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Best gaming smartphones 2022

Mobile gam­ing is becom­ing more pop­u­lar every year. And if you are think­ing about buy­ing such a device, then our top 10 best gam­ing smart­phones in 2022 will def­i­nite­ly come in handy
Best gaming smartphones 2022
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Now it is already dif­fi­cult to meet a per­son who would buy a sep­a­rate con­sole for portable gam­ing. Now mobile phones are very well suit­ed for games, and the direc­tion of mobile games is devel­op­ing with­out stop­ping. But not every mobile phone is good for gam­ing, which is why we have com­piled the top 10 best gam­ing smart­phones in 2021.

Around 2015, the Playsta­tion Portable and Nin­ten­do DS game con­soles were replaced by ordi­nary smart­phones. In fact, it turned out that the touch screen is per­fect even for games where you need a quick response. A lit­tle lat­er, phone devel­op­ers saw a huge poten­tial in this area, and began to cre­ate gam­ing smart­phones. They install the most pro­duc­tive “hard­ware” and spe­cial soft­ware that “accel­er­ates” the device dur­ing the game. Some advanced mod­els even add their own cool­ing sys­tem (exter­nal fans) or even addi­tion­al game but­tons.

Editor’s Choice

ASUS Rog Phone 3 12 128GB

ASUS Rog Phone 3. Pho­to: ASUS

Pos­si­bly the best gam­ing smart­phone on the mar­ket in 2022. ASUS con­tin­ued the line of Repub­lic of Gamers phones and made Rog Phone 3 more pow­er­ful than its pre­de­ces­sor. First of all, I would like to note an improved ver­sion of the Snap­drag­on 865 proces­sor — the Plus pre­fix means a per­for­mance increase of more than 10%. The Rog Phone 3’s 12 giga­bytes of RAM will be hard to beat with even the most demand­ing games. Sep­a­rate­ly, it is worth men­tion­ing the screen – AMOLED-matrix with a diag­o­nal of 6.59 inch­es and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. The phone is cooled by a spe­cial sys­tem.

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Of the pre­dictable dis­ad­van­tages of Rog Phone 3 — a weak cam­era and large size. How­ev­er, this will not dis­suade real gamers from buy­ing such a gam­ing mon­ster.

Specifications

Dis­play AMOLED 6.59 (2340x1080)
CPU Qual­comm Snap­drag­on 865 Plus
RAM 12 GB
Built-in mem­o­ry 128 GB
Bat­tery capac­i­ty 6000 mAh
Three cam­eras 64 MP, 13 MP, 5 MP

Pros and cons

Per­for­mance and a bat­tery of huge capac­i­ty, which con­sumes ener­gy eco­nom­i­cal­ly even with loads.
Not the best cam­era in this price seg­ment and large sizes.

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1. iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro. Pho­to: Apple

Among the best gam­ing smart­phones, the famous mod­el from Apple takes its right­ful place. The device received 6 giga­bytes of RAM and a pow­er­ful A14 Bion­ic proces­sor. Con­sid­er­ing how the opti­miza­tion of games and pro­grams for Apple hap­pens, gamers will not expe­ri­ence dis­com­fort for at least anoth­er 2–3 years. Yes, a smart­phone is expen­sive, but for the mon­ey you get both a pow­er­ful and styl­ish device. In addi­tion, the appear­ance of the iPhone 12 Pro does not betray a typ­i­cal com­put­er gamer in its own­er — it’s hard to believe, but this is a seri­ous plus. Many gamers do not want to use smart­phones with a flashy “gam­ing” design, con­sid­er­ing them child­ish.

Specifications:

Dis­play OLED 6.1″ (2532×1170)
CPU Apple A14 Bion­ic
RAM 6 GB
Built-in mem­o­ry 128 GB
Bat­tery capac­i­ty 2815 mAh
3 cam­eras 12 MP, 12 MP, 12 MP

Pros and cons

Good per­for­mance and great design.
Expen­sive, also there is no charg­er includ­ed.

2. HONOR 30 8 128GB

HONOR 30 8. Pho­to: HONOR

An extreme­ly inter­est­ing mod­el from the “sec­ond” brand of Huawei. Despite the extreme­ly demo­c­ra­t­ic price, the flag­ship Snap­drag­on 985 proces­sor with sup­port for 5G com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies is installed here. The pow­er­ful “stone” is com­ple­ment­ed by a large screen and 8 giga­bytes of RAM on board. HONOR 30 comes with fast charg­ing. The main dis­ad­van­tage of the smart­phone, per­haps, can be called a not quite capa­cious bat­tery — only 4000 mAh. For an Android smart­phone, you want more.

