gaming experience but it will not be the same great experience when it comes to photography or battery performance. Read More…
This was Lenovo’ first attempt at a mobile gaming smartphone and it really did impress. The Lenovo Legion Dual, like the ASUS ROG Phone 3 and Red Magic 5G, has a butter smooth 144Hz OLED display, a SD 865 Plus chip, up to 16GB LPDDR5 high capacity RAM or the optional 12GB configuration, and ample storage up to 512GB UFS 3.1.
According to GSMArena, Lenovo claims to have optimized the 144Hz display and shoulder triggers for 130+ games. That is a lot of games, hopefully one or two of your favorite games will take full advantage of the Legion Dual’s hardware. The Duel features an advanced cooling system with two heat pipes that ensure your gaming stays chilled through and through. Read More…
The Black Shark 3 Pro is one of the more familiar gaming smartphones and Xiaomi has been pretty consistent with it’s Black Shark gaming smartphones. It comes with a huge 7.1 inch 90Hz OLED display, SD865 chip, physical shoulder triggers and RGB lights, audio jack and large stereo speakers and It also packs a large 5,000mAh battery that can be fast charged with the regular 65W or the magnetic 18W chargers. It also has good value for money. Read More…
5. Motorola Edge
Here’s a unique pick. The Moto Edge is a mid-range gaming smartphone which is decently priced and feels and looks absolutely premium. It also speaks volumes of gaming in it’s built like for example, a beautiful curved 90Hz OLED that allows adding virtual trigger buttons on the sides, has stereo speakers and an audio jack, and has the hardware to provide adequate gaming performance.
It is sold with either 4GB or 6GB LPDDR4X RAM, while the storage is 128GB UFS 2.1 and is expandable via microSD slot. The Snapdragon 765G contains the Qualcomm X52 modem, which supports all sorts of connections including 5G and LTE. You could say it is a good all-rounder device as it also goes for far less than the competition does.