Top Gaming Smartphones in 2016

Top Gaming Smartphones You Need In 2016

As smartphones become as powerful as desktop computers, many gamers have shifted platforms as game developers have also extended their popular titles into mobile games. Today, popular console and PC games now have a mobile app equivalent that offers mobile gamers the same high definition, graphic-intensive gaming experience on their portable devices. eMarketer revealed in research that that mobile game industry, regarding revenue grew by 16.5% in 2015, and it will continue to grow in the coming years. In fact, it is said to possibly surpass PC and console gaming soon.

However, that’s not to say all smartphones can handle top spec games, because they cannot. There are some that have really powerful specifications that fit avid gamer’s requirements in a mobile gaming device. In this post, we want to highlight the top gaming smartphones of 2016, and why you should get one of them soon.

Samsung Galaxy S7

The newly released smartphone from Samsung has all the impressive features that every gamer wants in a mobile device. Based on O2’s featured post on the handset, the Galaxy S7 now comes with a bigger battery, wireless charging support, a clearer display, powerful hardware, and harder exterior than its predecessor. Its battery is now packed at 3000mAh, while its wireless charger can fully power the handset in only 130 minutes. The expandable memory of 200GB also enhances battery efficiency. The 5.1-inch super AMOLED display produces ‘colors as they’re meant to be seen’. Samsung also made the handset water-resistant and more durable to fit comfortably in the user’s hand. Lastly, the processor is now clocked at Octacore, combining 2.3Ghz Quad and 1.6Ghz Quad, promising a seamless gaming experience even those HD titles.

Apple iPhone 7

The new iPhone will be out sooner than expected, as the next Apple flagship is set to be released at their 2016 Keynote event this September. Given its upgraded number, the next Apple smartphone dubbed the iPhone 7, and will come with more powerful features than its predecessor. Firstly, it will sport a thinner body, where Apple has been rumored to be omitting the headphone jack and introducing a Bluetooth or lightning port headphone support. Secondly, there will still be two iPhone sizes, 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch, but with glass-on-glass screens with 4K technology for crisper and clearer images. Lastly, the handset will more than likely be released with the latest iOS 10, USB Type-C connector, wireless charging and a possible waterproofing feature.


Set to compete with the Samsung’s recently released handset, LG ensured their next handset will be powerful enough to dominate the mobile gaming arena. The LG G5 comes with a 5.3-inch display with a 32 GB internal memory and 4GB RAM supporting the Snapdragon 820 processor while its battery is clocked at 2800 mAh. It’s pre-built with the Android Marshmallow. Its best feature will be its fast battery charging that gives the handset 83% of power in only 30 minutes of charging. The handset will be released in April 2016.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

As Microsoft strengthen their Windows 10 platform for mobile, more game developers are enjoying the faster and more immersive experience of the OS when applied to their game apps. Recently, the company released their ‘February cumulative update‘ that improves system reliability and stability. So far, the Lumia 950 XL is one of the most impressive Windows Phone devices to date that comes with a Snapdragon 810 processor and powered by Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57. Its 3GB RAM promises a seamless gaming experience while its expandable card slot of up to 200GB ensures you will never have to contend with lagging.

There are other smartphones that are set to make an impression on the mobile gaming arena, such as the HTC M10, NEW Nokia with Google OS, and Moto X 2016. What exciting mobile game titles do you expect to see this year? Did we miss anything off this list? Feel free to leave a comment below.


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  • Slichenmyer

    I have the Lumia 950, great screen and camera, could run smoother since it still has early Windows 10.

  • Slichenmyer

    I have the Lumia 950, great screen and camera, could run smoother since it still has early Windows 10.