Review of the best according to the editorial board. On the selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
In modern smartphones, exactly the same tendency can be traced, which has taken place in personal computers throughout their history. Namely – a graphics race, in which image quality, detail, color rendition and playback speed are almost guaranteed criteria for whether a particular smartphone is good or bad. And all this finds expression in video games – the most resource-intensive applications.
The editors of the online magazine and analysts of the RankQuality.com service offer you a special review of the best gaming smartphones as of early 2020. We will consider the models proposed by our specialists in different categories: the largest screen, the most powerful electronic “filling”, the most capacious battery. A separate category includes models that are positioned by the manufacturers themselves as playable and even have characteristic features in design.
- How to choose a gaming smartphone
- Graphics module
- Built-in memory
- Screen size, matrix
- Battery capacity
- Rating of the best gaming smartphones
- The best gaming smartphones with the largest screen
- MEIZU Note 8 4 / 64GB
- MOTOROLA Moto G7
- XIAOMI Mi Max 3 4 / 64GB
- SAMSUNG Galaxy S10e 6 / 128GB
- The best gaming smartphones with the highest performance
- ASUS Zenfone 6 ZS630KL 8 / 256GB
- ONEPLUS 7 Pro 12 / 256GB
- SAMSUNG Galaxy Note 10+ 12 / 512GB
- Apple iPhone Xs Max 256GB
- The best gaming smartphones with the best battery life
- XIAOMI Redmi Note 8 Pro 6 / 128GB
- SAMSUNG Galaxy A70
- VIVO Y19
- ULEFONE Power 5S
- The best dedicated gaming smartphones
- NUBIA Red Magic 3s 8 / 128GB
- BLACK SHARK 2 Pro 8 / 128GB
- ASUS ROG Phone ZS600KL 512GB
- ASUS ROG Phone II ZS660KL 12 / 512GB
How to choose a gaming smartphone
First, let's briefly go through the main criteria for choosing a smartphone for games, so that when planning a purchase, we do not forget or miss anything. In general, the general rule applies here – the more powerful the better. But for a comfortable game on a smartphone, a flagship is not required. The recommended power threshold and some other indicators are sufficient. Let's highlight only the most important characteristics.
In fact, the most important thing in any gadget, since everything else largely depends on its performance. Several manufacturers are currently competing in the wearable electronics market, and their names are very well known – Qualcomm, MediaTek, Samsung and others. In order not to go into details, let's say that any of the 'mainstream' processors with 4 cores will be enough for the game, but an 8-core one is better. The gaming industry for wearable gadgets is growing rapidly, and it is better to have a headroom in advance.
That is, a video card. In modern smartphones, graphics are most often integrated directly into the mobile processor. And here you should not bother too much, since the choice is not that small, but it is simply pointless to look for something. If the processor itself is powerful enough, then the graphics will be up to par. Rare exceptions are the lot of specialists.
And here it is already necessary to show consciousness. There will always be a temptation to save on RAM, and this is undesirable. The amount of RAM is extremely important not only for the speed and smoothness of image expansion in the game, but also for the speed of the operating system itself and applications. The minimum amount of RAM for the game is 4GB, but this is really the minimum. No, less is possible, but then it will be possible to play not everything and with restrictions. Better still, 8GB, and then – if the budget allows.
A secondary parameter, since the game speed will not depend on it (or will be, but minimal), but the games themselves are sometimes of a large volume, and they need to be stored somewhere. A flash card is not always suitable for this. Therefore, the amount of built-in memory is desirable not less than 64GB, but preferably more.
Screen size, matrix
Screen size is a matter of taste, but the general rule of thumb is that bigger is better. The reasons are quite obvious.
Finally, the matrix. The technology should be such as to provide maximum viewing angles – at least IPS and the like, or better OLED. In the case of IPS, the colors will be quite juicy and bright, the viewing angles are the maximum possible at 178 degrees, but the screen will fade in the sun. Progressive OLED – screens do not face such a nuisance – this is the most advanced technology today.
A parameter that is often forgotten, and then bite your elbows. During the game, the battery runs out as quickly, if not faster than when there is no coverage area or when downloading files over LTE. Therefore, the widespread version with 3000mAh or even less can be enough for a couple of hours. 4000mAh will not radically change the situation, but at least they will help the phone to last until the evening, when it is put on charge.
Rating of the best gaming smartphones
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|The best gaming smartphones with the largest screen||1||MEIZU Note 8 4 / 64GB||RUB 8,290|
|2||MOTOROLA Moto G7||RUB 9 490|
|3||XIAOMI Mi Max 3 4 / 64GB||RUB 10,300|
|4||SAMSUNG Galaxy S10e 6 / 128GB||RUB 30,890|
|The best gaming smartphones with the highest performance||1||ASUS Zenfone 6 ZS630KL 8 / 256GB||RUB 44 550|
|2||ONEPLUS 7 Pro 12 / 256GB||RUB 46,990|
|3||SAMSUNG Galaxy Note 10+ 12 / 512GB||RUB 59 260|
|4||Apple iPhone Xs Max 256GB||RUB 56,990|
|The best gaming smartphones with the best battery life||1||XIAOMI Redmi Note 8 Pro 6 / 128GB||RUB 15 740|
|2||SAMSUNG Galaxy A70||RUB 20 270|
|3||VIVO Y19||12 380 rub.|
|4||ULEFONE Power 5S||RUB 19,990|
|The best dedicated gaming smartphones||1||NUBIA Red Magic 3s 8 / 128GB||36 250 rub.|
|2||BLACK SHARK 2 Pro 8 / 128GB||RUB 33 490|
|3||ASUS ROG Phone ZS600KL 512GB||RUB 69,990|
|4||ASUS ROG Phone II ZS660KL 12 / 512GB||RUB 69,290|
The best gaming smartphones with the largest screen
To begin with, consider a selection of smartphones that fall under the category of gaming primarily due to the large screen diagonal. The electronics power of the models proposed by our experts is also quite at the level, but not necessarily a record one. In the reviews, we will pay increased attention to the advantage highlighted in each category, briefly go over the key characteristics, but we will not emphasize everywhere the presence of wireless communication modules, GPS and other attributes of a modern smartphone, the absence of which in 2020 would be nonsense. Here and in subsequent selections, we will cover all major price categories whenever possible.
