Snapping up a smartphone for playerunknown’s battlegrounds PUBG mobile or gaming in general, isn’t like buying just the best smartphone out there for everyday use.  This is because the best smartphone on the market may not have the latest chipset, best RAM and storage combo and the right screen refresh rate that would give you the best gaming experience.

We have selected the best phones on the market that can handle not just PUBG mobile, but Fortnight, Overwatch, and the like.

Most of the Android and iOS powered smartphones on our list have beautiful screens with good refresh rates, the latest processors like the A12 Bionic chip, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, and Snapdragon 855 plus excellent battery life and ample storage options.

If gaming is your be-all and end-all then our top picks are the way to go.

Best Smartphones for PUBG Mobile at a Glance

No.

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1

Huawei P30 Pro

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2

Apple iPhone XR

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3

Xiaomi Black Shark 2

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4

Apple iPhone XS Max

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5

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

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6

Razer Phone 2

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7

OnePlus 7 Pro

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8

Google Pixel 3

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9

Asus ROG Phone 2

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1. Huawei P30 Pro

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Pros

  • Responsive in-display fingerprint reader
  • Excellent battery life
  • Impressive camera
  • Super-fast charging 

Cons

  • Software can be improved
  • Display isn’t in the same league as other high-end smartphones 

Huawei P30 Pro Key Specifications

  • Display: 6.47-inch curved OLED display, 2340×1080 pixels
  • CPU: Kirin 980 with Dual NPU
  • Operating System: Android 9 Pie
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB,  256GB, or 512GB
  • Front Camera: 32MP
  • Rear Cameras:
    40MP SuperSpectrum, Wide angle, f/1.6, OIS
    20MP ultra wide angle, f/2.2
    8MP Periscope, 5X Optical zoom, f/3.4, OIS
    Time-of-flight camera
  • Size: 158 x 73.4 x 8.41 mm 
  • Weight: 0.42 pound (192 g)
  • Refresh Rate: 90 Hz
  • Battery: 4200 mAh

Unlike other phones on our list which are powered by either the Qulacomm Snapdragon processor or the Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset, the Huawei P30 Pro sports the Kirin 980 chipset first introduced in the Mate 20 Pro. The smartphone’s operating system is the EMUI 9.1 which is a tweaked version of  Android 9 operating system.

The Kirin 980 technology on the P30 Pro is as fast as the Snapdragon 845 or 855 chipset. This implies that playing PUBG Mobile on the Huawei P30 Pro leaves you with the same experience as anyone gaming on Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, OnePlus 7 Pro, Razer Phone 2, as well as Google Pixel 3.

The smartphone has three storage variants: 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB all of which come with 8GB RAM expandable with only nano-memory (NM) cards produced by Huawei.

Huawei is known for churning out smatphones with very good battery performance, so with the P30 Pro, you are in safe hands. Juicing up the P30 Pro’s battery from zero charge to 70% takes about 30 minutes thanks to the 40W fast charger shipped with the phone.

The P30 Pro’s speakers are not the best in the industry, but they are loud enough for gamers who dig good sound while playing games. The phone is shipped with USB-C earphones.

Read our full Huawei P30 Pro review

2. Apple iPhone XR

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Pros

  • Excellent camera
  • Impressive audio
  • Ample colour variants
  • Decent battery life
  • Price is fair for an iPhone

Cons

  • Screen resolution could be improved
  • No 2x optical zoom technology on camera

Apple iPhone XR Key Specifications

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 1792 x 828 pixels
  • CPU: A12 Bionic
  • Operating System: iOS 12
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB
  • Front Camera: 7MP
  • Rear Cameras: 12MP
  • Size: 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm
  • Weight: 0.43 pound (194 g)
  • Battery: 2942 mAh

As you would expect, the Apple iPhone XR is run by the very powerful A12 Bionic chipset and iOs 12. Apple’s A12 Bionic chip puts to shame the Snapdragon 855 and 845 chipsets are super-fast, with a better speed. The operating system on the smartphone is upgradable to iOS 13.1.2

Blue, White, Black, Yellow, Coral, Red are the colour variants you would see.

