10 Best Gaming Phones of 2021

Last Update 2021-02-20

Is there anybody who dislikes gaming? One in a hundred probably, as gaming is today considered the most tempting way of entertainment, never seems to be quiet. After the launch of Gaming Controllers and Gaming Console for smartphones, Mobile Gaming gets fame and now the gamers do not need to sit in front of a large computer for playing. Moreover, many cell phone brands start launching dedicated gaming smartphones. Whether it is an action game like PUBG and Fortnite or a racing game like Asphalt Nitro, anyone can play his favorite subject game on his mobile phone whenever he loves to do so.

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Every smartphone gives the taste of gaming, but we are here with the 10 Best Gaming Phones in 2021. Gaming aficionados can buy those smartphones across the world.


Top 10 Gaming Phones at a Glance:

1 – Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

2 – iPhone 12 Pro Max

3 – Xiaomi Mi 11

4 – Vivo X60 Pro+

5 – ROG Phone 3 ZS661KS

6 – Nubia Red Magic 5G

7 – Huawei Mate 40 Pro

8 – Oneplus 8 Pro

9 – Black Shark 3 Pro

10 – iQOO 5 Pro 5G


1 – Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the world's best gaming phone. It has a bigger screen of 120Hz refresh rate, optimized software, powerful hardware, and long gameplay session thanks to a 5000mAh battery. The S21 Ultra carries a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED Display of QHD+ resolution. It runs on Android 11 OS and is powered by SD888/Exynos 2100 chipset. RAM and ROM are 16GB and 512GB. Samsung S21 Ultra sports a 40MP selfie camera and four back cameras including 108MP.  Samsung Galaxy S21+5G Price starts at $999.


2 – iPhone 12 Pro Max

With the iPhone 12 Pro Max, gaming lovers are getting a sizeable HDR10 display, massive memory for installing heavy games, and smoother performance. The iPhone Max comes with a Super Retina XDR OLED Display of 6.7inches, FHD+ resolution, Dolby Vision, wide-color gamut, and 90Hz refresh rate. iOS is getting a newer version update, iOS 14.4. There are four back cameras and the main sensor can shoot 4k movies up to 60fps. The hardware comprises an Apple A14 chipset, 6GB RAM, and a 3687 mAh battery with fast and wireless charging options. iPhone 12 Pro Max Price is $1,099.

3 – Xiaomi Mi 11

Mi 11 is the third best gaming smartphone in the world, thanks to Snapdragon 888 (5nm) chipset. It runs on a 2.84GHz kryo 680 CPU. The Graphics card is Adreno 650. The battery offers long gameplay, thanks to a 4600mAh battery. Charge it faster with either 55W Fast Wired or Wireless Charge.

Xiaomi Mi 11 refreshes display faster at 120Hz frequency and having 4G and 5G connectivity. The combo lets PUBG gamers play smoothly. The handset sports 6.8in AMOLED screen, 1B colors, HDR10+, 1440x3200p resolution, 1500 nits maximum brightness, 20:9 viewing aspects. Mi 11 Price is $600.


4 – Vivo X60 Pro Plus

The Vivo X60 Pro+ is a 5G smartphone, powered by Snapdragon 888 chipset. The Vivo mobile comes with a 6.56-inch AMOLED screen, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+. FHD+ Resolution, Android 11 OS with OriginOS interface.

With the X60 Pro+, users are getting Zeiss-branded Four Back Cameras including a 50MP f/1.6 wide-angle lens. Other lenses are 8MP telephoto, 32MP telephoto, and 48MP ultrawide. The main sensor can record 8k and 4k movies. For selfie lovers, it offers a 32MP front camera capable of 4k video calling.

Buy X60 Pro+ in 8GB and 12 GB RAM. 8GB paired with 128GB Storage while 12GB coupled with 256GB ROM. It packs a 4200mAh battery, compatible with 55W Fast Charge. Vivo X60 Pro+ Price is $780.


5 – Asus ROG Phone 3 ZS661KS

ROG Phone 3 ZS661KS is one of the best mobiles in the gaming world. The gaming beast looks awesome, boasting a bigger 6.59inches AMOLED screen of 19.5:9 wide aspects. Further, the ROG Phone 3 5G offers a 144Hz refresh rate for smooth streamlines on the HDR10 display. There are accessory gaming controllers for convenience while playing.

