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Best gaming phones you can purchase in 2018

06 December 2018 5

Last year Razer took the stage to announce their first gaming phone Razer phone 1. The device was so successful that it prompted other OEMs to bring at least one gaming-centric phone this year. This year we have a lot of gaming phones options with solid hardware, sharp displays with extra goodies, gigantic battery cells and much more to attract buyers who are looking to play HIFI games like PUBG and Fortnite.

Not all of them are gaming-centric but they have enough goodies to be a solid gaming phone. The gaming phones not only have the best-in-class hardware but also extra-sharp display panels to provide the best visual experience while playing games without a glitch. The phones in our list are certainly not only the best gaming phones of this year but also you can rate them as future proof phones at least till 2020.

We rate the devices not only on the basis of its hardware or display but also on the basis of design and ecosystem. So if you are amongst those who are looking for a phone with the best gaming experience, today will enlist the best gaming phones announced this year. Without any further ado, let's kick off with the best smartphone available in the market.

Apple iPhone XS Max

The iPhone XS Max is indeed one of the best gaming phones in the market. The first aspect is its ecosystem which is certainly the best in the market. It is packed with the largest display panel on an iPhone yet and also a gigantic battery to keep its lights on for a longer period even on hefty usage.

As the name suggest the XS Max is the phablet model of the standard iPhone X. Well if you are looking for the best the XS Max is certainly a better option for gaming. The iPhone XS Max is featuring a 6.5-inches OLED display with a screen resolution of 1242 x 2688 pixels (highest on any iPhone). With its 456 pixels-per-inch density, you won't find it lagging in any aspect.

Best Ecocystem for gamingFastest hardware in the marketstylish design with gigantic OLED panel
Not everyone likes NotchFragile bodyMost expensive iPhone in the market

Under the hood, the Apple's latest A12 Bionic chipset is powering the XS Max. At the moment it is the fastest chipset available in the market. It was the first SoC built on the 7nm process. According to Apple, the latest chipset is twice as powerful and 40% more efficient than the predecessor. Despite all these goodies, the iPhone XS Max is quite expensive, the base variant with 64GB storage costs $1,099.

Specs iPhone XS Max
Display 6.39-inches
Screen resolution 1242 x 2688 pixels
Chipset A12 Bionic
Storage 64, 256, 512GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras Dual 12MP
Front camera 7MP
USB Lightning port
Battery 3,184mAh
IP68 Yes

iOS 12

Dimensions 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7mm
Weight 208g
Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Galaxy Note 9 is the latest phablet from Samsung with Quad HD+ Super AMOLED panel, best-in-class hardware, gigantic battery and much more to lure gamers. The Note 9 display is indeed one of the brightest in the market. Under the hood, the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845/ Exynos 9810 chipset is powering it with up to 8GB RAM and 512GB storage.

The Galaxy Note 9's display refresh rate is 60Hz. So you may not find it as smooth as the Razer Phone 2 but its higher pixels density and brightness level make it quite an attractive option for gamers. The best thing is it doesn't have blocky design instead it has stylish glass and metal-clad design. The Galaxy Note 9 comes with a Water Carbon cooling system which ensures the device remains cool even on hours of gaming and multi-tasking.

Sharp DisplayWater Carbon CoolingLatest hardware
Normal referesh rateLack of secondary speakers
The Galaxy Note 9 is the first premium phone in the market whose native storage can be expanded up to 1TB using MicroSD. So if you are looking for a phone which is stylish as well as the solid option for gamers the Note 9 is a pretty solid option. In term of pricing, the Galaxy Note 9 base model costs $999 and it is widely available across the globe.
Specs Galaxy Note 9
Display 6.4-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845/ Exynos 9810
Storage 128GB, 512GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras Dual 12MP
Front camera 8MP
USB Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes
IP68 Yes
Software Android Oreo 8.1
Dimensions 162 x 76.4 x 9mm
Weight 201g
Razer Phone 2

The first gen Razer Phone was the company's first attempt to bring a gaming-centric phone. The hard work pays off as the device was well appreciated by customers. However being the first phone from the company it wasn't best-in-class in every aspect. Razer recently announced the second gen of Razer phone and try to resolve all the shortcomings of the first gen. The latest gen is certainly a pretty good option but once again the device is aimed to attract gamers rather than a solid premium phone with gaming capabilities.

