10+ Best Gaming Phones in 2019

Are you looking for smartphones dedicated to gaming? Here is a list of the top and best gaming phones to buy right now (in Nigeria on Jumia).


Do you use your smartphone more for gaming than for telephoning? We have compiled a list of the top and best gaming phones to buy right now.

Games are being played more and more often via the smartphone. Games look super nice nowadays and the screens become bigger and sharper with the year. An increasing trend in display size that will continue in the coming years. Boys, girls, men and women play games on their smartphones. Think of PUBG, Fortnite, Candy Crush, Asphalt 8 Airborne to the augmented reality Pokémon Go. Which smartphone is the best game phone in circulation and which devices have the best price-quality ratio?

Here you can find an overview of the top 10 gaming smartphones on Naijaknowhow.

List of Top Smartphones For Playing Games (Best Gaming Phones)

1. Xiaomi Black Shark

Xiaomi gaming smartphone with fast Snapdragon 845 processor

Xiaomi Black Shark

Xiaomi has a special gaming phone that has a cool design. The 6 inch AMOLED display lies in a rugged housing with a striking Black Shark logo. The tough Xiaomi Black Shark is specially made for playing games with. The Xiaomi phone sports a fast Snapdragon 845 processor with 8GB of RAM. Enough speed to run different games smoothly. You will never suffer from lag because the processor can not handle your game. There is 128 GB of storage space and the smartphone

The cameras of the Xiaomi Black Shark are good. You shoot very sharp selfies with the 20-megapixel front camera. The duo at the back consists of a 12-megapixel camera in combination with a 20-megapixel lens. This duo takes great pictures and those beautiful bokeh portrait photos. With the 4000mAh battery, you can play a bit longer than your friends with their luxury flagships. This is a pure gaming phone with a friendly price.

Here are the Xiaomi Black Shark key specifications…

Display5.99-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1080 X 2160 pixels, 403PPI
OSAndroid 8.0 Oreo
ProcessorOcta-core 2.8GHz Kryo Processor
Storage64GB / 128GB ROM + 6GB / 8GB RAM
Camera12MP + 20MP Rear/20MP Front (With LED light)
PriceN194,000 – N200,000

2. Xiaomi Black Shark Helo

Xiaomi gaming phone with vapour cooling chamber

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo is Xiaomi’s upgrade to its first gaming smartphone (Xiaomi Black Shark). What makes a gaming smartphone really competent is the powerful hardware. These internal features ensure that the smartphone’s graphics and the entire gaming experience incredible. Inside this smartphone, there’s the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with octa-core 2.8GHz CPU and Adreno 630 GPU.

Still, on the SoC, there’s a vapour cooling chamber that prevents the smartphone from overheating during intensive gaming actions. This smartphone possesses a Gamer Studio App that helps to create various gaming profiles. How it works is that it can condition the processor, display, network and all to suit different games.

Appearance is another feature that makes gaming devices adorable. Similar to its predecessor, it has RGB lit surroundings and Shark logo represented by “S”. AMOLED panel is what provides the display on the smartphone. This panel, sized at 6.01 inches, sports 1080 x 2160 pixels and 18:9 Full View Display mode. It uses a 4000mAh battery for a longer gaming experience for its users.

Here are the Xiaomi Black Shark Helo key specifications…

Display6.01-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1080 X 2160 pixels, 403PPI
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo (MIUI 10)
ProcessorOcta-core 2.8GHz Kryo Processor
Storage128GB / 256GB ROM + 6GB / 8GB / 10GB RAM
Camera12MP + 20MP Rear/20MP Front (With LED light)
PriceN160,000 – N200,000

3. Huawei Mate 20 X

Huawei gaming phone with massive 5000mAh battery

This is Huawei gaming device. Huawei Mate 20 X is not only the biggest in shape, but it’s also the largest with regards to battery life with some really nice features for gamers.

The all-new Kirin 980 with ARM Mali-G76 GPU sees to the efficient gaming on the smartphone. Even more, Huawei Supercool is aboard to limit how the heating capacity of the phone during heavy gaming activities. The Supercool advanced cooling system consists of vapour chamber cooling with a graphene film heat spreader. There is 128 GB of storage space and 6GB RAM.

