Best Phones for Mobile Games: Best Cheap Gaming Smartphones

Author Alex Zhang 12.12.2019. | 11:49

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If you’re someone who enjoys playing games in the UK, getting the best gaming phone that money can buy could be exactly what you’re after. What are the best cheap phones for games though? How is that decided? What makes the top gaming phone?


With the way that games are going and the technology that is being used in developing great games on a daily basis, there’s a call for good smartphones that offer top-of-the-line CPUs, GPUs and memory.


If you’re in the market for the best gaming phone in the UK, then it makes sense for you to look for a phone that is comfortable to hold, so that you can have those long gaming sessions. You’ll also want the best phone with a large screen in order to see everything happening in your game, as well as a battery life that’s going to last you more than a few hours.



Gaming on Mobile Hardware



Mobile gaming sure has changed over the last few years in England, especially since the likes of Candy Crush were a staple on every single phone. These days, as games have become more advanced and gamers have become more interested, the types of games that are releasing might need a new phone to play them.


This year actually saw the likes of a number of hugely popular franchises heading to mobile such as Call of Duty, Fortnite, Tropico, PUBG and Dota Underlords, just to name a few. These games are not just popular because they play really well or have nice little options to use in-game, they are also popular because they look really good. There is a lot of detail in a game like Call of Duty or PUBG, while having a powerful phone to pre-render and load everything is important in Fortnite or Dota Underlords, these games have also been designed to feature on mobile, and are therefore less intensive than their PC counterparts.



Special Mobile Games to Look For



As the Play Store isn’t quite as strict as the Apple Store in terms of what games and software is allowed to head out to public, it means that there are a lot more games for Android, but many of them aren’t really ones that you’d like to recommend to friends and family.


That’s why it makes sense to have a list of games that would be best to play, especially ones that are the most popular and the ones that look simply amazing on mobile. These could be games with vast, open worlds, purely aesthetic racing sims, or anything else in between.


PUBG Mobile – This is a game that is hugely popular across the world right now, especially on mobile. Players will get the choice of two different maps, one city map, one desert map, and then jump into it with 99 other players, wearing nothing. It’s your job to be the last player surviving and the easiest way to do that is to collect weapons and armour, and get ready to take down your enemies.


PUBG Mobile uses a fair amount of RAM, but gamers should be alright with a minimum of 4GB.


Asphalt 9 Legends – The Asphalt series has been a staple on smartphone for a very long time. Gameloft outdoes itself each and every year making the game play and look better than the previous generation. It needs almost 2GB to install and says that the minimum requirement for memory is 3GB.


Modern Combat 5 – While it’s not necessarily a household name, Modern Combat from Gameloft is very much likened to games like Call of Duty, where you play in a first-person shooter environment killing enemies.

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Huawei Honor 20

Great Budget with Powerful Hardware

Huawei’s Honor 20 was released in June and it comes with the latest version of Android, so you’ll never have any issues playing the latest games. Thanks to its 1080p screen, 6-inch display, and powerful battery, this gaming phone can go for ages, and easy to hold, supporting is 8GB of RAM and Kirin 980 Octa-core. This item is available on Chinavasion.


CPU: Kirin 980 Octa-core 
GPU: Mali-G76
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 256GB
Front Camera: 32MP
Rear Camera: 48MP
Display: 6.26” 1080×2340
Battery: 3750mAh


Huawei Honor 20i

Midrange, 6+256GB Under $400

Easy to hold, six inches screen. The Honor 20i, also from Huawei is a little different. It has a little less RAM but the same storage, so you can keep more games installed on it at any given time. It sports the same CPU as the Honor 20, but has a lower tier graphics card. But it still keeps running well while you play the games. Another feature of this device we should mention is that it configs with a High Definition camera, meets the girls' needs of photography.


CPU: Kirin Octa-core
GPU: Mali-G51
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 256GB
Front Camera: 32MP
Rear Camera: 24MP 
Display: 6.21” 1080×2340
Battery: 3400mAh


Huawei P30 Pro

Dedicated for Games, you shouldn't miss

The P30 Pro is considered Huawei’s flagship and it’s easy to see why as soon as you take a look at the specifications. With 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, you’ll get to play all the latest mobile games, having many of them installed on your smartphone all at once. The Octa-core is one of the HiSilicon’s top Kirin chipsets, and the battery life is incredible when compared to other phones. If you’re looking for a top of the line phone that also plays games, then this is the phone for you.


CPU: Kirin Octa-core
GPU: Mali-G76
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 256GB
Front Camera: 32MP
Rear Camera: 40MP
Display: 6.47” 1080×2340
Battery: 4200mAh


Xiaomi Mi9

Best Value with Powerful Hardware

Less seen in the UK, Xiaomi is often discussed but many may feel like it is not discussed enough. The Mi9 comes in with top-level specifications at a fraction of the cost, and sports an Adreno 640, the best Android graphics card on the market. The Mi9 comes standard with 6GB RAM, but we felt the 8GB RAM option was the one to get to go with the graphics card.


CPU: Qualcomm SDM855 Octa-core
GPU: Adreno 640
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB
Front Camera: 20MP
Rear Camera: 48MP
Display: 6.39” 1080×2340
Battery: 3300mAh


Xiaomi Redmi K20

Best Budget with Massive Storage

The Redmi K20 is another flagship that’s coming out of Xiaomi and is designed to compete. The 4000mAh battery life will last for a really long time, even when playing the best games. This gaming phone comes with plenty of memory and hard disk space, and offers a 6.4-inch screen for advanced players. The graphics card, while sufficient, has been put into this handset to ensure that the price stays lower than its competitors.


CPU: Qualcomm SDM730 Octa-core
GPU: Adreno 618
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 256GB
Front Camera: 20MP
Rear Camera: 48MP
Display: 6.39” 1080×2340
Battery: 4000mAh


Samsung Galaxy A70

Big Screen and Long Battery Life

It wouldn’t quite be a round-up of the best gaming phones if Samsung wasn’t mentioned. The A70 is not a flagship, but it is very close to being one as it’s one of the United Kingdom’s top-selling Android phones. It offers the best battery life of all the gaming phones on our list and still sports an Octa-core processor. The graphics card it comes with is still a powerful one and will be able to take on the latest games too. Also, with the biggest screen, the A70 will make any gamer think twice about what it is they want when looking for their next mobile phone.


CPU: Qualcomm SDM675 Octa-core
GPU: Adreno 612
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB
Front Camera: 32MP 
Rear Camera: 32MP
Display: 6.7” 1080×2400
Battery: 4500mAh


The truth is, each and every brand of smartphone in the UK will make some form of “gaming phone”, but it’s up to us to help you in finding out which ones are the best. Not only have we gone for some of the best gaming phones in the market, but we’ve also listed a few that may not be completely top-of-the-range models, but will still be able to easily get the job of gaming done well on your smartphone.


Author Alex Zhang 12.12.2019. | 11:49
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  1. johnsonsophia016 December 26, 01:01

    thanks for sharing such an informative gaming phone post, this is very helpful.

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