After several hours of research and a detailed analysis of up to thirty models, we have made our selection of the 5 best gamer smartphones of the moment. Our favorite is the Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (256Go).
With a competitive price, a reference processor and a good quality screen, this smartphone is more than ready for the game!
How have we made the selection?
The gamer smartphone market begins to develop with great force and constitutes a very specific market. The most difficult thing is to find a model that best suits your needs.
In order to assist you in the choice, we have determined the essential criteria to consider before purchase:
- The processor: this duo will be decisive in choosing your new smartphone gamer. It is a key element to allow the reproduction of your favorite games, providing the necessary power for it.
- The RAM: this provisionally retains the data of your phone to facilitate charging. The more RAM, the more fluid the navigation will be.
- The screen: to fully enjoy portable use, it is essential to have a screen that has good brightness and contrast. But for gaming, it is also necessary to be attentive to the frequency of refreshment and resolution. A high value of these parameters offers better image performance and more regular updates.
- Autonomy: battery capacity obviously influences the autonomy of your smartphone. A good battery will allow you to win without worrying about having to charge your phone.
Based on these criteria, we were able to preselect 14 models. But to further reduce this list, we consult the opinions and criticisms of users and experts (English and Spanish) on reference websites on the subject.
After all this, only 5 models have become part of our selection of the best gamer smartphones.
By the way! Before you start, know that in the gaming world, products usually have a higher cost, so it is not uncommon to find a “cheap” model in the mid-range category, in its gamer version, for example.
The best cheap gamer smartphones
Without exceeding a certain price, it will be necessary to sacrifice certain characteristics in order to reduce the invoice.
The model chosen for this section proposes the best balance between its inevitable concessions and its actual performance.
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (128 Go): the best cheap smartphone
Its core is made up of one of the best unions on the market: the Snapdragon 855 and its Adreno 640 graphics chipset, before very reference, but nowadays surpassed by the “plus” version.
With its 8 GB of RAM it will allow you to play all games in the Play Store with total fluidity and without loss of quality. Its 128 GB storage (not extensible) is more than enough to keep many of them.
To “contain” the price of this model, Xiaomi has decided to limit the screen frequency to 60 Hz and the battery capacity to 4000 mAh.
These characteristics are less than those of the competition, but it does not affect even one iota of your gaming experience. And because? In the first place, because the battery (even so) is able to hold up to a full day with intensive use without recharging. And secondly, because despite having a refresh rate equivalent to that of a standard smartphone, its impact on the autonomy of its terminal is minimized.
The best mid-range gamer smartphones
In this section, you can see models that, although they are more expensive, do not make as many concessions as the input range models. Even so, they still represent a more than interesting value for money.
We have chosen these models paying special interest to those who have not made so many sacrifices and those who propose a greater variety of features to improve the gaming experience.
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (256 Go): the best mid-range
Being the benchmark of the “cheap models” section, this more expensive version of the Black Shark 2 doubles its storage capacity and has 12 GB of RAM. These increased features will allow you to process your data, as well as the latest video games. The rest of the features have not changed.
This model has the same features as the “standard” version but adds the “plus” version of the Snapdragon 855, the new reference in the market. The proposed storage capacity remains the same: 128 GB and 256 GB.
Obviously, it is very likely that this model, which has approximately the same price as the classic version, is quickly imposed as the best. However, we prefer to wait for more specialized tests and user reviews before making a decision.
Oneplus 7 Pro: the mid-range alternative
The Oneplus 7 Pro (here we show you the 8 GB version of RAM) is a reference both in the mid-range and in the high-end of classic smartphones, and comfortably passes the performance tests of its rivals.
Although not really oriented to gaming, this model will make you enjoy your favorite games in the same way. The couple that form the Snapdragon 855 and the Adreno 640 is wonderful, as usual. In addition, the 8 GB of RAM proposed are more than enough.
It has an AMOLED QHD + screen typical of classic high-end models. As for its refresh rate, this is 90 Hz, so it will please even the most demanding thanks to the fluidity of the game it allows. In fact, numerous tests speak of it as one of the best screens on the market.
The best high-end gamer smartphones
This time we have gone for all, looking for quality and maximum power. These smartphones are clearly superior to the rest of the market models.
The ones you will see next, are models that do not offer concessions and are prepared to work in any circumstance with total fluidity.
Asus ROG Phone 2: the best high-end
The ROG Phone 2 is the current king of gamer smartphones. While some of its rivals still do not update their terminals, today, this phone is shown as the most powerful in the market.
Accompanied by 12 GB of RAM, its Snapdragon 855 Plus partner and the enhanced Adreno 640 chipset is one of its main strengths. The brand has paid special interest in the optimization of the graphic part, in fact, it has the best processor of the moment, so that the quality of play is irreproachable.
Its AMOLED FHD + screen has a refresh rate of 120 Hz, that is, perhaps the highest possible for a smartphone, the resolution has been voluntarily reduced with respect to ultra high-end models (iPhone, Galaxy and others) in order of preserving a quality of visualization that does not deteriorate or affect autonomy.
Its resistance, guaranteed by its 6000 mAh battery, allows it to endure a day and a half with intensive use and up to 2 days if used moderately. Therefore, you can play without worry.