In recent times, gaming phones seem to be making a buzz in the smartphone market. As far as I am concerned, the Razer Phone 1 was the first phone in the so-called gaming phones segment. It was the first phone to feature a 120 Hz LCD display and had a few features to carter the needs of a gamer. Since then, we have seen various brands trying their hands in this department. We have seen Nubia Red Magic, Xiaomi Black Shark, and Asus ROG phones. All these phones have one thing in common and that is the fact that all these phones derive their inspirations from gaming PCs but I feel that gaming phones are unnecessary.
With flagship phones so powerful, do we really need gaming phones?
Gaming PCs from where all these gaming phones seem to be inspired have some key features that differentiate them from any ordinary PCs. They have special integral components like powerful CPUs and GPUs with abilities to overclock them and advanced cooling solutions so as to provide peak performance for a long time. This is the very concept that differentiates a machine designed for gaming from others and this very same concept is missing from gaming phones. All these gaming phones we have come across feature top of the line SoCs but the same SoCs can even be seen on other high-end phones. So the performance from other flagship phones is very similar to these gaming phones. Every phone these days feature some or other software tweaks to optimize the gaming experience. Huawei has App Assistant, OnePlus has Gaming Mode, Xiaomi has Game booster and so on.
So on the gaming performance side of things, there is not anything significant that differentiates a gaming phone from the rest.
High Refresh Displays are not Gaming-Phone exclusives any more!
One thing that every gaming phone boasts is the higher refresh rates displays. Traditionally, every phone features a 60 Hz refresh rate panel and 90 or 120 Hz display makes navigating the UI a lot more responsive. And its perks end there itself since there is hardly any game available for smartphones that use the higher refresh rates displays. Popular titles like PUBG and Fortnite have capped the frame rates at 60 so no matter how faster refresh rate your phone supports, games will run on 60 Hz. Moreover, higher refresh rate displays are going to be a part of every phone in the near future (at least for the flagships). The OnePlus 7 Pro features a 90 Hz QHD panel and it is not marketed as a gaming phone but is in every way as capable as any of those so-called gaming phones. And there are rumours that Apple is planning to incorporate 120 Hz panels in its iPhones which are to be launched in 2020. If history is any indication, Chinese OEMs will follow incorporating 120 Hz panels in their phones as well once Apple does it.
Buy the phone and then buy the “add-ons”
Gaming phones also comes with various peripherals. The Asus ROG phone comes with a plethora of peripherals to help your game. Same is with the Black Shark. But all these add ons will take a hit on your wallet since you need to buy most of them separately. I consider these purchases unnecessary since we can get similar third party gaming peripherals for a lot cheaper price which are compatible with almost all phones available. These peripherals will help you do the same job on a regular phone as you would have done with the so-called gaming phones and their peripherals.
Finally, I rest my case on why I feel that Gaming Phones are unnecessary and full of gimmicks. What is your opinion on the same? Let me know in the comments.