MEIZU Note 8 4 / 64GB
And the first to consider a smartphone, which for its time – the announcement on October 25, 2018 – was a real event, although not a flagship. It is aimed at an audience that prefers not the most expensive mid-range solutions. Since then, the price has dropped significantly. Until now, it remains in demand and loved by many fans of mobile toys and ordinary users.
For its 6-inch diagonal, MEIZU Note 8 is included in the conventional subcategory of tablet phones. Some descriptions on the Web indicate that the matrix of this model is IPS, but this is not the case. In fact, a relatively new technology is used here – IGZO. It was developed by Sharp and presented in 2013. It does not use amorphous silicon, as in LCD screens, but complex semiconductors made of elements such as indium, gallium, zinc and even oxygen – the abbreviation consists of the first letters of the names of each of these elements. Such screens are known to be capable of particularly high resolution and are energy efficient.
The matrix resolution of MEIZU Note 8 – 2160×1080 with a high density of 403ppi – is the hallmark of IGZO technology. And another big plus is the brightness of 450 cd / sq. m and a contrast ratio of 1500: 1 – outstanding for a smartphone in this price segment.
Many reviewers emphasize that this model does not have such an ambiguous attribute as 'monobrow', and rightly so. The fact is that in the official teaser Note 8 appeared with a visor, and then without. This was misleading to many. But at the presentation of the smartphone, the audience breathed a sigh of relief – there was no visor, and why it was in the teaser remained a mystery.
In terms of electronics, this model, of course, is not a flagship, but at the level. The processor, although not the most powerful one available at that time – Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 with Adreno graphics, but it is more than enough to play modern games at high settings. RAM 4GB, built-in 64GB.
For decency, we will also indicate the communication capabilities of the device, after all, this is still a phone. It supports two SIM cards in nanoSIM format, the slot of the second card can be used as a microSD card slot. LTE networks are supported.
The issue with autonomy is well resolved. The high-capacity 3600 mAh battery lasts an average of 10% longer than the previous generation M6 Note with its 4000 mAh.
- IGZO matrix;
- image quality;
- extremely high pixel density;
- outstanding brightness and contrast for an inexpensive smartphone;
- resolution 2K;
- no 'monobrow';
- metal case;
- fast charging.
- no NFC module.
MOTOROLA Moto G7
The second smartphone with a large screen proposed by experts for comfortable mobile gaming is Moto G7 from the legendary MOTOROLA trademark, which, however, has long been owned Lenovo. Almost identical in price, this smartphone is in some way superior and in some way inferior to the previous one. The improved model Moto G7 Plus is more expensive by a third, with a not too fundamental difference, so we can only recommend it as an option.
It would seem that a screen diagonal of more than 6 inches already completely erases the conditional border between a smartphone and a tablet. However, MOTOROLA engineers decided to stand out here as well – the screen size is 6.2 inches. These two tenths of an inch have pulled along with them the resolution, which is also slightly higher than that of the above model – 2270×1080 with a pixel density of 403 per inch. Matrix technology – IPS.
In terms of memory configuration, this model is identical to the previous one – 4 and 64GB of RAM and built-in, respectively. With the processor, the situation is the same – 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 with Adreno 506 graphics. The Moto G7 Plus has a fundamental difference, but whether it is worth the additional 3 thousand rubles is a big question.
However, if the processor is a matter of principle, and there are still increased requirements for the camera, then it really makes sense to take a closer look at the G7 Plus. The 'plus' will be a processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 with a frequency of 1.8 GHz and a 16MP camera (rear) and a 5MP front camera. At the same time, both cameras are equipped with flashes, which is very rare.
With regard to communications, almost everything here is exactly the same as that of the above-described MEIZU – two SIM cards in nanoSIM format, all possible wireless communication and satellite positioning, there is even an NFC module.
Finally, let's go through some of the controversial points. Firstly, the design – it is certainly stylish, but in a strange way combines rough lines, protrusions and gaps with glass gloss and rounded edges. The surface is very easily soiled. The regular cover is desirable for constant wearing, but it also kills all the 'beauty'. But this is taste, but the IPS matrix instead of AMOLED is still a minus, since in the sun the screen will noticeably fade. The waterdrop-shaped notch around the camera annoys many with its size. Finally, a 3000 mAh battery – I would still like more.