Specifications:

Dis­play OLED 6.53″ (2400×1080)
CPU Hisil­i­con Kirin 985 5G
RAM 8 GB
Built-in mem­o­ry 128 GB
Bat­tery capac­i­ty 4000 mAh
4 cam­eras 40 MP, 8 MP, 8 MP, 2 MP

Pros and cons

Good per­for­mance and rea­son­able price.
Bat­tery capac­i­ty is not the largest for this cat­e­go­ry of smart­phones.

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3. Xiaomi Black Shark 3

Black Shark 3. Pho­to: Black Shark

The main dif­fer­ence of this tru­ly gam­ing smart­phone is the pres­ence of addi­tion­al phys­i­cal but­tons in the upper (if you hold it in “game” mode) part of the case. Also in Black Shark 3 installed a pow­er­ful Snap­drag­on 865 proces­sor, 8 giga­bytes of RAM and a 4720 mAh bat­tery. The man­u­fac­tur­er frankly saved on the cam­eras of the device, clear­ly leav­ing the “iron” com­po­nent as a pri­or­i­ty. How­ev­er, the image qual­i­ty will be suf­fi­cient for dai­ly tasks. Also, this smart­phone does not have NFC, which is strange for a mod­ern device.

Specifications:

Dis­play AMOLED 6.67 (2400×1080)
CPU Qual­comm Snap­drag­on 865
RAM 8 GB
Built-in mem­o­ry 128 GB
Bat­tery capac­i­ty 4720 mAh
3 cam­eras 64 MP, 13 MP, 5 MP

Pros and cons

Nice price, there are phys­i­cal but­tons, fast charg­ing includ­ed.
No NFC, users report poor image qual­i­ty.

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4.HUAWEI P40

Huawei P40. Pho­to: HUAWEI

A smart­phone that is ide­al for both a lover of com­put­er games and a pho­to enthu­si­ast. The device can hard­ly be called a clas­sic “shov­el” on Android due to its com­pact size (OLED screen 6.1 inch­es) and low weight — only 175 grams. In all oth­er respects, the P40 is in no way infe­ri­or to the lat­est mod­els of com­peti­tors. It has a pow­er­ful Kirin 990 proces­sor with sup­port for 5G net­works, 8 giga­bytes of RAM and an excel­lent set of cam­eras. A lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing is only a small bat­tery capac­i­ty — only 3800 mAh, but this draw­back is not so crit­i­cal due to the smart­phone’s fast charg­ing func­tion.

Specifications:

Dis­play OLED 6.1 (2340x1080) 60Hz
CPU HiSil­i­con Kirin 990 5G
RAM 8 GB
Built-in mem­o­ry 128 GB
Bat­tery capac­i­ty 3800 mAh
3 cam­eras 50 MP, 16 MP, 8 MP

Pros and cons

Pow­er­ful, fast charg­ing includ­ed, high qual­i­ty cam­eras.
The bat­tery capac­i­ty is not very large.

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5. Xiaomi Poco F3 NFC 6 128GB

Xiao­mi Poco F3 NFC 6. Pho­to: Xiao­mi

Anoth­er inter­est­ing mod­el from the Chi­nese man­u­fac­tur­er in our selec­tion of the best gam­ing smart­phones in 2022. The main thing in this device is a stun­ning screen with smooth oper­a­tion (AMOLED matrix with a refresh rate of 120 Hz). The Poco F3 proces­sor can be called mod­ern — it is pow­er­ful and sup­ports 5G com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Unlike the pre­vi­ous mod­el, there is the pos­si­bil­i­ty of con­tact­less pay­ment via NFC. The phone comes with a 30W fast charg­er and a sim­ple sil­i­cone case. Poten­tial buy­ers will have to put up with the lack of a Jack 3.5 input and an event indi­ca­tor light in this smart­phone.

