Over the past few years, a new genre of smartphones has gotten really popular. Yes, we are talking about gaming phones that strive to deliver the ultimate performance with the help of strong internals and good battery life. This allows gamers to indulge in their favourite high-end titles without worrying about their device slowing down or running out of juice in the middle of an intense gaming scenario. What such handsets also deliver is flashy design and optimised software. If you’re on the lookout for a new gaming smartphone to treat yourself with the latest AAA games, this is the list for you.
Black Shark 2
Xiaomi-backed Black Shark took its own sweet time to bring the Black Shark 2 to India, but it has finally arrived now. It is able to provide stellar performance thanks to its incorporation of the Snapdragon 855 chipset and up to 12GB worth of RAM. A multi-layer liquid cooling system has made its way into this model, apart from a 240Hz touch report rate, which really makes a big difference in the gaming experience. On its front surface rests a 6.39-inch HDR-enabled AMOLED panel, while its rear panel is highlighted by its LED-equipped ‘S’ logo. Moreover, a 4,000mAh battery keeps the package running.
Related read: Black Shark 2 review
Nubia Red Magic 3
Another device particularly targeted towards gamers is the Nubia Red Magic 3, which too has a fancy design that grants its back a glowing LED strip. Its liquid cooling technology is accompanied by an actual turbo fan sitting inside its body. This Snapdragon 855-toting handset carries a 5,000mAh battery that charges at 27W, delivering extremely quick charging times. A 6.65-inch AMOLED display sits on its front surface, and offers a smooth 90Hz refresh rate. Some of its gaming-focused attributes include capacitive shoulder triggers and a rumbling feature that vibrates the phone at certain points in a game. As a side note, this is the first phone in the world that can record 8K videos.
Related read: Nubia Red Magic 3 review
OnePlus 7 Pro
The OnePlus 7 Pro makes for a great gaming phone due to a myriad of reasons. It comes equipped with the Snapdragon 855 chipset and up to 12GB of RAM, while it even sports a 4,000mAh battery that charges at a whopping 30W. Its fascia is covered by the display, resulting in an utterly immersive experience. Contributing further to the immersion is its 6.67-inch Quad HD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. This phone offers a triple rear camera setup for regular shots, ultra wide-angle shots and telephoto zoom. Its front camera benefits from a pop-up mechanism.
Related read: OnePlus 7 Pro review
Redmi K20 Pro
The recently-launched Redmi K20 Pro can be bought at an extremely low price compared to the other devices in this list. And despite that, it runs on the Snapdragon 855 processor. There’s no liquid cooling, but a double-sided heat dissipation structure has indeed been provided with the phone. Xiaomi has also blessed it with a Game Turbo 2.0 mode, which reduces network delay and optimises touch latency when activated. The exquisite looking device has been fitted with a triple rear camera setup and a pop-up front camera. Apart from a 4,000mAh cell, its other highlight is its Hi-Fi DAC-equipped headphone jack.
Related read: Redmi K20 Pro review
Huawei P30 Pro
Being a Huawei phone, the P30 Pro adopts a Kirin chipset instead of a Snapdragon one. This is the Kirin 980 to be exact, which offers almost similar performance to the Snapdragon 855 model. Huawei pairs this CPU with up to 8GB of RAM to deliver an ultra-smooth user experience. Gamers will be pleased to know that a 6.47-inch OLED display sits on its front, offering stunning visuals. Its triple-camera setup on the back includes a telephoto lens that’s arranged in such a way that it can offer 5x optical zoom. And that’s not all, combined with software enhancements, this setup can deliver up to 50x hybrid zoom as well.
Related read: Huawei P30 Pro review
Samsung Galaxy S10+
Although the global models of the Galaxy S10 range are sold with Snapdragon 855 chipsets, India gets the Samsung-made Exynos 9280 SoC, which delivers similar performance. But that’s not the only thing that attracts gamers to this device. You also get 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage with its top variant. Additionally, there’s a large 6.4-inch QHD+ AMOLED panel to be taken advantage of, that’s spread throughout the fascia, save for a tiny cut-out for the front cameras. A triple rear camera setup, dual front shooters, stereo speakers, a headphone jack, waterproofing and a 4,100mAh battery are some of the other noteworthy features of the Galaxy S10+.
Related read: Samsung Galaxy S10+ review
Apple iPhone XS Max
iOS fanboys have no better handset to opt for than the iPhone XS Max. The pure power offered by its A12 Bionic chip is capable of delivering a desktop-class performance. Daily operations are smooth as ever, but games too fare exceedingly well on this device. It benefits from a 6.5-inch OLED display, which has 120Hz touch-sensing for improving touch accuracy. Stereo speakers are also present on the iPhone XS Max, apart from full waterproofing. And its camera experience is defined by the dual 12MP cameras that sit on its rear surface.
Related read: Apple iPhone XS Max review
OPPO Reno 10x Zoom
OPPO surprised everyone earlier this year with its flagship offering, the Reno 10x Zoom. This smartphone’s full-screen front surface is a treat to look at thanks to the presence of a 6.65-inch full HD+ AMOLED display. Gamers will be pleased to know that the Snapdragon 855 chipset goes inside it, accompanied by up to 8GB of RAM. But its main selling point is of course its triple-camera system, which includes a periscope-style telephoto lens offering 10x zoom. Its front camera is a 16MP unit that pops up from its top surface and gives the appearance of a shark fin when it’s out.
Related read: OPPO Reno 10x Zoom review
Pick any of these handsets and rest assured that all the high-end games that are out right now will run without any hiccups on them.