The Best Android Phones for Gaming

Almost any phone can run free-to-play titles like Candy Crush or Angry Birds, but more graphically demanding games need the best Android phones on the market.

Some truly fun and unique Android games are console or PC ports that require a powerful CPU, faster displays, and a lot of memory without draining the battery. The following gaming phones can do just that.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung’s annual mainstay, the Galaxy, always seems to push the limits of their smartphone predecessors. The new S21 lineup is the most powerful yet thanks to the Snapdragon 888, which improves CPU performance of the Galaxy S20 collection by 25% and GPU by 35%. 

Its other specs are nothing to sneeze at either. Inside the S21 Ultra is a 6.8 inch Quad HD+ resolution screen at 120Hz, 1500 nits of brightness, and either 8, 12, or 16GB of storage.

With the giant-sized 5000mAh battery, you’ll be able to play casino games like Bonanza Slot, RPGs like Raid Shadow Legends, and FPSs like Call of Duty: Mobile for hours before charging.

Samsung Galaxy S21

You won’t see Samsung running ads for the Galaxy 21 as a gaming phone, but it has some gaming chops. While not as robust as the S21 Ultra, it can still handle HD gaming features.

For example, the S21 can seamlessly stream games from Xbox Game Pass and is compatible with many Bluetooth Controllers. This is due to the 120Hz refresh rate found in the Snapdragon 888.

Although the S21 loses 0.6 inches of display from the S21 Ultra, a large screen isn’t all that matters. At 24000 x 1080, the screen is still considered high resolution and can show off some incredible graphic capabilities. The Galaxy S21 is also more comfortable to hold and carry.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

Do you prefer to play games on a larger screen? The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the phone for you! Once the Galaxy Z screen unfurls, you’ll be treated to a massive 7.6 canvas to display the latest games. Both inner and outer AMOLED screens have a smooth and dynamic 120Hz refresh rate.

The biggest upgrade from the Galaxy Z Fold 2 to 3 is the plastic coating that covers each screen. Now, it feels similar to a glass panel – better for daily use.

Of course, the new Galaxy Z uses Snapdragon 888, but it also offers 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, global 5G band, and Wi-Fi 6e, Bluetooth 5.2, a 4400mAh battery, and IPX8 water resistance.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

The Samsung Note is a fan favorite for its large, almost 7-inch screen and 120Hz display. As another Samsung product that isn’t marketed as a gaming phone, some will overlook the Note 20 Ultra, but this incredibly powerful gadget can do a lot.

For instance, it can stream Xbox Titles via Xbox Game Pass and can cast games via Samsung’s DeX interface and Miracast.

Although the Note 20 is on the expensive side, its Snapdragon 865 Plus CPU, 12GB of Ram, and over 10-hour battery life offers a smooth gaming experience that’s worth the cost. Plus, its included pen and intractability make the Note endlessly useful in both business and leisure.

OnePlus 9 Pro

As the only non-Samsung product on the list, it definitely stands out. The OnePlus 9 Pro is more than just a carrier of the Android OS, as this high-end phone packs a lot of punch. If you want high gaming performance without sacrificing camera quality and design, look no further.

With a 6.7 inch phone with a 1440p resolution, the screen is sharp, powerful, and displays beautifully. Its 120Hz refresh rate makes everything smooth and dynamic, but the 360Hz touch sampling rate makes the OnePlus like no other gaming phone. Like other high-quality phones, the OnePlus 9 Pro has the Snapdragon 888 CPU, a long battery life, and fast charging.

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