The best gaming smartphones of 2020: top ranking

Recently, such cool games on mobile platforms have been released that you involuntarily start to think about what to play with comfort in them. Some manufacturers have already addressed this issue and even released the most real gaming smartphones. They and not only – in our review: we review the best gaming smartphones.

ASUS ROG Phone ZS600KL 128GB

A real gaming smartphone that shows just why it is created.

The diagonal of the display is 6 inches, it is widescreen. The refresh rate is 90 Hz. The stereo speakers are on the front of the case.

There are three AirTrigger ultrasonic sensors, three (!) USB-C ports (for charging and for connecting accessories), a special GameCool cooling system with an evaporation chamber. In addition, you can purchase various cool gaming accessories, including even a cooler!

The flagship specifications, you can find them below.

  • Screen diagonal: 6 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2160 × 1080
  • Weight: 200g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/8 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Memory card support: no

ASUS ROG Phone II ZS660KL 12 / 512GB

The second generation of ASUS ROG Phone, which has undergone significant changes, although outwardly the devices are very similar.

What are the differences? There is a larger display (6.59-inch diagonal), the top Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, in this version – as many as 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal memory! The battery capacity has seriously increased and reaches an impressive value of 6000 mAh (supports fast charging).

The clock refresh rate of the screen has increased to 120 Hz, the GameCool II vaporization camera is used, there are front stereo speakers.

ASUS ROG Phone II put a huge set of branded accessories, including branded gamepad.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.59 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 240g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • Memory capacity: 512 GB
  • RAM capacity: 12 GB
  • Battery capacity: 6000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 48/13 MP
  • Front camera: 24 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Xiaomi Black Shark 6 / 64GB

A gaming smartphone from Xiaomi, which decided to use a completely unique case design. The device looks really very very cool.

The diagonal of the screen is 5.99 inches. It is indicated that it supports a frame frequency of 120 Hz, and the maximum brightness is 550 cd / m2. There is a separate button on the case to start the production mode. Of course, there are stereo speakers, as well as a special cooling system, which ensures a decrease in processor temperature under load.

Separately, you can purchase a special controller with which it will be much more convenient to play, for example, shooters.

One of the cheapest gaming smartphones.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.99 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2160 × 1080
  • Weight: 190g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/20 MP
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 12 / 256GB

The second generation of Black Shark from Xiaomi. Has the smartphone changed dramatically?

If we talk about the appearance, then the difference is not too striking – the corporate identity has not disappeared. As for the characteristics, everything is much more interesting here..

The most important thing is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855’s even more powerful flagship chip, and the memory capacity in this version reaches an impressive 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of ROM. The 6.39-inch AMOLED display received a refresh rate of as much as 240 Hz, and the proprietary liquid cooling system was also updated. It is expected that even under load, the temperature of the smartphone will not exceed 45 degrees.

Battery capacity has not changed, but autonomy has increased. Front stereo speakers have appeared.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.39 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 205g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 12 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 48/12 MP
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro 12 / 256Gb

Pro version of the second generation Black Shark. What’s new in her?

The cooler design of the case is used, and as for the technical stuffing, the most important thing is the even more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor. In addition, a version with 512 GB of internal memory appeared on board (there is no slot for a memory card here), however, at the time of writing, this version is not offered in our market.

Of course, the Pro version is slightly more expensive..

  • Screen diagonal: 6.39 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 205g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 12 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 48/12 MP
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Nubia Red Magic 3 8 / 128GB

The Nubia Red Magic 3 chip is an active cooling system with an evaporation chamber and a cooler with a rotation speed of up to 14,000 rpm. It is argued that the cooler practically does not consume battery power. The fan speed is automatically controlled by the system..

Red Magic 3 is equipped with a 6.65-inch display with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory in this version, as well as a 5000 mAh battery with quick charge function.

On one of the sides there are special sensors that act as gamepad keys.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.65 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 215g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 48 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Nubia Red Magic 3s 8 / 128GB

A cooler version of Red Magic 3 received a prefix in the form of the letter s. What’s new?

There are not many changes, but they are very interesting. So, the flicker frequency of the display increased to 240 Hz, the design of the back cover slightly changed, instead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, an even more powerful Snapdragon 855 Plus was installed. A new UFS 3.0 drive is used, which provides a huge increase in data processing speed (more than 80% compared to the previous version).

There are no other changes. The difference in cost between Red Magic 3 and Red Magic 3s is negligible.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.65 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 215g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 48 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Razer Phone 2 64GB

Gaming smartphone from the legendary company Razer? Imagine. Moreover, this is the second generation of the device.

It uses a special 5.7-inch IGZO screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. According to the company, the brightness of the display is increased by as much as 50% compared with a smartphone of the first generation. Added support for Dolby Atmos sound. Cooling System – With Evaporative Chamber.

In terms of performance, it’s about the same as its main competitors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 4000 mAh battery, support for fast and wireless charging.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.72 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2560 × 1440
  • Weight: 220g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 6 / 64GB

Budget gaming solution from Xiaomi. It is positioned precisely as a gaming smartphone thanks to the MediaTek Helio G90T chip, a large 6.59-inch high-resolution display, a powerful 4500 mAh battery with support for fast charging. The amount of memory – 6 GB of operational and 64 GB of internal.

