Top 5 gaming smartphones you can buy right now

(Web Desk) - Smartphones these days have ample power, excellent screens and both Apple and Google’s app stores have a large and ever growing selection of games. But not all smartphones are capable of providing the best gaming experience, some are geared towards budget conscious buyers, some to camera buffs and some to those who only care about style.

This is where gaming phones come in, providing the best gaming experience possible by squeezing out every bit of power available and offering add-ons that emulate handheld gaming consoles of the past.

These smartphones are built specifically with gaming in mind, meaning they have things like extra high refresh rates, touch-sensitive triggers, extravagant cooling systems, and more.

Here’s a look at the top 5 smartphones available geared especially towards gamers.

1. Lenovo Legion Duel
Screen size: 6.65-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2340
CPU: Snapdragon 865 Plus
RAM: 12/16GB
Storage: 256/512GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 64MP + 16MP
Front camera: 20MP

The Legion Duel offers super-fast charging and lots of processing power but comes at a high cost and has certain software quirks that need to be ironed out.

2. Nubia Red Magic 5G
Screen size: 6.65-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2340
CPU: Snapdragon 865
RAM: 8/12GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front camera: 8MP

Nubia, a part of telecom giant ZTE, has been making gaming-centric phones for the past few years and its latest offering features a 144Hz display ideal for gaming and shoulder triggers which come in handy for intense gaming sessions. However, the screen’s resolution isn’t particulary high-res and it is also plagued with some software bugs.

3. Asus ROG Phone 3
Screen size: 6.59-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2340
CPU: Snapdragon 865 Plus
RAM: 8GB/12GB/16GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
Battery: 6,000mAh
Rear camera: 64MP + 13MP +5MP
Front camera: 24MP

Asus is world renowned for making top-notch gaming equipment and the latest ROG Phone 3 brings a fantastic 144Hz AMOLED screen, excellent battery life and AirTriggers along with other gaming modes. Sadly, it has no waterproofing rating or wireless charging capability.

4. Black Shark 3
Screen size: 6.67-inch
Resolution: 2080 x 2440
CPU: Snapdragon 865
RAM: 8/12GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 4,720mAh
Rear camera: 64MP + 13MP +5MP
Front camera: 20MP

Xiaomi’s Black Shark 3 is an affordable gaming smartphone with surprisingly capable cameras but its display doesn’t quite match its high refresh rate equipped rivals.

5. Razer Phone 2
Screen size: 5.72-inch
Resolution: 2560×1440
CPU: Snapdragon 845
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 64GB/128GB (up to 1TB with card)
Battery: 4,000mAh
Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP
Front camera: 8MP

Razer offered top of the line specs(for its time) with the Razer Phone 2, including a 120hz refresh rate display. The razer logo on the backside glows in millions of RGB colors as well. The low minimum storage of 64GB and the relatively small screen was a turn off for most gamers however.