Over the past few years, phones have continued to get more powerful and deliver a great experience for gaming. With a growing range of games being released on mobile, mobile gaming is a very exciting space for the future. Below are our picks for mobile gaming for 2020 in Australia. Although not every phone on the list is a dedicated gaming phone, we've selected our recommendations of phones with powerful hardware that makes them suitable for gaming, for a range of budgets.
realme X3 SuperZoom
At a Glance: 6.6" 1080x2400 120Hz, Snapdragon 855+, 128GB/8GB, 4200mAh
The realme X3 SuperZoom is a powerful phone that makes a decent gaming device due to its large 6.6" FHD 120Hz screen and Snapdragon 855+ processor. It's an excellent all-round phone in general if you want to keep to a mid-range budget.
At a Glance: 6.7" 1080 x 2340 90Hz OLED, Snapdragon 765G, 5G, 128GB/6GB, 4500mAh
Another mid-range consideration for a powerful phone for gaming would be the Motorola Edge. Although the realme X3 SuperZoom has a faster processor and a higher refresh rate display, the Motorola Edge brings 5G connectivity, an OLED display, and also a larger battery, making it also a greater all-rounder with commendable gaming performance.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Series
At a Glance: 120Hz displays (at FHD), Exynos 990, 5G (selected models)
Heading into flagship territory, all the Samsung Galaxy S20 Series would make solid gaming phones. They all have support 120Hz (at Full-HD resolutions) and Samsung's flagship Exynos 990 chipset. For gaming, a phone with a large screen such as the S20+ or S20 Ultra is recommended, as well as the 5G variants which can support fast 5G networks.
OPPO Find X2 Pro
At a Glance: 6.7" 1440x3168 120Hz AMOLED, Snapdragon 865, 5G, 512GB/12GB, 4260mAh
Another beast of a flagship in general which also makes a great gaming phone is the OPPO Find X2 Pro. A large 6.7" 120Hz refresh rate display, blazing-fast Snapdragon 865 chip, 5G connectivity and 12GB of RAM provides phenomenal gaming performance. Aside from gaming, the Find X2 Pro is well regarded as having one of the best phone cameras in the market.
Black Shark 3 Pro
At a Glance: 7.1" 1440x3120 90Hz AMOLED, Snapdragon 865, 5G, 256GB/12GB, 5000mAh, Mechanical Triggers
Last on the list and the most powerful of the lot is the Black Shark 3 Pro. It's easy to see why it's a top gaming phone, with a massive 7.1" 1440p 90Hz AMOLED display to give you massive screen real estate and responsiveness when gaming. A Snapdragon 865 combined with 5G connectivity and 12GB of RAM provides blazing-fast performance. Finally, its massive 5000mAh battery allows you to get the most out of every gaming session. It also has mechanical trigger buttons and hotkeys to allow you to make use of all fingers when gaming. There's no doubt this phone's core selling point is its gaming prowess.