T-Mobile says its best smartphone for gaming is made by Samsung

T-Mobile says its best smartphone for gaming is made by Samsung
T-Mobile today released a new video to showcase the "top 5 mobile phones for online gaming" that are currently in its portfolio. Unsurprisingly, all the handsets presented in the video - embedded below - are on the expensive side, offering high-end features and high screen-to-body ratios. 

T-Mobile starts its list from the bottom, with the Samsung Galaxy S8+, which may be 1-year old, but it's still a pretty powerful handset. Next, T-Mobile shows off the iPhone X (with its class-leading A11 Bionic processor and Apple's own high-end GPU), the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and the LG V30+ (which has the advantage of being compatible with T-Mobile's 600 MHz spectrum for extended LTE coverage). 

Ultimately, T-Mobile presents the recently-released Samsung Galaxy S9+ as its best smartphone for gaming. The carrier praises the S9+ for its Snapdragon 845 processor (and the powerful Adreno 630 GPU), its screen, dual speakers, enhanced LTE coverage, and Samsung's Game Launcher.  

Of course, at the end of the day, all five phones mentioned here will do a great job at playing demanding games - like PUBG Mobile, which, as you'll surely notice, is heavily featured in T-Mobile's video.

source: T-Mobile (YouTube)



1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2931; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Razer Phone? Looks like a sponsored video from Tmobile.

6. Florin.T

Posts: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

I guess you didn't read the article's first sentence, particularly the last part, where it says these are smartphones currently in T-Mobile's portfolio. It wouldn't make sense for T-Mobile to present handsets that it doesn't sell - like the Razer Phone.

8. AmashAziz

Posts: 2931; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Oh okay. My bad.

11. two_soggy_waffles

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 10, 2017

Ooh burn.

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I’m not so inclined to believe this. I’ve seen speed test comparisons of the S9+ beating the iPhones in app opening tests that were network based and many web browser tests. The one thing that I maintain that Apple will always do better in (in no fault of the S9’s hardware) the overwhelming majority of the time is speed and sometimes aesthetics of gaming applications. Devs often optimize the games more specifically for individual Apple hardware, this is a luxury most top brand Android manufacturers don’t lavish in. Despite not being specifically optimized for major game titles like the iPhones are, I’ve seen the S9 come relatively close to the speed in many of these. It’s not strictly about a list of hardware specifications. Software and hardware optimization is a perk that iOS games enjoy.

3. Sparkxster

Posts: 1238; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Razer phone is much better than S9+ and S8+ for gaming the edge to edge displays on the S series can cause accidental touches sometimes in games but nonetheless they still are good for gaming just not the best.

17. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 731; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

It may be better. But the lack of availability is the problem compared to the S9+ and S8+. I could go to a nearest mobile smartphone store or a carrier. And I can get a S9+ or S8+ unlocked or locked on the carrier. Meanwhile. Finding an authorized Razer phone vendor is harder.

4. murtaxarzv

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 13, 2017

S9+ IS BEST ...

5. toxicity

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 20, 2018

Samsung flagships are best for mobile games due to game launcher. There is no way you'll accidentally touch the back or recent buttons since you disable them. You will never enjoy playing moba or any online mmorpg on your phone without headphone jacks (unless you have wireless headset). if you are on a match then all of a sudden you're low on battery and on the same time you're using discord or messenger to speak with your teammates so you can communicate while playing then it will be impossible to charge the phone unless you have wireless earpiece. Goodbye rank game

7. japkoslav

Posts: 1516; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Company that sells phones is saying, that one of the most expensive variants is the best? No s**t Sherlock.

9. askdes

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 30, 2018

To be clear - I called out the GS9+ as "my" choice for mobile gaming - and that's as of the day we filmed (last week). It's an ever-changing list. The RAZER is a great option, but the screen is not striking in the same way the Super AMOLED screens on the Galaxy Series are - even with the 120 refresh rate. The point of making the video was to foster discussion! Cheers to the Phone Arena team for picking it up! - Des

10. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

As long as like Note 8 for gaming still iPhone beats any phone when it comes to gaming performance.

12. japkoslav

Posts: 1516; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

It won't change for a long time, not just because of the powerful GPU, but "low ress" Apple screens as well. If you have a HD, full HD and iPhone X format VS QHD it is really no big surprise. Samsung is pushing at least 55% higher resolution and at the most extreme case 4x times as many pixels.

13. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

I’m using full had plus on my note 8 iPhone X has by default higher resulation than full hd plus on note 8.

14. japkoslav

Posts: 1516; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Ok? So you are using lower resolution ...

18. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 731; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

How about API? Majority of apple apps are optimized by using METAL API. While most android apps aren't Vulkan optimized.

15. deleon629

Posts: 465; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Yes, he's using the world's most accurate "retina" lower resolution. The best known to man (because, well, Apple said so)...

16. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Of course this is the list because they don't carry other high end phones like HTC.

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