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Best Available Gaming Smartphones in 2018

Smartphones are not only for calling now, we are using it for professional gaming and even streaming on gaming platforms. We need a more powerful hardware and to get even more from the smartphone to game well.

Smartphone manufacturers are starting to get into gaming category and they have launched several gaming ready smartphones this year. If you are an all-time gamer too then check out these amazing gaming smartphones available in 2018.

Asus ROG Phone

Asus has been ruling the PC gaming components industry for so long and now to rule the gaming smartphone category, Asus released the most powerful gaming smartphone; ASUS ROG Phone. The smartphone comes with worlds fastest gaming processor, Snapdragon 845 which is overclocked to the maximum clock frequency of 2.96GHz.

Asus ROG Phone

This type of overclocking needs a better cooling system so Asus has built a custom GameCool vapor-chamber cooling system. The display is AMOLED with 90Hz display and 1ms response time, it also supports HDR. The smartphone is also equipped with ultra-responsive Air-Triggers which works as extra helpful keys for gaming. The ports are mounted on the side so all the cables go down while you are playing games.

In other specifications, the smartphone comes with faster UFS 2.1 storage with 128GB and 512GB capacity options. The display is 6 inches AMOLED panel with HDR support, FHD+ resolution, 1 ms response and 90Hz refresh rate. The processor is paired with 8GB LPDDR4X RAM. The rear camera is a 16MP + 12MP dual lens setup, it comes with f/1.7 aperture and LED flash. The selfie camera is an 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture size and 84 degrees field of view.


The smartphone is water resistant, runs the Android 8.1 Oreo OS with ROG Gaming X mode UI and 4000 mAh battery. The smartphone comes with 30w fast charging with Quick Charge 4.0. Asus is also selling some compatible gaming related accessories for the ROG phone; AeroActive Cooler for cooling the smartphone while gaming, Mobile Desktop dock, TwinView Dock, Professional dock, Asus WiGig Dock and Gamevice.

Razer Phone

Razer is dominating the PC gaming industry for so long and now to dominate the gaming smartphone industry, here comes the Razer phone. The smartphone is surely rocking the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset which is least powerful in this list but Razer did one thing which is needed in gaming is the 120Hz display and 8GB LPDDR4 RAM.

The smartphone comes with a 5.7 inches IGZO LCD display with 120Hz refresh rate QHD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The IGZO LCD display is known for slim form factor, low power consumption, and high-resolution support. The smartphone comes with a dual camera setup including two 12 MP sensors and dual LED flash at the back, the selfie camera is an 8MP sensor.

The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 835 paired with 8GB RAM and 64GB UFS storage which is expandable to 2TB via micro SD card. The smartphone is powered by a 4000 mAH battery which supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ for fast charging.

Xiaomi Black Shark Phone

Xiaomi also came to the gaming smartphone market with the Black Shark gaming smartphone. Of course, this is a gaming smartphone, it comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset which gives it the performance which is a need in today’s mobile gaming. Black Shark is a gaming component company itself which Xiaomi has collaborated with to make this gaming smartphone.

The smartphone comes with a 6 inches display with 2160 x 1080 resolution and 2.5D curved cover glass. The smartphone is powered with Adreno 630 GPU, 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage. At the rear is a 12MP + 20MP dual lens setup with f/1.75 aperture size and dual-tone flash, the front-facing camera is a 20 MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture size. The smartphone is powered by a 4000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support.

Nubia Red Magic smartphone

Nubia from ZTE is a smartphone sub-brand which recently dropped a smartphone in the gaming segment. The Nubi Red Magi smartphone comes with Anodized Aluminum and some RGB LED lighting on the back which looks cool enough for a gaming smartphone. The smartphone comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor which is paired with 8GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB UFS2.1 dual LANE storage.

Nubia Red Magic

The display on Red Magic smartphone is a 5.99 inches Full HD+with 18:9 aspect ratio and 2.5D curved cover glass. The rear camera is a 24MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture size and LED flash, the front camera is an 8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture and FHD video recording. The battery which powers the smartphone is 3800 mAh and supports fast charging.


All of these smartphones come with all types of tuning whether it is hardware related or software related to making the gaming better. The high refresh rate display is sure makes the gaming better and smoother but only a few numbers of games support this display. If you still cannot decide which gaming smartphone to buy then wait for our “what you need in a gaming smartphone” editorial.

Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.View Author posts