Best gaming phones in 2021 thus far

by Jeremy

As smartphones improve, the gaming experiences they offer have also continued to improve alongside other advancements. The last few years of development in chipsets and hardware has overseen the growth of a new category revolving around gaming. With phones featuring pressure-sensitive buttons embedded in their side rails or sensors that can grasp the amount of pressure applied on the screen, deciding which phone to buy has become more challenging than ever. In this guide, we’ve listed nine of the best smartphone options to help you come to a decision.

Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate


As its name indicates, this smartphone aims to provide the ultimate gaming experience a user can demand. It bundles an FHD+ AMOLED display that refreshes at 144Hz and has a Delta-E value of less than one. Other hardware features include an additional side-mounted USB-C port, a stereo speaker setup, four capacitive buttons — two along the side of the phone and two on the back. The device also comes with a cooling fan accessory that adds two to the already present four. If this wasn’t enough, Asus also added a small black and white screen on the back, playing GIFs, showing who’s calling, and more. All of these components depend upon a Snapdragon 888 and 6,000mAh battery.

Asus ROG Phone 5


If the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate is a little excessive for you, the next best device to consider is the ROG Phone 5, which still offers support for the same set of accessories and has a similar FHD+ 144Hz AMOLED display. This model is also powered by the Snapdragon 888 and has a 6,000mAh battery. Also, if you find yourself clicking pictures, several reviews have deemed the camera system on this smartphone great to use, unlike previous generations of gaming phones. To reduce costs, Asus removed the two buttons found embedded in the back of the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate and replaced the ROG Vision display with a glowing ROG Logo.

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