Specifications:

Dis­play AMOLED 6.67 (2400×1080)
CPU Qual­comm Snap­drag­on 870 5G
RAM 6 GB
Built-in mem­o­ry 128 GB
Bat­tery capac­i­ty 4520 mAh
3 cam­eras 48 MP, 8 MP, 5 MP

Pros and cons

Afford­able price, good qual­i­ty screen, every­thing you need is includ­ed in the pack­age.
There is no Jack 3.5 head­phone jack.

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6. Nubia Red Magic 5G 12 128

Nubia Red Mag­ic 5G. Pho­to: Nubia

“Killer” gam­ing smart­phones from Nubia. This mod­el man­aged to install a beau­ti­ful AMOLED dis­play with a refresh rate of 144 Hz — it was the first mod­el with sim­i­lar char­ac­ter­is­tics on the mar­ket. The tech­ni­cal part in red mag­ic match­es the screen — a pow­er­ful Snap­drag­on 865 and as many as 12 giga­bytes of RAM. Among the pleas­ant “gam­ing” advan­tages of smart­phones are the pres­ence of addi­tion­al touch but­tons at the top of the screen and a mechan­i­cal cool­ing sys­tem. If desired, you can con­nect a dock­ing sta­tion to this gam­ing phone, which dis­plays the image from the screen on an exter­nal mon­i­tor.

Specifications:

Dis­play AMOLED 6.65 (2340×1080)
CPU Qual­comm Snap­drag­on 865
RAM 12 GB
Built-in mem­o­ry 128 GB
Bat­tery capac­i­ty 4500 mAh
3 cam­eras 64 MP, 8 MP, 2 MP

Pros and cons

Beau­ti­ful screen and hard­ware, com­pat­i­ble with many third-par­ty devices.
High price, hard to find.

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7. Xiaomi Mi 10T 8 128GB

Xiao­mi Mi 10T 8. Pho­to: Xiao­mi

Strict and unre­mark­able-look­ing smart­phone, with a very good iron “stuff­ing”. For 36 thou­sand rubles, the own­er will receive a Snap­drag­on 865 proces­sor with sup­port for 5G net­works, as many as 8 giga­bytes of RAM, a 5000 mAh bat­tery and a high-qual­i­ty IPS screen with smooth oper­a­tion (144 Hz). Among the fea­tures of the smart­phone, one can dis­tin­guish a fin­ger­print scan­ner on the side and a slight­ly pro­trud­ing cam­era mod­ule (if worn with­out a case). Of the minus­es — the lack of a Jack 3.5 con­nec­tor and the heavy weight of the smart­phone.

Specifications:

Dis­play IPS 6.67 (2400×1080)
CPU Qual­comm Snap­drag­on 865
RAM 8GB
Built-in mem­o­ry 128 GB
Bat­tery capac­i­ty 5000 mAh
3 cam­eras 64 MP, 13 MP, 5 MP

Pros and cons

Good val­ue for mon­ey.
Large size and weight

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8. OnePlus 8 Pro 8 128GB

One­Plus 8 Pro 8. Pho­to: One­Plus

A huge and pro­duc­tive gam­ing smart­phone, which is not so easy to find on the mar­ket. First of all, in this device I would like to note the pow­er­ful Snap­drag­on 865 proces­sor and a large AMOLED dis­play (6.78 inch­es and 120 Hz). The One­Plus 8 Pro has 8 GB of RAM and this is def­i­nite­ly enough even for demand­ing games. Anoth­er plus for the gamer-buy­er will be fast charg­ing — up to 100% smart­phone can be charged in just 40 min­utes. Users also praise the good cam­era of the device and con­stant soft­ware updates from the man­u­fac­tur­er.

Specifications

Dis­play AMOLED 6.78 (3168×1440)
CPU Qual­comm Snap­drag­on 865
RAM 8GB
Built-in mem­o­ry 128 GB
Bat­tery capac­i­ty 4510 mAh
4 cam­eras 48 MP, 8 MP, 48 MP, 5 MP

Pros and cons

Pow­er­ful hard­ware and screen, the man­u­fac­tur­er offers exten­sive user sup­port.
It weighs a lot and is hard to find.

