Rating of the 20 most top gaming smartphones

Rating of the 20 most top gaming smartphones Technique

Each buyer pursues personal goals when buying a new gadget. Some people want a phone that can take beautiful pictures, while others choose gaming smartphones with powerful performance. We offer to consider the most popular models among gamers. 

Top 20 ranking of the best gaming phones

The gaming market is expanding every year and is very much in demand. Therefore, the question arises which phone is better to buy. 

gaming phone

Based on the technical description and user opinions, a rating of the best gaming smartphones 2020 has been compiled, which can help you choose the right model. 

20th place. Honor View 20

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The gaming phone was released in 2018. Equipped with technology that allows you to simultaneously use WiFi and mobile Internet. GPU Turbo support allows you to get the most out of gaming performance. Relatively fast charging, while battery life is enough for 14 hours of video viewing.

Honor View 20 phone

Honor View 20

19th place. Nubia Red Magic 3

Gamers will appreciate the built-in cooler to cool the smartphone when it gets too hot. Artificial intelligence automatically adjusts the picture. The built-in video accelerator takes part in ensuring a smooth and long game progress. 

Nubia Red Magic 3

18th place. Huawei Mate 20X

The largest mobile phone in the Mate 20 series. It weighs 232 g and measures about 17.5 x 8.5 x 0.8. It is comfortable to play thanks to:

  • modern graphic image;
  • Huawei HiSilicon KIRIN 980 processor;
  • anti-slip engraving on the back;
  • audio jack - 3.5 mm;
  • minimum cutout on the screen for the camera. 

The gaming smartphone does not charge wirelessly, is poorly protected from dust and moisture. 

Huawei Mate 20X

17th place. Xiaomi Mi 9

The price of a smartphone in the world is 35000. It has 128 Gb of internal and 6 Gb of RAM, a powerful processor is built in.

The advantages include a good camera, fast charging, a large display and NFC. 

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Xiaomi Mi 9

 

16th place. Lenovo Legion Pro

A gaming smartphone with a capacious battery that provides long work without recharging. Any games without a hitch go on the device. Powerful speakers provide high quality sound. A cooling system has been developed to remove excess heat. The bright matrix is supported by 144 Hz. No 3.5mm audio jack. 

Lenovo Legion Pro phone

Lenovo Legion Pro

15th place. iPhone Xs Max

Sometimes this model is not considered for games. However, it is perfectly optimized and even with 4 Gb RAM it works as clearly and quickly as the flagships on the android system. In addition, applications for IOS are developed smoothly and stable in operation. The phone has an A12 Bionic processor.

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iPhone Xs Max

14th place. Apple iPhone 11

Smartphone with 4-core processor A13 Bionic. At release, the manufacturer stated that their model is twice as fast as any smartphone on the Android system. Speakers are devices that provide spatial sound. The display diagonal is 6.1. For the IOS system, specially designed games are provided that “fly” on the iPhone 11. The model cannot be attributed to a budget smartphone, but for apple lovers, now its price is more acceptable. 

Apple iPhone 11

Apple iPhone 11

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13th place. Honor 20 Pro 8 

This is an upgraded version with larger battery capacity and more memory, Kirin 980 processor and powerful graphics. 

Charging is enough for a day without a game mode. You can't charge your smartphone wirelessly. The fourth chamber is built into the model, now it is 4-module. 

Honor 20 Pro 8 

12th place. Google Pixel 3 64GB

The appearance is not like the design of the best gaming phones, despite this, many games run without problems on maximum graphics. The model is equipped with wireless and fast charging functions. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. When Pixel was released, the price did not characterize it as a budget gaming model, but now the purchase will cost a little more than 35 thousand ₽. 

Google Pixel 3 64GB

11th place. Nubia Red Magic 3s

The screen works on an OLED matrix. The large battery capacity (5000) fills up completely in 2 hours. Enough for 2 days of use at medium loads. These batteries are impressive, but the sound cannot be very loud. But watching videos is quite comfortable. Image quality is maintained even at night, but at any time of the day, graininess appears on homogeneous surfaces. The cooling system provides many hours of play, and a powerful process will allow the phone to serve for a long time. 

Nubia Red Magic 3s

Nubia Red Magic 3s

10th place. Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro

The two sides of the phone are made of tempered glass, which is not practical for the back when in use. The battery allows you to watch videos throughout the day without additional recharging. There is no cutout for the front camera on the display, which is comfortable for image perception. 

There is no wireless charging option. The price is not included in the budget range. 

Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro

9th place. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Big phone with a relatively small weight. Dimensions - about 16 × 7.6 × 9, weight - 201 g. The work is provided by the Samsung Exynos 9 9810 processor with a cooling system. This is a model in which for the first time the manufacturer has radically increased the battery capacity (up to 4000). Performance is controlled by artificial intelligence, ensuring smooth gaming. Optimized functionality and a powerful processor are offset by a high price. 

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Phone Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

8th place. Realme X50 Pro 5G

The duration of battery life is controlled by the selected mode and can last from one day to two. Bright display, high gaming performance and high-quality sound output provide a comfortable game. 

The quad camera works better during the day, but there are problems at night. Wireless charging is not provided, but the technical components ensure a long and uninterrupted operation. 

Phone Realme X50 Pro 5G

Realme X50 Pro 5G

7th place. Vi iQOO 3 5Gvo

The best representative of the budget gaming smartphone. The high-performance processor and large battery allow you to play for a long time at maximum graphics settings, despite the low refresh rate of 60 Hz. The device is protected against overheating. With a low load, the smartphone can work for two days. A completely discharged battery restores its charge in an hour. 

Phone Vi iQOO 3 5Gvo

Vivo iQOO 3 5G

6th place. Xiaomi Black Shark 3S

By external signs, it can be seen that the smartphone is designed for gaming. There is an illuminated logo on the back cover. The front side is represented by a solid AMOLED matrix. It does not have a hole for the camera. Charging can be done wirelessly or wired. The first lasts 12 minutes, and the second - 40. Battery life under heavy loads is designed for 7 hours. 

The downsides include the camera, which is a little worse than the flagship ones. 

Phone Xiaomi Black Shark 3S

Xiaomi Black Shark 3S

5th place. Vivo iQOO Neo 3

The best budget option on the Snapdragon 865 processor, which definitely occupies the first position in the top 10 low-cost smartphones for gaming. The appearance of the case does not focus on the gaming purpose. There are no performance hits. Continuous operation is protected by the cooling system. There is no wireless charging, but wired allows you to fill 100% batteries in an hour.

Phone Vivo iQOO Neo 3

Vivo iQOO Neo 3

4th place. Vivo iQOO Z1

The plastic case gives a simple look to the device. The large screen works thanks to the IPS-matrix with support for 144 Hz. recharging is possible only through a wire, after half an hour the battery is half filled. The triple camera allows you to create beautiful images. Gaming performance may not be enough for some applications. As a rule, top games work without problems. 

Phone Vivo iQOO Z1

Vivo iQOO Z1

3rd place. Nubia Red Magic 5G

Flagship smartphone for gaming with a very stylish design in a combined color. The battery isn't the biggest among gaming phones, but it takes 40 minutes to charge up to 100%. Only wired circuit is possible. Autonomy in the game is 4 hours. Touch triggers are built in above the display, which is valuable for gamers. The phone is protected from overheating by a cooling system, the operation of which can be controlled. The top-of-the-line QS 865 chipset should last a long time, keeping the device running smoothly with periodic updates. 

Nubia Red Magic 5G phone

Nubia Red Magic 5G

2nd place. Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition

The design of the combined body is very unusual. Used glass and metal. The screen is made of tempered glass. 

The battery for six thousand in active mode works for about 6 hours. Economy mode may not require recharging for three days. Recharging takes two hours, there is no wireless option. The camera is more suitable for daytime shooting, at night the picture deteriorates. At the same time, an exposure mode is provided for obtaining a better picture. 

The matrix is supported by a frequency of 144 Hz. Powerful enough for most games at maximum settings. With all the pluses, the phone is quite heavy (240 g) and large (171 x 78 x 9.85). 

Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition

1st place. Asus ROG Phone 3 ZS661KS

The model features a more powerful processor (QS 865+). According to this characteristic, it overtakes the Strix Edition. The battery life here is longer and is suitable for avid gamers. In other respects (matrix, camera, touch triggers, dimensions, design), both models are similar. 

Phone Asus ROG Phone 3 ZS661KS

Asus ROG Phone 3 ZS661KS

Asus Rog Phone 3 12 512GB

The model is both similar to previous versions and completely different. The case has a hole for heat to escape. It is recognized by many as the best new gaming smartphone among its brethren and competitors. 

What's new:

  • smartphone looks more stylish;
  • here is a triple camera with a rather tangible block;
  • frame refresh rate - 144 Hz;
  • extended battery life. 

As in previous versions, the screen backlight can be activated.

Asus Rog Phone 3 12 512GB

In one of the versions provided 16 Gb of RAM 16 Gb. Games run easily at maximum settings. 

Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 6.59/2340×1080
Weight 240 g
SIM card, pcs
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  512/12
Battery capacity 6000 mAh
rear camera  Triple 64/13/5 Mp
Front-camera 24MP
Micro SD support  Not

Xiaomi Black Shark 3 8 128GB

All the same unusual body. The color of the logo illumination can be changed. Despite the expectations of many users, the refresh rate of the smartphone screen is 90 Hz. 

Xiaomi Black Shark 3 8 128GB

Depending on the amount of memory, two types are distinguished for it: LPDDR 4X - for 8 Gb, LPDDR 5 - for 12 Gb.

Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 6.67/2400×1080
Weight 222 g
SIM card, pcs 2
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  128/8
Battery capacity 4720 mAh
rear camera  64/13/5 MP
Front-camera 20MP
Micro SD support  Not

Nubia Red Magic 5G 12 256GB

The device is considered one of the best gaming versions, and some put it in a leadership position. Indicators that explain this opinion:

  • version with 16 Gb RAM;
  • 6.65 inch matrix;
  • screen refresh rate - 144 Hz;
  • the cooling system includes a cooler with a rotation speed of 15 thousand rpm;
  • OS Android 10. 

Nubia Red Magic 5G 12 256GB Phone

Nubia Red Magic 5G 12 256GB

In addition to high performance indicators, the model stands out for its striking design.

Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 6.65/2340×1080
Weight 218 g
SIM card, pcs 2
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  256/12
Battery capacity 4500 mAh
rear camera  Triple 64/8/2 Mp
Front-camera 8MP
Micro SD support  Not

Nubia Red Magic 5S 12 256GB

The phone can be called an analogue of the 5G version. Models differ from each other in the cooling system. In 5S, it has been significantly improved. 

Phone Nubia Red Magic 5S 12 256GB

Nubia Red Magic 5S 12 256GB

Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 6.65/2340×1080
Weight 220 g
SIM card, pcs 2
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  256/12
Battery capacity 4500 mAh
rear camera  Triple 64/8/2 Mp
Front-camera 8MP
Micro SD support  Not

Asus Rog Phone ZS600KL 128GB

The design loudly represents the smartphone for gaming. 

Among the flagship features is a widescreen (six inches) with a refresh rate of 90 Hz.

Asus Rog Phone ZS600KL 128GB

What's special:

  • 3 ultrasonic sensors;
  • 3 USB-C ports;
  • Game Cool cooling system with evaporator;
  • the opportunity to purchase additional accessories for games.
Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 6/2160×1080
Weight 220 g
SIM card, pcs 2
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  128/8
Battery capacity 4000 mAh
rear camera  Dual 12/8Mp
Front-camera 8MP
Micro SD support  Not

Asus Rog Phone II ZS660KL 12/512GB

How the model differs from the first generation:

  • the matrix has become larger;
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor;
  • 12 Gb RAM and 512 Gb built-in;
  • The battery capacity has become more than 6000 mAh;
  • the cooling system with the Game Cool II evaporator is used;
  • screen refresh rate increased to 120 Hz;
  • built-in stereo speakers on the front side;
  • the possibility of purchasing branded gaming accessories. 

Asus Rog Phone II ZS660KL 12/512GB

Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 6.59/2340×1080
Weight 240 g
SIM card, pcs 2
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  512/12
Battery capacity 6000 mAh
rear camera  Dual 148/13 Mp
Front-camera 24MP
Micro SD support  Not

Xiaomi Black Shark 6/64GB

The design of the smartphone case from Xiaomi looks very impressive. 

What is:

  • frame refresh rate - 120 Hz;
  • maximum brightness - 550 cd / m2;
  • the presence on the case of a separate button that regulates performance;
  • chipset cooling system. 