Dolby Atmos stereo speakers enhance the sound surroundings of the smartphone. The display department of this phone boasts of a large 7.2-inch AMOLED panel with 1080 x 2244 pixels resolution. This device is also supported by a massive 5000mAh battery to make sure the phones last during heavy gaming.

Here are the Huawei Mate 20 X key specifications…

Display7.2-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1080 X 2244 pixels
OSAndroid 9.0 Pie OS (EMUI 9.0)
ProcessorOcta-core 2.6GHz Kirin Processor
Storage128GB ROM + 6GB RAM
Camera40MP + 20MP + 8MP Rear/24MP Front (With LED light)
PriceN320,000 – N340,000

4. Razer Phone 2

Razer gaming phone with vapour cooling technology

razer phone 2

This smartphone is fully focused on gaming and picks up the thread of its predecessor. Razer has used the same basis for the Razer Phone 2 as for his first smartphone. A not so surprising addition is the RGB lighting in the logo on the back. It has uses a display 5.7 inches with a resolution of 2560x1440p, a 16:9 ratio and supports (only) a refresh rate of 120 Hz.

Inside we find a Snapdragon 845 SoC, with which almost all high-end smartphones are equipped. Furthermore, we see 8GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and a powerful battery of 4,000mAh so you’re not forced to play alongside the wall socket.

Just like gaming laptops, gaming smartphones can also become physically hot in the heat of the battle. The cooling technology that Razer has also incorporated into his laptops, namely the Vapor Chamber Cooling, is now also included in this smartphone and should ensure that you can play a few hours without causing the device to overheat.

Here are the Razer Phone 2 key specifications…

Display5.72-inch IGZO LCD 1440 x 2560
OSAndroid 8.1
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.80 GHz) with Adreno 630 GPU, Vapor Chamber Cooling
Storage64GB ROM + 6GB RAM (SD card up to 1TB)
Camera12MP + 12MP Rear/8MP Front (Dual Rear LED light)
Battery4,000mAh (Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+ and wireless charging)
Price$799.99 (approx. N290,000 naira)

5. ASUS ROG Phone

ASUS gaming smartphone using Adreno 630 GPU


The Asus ROG Phone gaming device is a premium smartphone which comes with a lot of luxury features. It is one of the best gaming phones you can buy right now.

Asus ROG Phone flaunts a 6-inch AMOLED display which exhibits a screen resolution of 1,080 x 2,160 pixels. It has a pixel density of 402 PPI and carries an aspect ratio of 18:9. The display is covered by a Corning Gorilla Glass which protects it from scratches and minor collisions. It comes with a waterproof body and at the rear, a fingerprint sensor is present which enhances the security as well as the convenience of the system.

The Asus ROG Phone houses a 128GB inbuilt storage. Moving to the performance, a 2.8GHz Kryo 385 octa-core processor controls the overall performance of the device. It is further supported by an 8GB RAM and an Adreno 630 GPU for handling the graphics section. The whole combination is built upon a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset which delivers a powerful performance while running multiple tasks and playing powerful games like PUBG. Coming to the battery front, the smartphone is powered by a 4,000mAh Li-Po battery which provides long hours of backup.

Here are the Asus ROG Phone key specifications…

Display6.0-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen, 1,080 x 2,160 pixels
OSAndroid 8.0 Oreo (Asus ZenUI 5.0)
Processor2.8GHz Kryo 385 Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 845
Storage128GB ROM + 8GB RAM
Camera12MP + 8MP Rear/8MP Front (With LED light)

6. ZTE Nubia Red Magic

ZTE gaming smartphone with dual cooling vents

ZTE Nubia Red Magic

ZTE has decided to introduce its own gaming smartphone – ZTE Nubia Red Magic. Design wise, the smartphone is really attractive. A well-positioned camera didn’t do anything to interfere with the configurable RGB lighting placed at the rear.