- enlarged screen;
- increased resolution;
- image quality;
- NFC module;
- water protection;
- fast charging.
- IPS matrix (AMOLED for a gaming smartphone would be preferable);
- battery capacity.
XIAOMI Mi Max 3 4 / 64GB
Further in the first selection of our review follows the XIAOMI trademark with the Mi Max 3 smartphone. And if, using the example of the previous model, one could decide that the smartphone could no longer have a larger screen, then Mi Max 3 easily raises the bar.
On the diagonal of the screen, this smartphone goes far from the previous one, not to mention the MEIZU Note 8 – as much as 6.9 inches. For a gaming smartphone, this is commendable, but this is what its advantages end with. The resolution here is 2160×1080, that is, even slightly less than the previous one, and the pixel density is 350, which is also not bad, but less than the two described above. The matrix technology is IPS, although for smartphones this is almost bad manners. The proportions are 18: 9.
The key electronics of the smartphone aren't particularly impressive, but they don't disappoint either. The processor is slightly more advanced than the previous two Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 on eight cores with Adreno 509 graphics on board. The memory is exactly the same – 4 and 64GB of RAM and built-in, respectively. The smartphone reads memory cards up to 256GB, the slot is combined with a second SIM card.
But what is surprising and respectful is the battery – as much as 5500 mAh and the fast charging function to boot. As a plus, the smartphone can also be supplied with the presence of Bluetooth 5.0, infrared port and Wi-Fi Direct technology. 4G LTE is supported in several technological variations.
Separate warm words deserve the appearance of the smartphone and 'feed'. So, with all the minimalism of the industrial design of modern smartphones, and this model in particular, here we see thin frames on the sides, which adds 'airiness' to the device. The body is mostly metal. Resistant glass is equipped with an oleophobic coating.
All of this indicates that the model is struggling to be like the premium class. This is especially evident in the sophisticated and expensive looking packaging. Thus, XIAOMI Mi Max 3 is perfect both for yourself and as a gift. And for this purpose, it is advisable to take into account the dimensions in advance – 87.4×176.15×7.99mm and the weight – 221g. Almost no one will be able to manipulate with one finger, but here the question is more, to hold this tablet in at least one hand.
- 6.9-inch screen;
- image quality;
- the most capacious battery in the collection;
- fast charging;
- Bluetooth 5.0;
- metal case.
- IPS matrix;
- there are problems with firmware above 8.3 (being solved).
SAMSUNG Galaxy S10e 6 / 128GB
Finally, the final position of the first selection of the ranking of the best gaming smartphones by version. Traditionally, it will be something interesting, and here you have to make a sharp jump in price three times to get a really tangible difference.
Here we will describe the most inexpensive modification of the Galaxy S10 series – with the 'e' index. S10 without an index has a slightly wider screen diagonal and a higher resolution, but is more expensive by an average of 8-9 thousand rubles. The S10 + has even better characteristics, but the price difference is quite dramatic and does not fully justify the purchase of such an expensive gadget specifically for gaming purposes.
So, the Galaxy S10e has a 5.8-inch screen diagonally with a Dynamic AMOLED matrix with a resolution of 2280×1080 with a density of 438 pixels per inch. The screen is so-called 'limitless', that is, the edges of the working area are wrapped along the ends of the body. For the convenience of the gameplay, this is a somewhat controversial point, but this one causes few complaints. The overall dimensions of the device are 142.2×69.9×7.9mm, weight – 150g. The declared dust and water protection IP68, that is, the smartphone is not afraid of dust, splashing water and even short-term full immersion under water. Long or deep 'bathing' will no longer stand.
Of the three brothers S10, S10 + and S10e, the latter has the weakest battery – only 3100mAh. True, he has less consumption, but still, for the game, and even online, this is not enough. But there is at least PowerShare wireless charging, it is also fast charging 2.0.
Now about electronics. The center of everything here is the proprietary 8-core central processor Samsung Exynos 9820, manufactured according to the 8 and 7 nanometer process technology, with a maximum clock frequency of 2.73 GHz. RAM 6GB and built-in 128GB.
And a few words about multimedia. Galaxy S10e is equipped with a dual camera with optical stabilization. Leading ultra-wide angle 16MP with F2.2 aperture; the second – 12Mpix with dual aperture F1.5 / F2.4.
In this model, the operating system Android 9 (Pie) is initially installed.
- Dynamic matrix AMOLED;
- picture quality;
- brightness and contrast;
- water protection;
- powerful electronics;
- dual camera with optical stabilization;
- fast wireless charging PowerShare.
- weak battery.
The best gaming smartphones with the highest performance
The second category of the review presents smartphones that are well suited for gaming purposes due to a powerful processor, large amounts of memory, overall performance and good optimization in the case of iPhone. The screens of the monitored examples are also by no means small, and there are even more than those of the models of the previous group, but the emphasis is placed on a large supply of potential work speed.
ASUS Zenfone 6 ZS630KL 8 / 256GB
Let's start with the highly iconic ASUS smartphone. Although this is not a 100% gaming representative of the ROG series (it will be discussed below), but according to its characteristics, it suits gaming in the best way, and the legendary series itself Zenfone speaks for itself. The model was announced less than a year ago – in May 2019.
