7 smartphone options for mobile gamers
Smartphone users are spending more time and money on mobile games, according to a study, published in June 2017 by Flurry Analytics. The researchers tracked over 940,000 apps across multiple categories and got an insight into gaming behaviour on 2.1 billion devices. They also found that 50% of all mobile gaming sessions are driven by the US, India, China, Brazil and Russia. This suggests that mobile gaming is quite popular in India.
Razer, known for gaming accessories, is reportedly planning on launching a gaming smartphone on 1 November. It is expected to run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, offer great audio, and a big AMOLED screen.
While a regular budget smartphone is capable of running most games with minor frame drops, but when it comes to more graphic-intensive and demanding games, you will need a smartphone with more powerful innards. Here are some of the options you can consider.
Honor 8 Pro
With the Honor 8 Pro, users get a bigger 5.7-inch screen with higher resolution of 2,560x1,440p. It is carved in a lustreless metal chassis, weighs 183g and comes in midnight black and navy blue colours. The smartphone runs on Huawei’s powerful Kirin 960 octa-core processor with 6GB RAM, Mali G71 MP8 graphics and packs in a 4,000mAh battery so one can play longer. There is ample space for your games —128GB internal storage, expandable to up to 128GB via micro SD card.
OnePlus 5 has a metal body too, offers a big 5.5-inch screen and packs in 3,300mAh battery yet weighs just 153g. It is powered by Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, clubbed with 6GB RAM and has Adreno 540 graphics. The 5.5-inch AMOLED display has a resolution of just 1,920x1,080p, but offers a wider DCI-P3 colour mode which gives it a brighter look. The display is protected against scratches with Gorilla Glass 5.
LG G6 offers a 5.7-inch screen with very thin bezels. It is 148.9mm tall, 71.9mm wide, weighs 163g and is waterproof up to 1.5 metres. Driving the smartphone is Qualcomm’s powerful Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor paired with 4GB RAM and Adreno 530 graphics. The other highlight is the new 18:9 aspect ratio which makes gaming more immersive. The screen packs an impressive resolution of 2,880x1,440p. It offers 64GB storage and accepts microSD cards of up to 256GB.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 takes the whole bezel-less concept to a new level. It has practically no bezels except for a thin strip below the screen. While it’s only 151.8mm tall and 75.5mm wide, it weighs 185g due to the ceramic finish on the back. It packs in a huge 6-inch screen with a resolution of 2,880x1,1440p and aspect ratio of 18:9. To power the smartphone, Xiaomi has used Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor and clubbed it with 6GB RAM and Adreno 540 graphics. Internal storage stands at 128GB.
The HTC flagship is also powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, has 6GB RAM and offers Adreno 540 graphics. It is a more stylish looking smartphone with a shiny glass back, squeezable side panel and is water proof up to 1 metres. The other notable highlight is the 5.5-inch LCD display which packs a resolution of 2,560x1,440p and uses Gorilla glass 5 for protection against scratches.
Samsung Galaxy S8+
The Galaxy S8+ belongs to the same breed of thin-bezel smartphones as the LG G6, but offers a much bigger 6.2-inch AMOLED screen with resolution of 2,960x1,440p and aspect ratio of 18:9. It is 159.5mm tall, 73.4mm wide and weighs just 173g. With no side-facing bezels to waste space, it looks quite narrow and fits comfortably in one hand. The smartphone is powered by Samsung’s powerful Exynos 8895 octa-core processor with 4GB RAM, uses Mali-G71 MP20 graphics and offers 64GB internal storage with the option to add 256GB more via microSD card. It is also waterproof up to 1.5 metres.
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
If you are not interested in an Android smartphone, you can consider the iPhone 8 Plus for its stunning glass back design, splash-resistant body and powerful innards. The 5.5-inch display has a resolution of 1,920x1,080p but is brighter than its predecessor. The new iPhone is driven by Apple’s powerful A11 Bionic processor and M11 motion co-processor. Storage is no longer a concern in entry-level iPhones. You get 64GB internal storage. The iPhone 8’s other highlight is the stereo speakers which will make gaming more fun