The Gamer’s Guide to Choosing a Smartphone


As more and more people are being drawn to mobile games like PUBG and Mobile Legends, there is also an increasing number of gamers on the hunt for a smartphone that can withstand hours of gaming. While the market is brimming with phones with state-of-the-art features, not all of them are capable of accommodating intense gameplay.

If you’re looking to upgrade your mobile gaming gear, here are the features you should take into serious consideration:

Premium display

Forgoing a premium display when it comes to your gaming smartphone will only ruin your gaming experience. The good news is most smartphones in the market have great screen quality, so you won’t have a hard time shopping for the phone that best fits your requirements and budget. OLED and AMOLED screens are found to offer the best gaming visual experience due to their faster pixel response times and better viewing angles, but LCD can also work if your budget is limited.

Apart from the screen type, you should also see to it that the phone has a high refresh rate for smooth gameplay. Standard phones typically have a refresh rate of 60Hz, although it’s worth upgrading to 90Hz to improve your gameplay by a mile. If you want to take it up a notch, a screen with a 120Hz refresh rate will enhance your gaming experience even more. While you’re at it, don’t forget the resolution—1080p is the benchmark.

Powerful GPU

The phone’s gaming processing unit or GPU is perhaps the most critical component, as it’s responsible for making games run more efficiently and look better with higher resolution graphics and improved frame rates. It’s similar to the chipset, but its main job is to handle graphics functions. It also has hundreds of normal cores to handle fast and complex graphics, so more cores mean a smoother game, whatever type of game you decide to play.

Additionally, smooth gaming is made possible thanks to the ever-evolving technology behind printed circuit boards, which, to those who may be unfamiliar, are boards that function as the foundation for the computer’s internal components. If you’re fond of heavy-duty gaming, metal core PCBs are your best bet as they have the features that prevent your phone from overheating, especially during intense gaming sessions. The best GPUs on the market are currently the A14 Bionic’s GPU, Adreno 660, and Mali-G78 MP24, but the likes of Adreno 650, Mali G78 MP10, and Mali G77 MP11.

Advanced cooling system

Considering how gaming is a resource-intensive task, the activity alone makes your phone prone to overheating. Prolonged exposure to heat can reduce the lifespan of the components in your phone, not to mention, it will make your device difficult to hold. Many manufacturers rectified this issue by incorporating some type of liquid cooling tech inside, while some installed internal fans.

For instance, the Razer Phone 2 and ROG utilize a vapor chamber cooling system to maximize the area to dissipate heat, so there’s no part of the device that feels hot to the touch. Phones like the Shark and Red Magic Mars uses a liquid cooling system that makes special liquid evaporate into gas when the phone gets hotter, collecting into cooler areas of the chamber and then becoming liquid again. Cooling systems are all about longevity, and it’s important to take them into consideration when choosing between models

High-capacity battery

The last thing you want is for your phone to die while you’re in the middle of intense gameplay. Since most advanced hardware also demand a lot from the battery, it’s crucial that you choose a device with a high-capacity battery—the more, the better. At the very least, you should have a 4,000 mAh battery, but most gaming phones on the market today have 4,500 mAh and even 5,000 mAh batteries. High-end gaming phones tend to have incredibly high-capacity batteries, with some even reaching 6,000 mAh.

Devices with a 4,000 mAh battery can typically play games for up to 4 to 5 hours on a single charge, while 5,000 mAh-powered phones may last around 6 to 7 hours. If you can’t splurge on a phone with the maximum battery capacity, the best thing to do is to be on the lookout for a device with fast charging. That way, when your phone is out of juice, you can get it charged fast so you can continue gaming within a moment’s time.


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