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6 powerful gaming-friendly smartphones that prove you don’t need a new iPhone

Relax, you don't need an expensive Apple to play the best mobile games

Now that another iPhone has just been introduced to the hungry Apple-loving audience, that itch to spend your hard-won money is back to haunt you. Ok, I can relate. The new 12-megapixel cameras, the faster A12 Bionic chips, the OLED display and all do strike a chord with Apple’s most faithful consumers and sound really impressive for those who never had an iPhone. But if you’re a gamer who’s likely to spend most of your time on your phone playing, do you really need to rush to the stores to get one of the new iPhones for that?

I’d say, hold your horses for now. Apple iPhone has its place solidified among its millions of customers worldwide but Android fans haven’t been left out either when it comes to shiny powerful smartphone options for their gaming urges. As the mobile gaming market follows the steps of tech companies’ competitions, game developers have been creating games with increasingly more elaborate graphics and fluid gameplay, supported by both better processing power and storage capacity which the latest phones have been provided with. Take Battle Royale games like Fortnite and Player-Unknown Battleground (PUBG) for instance. Their mobile versions are following the steps of their PC counterparts and are here to stay, thank you very much.

However, if you’re seriously thinking about buying a new smartphone to get your game going, here is a list with some recommendations that can meet the challenges of mobile games without draining your bank account for a bitten apple.

Let’s start with the 6th place on our rank:

6th –   Zenfone 4

Zenfone 4
Zenfone 4

The Zenfone 4 has some cool features if you’re l looking for a reliable smartphone that can deliver satisfactory gaming performance, along with a 5.5-inch screen with bright, well-defined colors. It comes with a Snapdragon 630 octa-core 2.2 GHz processor, 4GB RAM memory and a long-lasting 3300 mAh battery.

It can do all the smartphone common tasks without crashes or lags and will perform well while running the heaviest games. Its excellent sensors are a perfect match to GPS based games.

5th – Motorola Z2 + gamepad snap


Motorola Z2
Motorola Z2

The Motorola Moto Z2 is a robust smartphone with a great cost-benefit in several aspects. With a FULL HD screen of 5.5 inches, internal memory of 64 GB with the possibility of expansion with a microSD card, it will not run out of storage space any time soon. It has a 12 Megapixel camera so you can take high quality-resolution photos and record videos in 4K. It comes with 2.2 GHz SnapDragon 626 processor, 4 GB of RAM, Android 7.1 Nougat and a 3000 mAh battery, which will deliver sufficiente performance and autonomy for casual players without keeping you way too long by a power bank.

Gamepad Snap for Moto Z2
Gamepad Snap for Moto Z2

To top it off, the gamepad snap offers the user the opportunity to turn the smartphone into a portable console, with a battery life of 1035 mAh, delivering 8 hours of extra power to use any way you want. You just need to attach the snap to the back of the Moto Z2.

4th – Oneplus 5T


Oneplus 5T
Oneplus 5T

The Oneplus 5T comes with a 6.0-inch screen with 2160×1080 pixel visual resolution that will certainly not disappoint. It is equipped with a non-expandable 128GB internal memory, and a 16-megapixel camera that can record videos in 4K along with a Snapdragon 835 2.45 GHz octa-core processor, 8 GB RAM and a 3300 mAh battery. Combined, these are a good quality set of features, running on Android 7.1.

Its Robust hardware can process all of the information and perform complex, concurrent tasks along with a high-resolution display, making the final experience very enjoyable and user-friendly. The camera is very reliable whether day or night and the battery gets enough autonomy to prevent any hassles.

3rd – Xperia XZ2

Xperia XZ2
Xperia XZ2

The Sony Xperia XZ2 has a 5.7-inch screen with an incredible resolution of 2160×1080 that can reproduce 16 million colors with superior quality, making any game much more pleasing. It comes with a dual 19 megapixel camera that can record videos in FULL HD, an internal memory of 64 GB and expandable up to 400GB with a microSD card. Internal storate is not gonna be a problem for you with those specs. Additionally, it runs with a Snapdragon 845 octa-core 2.7 GHz processor, 6GB of RAM and a 3180 mAh battery that can last for a whole day with Android 8.0 Oreo.

It’s the kind of smartphone that is worth your while, as it will guarantee hours of frustration-free entertainment.

2nd – Galaxy S9 Plus

 Galaxy S9 Plus
Galaxy S9 Plus

A top-of-the-line smartphone with excellent performance and one of the best displays available in the market. The Galaxy S9 Plus features a 6.2-inch SUPER AMOLED screen with Infinity Edge, which stands out among the best displays these days, along with a dual 12 megapixel camera that can shoot 4K videos and also competes for the best camera in the smartphone world. It runs on a Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor with 2.7 GHz, 6 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of internal storage, a robust and optimized battery of 3500 mAh, and Android 8.0 Oreo.

It was designed to be among the best,  it has modern features and a very high performance, managing to meet the needs of the most demanding users. It can run any game available in the playstore without any loss of performance. All of that along with the spectacular screen will provide the end user a guaranteed incredible experience.

1st – Razer Phone

Razer Phone
Razer Phone

For gamers. By gamers. The slogan speaks volumes about the Razer Phone, designed to run any game in today’s highest quality and performance for smartphones.

With a 5.7-inch screen, a 2.5K resolution and a refresh rate of 120Hz, and incredible color fidelity, it brings the gamer’s experience to another level. The Razer phone has an octa-core 2.35 GHz Snapdragon 835 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, running on a 7.1 Nougat and an incredible 4,000 mAh battery that lasts a full day performing various tasks. But that’s not all there is to it. It is equipped with Dual front-firing speakers and amplifiers. Its sound quality will be distributed equally and with excellent fidelity, whether playing, listening to music or watching movies.

The high-capacity battery, Dolby-certified sound, the high-quality, well-built configuration, along with the screen designed with gaming in mind make the Razer Phone a superior choice if you’re serious about buying a gaming-optimized smartphone. 



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