The need to communicate is most likely the last thing on mobile phone manufacturers’ minds as they churn out one high-end device after another. Today, phones no longer compete on the platform of communication. A modern mobile phone is a multi-purpose gadget capable of accomplishing many tasks away from their primary communicative function. It is a high-resolution camera, a bright LED torch, a media player, and a gaming device. The development of the AMOLED displays, vastly increased RAM and high-capacity batteries have turned mobile devices into gaming devices capable of displacing the large and power-guzzling play stations, with some exciting phone game releases expected. Here are five top gaming phones of the year:
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8
2016 saw Samsung launch the Galaxy S7 featuring a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, 4BG of RAM and a Snapdragon 820 processor, and pushed the gaming experience through the stratosphere. With an onboard storage of 64GB and a dedicated microSD slot, you should be able to load all your favourite games, and play them with ease. The S7 has graphically superior interface that can accommodate most of the latest games without any hitch. Apart from the advanced hardware, Samsung has included software that making gaming both fun and social. Switch to the Game Launcher and Game Tools and tune your phone for the greatest gaming experience. Samsung has quickly followed up with the Galaxy S8, and it has taken the gaming scene by storm. It is the phone of the future, that’s for sure even if it can’t replace the PC quite yet!
Moto Z Play
Nothing is more power intensive than gaming on your phone. You may get carried away by advanced graphics and the simulations, but before you know, there is a battery-low warning beeping at you. If the battery low signal is constantly spoiling the fun, the Moto Z Play would be your best bet. The Moto come with a massive 3,510mAh battery that is optimised for great gaming. You will also love the fast-speed charging ability as plugging in for 15 minutes will give 9 hours of charge. The phone has the option for fitting an extra power pack to see you through the day. However, you will have to content with the phone’s lower resolution as it does not live up the standards set by Samsung Galaxy S7 and 8.
The Nexus 6P, though not as expensive as the S7, possesses powerful hardware under its hood. A 5.7-inch AMOLED display, 3GB RAM and last year’s Snapdragon 810 chipset place it within spitting range of the Galaxy S7. With a pixel density of 518ppi, you should enjoy your HD games without much hassle. You might be interested in learning that the Nexus packs high-end characteristics at almost half the price of the S7. It is; therefore, the best option for those seeking gadgets with premium features but are operating on tight budgets.
If you love to play your games loud, the HTC 10 would be the best option for you. The phone comes with stereo speakers which, unlike most other phones, don’t lie at the back of the device. Rather, the bottom speaker rests on the frame running along the base of the device. You won’t have to place your phone upside down to get all the sound. This bottom speaker takes on the responsibility of a subwoofer while the top acts as a tweeter. No longer would you have to connect your phone to external speakers to enjoy the boom that you crave for when playing a high-octane game. The Snapdragon 820 and the Adreno 530 GPU should make your gaming experience memorable and deeply fulfilling. However, this phone can’t match the performance of the Galaxy S7 because it lacks the AMOLED display. Nevertheless, it packs a higher pixel density to compensate for the lack of the AMOLED technology in its manufacturing.
This is the phone for gamers with an uptight budget but still, want to get the most out of their devices. It packs the 2014 Snapdragon 801 and may not compete favourably with the big boys like Samsung. But at the price range of about £200, you wouldn’t have much to complain about. However, it does run the Epic Citadel Benchmark that uses the Unreal Engine to produce an ultra-high quality. It manages to achieve 40 fps. It can still play a few excellent games.
Although the market is full of high-end devices that promise enhanced features for mobile gaming, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S8 is the best option. The AMOLED display, the latest Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and a huge onboard storage place the Galaxy at a vintage point peering into the future of mobile games.