Gaming smartphones: what is interesting on the market and do gamers need them?

Over the past few months, developers have launched a number of smartphones focused specifically on gaming. There are reasons for this: more and more mobile games offer high-end graphics and gameplay worthy of consoles, which means that the requirements for the parameters of phones are also growing. Which smartphones for gaming can be considered the best at the moment? We offer you the list we have created and we are waiting for your opinions on this issue.

Razer Phone

Razer has long and well established itself in the field of creating a variety of devices and accessories for gaming. Now the developers have decided to add a smartphone focused on games to their list, and called it simply-Razer Phone. It was he who launched the whole trend-the release of phones, "sharpened" purely for gaming.

The impressive 8GB of RAM is the first thing that sets Razer apart from the usual devices. Next to note is the large 5.7-inch screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate. The smartphone's built-in Ultra Motion function synchronizes its graphics coprocessor with the screen refresh rate, so that games run as smoothly as possible, without lags and freezes.

In addition to the screen and memory parameters, the battery capacity (here - 4000 mAh) and the processor (in this model - Qualcomm Snapdragon 835) are important for gaming smartphones. Built-in speakers with Dolby Atmos support provide this device with excellent sound. Of course, it is not cheap and will cost gamers about $ 600.

Features:5.7-inch LED screen 1440 x Qualcomm Snapdragon 8358 GB RAM64 GB of internal memory plus microSD card slot Dual 12 MP main camera, 8 MP front - facing removable 4000 mAh battery Android 7.1.1 Nougat (update to Android 8.0 Oreo)158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm, 197 gHiaomi Black Shark

The Chinese company Xiaomi decided to keep up with the general trends and created its own gaming device - In April 2018, the Black Shark, a smartphone for gaming, was released, unfortunately, only available in China.

Its features are a 6-inch screen with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 and an aspect ratio of 18:9. It is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, pleases with a 4000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, a dual main camera of 12 and 20 MP and a 20-megapixel front camera. 6 / 8 GB of RAM and 64 / 128 GB of internal memory will allow you to run and store any games.

The design of the Xiaomi Black Shark is impressive. This smartphone looks like a smaller laptop - it has a built-in cooling system to reduce overheating in case of long gaming sessions. In addition, this device has a “Shark Key " button that starts the high-performance mode. Optionally, Xiaomi offers in addition to this smartphone a one-way gamepad that can work with it in a pair of about 30 hours.

So far, the Xiaomi Black Shark is only sold in China, but we hope that this situation will change soon. The version with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory will cost $ 479, while the model with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB is more expensive - $ 559.

Features:6-inch IPS LED screen 2160 x 1080Qualcomm Snapdragon 8456 or 8 GB RAM64 or 128 GB internal memory without expandable Dual main camera at 12 and 20 MP, 20 MP - front camera removable battery 4000 mAhAndroid 8.0 Oreo161.6 x 75.4 x 9.3 mm, 190 gNubia Red Magic

Another Chinese brand, Nubia, owned by ZTE, introduces its smartphone for gaming called Nubia Red Magic. It was announced in April of this year and differs from the competitor in a unique and stylish design of the case. On the back cover of the case there is a horizontal RGB LED backlight that can display 16 million colors. The developers of the device claim that such a completely non-standard shape of the back cover allows the smartphone to cool much faster - both by increasing the surface area, and due to the presence of three ports for cooling.

Like the Black Shark, Red Magic offers users a 6-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The physical Gameboost button located on the smartphone case allows you to increase the performance of Red Magic. It has a built-in 3800 mAh battery, a Snapdragon 835 processor, a 24 MP main camera, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory.

The creators of the smartphone decided to pre-sell it through Indiegogo, where its price reached $ 399. Deliveries of the device started in June.

Features:6-inch Full HD + display 1080 x 2160 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8358 GB RAM128 GB Internal memory 24 MP Main dual camera and 8 MP front - facing battery 3800mAh Android 8.1 Oreo158. 1 x74. 9 x9. 5 mm, 185 GASIS ROG Phone (upcoming model)

After several months of rumors, Asus has finally announced a smartphone for gaming of its own design-ROG Phone. The Republic of Gamers (ROG) PC brand was used for its name. It seems that this device will be the most functional of all presented in this niche.

The filling of the Asus ROG Phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with an increased clock speed of 2.96 GHz (standard-2.8 GHz), 8 GB of RAM, 128/512 GB of internal memory and a 4000 mAh battery. The large and bright 6-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels has a refresh rate of 90 Hz, which is higher than in conventional smartphones, but falls short of the 120 Hz in the Razer Phone. The dual main camera of this device is represented by 12 and 8 MP sensors, and the front camera has a resolution of 8 MP.The smartphone is equipped with dual front-facing speakers and several interesting options for hardcore gamers. For example, it provides the AirTrigger function, which, due to the presence of ultrasonic sensors, allows you to simulate the operation of trigger buttons when the phone is in a horizontal position. In addition to the lower USB Type-C port, the Asus ROG phone has another such port built in, located on the side. It allows you to connect to an optional WiGig dock. In addition, there is an X Mode mode, which reduces the size of the ROG Phone screen to increase its performance.

In addition to this device itself, Asus plans to sell various accessories to it. This is a WiGig dock that simulates the operation of an external display, mouse and keyboard for games, and an AeroActive Cooler for cooling the device, and a GameVice controller with analog switches, side buttons and other useful elements.

Also, representatives of Asus announced a portable TwinView dock with an additional display that allows you to run applications in parallel or chat in the process of gaming. This dock is equipped with a powerful 6000 mAh battery.

Sales of the Asus ROG Phone will start in the third quarter of 2018, and its exact price is still unknown.

Features:6-inch AMOLED screen 1080 x 2160 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8458 GB RAM128 or 512GB built-in memory Dual 12MP and 8MP main camera, 8MP front camera 4000mAh removable Batteryandroid 8.1 Oreo158.8 x 76.2 x 8.6 mm, 200GWONDER (upcoming model)The mysterious startup Wonder debuted a few years ago, and the details about it have only now become known. We are waiting for another smartphone for gaming, running under the Android OS, but with the WonderOS shell. Its interface allows you to overclock the processor so that you can connect the device to the TV screen. For this purpose, the phone comes with a dock and controller, but for Wonder, they will be produced by third-party developers.

The first smartphone running WonderOS will not appear until 2019, and so far, only the Nintendo Switch has managed to combine the idea of a mobile device with a game console. We hope that something similar will soon appear on the Android OS.

More...In addition to the listed phones, which are focused specifically on gaming, ordinary, fairly powerful smartphones are also good for games. This mainly applies to high-end devices. The list includes the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, with 5.8-and 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED screens and a Snapdragon 845 processor, as well as the Galaxy Note 8 with a 6.3-inch QuadHD+ Infinity Display.All of these devices offer the Game Tools feature, which allows games to run in full-screen mode, quickly record gameplay and screenshots, and remove notifications from the screen during the game.

The Moto Z family of phones is also ideally suited for gaming thanks to the Moto Mods accessories, in particular the Moto Mod gamepad, released in the middle of last year. It allows you to work with sticks, action buttons and a D-pad, and is also equipped with its own 1035 mAh battery.OnePlus 6, Moto Z2 Force, Moto Z2 Play, Honor 7x and Huawei P20 Pro can also be included in the list of smartphones for gaming.