Phone Xiaomi Black Shark 6/64GB

Xiaomi Black Shark 6/64GB

A worthy example among the most budget smartphones. 

Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 5.99/2160×1080
Weight 190 g
SIM card, pcs 2
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  64/6
Battery capacity 4000 mAh
rear camera  Dual 12/20 Mp
Front-camera 20MP
Micro SD support  Not

Xiaomi Black Shark 2/12 256GB

Externally, the model differs slightly from the first generation. Remained the same corporate identity with the logo.

Specification changes:

  • powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor;
  • RAM became 12 Gb, and ROM - 256 Gb;
  • amoled matrix with a resolution of 2340 × 1080 and support for 240 Hz;
  • advanced cooling system;
  • increased autonomy;
  • there are front speakers. 

Xiaomi Black Shark 2/12 256GB

 The battery capacity remains the same. 

Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 5.39/2340×1080
Weight 205 g
SIM card, pcs 2
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  256/12
Battery capacity 4000 mAh
rear camera  Dual 48/12 Mp
Front-camera 20MP
Micro SD support  Not

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro 12/256Gb

Xiaomi Black Shark Pro 2 generation version is more stylish design. The technical advantages come down to a more powerful chipset and the appearance of a version with 512 Gb internal memory.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro 12/256Gb

Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 6.39/2340×1080
Weight 190 g
SIM card, pcs 2
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  256/12
Battery capacity 4000 mAh
rear camera  Dual 48/12 Mp
Front-camera 20MP
Micro SD support  Not

Nubia Red Magic 3 8/128Gb

The model is distinguished by a cooling system with an evaporation chamber. In addition, a cooler is provided, which, according to the manufacturer, rotates up to 14,000 rpm with minimal battery consumption. 

The technical “stuffing” has also been improved:

  • flagship processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855;
  • 5000 mAh battery;
  • matrix support - 90 Hz with a diagonal of 6.65 inches. 

Phone Nubia Red Magic 3 8/128Gb

Nubia Red Magic 3 8/128Gb

To perform the functions of the gamepad keys, sensors are installed on one of the faces of the smartphone. 

Pros:

  • top chipset;
  • gaming design;
  • fast charging;
  • high autonomy;
  • AMOLED display. 

Minuses:

  • no slot for memory cards;
  • no protection against dust and moisture
Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 6.65/2340×1080
Weight 215 g
SIM card, pcs 2
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  128/8
Battery capacity 5000 mAh
rear camera  48MP
Front-camera 16MP
Micro SD support  Not

Nubia Red Magic 3S 8/128Gb

How it differs from the version without the “S” prefix:

  • increased matrix support up to 240 Hz;
  • the processor is replaced by an improved one (Plus);
  • new UFS 3.0 data storage. 
    Nubia Red Magic 3S 8/128Gb

The price from Red Magic 3 differs a little. 

Phone Nubia Red Magic 3S 8/128Gb

Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 6.65/2340×1080
Weight 215 g
SIM card, pcs 2
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  128/8
Battery capacity 5000 mAh
rear camera  48MP
Front-camera 16MP
Micro SD support  Not

Razer Phone 2 64Gb

Second generation model from this manufacturer. What is different from the first:

  • IGZO-screen with support for 120 Hz (the manufacturer claims a 50 percent increase in brightness);
  • improved sound;
  • an evaporation chamber was added to the cooling system. 

Razer Phone 2 64Gb

Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 5.72/2560×1440
Weight 220 g
SIM card, pcs 1
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  64/8
Battery capacity 4000 mAh
rear camera  Dual 12/12 Mp
Front-camera 8MP
Micro SD support  There is

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro 6 128gb

Gaming phones can be attributed to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720 processor, a wide screen and a large battery.

Phone Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro 6 128gb

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro 6 128gb

In addition to the characteristics that are beneficial for gamers, the smartphone has a cool 4-module rear camera. 

Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 6.67/2400×1080
Weight 209 g
SIM card, pcs 2
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  64/6
Battery capacity 5020 mAh
rear camera  Quadruple 64/8/5/2 Mp
Front-camera 16MP
Micro SD support  There is

IQOO 3

The flagship of 2020 is endowed with excellent characteristics:

  • 6.44-inch sensor with 180Hz support;
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor;
  • fast operative. 

IQOO 3 phone

The amount of memory varies depending on the version. Some support 5G networks. 

Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 6.44/2400×1080
Weight 214 g
SIM card, pcs 2
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  256/12
Battery capacity 4440 mAh
rear camera  Quadruple 48/13/13/2 Mp
Front-camera 16MP
Micro SD support  Not

Doogee S70

The uniqueness of the smartphone comes down to the combination of gaming and shockproof device. MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763T) does not reach the powerful processor, in some games you need to lower the graphic settings. The disadvantage is covered by a cheap price (15-20 thousand ₽). 

Phone Doogee S70

Doogee S70

Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 5.99/2160×1080
Weight 278 g
SIM card, pcs 2
CPU MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763T)
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  64/6
Battery capacity 5500 mAh
rear camera  12/5 MP
Front-camera 16MP
Micro SD support  There is

Apple Iphone 12 Pro Max 256Gb

The built-in processor is considered top-end, which is fully justified by its power. Previous products from Apple worked on 2-3 Gb of RAM, this model has increased the volume to 6 Gb. 

Apple Iphone 12 Pro Max 256Gb

Chips 12 Pro Max:

  • excellent three-module camera;
  • 6.5-inch AMOLED screen;
  • the possibility of fast and wireless charging;
  • water protection. 

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Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 6.7/2778×1284
Weight 226 g
SIM card, pcs 2
CPU Apple A14 Bionic
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  256/6
Battery capacity 3687 mAh
rear camera  Triple 12/12/12 Mp
Front-camera 12MP
Micro SD support  Not

Oneplus 8 Pro 8/128Gb

Thanks to the super powerful processor, the smartphone is considered one of the best gaming devices with similar characteristics. 

A large display with support up to 140Hz, wireless and fast charging water protection make it quite remarkable for the consumer. 

Phone Oneplus 8 Pro 8/128Gb

Oneplus 8 Pro 8/128Gb

Pros:

  • excellent screen size, image, brightness;
  • decent cameras;
  • long battery life;
  • pleasant to the touch. 

Minuses:

  • high price;
  • weak zoom camera.
Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 6.78/3168×1440
Weight 199 g
SIM card, pcs 2
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  128/8
Battery capacity 4510 mAh
rear camera  48/48/8/5 MP
Front-camera 16MP
Micro SD support  Not

Honor Play 4/64Gb

The design of the smartphone can not be said that it is gaming. However, its “stuffing” does an excellent job with the gaming task. The manufacturer claims that the device consumes a reduced amount of energy with increased performance. 

Honor Play 4/64Gb

The pluses include:

  • good quality graphics;
  • long battery life;
  • powerful processor;
  • fast work;
  • inexpensive. 

Minu represents the average quality of the camera. 

Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 6.3/2340×1080
Weight
SIM card, pcs 2
CPU HiSilicon Kirin 970
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  64/4
Battery capacity 3750 mAh
rear camera  16/2MP
Front-camera 16MP
Micro SD support  There is

Nubia Red Magic

The design provides a vertical strip with backlight on the back cover, which gives the smartphone a stylish look. The case is made of aluminum, the smartphone is quite light. 

Nubia Red Magic

Holes for air outflow are made on the case (a cooling system is provided).

Diagonal (inch)/screen resolution 5.99/2160×1080
Weight 185 g
SIM card, pcs 2
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Memory size (internal/operative, Gb)  64/6
Battery capacity 3800 mAh
rear camera  24MP
Front-camera 8MP
Micro SD support  There is

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  1. Dima

    I do not agree with the rating, in general such figures are taken from the sky

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  2. Victor

    Oh, my Lenovo Legion is in the top 5, not bad))

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  3. Andrey

    We play games, so such smartphones have the right to be.
    In the standard kit for 70k, Asus Rog phone 3 only has active cooling and a rear bumper, a charging cable and an adapter from usb-c to 3.5, all other accessories are purchased separately.

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  4. Maksim

    Interesting statistics. Useful article.

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  5. Denis

    Самое главное в смартфоне это мощный процессор и чтоб батарейка держала долго. Поэтому смарфоны honor отличные хоть и не дорогие. И тут по праву Honor 20 Pro 8 на вершине топа. Очень на догло зарядки хватает. И можный, со всеми задачами справляется и не грееться.

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