Nowadays, smartphones are devices that we use every day for various purposes. Nevertheless, the most marketable aspect of smartphones is gaming, which actually serves as a test of the real potential of any phone. The rapid growth and development of mobile devices result in the situation where almost any of the mid-range or budget devices can run the majority of the games without any problems. The purpose of this article is to point out the best affordable gaming phones on the market. The fact is that we are going to take into consideration are the chipset, RAM memory, storage space, and battery. Also, the ergonomics of the phone, the size of the display, and sensors that can influence your gaming experience. Minding all these factors, we put together the list of the best gaming phones under $500.
OnePlus honed its line of affordable flagships for years, before delivering a truly great phone in form of the OnePlus 5. And soon enough that great phone became even better with the launch of OnePlus 5T. This phone sports a bigger 6-inch, a nearly bezel-less screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio, which is something you usually find on the way more expensive phones. Surprisingly enough, OnePlus 5T uses a fast face-recognition unlock system, which is comparable to Apple’s Face ID. The original OnePlus 5 already has had a great dual camera set up, which is even further improved in 5T. The features that remain the same are the premium Snapdragon 835 chipset and a headphone jack, for all of you who like it old school.
Mi Max 2
For all the people who are into big screens, Mi Max will turn out to be a great choice. It has a large 6.44 inches full HD display with 16:9 aspect ratio and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Out of the box, it runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS. Under the hood, there’s a Snapdragon 625 2 GHz octa-core processor. with 4GB of RAM. Mi Max 2 comes in three storage options 32/64/128 GB which you can further extend up to 256GB. Just like the previous entry in this list, Mi Max 2 gets a 12MP camera on the rear side and a 5MP camera on the front. It also has a 5300 mAh battery which Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support. For this price, you can get better performance but if the screen size is your forte, Mi Max is the optimal pick.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
Considering the performances of all smartphones in the market, someone might label Samsung Galaxy j7 Pro as a bit overpriced. However, the sheer strength of the brand and the durability of this model somewhat justify the price. A 5.5 inches Super AMOLED full HD display is the best in its class. It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and power by Exynos 7870 octa-core processor with Mali-T830 MP1 GPU. This mighty processor is paired with 3GB RAM which is enough to play even massive games smoothly on the Android platform. The default storage pack is 32/64GB, which is further expandable up to 256GB via a dedicated card slot. J7 Pro also gets a 13MP camera on the front and rear side with LED flash for both the cameras. Overall, J7 Pro is more than a decent phone, with the only downside being manifested in the price, which is at least one notch above the deserved.
ASUS ZenFone 4
The most prominent feature of the Asus ZenFone 4 is it’s 12 megapixels dual cameras which can save pictures as RAW files (huge but lossless picture format). The other photo features are dual pixel sensor for faster autofocus, optical image stabilization and advanced portrait mode for Bokeh shots. The backside camera uses a wide-angle lens, like LG G6, which lets you capture landscapes and wide-angle shots on an easier way, the rest of the specifications are pretty standard. There’s a Snapdragon 630 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, 5-5 inch full HD IPS display, and Android 7 Nougat. Some of the more serious users might dislike Zen UI skin, but everyone who prefers a great camera and who can tolerate slightly cartoonish user interface will find the ZenFone 4 more than satisfying.
Huawei Honor 9i
This mobile device was praised a lot upon the launch, mostly because they managed to pack four cameras and plenty of high-level hardware into an affordable budget. Nowadays every other phone is having a dual 2-camera setup so Honor 9i might be considered as a pioneer in that area. Except for four cameras, Honor 9i has a 5.9 inches full HD display, HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core processor powers it. This phone gets 4GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt storage capacity which is further expandable up to 128GB. This reliable little phone won’t let you down no matter what you do, be it playing video games, office work, photography or anything else. It has dual 16MP + 2MP camera on the rear side and a 13MP + 2MP camera on the front side. The default operating system for the Honor 9i is Android Nougat, it is also equipped with 3340 mAh battery. Honestly speaking, not the best phone on this list but it’s versatile and powerful enough to be featured on it as one of the phones with the best performance against price ratio.
The rapid advancement of smartphones resulted in a lack of necessity for the newest mobile devices in order to play the latest video games. There’s a lot of mid-range phones that could pull off even the most demandable games, and we picked 5 models that we would recommend. Whatever your preferred features are, you will find something on this list that will check all your boxes.