A Brief History of Gaming Phones

Smartphones made specifically for gaming have always had a novelty factor to them.
Here's a walk down memory lane to revisit some of the most iconic gaming phones
to date.
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Nokia N-Gage

Launched in late 2003, it was positioned as the Game Boy Advance of mobile phones. It supported multiplayer gaming over Bluetooth back then.
This ambitious project was also called the “PlayStation Phone”. Launched in 2011, it featured PlayStation gaming keys, shoulder triggers and virtual thumbsticks.
Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

Acer Predator 6

Back in 2015, Acer showed off the Predator 6 which boasted of a MediaTek processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 6-inch "HD" display. Sadly, it never saw the light of day.


Razer Phone

This phone was a novelty in itself back in 2017. It boasted of a beautiful 5.7-inch 120Hz display, Snapdragon 835 SoC, 8GB of RAM, and 64GB of inbuilt storage.
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ROG Phone

Launched in mid-2018, this phone completely revolutionised gaming phones, with modular accessories, capacitive shoulder buttons, top-end specs, and a distinct angular design.

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Nubia Red Magic

This phone offered slightly outdated specs when it first came to India, but was still very capable. It just had a very gaudy design and pesky ads, making it poor value for money.

Black Shark

A mix of a rugged design and alien green accents, this phone offered great value for money and performance. It also supported modular accessories like the ROG Phone.
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