Okay. Here’s a common questions that needs to be answered. What is the best gaming cellphone on the market. And, here’s the catch, no one wants to hear any gaming opinions unless the person talking is actually a gamer.
With this introduction, I enter. You’re bloody welcome. Also, this article is not going to bore you with stupid specs and details. Go somewhere else if you want to read boring jargon and stupid-lengthy mumbo-jumbo.
Here’s my list of the top gaming cellphones to get in 2021.
- Asus ROG Phone 3
- Blackshark 3
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20 Plus
- LG V60 ThinQ
- Motorola Edge Plus
- Nubia Red Magic 5G
- Sony Xperia 1 II
- iPhone 12 Pro
- Razor Phone 2
Asus ROG Phone 3
Release date: September 2020
The Asus ROG Phone 3 is my top pick for gaming cellphones for 2021. It has everything that you would possibly want in a gaming device, and it’s cons are truly minimal. And yes, gamers don’t care if the camera isn’t completely awesome. We’re not buying a phone to take romantic photos. Just saying.
It’s almost like someone used their actual brain when planning out this phone! Yay for humanity!
Here are the most notable features on the Asus ROG 3:
- Refresh rate of 144Hz. It would make hummingbird jealous. This stat shares the top spot.
- The chipset is Snapdragon 865 Plus (This is much stronger than the regular 865). This is incredible!
- The battery is 6,000mAh. That’s enough to power a freakin nuclear plant. The most by far on this list.
- Rounded design = more playing times and less dents in your palms!
- A sick 6.59-inch Full HD Plus OLED display. This is amazing!
The obvious downside of the Asus Rog 3 is the price. It’s hovering between $900 – $1000 from Amazon, but honestly it’s worth the money. If you’re a serious gamer, it will be worth every cent! This is my TOP PICK on this list, by far!
Black Shark 3
Release Announced: Mar 03, 2020
Ok. Where to begin with one of the top gaming phones on the market?
Does this phone live up to the hype? It does. I mean it is a literal monster phone.
You will probably need a stupid pickup just to schlep it around, but hey, if you want to be a real gamer, you will need a high level of commitment. Just saying. The biggest factor is the size. You won’t miss a detail.
Here are the coolest features:
- Cooling. Yes. Liquid cooling. It also comes with an external cooling pad
- 90Hz refresh rate. I expected more honestly!
- CPU: Snapdragon 865 (Amazing)
- Battery: 4,720mAh (In other words a lot, but not the top)
- Front facing speakers
The Blackshark 3 is one of my favorite Gaming Phone of the year and costs almost $700. That’s about how much an Apple Charger costs. So yeah, it’s cheap. It does rank a little lower in regards to specs than some of the later phones, but I love how dedicated they are to the “gaming experience” that I gave this phone a little bump up the rankings. You’re welcome reader!
OnePlus 8 Pro
Another solid phone. There’s a reason that it is so high up on the list. It’s kinda of funny to see OnePlus turning into a real brand, but honestly this phone deserves the attention that it’s getting.
It’s not the top of this list but it is really really good! I’m impressed to say the least. Here’s the big headlines on this phone:
- Refresh rate is 120Hz. This is top rate (not the best, but still awesome)
- The chip is Snapdragon 865. Awesome and almost the top.
- The battery is only 4,510mAh. It’s a solid effort but I would’ve liked to see something higher than 5,000 honestly.
- The Resolution is QHD+. Wonderful
All in all, this phone is incredible. The price isn’t, but who’s counting their dollar bills when this phone is for sale.
Update: This phone seems to be discounted. The price is much more reasonable now. Check it out on Amazon.
Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20 Plus
This is my top personal choice. Well to be precise, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. I actually have a life outside of gaming and so I can’t afford to just focus on a pure-gaming phone…
The Samsung Galaxy is just straight up epic. In my very very not so humble opinion, this is the best overall device on the market as of now. The ROG may be better on paper, but the S20 just has everything…
Here are the standout features of the Samsung Galaxy S20:
- The chipset is Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (This is the best on the market. It’s unbelievable)
- The camera is one of the top in the market (I know that no one cares but it needs to be mentioned)
- Dynamic AMOLED. Need I say more?
- 120Hz refresh rate. Not as good as the ROG but a serious serious contender.
- Processor is Octa-core, 3000 MHz, Kryo 585, 64-bit, 7 nm (A touch behind the ROG)
The price is a lot more than the other contenders but it’s Samsung… You should expect a mortgage-sized price. The best prices I’ve seen for the Note S20, have been at Amazon.
