Gaming Smartphones- Gaming On The Go!

I am not a pro gamer and most certainly not the best gamer out there but i love playing games casually and honestly i seriously do love playing games. It doesn’t matter if its on a playstaton or Xbox console, laptop, or desktop computer, whenever i have a chance, i will play till i’m tired. Gaming in its own is very unique, for example, it can be therapeutic. According to sources from headstuff.org, it states that gaming has shown promise in reducing stress and anxiety, and may lead to improved brain function.

Therefore, there are numerous benefits of using gaming — in tandem with other treatment methods including medication — in patients with mental health disorders, from anxiety and depression to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stres Disorder). Studies also show that, according to cbsnews.com, video games can be good for kids. Children who play video games for up to an hour a day are less hyperactive, more social and happier than those who don’t play at all, according to an Oxford University study.

Most of the bad effects of video games are blamed on the violence they contain. Children who play more violent video games are more likely to have increased aggressive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and decreased prosocial helping, according to a scientific study (Anderson & Bushman, 2001). We all know this saying that “Too much of anything is bad for you”. Video games are potentially addictive, thus parents need to manage what type of games their children play, following the age guidelines, and how long they play them.

Now without further adue lets get into the gaming-smartphones business, to begin with we will be taking a look at the mid-price range gaming phones in this post and we will discuss the high-price range gaming phones in the next two posts. This list reflects the best that the current smartphone market has to offer (Excluding 2020 releases), taking into account constraints such as price and feature set, please note that they are in no particular order of any sort.

1. RED MAGIC NUBIA 3 (May, 2019), & 3s (September, 2019)

 

Image Credit: Red Magic

Speficications

  • Display: 6.65″ AMOLED screen with 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~388 ppi density)
  • Built/Body: Glass front (Gorilla Glass 4), aluminum back, aluminum frame
  • Software/OS: Android 9.0, Redmagic 2.0
  • Chipset/SoC: Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485)
  • GPU: Adreno 640
  • Internal Storage and RAM: 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM With
    UFS 3.0
  • Sound: Stereo Speakers
  • Camera: Single 48 MP Rear camera with f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, and Single 16 MP selfie camera with f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/3.1″, 1.0µm
  • Battery Capacity: 5000mAh

This is a feature packed amazing smartphone by ZTE. For an affordable price you get one of the best value on the market for a gaming smartphone, and gives the gaming-smartphone giants like ASUS ROG phone, Black Shark phone, and Razer Phone a run for their money.

Introduced in May 2019, this smartphone will bring the competition to phones released after it. Its spec sheet speaks for itself, boasting a mammoth battery with capacity of 500mAh paired with 18W Fast Charging Quick Charge 4+, this gaming phone will take you hours on end of game-play, with a storage capacity of as much as 256GB and RAM of upto 12GB its a multi-tasking beast.

Aside from the mentioned features and specs, the creator Nubia has included an extra feature to stun its competition, by fitting a turbo fan for active cooling, a first ever in a smartphone! Toss in a 90Hz refresh rate which will ensure a butter-smooth visual performance and experience for fast-paced games, built-in capacitive shoulder triggers, and an RGB light strip on the back of the phone and KA-BOOOOOM! Beautiful, simply a beautiful piece of tech.

That’s not all, nubia has also launched a pair of controllers with the Red Magic 3, as well as a case that lets you clip them onto each side of the phone, and the Red Magic Adapter, which attaches to the phone’s Gaming Port and allows you to hook up an Ethernet cable for a more reliable internet connection. The adapter has a headphone jack and USB-C port, which is extremely useful, as clipping on the controllers blocks the original ports on the handset.

The 3s model slightly more pricey, is similar in most aspects when it comes to features and specs except in these areas:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855+ (7 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.96 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485)
  • Storage and Ram: 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM
    UFS 3.0
  • USB: 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, as compared to the USB 2.0 of the nubia 3.

Is it worth buying? well… If you’re looking for a gaming phone, the Red Magic 3 is one of the best options available. With ultra-powerful interiors and components running the show, it’s easily one of the most powerful Android phones out there, with the  turbo fan and liquid cooling tech ensuring that it never gets too hot, games will be at your mercy.

Buy at Amazon US.

 

2. REDMI NOTE 8 PRO (August, 2019)(image credit: Banggood)

Specs

  • Display and Resolution: 6.53″ IPS LCD, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
  • Built/Body: Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic frame
  • Software/OS: Android 9.0 (Pie), upgradable to Android 10.0; MIUI 11
  • Chipset/SoC: Mediatek Helio G90T (12nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MC4
  • Internal Storage and RAM: 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
  • Sound: Yes, single firing bottom speaker
  • Camera: Rear Camera array has- (64 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF),

(8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm),                                                                                                                                          (2 MP, f/2.4, (macro), 1/5.0″, 1.75µm)  and

(2 MP, f/2.4, (depth))

                       Selfie Camera: 20 MP, f/2.0, (wide), 1/3″, 0.9µm

  • Battery Capacity: 4500mAh with 18W Fast battery charging

If you’re a gamer, this one deserves your attention because this device was built to target you. Packed with the Mediatek Helio G90T Gaming processor with LiquidCool technology, backed with 6GB of RAM or 8GB of RAM depending on the amount of  storage you choose, enough storage (64GB, 128GB, or 256GB) and a mammoth battery of capacity 4500mAh coupled with 18W fast charging. You will not be in-want because this device will take on any heavy game and play it like its nothing, the likes of PUBG at max settings with no lag.

It also comes loaded with an enhanced gaming mode, the Game Turbo 2.0 now Game Speed Booster, furthermore  it also features Game DND mode through which users can select the option to answer calls hands-free and even restrict buttons and gestures. Finally, one can also choose different settings for an individual game. One can control touch response, sensitivity to repeated taps and touch-resistant area.

If you love your gaming as much as your photography, then this device is a two-in-one for you. Featured with a quad camera setup, the 64 MP main camera lens will capture the detail you are looking for and according to MI this lens will deliver high-resolution photos for up to 3.26m tall poster printing with almost twice the number of pixels of 8K resolution.

If that’s not enough and you need to get extra close to your target the macro lens and depth lens come to your rescue, capture details with macro lens, 2cm close-up macro lens with super close autofocus capabilities.

The Redmi Note 8 pro is a great device for a gamer as its centered on targeting the gamer. Its got all the arsenal to take on any heavy game for longer periods of time. Find it at Amazon UK  and/or at Amazon US.

 

3. ONEPLUS 7

Image Credit: OnePlus

Specs: 

  • Display and Resolution: 6.41″, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~402 ppi density) Optic Amoled display
  • Software/OS: Android 9.0 (Pie), upgradable to Android 10.0; OxygenOS 10.0.2
  • Chipset/SoC: Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485)
  • GPU: Adreno 640
  • Storage and RAM: 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM with UFS 3.0
  • Sound: Stereo speakers
  • Camera: Rear camera is a duo setup of a 48 MP, f/1.7, (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS
    5 MP, f/2.4, (depth), Selfie camera is a 16 MP, f/2.0, 25mm (wide), 1/3.1″, 1.0µm
  • Battery Capacity: 3700mAh

Almost a year old now since it was first released in June, 2019. Oneplus is best known for its lightning speed, still the snappiest phone on the market thanks to the company’s  Oxygen OS in the OnePlus 7 which makes efficient use of the resources and makes sure that there’s no lag or jitter while you are hunting down enemies in PUBG for long durations.

Yes it does, for all of us that dislike the notch, unfortunately come with that little tear drop notch at the top of the screen and doesn’t have provision for an SD card (something that Oneplus is also known for) but do not let that blind you from what this device is capable of. With storage options of 128GB and 256GB, you wont be short on storage anytime soon, equipped with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, the Snapdragon 855 (7 nm), Adreno 640 and toss in the stereo speakers to allow for an immersed gaming experience this phone is built game-ready.

This is a brilliant phone with an experience unrivalled anywhere near this price.

Buy it at Amazon US  and at Amazon UK.

 

4. Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro/Redmi K20 Pro (August, 2019)

Image credit: Notebookcheck

Specs:

  • Display: 6.39″, Super Amoled 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density), Gorilla glass 5
  • Built/Body: Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame
  • Software/OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10
  • Chipset/SoC: Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485)
  • GPU: Adreno 640
  • Storage and RAM: 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
    UFS 2.1
  • Sound: Single bottom firing Speaker
  • Camera: Rear Cameras- 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, Laser AF
    8 MP, f/2.4, 53mm (telephoto), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm, PDAF, Laser AF, 2x optical zoom
    13 MP, f/2.4, 12mm (ultrawide), 1/3.1″, 1.12µm

Selfie Camera- Motorized pop-up 20 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/3.4″, 0.8µm

  • Battery Capacity: 4000mAh coupled with Quick Charge 4+ 27W Fast Charging

First of all we are going to clarify the difference(s) between these two devices i.e. the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro and the Redmi K20 Pro. They are actually one and the same/similar device in terms of hardware specs, except in two areas.

The first difference is in the back design of the devices. With reference from the above image, If you take a closer look at the back panel design of the two smartphones, you will find that the words “Redmi, designed by Xiaomi” is changed to an Mi logo. Besides that, everything else in design is exactly the same.

The second difference is that both the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro and Redmi K20 Pro support different network bands. The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro supports more network bands as compared to the Redmi K20 Pro, so users outside of China had better buy the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro to ensure that it can work in your country. In fact, everyone should also check the network band frequency in their country before buying any smartphones on the global market just to ensure it will work in their country.

That aside, this smartphone is well under-priced for the powerhouse features it carries under the hood. Known as the “Flagship Killer“, packed with the Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) along with Adreno 640, memory options come in two i.e. 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage but unfortunately doesn’t have provision of an SD card.

The company has added eight layers of graphene, which helps in bringing down the temperature in extended gaming sessions, therefore expect a smooth gaming experience on this device. The best part… NO NOTCH!!! Lol! Thats a complete full screen experience with your gaming.

Buy it Amazon US and Amazon UK.

 

5. Huawei P30

Image Credit: Amazon

Specs:

  • Display and Resolution: 6.1″, OLED Capacitative touchscreen, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~422 ppi density)
  • Built/Body: Glass front (Aluminosilicate glass), glass back (Aluminosilicate glass), aluminum frame, IP53 dust & splash protection.
  • Software/OS: Android 9.0 (Pie), upgradable to Android 10.0; EMUI 10
  • Chipset/SoC: HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MP10
  • Storage and RAM: 64GB 8GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM UFS 2.1
  • Sound: Yes
  • Camera: Triple Camera array with 40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7″, PDAF, Laser AF
    8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4.0″, PDAF, Laser AF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
    16 MP, f/2.2, 17mm (ultrawide), PDAF, Laser AF

Single Selfie Camera: 32 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm

  • Battery Capacity: 3650mAh with 22.5W Fast charging

First things first, no need to worry about the ban on Huawei , according to Androidauthority any Huawei- or Honor-branded product that’s already on store shelves, or in the retail channel, is safe. You can buy it today and it will function as expected.

So you can rest assured this device will not give you any such problems whatsoever.

This is a well rounded device (with exception of that little notch at the top-center), it’s beautiful, powerful and diverse. With a base storage capacity of 64GB coupled with 8GB of RAM it will breeze through your day-to-day tasks with absolute ease. Oh yes, I knew you were going to say “64GB is really not that much of storage”, you know what?! You’re right, so Huawei decided to throw in an SD card provision of up to 256GB. That takes care of that:-).

With it’s beautiful 6.1″ OLED display, you will most certainly enjoy your mobile gaming experience with this device. The battery is about average though, seeing as 4000mAh batteries have become the standard these days.

If you enjoy capturing those beautiful memorable moments from morning till sunset, this is the device for you too. It will calorie beautiful low light images with good detail. Despite it being almost a year old, this still has one of the best cameras on the smartphone market.

Find it at Amazon US  and Amazon UK.

 

6. Samsung S9/ S9 Plus

“SAMSUNG Galaxy S9 Lilac Purple” by TheBetterDay is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specs:

  • Display and Resolution: 6.2″ Super AMOLED, 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~529 ppi density)
  • Built/Body: Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame,  IP68
  • Software/OS: Android 8.0 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 10.0, One UI 2.0
  • Chipset/SoC: Exynos 9810 (10 nm) – EMEA
                             Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) – USA/LATAM, China
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA
    Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) – USA/LATAM, China
  • GPU: Mali-G72 MP18 – EMEA
    Adreno 630 – USA/LATAM, China
  • Storage and RAM: 64GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM UFS 2.1
  • Sound: Stereo speakers
  • Camera: 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
    12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.6″, 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
  • Battery Capacity: 3500mAh with Quick Charge 2.0 15W Fast Charging

Once Samsung’ flagship and also one of the best Smartphones of 2019 the Galaxy S9 Plus it’s still capable of much more. Taken over by the S10 Plus and S20, this phone can still hold it’s on against it’s predecessors. To top it all up, it’s hundreds of dollars cheaper now than it was when it was first released in March, 2018. Meaning this is right in the grasp of many customers looking for an amazing phone which is well rounded.

The base model comes with 64GB of storage with 6GB of RAM, whilst the maxed out version comes with the same amount of RAM but with 256GB of storage. Samsung also throws in the SD card provision( This is only for the dual sim version only) for the space lovers (myself included), all in all this is a beautiful phone that will perform as good as it looks, beautifully!

The S9 Plus will not struggle no matter what game you throw at it, it will deliver. The battery could be better, so remember to have a power bank with you wherever you go.

Find it at Amazon UK at  and at Amazon US.

 

WHICH IS BETTER?!

To be honest there’s no complete phone that is absolutely better than the other in all aspects, it all comes down to your taste. Some will go for the larger battery, some the cameras, and some the display. It can be anything. When it comes to gaming performance, they will all deliver premium performance. All these Smartphones are easily value for the buck!

One more issue, please help better this site and leave your comments below on what you wish to see or read about. I may also have left out some devices that you maybe think I should have looked at as well, please feel free to leave any comments concerning that too.

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