The best phones for gaming have top-tier specs, sharp displays and long battery life to maintain peak performance during extended playing sessions. Console-quality 3D games are now the norm on phones, like Fortnite and PUBG Mobile, but you’ll need a high-quality device for the best gaming experience.
The top gaming phones don’t just play the best smartphone games without a hitch, they’ll also maintain the best visuals and performance for games coming over the next few years. The gaming phones we were carrying around three years ago can’t quite manage today’s high-end mobile games, so think about the phones below as future-proofing your next device into the year 2020.
Our recommendations factor in processor and GPU speeds, available RAM and other odds and ends. It also considers the app ecosystem, which is the lead reason Apple’s iPhones frequently top the list. It has more games than Android, and often gets multi-platform titles them first.
To that end, we’ve examined all the options and chosen the best phones for gaming based on the factors above. Here’s our top ten list.
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ASUS ROG Phone (ZS600KL) 8GB / 512GB 6.0-inches LTE Dual SIM Factory Unlocked - International Stock No Warranty (Black)
2 used from $ 500.00
- Dual Nano-SIM (4G + 4G) ; 3G WCDMA B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B6 / B8 / B19 ; 4G LTE B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B12 / B13 / B17 / B18 / B19 / B20 / B28 / B29 / B32 / B34 / B38 / B39 / B40 / B41 / B46 ; 4G LTE & 3G work with AT&T and T-Mobile ; DOES NOT work with Sprint, Verizon, U.S. Cellular and all other CDMA carriers ; LTE compatibility: This is international stock, varies per carrier (ensure to check with your carrier before purchase)
- Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Octa-core (4x2.96 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) CPU ; 512GB ROM, 8GB RAM ; 4000 mAh battery.
- Main Camera: Dual: 12 MP (f/1.7, 26.6mm, 1/2.55", 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF) + 120° wide-angle camera, 12mm ; Front Camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm.
- 6.0 inches, AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors.
- Package Content : ASUS ROG Phone (ZS600KL) , Fan dongle , Type-C to C cable , Ejector pin (SIM tray needle) , USB power adapter (30W) , Documentation. PLEASE NOTE: This is an international version of the phone that comes with no warranty in the US.
3G WCDMA B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B6 / B8 / B19 ; 4G LTE B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B12 / B13 / B17 / B18 / B19 / B20 / B28 / B29 / B32 / B34 / B38 / B39 / B40 / B41 / B46 *****Please check with your carrier for compatibility. We are not responsible for any incompatible issues.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium Unlocked Smartphone - Dual SIM - 5.8" 4K HDR Screen - 64GB - Chrome Silver (US Warranty)
$699.99 in stock
6 used from $ 551.99
- Sony's first dual camera module with Aube fusion image signaling processor (ISP). With a 19MP 1/2.3" 1.22UM F1.8 and a 12MP 1/2.3" 1.55UM F1.6 black-and-white sensor to form Motion Eye Dual.
- 5.8-inch 4K HDR display. 4K HDR video recording capability. Automatic up-conversion of SDR video into near HDR-quality experiences.
- Sony Dynamic Vibration System. S-Force Front Surround Sound speakers. Hi-Res Audio. LDAC and DSEE-HX support.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. 3540mAh battery, Qi wireless charging. Dual SIM slots. 6GB RAM/64GB Universal Flash storage with up to 400GB MicroSDXC card support. PS4 Remote Play support.
- Unlocked and compatible with carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, Straight Talk, MetroPCS, Cricket wireless, simple mobile, and others
Sony introduces the Xperia XZ2 Premium, which incorporates Sony’s first dual-camera and the Aube fusion image signal processor (ISP) system, the latest in 4K HDR display technology, and overall performance improvements. The camera on Sony’s latest flagship model in the XZ series combines a 19MP memory-stacked image sensor with a 12MP black-and-white sensor to act as one dual-camera module that captures amazing, low-noise images even in low-light conditions. Both sensors process real-time data through the Aube system to create high-quality images previously not possible on a smartphone. XZ2 Premium sports the world’s highest resolution 5.8” 4K HDR display, upgraded to include white pixel for better candela (900cd) and brightness while also reducing display power consumption. It’s also the only smartphone to include both 4K HDR movie recording and a 4K HDR display. Advanced audio features include stereo S-Force Front Surround Sound speakers and the Sony Dynamic Vibration System,...
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Factory Unlocked Phone with 6.4" Screen and 128GB (U.S. Warranty), Lavender Purple
$773.00 in stock
22 used from $ 570.00
- The largest battery in a note, ever. When you have a long-lasting battery, you really can go all day and all night.
- The Note9 has twice as much storage as the Note8, which means more music, more videos, more pictures, and less worry when it comes to space on your phone.
