Genshin Impact has made waves around the world, grossing an estimate $250 Million at launch. We’ve spent an immense amount of time on the game, but most of us might be wondering, “I’m playing on mobile, which phone should I get for the best experience?” PC and console players need not worry about this because their hardware is more or less optimized for the game.
Best Smartphone To Play Genshin Impact
The game is already optimized for the PS4 and Nintendo Switch, where as PC players can just upgrade the parts in their PC for better performance. But for smartphone users, you’re stuck with the hardware you’re buying, so you’ll need to choose carefully before getting one.
Here are the few things you need to consider when buying a smartphone to play Genshin Impact on.
CPU – Processing Power
The CPU is the most important thing you’ll want to aim for if you want the game to run smoothly. The higher the number cores and clock speed, the better the experience will be. For example, a high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor would perform better than say, a lower-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor. MediaTek’s Helio G95 and G90T processors are also great choices for gaming.
GPU – Graphics Power
The next thing that would determine how well the visuals run, is the GPU. Of course, higher-end processors would be paired with better graphics chips, and that would result in a smoother, more beautiful on-screen experience. Unfortunately, you can’t mix and match GPUs in a smartphone, so you’re pretty much stuck with whichever processor you’re going for.
RAM – Smoothness
The amount of RAM you have in your smartphone is essential when it comes to how smooth the game will run, and the amount of screen tear or lag you’ll be facing. Mihoyo has recommended at least 4GB of RAM is needed to run the game. So, the more RAM you have, the more capacity the phone will have to run the game and keep your background apps in check.
Let’s say you’ve decided on a mid-range smartphone with a Snapdragon 720G processor, and there were two RAM variants to choose from – 4GB and 6GB RAM. It’s best if you can fork out a little more budget to get the 6GB variant, because the bump in RAM might also get you more storage, depending on the smartphone you’re getting.
Display – Better Visuals
Your smartphone’s display can also contribute to your gaming experience, seeing it’s the thing you’ll be playing on the entire time. Screen size doesn’t really matter, but what matters is the type of panel it has, and the refresh rate. First, an OLED or Super AMOLED panel would save more battery and deliver better, brighter visuals when playing the game. An LCD panel would run the game just as well, but it may take a larger hit on your battery.
As for the refresh rate, most phones have a standard 60Hz refresh rate, and it runs fine. But if you have a phone that has 90Hz, 120Hz, or even 144Hz, then the game’s visuals would come out smoother and flows better. Sure, the game only runs at 60fps, but at least you’re getting the maximum out of the 60fps.
Graphics Settings – Varying Performance
Playing on mobile, Genshin Impact lets you choose your graphics settings so that the game can perform its best according to your device. Smartphones with higher-end CPU and GPU can definitely play at the highest settings, whereas mid-range phones might need to dial down the settings to “Medium” for a better, smoother experience. Doing so, you will sacrifice on visual quality, but at least you’ll be able to play the game without it looking like a Powerpoint slideshow.
Even if you’re using a higher-end smartphone, lowering the graphics quality can also save you battery. So, if you want to play for longer in one session and to reduce the chances of it overheating, you could try lowering the settings.
Battery – Longer Gaming Times
Speaking of battery, every smartphone has different battery capacities. Some come with a huge 7,000mAh battery, while others may have batteries lower than 4,000mAh. The industry standard is roughly a 4,000mAh battery, but if you want more Genshin Impact life out of your phone, you’ll need a bigger battery.
Also, take note that each smartphone manufacturer and CPU has very different battery management settings. So, you’ll have to trial and error which settings work the best. But the general rule of thumb is that a bigger battery translates to more gameplay hours.
Budget – Affordability
At the end of the day, it all comes to down to what you can afford. Budget is important, and you shouldn’t spend more than you can afford. If you can go for that high-end smartphone with a great CPU, GPU, big screen and battery, that’s great – go for it. But if your budget is constrained, and you can only afford a mid-range device, then make the best out of it – lower the graphics settings, reduce display brightness, turn off vibrations, and etc.
Here are some of the smartphones we recommend to run on Genshin Impact at different price points. You can also check out this list from Genshin Impact on some of the smartphone feedback that’s been sent in by the community.
RM3,001 and Above:
The above smartphones are just a suggestion, based on our testing and reviews of them. Different phones will need to be played on different settings, so the best smartphone to play Genshin Impact with is which is best for you and your budget. Happy gaming!
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