Fortnite is a graphics-intensive game that demands a powerful phone, and the Galaxy Note 8 is your best option.

Our Pick

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

$ 750 at Amazon
$ 699 at Samsung

Best phone for Fortnite.

The Galaxy Note 8 may soon be usurped by the Note 9, but until the sequel hits shelves the Note 8 is tops for Fortnite gamers. It’s got the most RAM out of the Samsung devices, which may just give you a performance advantage over your opponents, and the big display and battery mean you can see more and play longer. At $ 699, it’s also your best value for a phone of this quality.

Why you should buy the Note 8

Given that the Fortnite developers are still slowly rolling out invites to non-Samsung phones, it should be no surprise to see the biggest Samsung phone at the top of this list.

With it’s 6GB of RAM, brilliant 6.3-inch Infinity Display, and all-day battery life, the Note 8 has all the specs you need to get the most out of Fortnite. You won’t get much use out of the S-pen or the excellent dual-camera set up playing the game, but those uniquely awesome features simply make the Note 8 a great phone to use when you’re not gaming.

Of course, the reason the Note 8 is deeply discounted is that its successor is just around the corner. If you want the latest and greatest phone for Fortnite, you should pre-order the Note 9, which not only offers upgraded specs across the board along with new functionality built into the redesigned S-pen, but if you pre-order before August 23, you can snag 15,000 V-Bucks for your Fortnite account as a free gift.

Is it a good time to buy a Note 8?

Unless you’re keen to spend a bit more money on the Note 9, it’s a great time to buy the Note 8. Samsung has the unlocked variant on sale for just $ 699 with deeper discounts available on the Verizon and T-Mobile editions.

Reasons to buy

  • Big, bright display is beautiful
  • Top-notch performance specs
  • 8GB of RAM is ample for Fortnite
  • Cheaper than Note 9
  • Still has a headphone jack

Reasons not to buy

  • Underwhelming speakers
  • Disappointing battery life for size

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The Gaming Phone

Samsung Galaxy S9+

$ 820 at Amazon

The second-best from Samsung.

The Galaxy S9+ gets the nod on this list because it’s a Samsung Galaxy phone, so you can download Fortnite right from the Galaxy Apps Store. But it’s also a great phone overall, too, and when it comes to playing a game like Fortnite you’re going to want a nice big display and the Galaxy S9+ definitely has going for it with its brilliant Infinity Display.

Samsung has refined its top flagship to make the performance slightly faster and the display slightly brighter for an all-around better experience for mobile gamers.

This phone has the top-end specs you’d expect that makes it a great candidate for playing Fortnite, but it also includes some other great hardware features like a headphone jack, a microSD card slot, water resistance, and support for wireless charging that just make it a better phone overall.

I personally think Samsung Galaxy phones are a bit too thin and slippery to hold for lengthy gaming sessions without a case, but it’s still a great option especially if you can get it on discount through a carrier.

Value Pick

Razer Phone

$ 599 at Amazon

The best gamer phone.

The Razer Phone is on the shortlist of non-Samsung devices compatible with Fortnite, but since the game is still an invite-only beta for Android it’s not a guarantee that you’ll get to play it right away.

But if you do get that invite, you’ll get to play the game on arguably the best “gamer phone” available. The epic front-facing speakers are the best I’ve seen, and the higher refresh rate on the display delivers buttery-smooth gameplay that makes up for some of the Razer Phone’s other shortcomings.

The Razer Phone is a powerful device with a Snapdragon 835 processor and 8GB of RAM. It also has good software features such as Game Booster which blocks notifications and lets you prioritize game performance or battery life when you’re gaming.

Bottom line

Fortnite is arguably the biggest Android release of 2018 and is not designed to work on phones with less than 4GB of RAM. If that means it’s time to upgrade to a new phone, your best bets for Fortnite gaming are phones that have been released in the last year. While you could get the ultra-expensive Note 9, we’d be more inclined to go with the Samsung Galaxy S9+ or the Razer Phone.

But if you want the best of all worlds, the Galaxy Note 8 has everything you need to play Fortnite at its absolute best.

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