In fact, the back of this smartphone is designed in a comfortable manner reminiscent of a gamepad. As an extra, the device is packed with a cooling air vent to reduce to the barest minimum the heat tendency of the smartphone. For protection, Dinorex T2X-1 scratch/shock resistant glass gets fixed on the smartphone’s screen.

In the display region, the smartphone sports a massive 6.0 inches LTPS IPS display that works with 1080 X 2160 pixels resolution and 402PPI pixel density. With the Full View 18:9 aspect ratio in place, the display has a 78.5% screen-to-body ratio. Under the hood, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC handles the core operations of the smartphone. It envelops an octa-core 2.35GHz CPU and Adreno 540 GPU. The smartphone has either the 6GB RAM / 64GB ROM variant or the 8GB RAM / 128GB ROM variant. The phone is powered by a non-removable Li-Po 3,800mAh battery. It charges really fast as a result of Quick Charge technology present on the device.

Here are the ZTE Nubia Red Magic key specifications…

Display6-inch LTPS IPS capacitive touchscreen, 1080 X 2160 pixels
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo OS
ProcessorOcta-core 2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Processor
Storage64GB / 128GB ROM + 6GB / 8GB RAM
Camera24MP Rear/8MP Front (With LED light)
PriceN160,000 – N170,000

7. ZTE Nubia Red Magic Mars

ZTE gaming smartphone with 10GB RAM

Nubia Red Magic Mars

Nubia Red Magic Mars is the upgrade of the Nubia Red Magic. Of course, there are several improvements offered. From the design to the interiors, this Nubia Red Magic Mars is super good. Interestingly, this smartphone with a 6-inch Full HD + IPS screen has a shoulder button on the side. When playing a game in landscape format, both buttons can be pressed with the index finger left and right.

It is jammed with more powerful hardware, the Snapdragon 845 combined with 10GB of RAM. Nubia Red Magic Mars provides internal memory capacity of 256 GB. A combination that looks tempting especially for gamers who like to play games on smartphones.

To keep temperatures cool during gameplay, the Red Magic Mars Nubia now uses a cooling system called ICE, which has two pipes to reduce heat. There is also a dedicated eSport button which when pressed will instantly turn this smartphone into Gaming mode. To provide a more enjoyable gaming experience, Nubia also provides a special Bluetooth-based gaming controller. From the audio sector, the Nubia Red Magic Mars features stereo speakers complete with DTS 7.1 support.

The phone is powered by a non-removable Li-Po 3,800mAh battery. It charges really fast as a result of Quick Charge technology present on the device.

Here are the ZTE Nubia Red Magic Mars key specifications…

Display6-inch LTPS IPS capacitive touchscreen, 1080 X 2160 pixels
OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie) nubia Red Magic OS
ProcessorOcta-core 2.8GHz Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
Storage256 GB + 10 GB RAM, 128 GB + 8 GB RAM or 64 GB + 6 GB RAM
Camera16MP Rear/8MP Front (With LED light)
PriceStarts $388 (approx. ₦141,000)

8. Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Xiaomi gaming smartphone with 6GB of RAM and huge battery

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1 comes with a liquid cooling system which is one of the major selling points of this device. This feature will help to keep it cool while running applications and games. Coolant will flow through the pipes to keep the temperature down and your processor will deliver the best performance.

Apart from the unique feature above, it’s packed with the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset (clocks up to 2.8GHz) and Adreno 509 to help in running games smoothly. in the storage department, it comes with a 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage enough to save games files for those who like keeping them.

This device is powered by a 4000mAh battery with the Qualcomm’s Quick Charge tech 3.0, this shows that your phone battery will get enough juice to help in playing games for a longer duration.

Here are the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 key specifications…

Display6.0-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 2160 pixels
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
ProcessorOcta-core 2.8GHz Qualcomm Processor
Storage6GB RAM + 64GB ROM
Camera12MP + 5MP Rear/20MP Front (With LED light)
Price$573 (₦200,000 – ₦210,000 in Nigeria)

The phones above are specifically built for gamers. However, there are additional gaming phones that can handle heavy graphics games that aren’t designed for gaming. Here they are:

9. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Samsung smartphone with Exynos 9810 processor good for gaming

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

One of the best smartphones in the world. The powerful device with a large 6.2-inch WQHD screen seems to be made to play games. Even if you have to deposit a considerable amount for that. Gaming on the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is a real pleasure. Thanks to the 10 nm Exynos 9810 processor helped by 6GB RAM, the device is super fast. With 64 GB, 128 GB or 256 GB of storage, there is enough room for heavy games. All games look great on the hair-sharp Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,960 x 1,440 pixels and a larger 18.5:9 aspect ratio.

