Mobile gaming has become a phenomenon with games like PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile, Clash of Clans and more going viral, amassing massive followership and even prize-winning competitions. Now not every smartphone can run all games smoothly. Some are good at it, others not so much. The ones that are good at it, all come with a dedicated gaming mode. What does the gaming mode do? That depends on phone to phone, but the best implementation lets you tweak everything from the CPU and GPU speeds to monitoring frame rates and blocking calls and messages. Let’s take a look at the best smartphones with a dedicated gaming mode to take your gaming to the next level —
10. Vivo Z1X
The Vivo Z1X is the official smartphone for PUBG Mobile, and it comes with a dedicated gaming mode. Turning it on kills all background processes to free up RAM for smoother gaming. But more than that, the Vivo Z1X also offers an in-game voice changer, an option to disable call and notifications while gaming and even a training center to help you learn how to play PUBG Mobile.
9. Redmi Note 8 Pro
Apart from the fact that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is powered by the MediaTek Helio G90T and feature liquid cooling , it also hosts a dedicated gaming mode that lets improves the visual quality of games, frees up resources and lets you mute calls and messages to help you game better. You can also keep an eye on the CPU and GPU metrics while gaming.
8. Realme X2
The Realme X2 is very much a gaming device thanks to the Snapdragon 730G under the hood, and there’s a dedicated gaming mode to make things even smoother. The game mode also hosts a competition mode and turning it on kills background apps and improves network latency and network switching so you don’t lag while gaming. More than that, you can start a screen recording, disable calls and notifications and more, on the fly.
7. Oppo F15
The Oppo F15 also comes with a dedicated gaming mode which makes gaming on the aged Helio P70 SoC handle games better. The game mode can turn on competition mode which kills all background processes and improve network latency. It also helps boost frames which makes games like PUBG Mobile and CoD: Mobile run much smoother.
6. Redmi K20 Pro
The Redmi K20 Pro is very much a flagship device with a Snapdragon 855, but it also handles games quite well thanks to a dedicated gaming mode. The mode keeps background apps from taking up too much RAM and even shows you the GPU and CPU metrics while gaming. More than that, you can change whether you want your calls and messages stopping your game mid-way.
5. Realme X2 Pro
The Realme X2 Pro houses the same gaming mode that’s there on the Realme X2 with some more features like screen recording, notify when you are AFK and even lets you reply to messages on the fly.
4. OnePlus 7T
The OnePlus 7T comes with the Fnatic Gaming Mode that turns on automatically when you start playing. The mode improves frame rates, increases visual quality, optimises network latencies and enable 4D vibration.
3. Black Shark 2
The Black Shark 2 is very much a gaming device that supports multiple accessories. But the gaming mode that is turned on by a physical switch lets you control everything from the CPU and GPU speeds to the cooling rate to how you want your audio and touch sensitivity to work.
2. Nubia Red Magic 3s
Like the Black Shark 2, the Red Magic 3s is also a dedicated gaming smartphone that comes with a physical switch to enter the gaming mode. Once inside, you can see your stats, check the frame rates in real time and tweak processor modes all the way up to Xtreme. The phone also comes with a physical fan inside which can be controlled from the game mode.
1. Asus ROG Phone II
The Asus ROG Phone II is hands down the best gaming smartphone you can buy right now and it’s not just for the hardware inside. The phone offers a vast suite of game-specific options which includes macro-binding, ability to pair a keyboard and mouse along with viewing CPU, GPU, temperature in real-time. Along with that, you can map the air triggers on the fly, allow/disable calls and messages and even gain granular controls of the CPU, GPU and cooling tech.