So, here we have a top-end 8-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 with an exorbitant frequency of 2840 MHz. The built-in graphics chip is Adreno 640. 8GB of RAM is installed – this is not a record, but in combination with the processor it is also quite impressive. Built-in memory – 256GB. There is also a reserve for expanding memory due to a microSD card, and not anyhow, but up to 2TB in volume. 'Control Shot' – a separate slot for a memory card, that is, there is no need to mess around with replacing a SIM card with a memory card if you use two phone numbers.
It is not hard to assume that all this power requires an adequate supply of energy. And ASUS decided everything in this respect by bundling the smartphone with a capacious 5000 mAh lithium-polymer battery. The declared talk time is about 33 hours, the standby time is over 600 hours. In an intense game, autonomy naturally falls in proportion to the 'gluttony' of the game application itself. There is a fast charging mode – Qualcomm Quick Charge 4, interface – USB Type-C.
Although this already refers to electronics only indirectly, one cannot fail to note the configuration of the cameras, and it is impressive in Zenfone 6 ZS630KL. The resolution of the front camera is 48MP, at the back there are a pair of 48 and 13MP cameras respectively. The smartphone can record 4K video at 60fps. Both the rear pair of cameras and the front single camera are equipped with flashes.
Finally, let's see what this model looks like in appearance and characteristics of the 'picture'. Case dimensions – 75.44×159.1×9.1mm, weight – 190g. Materials – metal and glass. The screen is large – 6.4 inches in diameter, the aspect ratio is 19.5: 9. Matrix resolution – 2340×1080, pixel density – 403 per inch. The technology of the IPS matrix, and there is something to scold the creators for – for a smartphone of this level, especially in 2019, OLED – the screen is simply required, but it did not work out here.
- new Snapdragon 855 processor;
- high frequency;
- reads memory cards up to 2TB;
- battery 5000 mAh;
- 48MP front camera resolution;
- fast charging;
- 4K video recording at 60fps.
- IPS matrix.
ONEPLUS 7 Pro 12 / 256GB
The flagship 2019 of the ONEPLUS brand will continue the selection of the most powerful universal smartphones suitable for gaming. This is the '7' Pro, which especially impressionable reviewers have dubbed 'the best smartphone of 2019'. However, there is something to be impressed with.
In ONEPLUS 7 Pro everything is managed by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 – the same powerful processor as the above-described ASUS Zenfone 6. Accordingly, here we have the same graphics module built into the processor – Adreno 640. But in terms of RAM, ONEPLUS breaks ahead – 12GB. Built-in memory is provided with 256GB. But about the external memory, the developers upset – there is no slot for microSD cards.
With autonomy, the situation is also not entirely unambiguous – there is a lithium-polymer battery with a capacity of 4000 mAh with fast charging. That is, nominally, about 20% of the ONEPLUS 7 Pro's autonomy is outperformed by ASUS Zenfone 6. But the battery cannot be called an openly weak battery either.
The configuration of the rear cameras of this smartphone is the most fashionable at the time of release: three cameras of 48, 8 and 16 megapixels, respectively. The front camera is single with a resolution of 16MP. The rear camera is equipped with optical stabilization, autofocus and macro mode.
In terms of communication, there is a full set of all possible means, as is inherent in almost all flagships. Two SIM cards in the nanoSIM format, all popular types of cellular communication, including LTE, satellite positioning in three systems, and more. There is also an NFC module.
The screen of this model cannot but rejoice – AMOLED – matrix technology, resolution 3120×1440, screen diagonal – 6.67 inches with a pixel density of 515 per inch. The proportions are 19.5: 9. Glass – Corning Gorilla Glass 6. Overall dimensions of the smartphone – 75.9×162.6×8.8mm, weight – 206g.
In general, this is a very solid flagship solution, but exactly what is solid, and not flawless, since there are flaws. If the rejection of the standard 3.5mm headphone jack can still be considered mainstream and somehow forgiven, although this moment meets a lot of criticism, then for the flagship the developers could already try and attend to wireless charging. The same applies to the aforementioned memory card slot, especially since there is a lot of built-in memory, but not the pinnacle of the possible.
- powerful top processor;
- 12GB of RAM;
- triple rear camera;
- matrix AMOLED;
- high pixel density;
- impressive speed of work in applications and games.
- lack of some parts of the functionality.
SAMSUNG Galaxy Note 10+ 12 / 512GB
And again in our review is the flagship, and now it will be the next, tenth generation of the super popular and, it seems, the already immortal Galaxy Note series from SAMSUNG. Here it is not just a 'ten', but with a plus, that is, improved. This is the maximum modification. There is an option with 256GB of internal storage, and it will cost significantly less.
Of all the smartphones above, this one is closest to the gaming industry. An Exynos 9825 processor of SAMSUNG's own design is installed here. 7nm technical process, high clock speed, 8 productive cores, integrated graphics core Mali-G72 MP12 – all this contributes to the performance of the device in gaming applications as well as possible. Moreover, neural technologies are also involved – a special Game Booster module optimizes the operation of gaming applications using NPU funds.
Just in case, let's clarify that this model has regional modifications, and instead of the Exynos 9825, a high-performance Snapdragon 855 can be installed, this is quite normal. RAM is also great – 12GB is enough for anything. Memory cards can be read up to 1GB, but unlike the above-described ASUS, here the second SIM card and the memory slot are combined.
The battery is also an ambiguous solution – 4300 mAh looks like a clear and destructive economy, even considering the size of the screen of this model. In it, by definition, if we take in absolute terms, everything is resource-intensive. Communications are all in place, because this is also a flagship, and everything from elementary GSM to broadband LTE and even such trifles as NFC is available here.
Now about the screen. Here, a record large diagonal of 6.8 inches is expected, so in this parameter the smartphone is equally suitable for both this and the previous selection, moreover, it would lead the previous one. But the 'stuffing' for gaming is still more important. Matrix technology – AMOLED with a resolution of 3040×1440 and a dot density of 495. Screen aspect ratio – 19: 9.
We should also mention the configuration of the cameras, as this side of the smartphone was developed with special attention and priority. So, on the front there is a 4-camera unit from the main 12MP camera, a 12MP telephoto, a 16MP wide-angle and a 3D ToF module that measures the depths of objects in the frame.
S Pen with Air Actions support included
- largest screen;
- AMOLED matrix;
- highest resolution;
- powerful processor and graphics;
- 12GB of RAM;
- S Pen included.
- low autonomy.
Apple iPhone Xs Max 256GB
The selection of the most productive gaming smartphones is completed by a model that cannot be called only a gaming one. It's not even just a smartphone – it is a symbol of success and perfection for many connoisseurs of technology Apple and 'aspirants'. Not much game content was created under iOS (if we cut off the online segment), but our experts could not ignore 'his majesty' iPhone.
Immediately it is worth warning those who are not in the know. Against the background of the above 'monsters' iPhone, Xs Max may look pale in terms of dry characteristics. However, this impression is wrong. The fact is that the hardware and software parts iPhone of almost all series are much better optimized than any Android platform. This automatically means that, all other things being equal, the device will spend significantly less of its own resources to perform comparable tasks.
Now to the point. This premium smartphone also features a premium proprietary processor Apple A12 Bionic, created using the most advanced 7nm process technology. Six cores – two Vortex and four Tempest. The clock frequency is 2.49GHz. 4GB RAM – we remind you about optimization, these 4GB are really enough for a smartphone. Built-in memory – 256GB.
On the communication side, there is everything you need, you need it and what you want. Through cellular communication, everything up to LTE, over other types of wireless data transmission – Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC; satellite positioning GLONASS, GPS with A-GPS.
The screen at iPhone has long passed the psychological mark in terms of size, although before the Cupertinians fought the market for a long time, not wanting to make a 'shovel' out of their brainchild. Here we have 6.5 inches diagonally, which is good, especially for gaming tasks. Matrix OLED with a resolution of 2688×1242 and a pixel density of 456 per inch. The proportions are 19.5: 9. This is all with dimensions 77.4×157.5×7.7mm and weight 208g.
The configuration of the cameras here is much more modest than that of the previous model, but we did not 'order' anything special in this review. So, there is a pair of rear cameras, 12MP each, plus a flash. It can shoot videos in 4K and 60fps. Front camera – 7MP.
- premium 6-core processor;
- premium class;
- all 'invisible' benefits Apple.
- all typical flaws Apple;
- less game content than under Android
The best gaming smartphones with the best battery life
The third selection in the review of the best gaming smartphones according to the version presents solutions that are equipped with capacious batteries. It should be borne in mind that battery consumption can be and is different for different operating modes of the smartphone. And often the same capacity in different models can provide different battery life. But, in any case, it is from the nominal capacity of the battery that you should start when choosing, if this parameter is especially important for you.
XIAOMI Redmi Note 8 Pro 6 / 128GB
And the first in this category to consider the 'great Chinese' – the eighth generation Redmi Note Pro from XIAOMI with a decent package. Here, in addition to autonomy, backed up by fast charging, the camera makes the biggest impression. But first things first.
Directly about the battery. The Redmi Note 8 Pro has a 4500mAh non-removable battery. In our review, capacities and more appeared, but here we must say thanks to the manufacturer for the good optimization, which allows you to work calmly on such a capacity for a day with very intensive use, including gaming. Further about the rest of the characteristics of this model, and they are quite remarkable.
An impressive visual component here is provided by the large 6.53-inch screen. Matrix – IPS with thin bezels and a resolution of 2340×1080. The experts did not consider the IPS technology a disadvantage here, since the XIAOMI technique should be considered with an eye to the cost. And the price of this model really makes it possible to take a breath after the exorbitant prices of smartphones of the previous group. The screen of Redmi Note 8 Pro is covered with a protective resistant glass Gorilla Glass 5, and now the surprise is not only the screen, but the entire rear part.
The electronics of the smartphone are controlled by a powerful processor Mediatek Helio G90T with an integrated graphics module Mali G76MC4. 6GB of RAM and a special optimization mode in Game Turbo 2.0 game mode also contribute to comfortable gaming. By the way, the chipset is cooled by no less than a liquid cooling system. Yes, they even exist in smartphones.
Above in our review, smartphones with powerful cameras appeared, but Redmi Note 8 Pro is able to surprise in its own way. So, the rear block of cameras consists of a 64Mpix main module (!), An 8Mpix wide-angle, a 2Mp macro and a 2Mp depth sensor for blurring the background. The 64MP Miracle Camera is Samsung ISOCELL GW1. The front camera also does not graze the rear – 20 megapixels, backed up by artificial intelligence algorithms, Studio Light effects and other useful gadgets.
