What Features to Look for When Buying a New Smartphone for Gaming

Smartphones are officially the most versatile consumer gadgets in the world right now. Whether you are looking for a trusty GPS system to guide you through uncharted territories, or a high-quality camera that will let you capture stunning shots on your next holiday, the smartphone has you covered. Among several other things that modern smartphone can do in 2022, their capacity to be used as a portable gaming console is fast becoming one of their main selling points.

Since you are reading this, the existence of dedicated gaming smartphones should not be news to you. However, what are those features that separates a smartphone from a gaming smartphone? More importantly, which of those features should you care about when buying your next smartphone? You might be surprised to know that many of the so called “gaming” features are not even required, but the ones that are indeed necessary will be discussed next.

Care about Features that Match Your Gaming Habits

It all depends on the kind of games that you plan to play on your new smartphone. For example, if you wish to play with real money in online casinos, just about any decent smartphone released in the last two to three years will be capable of handling that. You do not need a gaming phone to play online slots, poker, blackjack, roulette, etc. It will certainly look better and run smoother on a smartphone with powerful hardware, but such power is not a requirement.

On the other hand, if you also want to play demanding games like PUBG: New State, Huntdown, and Dead Cells in high quality, that’s when you really need the powerful gaming hardware features packed inside a dedicated gaming smartphone. As to what those features are exactly, let’s get to that next.

The Display

Look for a smartphone which has a high-resolution OLED/AMOLED display with 90Hz – 120Hz refresh rate. Anything below 6-inches is too small to be truly enjoyable for any gamer. If you can game on a tablet like the latest iPad/iPad Pro or a Galaxy Tab S8/S8+, the extra screen real estate will always make for a better gaming device.

OEMs are also equipping their flagship smartphones with some of the most vibrant and large displays nowadays, so you may not even need a tablet. As of mid-2022, the Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro (6.67-inch), the Asus ROG Phone 5 (6.78-inch), the Nubia Red Magic 7 (6.8-inch), the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (6.8-inch), and the Apple iPhone 13 pro Max (6.7-inch) have the best and the largest smartphone displays for gaming.

The Hardware Inside

As previously mentioned, how much power you need inside the smartphone depends entirely on the kind of games that you plan to play on it. Since there are so many different SoC manufacturers dabbling in smart phone hardware these days, we have a lot of options to choose from. At the same time, this can be extremely confusing for even the tech savvy among us. To avoid confusion, go through our short list of internal requirements to look for.

  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic & A15 Bionic, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Snapdragon 888 & 865 Plus, Exynos 2100 & 2200, MediaTek Dimensity 1100 & 1200.
  • RAM: 4GB – 6GB+ for iPhones and 8GB – 12GB+ for Android smartphones.
  • Battery: At least 3500mAh – 4500mAh+ for iPhones and 4,000mAh – 6,000mAh+ for Android smartphones.

Even if you decide to buy a smartphone like the iPhone or the Galaxy Fold-series which are not entirely dedicated to gamers, you should be able to find accessories to personalise your new purchase as a gamer. As long as your smartphone meets the criterions mentioned here, your mobile gaming experience will continue to be top notch for at least two years.

About 
Passionate about design, especially smartphones, gadgets and tablets. Blogging on this site since 2008 and discovering prototypes and trends before bigshot companies sometimes