Games have become one of the important application scenarios for mobile phones. According to the “2020 Mobile Market Report” released by market research agency App Annie on January 16, the mobile game market share in 2019 has already occupied 56% of the global game market. Annual global mobile game user spending will exceed $ 100 billion. In this post, our subject of discussion shall be on the highlights of gaming phones in 2020.
Summary of the Highlights of Gaming Phones in 2020
The booming mobile game market not only attracts a large number of game developers to join but also has an impact on the hardware market. Since 2018, gaming mobile phones have become one of the much-watched branches of the mobile phone market.
It is worth mentioning that due to the focus on gaming scenarios, gaming phones not only have top-level hardware performance, but also a large number of software and hardware collaborative innovations. This, in turn, meets the player’s needs in terms of experience and forms a gap with ordinary flagship phones.
Against this backdrop, we can also speculate some of the features that new 2020 gaming phones will have!
1. Stronger Performance
Apparently, one of the major expected highlights of gaming phones in 2020 is a strong performance. Unsurprisingly, in terms of hardware configuration, gaming mobile phones are inferior to flagship mobile phones.
Therefore, the first products to be unveiled in 2020 will be equipped with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 865 mobile platform.
According to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 865 integrates a new-generation Qualcomm Kryo 585 CPU based on the Arm Cortex A77 architecture, clocked up to 2.84GHz, a performance improvement of up to 25% compared to the previous generation platform.
As a result of these, the overall performance of the new Qualcomm Adreno 650 GPU is improved compared to the previous generation Adreno 640 25% and energy efficiency improvement of 35%. At the same time, the Snapdragon 865 is also the industry’s first mobile platform to support LPDDR5 memory. Compared with the previous generation platform, the bandwidth has increased by 30%.
Micron has announced the mass production of LPDDR5 memory, and Xiaomi Mi 10 has also taken the lead.
Therefore, in 2020, LPDDR5 memory may become the new favorite of gaming phones. Compared with the previous generation LPDDR4x, the data transmission rate of LPDDR5 has been increased from 4266Mbps to 5500Mbps, and the transmission bandwidth has been increased from 34GB / s to 44GB / s.
At the same time, LPDDR5 memory is used to save power by 5% -10% and extend battery life by 5% -10%. After been equipped with a new generation of memory, gaming mobile phones run more smoothly and help ensure the “computing power” lasts. Of course, UFS 3.0 storage is also an indispensable part of gaming phones.
2. More Realistic Picture
In addition to the core performance, you should be very familiar with the high refresh rate of the screens. Starting in 2019, the high refresh rate has become another important configuration that flagships and gaming phones pay attention to, and in 2020, the screen refresh rate of gaming phones may transition from 90Hz to 120Hz across the board.
The screen with higher refresh rate and faster response speed can bring more “fluid”, smooth game screen and operation feeling for players.
However, it should be pointed out that it is not enough to just carry a high refresh rate screen. Software developers are also required to provide a “high refresh rate mode”. Although this process takes time, it is definitely a bright spot for players to look forward to.
Of course, in addition to enjoying high refresh rates, mobile phone screens have also added features such as HDR 10 to improve display effects. Chip manufacturers including Qualcomm are also actively expanding and enriching the functions of the platform, so as to work with developers to make the game screen more realistic, Have a sense of substitution.
For example, the Snapdragon 865-supported desktop forward rendering (Desktop Forward Rendering) can support game developers to introduce end-game-level light sources and post-processing, making the game screen more realistic.
3. Audio is the key to Increasing Immersion
With performance and graphics, there is one more key to improving the player’s gaming experience-audio. Many people like to go to the cinema to watch sci-fi movies. In addition to enjoying the shocking effect of the large screen, it is because the cinema has an excellent audio system, which forms surround sound, and the movie viewing experience is “acoustic.
The same is true in the game, especially after some mobile games such as “Peace Elite” are in a great blaze, players’ requirements for the audio experience provided by mobile phones and headphones have reached a new level.
Last year gaming phones did their homework in audio, and this trend will naturally continue this year.
Earlier, while the world’s popular evaluation website DXOMark enriched the camera test content, it also launched an audio evaluation ranking, which also proved the importance of audio for mobile phone experience. The DXOMark audio test includes two aspects of playback and recording. Among the many mobile phones participating in this test, in addition to Apple, ASUS ROG gaming phone 2 also ranked on the list and ranked 69th(fourth position). Huawei Mate 20X ranks first, , iPhone XS Max 2nd and iPhone 11/Pro Max ranked 3rd.
In the review, DXOMark wrote: “The two active front stereo speakers of the Asus ROG Gaming Phone 2 also produced an impressive sound field and channel balance. It can also produce a particularly loud maximum volume, which is very suitable for gaming phones. Requirement. The sound strength is also very good, especially in games, but the impact of the bass can be further enhanced. “
Therefore, in 2020, for gaming mobile phones, audio is also a bright spot worthy of players’ attention, allowing you to listen to the sound even without wearing headphones.
4. Miscellaneous Features: Battery Life & Cooperation Between Game developers
Of course, in addition to performance, display, and audio, there are other aspects that deserve our attention. Such aspect include battery life, interaction, and in-depth cooperation with game developers.
Finally, I will focus on the cooperation between game mobile phone manufacturers, game developers, and platforms. The in-depth cooperation between ASUS and Tencent in 2019 provides a worthwhile operating model for the gaming mobile phone industry. After all, as part of the mobile phone market, game phones need to have corresponding “features” to impress players, and a more complete game experience is naturally the most important part.
Nowadays, whether it ’s a mobile game or a PC game, players not only look at the parameters but also the experience when it comes to a hardware purchase. This has also included chips Manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, and game developers work together.
All in all, as the “emerging” market segment of the mobile phone industry, gaming mobile phones will bring more surprises to players and users in 2020, let us wait and see.