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Six Great Gaming Phone Features Apple, Samsung Should Borrow

January 08, 2019 / Brian Crecente

Despite rumors of their death, gaming phones are still alive and well, but they’ve got a long way to go before they’re widely adopted.That doesn’t mean that the growing list of smartphones with features created with the gamer in mind — from a faster display to better audio to physical controls — don’t have something to teach the likes of Apple and Samsung.Over the past several months, Variety spent time with a clutch of phones that featured everything from a massive add-on power brick, cooling system, and second screen, to hidden touch buttons and silky smooth display rates.While each of these specialty phones had something to offer gamers on the go, not all games available on the devices could make use of those new features. Ultimately, it was the subtle, ingrained features that seemed most impactful to the experience, where the larger, more grandiose concepts fell short not because of design failures, but support shortcomings.