Finally, a few more words about the battery and charging. This model supports fast charging with power consumption of 18W – Quick Charge 4.0 and Pump Charge 4.0.
- main camera 64MP;
- resistant Gorilla Glass 5 front and back;
- powerful processor;
- productive graphics;
- liquid cooling of the processor;
- 64Mpix camera;
- optimization of the game mode Game Turbo 2.0;
- fast 18-watt charging;
- affordable price.
- complaints of heavy weight.
SAMSUNG Galaxy A70
And again SAMSUNG, and again Galaxy, but not Note and not S-series. The A70 is a relatively inexpensive model that is perfect for modern mobile games, especially when battery life is important.
The battery here is exactly the same as in the above model, and the autonomy provides approximately the same. The nominal 4500mAh on a full charge should provide about 28 hours of talk time, and this is generally true. With gaming load, the runtime will more than halve, but it will actually end up with an almost full 'mindful' day. In audio player mode, the smartphone can work for 4-5 days or more. So, I must admit, the developers really tried to optimize this model.
As for the other important characteristics, here we are dealing with a productive 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 (maybe a proprietary SAMSUNG processor in another regional edition) with Adreno 612 graphics. 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal memory. The external memory slot reads microSD cards up to 512GB.
From the side of communications, absolutely everything is present in this model: the whole range of cellular communication up to 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, direct transmission from device to device via Wi-Fi Direct, ANT +, NFC module . Even satellite positioning can be carried out using three systems – GLONASS, GPS and BeiDou.
The screen here is also impressive in size – 6.7 inches, the resolution is 2400×1080 with a pixel density of 393. The aspect ratio is 20: 9. Matrix technology – AMOLED. The visual and multimedia part is successfully complemented by a block of cameras. The rear part consists of three cameras 32, 5 and 8 megapixels, respectively. Front – 32MP single camera. The smartphone shoots up to 4K 3840×2160 resolution. The frame rate varies depending on the resolution and can go up to an exorbitant 240 frames per second.
This model is noticeably more compact and lighter than the previous one: case dimensions – 76.7×164.3×7.9mm, weight – 183g. The case is classic, in a design typical for most mass-produced SAMSUNG smartphones.
- powerful electronics;
- productive graphics;
- the most complete set of communications equipment;
- AMOLED – matrix;
- fast charging;
- relatively affordable price.
- scratching plastic of the case;
- users are not happy with the rear cameras.
The budget model of the VIVO trademark continues the selection of the best gaming smartphones with high autonomy. The smartphone is completely new – it was announced last November 2019. And it will be the first in the review to have a four-digit battery life.
Let's dispel the intrigue right away – the capacity of the lithium-polymer battery in VIVO Y19 is 5000mAh. Again, it seems that such specimens have already been in our review. Certainly. But we are not talking about batteries, but about autonomy. And VIVO Y19 with its modest demands multiplied by this battery capacity can show a record 1008 hours of standby. In talk mode, the smartphone can work up to 55 hours!
Speaking about the modesty of VIVO Y19's requests, we did not mean its limitations in terms of gaming. Here everything is run by an 8-core processor MediaTek Helio P65 with integrated Mali-G52 graphics. Onboard 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. There is a slot for external memory on microSD cards up to 256GB. As you can see, the configuration is really modest, but this is only when compared with the flagships. And so, this set is quite enough for modern gaming applications on not the weakest settings.
The screen here is also a decent size – 6.53 inches. Matrix – IPS with a resolution of 2340×1080 and a pixel density of 395 per inch. The proportions are 19.5: 9. All this is enclosed in a case measuring 76.47×162.15×8.89mm. The device weighs 193g. The set of modules for communication here is almost identical to the previous model – just as rich and filled with everything you need and not very much with rare exceptions.
The cameras in this model deserve understated praise. The rear block consists of three modules – 16, 8 and 2Mpix. Front – one 16MP camera. Unfortunately, the smartphone cannot write video in 4K.
In general, this smartphone can be considered one of the most successful for gaming in the budget and mid-range categories. You should not expect superpowers from him, but he fully draws out modern toys, and on a long journey without access to recharging, he will simply be salvation, since the autonomy is really impressive.
- one of the best combinations of battery capacity and power consumption;
- more than 1000 hours of work in standby mode;
- large screen;
- image quality;
- sufficiently powerful electronics;
- solid cameras.
- does not record video in 4K;
- unsystematic comments from users.
ULEFONE Power 5S
At the end of this part of the review, we will present you a smartphone of the brand, which may seem like a complete noun. Indeed, the eponymous Chinese company has been operating on the market relatively recently – since 2006, and only in 2014 registered the ULEFONE brand. But it works successfully, delighting with unexpected and interesting solutions in the field of inexpensive 'long-playing' smartphones.
This model doesn't have any particular ambitions in terms of electronics power, screen performance, 'megapixel' and the number of cameras on all sides. This is an ordinary workhorse, soundly and well made. And before moving on to the main thing, let's go through the main technical characteristics of the Power 5S.
So, the dimensions of the smartphone are 80.2×169.4×15.8mm, the weight is 336g. The black plastic case with elements of game design – this is the difference between the model and the endless line of faceless 'black mirrors'. But this is not the main thing. The matrix here is IPS, not too pretentious, but solid. The resolution is 2160×1080 with a pixel density of 402 ppi. The proportions are 18: 9. There is a scratch-resistant glass.
