Best Gaming Phone (2020)

The mobile gaming market has advanced significantly in the past few years , to the point were PC game ports are now playable. We dived in and researched the mobile gaming phone market and select the top 5 devices, with our overall best gaming phone top pick going to the Asus ROG Phone for Q4 2019 and into 2020.

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Top Pick
ASUS ZS600KL-S845-8G128G ROG Gaming Smartphone 6" FHD+ 2160x1080 90Hz Display - Qualcomm SD 845 - 8GB RAM/128GB Storage - LTE Unlocked Dual SIM (GSM Only), Black
Razer Phone 2 (New): Unlocked Gaming Smartphone – 120Hz QHD Display – Snapdragon 845 – Wireless Charging – Chroma – 8GB RAM - 64GB - Mirror Black Finish
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)
Razer Phone - 1st Generation: 120 Hz Ultra Motion Display - 64GB Memory - 8GB RAM - Dual Camera - Dual Front-Facing Speakers - Gaming Phone - Black
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N960F/DS 128GB/6GB (Midnight Black) 6.4” QHD+ sAMOLED Factory Unlocked GSM (No CDMA) - International Version (No Warranty in The USA)
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Asus ROG Phone
Razer Phone 2
Xiaomi Black Shark SKR-H0
Razer Phone
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
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Screen Size
6″
5.72″
6″
5.72″
6.4″
SoC
Qualcomm SnapDragon 845
Qualcomm SnapDragon 845
Qualcomm SnapDragon 845
Qualcomm SnapDragon 835
Qualcomm SnapDragon 845
RAM
8GB
8GB
6GB
8GB
6GB
Max Resolution
1080p
4K
1080p
1080p
4K
Internal Storage
128GB
64GB
64GB
64GB
128GB
Battery
4000 mAh
4000 mAh
4000 mAh
4000 mAh
4000 mAh
Top Pick
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ASUS ZS600KL-S845-8G128G ROG Gaming Smartphone 6" FHD+ 2160x1080 90Hz Display - Qualcomm SD 845 - 8GB RAM/128GB Storage - LTE Unlocked Dual SIM (GSM Only), Black
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Asus ROG Phone
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Screen Size
6″
SoC
Qualcomm SnapDragon 845
RAM
8GB
Max Resolution
1080p
Internal Storage
128GB
Battery
4000 mAh
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Razer Phone 2 (New): Unlocked Gaming Smartphone – 120Hz QHD Display – Snapdragon 845 – Wireless Charging – Chroma – 8GB RAM - 64GB - Mirror Black Finish
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Razer Phone 2
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Screen Size
5.72″
SoC
Qualcomm SnapDragon 845
RAM
8GB
Max Resolution
4K
Internal Storage
64GB
Battery
4000 mAh
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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)
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Xiaomi Black Shark SKR-H0
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Screen Size
6″
SoC
Qualcomm SnapDragon 845
RAM
6GB
Max Resolution
1080p
Internal Storage
64GB
Battery
4000 mAh
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Razer Phone - 1st Generation: 120 Hz Ultra Motion Display - 64GB Memory - 8GB RAM - Dual Camera - Dual Front-Facing Speakers - Gaming Phone - Black
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Razer Phone
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Screen Size
5.72″
SoC
Qualcomm SnapDragon 835
RAM
8GB
Max Resolution
1080p
Internal Storage
64GB
Battery
4000 mAh
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 SM-N960F/DS 128GB/6GB (Midnight Black) 6.4” QHD+ sAMOLED Factory Unlocked GSM (No CDMA) - International Version (No Warranty in The USA)
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9
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Screen Size
6.4″
SoC
Qualcomm SnapDragon 845
RAM
6GB
Max Resolution
4K
Internal Storage
128GB
Battery
4000 mAh

Best Gaming Phone 2019

The Snapdragon processor and 8 GB RAM, with X Mode feature along with customized cooling, along with its software, give it an edge over other rivals. Many will prefer its AMOLED technology as well as silky smooth performance.

Pros:
  • X Mode to manage game resources
  • Unbeatable Specifications
Cons:
  • A bit too large to fit into the pocket

Asus ROG have made some of the best gaming laptops have been one of the best for gamers, and now the Asus ROG smartphones are also one of the strongest contenders in the gaming phone market. It has excellent specifications and extra features designed specifically for gamers.

The Snapdragon processor and 8 GB RAM, with X Mode feature along with customized cooling, along with its software, give it an edge over other rivals. Many will prefer its AMOLED technology as well as silky smooth performance. The audio as well as charging ports are on the side so that the device can be easily held in landscape mode.

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Best Razer Phone

Razer Phone 2, with its 5.7-inch screen size and 120 Hz refresh rate is enough to enhance any game you play on it. With the fast Snapdragon processor and large size, there are lots of settings, which let you prioritize movie watching and gaming.

Pros:
  • Great sound with Dolby Atmos
  • Sharp and bright display
Cons:
  • No headphone socket
  • Aspect ratio of 16:9

It runs on Android and has an excellent battery system with long life – ten hours and rapid charging. The improved cooling system allows the fast processor and 8GB RAM to really work without overheating issues. Excellent as a normal smartphone as well, but specifically built for gamers. The wireless charging, LED logo, and upgraded camera setup set it apart from its predecessors.

Best Value

This is Xiaomi’s first proper gaming phone and it has already made its way into the top 10 list. A powerful handset packed with powerful specifications with enough features focused specifically on gaming keeps even hard-core gamers attracted.

Pros:
  • Has independent image processing
  • One touch support for gaming mode
Cons:
  • Compatible with only the provided charger

The dedicated mode for gaming, which redirects incoming calls or notifications, ensures that you are never distracted midway through an absorbing game. Even though it doesn’t have the refresh rate of other phones, it has got enough power due to the Snapdragon 845 processor and Adreno 630 graphics chip. Its own controller is also bundled along with, providing face buttons and an analog stick, and snaps on to the bottom of the phone. It makes racing and shooting far more controllable and enjoyable.

Cheap Razer Phone

The battery life is good and features Qualcomm Quickcharge 4.0+ for rapid charging. Special features are incorporated which help in eliminating hot spots, thus providing thermal dissipation and reduced charging time.

Pros:
  • Excellent display
  • The position of the volume buttons is ideal for gaming
Cons:
  • The image quality of the camera is not good enough
  • No headphone jack

The Razer phone is an ideal smartphone for a gamer, even though the next edition Razer Phone 2 has come out. Even though it doesn’t stand a chance against the thin, sleek smartphones, it has a stunning display of 120 Hz with a screen size of 5.7 inches. The front-facing stereo Dolby ATMOS speakers and an app called Game Booster, which lets you tweak game performance per app together combine to make a huge difference to mobile gaming.

The battery life is good and features Qualcomm Quickcharge 4.0+ for rapid charging. Special features are incorporated which help in eliminating hot spots, thus providing thermal dissipation and reduced charging time.

Best Samsung Gaming Phone

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a perfect choice for a gaming phone with a huge screen and huge power capability.

Pros:
  • The screen is one of the very best
  • Useful Stylus
Cons:
  • Price is high

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is a perfect choice for a gaming phone with a huge screen and huge power capability. The 6.4-inch screen looks lovely and there is no notch to lose screen space. The phone is excellent for gaming as well as for photography. The stylus is very helpful and has many uses.

Battery power lasts long, but the price is quite expensive. It is the best android with all the features with the best display. Liquid cooling is provided and hence even the most demanding games can be played without the device heating up.

Editor & reviewer of gear from iOS control pad’s to high-end PC gaming hardware. He’s been gaming since the 1980s and mostly plays CS GO & Overwatch.