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5 Best Gaming Smartphones Of 2019

By Sidhant Gupta - 
Fri, 20 Dec'19
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There have been quite a few trends in the smartphone industry, and the recent trend is to launch gaming smartphones, which are well optimized for playing games. If you are interested in playing games on your smartphone, you should buy a gaming phone rather than a regular one since it will best fit your needs and give you the required performance.

Now that you have convinced yourself about buying a gaming smartphone, we will tell you about our picks for the best smartphones for gaming in 2019. We have seen various smartphones from manufacturers such as Asus, OnePlus, Razer, Xiaomi’s BlackShark and others which have been included in the list.

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Asus ROG Phone 2

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First up, we have the Asus ROG Phone 2, which is one of the best gaming smartphones of 2019. Asus impressed everyone this year by launching a dedicated gaming smartphone at an affordable price similar to OnePlus smartphones. However, Asus’ ROG Phone 2 offers a better 120Hz refresh rate display as well as loud stereo speakers. On top of that, you get an insanely large 6000 mAh battery inside the phone for those long gaming sessions.

Also, Asus is selling its gaming peripherals separately, which can make your phone look like a Nintendo Switch and is also capable of projecting your games to the TV so that you can enjoy them on the big screen. Apart from that, you get Snapdragon 855+ processor inside along with 8GB of RAM as well as a 48MP primary front camera as well as a 24MP selfie camera for game streamers. 

OnePlus 7T

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The next best gaming smartphone of 2019, which impressed us all, was the OnePlus 7T, which was launched a few months ago by the Chinese smartphone maker. OnePlus has a habit of making great smartphones that are priced to the point. But the company started to lose its reputation of being a flagship-killer as it touched the expensive flagship pricing with some of its phones.

With the OnePlus 7T, OnePlus brings the experience of fluid 90Hz display, Snapdragon 855+ processor along with 8GB RAM at Rs. 37,999, which is a great value-for-money deal if you consider the price-to-performance ratio.

BlackShark 2 by Xiaomi

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Next, we have a gaming smartphone that is adequately made for gamers since it comes from BlackShark, which is Xiaomi’s sub-brand dedicated to creating gaming products. Still, unfortunately, this one is not yet available in India. But BlackShark is planning to launch its smartphones in India. Since BlackShark 2 is a gaming smartphone, it has all the bells and whistles that you expect from a typical gaming smartphone.

However, the BlackShark 2 does not have a higher refresh rate display, which enables a better battery life. Another impressive feature of the BlackShark 2 is that the design has some gaming elements to it, such as a Water-cooling-heat-dissipation-system, which is not something that you see on a regular smartphone.

OnePlus 7 Pro

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We have another smartphone from OnePlus in this list of best gaming phones in 2019. It is the OnePlus 7 Pro, which was launched in the first half of 2019 by OnePlus along with OnePlus 7. The reason behind the inclusion of OnePlus 7 Pro is its massive 6.67 inches Fluid AMOLED display, which also has the same 90Hz display as found on OnePlus 7T, which inherits this feature from the 7 Pro.

The phone also features Warp Charge 30 support, which charges the phone from 0% to about 70% in less than 30 minutes the same as the OnePlus 7T. The OnePlus 7T while additionally having a curved display, Quad HD resolution, and better design. If these things matter to you, it is better to buy the OnePlus 7 Pro rather than the OnePlus 7T, but if you are conscious of your budget, OnePlus 7T will be the right choice.

Razer Phone 2

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Razer is one of the companies that you would not normally associate with a smartphone manufacturer. It is because the company makes gaming peripherals and accessories only. However, the company jumped into smartphones with the first Razer Phone, which was somewhat bugged by software.

The Razer Phone 2 is better in that regard as it does have superior software, which is close to Stock Android. Also, it comes with a 120Hz refresh rate, which also supports HDR content. 

It means that the phone becomes perfect for gamers as long as you play games that support a higher refresh rate. Currently, the phone is selling at a discounted price, which makes it the cheapest and most powerful gaming smartphone of 2019 in the market. Still, unfortunately, Razer smartphones are not yet available in India, and they are expected in India in 2020.


In this list, we have mentioned the best gaming smartphones of 2019, looking at the aspect of performance, price, and the support that the phones receive from their respective manufacturers. 

We also have contenders such as Apple’s latest iPhone 11 Pro, which comes at a cost as well as Google’s Pixel 4 XL, which offers a 90Hz display, Stock Android experience, and latest software updates but it is costly as well. 

In our opinion, Asus ROG Phone 2 and the OnePlus 7T are the best gaming smartphones, but Asus takes the cake by having a 120Hz display instead of OnePlus’ 90Hz panel.

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