LG V60 ThinQ
The LG V60 ThinQ, like the rest of the gaming phones on the list is mighty solid. If you’re a Lords Mobile gamer, for example, you can expect serious speed while playing with any of these phones. This phone is incredible.
Here are some of the notable features:
- The System chip is, like most of the others, a Snapdragon 865. It’s really solid, but not the very best
- The Battery is A++ with s 5,000 mAh capacity, making it one of the best in the industry
- The processor is a Octa-core, 2840 MHz, Kryo 585, 64-bit, 7 nm. Again, really good, but not the best.
One of the best things about this phone is the price! This phone’s price to specs ratio is probably the best on the list! Amazon has incredible prices on the LG V60 ThinQ.
Motorola Edge Plus
The Motorola Edge + is a great phone for gaming. It’s not as powerful as some of the other phones on this list but the chip and the battery are awesome. The Motorola also has somehow (don’t ask me how) managed to redeem their image, and are now bordering the status symbol of the iPhone. This has been one weird year…
Here are the notable features of the Motorola Edge Plus:
- The processor is Octa-core, 2840 MHz, Kryo 585, 64-bit, 7 nm (Good, but not the top of this list)
- The battery is solid at 5,000mAh
- The System chip is, like most of the others, a Snapdragon 865. Awesome stuff
- OLED. Enough said…
All in all, this Motorola Edge + is fantastic. The price is somewhere in the middle… The best price for the Edge Plus that I’ve seen (as with almost all of these devices) has been on Amazon.
Nubia Red Magic 5G
The Nubia Red Magic 5G looks cool. I have to admit that much. And the good news is that it actually lives up to the hype. It’s not all good news, but it’s definitely a serious contender on this list!
Just be warned that it’s a touch thick, all things considered, but I personally don’t mind that much!
- 144Hz display. Yes, equal with the ROG. This is a serious feature for the real gamers. Expect the refresh rate to flash like a spinning-top. If that’s a thing?
- The System chip is the Snapdragon 865
- The battery is 4500 mAh. It’s good compared to regular phones, but for this list is blah
Buy the Nubia Red Magic from Amazon. It’s the best price I’ve seen so far…
Sony Xperia 1 II
The Sony Xperia is a good phone, but I’m not sure if it belongs on this list of “gaming phones”. One of my definitions of a gaming phone is that it needs a battery that can handle serious gaming – for a long time without charging. Also keep in mind that charging and playing will heat the device up…
That being said, the rest of specs are enough to push it onto this list…
Here are the notable moments for the Sony Xperia 1 II:
- Battery with 4000 mAh. Eww
- Octa-core, 2840 MHz, Kryo 585, 64-bit, 7 nm. Good
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. Solid
- Internal Space is 256GB. Nice
Ok. Here’s the link to buy it from Amazon. Notice: It’s bloody expensive compared to other options and I’m really not sure why…
iPhone 12 Pro
I’m annoyed that I have to put the stupid iPhone on this list, but I know that a lot of you are addicts and so this list won’t be complete without this DREADFUL options as well. Read my article on Apple.
Here are the horrible iPhone features:
- 60Hz refresh rate. Yes you read that correctly. That’s 1/3 of the ROG and Red Magic…
- The battery is 3687 mAh. Yes, that’s the worst one on the list. I’m throwing up inside my mouth as I type
- The Apple A14 Bionic Chip is the only redeeming quality to the latest iPhone. Aisde for having two less cores it seems to out class the Snapdragon 865. Ok. One win for Apple…
- Hexa-core, 64-bit, 5 nm. Note that it’s Hex vs Oct, but otherwise very impressive…
Listen, if you want to get an iPhone and you want to do gaming, this will be your best option. Here’s a link to buy the iPhone 12 Pro.
Razor Phone 2
Yes. That famous phone squarish with the obvious speakers on the front. But it’s really good. Well good-ish!
Here are the highlights:
- Awesome camera
- 120Hz display (It’s basically magic). This is the highlight feature!
- Great-ish features
- A focus on gaming. The Razor Phone 1 was an early player.
- Screen ratio that was thought up by a drunkard
- Maintains high performance really well. Doesn’t drop specs fast like some of the other phones
Honestly, not much a fan of the Razor Phone 2. It looks great, but this was a fail! The other gaming phones kind of make circles around this one! The ROG and Shark make the Razor look like the Nokia 5110.
The ROG is the top winner without a doubt. If you are addicted to Samsung, I recommend going with the Samsung S20. And if you’re addicted to Apple, you have serious problems, but definitely stick with the iPhone 12 Pro.