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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 2

Asus ROG Phone 2 screen in hand

The Asus ROG Phone 2 represented a rather notable leap for gaming phones, as it was the first Snapdragon 855 Plus smartphone. The slightly upgraded chipset delivered a marginal CPU and GPU clock speed increase over its predecessor the Snapdragon 855, although it has now been superseded by the 5G-enabled Snapdragon 865.

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Asus’ latest gaming phone is extremely beefy elsewhere, offering 12GB of RAM as standard, along with 256GB or 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage, and a massive 6,000mAh battery. The device also stands out as one of the few phones packing an OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, and Asus has put out a wide variety of mobile gaming accessories for the phone to make the experience even better.

The ROG Phone 2 also offers air triggers that act as shoulder buttons, a 48MP+13MP ultra-wide rear camera pairing, and a 24MP selfie camera. The handset might not sport the latest-and-greatest processor, but it’s still an absolute beast of a phone, and easily one of the best gaming phones money can buy.


ROG Phone 2 specs:

  • Display: 6.59-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 48 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

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.

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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. Razer Phone 2

The Razer Phone 2 display.

The original Razer Phone resurrected the gaming phone concept, following Nokia’s N-Gage and the Sony Xperia Play devices of years gone by. The Razer Phone 2 doesn’t differ too much from the original device, retaining that 5.7-inch 120Hz LCD screen (QHD), and customizable RGB strips.

Otherwise, the new phone delivers a Snapdragon 845 processor, 64GB to 128GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM. Toss in a 4,000mAh battery, 12MP+12MP telephoto rear setup, and an 8MP selfie camera, and you’ve got a pretty solid combination. It might not quite match the performance of 2020 flagships, but it’s still one of the best gaming phones you can buy in 2020.

The Razer Phone 2 also has wireless charging, an IP67 water/dust resistant design, front-facing speakers, and Game Booster software for performance tweaks.


Razer Phone 2 specs

  • Display: 5.7-inch, QHD
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

6. Nubia Red Magic 5G

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

Nubia’s latest flagship device packs a Snapdragon 865 processor, 8GB to 12GB of RAM, and a 4,500mAh battery with 55 watt fast charging. In other words, you should expect great gaming performance and better than average endurance. You’ve also got a 6.65-inch 144Hz AMOLED screen and capacitive shoulder triggers, making its claim as a gaming phone more concrete than many other devices.

The Red Magic 5G isn’t perfect, as it’s cameras and software leave a lot to be desired. Nubia also doesn’t have a great track record with updates, so don’t expect to stay on the latest version of Android for long. Still, starting at just $579, it’s one of the cheapest and best dedicated gaming phones out there.


Nubia Red Magic 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.65-inch, Full HD+
  • 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 10 series

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Aura White back at angle

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 lineup is the latest in Samsung’s lineup of ultra-premium smartphones, so it should come as no surprise that they are among the best gaming phones available. This year there are two models, a smaller Note 10 and a larger Note 10 Plus, but both will perform equally well when it comes to gaming.

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The smaller Samsung Galaxy Note 10 sports a still-sizeable 6.3-inch AMOLED display with a small hole-punch camera to give it a seamless feel. The Note 10 Plus has an even bigger 6.8-inch display, which makes it among the largest phones that were released in 2019. Even so, both are only 60Hz, and more and more devices nowadays have 90Hz or even 120Hz displays (although most games don’t support it).

You don’t really need to worry about other specs, because they are pretty much top-of-the-line across the board. They also feature the fan-favorite S Pen, which can come in handy for ultra-high precision taps and swipes while gaming on the go.

The camera is also a solid performer with a triple rear camera setup (16MP/12MP/12MP) and a 10MP selfie shooter. The only missing feature is a headphone jack that, unfortunately, is par for the course for current flagships.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10 specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9825
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 16, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9825
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 16, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • 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.

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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: