Gaming has come a long way. From consoles connected to television screens and complex PC setups to smaller consoles you can bring with you practically anywhere, we now even have the option to use our everyday mobile phones – yes, the ones we use to make calls and text – as gaming devices.
If you plan on getting a mobile phone that you can use for both work and play, though, you have to make sure you get the best of the best. After all, you don’t want your phone to lag mid-game or your battery to run out too quickly. We’ve rounded up the 5 best phones for gamers to suit any budget.
Price starts at P48,999
Depending on the games that you play and the amount of storage that you need; the ASUS ROG Phone 5 has 8GB, 12GB, and 16GB RAM configurations as well as 128GB and 256GB options for storage. If you need even more storage, the ROG Phone 5 Pro and the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate both offer 512GB storage, while the latter also has a higher RAM at 18GB.
If you really want to take your gaming to the next level, we’d recommend going for the Pro or Ultimate. Both offer a rear matrix display they call ROG Vision, which allows customizable animations for your system alerts. The Pro offers this in color, while the Ultimate offers it in monochrome.
Other awesome features of the Pro and Ultimate include hidden rear touch sensors on the back that can be used as L2/R2 like a gaming console controller. They also work with motion controls, ultrasonic sensors, and the AeroActive Cooler 5 buttons. Should you want to upgrade your gaming lifestyle, they also support modular accessories, such as the ROG Lighting Armor Case and the ROG Kunai 3 Gamepad, which offers gamepad controls similar to a gaming console.
Price starts at P39,995
The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel has various features to call it a great gaming phone, such as a speedy 6.65-inch full HD+ resolution Super AMOLED panel, a 144Hz refresh rate, and a 240Hz sampling rate to avoid input lag. Like the ROG, it also has virtual side buttons. Plus, it comes with a landscape UI specially made for mobile gamers. If you plan on live streaming with your phone, it also has a motorized side-mounted selfie camera that will make your streaming life so much easier.
Price starts at P15,990
If you love the look of OPPO’s phones but want to add gaming into the mix, the OPPO A92 is your affordable best bet. It has a quad-camera system, a 6.5-inch full HD+ TFT-LCD screen with ultra-high resolution, and a 90.5% screen ratio hidden within a classy and sleek design. With 18W fast charging and a 5,000mAh battery, you can put in heavy gaming hours without worrying about running out of juice.
Price starts at P11,990
The realme 6 was specially built to satisfy your gaming needs but with an incredibly affordable price tag. This model has a 90Hz refresh rate to ensure a smooth gaming experience all throughout. It has a 2.05GHz MediaTek Helio G90T octa-core processor, 128GB storage, and either 4GB or 8GB of RAM. Thanks to its 30W flash charge, its 4,300mAh battery can be powered up in as little as one hour.
Price starts at P8,999
It looks good and it won’t break the bank. The Huawei Y7P is an affordable fit for you if you are okay with playing games like Mobile Legends, PUBG, and NBA2K20 in low or medium settings. While its Kirin 710F processor can handle the job well; given its price, it is fair to say that you will need to manage your expectations. Don’t expect it to perform as well as the other phones on this list.
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Written by: Angeline Rodriguez
Angeline Rodriguez is the Managing Editor of WhenInManila.com and an Editor at Newsweek Amplify. She is a gamer and a geek with a mad love for anime and KDramas.