This year, serious competition has flared up in this category, which is not surprising at all. 2020 was marked by the release of four gaming smartphones at once, each of which could well claim leadership. This time, the list includes only one non-gaming gadget that has a universal focus. All the rest – devices “sharpened” purely for gaming – both technical characteristics and design.
ASUS ROG Phone 3
Perhaps, in 2020, this smartphone has collected all the laurels to the maximum – it not only became the best flagship of the year but also declared itself in the competition of the best innovative devices. His screen also ended up on the list of the best.
As you can see, the ASUS ROG Phone 3 has managed to combine power and performance with innovation and a presentable look. Although, in this category, only the parameters that affect gaming quality should be taken into account. And they speak for themselves: Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset with a record 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal memory, which can handle any game; gorgeous, responsive AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate; programmable ultrasonic triggers for easy control; a cooling system based on a graphite plate and an evaporation chamber; a capacious battery and, as a bonus, front-facing stereo speakers. Add lighting, and all the requirements for a gaming smartphone are met.
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Here you will find gaming on a truly huge screen: 7.1 inches is almost a mini-tablet. Add other parameters to the solid diagonal – AMOLED matrix, 90 Hz refresh rate, 270 Hz touch readout rate, HDR10 + support, and 500 nits brightness in the usual mode – and you have a screen on which any game will look great. Among other things, this device’s display recognizes the force of pressing thanks to the Master-Touch 3.0 technology.
Of course, the performance did not disappoint: the device is based on the Snapdragon 865 processor, complete with 12 GB of RAM. The liquid cooling system prevents the device from overheating during long gaming sessions, and the dual 5000 mAh battery ensures good autonomy and high-speed charging.
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel
Another gaming smartphone, which was included not only in the rating concerning gaming. Its design, screen, and innovative features were also appreciated. Interestingly, everything listed in this device in one way or another correlates with its gaming tasks and serves them. The screen is not only beautiful and bright – its 144Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate make your gaming experience easy and smooth. Its design is aimed at the comfort of the player’s thanks to the original camera arrangement. This is especially true of the retractable front camera, which solves streaming tasks due to its ideal location in landscape orientation. The innovations involved in cooling and battery placement are geared towards gaming – the dual 5000mAh battery charges very quickly, and the copper tubes keep it from overheating.
Of course, the performance here is at its best – the Snapdragon 865+ and 16GB of RAM need no comment.
ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5G
This more affordable gaming smartphone has become a worthy competitor to its more expensive brothers. Despite the slightly simpler platform – the overclocked Snapdragon 865 – it is not inferior to them in performance, offering the same RAM amount in the maximum configuration.
The 6.65-inch screen will display any game as smoothly as possible thanks to the 144 Hz refresh rate (by the way, this smartphone was the first in the industry to get such a screen). The pure gaming “chips” of the device include a dual cooling system, liquid, and air, as well as a control system based on trigger buttons with a touch reading frequency of 300 Hz
iPhone 12 Pro Max
The most powerful device from the iPhone 12 family has become the most suitable for gaming. In addition to the powerful 5-nanometer Apple A14 Bionic processor complete with 6 GB of RAM, this device boasts other parameters that allow you to run any games on it.
Its Super Retina XDR OLED display boasts very high brightness (1200 nits peak), 2,000,000: 1 contrast ratio, and 458 PPI pixel density. Despite not having the highest refresh rate at 60Hz, gaming on this huge 6.7-inch screen promises to be impressive.