Samsung is reportedly working on a dedicated gaming smartphone

Samsung is reportedly working on a dedicated gaming smartphone
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 includes a Water Carbon Cooling System

Although gaming phones were never really a thing, the arrival of the original Razer Phone last November kicked off a trend that has since led to the creation of a number of devices including the Asus ROG Phone, Honor Play, and Huawei Mate 20 X. But according to one industry insider, these devices may soon face some tough competition from Samsung.

While exact details about this particular smartphone are yet to be provided, it was revealed last month that Samsung is currently working on a Snapdragon 845-powered Galaxy A device, which could suggest the sources are talking about the same device. If this is indeed the case, 8GB of RAM will likely be included too alongside 128GB of internal storage, although 64GB and 256GB options could be offered too. In any case, the internal setup will presumably be completed by a large battery of at 4,000mAh, Android 8.1 Oreo, and possibly a Galaxy Note 9-like Water Carbon Cooling System.

On the external side of things, the new gaming smartphone will likely adopt a rather generic design that follows in the footsteps of the new Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A9. This means glass and aluminum sandwich is to be expected alongside a tall Infinity Display complete with flat edges.

At the moment, there are no release date or availability details. However, with the holiday season just around the corner, Samsung could officially announce this smartphone in later November, just in time for the December shopping spree.

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22 Comments

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Wonder if this will be exclusively Snapdragon for its better sustained performance which is criticl in a "gaming" phone

3. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Why? We dont need them. They are all overpriced garbage.

7. NateDiaz

Posts: 1090; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Talk about yourself.

18. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Considering the majority of games being played these days are on mobile devices. Plus Samsung devices can also play Gear VR (Oculus), Daydream VR, and Steam VR games as well. So it makes complete sense.

4. Kwabena

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 09, 2018

That will be great! We now have console like games on mobile so it will be in line to have dedicated gaming phones

12. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Uh..actually, no. Console-like games are far from the reach of any mobile device. There is a lot of marketing mumbo-jumbo which you can shield yourself from, by a simple YouTube search (like I did, now I own a powerful PC and a three year old phone). Game-play could be same/similar but graphics are far, far away. Actually devs have started making PC games less taxing , so that they can run on consoles too. Cross platform game means more 'Moolah' for the developers. Also, some PC gamers are hardcore pirates due to which all PC oriented gamers have to suffer, due to some great dev studios having to abandon the PC market itself. Sad. I wish there was a PC only game which pushes the boundaries of graphics and is a path leader, like Crysis was in 2007 (with its Crytek engine).

14. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"Actually devs have started making PC games less taxing , so that they can run on consoles too." It's the other way round, most games are developed for console then ported to PC. Console is the most profitable platform by far and that is always the one which will be developed for first.

21. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Yeah that is exactly what I meant, but adressing a different issue. You are talking about the games are developed giving which platform priority. That is definitely console for most games, because piracy on a console is tougher plus the consoles are less expensive, so point of entry for casual gamers is reduced. But the engines (Unreal Engine, Crytek engine etc.) can unleash their true power only on a gaming PC. Whereas , on the other hand, since consoles can never reach the full computing power of a high end gaming laptop / gaming desktop, graphics wise , the graphical innovation is stifled. Devs have to think twice before adding something fancy/ because they constantly want to hit 60fps on consoles (some games might not require that high of a framerate, but general rule of thumb is higher the framerate the better the game plays). Yes a $500 PC cannot play games as good as a $500 console (though Verge seems to have assembled one that proves otherwise) . But even with games developed keeping consoles in mind , they actually end up looking better on a gaming PC.

5. master-mkk

Posts: 214; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

I want a note device with a 7+ inch screen size and 6000mah battery

20. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Agree with you. Huwiea got it right with there mate 20 x even though it’s not as functional as Note 9, but size does matters since you have a pen.

6. magnaroader

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 25, 2016

Cool, note 9 is already basically a gaming phone, and I'm really happy that more manufacturers are FINALLY it that we like mobile games. Now if devs can actually start making games that take advantage of all of this mobile gaming power lol

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2253; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Why Asus? Why Samsung? There is no reason for this, but to try and sell more phones towards an enthusiast. This simply won’t work. First of all, where are the gaming developers. Last I checked most developers are developing on iOS. How does this product differ from a Note 9 with a Snapdragon 845 with its current GPU? No difference...Just a money grab... The Kirin and A12 are leaders for CPU and GPU performance.

9. mixedfish

Posts: 1561; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

A chip doesn't mean anything, it's about thermal performance and battery life.

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

"Last I checked most developers are developing on iOS" Nope they didn't, go find 5 graphic-intensive games that's only exclusive on iOS. The difference will be heat dissipation and bigger battery. (It's not fun to play with 50°C smartphone just after 30 minutes, even worse if it's start throttling.)

11. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

-double post-

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The 980 still trails the 845 in GPU But yea the A12 does now leads GPU thanks to 7nm

13. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Shove the equivalent of a GTX 1070 in there or go home Samsung.

22. perry1234

Posts: 648; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I would pay $3000 or even more, for that ! PS : Sarcasm understood.

15. D34ever

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

It will be a colossal waste of money, if true.

16. nique0201

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

So they're going to release a phone with the same specs as a note 9? Am I missing something

19. CDexterWard

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Agree. Note 9 was sort of marketed as a gaming device, what with the Sd845 and Fortnite exclusivity. Samsung's gotta up the game if they want to start marketing a gaming phone with Razer 2 and ROG just around the corner and Samsung offering nothing substantially different.

23. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

if they were smart, they'd wait until the new SD chips were announced, released it at a cheaper price than its Galaxy S line. They'll make up the money that the could sell it for at a loss with their other "premium" phones.

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