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Best Gaming Phones In 2021

Mobile games rank second in terms of time spent on apps after social media. An average mobile gamer spends at least 30 mins of gaming in a day. The reason behind this is that most of the mobile games are free/cheap when compared with console or PC gaming. Apart from that, Google Play Store alone contains a ton of interesting games. Check out our updated lists of the best gaming phones in 2021.

In today’s world, almost everyone owns a mobile device, but not all devices provide the necessary requirements for playing Heavy mobile games such as PUBG.

Factors to consider when playing a heavy mobile game:

  • Battery Capacity
  • FPS / Performance / Heating issues.
  • Internet Connection issues.

Since gaming phones are officially a thing now, all the above factors have been overcome. Today, I am going to list the best gaming phones in 2021. Our list is based on ovarall performance, screen size and quality, and most importantly battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Big Screen)

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra features a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1440 x 3088 pixels, 489PPI pixel density, 120Hz refresh rate, and support for HDR10.

The Galaxy Note 2o Ultra is driven by the Exynos 990 (7 nm+) in the UK and other regions like Asia. If you’re in the US, you’re going to have the Snapdragon 865+ (7nm+). This phone is engineered for gaming with a newly designed cooling chamber that perfectly fitted into the slim design. You can even play games when the phone is heated without worrying about lag. The device packs 12 GB of RAM and 128/256/512 GB of internal storage.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra operates on OneUI based on Android 10. Similarly, it is fueled with a 4,500mAh Li-Ion battery and supports a 25W fast charging tech which enables you to charge your Note 2o Ultra from 0 – 100% within one hour.

Dimension 51.00 x 71.80 x 7.90
OSAndroid 10
Screen Size6.9 inches Dynamic AMOLED x2
Resolution1440 x 3088 pixels 
Supports 25W fast charging
Storage128/256/512 GB
ChipsetExynos 990 (7 nm+)
Snapdragon 865+ (7nm+)

OnePlus 8 Pro

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The OnePlus 8 Pro is one of the most powerful gaming phones and the company specifically buffed the performance aspect to the extent that it will please any hardcore gamer.

OnePlus 8 Pro is equipped with a 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 3168 pixels, 513PPI pixel density, 120 Hz refresh rate for ultra-smooth responses, and supports HDR10+. The display is HUGE and has a ~ 90.8% screen-to-body ratio for an enormous viewing experience.

The 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED display is super-sharp and you shouldn’t miss any of the action. There is an improved cooling system inside the chassis, which means that the Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) processor (Clocked at 2.84GHz ) and the 8/12 GB RAM can actually run at max without overheating.

One of the major drawbacks of the OnePlus 8 Pro is the absence of a 3.5mm jack and it is pretty expensive when compared with other gaming phones.

Dimension165.3 x 74.4 x 8.5 mm
OSAndroid 10
Screen Size6.78 inches Fluid AMOLED
Resolution1440 x 3168 pixels
Supports 30W fast charging
RAM8/12 GB
Storage128/256 GB
ChipsetSnapdragon 865 (7 nm+)

ASUS ROG Phone 3

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One of the best things about the ASUS ROG phone 3 (Republic Of Gamers) phone is that it is developed by Asus with the sole aim of gaming.

The device is equipped with a 6.59-inch AMOLED FHD+ display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, ~391PPI pixel density, a typical brightness of 650 nits, and most importantly a refresh rate of 144Hz for ultra-smooth response when scrolling or playing heavy games. The ASUS ROG Phone 3 may not a fantastic display specs like the OnePlus 8, but the 144Hz refresh rate will definitely play a vital role in screen responsiveness.

Asus RoG is equipped with a Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+) paired with an 8/12/16 GB RAM and 128/256/512 GB of internal storage.

One thing I like about this device is that it has a HUGE 6000mAh battery which is off course needed to juice up the 144hz display and processor when playing heavy games.


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The phone features three “AirTriggers” of which two of these ultra-responsive sensors are optimized for landscape-mode gaming as left / right triggers located at the top of the display, the third is designed for portrait mode and are fully programmable. With AirTriggers you gain extra gameplay control beyond the screen.