Apple has made available 64GB, 128GB, and 256 GB versions of the smartphone and all of them come with 3GB of RAM. The storage options are OK, but the RAM size which isn’t bad for a phone falls short of what other good gaming phones manage. For instance, the Razer Phone 2 (6GB or 8GB), OnePlus 7 Pro (6GB, 8GB, or 12GB), Xiaomi Black Shark 2 (6GB, 8GB, 12GB), and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (8GB or 12GB) are better.

You won’t find the 3D Touch technology on the XR as Apple has removed this feature from the phone. Also missing from the iPhone XR is the trademark physical home button much like the Xiaomi Mi 9, Hono View 20, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, and some new smartphones.

It is worth nothing that to use a wired headphone while playing PUBG mobile on the XR, you’ll have to buy the right dongle because the smartphone has no 3mm headphone jack.

Depending on usage and settings, you may likely get an all-day battery performance from the iPhone XR which has a paltry 2942 mAh battery tucked inside it. If the battery capacity of the XR does not inspire confidence especially with regard to gaming, you can consider the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (4200 mAh), OnePlus 7 Pro (4100 mAh), and Huawei P30 Pro (4000 mAh)  which are perfect for playing PUBG mobile and have outstanding battery lives.

Read our full Apple iPhone XR review

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3. Xiaomi Black Shark 2

 

Pros

  • Fast processor
  • Impressive OLED display
  • Quite affordable
  • Distinctive design
  • Excellent battery life

Cons

  • Minor software bugs

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Key Specifications

  • Display: 6.39-inch AMOLED display, 2340 x 1080 pixels
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Operating System: Android 9 Pie
  • RAM: 6GB, 8GB, or 12GB
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB
  • Front Camera: 20 MP
  • Rear Cameras:
    48MP wide angle
    12MP telephoto
  • Size: 163.6 x 75 x 8.8 mm
  • Weight: 0.45 pound (205 g)
  • Battery: 4000 mAh

The Black Shark 2 is arguably one of  the best phones specially designed for gaming and its performance ticks all the right boxes with regard to gaming. Its low touch latency (sorry, ultra-low touch latency) is one gaming feature no gamer will ever fail to notice.

Everything about the smartphone, the exterior design especially, shows that it is a gaming device. It is packed with Snapdragon 855, similar to what most top-notch smartphones boast.

The Xiaomi Black Shark 2 has a very, very responsive display which sensitive to pressure as you would notice when playing PUBG as well as Fortnite. Its 6.39-inch AMOLED display has a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. 

The phone has a 60Hz refresh rate and a latency of 4.5ms. We thought the phone would have a higher refresh rate, say 90Hz or 120Hz but the 60Hz isn’t a deal breaker, anyway. Combining an AMOLED display with a 90Hz or 120Hz refresh rate would have made the Black Shark 2 alot more expensive. If you’re not comfortable with the 60Hz refresh rate, you can opt for the Razer Phone 2 which has a 120Hz QHD display.

Anything less than a Snapdragron 855 chipset would have made the phone less powerful. The Black Shark 2 offers a decent 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. For more money, you’ll get the 12GB of RAM with 256GB of storage model. There are more RAM and storage options available: 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

The phone’s battery life is more than impressive. The 4000mAh battery which is almost in the same league as what Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung S10 Plus mange, can last up to 24 hours on a single charge.

 

4. Apple iPhone XS Max

 

Pros

  • Beautiful OLED screen
  • Outstanding camera
  • Fast solid performance
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Expensive

Apple iPhone XS Max Key Specifications

  • Display: 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED touchscreen, 2688 x 1242 pixels
  • CPU: Apple A12 Bionic
  • Operating System: iOS 12
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB, 256GB, or 512GB
  • Front Camera: 7MP
  • Rear Cameras:
    12MP wide angle
    12MP telephoto
  • Size: 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm
  • Weight: 0.46 pound (208 g)
  • Battery: 3174 mAh

Apple remains the industry leader when it comes to manufacturing responsive and superfast smartphones capable of running many CPU-demanding apps.  The iPhone XS Max which has the industry leading A12 Bionic processor tucked inside, is one of such smartphones designed not just regular phone users, but also for gamers.

