This post was most recently updated on December 22nd, 2021
Over the last few years, the popularity of handheld consoles has decreased due to the rise in gaming phones. There are so many mobile phone games available, and people already have that device for other reasons, so it makes sense to use it even more.
This has led to the creation of handsets explicitly designed with gaming in mind, although every modern smartphone will have some gaming capability. If you are interested in a handset that gives you the best possible experience when it comes to mobile gaming, here are a few of the most powerful gaming phones available now.
Nubia Red Magic 5G
The handset was the first to offer a 144Hz screen, and this is really important for gaming and ensuring smooth play. The screen size is 6.65 inches, and it has a resolution of 1080 by 2340 pixels. That means that your gameplay will be displayed in the best possible manner, and it also has the Snapdragon 865 processor, which is a very powerful offering and, when combined with Android 10, gives a stunning mobile gaming platform. It also has the option of 8GB or 12GB RAM, both of which are great for performance, and the battery is a good size 4500mAh, so you’re going to get a lot of gaming time between charges.
We know that gaming mobiles have a tendency to heat up, so they have added liquid cooling and a fan to ensure this doesn’t happen. There is a haptic feedback 4D shock feature that adds realistic vibrations to your games, and there is a dedicated app called game space but gives you plenty of features so you can set up your games just the way you like them.
From a non-gaming perspective, you also get 5G connectivity which hasn’t been fully rolled out yet but is becoming increasingly available and also three camera lenses at the back, 64BG, 8GB and 2GB, respectively and a single eight-megapixel camera on the front.
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel
Lenovo is well known for manufacturing laptops, many of which are great for those who love gaming, so it’s nice to see them step over into the mobile phone arena. This is another good-sized screen coming in at 6.65 inches with a resolution of 1080 by 2340 pixels. It too runs Android 10, but this time uses the slightly higher and therefore superior CPU of Snapdragon 865 Plus. The battery is even more significant, coming in at 5000mAh, and you can have a choice of 12GB or 16GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage which should be plenty for your gaming needs.
You should get a really decent amount of time between charges, but you do also have the advantage of 90W fast charging. Also, they have cleverly designed the phone to pop up, which means that it doesn’t impede the screen in any way, and you don’t get the irritating camera cut out where there’s a section of display missing.
Speaking of cameras, you have two lenses on the rear, a 64MP and a 16MP and on the front, a very decent 20MP single lens. It certainly ranks high on the list of dedicated gaming handsets, but it does come in at the top end of the budget, making it too expensive for some.
Asus ROG Phone 5
The handset has been on offer for a few months and has already shot to the top of the charts when it comes to choosing the best gaming phone but also provides plenty of functionality for times when you just need your handset to be a phone. Asus has a reputation for building some of the best gaming laptops on the market, so it’s little wonder their phone is going the same way. As you can tell from the naming convention, this is not the first incarnation of this handset, and the improvements are remarkable and make it simply the best.
You have the Snapdragon 888 processor, which is pretty impressive, and it also comes running Android 11, both of which are the best and most up-to-date on the offer. The screen size is an excellent 6.78 inches, and it has a resolution of 1080 by 2448 pixels. You can tell that Asus ROG Phone 5 means business because there is a 6000mAh battery powering everything that this handset has to offer.
It also offers 65W fast charging so that you can get back to action quickly. There are plenty of focused gaming features, including the ability to program some RGB lights, responsive shoulder buttons cover, and more. When it comes to using it as a regular handset, you get the benefit of a triple-lens rear camera featuring a 64MP, 13MP, and 5MP lens and a solo 24MP lens on th