- The Note9 gives you a quick network connection for incredibly fast streaming and downloading, so you can do more, uninterrupted.
- Still amazing on screen, but now the S-pen has more power off Screen. Remotely control different applications and use the S pen to capture shots from far away, scroll, and play music.
- At 6.4", the Note9 has the largest screen of any Galaxy phone. Perfect for gaming and streaming, our super AMOLED display is bigger than ever before
The new super powerful Note. The largest battery in a Note, ever. When you have a long-lasting battery, you really can go all day and all night. Connectivity- Wi-Fi - 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4G+5GHz, VHT80 MU-MIMO,1024-QAM
Google Pixel 2 XL Unlocked GSM/CDMA - US warranty (Just Black, 128GB)
$714.00 in stock
6 used from $ 239.99
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Xiaomi Black Shark SKR-H0 (64GB + 6GB RAM) 6.0", Snapdragon 845, Liquid Cooled, Dual Cameras, 4G LTE Dual SIM GSM Unlocked Gaming Smartphone - International Global Version (Black)
$410.00 in stock
- 5.99 inches 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~403 ppi density), 97% DCI-P3 coverage, Fingerprint, Android 8.0
- 64GB ROM , 6GB RAM - DOES NOT HAVE microSD Slot or 3.5mm Headset Jack, 4000mAh Long Life Battery
- 20MP + 12MP Dual AI Camera's, phase detection autofocus, Dual Tone LED flash, 20MP Front Camera, Octa-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- 3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100, 4G LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500 - Compatible with most GSM Carriers Worldwide
- International model phone, Does not have US Warranty, will work with Most GSM SIM cards in U.S. and world Including AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Etc. Will NOT work with CDMA Carriers Such as Verizon, Sprint, Boost.
18:9 Fully wide field of view, the game seizes the opportunity 5.99" large screen, support DCI-P3, color gamut up to 97%, with 18:9 super wide field of view, play games more cool, compared to the 16:9 screen, faster to find both sides of the target. Personality and comfort coexist The sports car shape, R angle design match the knuckle curvature, SHARK style atmosphere light, boot, call, notification, game scene, showing different effects. Liquid Cooling System (Multilayer Cooling-Kit) Processor cooling has a trick Ordinary players look at the configuration, and advanced players watch the heat. Multi-level direct-touch integrated liquid cooling system covers all high-heating modules, effectively cooling the core components of the mobile phone, and the processor can maintain high frequency and stable output for a long time. Independent image processing chip Pixelworks independent image processing chip, support intelligent motion compensation technology, image enhancement, dark scene...
Razer Phone - 1st Generation: 120 Hz Ultra Motion Display - 64GB Memory - 8GB RAM - Dual Camera - Dual Front-Facing Speakers - Gaming Phone - Black
5 used from $ 392.99
- 120HZ ULTRAMOTION DISPLAY: Zero lag or stuttering-just fluid, buttery smooth motion content for you to enjoy. Display: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- DOLBY ATMOS POWERED AND THX CERTIFIED: A cinematic sound experience all around you reproduced through dual front-firing speakers and dual amplifiers. 4000 mAh battery for all-day power
- POWERED BY QUALCOMM SNAPDRAGON 835: 8GB of RAM and a 4000 mAh battery and stereo front-facing speakers, dual amplifiers, audio adapter with THX certified DAC
- NETFLIX HDR AND DOLBY DIGITAL PLUS 5.1: The first smartphone to support premium video and audio for Netflix. *Netflix streaming membership required
- The Razer Phone is a GSM-compatible unlocked phone (AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.) and will not work with CDMA carriers (Verizon, Sprint, etc.). Android 8.1 included
The World’s First 120Hz Ultra Motion Display for smoother and truer graphics. Audio is powered by Dolby ATMOS and certified by THX for a true cinematic audio experience. Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 8GB RAM for optimized performance. **The Razer Phone is a GSM-compatible unlocked phone.
Motorola Moto Z2 Force XT1789 64GB Lunar Gray T-Mobile
12 used from $ 127.39
- Will Work with Only T-Mobile, Big display (5.5 inches),Splash-proof phone
- OS Android 7.0 Nougat , 2.5GHz Octa-CoreFastest possible data speeds
- Frequency Quad Band GSM, LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13 UMTS: Band I (2100), Band II (1900), Ban IV (1700/2100), Band V (850), Band VIII (900)
- Display 5.5 Inch, Memory 64GB ROM , 4GB RAM. Battery- Non-removable Li-Ion 2730 mAh battery
- Camera - Dual: 12 MP (f/2.0, 1/2.9", 1.25 µm), phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash, Font - 5 MP, f/2.2, dual-LED dual-tone flash
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