While next-gen consoles get all
the attention because they're so hard to come by – a lot is going on in the
Android and Apple worlds, and unlike consoles, you don't have to join a 4 a.m.
online queue in order to obtain one. When it comes to gaming potential, the
finest gaming phones can compete with tablets and, in some cases, even portable
consoles like the Nintendo Switch, so if you enjoy games, it's worth having a
phone that can keep up.
Mobile gaming is improving all the
time as processors become quicker, GPUs become more powerful, and screens
become clearer. Although the best gaming phones aren't folding right now – at
least not for intensive gaming – we've put together a list of the finest
foldable phones on the market if you're looking for a wider play area for more
casual games. Let's take a look at the best gaming phones for 2022.
ROG Phone 5
The Asus ROG Phone 5 is an
excellent gaming phone that builds on the ROG Phone 3's success. The Asus ROG
Phone 5 also has a massive 6,000mAh battery that allows you to play for longer
periods of time, and 65W charging means you won't be out of commission for
long. It has a Snapdragon 888 processor with a 144Hz refresh rate, up to 16GB
of RAM and 300Hz touch sampling rate, all of which are faster than other phones
making it excellent for gaming.
Black Shark 3
This is probably one of the best
gaming phones at the moment, with a large 6.67-inch display, plenty of RAM, and
some remarkable ergonomics. The latest handset in Xiaomi's Black Shark gaming
line is just as amazing as the previous two: it's jam-packed with power and
capability, as well as other handful features that will appeal to gamers
looking for a better portable experience.
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
The new Samsung Galaxy Note 20
Ultra may not appear to be a gaming phone, but rest assured: it's one of the
best, with the most advanced display you'll find, which can scale up to 120Hz
or down to 30Hz or 60Hz to match the frame rate of on-screen content. The current high-end Note lacks the same level of gamer-friendly
features as the ROG Phone 3, such as clip-on external cooling fans and
adjustable air triggers.
The first Razer Phone was a good
first attempt at bringing the gamer-centric brand to a mobile device, but it
had a few flaws that pushed it down our list. However, the phone's powerful
chipset, 120hz refresh rate screen, superb speakers, 8GB RAM, and 4,000mAh
battery, as well as extensive battery life and performance settings, make it an
excellent gaming phone. The Razer Phone 2 appears to be fairly identical to its
predecessor on the outside, with the exception that it now has a Snapdragon 845
engine and a glass back that allows for Qi wireless charging. It's also got a
sleek vapour chamber to keep the device cool while you play.