The best phones for gaming

If you’re an amazing mobile gamer, you need a phone to match...
The best phones for gaming

Smartphones to make your gameplay better

We’ve all got a few games on our phones. From quick fixes of fiendish puzzle games to full-on multiplayer battles like Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, there’s something for everyone these days. The big question is, what are the best phones for playing these games on?

If you’re looking for an unbeatable mobile gaming experience, we’ve rounded up the handsets you should be checking out. They’re all packed with features to take your gaming experience to the next level – we’re talking amazing displays, incredible sound, solid battery life, and enough processing power to handle games dialled up to their maximum settings…

Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus

The Galaxy S9 Plus is an incredible phone for gaming, and the Galaxy S9 isn’t too far behind.

Both phones come pre-installed with Game Tools, a handy feature that offers loads of ways to make gaming better. For example, it’ll turn off the ‘home’ button so you don’t accidentally press it when you’re playing a game. It can also keep distracting notifications from bothering you mid-game. And best of all, it also gives you the power to take screenshots and record your most memorable moments of gameplay.

The Quad HD+ Super AMOLED displays on both phones are up there with the best ever made. The S9’s measures 5.9-inches, and the S9 Plus is a massive 6.2-inches. With these amazing displays, a powerful Snapdragon 845 processor, and a decent amount of RAM (4GB on the S9, 6GB on the S9 Plus), both S9s can handle the biggest games with ease – even virtual reality. All you need is a Samsung Gear VR headset, and you’ll be able to play the best mobile VR games currently available.

You can buy the Galaxy S9 from Carphone Warehouse.

Or if you’d prefer to have it large, you can buy the S9 Plus from Carphone Warehouse.

Sony Xperia XZ2

With a 5.7-inch HDR display and the same Snapdragon 845 processor as the Galaxy S9s above, the Xperia XZ2 gives you a great all-round mobile gaming experience.

This phone offers gamers much more than amazing visuals. The dual front-facing speakers will blast out all those in-game sounds in stereo, and the unique ‘Dynamic Vibration System’ lets you experience all the action in your fingertips - it’s a little like the feeling you get with the DualShock PlayStation 4 controller, and really does add an extra dimension.

Meanwhile, the 3,180mAh battery will keep you gaming through the day, and you can slot in a 400GB microSD card to store all the games you want.

You can buy the Sony Xperia XZ2 from Carphone Warehouse.

Google Pixel 2 XL

The Pixel 2 XL is a great gaming phone. For a start, it huge 6-inch Quad HD display looks amazing, and the ultra-smooth graphics can handle VR games – you’ll be able to enjoy these with a Daydream View headset.

The speedy Snapdragon processor loads up games in a flash, and the massive 3,520mAh battery is a real workhorse - capable of giving you 7 hours of solid gaming from a quick 15-minute charge.

You can buy the Google Pixel 2 XL from Carphone Warehouse.

LG V30

Like the Pixel 2 XL above, the LG V30 boasts a fantastic 6-inch display and is Daydream-ready. So if you want to dive into the world of VR gaming, all you need to do is purchase a Daydream View headset. The 3,300mAh battery will give you more game time than most other smartphones out there, and if 64GB storage isn’t enough for your gaming library, you’ll be able to slot in a microSD card for a whopping 2TB (yes, that’s 2000GB) of extra storage.

You can buy the LG V30 from Carphone Warehouse.

If you’ve got one of these phones already, tell us what you think. Do they take your gaming to the next level? Or if you enjoy gaming with a phone that’s not on this list, tell us what makes it so great. Share your comments below.

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