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A comprehensive guide to the best phones for gaming in 2020

23 July, 2020 Gaming

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As graphics, touch sensitive buttons and general smartphone technology have improved, mobile gaming has come a long way over the last few decades. From games of Snake you may have enjoyed on your old Nokia, both serious and casual mobile gamers can now choose from a plethora of immersive titles as developers work tirelessly to produce the latest smash hit title.

However, whether you're due an upgrade, or want to take your mobile gaming experience to the next level, having the right equipment at your fingertips is essential.

With so much choice on the market choosing your new gaming smartphone can be a tricky challenge though. With that in mind we bring you our guide to the best phones for gaming in 2020..


iPhone 11 Pro Max / iPhone 11 Pro

Leading the pack for Apple's latest smartphone innovation, the 13th generation iPhone 11 Pro has been popular with gamers since its release in autumn 2019.

Serious players may want to opt for the impressive iPhone 11 Pro Max, which features a generous 6.5-inch screen, compared to 5.8-inches in the standard model, and a large battery life means it won't cut out as you chase that high score.

Both models are bound to impress, with the A13 bionic processor giving memorising speed during in online play.

However, retailing at north of £1,000, these stylish status symbol smartphones are a hefty investment, so those on a budget may want to consider other options.

Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20 Plus

Even Apple fanboys will be questioning their loyalties when they consider Samsung's latest flagship models.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 and Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus boast some seriously powerful hardware, equipped with either a Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 chipset depending on where you hang your hat in the world.

Other tech to tempt Samsung cynics includes a 1440p Dynamic AMOLED screen, with the S20 and S20 plus offering a 6.2 and 6.7 inch display respectively. With these specifications, you'll be gaming with some of the most gorgeous graphics on the market.

The large battery space of 4,000mAh 0r 4500mAh for the S20 plus is a further consideration for those willing to take a chance with Samsung.

 

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Asus ROG Phone 2

Another great option built with gaming at its heart, the Asus ROG Phone 2 offers some seriously impressive specs for those looking for a primary gaming phone.

The humongous 6,000 mAh battery allows for gaming sessions to run well into the wee hours, and the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset and generous RAM makes this model a hot contender for the best gaming phone on the market right now.

A great option for online casino gaming fans in particular, with an ergonomic 6.59 inch screen it's perfectly suited for those who enjoy classic online casino titles like roulette or even more graphically immersive games like free spins no deposit slots.

The somewhat unconventional design is bound not to be to everyone's taste, but this shouldn't detract from what is a world beating gaming phone.


Black Shark 2

A great option for those on a budget, this is a model designed with gaming at its heart.

The second generation offering from Xiaomi comes with an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen combined with a 6.39-inch screen, to create an attractive option for players. The sleek and futuristic body is also bound to turn heads.

Limited international availability and a few unconventional operating oddities may deter some, but in terms of value for money, it blows its gaming phone peers out of the water.


Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus / Galaxy S10

It is testament to Samsung that they appear twice on this list, despite not being the first name in gaming phones.

A Snapdragon chipset features again, this time being the 855, and the AMOLED display makes another appearance, both of which are sure to tempt those who may otherwise overlook Samsung.

Generous internal storage and the Galaxy Plus also sold in a 1-terabyte model with 12GB of RAM are further perks to consider. A great phone even when gaming capabilities are taken out of the equation, with a 3-lens rear-facing camera setup and a sleek design, this is a perfect option for the more casual player.


 

 


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