The phone is armed with a massive and colorful 6.4-inch OLED display and has a battery life better than some of the best smartphones on the market.

Opening games like PUBG and Fortnite takes less than 60 seconds. Playing games is a breeze on the iPhone XS Max.  This is what you get when you game on a smartphone  with the best chipset.

The iPhone XS Max packs a 3174 mAh battery which is larger than the iPhone XR’s.

5. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

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Pros

  • Excellent dual rear cameras
  • Excellent display
  • Sleek design
  • Very good battery life
  • Expandable storage

Cons

  • Fingerprint reader could still be improved

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Key Specifications

  • Display: 6.4-inch OLED display, 3040 x 1440 pixels
  • CPU: Eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Operating System: Android 9 Pie
  • RAM: 8GB or 12GB
  • Storage: 128GB, 512GB, or 1TB
  • Front Cameras:
    10MP main
    8MP wide angle
  • Rear Cameras:
    12MP Main
    12MP Telephoto
    16MP wide angle 
  • Size: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm
  • Weight: 0.39 pound (175 g)
  • Battery: 4100 mAh

With a design similar to the S8, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus sports an impressive 6.4-inch AMOLED display suitable for playing games and even viewing HDR videos. The S10 Plus’ display has a good refresh rate and guarantees vibrant and beautiful colours on your screen while paying PUBG mobile as its display is one of the best you can find on a smartphone.

Packed with the industry leading Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor which is only bettered by Apple’s A12 Bionic processor (found on iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max) playing PUBG on the is seamless as you will not have issues with speed as it is amazingly fast. No wonder Samsung nicknamed it the Performance Edition.

Two storage options enough to store your games are available: 1TB storage with 12GB RAM and 512GB storage with 8GB.

Gaming on a smartphone can take a toll on your battery, but you need not be too anxious about the battery performance of the S10 Plus while playing Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds as the S10 Plus has a 4100 mAh battery which lasts almost 13 hours.

If you’re using the Snapdragon model, you would enjoy a slightly longer battery life than someone gaming on the Exynos model. However, for both models, battery life reduces while playing PUBG mobile. Adjusting the display brightness to minimum saves battery life.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review

6. Razer Phone 2

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Pros

  • Good display
  • Solid performance
  • Excellent sound system 

Cons

  •  Average camera

Razer Phone 2 Key Specifications

  • Display: 5.72-inch screen, 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • CPU: Snapdragon 845
  • Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo
  • RAM: 6GB or 8GB
  • Storage: 64GB or 128GB
  • Front Camera:  8MP
  • Rear Cameras:
    12MP f/1.75 wide angle
    12MP f/2.6 telephoto 
  • Size: 158.5 x 78.9 x 8.5 mm
  • Weight: 0.45 pound (205 g)
  • Battery: 4000 mAh

The Razer Phone 2 can compete favorable with many high-end Android phones chiefly because it made with one of the fastest processors available right now — the Snapdragon 845. The phone’s 120Hz refresh rate is also better than what some of our top picks offer.

One striking thing we love about the Razer Phone 2 is the vapor cooling system which keeps the smartphone cool even if you’re playing the most demanding game. This cooling system is also available on the 2019 Razer Blade Stealth laptop. Additionally, we dig the the Cortex Mobile app which can regulate gaming features like frame rate, resolution, and CPU clock speeds.

On a sad note, you may not like the fact the phone is slightly uncomfortable to carry in a pocket. Again, you’ll not find a 3.5mm jack on the smartphone. However, every Razer Phone 2 is shipped with a 24-bit digital audio converter dongle.

