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Best smartphones for gamers

Updated: December 29, 2016 4:01 pm

People buy smartphones for different reasons. Some buy smartphones with emphasis on photography, some are interested in phones with good performance, while for some, battery life is a crucial deciding factor. For gamers, a good balance of battery life and performance is crucial, and here we list smartphones that deliver the best mobile gaming experience possible.

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Apple iPhone 6s Plus

If gaming is your crucial point of interest, the best smartphone that can provide you with an optimal gaming experience is the Apple iPhone 6s Plus. Apple has optimised the A9 chip to provide the best gaming performance without compromise, and the performance does not falter no matter how many games you load here. The large, 5.5-inch display complements it well, making it an ideal phone to play on. The only downside is the limited battery life, which could have been much, much better.

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One plus 3

With a whopping 6GB of RAM, gaming on the OnePlus 3 is a breeze. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC on this device is clocked to provide the best possible gaming experience on an Android smartphone. The performance of the device is further aided by Oxygen OS, which is a very lightweight UI and does not affect the phone’s performance. Besides that, the device houses 64GB of storage, which should be ample for tons of apps and games.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Nothing melds performance and style better than the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Powered by Samsung’s Exynos 8890 SoC, this premium flagship smartphone is a stellar performer. You can load any number of games at it, and the Galaxy S7 Edge performs without a blemish. The gaming experience is further enhanced by the 2K resolution Super AMOLED display, curved at the edges to give the phone its signature style. You can also invest in the Samsung Gear VR headset to play games in virtual reality, with this phone.

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HTC 10

Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 and featuring 4GB of RAM, the HTC 10 offers good overall performance. The gaming performance is similar to OnePlus 3, and the upgraded BoomSound audio presents the most immersive mobile gaming audio in the market right now. The HTC 10 also offers a brushed aluminium design that we have come to expect from the company, over time. In addition to that, the device houses a stellar rear camera as well.

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Nexus 6P

You can’t really go wrong with a Nexus. Even though the new Nexus is just round the corner, last year’s Huawei Nexus 6P is still one of the best smartphones to buy. Google has optimised the device so well that it performs like a present generation smartphone, and can go head-to-head with most flagships out there. Also, this is the only phone in this list to already be privy to the latest Android Nougat update, which brings support for Vulkan API and support for faster 3D rendering.

by Sanjay K Bissoyi

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