Smartphone buyer’s guide: Top gaming smartphones (2019)

Smartphones have changed the landscape of how we play games. It may have all started with the basic Snake game on the Nokia 3310 released in the early 2000s to getting super hooked to Candy Crush on your iPhone. Smartphones continue to become a more reasonable option for gaming. alongside gaming consoles.

Nowadays, there are many smartphones that offer the power and speed that will cater to your mobile gaming. For instance, games like Fortnite and PUBG have become successful in the mobile arena, thanks to modern smartphones we have around.

Here are some gaming phones that you might want to consider getting.

7. Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro

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The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro offers gamers, with impressive specs and innovative gaming-focused tech that are a big step ahead from its sibling, the Black Shark 2. This gaming phone has a 6.39-inch AMOLED screen with a 240Hz touch-sensing display. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ chipset, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB UFS 3.0 storage, 48MP + 12MP dual rear cameras, 20MP front camera, and 4,000mAh battery with 27W fast charging technology. Xiaomi improved the Master Touch feature into a newer version which enhances the accuracy of the custom touch zone of your phone using just your thumbs.

The Black Shark 2 Pro is priced on Lazada starting at around P27,000.

6. OnePlus 7 Pro

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The OnePlus 7 Pro is one of the niftiest gaming phones around. Its core specs, screen, and camera are some of the best there is. This phone is available in two flavors — the 6GB RAM + 128GB model with a price tag of P38,990, and the 8GB RAM + 256GB storage model with a price tag of P42,990 via Digital Walker.

Under the hood, this phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 CPU. It gets juice from a 4000 mAh battery with Warp Charge fast-charging. It has Dolby Atmos support for amazing sound during gaming (and other multimedia uses). It has a nice 6.67-inch, 3120 x 1440 pixels, 19.5:9 90Hz AMOLED display.

5. ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3

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The ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3 apparently provides some topnotch gaming features such as having the latest Snapdragon 855 processor, a huge 6.55in 90Hz display and touch-sensitive trigger buttons for about P21,000 (price from Lazada). It comes with a 48-megapixel main camera and a 16-megapixel selfie camera. It has a sizable battery with capacity of 5000mAh. Although it does not have the aggressive look as the ASUS ROG, it is still a worthy contender. Its retail price starts at about P21,000 on Lazada.

4. Honor Play

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The Honor Play is an easy-to-recommend gaming phone because of its amazing performance for a price that won’t break the bank. Although it doesn’t sport features like that of the ASUS ROG or Razer Phone, it still is a great gaming device for those who are on a budget. Priced at P15,990, this phone has a Kirin 970 chipset, 4GB RAM, and 16-megapixel dual-rear cameras to support your gaming needs.

3. Apple iPhone XR

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For Apple fanboys who game, the iPhone XR is the ideal smartphone. This phone comes with an amazingly fast processor, powerful graphics, and seamless software-hardware integration. It has a good gaming real estate with its 6.1-inch LCD display. It runs on a powerful A12 Bionic chipset.

The iPhone XR is priced at P40,990 on Apple’s PH website.

2. Razer Phone 2

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The Razer Phone 2 is a legit smartphone for gamers. Aside from unleashing supreme mobile gaming power, it promises to smoothly handle your work and allow you to enjoy an unparalleled mobile entertainment experience. This phone is a huge update from its predecessor as it now offers an upgraded processor with vapor chamber cooling, wireless charging, water-resistance, and the long-awaited illuminated logo with Razer Chroma. It has a price tag that starts at about P30,000 on Lazada.

1. ASUS ROG Phone II

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The ASUS ROG Phone II is a step forward in the world of mobile gaming. It runs on a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor and is packed with 12 GB of RAM. It is powered by a monstrous 6000mAh battery. It comes with the GameCool II vapor-chamber cooling system that will give you nonstop, full-speed performance. It sports an AMOLED HDR display with unrivaled latency for superb gaming. It features the iconic side-charging design that will give you total control with the uprated AirTrigger II technology.

The ASUS ROG Phone II has a retail price of P49,995 (12GB + 512GB) on ASUS PH website. It is available for pre-orders from October 3 to 11.

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