The multimedia part is continued by a pair of rear cameras with a resolution of 21 and 5 megapixels. On the selfie side there are also two cameras – 8 and 5 megapixels. One LED flash on each side. There is optical stabilization, macro mode and autofocus. The smartphone cannot shoot in 4K, but in this case we do not consider it a disadvantage.
At the center of the electronics is a fairly powerful 8-core processor with a frequency of 2 GHz. RAM is provided for 4GB, as in the previous budget smartphone. The built-in memory is at least 64GB, but this is enough for most of the gaming tasks, as well as for storing content. After all, there is a slot for external memory cards up to 256GB in volume.
And, finally, the most interesting thing – what does all this 'hardware' work on? And it works on a non-removable lithium-polymer battery of prohibitive capacity … 13000 mAh. When a pleasant shock passes, we have to admit that this phenomenon also has a downside – not very outstanding optimization, and this model does not use energy very economically. However, the claimed 1100 hours of standby time is still something impressive. There is a fast charging function.
Finally, it is worth opening one detail as a caveat. Despite its powerful and massive appearance, this smartphone is not equipped with any protection against dust, moisture, or shock loads. Therefore, it must be handled with utmost care.
- image quality;
- original camera configuration;
- game design;
- record battery capacity;
- fast charging function.
- optimization flaws (partially negates the advantage of the huge battery capacity);
- there is no protection.
The best dedicated gaming smartphones
The final selection in the review of the best gaming smartphones according to the version of the online magazine examines … gaming smartphones. Seriously, this is exactly what we mean. In the market for wearable gadgets, there are literally a few units of a series of smartphones, which are initially positioned by manufacturers as gaming. As a rule, they have an expressive case design, transparently hinting at their 'class' affiliation. Consider the most prominent representatives of gaming families.
NUBIA Red Magic 3s 8 / 128GB
Let's start with the gaming smartphone NUBIA Red Magic 3s, which replaced the very good NUBIA Red Magic 3 (no 's'). Although it was released more for ideological reasons, and in order to keep up with the competition in the race, the improvements in Red Magic 3 are still worthy.
The appearance of Nubia Red Magic 3s is such that it cannot be confused with anything – the designers have tried their best, including industrial ones. Here we see a metal case with angular lines, an LED strip, red inserts, and a number of additional buttons. The dimensions of the smartphone are 78.50×171.70×9.65mm. The weight is decent, but bearable – 215g.
The screen size here is expectedly large – 6.65 inches. Matrix – AMOLED with a resolution of 2340×1080 and a pixel density of 388 per inch. DC Dimming is supported to minimize flicker effect at low brightness. The proportions are 19.5x 9. The maximum screen refresh rate is 90Hz. Brightness – up to 377 cd. per sq. meter. The contrast is infinite. The touch layer of the display is refreshed at 240Hz. The response time is only 1 ms.
Now about electronics. The central processor here is the Snapdragon 855 Plus. In fact, it's just an overclocked 855. Yes, even if there was a regular Snapdragon 855 without a 'plus', there would be no difference in the game, since the performance of this top 'stone' is simply redundant as of February 2020. There is 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal memory. Also more than enough for gaming needs.
The controls on the case are also sharpened for gaming. So, with a separate button, you can switch the smartphone to game mode – access to the game library, cooling control, temperature tracking, notification profiles (you can set up individual modes so that incoming messages do not distract and interrupt the player during the game). Super Performance feature will launch maximum performance.
It should be said here that the charge consumption with the included super-performance will be much higher. The regular 5000mAh battery is not something out of the ordinary, but the results of tests carried out by experts showed that NUBIA Red Magic 3s is capable of working in FullHD video mode at maximum brightness for more than 10 hours.
- expressive game design;
- additional buttons for control;
- powerful electronics;
- capacious battery;
- high-quality image;
- high refresh rate of the touch layer of the display;
- the minimum response time is 1ms.
- no NFC module;
- short-term effect of active cooling.
BLACK SHARK 2 Pro 8 / 128GB
The second number in the selection of the brightest gaming models of smartphones is the example of exemplary products from XIAOMI. This is the second generation of the Pro-version of the sensational BLACK SHARK gaming smartphone. What will the 'Black Shark' show us in its second 'incarnation'?
If we compare the ergonomics with the previous smartphone, then the BLACK SHARK 2 Pro has a little better with this one due to the fact that the device is more confident in the hand. Its dimensions are 75.01×163.61×8.77mm, and its weight is 205g. In design, it is replete with convex elements, angular lines, expressive metal parts. The glossy glass insert contributes not only to a spectacular appearance, but also to cooling.
The display remains the same as the previous generation of the same series – 6.39 inches in diagonal, matrix AMOLED with a resolution of 2340×1080 and a pixel density of 403 per inch. The proportions are 19.5: 9. Brightness limit is 430 nits, minimum is 1.8 nits. The contrast is endless. There is an Always-on display function. The touch response time has been reduced by 10 points and is now 34.7ms. Looking ahead, let's say that this is even better than the expensive ASUS ROG Phone II. The refresh rate of the 'picture' remained unchanged – 60Hz. This is modest compared to the stellar competition, but quite enough for most 'mobile gamers'. The touch zones have undergone improvements – they now respond better to pressing force.