It is worth noting the main camera, which is very decent for its class, which consists of 4 modules: wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle, macro and depth sensor.

There is an NFC module.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.53 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 200g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio G90T
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4500 mAh
  • Rear camera: four 64/8/2/2 MP modules
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

iQOO 3

The latest gaming smartphone iQOO 3 received a lot of chips. It uses fast RAM LPDDR5 format, a liquid cooling system, a 6.44-inch screen with a sampling frequency of the sensor of 180 Hz, and a maximum brightness of up to 1200 nits.

The processor is the top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, the amount of memory varies depending on the version. There is a version with support for 4G and 5G networks. The second, of course, is more expensive – including because it supports the maximum available memory.

Battery capacity – 4440 mAh, there is a fast charge.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.44 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2400 × 1080
  • Weight: 214g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 12 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4440 mAh
  • Rear camera: four 48/13/13/2 MP modules
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Memory card support: no

DOOGEE S70

Frankly, we were surprised, but the DOOGEE S70 is called nothing more than a one-of-a-kind shockproof and gaming smartphone at the same time. Why? DOOGEE points to the MediaTek Helio P23 processor (MT6763T). Of course, the top Snapdragon 855 and especially Snapdragon 855 Plus are very far away, so in some games you have to lower the graphics settings, but for their price (less than 20,000 rubles, and with luck – all 15,000 rubles) is a good option. By the way, a branded gamepad is sold separately.

DOOGEE S70 has a shockproof housing, protection level IP68, IP69K, MIL-STD-810G. Display diagonal is 5.99 inches, memory capacity is 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM.

5500 mAh battery received support for fast and wireless charging.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.99 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2160 × 1080
  • Weight: 278g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763T)
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5500 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/5 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 256GB

This smartphone is one of the leaders in the AnTuTu Benchmark rating – at the time of writing, it scored 464180 points, which is a huge number.

Merit – due to the new powerful Apple A13 Bionic processor. Interestingly, the amount of RAM is 4 GB – quite a bit by today’s standards, but Apple’s smartphones are famous for optimizing their system.

iPhone 11 Pro Max received a 6.5-inch AMOLED screen, a cool triple rear camera, support for fast and wireless charging, IP68 water level protection.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2688 × 1242
  • Weight: 226g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2 (nano SIM + eSIM)
  • Processor: Apple A13 Bionic
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3500 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 12/12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 12 MP
  • Memory card support: no

OnePlus 7T Pro 8 / 256GB

OnePlus smartphones are called “flagship killers”. And in terms of performance, this statement is partly true – the 7T Pro is included in the cohort of the most powerful smartphones in the world thanks to the most powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset and 8 GB of RAM.

The OnePlus 7T Pro has a rather large 6.67-inch display, and the flicker frequency reaches 90 Hz – this is great for a non-gaming smartphone. The battery capacity is 4085 mAh, supports fast charging.

Interestingly, the display here is without cutouts – the front camera is retractable.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.67 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 3120 × 1440
  • Weight: 206g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4085 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 48/8/16 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Honor Play 4 / 64GB

Outwardly, nothing gamer gives out in this smartphone, but the name Play was chosen for a reason: the company’s specialists say that using the new GPU Turbo technology allows not only to increase smartphone performance by 60%, but also to reduce energy consumption by 30%. Experts say that Honor Play really shows itself well in games, and given its relatively low cost …

The Honor Play has a 6.3-inch display, a rather powerful 3750 mAh battery, a HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor and 4 GB of RAM.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.3 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: –
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3750 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 16/2 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Pocophone F1 6 / 128GB

Who does not know, we answer – the Pocophone brand belongs to Xiaomi.

This smartphone is not positioned as a game, but it can be used for games: it uses a very decent 6.18-inch display, a liquid cooling system, the most powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, as much as 6 GB of RAM. No branded accessories offered.

Pocophone F1 stands out for its low cost relative to the platform, but had to save on something else: a plastic back cover, medium cameras, lack of NFC.

The smartphone goes out of sale, so if you are going to buy it, we recommend that you hurry.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.18 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2246 × 1080
  • Weight: 182g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/5 MP
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Apple iPhone Xs Max 256GB

Now the previous generation iPhone with a large 6.5-inch screen, which is being sold and will obviously be on sale for the next few years.

Xs Max, like Xs, has one of the most productive platforms in the world, which is confirmed not only by synthetic tests, but also by games – thanks to the Apple A12 Bionic processor and 4 GB of RAM.

As for battery life, a miracle is not worth the wait. Cost with the release of a new generation has fallen, but the iPhone Xs Max is still an expensive smartphone.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2688 × 1242
  • Weight: 208g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2 (eSIM)
  • Processor: Apple A12 Bionic
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3179 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 7 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Nubia red magic

The first generation Nubia Red Magic received an aluminum case, on the back of which there are ventilation slots, as well as a strip with LED backlight.

A 5.99-inch screen, a special air cooling system, a dedicated DAC, a smart audio amplifier, a powerful platform based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 8 GB of RAM are installed.

At the time of writing, the article is not supplied to our country. Moreover, the model is not new, it is difficult to find for sale even in foreign stores.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.99 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2160×1080
  • Weight: 185g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3800 mAh
  • Rear camera: 24 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes