So, you’ve decided to get the best experience when it comes to gaming on the go, and money is not an issue? Well, you’re in luck. Here is the Top five list of the best gaming phones that happen to be on the high end of the budget spectrum.
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
Love them or hate them, there is no denying that the devices from Apple have much better support when it comes to the apps marketplace – far fewer knockoffs and unlicensed games out there. The iPhone 8 Plus is on this list because it has a larger display and much sturdier battery than the 8, and there is no bezel to get in your way when playing. Add Apple’s A11 Bionic CPU and graphics and ARkit which offers augmented reality games, and we have a winner.
Motorola Moto Z2 Play
What makes the Moto Z series of phones stand out from the rest, instantly making it more accessible as a gaming device, is their Gamepad Moto Mod, which adds dual control sticks, a D-pad, and four tactile action buttons, which means you don’t have to rely on touch controls anymore. Also, the Moto Mod magnetically attaches to the phone, with no wireless pairing required, and has its own built-in battery. The gaming accessory works with the much more powerful Moto Z2 Force. Plus, it runs Android 7.1.1, so it can be easily modded into a genuine portable console.
Sony Xperia XZ2
Take the same Snapdragon 845 chipset that is powering the latest Galaxy smartphones, add in a 5.7-inch 1080 x 2160 HDR display, and you got yourself a fine gaming phone. Battery life is quite decent, with a 3,180mAh battery. And, for those of you who have a big library, microSD support provides up to 400GB of extra storage. A special feature is “dynamic Vibration System” that uses haptic feedback to emulate the rumble effect of playing with a joypad.
Though this device was released in November 2017, it is nowhere near a bad one. Especially because it is being sold and marketed as a gaming phone above all else. It has a 5.7-inch QHD display with a refresh rate of 120Hz, and a respectable 4,000mAh battery for long playtimes, and mighty loud, front-facing stereo speakers.
Google Pixel 2 XL
One of the biggest selling points of this phone is its display, a 1440 x 2880 pOLED panel measuring 6-inches, so the visuals will be crisp with excellent contrast. The display offers plenty of real-estate for gaming without your thumbs getting in the way.
Like many modern flagship phones, Pixel 2 XL is running a Snapdragon 835 chipset, which means smooth gaming performance. But, since this is a Google device, it also provides VR content with the Daydream View headset.
An added bonus is that the large 3,520mAh battery will make it easy to game on the go, while Google’s Project Fi network (exclusive to Pixel owners) offers impressive coverage that can help eliminate concerns of losing connection to online games.
So, there you have it. A mix of different chipsets, graphics chips, a quantity of RAM and versions of operating systems, more or less susceptible to modifications depending on the manufacturer, and your will to mess with the phone’s stock ROM. The final choice is now up to you. Happy hunting!