Top 3 Gaming Smartphones Of 2018

The year 2018 is full of smartphone releases, there are so many new innovations in the smartphones are also being witnessed. The first at the start was the triple camera concept with Huawei P20 Pro, and then there is bezel-less smartphone trend like Samsung Galaxy S9 and OnePlus 6. Afterward, the variant concept hyped and Xiaomi Mi 8 was released with 3 variants. The other most anticipated thing which has made news is the hidden camera concept in the smartphone and pop-ups when required, this concept seen in Oppo Find X and Vivo NEX. These are the great innovative trends being initiated this year. But there is another market which is totally different from these users of flagship trendy smartphones. Those are the game lovers. The game trend is now only limited to the PlayStation or X-box.


There is a huge market for those smartphones users who seek the best handy device for their gaming passion. To cater this market the companies are now developing the smartphones which totally are dedicated for the gaming purpose. This trend is also have been seen in the laptops that now there are specially designed laptops only for gaming purpose. The same thing is now shifted into the smartphone. The year 2018 has delivered the best gaming smartphones, these smartphones are fully dedicated to serving the need of the gamers. These smartphones are made with the high-end hardware specs and special features made just for gaming. This list has the smartphone released or upcoming in 2018 dedicated for gaming.


1. Asus ROG Phone

The number one spot is been captured by the Asus ROG Phone. No doubt this smartphone has the best and latest specifications for gaming. As the name itself stands for the game land lovers, ROG means "Republic of Gamers”. This smartphone has a very appealing design, the shiny logo on the back with a widescreen plus the dual camera set up and rear-mounted fingerprint scanner at the back. This smartphone is announced in June 2018 and the release is expected in the third quarter of 2018. It has a 6-inch display screen and 90Hz display which leads to refreshing itself 90 times per second and directs games to be played at 90 frames-per-second (fps).


The specifications are It has the powerful processor setup specially designed for games Snapdragon 845 processor with the chip model "overclocked" to 2.96GHz while typical smartphones using 2.8GHz.  This gives the smartphone upgraded 160MHz of processing power and a slight performance bump. The smartphone rules with 8GB of RAM, whereas, commonly smartphone are releasing 4GB to 6GB of RAM. The pile of 8GB RAM helps Asus ROG to perform more smoothly and undoubtedly freely with the game performance. The internal storage is 128GB / 512GB.  It has dual rear camera 12MP + 8MP (120-degree wide-angle) and 8MP front camera. The operating system is Android 8.1 Oreo with custom "ROG Gaming" ZenUI skin. The phone is backed up with 4,000mAh, USB Type-C, 20W fast charging. It has other accessories which are specially designed for the full-on gaming experience with Asus ROG Phone.


Asus ROG Phone has supported devices like Aero active cooler it cools down the heat while the user is playing a game.  Air-Trigger buttons on the left edge act like the shoulder buttons on a console gamepad controller. Twin view dock is another accessory designed for ROG phone with the similar concept to Nintendo's 3DS handheld device. The Asus ROG Phone is the beast in all the gaming smartphones.


2. Xiaomi Black Shark

The second spot is captured by Xiaomi Black Shark. This smartphone is the first gaming smartphone by Xiaomi. It was announced in April 2018 and it is available in the market. Xiaomi Black Shark already created the huge hype before its release. The smartphone fulfills the expectations. It has a very classy color combination in the design which is green and black.  The smartphone has an S logo on the back in green shades.  It has a dual camera set up at the back but the fingerprint scanner is at the front.


The specifications are there are a powerful Snapdragon 845 processor, massive battery, and 1080p display. The phone that is specifically designed for the gamers boasts a 5.99-inches Full HD resolution display of 18:9 aspect ratios. It is paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. There is a powerful GPU integrated over the chip to allocate maximum resources while playing the game. It runs on custom-made Joy UI layered on the Android 8.0 Oreo. The custom UI offers many built-in features for maximizing the gaming performance. The device is equipped with a multi-stage integrated liquid cooling system that lets the CPU to cool down up to 8 degrees while gaming. The dual camera set up of 12MP and 20MP accompanied by a double LED flash. The sulfide camera holds a 20MP sensor of f/2.2 aperture. Internally, there is a 4000mAh battery.


Along with this, there is a separate Black Shark Gamepad which you can attach to the device. This will have an inbuilt 340mAh battery to provide 30 hours of battery life. The device also has a dedicated Shark button that will allocate hardware resources accordingly.


3. ZTE Nubia Red Magic

The ZTE Nubia Red Magic is on the third spot. This smartphone has amazing features for the gaming experience. This gaming smartphone from the ZTE sub-brand, Nubia is Red Magic. It is designed especially for gaming and as known to be an “extreme gamer”.  It has a metallic body with a dedicated red button on the side. The device is a combo of red and black which makes it look and feel elegant to hold. The back of the smartphone has a curve and line of has an RGB light panel at the center gives it a unique look. There is a single camera at the back of the smartphone but has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.


The specifications are screen is the 6.0 inches in size with an 18:9 screen ratio.  It has a Snapdragon 835 processor, with the memory details of 128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM. The front camera is 8MP and the back camera is 24MP. The smartphone runs on the Android 8.1 and is powered by a 3800mAh non-removable battery which seems a lack here as the above two smartphones offer the 4000mAh powerful battery backup. As a gaming smartphone, the power consumption is high but overall this battery gives a good time. The battery is fast charging.


The smartphone has a dedicated hardware button which boosts up the gaming software on pressing so that the user can enjoy gaming experience without any interruption. Furthermore, the device is equipped with a special air convection cooling system that lets the device stay cool and even the hands of the user don’t get sweat because of this cooling system.


As the demand for the gaming smartphones increasing day by day, there are many other brands working in the same category. There is also expected that a new gaming smartphone with the name of Wonder might hit the market very soon. Further, Huawei has also released a mid-range gaming smartphone Honor Play with the GPU Turbo power.


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