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You could argue that almost every smartphone is a gaming phone of some kind, but what if you want the smoothest performance? Maybe you need physical-style buttons or a display with a high refresh rate? Either way, that’s where gaming phones come in, and there are loads of devices that fit the bill. We’ve got you covered with our list of the best gaming phones you can buy.

Best gaming phones:

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list as more gaming phones hit the market.


1. Asus ROG Phone 3

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Our number one pick for the best gaming phone goes to the Asus ROG Phone 3. This should come as no surprise, since it was designed and marketed with gamers in mind. Apart from top-of-the-line specs like a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, a 144Hz refresh rate screen, 512GB of storage, and up to 16GB of RAM, this phone has one of the largest batteries on the market at a whopping 6,000mAh.

Read also: Asus ROG Phone 3 battery tested: Is it the new battery life champion?

Like previous iterations, the ROG Phone 3 also has a variety of mobile gaming accessories that enhance the smartphone gaming experience. One of these is the AeroActive 3 cooling fan, which is essential to keep your phone cool during long gaming sessions. It also adds a headphone jack, which is one of the few things missing on this device.

The ROG Phone 3 also offers air triggers that act as shoulder buttons, as well as a triple camera setup that’s a solid improvement over last year’s model. The biggest downside is that availability is limited in many parts of the world. Currently the phone can be purchased in select European countries and India, with a UK and US launch coming later in 2020.


ROG Phone 3 specs:

  • Display: 6.59-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. OnePlus 8/8 Pro

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The company might have hit the ball out of the park with last year’s OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro, but with the latest iteration, OnePlus has finally embraced the mantra “Never settle.” The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro have graduated from flagship killer to just plain flagship with an official IP rating and excellent cameras.

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Both devices have high refresh rate AMOLED screens, although the OnePlus 8 is limited to 90Hz and the 8 Pro bumps that up to 120Hz. Speed is also similar, with both sporting the Snapdragon 865 processor, 8/12GB of RAM, 128/256GB of storage, and 5G support.

Which one is right for you depends on whether or not you need a few extra features like wireless charging and an improved camera setup. Check out our full comparison between the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro to help decide, but rest assured that both are fantastic gaming phones that you won’t regret buying.


OnePlus 8 specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 2, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

OnePlus 8 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 48, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,510Ah
  • Software: Android 10

3. Samsung Galaxy S20 series

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Samsung’s 2020 flagships aren’t branded as gaming phones, but they are true powerhouses that offer exactly what most gamers need in a handset. The lineup includes the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and super-premium S20 Ultra.

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All three Galaxy S20 models offer 120Hz AMOLED displays, Snapdragon 865 (or Exynos 990) processors, 12GB of RAM, and microSD card support. The premium S20 Ultra even offers 16GB of RAM, although that’s certainly an overkill for anything you’d want to do on a phone.

It isn’t just about the hardware, either. All three models offer Samsung’s Game Launcher and Game Tools options, allowing you to tweak performance in individual games. The Game Tools suite also lets you easily adjust resolution, take screenshots, record videos, and more.

They aren’t cheap, but any of the Samsung Galaxy S20 phones are a great choices for those looking for one of the best gaming phones.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 865 or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 64, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,00mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: SD 865 or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 64, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 865 or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB and 1TB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 10 and 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. LG V60 ThinQ

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The LG V60 ThinQ makes our list of the best gaming phones thanks to one major feature that separates it from the rest of the pack: two screens. Like the previous LG G8X ThinQ, it has an attachment that’s basically a second phone, which allows for some truly unique gaming possibilities.

This Nintendo DS-style setup makes the device perfect for retro gaming by setting up a controller on the bottom screen. Combined with a Snapdragon 865 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB internal storage, and a microSD card slot, you’re looking at an all-around great performer.

Read more: 10 things the LG V60 does well, and 5 things it doesn’t

The folding phone also sports a sizeable 5,000mAh battery and both Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 and wireless charging to keep your gaming sessions going long into the night. LG phones have long been lauded for their great audio performance, and the LG V60 ThinQ is no different with a 3.5mm headphone jack and Quad DAC support.

