The best Android smartphones for gaming: Android Updated Picks

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Android gaming has come a long way since its inception. Long gone are the days when gaming on Android was restricted to casual game titles and almost all the major gaming series are available in the Google Play Store.

If you are a fan of gaming, you are at the right place. Here are the best Android smartphones for gaming which you can invest your bucks in:

Best Android smartphones for gaming: Android Updated Picks

1. Xiaomi Black Shark

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Xiaomi recently unveiled its first-ever gaming smartphone under its subbrand. The device dubbed the Black Shark has pretty amazing specifications and a very compelling price.

Kicking things off with the power, the Black Shark is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM depending on the variant you choose. At the GPU front, an Adreno 630 GPU is provided to support the graphics.

At the display front, we get a 6.99-inch Full HD+ panel which has an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a 97% DCI-P3 coverage at the front.

Moving to the multimedia, the Black Shark has a single speaker, the earpiece, however, would double as a speaker for a Biso stereo sound. Die-hard gaming fans would love the device as it has support for an external Black Shark Gamepad that has a 340 mAh battery of its own and can be connected via Bluetooth.


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2. Razer Phone

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The biggest rival to the Xiaomi Black Shark, the Razer Phone, is an incredible Android smartphone when it comes to gaming.

Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset coupled with a whopping 8GB of RAM. At the display front, we get a 5.7-inch Full HD display with a 120 GHz refresh rate. The feature can be combined with an Ultra Motion technology which allows for a buttery-smooth gaming experience.

There is a 4,000 mAh battery capable of Quick Charging. The phone, sadly, still runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and there is no word as to whether or not it will receive an Android Oreo update.

Coming to the camera, the Razer Phone has a dual camera setup at the back (12MP + 12MP) and an 8MP front camera for selfies. The device would cost you $699.

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3. Samsung Galaxy S9 lineup

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The current Samsung flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S9, and the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus have a lot of gaming potential under the hood. Though the devices are not dedicated gaming smartphones, there is no game on the Google Play Store which would take any hiccups if played on these devices.

While the Galaxy S9 has a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED infinity display, the Galaxy S9+ has a bigger 6.8-inch one with the same resolution. Both the displays are capable enough of providing you with an ultra-immersive gaming experience.

Powering the devices is an Exynos 9810 or Snapdragon 845 (depending on the region you are living in), coupled with 6GB/8GB of RAM, good enough to justify any gaming load thrown at them.


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4. Motorola Moto Z2 Play

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The Motorola Moto Z2 Play has been around for a while now and is probably not the most powerful smartphone out there. That being said, if you are looking for a mid-range smartphone which would suffice your gaming needs, the Moto Z2 Play is certainly an excellent choice.

The device features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display which produces crisp and vibrant colors.

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What’s even better is the fact that the device supports the Moto Gamepad which would take your gaming experience to a whole new level. The Moto Gamepad has its own D-pad and four action buttons. It also has its own 1,035 mAh battery. The Moto Gamepad will cost you around $80.

These are the best gaming smartphones that you can go for. We’d be adding more to the list based on your suggestions. Do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.

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