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The top best gaming smartphones come with large screens, powerful processors and high capacity batteries. And as their names suggest, they commemorate the highly-rated games out there.

Top Best Gaming Smartphones
Gaming Smartphones Illustr. | Source: Friedrich

In Brief, Top Best Gaming Smartphones

  • Asus ROG Phone II
  • ZTE nubia Red Magic 3
  • Xiaomi Black Shark 2
  • Razer Phone 2
  • OPPO F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition

1. Asus ROG Phone II

The Asus phone tops the list and has a number of notable features including a high capacity battery.

Asus ROG Phone II Review, Specs, Features, Price Kenya
Asus ROG Phone II | Source: Wiki Commons

Asus ROG Phone II Specifications

Network

  • Type – GSM, HSPA, LTE

Launch

  • Date – August, 2019

Body

  • Dimensions – 171.0×77.6×9.5mm
  • Weight – 240g
  • Material – Aluminum + glass
  • Dust and waterproof – –

Display

  • Type – AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Size – 6.59 inches
  • Screen-to-Body Ratio – 80.3 percent
  • Resolution – 1080×2340 pixels
  • Aspect Ratio – 19.5:9
  • PPI Density – 391
  • Colors – 16M
  • Protection – Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Multitouch – Yes

SIM

  • Dual – Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Rear Camera

  • Dual – 48MP (f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, 26mm wide, PDAF, Laser AF) + 13MP (f/2.4, 11mm ultrawide)
  • Features – Dual-LED flash, panorama, HDR, etc
  • Video – 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@480fps, gyro-EIS (lacks in 240/480fps)

Front Camera

  • Single – 24MP (f/2.2)
  • Features – HDR, panorama
  • Video – 1080p@30fps

Memory

  • RAM – 12GB
  • Storage – 256/512GB
  • Memory card slot – –

Platform

  • CPU – Octa-core (1×2.96GHz Kryo 485 and 3×2.42GHz Kryo 485 and 4×1.8GHz Kryo 485)
  • Chipset – Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 Plus (7nm)
  • GPU – Adreno 640 (700MHz)
  • OS – Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Custom user interface – ROG UI

Connectivity

  • USB – 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector (accessory connector)
  • Bluetooth – 5.0 (A2DP, LE, aptX HD)
  • WLAN – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ad (dual-band, direct, hotspot)
  • GPS – Yes (dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS)
  • NFC – Yes

Media

  • FM radio – –
  • Loudspeaker – Yes (stereo speakers, DTS Headphone X, 24-bit/192kHz audio, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic)
  • 3.5mm jack – Yes
  • Infrared port – –

Detection

  • Sensors – Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, proximity, gyro, compass

Battery

  • Type – Non-removable Li-Po
  • Capacity – 6000mAh
  • Power supply – –
  • Charging time – –
  • Fast charging – Yes (Quick Charge 4.0, 22.5W)
  • USB power delivery – –
  • Wireless charging – –
  • Power bank/reverse charging – Yes (10W)
  • Standby – –
  • Talk time – –
  • Music play – –
  • Internet use – –
  • Battery life – –
  • Endurance rating – –

Design

  • Type – Bar
  • Bezel – Minimal

Colors

  • Variety – Black

Accessories

  • Charger – Yes
  • USB cable – Yes
  • SIM card ejector – –
  • User manual – Yes
  • Pin – –
  • Protector case – –
  • Protector film – –
  • Warranty – –

Price

  • U.S. Dollar – 1020

See Also: Asus ROG, Strix GL503, SCAR, FX503 Gaming Laptops Review

2. ZTE nubia Red Magic 3

The ZTE phone comes with a built-in fan plus other great features that help with smooth gaming.

ZTE nubia Red Magic 3 Review, Specs, Features, Price Kenya
ZTE nubia Red Magic 3 | Source: Wiki Commons

ZTE nubia Red Magic 3 Specifications

Network

  • Type – GSM, CDMA, HSPA, EVDO, LTE

Launch

  • Date – May, 2019

Body

  • Dimensions – 171.7×78.5×9.7mm
  • Weight – 215g
  • Material – Aluminum + glass
  • Dust and waterproof – –

Display

  • Type – AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Size – 6.65 inches
  • Screen-to-Body Ratio – 80.5 percent
  • Resolution – 1080×2340 pixels
  • Aspect Ratio – 19.5:9
  • PPI Density – 388
  • Colors – 16M
  • Protection – Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Multitouch – Yes

SIM

  • Dual – Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Rear Camera

  • Single – 48MP (f/1.7, 1/2″, 0.8µm, 26mm wide, PDAF)
  • Features – LED flash, HDR, panorama, etc
  • Video – 4320@15fps, 2160p@30/60fps, 1920fps

Front Camera

  • Single – 16MP (f/2.0, 2.0µm)
  • Features – HDR
  • Video – 1080p@30fps

Memory

  • RAM – 6, 8, 12GB
  • Storage – 64, 128, 256GB
  • Memory card slot – –

Platform

  • CPU – Octa-core (1×2.84GHz Kryo 485 and 3×2.42GHz Kryo 485 and 4×1.80GHz Kryo 485)
  • Chipset – Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7nm)
  • GPU – Adreno 640
  • OS – Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Custom user interface – Redmagic 2.0

Connectivity

  • USB – 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector (USB On-The-Go, accessory connector)
  • Bluetooth – 5.0 (A2DP, LE, aptX)
  • WLAN – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band, direct, hotspot)
  • GPS – Yes (dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS)
  • NFC – –

Media

  • FM radio – –
  • Loudspeaker – Yes (stereo speakers, DTS XU1tra sound, 32-bit/384kHz audio, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic)
  • 3.5mm jack – Yes
  • Infrared port – –

Detection

  • Sensors – Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, gyro, compass

Battery

  • Type – Non-removable Li-Po
  • Capacity – 5000mAh
  • Power supply – –
  • Charging time – –
  • Fast charging – Yes (Quick Charge 4+, 18W)
  • USB power delivery – –
  • Wireless charging – –
  • Power bank/reverse charging – –
  • Standby – –
  • Talk time – –
  • Music play – –
  • Internet use – –
  • Battery life – –
  • Endurance rating – 112hrs

Design

  • Type – Bar
  • Bezel – Minimal

Colors

  • Variety – Black, red, camouflage, red/blue

Accessories

  • Charger – Yes
  • USB cable – Yes
  • SIM card ejector – –
  • User manual – Yes
  • Pin – –
  • Protector case – –
  • Protector film – –
  • Warranty – –

Price

  • U.S. Dollar – 565

See Also: ZTE Axon 10 Pro 5G Price in Kenya and Specs Review

3. Xiaomi Black Shark 2

The Xiaomi phone has all features that deliver hassle-free gaming and its price is pretty fair.

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Review, Specs, Features, Price Kenya
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 | Source: Wiki Commons

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Specifications

Network

  • Type – GSM, CDMA, HSPA, EVDO, LTE

Launch

  • Date – March, 2019

Body

  • Dimensions – 163.6×75.0x8.8mm
  • Weight – 205g
  • Material – –
  • Dust and waterproof – –

Display

  • Type – AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Size – 6.39 inches
  • Screen-to-Body Ratio – 81.7 percent
  • Resolution – 1080×2340 pixels
  • Aspect Ratio – 19.5:9
  • PPI Density – 403
  • Colors – 16M
  • Protection – –
  • Multitouch – –

SIM

  • Dual – Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Rear Camera

  • Dual – 48MP (f/1.8, 1/2″, 0.8µm, PDAF) + 12MP (f/2.2, 1.0µm, PDAF, 2x optical zoom)
  • Features – LED flash, panorama, HDR, etc
  • Video – 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps

Front Camera

  • Single – 20MP (f/2.0, 0.9µm)
  • Features – HDR
  • Video – 1080p@30fps

Platform

  • CPU – Octa-core (1×2.84GHz Kryo 485 and 3×2.41GHz Kryo 485 and 4×1.78GHz Kryo 485)
  • Chipset – Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7nm)
  • GPU – Adreno 640
  • OS – Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Custom user interface – –

Memory

  • RAM – 6, 8, 12GB
  • Storage – 128, 256GB
  • Memory card slot – –

Connectivity

  • USB – 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Bluetooth – 5.0 (A2DP,aptX HD, LE)
  • WLAN – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band, hotspot, direct)
  • GPS – Yes (with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS)
  • NFC – –

Media

  • FM radio – –
  • Loudspeaker – Yes (stereo speakers plus active noise cancellation with dedicated mic)
  • 3.5mm jack – –
  • Infrared port – –

Detection

  • Sensors – Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Battery

  • Type – Non-removable Li-Ion
  • Capacity – 4000mAh
  • Power supply – –
  • Charging time – –
  • Fast charging – Yes (27W)
  • USB power delivery – –
  • Wireless charging – –
  • Power bank/reverse charging – –
  • Standby – –
  • Talk time – –
  • Music play – –
  • Internet use – –
  • Battery life – –
  • Endurance rating – –

Design

  • Type – Bar
  • Bezel – Minimal

Colors

  • Variety – Black, blue, silver

Accessories

  • Charger – Yes
  • USB cable – Yes
  • SIM card ejector – –
  • User manual – Yes
  • Pin – –
  • Protector case – –
  • Protector film – –
  • Warranty – –

Price

  • U.S. Dollar – 510

See Also: Sony PS4 Dualshock Controller Review

4. Razer Phone 2

The Razer phone boasts an IGZO screen and memory specs that are suitable for gaming.

Razer Phone 2 Review, Specs, Features, Price Kenya
Razer Phone 2 | Source: Wiki Commons

Razer Phone 2 Specifications

Network

  • Type – GSM, CDMA, HSPA, LTE

Launch

  • Date – October, 2018

Body

  • Dimensions – 158.5×79.0x8.5mm
  • Weight – 220g
  • Material – Aluminum + glass
  • Dust and waterproof – Yes (IP67 degree, up to 1m for 30mins)

Display

  • Type – IGZO IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Size – 5.72 inches
  • Screen-to-Body Ratio – 72.0 percent
  • Resolution – 1440×2560 pixels
  • Aspect Ratio – 16:9
  • PPI Density – 513
  • Colors – 16M
  • Protection – Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (plus oleophobic coating)
  • Multitouch – Yes

SIM

  • Single – Single SIM (Nano-SIM)

Rear Camera

  • Dual – 12MP (f/1.8, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, 25mm wide, dual pixel PDAF, OIS) + 12MP (f/2.6, 1/3.1″, 1.0µm, 2x optical zoom)
  • Features – Dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR, etc
  • Video – 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/30/60/120fps, stereo sound rec.

Front Camera

  • Single – 8MP (f/2.0)
  • Features – –
  • Video – 1080p@30/60fps

Memory

  • RAM – 8GB
  • Storage – 64GB
  • Memory card slot – Yes (up to 1TB microSD on dedicated slot)

Platform

  • CPU – Octa-core (4×2.8GHz Kryo 385 Gold and 4×1.7GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
  • Chipset – Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10nm)
  • GPU – Adreno 630
  • OS – Android 8.1 (Oreo, updatable to Android 9.0 Pie)
  • Custom user interface – –

Connectivity

  • USB – Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Bluetooth – 5.0 (A2DP, LE)
  • WLAN – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band, direct, hotspot)
  • GPS – Yes (A-GPS)
  • NFC – Yes

Media

  • FM radio – –
  • Loudspeaker – Yes (Dolby Atmos stereo speakers – THX-certified amplifiers, 24-bit/192kHz audio, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic)
  • 3.5mm jack – –
  • Infrared port – –