But the real kicker is the price. With folding devices costing up to $2000 or more, the LG V60 ThinQ with the second screen accessory comes in at half that or less. Plus, you can always take the second screen off and have a normal, pocket-sized gaming phone that still packs a mean punch.

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LG V60 ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro

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At first glance, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro looks like any other high-end flagship smartphone. It’s gorgeous, packs a powerful Snapdragon 865 chipset with 8GB of RAM, and a respectable 90Hz display.

But what might surprise you it that this phone has the best battery life of any phone we’ve ever tested. Battery life is as much about software as it is hardware, and the phone’s 4,500mAh battery managed to outlast even the beefy 6,000mAh battery found on the Asus ROG Phone 3.

Pair that with excellent quad camera performance led by a 108MP main sensor and great stereo speakers, and you’re looking at a solid contender for one of the best gaming phones on the market. That said, it is a bit more expensive than previous Xiaomi flagships, and it isn’t quite as readily available as its competitors from Samsung or LG around the globe.


Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro specs

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 20, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

6. Nubia Red Magic 5S

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The Nubia Red Magic 5S is the latest in the former ZTE sub-brand’s gaming line, and there’s more to it than the stereotypically garish gamer design. Not only is it one of the cheapest devices on the list, it’s also one of the few to offer a 144Hz AMOLED display.

It isn’t a big change from its predecessor the Red Magic 5G, packing the same screen, shoulder buttons, battery capacity, and Snapdragon 865 processor (no plus here). It does, however, feature a much improved cooling system that should extend your battery life and improve performance while gaming. There are also a host of accessories available that also enhance your gaming experience.

Unfortunately the top-of-the-line model with 16GB of RAM didn’t make it overseas, but you still get a lot of phone for your money with models starting at just $579. Just be aware that Nubia doesn’t have the best track record with software updates, so you may not have the latest version of Android forever.


Nubia Red Magic 5S specs:

  • Display: 6.65-inch, FHD+ 144Hz
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

7. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra together

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphones have always been among the most ultra-premium phones on the market, so it should come as no surprise that the latest Galaxy Note 20 series are some of the best gaming phones available. This year there are two models available, the smaller (but still big) Note 20 and the enormous Note 20 Ultra.

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If money is no object, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the obvious choice for gamers. It sports a huge 6.9-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 12GB of RAM. The cameras on this model are also top of the line, with a triple camera setup led by a wide-angle 108MP sensor.

The regular Galaxy Note 20 is no slouch, either. Both phones have the latest Snapdragon 865 Plus processors (or Exynos 990, but you should avoid this model if possible) and, of course, the ever-popular S-pen accessory. You also get all of the standard premium trappings like an IP68 rating and wireless charging, although the less expensive Note 20 is made of a somewhat controversial plastic material instead of glass.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 865 Plus or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 64, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, WQHD+
  • SoC: SD 865 Plus or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Oppo Find X2 Pro

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It might come as a surprise to find an Oppo device on a list of the best gaming phones, but the Oppo Find X2 Pro really impressed us earlier this year. Not only was the main sticking point of ColorOS completely reversed with ColorOS 7, its cameras, design, and performance are truly phenomenal. Our reviewer even went so far as to recommend it over the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

This phone nearly ticks all the boxes, with the only omission being a headphone jack. It packs a 6.7-inch 120Hz AMOLED screen, Snapdragon 865, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. The battery isn’t exceptionally large at 4,260mAh, but the blazing fast 65W fast charging makes up for it. It’s capable of topping up the phone in just 38 minutes.

Apart from the power and performance needed for gaming phones, the Oppo Find X2 Pro has fantastic cameras. That said, all this comes with a high price tag. Fortunately, you can get most of the goods with the cheaper non-pro Oppo Find X2.


Oppo Find X2 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Cameras: 48, 13, 48MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,260mAh
  • Software: Android 10

These are our picks for the best gaming phones you can get your hands on right now. Check out some of our gaming accessory guides below: