HoYoVerse’s latest game, Honkai Star Rail is one of the most graphically demanding games to have ever released on smartphones. While most midrange smartphones is capable of running the game, only a few high-end smartphones are able to offer an smooth and enjoyable experience.
In this article, we will explore the best smartphones that can run Honkai Star Rail at its highest settings, along with other features such as battery life, thermal management, and display quality for the best gaming experience.
ROG Phone 7
The ROG Phone 7 is our top pick for Honkai Star Rail, or for gaming in general. The hardware is as good as it gets, featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and 12GB of RAM for the base variant.
In terms of display, the ROG Phone 7 has the fastest display in its class, capable of up to 165Hz refresh rate. While Honkai Star Rail’s framerate caps at 60Hz,
It also boasts a large 6,000mAh battery, allowing you to play Honkai Star Rail for hours on end. And if you run out of juice mid-game, the 65W charger is capable of recharging the phone in around an hour. If you want to game while charging, the ROG Phone 7 has a side mounted USB Type-C phone so that it won’t obstruct the placement of your right hand.
The party tricks don’t end here, as it also features a smart bypass charging mode, allowing the charger to power the phone directly while gaming, therefore reducing heat generation.
iPhone 14 Pro Max
If you are in the Apple camp, the iPhone 14 Pro Max would be the best choice for playing Honkai Star Rail. It features the company’s latest A16 Bionic chip that can easily handle most 3D games, and has a long battery life to boot.
The iPhone 14 Pro Max also boasts a large 6.7-inch retina display for a gorgeous and immersive visual experience. You can also get up to 1TB of storage if you are concerned about storage space for your games.
If you are on a budget, other iPhone 14 series can offer similar gaming performance, albeit with a slightly slower A15 Bionic chip.
Honor Magic5 Pro
The Honor Magic5 Pro, while not a dedicated gaming smartphone, is a great Android smartphone to play Honkai Star Rail. It is equipped with a fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, and comes with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
The Magic5 Pro comes with a large 6.81-inch QHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate, resulting in buttery smooth visuals. The battery life is also above average thanks to its 5,100mAh battery. During our tests, it managed to last more than two days on moderate mixed use.
iQOO 11 5G
The iQOO 11 5G is vivo’s flagship gaming smartphone for 2023. Like other flagship Android phones, it features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. It also boasts 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
As a dedicated gaming smartphone, the iQOO 11 5G is equipped with a QHD+ 144Hz AMOLED display for sharp and fluid visuals. It also offers excellent haptic feedback thanks to its dual haptic motors.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra is another flagship smartphone that can run Honkai Star Rail very well. It boasts one of Samsung’s best displays, a 6.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED panel with a refresh rate of 120Hz.
Aside from that, this smartphone uses a customised Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset with higher clocks than the others, allowing for more performance headroom to run Honkai Star Rail at the highest settings.
Battery wise, it comes with an industry standard 5,000mAh that can last about two days with moderate use. While charging speed is not the fastest (limited to 45W) it can still charge the phone fully in less than 1 hour and 30 minutes.