Samsung has a Game Launcher in which notifications can be adjusted during gaming. With this, the South Korean brand improves the integration of gameplay in general use of the Galaxy S9 Plus.

Here are the Galaxy S9 Plus key specifications on what you should expect to enjoy when you buy this smart device.

Display6.2 inches(1440 x 2960 pixels)
OSAndroid 8.0 Oreo
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Storage64GB ROM + 6GB RAM
CameraDual 12MP Rear/8MP Front
Price$840 (Between N300,800 to N310,000 Naira)

10. Sony Xperia XZ3

Sony XZ3 excellent gaming smartphone with remote play

Sony Xperia XZ3

The brand behind the PlayStation 4, one of the largest game consoles in the world, is of course Sony. The large Sony Xperia XZ3 can easily be connected to this game console. Thanks to the large screen, the powerful Snapdragon 845 processor and Remote Play, this is an excellent gaming smartphone. Remote Play ensures that you can continue to play on the PlayStation 4 with the Sony flagship if someone else takes the television. It makes the Sony Xperia XZ3 one of the ultimate gaming smartphones. Even without Playstation, you can already enjoy smartphone games on the beautiful 6 inches HDR Triluminos display with a high 1440 x 2880 pixel resolution.

Inside it uses a fast Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB of RAM. A hefty 3,300 mAh battery delivers hours of game fun and is super fast recharged thanks to Quick Charge 3.0. The relatively slim edges of the Sony Xperia XZ3 at the top and bottom give the device an optimal grip during fast racing games.

Here are the Sony Xperia XZ3 key specifications…

Display6.0-inch OLED capacitive touchscreen, 1440 x 2880 pixels, 537 pixels
OSAndroid 9.0 Pie
ProcessorOcta-core 2.7GHz Qualcomm Processor
torage64GB ROM + 4GB / 6GB RAM (MicroSD card up to 512GB)
Camera19MP Rear/13MP Front (With LED light)
Price₦250,000 – ₦290,000

11. Apple iPhone XS Max

Apple XS Max with fast A12 Bionic chipset, best for mobile gaming

Apple iphone xs max colour variants

The ultimate iOS game machine is the Apple iPhone XS Max. The device has an impressively large 6.5 inch AMOLED display and the fastest processor of 2018. Games start not only super fast on you can have several running without any problems. In addition, the iPhone has a special 3D camera that even 3D (augmented reality) can play games.

The 6.5-inch Full HD Retina display seems to cover the entire phone and that gives a wonderful view of games. The fast A12 Bionic with 4GB of RAM and a choice of storage space ensure that games start very fast and you can install many games. The economical processor and large battery provide a longer operating time than with the iPhone 8 Plus. You can also charge the battery wirelessly. The Apple iPhone XS Max is the ultimate iOS gaming smartphone and a smart choice for the smartphone gamer.

Here are the Apple iPhone XS Max key specifications…

Display6.5 inches, 1242 x 2688 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~458 ppi density)
ProcessorHexa Core A12 Chipset Bionic
Storage64/256/512GB Built-in + 4GB RAM
Camera12MP + 12MP Rear / 7MP Front (With Rear quad LED light)
BatteryLi-ion Non removable
PriceStarts US $1099 (around N399,000 naira)

With this top 10 of best gaming phones, I hope it helps you make a good buying decision when picking a phone for gaming. This article also revealed that the online prices of smartphones can vary greatly in Nigeria and other parts of the world. It is therefore important to do your own research on the best price before you purchase a new mobile gaming smartphone.

That said, kindly let us know using the comment box below if this is a good list… or perhaps, are there other phones you think should be listed above?

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