Asus gaming phone or ROG Phone 3 borrows the power of Snapdragon 865+ chipset. It flaunts a colossal 12GB RAM as a starter and goes up to a 16GB RAM variant. ROG Phone 3 boasts a 6,000 mAh Li-Po Battery. Thus, you can enjoy a long PUBG or Call of Duty gameplay. Fast Charge is rated at 30-watts. There are triple photo snappers (64MP primary lens) and a 24MP selfie shooter. The main camera is capable of 8k and 4k video recording. Asus ROG Phone 3 Price is $700.


6 - Nubia Red Magic 5G

Nubia Red Magic 5G is one of the best gaming phones in 2021. It has a magical beautiful look making it feel like a pro. The gaming beast extracts the power from Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 coupled with an immense 12GB RAM.

The Red Magic 5G brings a 6.65in AMOLED screen which can play streams smoother at a higher refresh rate of 144Hz. It sounds immersive for stereo speakers and 4D customizable vibrations.

To prevent the phone from getting extra heat while playing, the manufacturer integrated an ICE liquid cooling system and a cooling fan. It reduces the temperature by 160 degrees Celsius. Nubia Red Magic 5G houses a 4,500 mAh battery that can endure hours of playing PUBG and Fortnite. You can top up 100% within 40 minutes, thanks to 55W Super-Fast Charge. Nubia Red Magic 5G Price is $630.


7 – Huawei Mate 40 Pro

Huawei Mate 40 Pro achieved 7th position in our best gaming phones list. It is also the best all-rounder if you can compromise Google Mobile Services. There is an all-new ecosystem, Huawei Mobile Services carrying all the features as of Android i.e. Account Kit (another Gmail in Huawei terms). Location Kit is there in place of Google Location, Map Kit is the substitute of Google Maps, and there are similarly many other options including Drive Kit, Game Service, Push Kit, Analytic Kit, In-App purchases, and at last Ads Kit yeah the alternate to the Google AdSense/AdMob. Surprisingly, the entirely new ecosystem Huawei builds on the free Android Open Source Project, and hence there is Android 10 running out of the box.

Huawei Mate 40 Pro flaunts a 6.76inches OLED Display, 8GB RAM, and Kirin 990 5G chipset. It gets triple cameras for photography. The primary sensor is 50MP and eligible to create 4k Vlogs. There are dual front cameras for 4k selfies. It is a 5G smartphone and supports WiFi sub6 connectivity. The battery ranks at 4400mAh and allows a 66W fast weird and 50W wireless charge. The Price of Huawei MATE 40 Pro is $1,200.


8 - Oneplus 8 Pro

For gaming lovers, the Oneplus 8 Pro is worth buying. It offers a 120Hz display, the latest Oxygen OS along with Android 10, a high-end Qualcomm SD865 chip, up to 12GB RAM, and a satisfying 4510mAh battery. Oneplus 8 Pro has a bezel-less AMOLED screen of about 6.78inches, supports QHD+ stuff, and delivers the best graphics by Adreno 650 GPU. After long gameplay, you can recharge 50% of handset life within 23minutes. It is the first Oneplus smartphone with Wireless Charge (30W). The Price of Oneplus 8 Pro is $800.


9 – Black Shark 3 Pro

Black Shark 3 Pro is a powerful gaming mobile phone. Inspired by Formula 1 Sports Car, the Shark gaming phone adopted the X-design body language and an advanced new-look i.e. aluminum strong body, RGB-illuminated back, and assisting controllers just like standard Black Shark 3.

There’s inside a Snapdragon 865 chipset, dedicated to pro gaming devices by Qualcomm. There are Adreno 650 GPU and 8GB RAM to make your gaming experience worthy. Xiaomi didn’t only upgrade hardware but also software to boost performance, thus you are getting CPU and GPU Turbo Version2 technologies along with Android 10 OS.

Black Shark 3 Pro is available up to 12GB RAM, sports a 7.1inches AMOLED QHD Display with a 90Hz refresh rate, and is having triple64MP rear cameras, and a 5000 mAh powerhouse supported by 27W Fast Charge. Black Shark 3 Pro Price is $790.


10 - iQOO5 Pro 5G

Best phone for long gameplay on a single charge, iQOO5 Pro 5G claimed to be recharged 100% life just in 15mins, thanks to 120W Super Flash Charge. The handset sports a 6.56-inch AMOLED Display reaches HDR10+ standard and offers 120 Hertz refresh rate. The handset gets a 50MP Triple Camera setup and 8k video recording capability. iQOO 5 Pro 5G is being driven by Snapdragon 865 chipset. Two available memory options are 8GB/256GB and 12GB/256GB. There is a 4000mAh battery for a satisfactory gameplay session. Connectivity includes 5G and WiFi sub6 for faster online streaming. The Price of iQOO 5 Pro is $650.