Would you buy a gaming phone?

Would you buy a gaming phone?
Gaming smartphones seem to be stirring up a storm of their own. While the original Razer Phone that came out a couple of years ago looked like a fringe product that's made for a small crowd of people, it seems that the piece of the pie was bigger as more and more manufacturers turn their attention towards gamers. Of course, Asus had to throw its hat in the ring with the ROG Phone and is even gearing up to launch a super-specced out ROG Phone 2, which we had the pleasure of seeing live a few days ago.

So, what's a gamer phone? Three boxes need to be checked — top-tier, superpowered hardware; sleek, aggressive design; a big and beautiful display. But you know what? Add "nice camera" and "good battery" to the mix and you get the general wishlist for a good flagship smartphone in general, not just a gaming handset.

In other words, the line between a "flagship smartphone" and a "gaming smartphone" is super, super thin. In fact, the only reasons you may want to look away from the ROG Phone 2 is the flashy design or the price, which will definitely have some "gamer tax" added on to it. But hey — with the way 2019 flagship prices are going, it probably won't look too weird if it asks for a premium.

So, having said that — would you or would you not consider a "gaming smartphone"?

Gamer phone - yay or nay?

Yeeeeeeeeah! (also, I am a gamer)
19.6%
If the camera and battery hold up, sure
40.74%
Bleh, not a fan of the over the top aesthetic
18.83%
No, other reason
20.83%

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20 Comments

1. MsPooks

Posts: 128; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Never really thought about it, but the RoG2 is compelling. The hardware seriously puts flagships from Huawei, Apple, Samsung, and Google to shame. Yes, the others may be better in one or two areas, but looking at spec for spec, Asus has a winner here.

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4219; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

No because currently mobile gaming is lackluster at best. May change on the future as streaming services ramp up from major players and dependent on possibly with how stadia value plays out.

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2371; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

What’s the point of investing in mobile gaming. Most of that stuff is just gacha garbage and Russian roulette gambling that will cost you in the thousands of dollars to be competitive and enjoy the full extent of the gameplay mechanics. You’re better off playing real dedicated console games. Those games that aren’t like the ones I mentioned are usually indie low quality titles.

10. TBomb

Posts: 1505; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

All you have to do is invest in the non-gacha garbage and Russian roulette gambling games. There's plenty of quality games out there! With the advent of Stadia too, it's important to have a phone that can handle the games that you will be playing if you plan on taking it mobile. a gaming phone may be niche, but so are gaming laptops and there is a case to be made for those too

4. Chris_ABN

Posts: 193; Member since: May 16, 2018

Gaming on a phone is a joke.....

5. Godlymansean

Posts: 337; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

psh also... I'm a gamer ;)

6. Ikechukwu

Posts: 250; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Absolutely will be getting the ROG 2 to not game on it hahaha

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2597; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

No. All a "gaming phone" is is a high end flagship that looks like it was designed by a thirteen year old boy that loves Monster energy drink named Chad. So no, I don't think I'll spend money on that.

8. yalokiy

Posts: 1008; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

No, because they are too big and I don't play games.

9. pimpin83z

Posts: 565; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

No. If Iwant a true gaming experience that's what game consoles are for.

11. miketer

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Everything needs to be defined in our life, no crossovers. So, gaming phones not for me. The only kind of crossover I'll accept is the phone KIND OF replacing the laptop, so that I can find some info on the go, instead of reaching a cosy place and flipping porn the laptop screen. Apart from that, everything needs to be defined. No crossovers. Sorry, ain't that kind of a cool dude....never wanna be.

12. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1260; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

If it is coming with 6000mAh battery, why NOT??? I will surely buy. I am sure nobody will arrest me, if I buy a gaming phone and NOT playing any games in it...

13. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1567; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I'll consider a gaming phone when they have a stylus to compete against the S Pen.

14. abhicool

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 25, 2018

Will buy PLAYSTATION 4 PRO instead

15. AlienKiss

Posts: 159; Member since: May 21, 2019

Only if it's made by Samsung or Sony. I'm not interested in replica brands. But I wouldn't use it for that. Bash scripting is my favorite game :)

16. ivan.k

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 29, 2014

ASUS and their ROG division is a replica brand?? ROG is a brand since 2006 and making only gaming devices...Learn something before posting stupid things!

20. AlienKiss

Posts: 159; Member since: May 21, 2019

95% of the people never heard of Asus. If they did, it's because of their PCs, but certainly not for the phones they make. We know about them because we like mobile phones, but regular people have no clue what ROG or even Asus is.

17. geordie8t1

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

If webhad games that could even use the power it would be great, but what is so different abiut a so called gaming phone as opposed to a flagship, huawei, Samsung,Oppo, or any device, almost every game is more like an app as opposed to a real immersive game heck give me psvita stlye gameplay and graphics and sure a gaming phone may be justified, but the rubbish on the playstore can be played on just about any midrange or above phone that supports it, so in my view, more ram, more storage, a heat pipe and a refresh rate increase dont justify it as a gaming phone, my samsung S10+ has all of that except the refresh rate

18. tokuzumi

Posts: 1907; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Mobile gaming is terrible. Every game is "play for 5 minutes, and then numerous pop ups about buying premium currency in the game for a 'deal' " Micro transactions have ruined mobile gaming to the point where I have basically stopped playing mobile games. I'd be fine paying a few dollars for a premium game. But I don't want to have to pay >$50 per event to "win" prizes.

19. Poptart2828

Posts: 400; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Gaming phone is worth it if the price is right. Will never play any mobile games on it but will use it to run my beloved emulators in all their glory

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