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How smartphones have redefined mobile gaming

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Mobile gaming has come a long way since the early days of Snake and Pong. Here's how today's phones are taking on the challenge.

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Gaming on the go

Want to play games on the move? The need for a dedicated handheld console is a thing of the past. Today’s smartphones are packed with batteries that last all day, powerful processors and high-resolution screens, to give you the best gaming experience. Read on for our pick of the best gaming phones.

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Processors that pack a punch

The biggest difference between the good old days of Snake and Space Invaders and today is the difference in power between smartphones and feature phones. Processing speed enables smartphones to power AAA titles, giving you the console gaming experience on the go. Got a need for speed? The OPPO Find X2 5G is just the ticket. OPPO's self-developed Hyper Boost will monitor real-time GPU running status, reduce frame drops and increase touch response. With all that power at your fingertips, who needs a console?

 Samsung S20+ Over shoulder, playing games.

Screens that bring stories to life

To really take advantage of a powerful processor you need to pair it up with an impressive screen. The Samsung S20+ 5G does just that, with a 6.7” AMOLED Quad HD+ screen that promises cinematic quality. Along with the stunning visuals, the Samsung S20+ 5G also has a screen refresh rate of 120Hz, making games look smooth and life-like.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

Storage for your growing collection

With cloud gaming still in its infancy, storage space is key to having an extensive game collection. For the collector, the iPhone 11 Pro Max comes with 64GB, 256GB or 512GB of storage space, meaning you can fill it with as many games, photos and videos as you like. With a 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR display and a powerful A13 Bionic Chip, your iPhone games have never looked so good. Take iOS gaming to new heights with Apple Arcade, where you can access over 100 ad-free games, all in one place, and discover new favourites.

S20 plus 5G

Batteries that won’t let you down

When you’re moments away from completing a level, the last thing you need is a frantic search for your charging cable. If you want to play the day away, then the Samsung S20+ 5G is the device for you. With a 4500 mAh battery, it will last you for hours on end. Need a quick top-up? The 25W fast charger will give you the boost you need to extend your session.

Sony 1 II 5G Gaming boost photo

5G keeps you connected

Gaming by yourself is great, but gaming with friends and family is even better. Through the power of the internet, we’ve been able to spend time with our friends – and make new ones – in entirely new ways. Now, with the power of 5G, you can play even more graphically intense and fast paced games, without worrying about lag or a dropped connection. Want a phone to take this to the next level? Enter the Sony Xperia 1 II 5G – Sony’s first 5G phone. With built in smart connectivity, it analyses the wifi connection ahead of time and switches to the mobile network when it detects a drop, giving you the most stable gaming experience.

Fortnite: Battle Royale

Enter new worlds, with the latest games

To really see what these smartphones have to offer, you need to test them with games that are on the cutting edge. Want to battle it out with friends and family in a bright, funky and fast paced environment? Then Fortnite: Battle Royale is the game for you. Enjoy unleashing your creativity through the art of building? Minecraft is a great game to let your imagination run wild. If you aren’t sure what to play and want to make sure it is suitable for the whole family, just check out the guidance on Net Aware.

Razer KISHI

Accessories that put you in control

We can’t talk about gaming and not talk about controllers. We’ve all been in that fight about who gets the “good” controller – but with mobile gaming, you can keep it all to yourself. To give you that console-like experience, try the Razer KISHI. With physical joysticks, you’ll have precision aim and control. The KISHI connects directly to your phone's charging port, giving you instant button feedback and ultra low latency gameplay. Plus, Android gaming fanatics rejoice – the KISHI has universal fit, making it compatible across an array of devices.

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Products featured in this article

Oppo Find X2 5G

Got a need for speed? The OPPO Find X2 5G is just the ticket.

Samsung S20+ 5G

To really take advantage of a powerful processor you need to pair it up with an impressive screen. The Samsung S20+ 5G does just that.

Sony Xperia 1 II 5G

With built in smart connectivity, it analyses the wifi connection ahead of time and switches to the mobile network when it detects a drop, giving you the most stable gaming experience. Find out more about the Sony Xperia 1 II 5G.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

For the collector, the iPhone 11 Pro Max comes with 64GB, 256GB or 512GB of storage space, meaning you can fill it with as many games, photos and videos as you like.

Razer Kishi for Android

With physical joysticks, you’ll have precision aim and control. Find out more about the Razer KISHI for Android.