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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2019: Editor's Choice - Part 1

By Team HardwareZone - 11 Mar 2019

Best Gaming Smartphone

Best Gaming Smartphone

It’s no exaggeration to say that gaming smartphones went through a golden age. From desktop-level processors, crystal-clear displays, and even powerful overclocking and dedicated accessories, 2018 has certainly set many new benchmarks for mobile.

As such, picking out the best and brightest among them was no easy feat. It was only after intense deliberation and testing that we were able to narrow down the list.

Providing excellent benchmark performance, battery life, product design, in-game graphics, audio quality, and of course gaming experience, these nominees are fully equipped to push the limits of mobile gaming. 



  • ASUS ROG Phone
  • Huawei Mate 20X
  • Razer Phone 2


And the winner is...


How much different could a gaming smartphone be? We saw the hardware overclocking and we saw the software optimization, but what we did not expect was the design considerations and innovations that ASUS brought to the table. It demonstrated serious thought and investment behind it and playing on it genuinely enriched some mobile games. Now if only more games took advantage of it. Diablo Immortal and The Elder Scrolls: Blades, anyone?

Scoring Breakdown


Huawei Mate 20X Razer Phone 2
Gaming Experience 9.5 9.0 9.0
Design 8.0 8.5 8.0
Features 9.5 8.5 8.0
Value 8.0 8.5 8.0
Overall 9.0 8.5 8.0
Price S$1,598 S$1,148 S$1,249
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