This phone isn’t renowned for its camera quality. To put it bluntly, the Razer Phone 2’s photo quality is mediocre. For a good high-end phone suitable for gaming with excellent cameras, look in the direction of the iPhone XR, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, Google Pixel 3, and Huawei P30 Pro.

We won’t forget to mention that this impressive gaming smartphone has an equally impressive Dolby Atmos surround sound system. This is one feature, the phone’s manufacturer isn’t highlighting enough. The impressive sound system also makes it ideal for streaming movies.

7. OnePlus 7 Pro

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Pros

  • Excellent screen quality
  • Super fast performance
  • Fast charging

Cons

  • Camera isn’t top notch 
  • As pricey as an iPhone

OnePlus 7 Pro Key Specifications

  • Display: 6.67-inch QHD+ display, 3120 x 1440 pixels
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Operating System: Android 9 
  • RAM: 6GB, 8GB, or 12GB
  • Storage: 128GB or 256GB
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • Rear Cameras:
    48MP
    8MP
    16MP 
  • Size: 162 x 75 x 8.8 mm
  • Weight: 0.48 pound (216 g)
  • Battery: 4000 mAh

The OnePlus 7 Pro is specifically designed for performance. A big part of the smartphone’s appeal is its top-notch speed. In fact with the OnePlus 7 Pro smartphone, you are sure of two things: excellent battery life and a processor which has a blazing fast speed.

The phone has one of the longest lasting batteries you’d find on a smartphone with a battery capacity of 4000mAh. This is good news for heavy gamers and non-gamers alike.

The Oxygen OS 9.5.2 (based on Android 9) inside the OnePlus 7 Pro has some new features non-existent on previous models. If you are a heavy gamer with small hands you might find the OnePlus 7 Pro a little too big.

The smartphone comes with just two storage options: 128GB and 256GB. You get either 6, 8, or 12GB of RAM.  Entry-level configuration comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. For more money, you get the 12 GB RAM version.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is a good top-tier phone for playing PUGB, and it’s cheaper than most in its league.

Read our full OnePlus 7 Pro review

8. Google Pixel 3

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Pros

  • Beautiful design
  • Cutting-edge cameras
  • Impressive OLED display 
  • Good performance 

Cons

  • Thick bezels
  • Expensive

Google Pixel 3 Key Specifications

  • Display: 5.5-inch OLED display, 2160 x 1080 pixels
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Operating System: Android 9 Pie
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB or 128GB
  • Front Camera: Dual 8MP
  • Rear Camera:
    12.2 MP
  • Size: 145 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 0.33 pound (148 g)
  • Battery: 2915 mAh

In contrast to the OnePlus 7 Pro which is on the big side with a display measuring 6.67 inches, the Google Pixel 3 has the right size (5.5 inches) and weighs 0.15kg (0.33) which makes holding it while gaming perfect for everyone even people with small hands.

Looking at the Pixel 3’s spec sheet, you may feel disappointed that the smartphone only has 4GB of RAM as opposed to many in the same league such as the OnePlus 7 Pro which has ample 6, 8, or 12GB RAM options, the Huawei P30 Pro which ships with 8GB of RAM, and the Samsung S10 Plus which packs 8 or 12GB of RAM. You can choose between the 64GB and 128GB storage variants.

Truth is, the Pixel 3’s 4GB of RAM is good enough for gaming. The smartphone’s speed is quite impressive given that its processor is the Snapdragon 845.

The Google Pixel 3 is renowned for its brilliant combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and the Android 9 OS.

Aside from fulfilling your gaming needs, the Pixel 3 has great cameras which are the greatest beneficiaries of the phone’s AI technology.