Detection

  • Sensors – Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, gyro, compass

Battery

  • Type – Non-removable Li-Po
  • Capacity – 4000mAh
  • Power supply – –
  • Charging time – –
  • Fast charging – Yes (Quick Charge 4+, 18W)
  • USB power delivery – –
  • Fast wireless charging – Yes (15W)
  • Power bank/reverse charging – –
  • Standby – –
  • Talk time – –
  • Music play – –
  • Internet use – –
  • Battery life – –
  • Endurance rating – 70hrs

Design

  • Type – Bar
  • Bezel – Yes

Colors

  • Variety – Mirror back, rugged satin

Accessories

  • Charger – Yes
  • USB cable – Yes
  • SIM card ejector – –
  • User manual – Yes
  • Pin – –
  • Protector case – –
  • Protector film – –
  • Warranty – –

Price

  • U.S. Dollar – 961

See Also: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ 5G in Kenya

5. OPPO F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition

The OPPO phone completes the list, but it has above-average gaming features and an amazing outer design.

OPPO F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition Review, Specs, Features, Price Kenya
OPPO F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition | Source: Wiki Commons

OPPO F11 Pro Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition Specifications

Network

  • Type – GSM, HSPA, LTE

Launch

  • Date – May, 2019

Body

  • Dimensions – 161.3×76.1×8.8mm
  • Weight – 190g
  • Material – Plastic
  • Dust and waterproof – –

Display

  • Type – LTPS IPS LCD touchscreen
  • Size – 6.53 inches
  • Screen-to-Body Ratio – 90.9 percent
  • Resolution – 1080×2340 pixels
  • Aspect Ratio – 19.5:9
  • PPI Density – 397
  • Colors – 16M
  • Protection – –
  • Multitouch – Yes

SIM

  • Dual – Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Rear Camera

  • Dual – 48MP (f/1.8, 1/2.25″, 0.8µm, PDAF) + 5MP (f/2.4, 1/5″, 1.12µm, depth sensor)
  • Features – LED flash, HDR, panorama, etc
  • Video – 1080p@30fps

Front Camera

  • Single – Motorized pop-up 16MP (f/2.0, 1/3.1″, 1.0µm)
  • Features – HDR, etc
  • Video – 1080p@30fps

Platform

  • CPU – Octa-core (4×2.1 GHz Cortex-A73 and 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • Chipset – Mediatek Helio P70 (12nm)
  • GPU – Mali-G72 MP3
  • OS – Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Custom user interface – ColorOS 6

Memory

  • RAM – 6GB
  • Storage – 128GB
  • Memory card slot – MicroSD (up to 256GB)

Connectivity

  • USB – MicroUSB 2.0 (USB OTG)
  • Bluetooth – 4.2 (A2DP, LE)
  • WLAN – Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band, direct, hotspot)
  • GPS – Yes (with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou)
  • NFC – –

Media

  • FM radio – Yes
  • Loudspeaker – Yes (active noise cancellation with dedicated mic)
  • 3.5mm jack – Yes
  • Infrared port – –

Detection

  • Sensors – G-sensor/accelerometer, proximity, light, e-compass, etc

Battery

  • Type – Non-removable Li-Po
  • Capacity – 4000mAh
  • Power supply – –
  • Charging time – –
  • Fast charging – Yes (20W, VOOC Flash Charge 3.0)
  • USB power delivery – –
  • Wireless charging – –
  • Power bank/reverse charging – –
  • Standby – –
  • Talk time – Up to 36hrs
  • Music play – (Audio – up to 118.7hrs, video – up to 12hrs)
  • Internet use – –
  • Battery life – –
  • Endurance rating – Up to 109hrs

Design

  • Type – Bar
  • Bezel – Minimal

Colors

  • Variety – Space blue

Accessories

  • Charger – Yes
  • USB cable – Yes
  • SIM card ejector – Yes
  • User manual – Yes
  • Pin – –
  • Protector case – Yes
  • Protector film – –
  • Warranty – –

Price

  • U.S. Dollar – 430

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