The era of phones being just devices used for calls and messaging is long gone. A phone’s gaming capability is something that almost all buyers analyze before making a purchase. Excellent playing ability is also not enough in today’s competitive market. Only phones that can deliver great in-game frames and smooth everyday use are ready for the 2022 market landscape.
Read on to find five such phones that stand out, in different price ranges and brands.
Best phones for mobile gaming in March 2022
1) Poco X3 Pro
It’s a choice for users who are on a strict budget but still want an experience close to flagship phones. The phone has the same chipset as many flagships, with some compromises being made by Poco to minimize its cost.
The fact that it has the same processor as those phones means it can deliver the same performance in-game, but there are compromises made on the display and a few other aspects to keep the price down.
Users who prioritize battery life and performance, especially in-game, will be very happy with this device, but readers looking for a quality camera or display fabulous might not prefer this one.
- Brand: Xiaomi
- Price: $260
- Specifications: 6.67″ IPS LCD 120Hz HDR10+, SD 860, Adreno 640, 8GB RAM, 256GB ROM, 5160mAh.
2) Samsung A42 5G
(This phone is a Verizon exclusive)
While the S-series phones are Samsung’s biggest game competitors, the A42 has made a name for itself in the mid-range segment with the exceptional user experience it offers. The phone replaces the more expensive Moto G Power and Samsung A52 as the ideal combo for mid-range gaming and everyday use.
The presence of 5G at this price, the same chipset as the A52 and other more expensive phones, and comparable cameras packed behind a great display, make it an attractive choice for mobile gamers.
For users who don’t want to buy from the Verizon network, they can check out the similar, but slightly more expensive Samsung A52 5G, or Motorola’s new line of mid-range phones.
- Brand: Samsung
- Price: $400
- Specifications: 6.6″ Super AMOLED, SM7225 Snapdragon 750 5G, Adreno 619, 128GB ROM 4GB RAM, 5000mAh.
3) Google Pixel 6 Pro
Google phones have struggled to top the “best cameras” list in the past, but they really upped the ante this year with the sixth edition of the Pixel. New Tensor chips and a brilliant display give the phone its rightful place on this list. Although it lacks the bells and whistles of a custom UI, stock Android improves phone performance during gaming sessions and everyday use.
The cameras, of course, are excellent in classic Pixel tradition, arguably the best camera on any phone in 2022. Medium to heavy users won’t experience any issues with battery life or the RAM. Moreover, the device’s stereo speakers are an added advantage for gamers.
- Brand: Google
- Price: $1099
- Specifications: 6.71″ LTPO AMOLED 120Hz HDR10+, Google Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20, 128GB ROM 12GB RAM, 5003mAh.
4) iPhone 13 Pro Max
The A15 Bionic is still the best processor around and the 13 Pro Max is the best phone that packs the heavy chipset into a sleek glass body. The design of the phone also avoids heating to a large extent. The iOS interface is, of course, a pro and a con for many users, but for gamers who prefer it, there is no better option than this.
Brilliant battery life, with the absolute best standby time in the industry, is also something gamers should consider for their long gaming sessions when comparing the device to other phones.
- Brand: Apple
- Price: $1099
- Specifications: 6.7″ Super Retina XDR OLED, 120Hz, HDR10, Dolby Vision, A15 Bionic, 128GB ROM 6GB ROM.
5) Asus ROG 5S Pro
Ever since ASUS established the ROG division, its phones have won the “Best Gaming Phone” award every year. The 5S Pro maintained that streak by having specs that could beat even a mid-range laptop.
Although the A15 Bionic is still the best processor in the market, the heavily overclocked processor and gigantic RAM capacity of the device make the phone a giant comparable to the A15 and even surpass its real-world performance.
With a big screen, bigger speakers and the best internals of any phone you can buy today, the Asus ROG 5S Pro is only for those who want the best from their smartphone, their games or others.
- Brand: Asus ROG
- Price: $1589
- Specs: 6.7″ 144Hz AMOLED HDR10+, 18GB RAM, 512GB ROM, Qualcomm SM8350 SD 888 5G.
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