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Best mobile for gaming in 2021

1. Asus ROG Phone 5

Asus ROG Phone 5

 

ROG Phone 5 is a line of Android gaming smartphones created by Asus as the fifth generation of the ROG smartphone series after the third generation of ROG Phone 3 (and skipping the fourth generation, as 4 is considered an unlucky number in some Asian countries considered). It was launched on March 10, 2021.

The highlights include the class-leading power of pairing a Snapdragon 888 chipset and up to 16GB of RAM, plus a screen with a 144Hz refresh rate and a touch sampling rate of 300Hz – both of which are higher than most phones and are affordable. to games.

That screen is also large, and it is supported by two front-facing speakers, which are some of the best you will find on a phone.

The Asus ROG Phone 5 also has a massive 6000 mAh battery, so you can game longer, and with a 65W charging, you won’t be without action for long when it dries up.

Add to that responsive shoulder buttons, programmable RGB lighting, and compatibility with a range of gaming-focused accessories, and the Asus ROG Phone 5 really is the complete package for gamers.

It’s not quite an all-around flagship (the cameras don’t excel quite as much as the rest of the hardware, to begin with), but if gaming is your priority then this phone should be at the top of your list.

 

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G

 

LAUNCH Announced 2021, March 10
Status Available. Released 2021, April 26

 

BODY Dimensions 172.8 x 77.3 x 10.3 mm (6.80 x 3.04 x 0.41 in)
Weight 238 g (8.40 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass 3), aluminum frame
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
RGB light panel (on the back)
Pressure sensitive zones (Gaming triggers)

 

DISPLAY Type AMOLED, 1B colors, 144Hz, HDR10+, 800 nits (typ), 1200 nits (peak)
Size 6.78 inches, 109.5 cm2 (~82.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2448 pixels (~395 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass Victus

 

PLATFORM OS Android 11, ROG UI
Chipset Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680)
GPU Adreno 660

 

MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 16GB RAM
UFS 3.1

 

MAIN CAMERA Triple 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.73″, 0.8µm, PDAF
13 MP, f/2.4, 11mm, 125˚ (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.0, (macro)
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 8K@30fps, 4K@30/60/120fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, 720p@480fps; gyro-EIS

 

SELFIE CAMERA Single 24 MP, f/2.5, 27mm (wide), 0.9µm
Features Panorama, HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
SOUND Loudspeaker Yes, with DTS:X stereo speakers (2 dedicated amplifiers)
3.5mm jack Yes
24-bit/192kHz audio
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, GNSS
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB USB Type-C 3.1 (side), USB Type-C 2.0 (bottom), accessory connector, USB On-The-Go

 

FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

 

BATTERY Type Li-Po 6000 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 65W, 70% in 30 min, 100% in 52 min (advertised)
Reverse charging 10W
Power Delivery 3.0
Quick Charge 5

 

MISC Colors Phantom Black, Storm White
Models ZS673KS, ZS673KS-1B048IN, ASUS_I005DB, ASUS_I005DA, I005DA, I005DB
Price $ 659.99 / € 799.00 / £ 829.99

 

TESTS Performance AnTuTu: 718864 (v8)
GeekBench: 14536 (v4.4), 3745 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 72fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker -24.0 LUFS (Very good)
Battery life
Endurance rating 110h

 

2. Lenovo Legion Phone Duel

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel

The Legion Duel, known as the Legion Pro in China, is an Android gaming smartphone which is manufactured by Lenovo as the first Legion phone, on July 22, 2020.

 

Lenovo’s first gaming phone, the Legion Phone Duel, combines great gaming-specific features with some other top specs and features.

The phone supports 90W fast charging and has a pop-up camera to keep the screen unbroken. It also has a top processor and software optimized for use in landscape mode. All these contribute to making it great for gaming.

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Our issues with the phone don’t affect the gaming skills, although the high price, software glitches, and the mediocre camera can affect some.

If you’re looking for one of the best gaming phones right now, this is up there; if you’re looking for a great smartphone that’s also good for playing games, this is a great choice, but you should check out the others on this list before buying.

NETWORK Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G

 

LAUNCH Announced 2020, July 22
Status Available. Released 2020, October 15

 

BODY Dimensions 169.2 x 78.5 x 9.9 mm (6.66 x 3.09 x 0.39 in)
Weight 239 g (8.43 oz)
Build Glass front, glass back, aluminum frame
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Water-repellent coating

 

DISPLAY Type AMOLED, 144Hz, HDR10+
Size 6.65 inches, 108.6 cm2 (~81.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~388 ppi density)

 

PLATFORM OS Android 10, Legion OS/ ZUI12
Chipset Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 5G+ (7 nm+)
CPU Octa-core (1×3.09 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585)
GPU Adreno 650

 

MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM
UFS 3.1

 

MAIN CAMERA Dual 64 MP, f/1.9, 25mm (wide), 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF
16 MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 16mm (ultrawide)
Features Dual-LED flash, panorama, HDR
Video 4K@30fps gyro-EIS

 

SELFIE CAMERA Single Motorized pop-up 20 MP, f/2.2, 25mm (wide), 1/3.1″, 0.9µm
Features LED flash, HDR
Video 4K@30fps

 

SOUND Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack No

 

COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB USB Type-C 3.1 (side), USB Type-C 2.0 (bottom), USB On-The-Go

 

FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERY Type Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 90W, 50% in 10 min, 100% in 30 min (512GB 16GB RAM model)
Fast charging 65W, (128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM models)

 

MISC Colors Vengeance Red, Blazing Blue
Price $ 699.99 / € 649.33 / £ 876.68

 

3. Nubia Red Magic 5G

Nubia Red Magic 5G

Nubia Technology is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong. Originally started as a wholly-owned subsidiary of ZTE in 2012, it became an independent company in 2015 [1] and received a significant investment from Suning Holdings Group and Suning Commerce Group in 2016. [2] ZTE reduced its stake in Nubia in 2017 to 49.9% official meaning that Nubia was no longer considered a subsidiary of the company, but an associated company

The Nubia Red Magic 5G has the world’s first 144Hz smartphone screen, which makes it ideal for gaming as that’s a silky smooth refresh rate.

But that’s not all that makes this ideal for gaming. In fact, it’s designed specifically for this pastime, with shoulder triggers to give you more control, a fan and a liquid cooling system to keep the handset cool under pressure, a dedicated ‘Game Space’ to customize your gaming experience and a ‘4D Shock function that adds vibration to games.

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That latter feature isn’t supported by many titles at the time of writing, and neither is the 144Hz display, but if game developers embrace them, it could be a seriously future-proof phone.

Of course, it also supports 5G and has a lot of power. It’s only slightly let down by a 1080 x 2340 screen, which is not among the sharpest, along with some software bugs and a design that will divide it.

NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G

 

LAUNCH Announced 2020, March 12
Status Available. Released 2020, March 19

 

BODY Dimensions 168.6 x 78 x 9.8 mm (6.64 x 3.07 x 0.39 in)
Weight 218 g (7.69 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
RGB light panel (on the back)
Pressure sensitive zones (300Hz touch-sensing)
Built-in cooling fan

 

DISPLAY Type AMOLED, 144Hz
Size 6.65 inches, 108.6 cm2 (~82.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~388 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass

 

PLATFORM OS Android 10, Redmagic 3.0
Chipset Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 5G (7 nm+)
CPU Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585)
GPU Adreno 650

 

MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 128GB 8GB RAM, 128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 16GB RAM
UFS 3.0

 

MAIN CAMERA Triple 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, f/2.0, 13mm (ultrawide), 1.12µm
2 MP, (macro)
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 8K@15fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps

 

SELFIE CAMERA Single 8 MP, f/2.0, (wide), 1.12µm
Features HDR
Video 1080p@30fps

 

SOUND Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
32-bit/384kHz audio

 

COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, aptX, LE
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB USB Type-C 3.0, USB On-The-Go; accessory connector

 

FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

 

BATTERY Type Li-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 55W, 56% in 15 min, 100% in 40 min (advertised)

 

MISC Colors Eclipse Black, Hot Rod Red, Black, Mars Red, Cyber Neon, Transparent
Models NX659J
Price $ 519.00 / € 787.14 / £ 485.99

 

TESTS Performance AnTuTu: 557056 (v8)
GeekBench: 13370 (v4.4), 3387 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 46fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker -22.6 LUFS (Excellent)
Battery life
Endurance rating 83h

4. Black Shark 3

Black Shark 3

 

The Black Shark 3 is the best gaming phone from the Xiaomi sub-brand, although it doesn’t really beat its contemporary gaming phones from a few other brands.

The phone is big, powerful in design, and has LED lights, and the specs are exactly what you’d expect from a gaming phone – they’re top-notch in that regard. The cameras were also surprisingly effective, especially in low light, although the optimization could be overzealous at times.

The reason this phone isn’t higher is due to its 90Hz refresh rate, which is lower than the other phones higher on this list, and it doesn’t have as many dedicated gaming features as the others either.

NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G

 

LAUNCH Announced 2020, March 03
Status Available. Released 2020, March 06

 

BODY Dimensions 168.7 x 77.3 x 10.4 mm (6.64 x 3.04 x 0.41 in)
Weight 222 g (7.83 oz)
Build Glass front, aluminum back, aluminum frame
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

 

DISPLAY Type AMOLED, 90Hz, HDR10+, 500 nits (typ)
Size 6.67 inches, 107.4 cm2 (~82.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
Always-on display

 

PLATFORM OS Android 10
Chipset Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 5G (7 nm+)
CPU Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 585)
GPU Adreno 650

 

MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 128GB 8GB RAM, 128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM
UFS 3.0

 

MAIN CAMERA Triple 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF
13 MP, f/2.3, (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.2, (depth)
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@1920fps

 

SELFIE CAMERA Single 20 MP, f/2.2, (wide), 1/3″, 0.9µm
Features HDR
Video 1080p@30fps

 

SOUND Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes

 

COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, BDS
NFC No
Radio No
USB USB Type-C 2.0

 

FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

 

BATTERY Type Li-Po 4720 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 65W, 100% in 38 min (advertised)
Fast charging 30W (128/8 model)
Magnetic charging 18W

 

MISC Colors Lightning Black, Armor Gray, Star Silver
Models KLE-H0, KLE-A0
Price $ 348.00 / € 571.81 / £ 631.66

 

5. Razer Phone 2

Razer Phone 2

The Razer Phone is an Android-based phablet designed and developed by Razer Inc., released November 15, 2017. While the device is primarily designed for mobile gamers, reviewers such as Engadget noted that it is also good enough for everyday use

The first Razer phone was a solid first attempt at bringing the game-specific brand to a mobile device, but it had a few flaws that made it fall further down our list. The second version has tackled some and comes with a stronger device in front of it, although it is still primarily aimed at gamers.

What does that mean? The camera and screen aren’t nearly as impressive as other phones that cost that much, so casual gamers may want to look elsewhere. But if you’re more serious about mobile gaming and can afford it, this is a solid choice.

In appearance, the Razer Phone 2 hasn’t changed much from its predecessor, although it has been upgraded to the Snapdragon 845 chip and switched to a glass back for Qi wireless charging. It also added a smooth vapor chamber to cool the device while gaming.

At the end of the day, the phone’s chunky chipset, 8GB RAM, great speakers, 120Hz refresh rate screen, and 4000mAh battery, as well as extensive settings to adjust battery life and performance make this a great choice for gaming.

NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE

 

LAUNCH Announced 2018, October
Status Available. Released 2018, October

 

BODY Dimensions 158.5 x 79 x 8.5 mm (6.24 x 3.11 x 0.33 in)
Weight 220 g (7.76 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum back, aluminum frame
SIM Nano-SIM
IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)
RGB Illuminated Razer Chroma Logo on the back

 

DISPLAY Type IGZO IPS LCD, 120Hz, 580 nits (typ)
Size 5.72 inches, 90.2 cm2 (~72.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~513 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5, oleophobic coating
Wide Colour Gamut

 

PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)
Chipset Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
GPU Adreno 630

 

MEMORY Card slot microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Internal 64GB 8GB RAM
UFS 2.1

 

MAIN CAMERA Dual 12 MP, f/1.8, 25mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.6, 1/3.1″, 1.0µm, 2x optical zoom
Features Dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR
Video 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/30/60/120fps, stereo sound rec.

 

SELFIE CAMERA Single 8 MP, f/2.0
Video 1080p@30/60fps

 

SOUND Loudspeaker Yes, with Dolby Atmos stereo speakers (THX-certified amplifiers)
3.5mm jack No
24-bit/192kHz audio

 

COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB USB Type-C

 

FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

 

BATTERY Type Li-Po 4000 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging 18W
Quick Charge 4+
Fast wireless charging 15W

 

MISC Colors Mirror back, Rugged satin
Price About 850 EUR

 

TESTS Performance AnTuTu: 286076 (v7)
GeekBench: 9110 (v4.4)
GFXBench: 22fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
Display Contrast ratio: 948 (nominal), 2.932 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 78dB / Noise 78dB / Ring 86dB
Audio quality Noise -93.4dB / Crosstalk -92.8dB
Battery life
Endurance rating 70h