Aero active Cooler

The processor will definitely get hot at a higher clock speed. But relax, there’s a big vent on the back to keep the phone from overheating. Moreover, on the ROG phone, Asus added vapor chamber cooling. This includes a carbon cooling pad, heat spreader for copper, and a 3D vapor chamber that dissipates heat more quickly.

Dimension171 x 78 x 9.9 mm
Weight240 g
OSAndroid 10
Screen Size6.57 inches AMOLED
Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels
Supports 30W fast charging
RAM8/12/16 GB
ChipsetSnapdragon 865+ (7 nm+)

Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro (Best gaming phone)

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The Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro is Xiaomi’s dedicated gaming phone that offers great specs that will please any hardcore gamer. In terms of specifications, the Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro is packed with a Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) chipset coupled with a max RAM of 12GB and up to 512 GB of internal storage. Similarly, there’s a 5,000mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging tech via USB Type-C and 18W Magnetic charging.

It is equipped with a 7.1-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels, ~484PPI pixel density, 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, and 500 nits typical brightness. The device is left behind when it comes to screen refresh rate, I mean you can not compare it with AUS ROG Phone 3 or OnePlus 8 Pro but 90Hz is still enough for a silky visual.

The device features a pressure-sensitive screen for enhanced control, a liquid-cooling system
that reduces core temperatures by up to 14°C.

It also features a gaming pad that slides onto the end of the phone case. The gaming pad features an analog joystick and trigger button. Furthermore, there’s ludicrous Mode which provides superior gaming performance.

The most important selling points are the 65W fast charging tech and the HUGE 7.1 AMOLED display. The display size truly makes it looks gigantic.

Dimensions177.8 x 83.3 x 10.1 mm
Weight253 g
OSAndroid 10
Screen Size7.1 inches AMOLED
Resolution1440 x 3120 pixels
Supports 65W fast charging
Storage128/256/512 GB
CPUSnapdragon 865 (7 nm+)


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Nubia Red Magic Mars (RMM) is another dedicated gaming device with great specs and the most affordable gaming phone.

The device comes with a 6.65-inch AMOLED screen surrounded by slim bezels. The display has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, ~388 PPI density, and a 144Hz refresh rate.

RMM comes with a Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+) processor paired with a max RAM of 16GB and max 512GB of internal storage.

The Nubia Red Magic 5G uses a dual cooling system – Air + Liquid Cooling. This lowers the temperature of the CPU to 13.2 ° C and increases the performance of the CPU by up to 70%.

The Gameboost mode is also included with the Red Magic Phone and it is activated by switching the red switch on the phone’s side. Gaming performance should be boosted by forcing a more stable framerate, blocking notification alerts, and increasing the loading times of the app.

168.6 x 78 x 9.8 mm
Weight218 g
OSAndroid 10
Screen Size6.65 inches AMOLED
Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels
Supports 55W fast charging
RAM8/12/16 GB RAM
Storage128/256/512 GB
ChipsetSnapdragon 865 (7 nm+)

iPhone 12 Pro Max

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This phone has a big Super Retina XDR OLED display (6.7-inch) which is a huge advantage for ultra-clear visuals when playing games. The phone is equipped with an A14 Bionic (5 nm) chipset, which is super fast in terms of performance. The battery power of the iPhone 12 Pro Max is good enough for its performance (3687mAh). Apparently, this is the most powerful device with the latest and fastest chipset.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max will not disappoint you if you are really looking for the most powerful gaming phone. The A14 Bionic chip is a custom Apple Silicon processor that uses the 5nm process. It features a 6-core CPU and a 4-core GPU that is 50% faster than any mobile chips.

One thing you should know is that the A14 is the first processor to ever feature a 5nm process. Also, the 16-core processor is up to 80% faster than the A13 Bionic and can perform up to 11 trillion operations per second.

Dimension160.8 x 78.1 x 7.4 mm
Weight228 g
OSiOS 14
Screen Size6.7 inches Super Retina XDR OLED
Resolution1284 x 2778 pixels
Storage128/256/512 GB
ChipsetApple A14 Bionic (5 nm)


The best gaming phones, of course, have powerful processors, large screens, more storage, and most importantly a bigger battery.

Note: All the devices support 5G connectivity.


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