The old block design isn't going anywhere with the Razer Phone 2. One of the most criticized aspects of the Razer Phone was its camera setup, the company brought few improvements but still, it is not on par with the other best options available in the market. So if you are a casual gamer few aspects of this device may haunt you at this price tag. However, for keen gamers, the Razer Phone 2 is a pretty good option.

Dual front-facing speakersVapor Chamber120HZ refresh rate displayRGB logo looks attractive4,000mAh battery
Brick design Small display due to thick bezels

The first visual change with the Razer Phone 2 is its glass rear instead of complete metal to support wireless charging. Another addition is a vapor chamber to ensure the device temperature remains cool even on hefty usage during gaming. They key-selling aspects are 120Hz refresh rate with 50% more brightness than the predecessor, 8GB RAM, and a gigantic 4,000mAH battery to keep its lights on for more than one day on normal usage. Last but not least it is specially optimized to perform better during gaming. The Razer Phone now available at a price tag of $799.

Specs Razer Phone 2
Display 5.5-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras Dual 12MP
Front camera 8MP
USB Type-C
OS Android Oreo 8.1
Battery 4,000mAh
fingerprint scanner Yes

158.5 x 78.9 x 8.5 mm

Weight 200g

So far you have heard that the ROG laptops are best for the gamers, this year Asus entered the gaming phones arena with their first ROG phone. The device has a lot of goodies apart from the top of the line hardware, solid battery. Asus did a commendable job in designing a ROG phone that's why it not only looks stylish but also emerges a specially designed phone for gamers.

Most of the smartphones either have Vapor chamber, Water Carbon cooling tech but the Asus ROG Phone comes with custom in-case cooling tech to dissipate the phone's heat. Thanks to its special cooling system it was amongst the most powerful Snapdragon 845 driven phone. A special X Mode is on board to push the device to fullest during hefty multi-tasking and playing games like PUBG.

One of its kind stylish designVapor Chamber, water Carbon coolingAirTriggersX gaming mode
overall footprint is thickerNot widely available

Another goodie of its design is the placement of connectivity and audio ports on the edge so you can easily play games while holding it in landscape mode. The AirTrigger sensors are one of its kind feature which isn't available on any other phone in the market.

Unlike the Galaxy Note 9, the Asus ROG display refresh rate is 90HZ and the good thing is its an AMOLED panel which makes it superior to the Razer Phone 2 LCD display. Although the Asu ROG phone is not as stylish as the latest premium phones it is certainly one of better-designed gaming phone in the market.

Specs Asus ROG Phone
Display 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845
Storage 128, 512GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 12MP+8MP
Front camera 8MP
USB Type-C
OS Android Oreo 8.1
Battery 4,000mAh
fingerprint scanner Yes
Dimensions 158.8 x 76.2 x 8.6mm
Weight 200g
Xiaomi Black Shark Helo

The Black Shark was the Xiaomi's first gaming phone. As expected it has few shortcomings but the company is back with its successor Black Shark Helo. The latest phone is quite special as it is the first phone in the market with 10GB RAM.

The Black Shark Helo brings improvements in almost all aspects as opposed to the predecessors. The device is featuring a 6.01-inches OLED display with Full HD+ resolution. Under the hood, the Snapdragon 845 chipset is powering the phone with up to 10GB RAM and 256GB storage. A 4,000mAh battery is on board to keep its lights on.

10GB RAMLED strips and RGB logo looks quite fascinating Dual Pipe Vapor coolingStereo speakers
Lack of global availability

Following the latest gaming phones trend, it also has RGB lit logo on the rear pretty much similar like the Razer Phone 2. It also comes with LED strips which highlights the design hues. Like all gaming phones it comes with the cooling system, it features dual-pipe vapor cooling to ensure the device doesn't overheat on heavy usage.