The electronics here are based on the overclocked Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus with Adreno 640 graphics, which due to overclocking has become 15% more efficient. All of this, of course, heats up perceptibly when playing, and the engineers Xiaomi have improved the multi-layer direct contact cooling. RAM in this modification is 8GB, but there are options with 12GB. The same goes for the built-in memory – here 128GB, but maybe 256GB.
The configuration of the cameras does not disappoint either, although it is exactly carried over from the previous generation. Here we have a tandem of the main module as much as 48 megapixels and an additional 12 megapixel telephoto module with 2x optical zoom. The smartphone can record video in 4K, but with a frequency of no more than 30 frames / sec. Front camera – 20MP.
What's a little disappointing about this model is the 4000mAh battery. For a gaming smartphone, this is clearly not the best solution on the part of the developer.
- spectacular appearance;
- high-quality matrix;
- improved touch screen with correct pressure response;
- powerful processor;
- productive graphics;
- efficient multi-layer cooling with direct contact;
- configuration of cameras.
- the battery could have been more capacious.
ASUS ROG Phone ZS600KL 512GB
And finally, we got to the brightest solutions in the narrow segment of gaming smartphones. ASUS has released the second generation of a full-fledged member of the Republic of Gamers family, but we will first look at its first version. We'll warn you right away that the characteristics may not be particularly impressive compared to the two previous models, but do not forget – this is only the first generation, and this model will not remain on sale for so long, but it costs, in comparison with the second, more or less tolerable money
Smartphone dimensions – 76.16×158.83×8.65mm, weight – 200g. The design is incredibly stylish and elegant, with expressive lighting and equally expressive aggressive elements that are typical for the entire ROG series, whether it is a gaming PC, laptop or components.
The screen diagonal here is exactly 6 inches, the resolution AMOLED of the matrix is 2160×1080 with a pixel density of 402 per inch. The aspect ratio is 18: 9. The screen glass is scratch resistant. An explanation is needed here. These characteristics seem unremarkable, but the screen of the ASUS ROG Phone ZS600KL has one of the most important characteristics for gaming devices – an increased screen refresh rate. Here it is up to 90Hz. High dynamic range HDR supported
The smartphone was developed on the basis of the most powerful mobile processor at that time, Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 graphics, or rather even its version overclocked to a maximum of 2.96 GHz. It still remains relevant, since the current generation – Snapdragon 855 – is redundant for modern mobile games and will remain so for a couple of years. The same goes for the amount of RAM. The built-in memory here is 512GB – you just don't need more.
Cameras in this model migrated practically unchanged from a related model – ASUS Zenfone 5Z. So, the main rear module is characterized by a resolution of 12Mpix, a wide-angle – 8Mpix. The configuration is not bad, but this model is far from the real camera phones, and the developers did not have such a task.
The sore spot of a smartphone is autonomy, although it would seem that this should have received maximum attention from developers. The battery here is exactly the same capacity as the previous one – 4000mAh. In fact, the charge is enough for half a day, and if you play something very serious, then even for 4-5 hours.
- stylish and elegant design;
- high-quality AMOLED – screen;
- bright and clear picture;
- screen refresh rate – 90Hz;
- top-end electronics at the time of release;
- the richest equipment.
- relatively weak battery.
ASUS ROG Phone II ZS660KL 12 / 512GB
And the review of the best gaming smartphones according to ASUS ROG Phone II magazine concludes the ZS660KL – the best gaming smartphone. Yes, without any hesitation. Today he has no equal. The exception would be the Razer Phone 2, if not for its shortcomings, and, after all, if it were at least still on sale.
As an introduction, let's say that ASUS approaches its gaming smartphones in a comprehensive manner, and that's to say the least. The fact is that if you look at the pure technical specifications, you might get the impression that we are dealing simply with a very powerful smartphone. But in fact, in addition to the 'gaming' screen refresh rate, there are also a lot of purely applied improvements, such as an additional input for the power cable, auxiliary AirTriggers controls and many additional accessories that together turn the smartphone into a complete game console.
Now directly about the characteristics. Externally, ASUS ROG Phone II is very similar to its predecessor. The screen is also here AMOLED, slightly larger in the diagonal – 6.59, the resolution is 2340×1080 with a density of 391 pixels per inch. The proportions are 19.5: 9.
The processor is the best that was at the time of release – Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus with the maximum frequency squeezed out of the 855th. Graphics – Adreno 640. RAM – 12GB, built-in – 512GB.
At first glance, the configuration of the cameras is not bad: the rear ones are 48 and 13 megapixels, the front ones are 24 megapixels. Unfortunately, this is only visibility, since the quality of the shooting is far from being up to par, and real users are repeating this in unison. However, the tasks of the device are different, and it copes with the game just with a bang.
Finally, here the developers did not skimp on the battery, equipping the ASUS ROG Phone II with a 6000mAh battery. Apparently, the experience of the previous version of the smartphone turned out to be painful enough for the development team to treat the rebirth of this model with maximum responsibility. Thoughtful work on bugs touched other narrow sides of the first ASUS ROG Phone, so the current model does not even want to scold too much.
- the most powerful processor;
- productive graphics;
- top-end configuration of electronics in general;
- elegant and expressive game design;
- additional controls to control the game mode;
- increased battery capacity.
- a whole suitcase of accessories;
- errors of the first version are corrected responsibly.
- the quality of the cameras is poor.
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.