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The Best Smartphones For Gaming (2021)

author Luis Silva (Updated on: July 2021)

The Best Smartphones For Gaming


This is the international top 10 list. Click here to check out the US version.

If you're here, it's because you're looking for the perfect gaming smartphone. That's OK. But this isn't your typical top 10 list. You won't find any Black Shark or Rogphone here. Instead, you'll get the best all-around smartphones that can give you the best gaming experience.

But the perfect device doesn't exist (sorry if I disappointed you), and if we add a budget, then things start to get even more complicated. That's the reason I've created this list. To help you find the one that can provide you with the best experience, without exceeding your budget.

While the minimum requirements to play popular games like PUBG are usually focused on performance, RAM, and storage, you'll need much more than that to get a pleasant experience.

Performance does matter the most. But also does battery life, plenty of storage for your games, a screen bright enough for comfortable outdoor use, and HDR10+ for better color accuracy.

But that's not all. Other less critical features are also considered, like RAM (as long as you have at least 2GB), the amount of dots per screen inch, a 90+Hz display, an AMOLED screen, and a small or nonexistent notch.

Everything else is simply ignored.

So, how are the everyday smartphones rated when it comes to gaming experience?

Let's find out. But first, let me remind you that there's a top 10 list for every budget and that these lists are frequently updated. At least once a month.

Tips: Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones. You can also find links to Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, and Walmart (and updated prices) in any comparison article.



Pick your budget:





 Top 10 

  • #4 SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Exynos)Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    $1008    9.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    GeekBench5: 2561
    6.9" 1440x3088
    Full Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass V
    108+12+12Mp4x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.SD
  • #7 SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Snapdragon)Gal. Note 20 U.SD
    $899    8.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865+
    GeekBench5: 3098
    6.9" 1440x3088
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass V
    108+12+12Mp4x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.SD


 Over $1000 

  • #2 SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Exynos)Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    $1008    9.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    GeekBench5: 2561
    6.9" 1440x3088
    Full Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass V
    108+12+12Mp4x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.SD
  • #3 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049    8.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 855
    GeekBench5: 3108
    6.9" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    108+48+12Mp4x
    5000mAh 45+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.SD


 Under $1000 

  • #4 SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Snapdragon)Gal. Note 20 U.SD
    $899    8.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865+
    GeekBench5: 3098
    6.9" 1440x3088
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass V
    108+12+12Mp4x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.SD
  • #8 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Exynos)Galaxy S20 U.EX
    $789    8.6

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    GeekBench5: 2698
    6.9" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    108+48+12Mp4x
    5000mAh 45+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.SD


 Under $700 

  • #3 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 SD
    $535    8.7

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    GeekBench5: 3076
    6.2" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4000mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 SD
  • #4 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Plus (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20+ SD
    $535    8.7

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    GeekBench5: 3091
    6.7" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 plus (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 plus (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20+ EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20+ SD
  • #7 OnePlusOnePlus 99
    $551    8.4

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2021
    Snapdragon 888
    GeekBench5: 3394
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Full Glass 128GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+50+2Mp
    4500mAh 65+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • oneplus 9 vs oneplus 9 proOnePlus
    9
    vs
    OnePlus
    9 Pro
  • oneplus 9 vs oneplus 9 proOnePlus
    9
    vs
    OnePlus
    9 Pro


 Under $500 

  • #1 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 FE 4GGal. S20 FE 4G
    $463    8.7

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    GeekBench5: 2718
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Front Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    12+8+12Mp3x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 fe 4g vs samsung galaxy s20 fe 5gSamsung
    Gal. S20 FE 4G
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. S20 FE 5G
  • #2 OnePlusOnePlus 8T8T
    $499    8.3

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    GeekBench5: 3053
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Full Glass 128GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+16+5+2Mp
    4500mAh 65+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • oneplus 8 vs oneplus 8tOnePlus
    8
    vs
    OnePlus
    8T
  • oneplus nord vs oneplus 8tOnePlus
    Nord
    vs
    OnePlus
    8T
  • #5 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 (Exynos)Galaxy S10 EX
    $429    7.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 9820
    GeekBench5: 2153
    6.1" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    3400mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy s10 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10 SD


 Under $400 

  • #1 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Plus (Exynos)Galaxy S20+ EX
    $329    8.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    GeekBench5: 2649
    6.7" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 plus (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 plus (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20+ EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20+ SD
  • #3 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 FE 5GGal. S20 FE 5G
    $359    8.3

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    GeekBench5: 3296
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Front Glass 128G+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    12+8+12Mp3x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price
    -Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy s20 fe 4g vs samsung galaxy s20 fe 5gSamsung
    Gal. S20 FE 4G
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. S20 FE 5G
  • #5 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 11 LiteMi 11 Lite
    $349    7.7

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2021
    Snapdragon 780
    GeekBench5: 2909
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    64+8+5Mp
    4250mAh 33+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Cameras
    +Glass Protection
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -3.5mm Jack

  • xiaomi mi 11 lite vs xiaomi mi 11Xiaomi
    Mi 11 Lite
    vs
    Xiaomi
    Mi 11
  • #7 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10+ SD
    $359    7.6

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    GeekBench5: 2476
    6.4" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    4100mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s10 plus (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 plus (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ SD


 Under $300 

  • #7 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 9 SEMi 9 SE
    $250    5.7

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 712
    GeekBench5: 1443
    5.9" 1080x2340
    Full Glass 64GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+8+13Mp2x
    3070mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -3.5mm Jack

  • xiaomi mi 9 vs xiaomi mi 9 seXiaomi
    Mi 9
    vs
    Xiaomi
    Mi 9 SE


 Under $200 

  • #1 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 8Mi 8
    $175    5.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Snapdragon 845
    GeekBench5: 1901
    6.2" 1080x2248
    Full Glass 64GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    12+12Mp2x
    3400mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -3.5mm Jack

  • xiaomi mi 8 vs xiaomi mi 9Xiaomi
    Mi 8
    vs
    Xiaomi
    Mi 9
  • #3 OnePlusOnePlus 66
    $180    5.1

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Snapdragon 845
    GeekBench5: 2257
    6.2" 1080x2280
    Full Glass 64GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    16+20Mp
    3300mAh 20+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot

  • oneplus 6 vs oneplus 6tOnePlus
    6
    vs
    OnePlus
    6T
  • #4 SamsungSamsung Galaxy A30Galaxy A30
    $149    4.4

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 7904
    GeekBench5: 942
    6.4" 1080x2340
    Front Glass 32GB+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    16+5Mp
    4000mAh 15+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy a30 vs samsung galaxy a50Samsung
    Galaxy A30
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy A50
  • #5 RealmeRealme 5 Pro5 Pro
    $179    4.3

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 712
    GeekBench5: 1458
    6.3" 1080x2340
    Front Glass 128G+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    48+8+2+2Mp
    4035mAh 20+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Price
    -AMOLED
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -Glass Protection

  • realme 5 pro vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proRealme
    5 Pro
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro
  • #6 XiaomiXiaomi Redmi Note 7Redmi Note 7
    $141    3.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 660
    GeekBench5: 1284
    6.3" 1080x2340
    Full Glass 64GB+
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+5Mp
    4000mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Battery Life
    +Price
    -AMOLED
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight

  • xiaomi redmi note 7 vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proXiaomi
    Redmi Note 7
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro


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