The best smartphones for games in different price categories (fall 2018)

Which smartphones are most suitable for gaming - this question requires detailed consideration, as it involves a detailed analysis. The list of devices selected by us as a result is divided into three categories depending on the price - from the top flagship to the most affordable and budget.

Flagship smartphones for iPhone XS Max < p>

Interestingly, last year's top device from Apple was not recognized as the best smartphone for gaming. Instead, the honorary position was given to the iPhone 8 Plus - its screen was better. As for the iPhone XS, nothing much has changed here. But the iPhone XS Max has made its way to the top thanks to its huge and very bright 6.5-inch iOLED display, which shows the games at their best. In addition, it is the most productive smartphone on the market, which allows you to run not only the most complex games.

iPhone 8 Plus

If the leader of our list is very, very expensive, then the second-place iPhone 8 Plus is much cheaper, and still offers competitive, moreover, flagship parameters, despite the fact that it was released last year. As for the hardware, the 8 Plus is still pleased with the speed, and its 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080p is perfect for gaming and is quite practical.

Google Pixel 3 XL

The new flagship from Google does not look as bright as its competitors from Samsung and Sony, but it is a worthy answer to the Android system to the challenge posed by iOS devices. It is good because Google created it from scratch and optimized the hardware and software parts in the most efficient way. Modern complex games on the Google Pixel 3 XL run perfectly-the Snapdragon 845 processor allows it. A 6.5-inch OLED screen and loud stereo speakers complete the picture. If the size of this device seems too large, you can choose the Pixel 3 model – it is slightly smaller, but also very productive.

Sony Xperia XZ3

The next flagship smartphone from Sony impresses, first of all, with its design, although it should be admitted that the developers of this company have adopted some ideas from Samsung. And the most important thing is the technical parameters of the Sony Xperia XZ3, which are not just on top, they are really impressive. Created by Sony, the 6-inch frameless OLED display with QHD+ resolution, support for HDR technology, the presence of stereo speakers, the Dynamic Vibration System developed specifically for games and the high – speed Snapdragon 845 processor-all this is ideal for gaming. This device is a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, but the user interface from Sony is more convenient than the one that Samsung offers us. And Sony's software updates are much more frequent.

Razer Phone 2

A lot has already been written about the recently released Razer Phone 2, and, without a doubt, this smartphone will become the leader of Android gaming for the next year. Last year, its brother Razer Phone was just as confident in the lead. So, what's good about the new phone from Razer? A faster Snapdragon 845 processor, a fast charging system, an IP67 dust and moisture protection rating, and a Chroma RGB backlight. But, in addition to external changes, you should also pay attention to internal parameters. This device offers gamers Dolby Atmos speakers, a huge amount of RAM-as much as 8 GB and a display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. All of this makes the Razer Phone 2 the perfect choice for any mobile gamer.

Smartphones for games in the mid-range price categoryis quite likely that you do not consider it reasonable to purchase the iPhone XS Max and other flagships, for which you will have to pay huge sums. Especially, given the fact that the device you bought will become obsolete in a couple of years, and the chance to break it is quite large. Therefore, there is a reason to think about a compromise solution and pay attention to smartphones for gaming in the middle price category.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is the leader in the list of smartphones for gaming of the mid-range price range. This device offers a good combination of a large frameless six-inch screen with high performance. It is achieved thanks to a modern Snapdragon 845 processor and 6 GB of RAM-parameters that are close or identical to many flagships, but for half the price.

Xiaomi Mi 8

Another impressive device from Xiaomi. As you can see, this Chinese brand manages to combine stylish design with high performance and reasonable price. The parameters of the Xiaomi Mi 8 are close to the technical characteristics of the Mi Mix 2S: the same flagship Snapdragon 845 processor, the same cameras. The difference is in the screen: if in Mi Mix 2 it is frameless, then in Mi 8 it is made using OLED technology and offers brighter colors and a deeper shade of black. There is a difference in audio-Mix 2 offers stereo sound. Gamers will have to make their own choice between these rather close devices.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei Mate 10 Pro is not the flagship of this company at the moment, but 5kak a mid-level smartphone is on top and perfectly suited for gaming tasks. The Kirin 970 processor and 6 GB of RAM allow you to run all modern games, and the display of this device beats even the leader of this category, the Mi Mix 2 model. The 6-inch OLED screen with HDR support will demonstrate the graphics of any game at its best. A double camera from Leica completes the picture. The EMUI interface is not the best among Android devices, but it is unlikely that this will play a significant role for gaming.

Honor Play

This model differs from the previous ones by an even lower price, but despite this, its parameters are very competitive. Gamers will appreciate its 6.3-inch display, enclosed in an all-metal case, a capacious battery and a powerful Kirin 970 processor.

< /p>LG G7 ThinQ

We did not include the LG G7 model in our list of the best smartphones for gaming in the mid-price category for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is too expensive for this category, and secondly, this flagship is far from the best among other similar devices released in 2018. Most reviews agreed on this point. But the LG G7 ThinQ with a Snapdragon 845 processor, a bright 6.1-inch frameless QHD screen and a beautiful camera is quite worthy of both the title of flagship and a place in the list of the best smartphones for gaming.

Best budget smartphones for gaming Not many people can afford to buy an iPhone XS Max. But mid-range smartphones have also been worth a lot lately. If you are a mobile gamer with a limited budget, then there is a way out - it is to buy a phone from our next five. Here is a list of decent and affordable devices for very reasonable money.

Xiaomi Mi A2

If earlier in the category of budget smartphones the Xiaomi Mi A1 model was the leader, it is not surprising that the next model from the same line became the winner this time. Xiaomi Mi A2 wins in its price category for a number of reasons, and the main one is the presence of a Snapdragon 660 processor and 4 GB of RAM. Technically, these parameters belong to the average level, but this device works almost indistinguishably from the flagships. The same applies to gaming: on the Xiaomi Mi A2, both Asphalt 9 and PUBG are easily launched - both at the high quality set in the settings. In addition, here you will find a screen with a resolution of 1080p, a solid camera and a metal case. The disadvantages of this model can be considered, except that the lack of NFC and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

Honor 8X

The price of this model is at the upper limit of the budget category. The built-in Kirin 710 processor makes it one of the most productive in its section, which is important for gaming. In addition, it is worth noting that this device is slightly more balanced than the Mi A2 - it pleases the eye with a more modern design, and its camera has better parameters than its competitors.Asus ZenFone ZenFone Max Pro M1

< /p>Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 is weaker than the previous models, but its price is not too high, and the parameters include a Snapdragon 636 processor and 3 GB of RAM. This allows you to run any fresh games from Google Play. The other parameters that are important for gaming are: a 6-inch Full HD screen, stock Android and a huge 5000 mAh battery. The last parameter is extremely important if you move around a lot and like to play on the go.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

And again in our list is a smartphone from Xiaomi, this time it does not boast either a powerful processor like the A2, or a stock version of Android. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor and a proprietary interface developed by Xiaomi-MIUI.What is the reason for the choice? Available with a 3.5 mm audio jack and increased battery capacity-4000 mAh vs 3000mAh, and also at a very affordable price.

Moto X4

Developed by Motorola, the G series has usually always been included in the lists of the best devices for gaming, but this time the Moto G6 model does not fall short in performance, although it is good in the field of design and user-friendliness. For this reason, our selection includes the X4 smartphone, which features a stylish design and a good Snapdragon 630 processor, which provides good performance.