best samsung phone for gaming

Plenty of people are using smartphones for gaming, luckily. Which can be seen from the fact that the mobile gaming industry is expected to exceed $180 billion by 2021. This is great news for mobile gamers!  If you’re looking to make the most of this trend, check out our list of some of the best budget gaming phone models and the best smartphones for mobile gaming, starting with the Samsung Galaxy S10, the best Samsung gaming phone there ever was! 

Smartphones are wonderful machines. It’s hard to imagine that we carry so much power on our person all day, every day. It’s hard to believe that we barely had high-speed Internet 20 years ago. 

Smartphones are good for so much more than just taking selfies and leaving snarky Yelp reviews. Like playing some of the greatest video games that have ever been created. 

best samsung phone for gaming

Samsung Galaxy S10

The S10 is Samsung’s newest flagship phone, and looks set to be one of the best phones on sale. It has a class-leading, 6.1-inch, 1440×3040 resolution display, powered by Samsung’s new Dynamic AMOLED screen tech.

It also has no top bezel, opting for a small punch hole camera cut out, and a tiny bottom bezel, or ‘chin’, meaning that you get a completely immersive experience. What’s more, your experience won’t be hampered by stuttering performance – the S10 uses Qualcomm’s latest-and-greatest Snapdragon 855 processor, and has a crazy 8GB of Ram as standard. That’s more than most laptops!

The S10 has triple rear cameras, including a 16Mp Ultrawide angle lens, which is great for taking landscape shots. You also get the latest version of Android, a headphone jack, and expandable memory via a micro-SD card slot. There are precious few phones at any price that can offer such a complete feature set as the S10.

samsung galaxy s10

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10e

The S10e is the cut-price version of the Samsung’s impressive S10. At $250 less than the S10, it doesn’t have quite as many high-quality features, but it’s still a top-class phone.

It uses the same punch hole camera design as the S10, but the S10e’s screen doesn’t have the same curved edges as the S10. This means it has slightly larger bezels, but nothing too intrusive. The screen is smaller than the S10e, at 5.5 inches, but still uses the same Dynamic AMOLED tech, which provides a much better image than those on the iPhone XR, for example.

The S10e also uses the same processor as the S10 and gets an impressive 6GB of Ram, so you won’t notice any real drops in speed compared to its pricier brother. You also get micro-SD card storage and a headphone jack. For $750, the S10e only has a handful of genuine rivals, including the OnePlus 6T.

Samsung Galaxy S10e small

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Samsung Galaxy S10+

The S10+ is basically the S10, but bigger. You get a larger 6.4-inch display, but with a pastille-shaped camera cut out – rather than the S10’s circular punch hole – to make room for the S10+’s extra front camera. The new camera is a 8Mp depth-sensing camera, making for better ‘bokeh’ background-blurring effects.

You also get a bumped-up Ram figure, with a choice of 8GB or 12GB, and choice of either 128GB or 512GB of storage or a whopping 1TB. The battery is also larger than the S10’s, at 4,100 mAh, compared to the latter’s 3,300 mAh unit.

The screen’s size and power will be great for serious mobile gamers, or people who need to have the best mobile streaming experience possible – but for most people, the S10+ will likely be overkill.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus small

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S9

Despite being over a year old now, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is one of the best value Android phones on sale right now, with prices starting from $599. This makes it cheaper than all of its main rivals, and brings it incredibly close to phones such as the OnePlus 6T – for a phone that we scored 4.5 out of 5 when we reviewed it, this is incredible value.

The S9, just like all recent Samsung phones, has fantastic screen quality. It doesn’t have the fancy new Dynamic AMOLED tech or HDR10+ support found on the new S10 lineup, but its 5.8-inch 1440×2960 resolution display is still a stunner. With its curved front and rear glass panels, the S9 is a delight just to hold.

Beyond that, it has a single rear camera, and while it can’t rival those found on the S10 or the recent Google phones, it’s still perfectly usable for most situations. There’s also expandable storage, and the headphone jack, to make it a really user-friendly device.

However, by picking an older Samsung phone, you start to feel the pinch of speedy updates. Some S9 users can update to Android 9 Pie and Samsung’s new One UI interface, but not all carriers or countries have received the update yet.

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Note 9 is the latest model in Samsung’s series of Note-branded big phones, designed primarily for productivity. The Note 9 comes with a big and tall 6.4-inch display, capable of showing apps side-by-side in a split screen configuration for more efficient working, and even has a stylus so you can pen notes and annotations easily.

Of course, you can use the Note 9 even if you’re not a stressed-out suit running between meetings. The Note 9, with a powerful Snapdragon 845 processor and generous 6GB or 8GB of Ram, makes for a brilliant gaming phone – a point Samsung rammed home with an exclusive Fortnite tie-in.

However, the Note 9 is a large phone. With a 18.5:9 aspect ratio, the phone is over twice as tall as it is wide, meaning that reaching the top corners can be a pain – two-handed use is to be expected, and you’ll struggle to fit it in most jean pockets. It’s also pretty expensive, starting from $999.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

Samsung Galaxy A50

The Samsung Galaxy A50 is the latest in Samsung’s well-regarded A-series line of mid-range phones. It uses a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, an unusually premium set-up for a phone in its sub-$400 price bracket. It has a 1080×2340 pixel resolution so it should be pretty sharp for streaming and gaming.

It has three rear cameras, including an 8Mp ultrawide lens which should be perfect for taking landscape shots. It also has a 25Mp front facing camera which should be perfect for taking selfies. The front cameras are housed in a regular bezel – no punch holes here – but the display doesn’t feel intruded upon.

Beyond that, the A50 has a pretty large 4,000 mAh battery, and supports microSD cards. For $299, the A50 feels like a thoroughly premium phone.

Samsung Galaxy A50 phone

Samsung Galaxy A50

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