The Shark Helo top of the line model is available at 4,199 Yen in China which is $609 at current currency exchange rate. Unfortunately, the device is so far available in China but the company has plans to release it globally pretty soon.

Specs Black Shark Helo
Display 6.01-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845
RAM 6,8,10GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB
Rear camera 20MP+12MP
Front camera 20MP
USB Type-C
OS Android Oreo 8.1
Battery 4,000mAh
Dimensions 160mm × 75.25mm x 8.7mm
Weight 190g

Nubia Red Magic Mars

ZTE's sub-brand Nubia also unveiled gaming-centric phone Red Magic Mars. The device is amongst the few phones with 10GB RAM. The Red Magic Mars is featuring a 6.0-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution. The Snapdragon 845 chipset is powering the device. As OS it is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box.

Unlike any other gaming phone, it comes with air and liquid cooling system. The company claims both these system not only reduces the device temp up to 13.2 degrees but also it improves the chipset performance up to 70%. A 3,800mAh battery is on board to keep the Red Magic Mars lights on. Another good thing about this device is dedicated hardware buttons which provides you real-time 4D gaming experience.

Air and Liquid coolingDedicated Hardware buttons10GB RAM
Exclusive in China

The Red Magic Mars can be purchased in Flame Red and Meteorite Black colors, you can also grab the device in special camouflage edition. The Red Magic Mars top of the line variant with 10GB RAM and 256GB costs $575 in China.

Specs Nubia Red Magic
Display 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845
RAM 6,10GB
RAM 64,128,256GB
OS Android Pie with RedMagic OS V1.6
Rear camera 16MP with f/1.8 aperture
Front camera 8MP with f/2.0 aperture
SIM Dual
4G VoLTE Yes
Battery 3,800mAh


The Mate 20 X was recently announced by Huawei as the latest gaming flagship offering along with regular flagships. Undoubtedly the device is rated as one of the most attractive phones in terms of design, comes with gigantic 7.2-inches OLED display with HDR support and Full HD+ screen resolution 1080 x 2244 pixels. Under the hood, the company's latest 7nm Octa-core Kirin 980 chipset is powering the device with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The Kirin 980 is not only one of the most efficient chipset in the market but also it has dual dedicated Neural processing units to better handle AI tasks efficiently.

In terms of raw power the Mate 20 X is certainly a powerhouse which not only currently sits on top but also it will remain amongst the best even next year. No matter which game you throw at it, it will handle it efficiently. A fairly large 5,000mAh battery is on board to ensure it stays live for more than one day even on hours of continuous gaming.

Gigantic display of 7.2-inches5,000mAhM-PenDual Front-facing speakersGraphene cooling system
One of the most expensive gaming phoneEMUI isn't the best custom UI skin

The best thing is Mate 20 X is not only the best in terms of performance but also has solid cameras. Its stylish glass and metal clad design have enough goodies to stand out amongst the crowd. Apart from the best hardware, it comes with M-Pen support which brings a number of new features for gamers.

Like other phones in this niche, it also has its own cooling system. The company claims the Mate 20 X has a graphene-based cooling system which is one of its kind in the market. To provide the top-notch audio experience the Mate 20 X comes with dual front-facing speakers. As an accessory, the company is also offering gamepad which can be attached on the left edge of the device. The device was announced at a price tag of 899 Euros in Phantom Silver and Midnight Blue colors.

Specs Mate 20 X
Display 7.2-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2244 pixels
Chipset Kirin 980
Storage 128GB
Rear camera 40MP+20MP
Front camera 24MP
USB Type-C
Dimensions 174.6 x 85.4 x 8.15 mm
Weight 232g
Battery 5,000mAah

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Best gaming phones you can purchase in 2018
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RahulKurle MrXYZ

Other entries lie the Apple iPhone XS Max, or the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 weren't really termed as actual gaming phones. It's because of their configuration that you can play heavy games on them too.


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