Read our full Google Pixel 3 review

9. Asus ROG Phone 2

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Pros

  • Beautiful 120 Hz AMOLED screen
  • Powerful processor
  • More than one USB-C port
  • Good Battery life

Cons

  • Average cameras
  • Not the lightest phone on the market
  • Design isn’t minimalist 

Asus ROG Phone 2 Key Specifications

  • Display: 6.59-inch AMOLED display, 2340 x 1080 pixels
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
  • Operating System: Android 9 Pie
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 512 GB or 1TB
  • Front Camera:
    24MP
  • Rear Cameras:
    48MP
    13MP
  • Size: 171 x 77.6 x 9.5 mm
  • Weight: 0.53 pound (240 g)
  • Battery: 6000 mAh

If you’ve used the ROG Phone 2’s predecessor (that is, the ROG Phone) and thought it was good, then this present model, the ROG Phone 2 will blow you away.

The ROG phone 2 is a refined version of  the previous model. The previous model has a display with a 90Hz refresh rate coupled with a chipset (Snapdragoon 845) which isn’t as super-fast as the present model’s processor.

The new model boasts an awesome 6.59-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate much like the Razer Phone 2.  It is powerred by a Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, and has a generous amount of RAM (12GB) and storage (512GB), making it every gamer’s dream smartphone.

If you go for this smartphone, you’re sure to have best gaming experience any smartphone can offer. Unlike the Android 8.1 (Oreo) on the previous version, the ROG Phone 2 has Android 9 (Pie). Owners of the old model can still upgrade their OS to Android 9 (Pie).

Weighing 240g, this gaming smartphone is about the heaviest on our list of best smartphones for playing PUBG. If weight is a concern, then there are lighter smart phones with similar features. We recommend considering the Huawei P30 Pro, Apple iPhone XR, Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, or the OnePlus 7 Pro.

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1

Huawei P30 Pro

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2

Apple iPhone XR

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3

Xiaomi Black Shark 2

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4

Apple iPhone XS Max

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5

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

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6

Razer Phone 2

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OnePlus 7 Pro

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Google Pixel 3

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Asus ROG Phone 2

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Honourable Mentions 

Here are other noteworthy smartphones for PUBG Mobile you might like:

Google Pixel 4

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Pros

  • Brilliant AI integration
  • Beautiful 90Hz OLED display
  • Responsive Face Unlock
  • Cutting-edge cameras
  • Fast OS

Cons

  •  Average battery life
  • No fingerprint scanner

Google Pixel 4 Key Specifications

  • Display: 5.7-inch display, 2280 x 1080 pixels
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 
  • Operating System: Android 10
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB or 128GB
  • Front Camera: 8MP
  • Rear Cameras:
    12.2MP
    16MP
  • Size: 147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2 mm
  • Weight: 0.36 pound (162 g)
  • Battery: 2800 mAh

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3

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Pros

  • Excellent gaming performance
  • Impressive audio
  • Outstanding battery life

Cons

  •  Display could be better

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3 Key Specifications

  • Display: 6.65-inch screen, 2340 x 1080 pixels
  • CPU: Snapdragon 855
  • Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie
  • RAM: 6GB, 8GB, or 12GB
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB 
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • Rear Camera: 48MP
  • Size: 171.7 x 78.5 x 9.7 mm
  • Weight: 0.47 pound (215 g)
  • Battery: 5000 mAh

OnePlus 7T

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Pros

  • Good software
  • Impressive Fluid AMOLED display
  •  Superfast processor
  • Fast charging

Cons

  • No wireless charging option
  • Battery isn’t class-leading

OnePlus 7T Key Specifications

  • Display: 6.55-inch display, 2400 x 1080 pixels
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
  • Operating System: Android 10
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB or 256GB
  • Front Camera: 16MP
  • Rear Cameras:
    48MP
    12MP
    16MP
  • Size: 160.9 x 74.4 x 8.1 mm
  • Weight: 0.42 pound (190 g)
  • Battery: 3800 mAh

Bottom Line

The smartphones on our list have the best specs suitable for playing most modern games (PUBG, especially). They have been carefully selected based on their ability to run many demanding games. Our picks aren’t just for gamers only, they are also ideal for anyone who needs superfast phones. Want more? Check out our rundown of the best smartphones available right now.