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9. Samsung Galaxy S21 5G 8 128GB

Sam­sung Galaxy S21. Pho­to: Sam­sung

The mod­el from the super pop­u­lar man­u­fac­tur­er from South Korea clos­es our selec­tion of the best gam­ing smart­phones in 2022. By pur­chas­ing such an Android smart­phone, you will receive all the lat­est updates for sys­tem per­for­mance for at least 2–3 years. Gamers will appre­ci­ate the rel­a­tive­ly com­pact (6.2‑inch) and high-qual­i­ty AMOLED dis­play, the pow­er­ful Exynos 2100 proces­sor and 8 giga­bytes of RAM in the Galaxy S21. Pleas­ant bonus­es to the iron part of the smart­phone will be a good set of cam­eras and mois­ture pro­tec­tion. Of the minus­es — over­priced and a weak bat­tery.

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Specifications:

Dis­play AMOLED 6.2 (2400×1080)
CPU Sam­sung Exynos 2100
RAM 8GB
Built-in mem­o­ry 128 GB
Bat­tery capac­i­ty 4000 mAh
3 cam­eras 64 MP, 12 MP, 12 MP

Pros and cons

Com­pact dimen­sions and high per­for­mance.
The bat­tery is weak and over­priced.

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How to choose the best gaming phone. Expert advice

Game mod­els of smart­phones have appeared in almost every line of smart­phones — and this is not sur­pris­ing. Mobile gam­ing is devel­op­ing very quick­ly, so man­u­fac­tur­ers are try­ing not to miss the oppor­tu­ni­ty to sell their devices, albeit some­times not the most suc­cess­ful ones. Togeth­er with smart­phone sell­er Alex­ei Kon­dorov, we fig­ure out how to choose the best gam­ing phone in 2022.

CPU

Com­fort while play­ing on a smart­phone depends on a pow­er­ful “stone”. No one needs slow­downs or game crash­es at the most cru­cial moment. Here, not only the core clock fre­quen­cy is impor­tant, but also the opti­miza­tion of the sys­tem for a sin­gle smart­phone. As a rule, the most qual­i­ta­tive­ly opti­mized proces­sors for tasks can be found in devices from Apple. If you’re look­ing for an Android gam­ing phone, Snap­drag­on 8‑series proces­sors are worth look­ing into. There are also Kirin and Exynos proces­sors, among them it is bet­ter to choose the top mod­els.

Screen

There are sev­er­al impor­tant fea­tures here. First­ly, the diag­o­nal of the screen: it will be more com­fort­able to play on a dis­play from 6 inch­es. Sec­ond­ly, the dis­play res­o­lu­tion. For games, you should not choose a smart­phone with­out Full­HD sup­port, oth­er­wise the image will be too grainy. Third­ly, the screen refresh rate. This para­me­ter is respon­si­ble for the smooth­ness of what is hap­pen­ing on the phone screen. In gam­ing smart­phones, it must be at least 90 Hz. There are also two main types of screen matri­ces — AMOLED and IPS. In the first case, you will get improved pow­er sav­ing, a slight­ly high­er cost, and a slight flick­er­ing of the screen (only some may notice it). The main advan­tage of IPS screens will be low­er cost. If you intend to play for a long time, be sure to try both types of matri­ces in the store.

RAM

Every year games become more and more “glut­to­nous” — the appli­ca­tion will work nor­mal­ly only if there are 2–3 giga­bytes of free RAM. You should not buy an Android smart­phone for games if it has less than 4 giga­bytes of volatile mem­o­ry. A sim­i­lar rule applies to iOS mod­els.

Battery

The bat­tery size of your phone deter­mines how long you can play with­out access to the mains. As a rule, bat­ter­ies of 4500–5000 mAh are installed in gam­ing mod­els of smart­phones. This is the opti­mal com­bi­na­tion of auton­o­my and size of the device. Also pay atten­tion to the pos­si­bil­i­ty of fast charg­ing of the device. Each man­u­fac­tur­er has a dif­fer­ent name for the tech­nol­o­gy. The pow­er­ful charg­ing box can charge your phone almost com­plete­ly in less than an hour.

Price

For young fans of mobile gam­ing, this para­me­ter will prob­a­bly be the most crit­i­cal. The cost of “real” gam­ing phones with the appro­pri­ate design, a set of but­tons and hard­ware will be at least 60–70 thou­sand rubles. If this is too expen­sive for you, then you should pay atten­tion to ordi­nary smart­phones with good per­for­mance. Yes, they will not be as bright and com­fort­able (for exam­ple, the charg­ing cable will inter­fere with a long game), but you can save a lot on your pur­chase.

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