Thursday, January 20

What are the best smartphones to play Fortnite in 2021?


Fortnite Battle Royale is available on Android, but not all smartphones are compatible with the game from Epic Games. Handpicked, manufacturers like OnePlus, Xiaomi or Asus now offer smartphones with high-end features to play Fortnite in the best conditions on mobile.

The best

9 /10

OnePlus 9 Pro

  • The best performances of the moment …
  • … without burning your hands
  • A very good screen

Fortnite is a game initially released on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and also available on smartphones (iOS and Android). Its content and gameplay have therefore been adapted and redesigned for the mobile format. If talent plays the leading role in becoming THE LAST MAN STANDING (the last man standing), having a smartphone that holds up is also a component that should not be overlooked. Difficult to shoot your opponents when you are stuck in a slide session.

Epic Games maintains a list of compatible smartphones, but it is neither exhaustive nor always up to date. Above all, it does not guarantee that you will have the best experience in Fortnite. That is why we have selected the best smartphones which are, for us, the cream of the crop to play this game of royal battles.

But where is the iPhone?

You have probably noticed it: relations between Apple and Epic are not in good shape and Fortnite is no longer available on the App Store since August 13, 2020. It is difficult in these conditions to recommend an iPhone despite the impressive power of Apple smartphones.

The game has been managing external controllers for a while on its mobile version. If you are more comfortable with this type of control, do not hesitate to consult our guide to the best Bluetooth controllers for playing on your smartphone.

And if Fortnite is not your priority, find our guide to the best smartphones of the moment.

The best

9 /10

OnePlus 9 Pro

  • The best performances of the moment …
  • … without burning your hands
  • A very good screen

Available at € 919 at Amazon

Main strength of the flagship of OnePlus: its Snapdragon 888 processor. Qualcomm’s latest addition is a real monster that does not have the slightest concern to run Fortnite in epic quality at 60 FPS without the slightest drop in performance.

This is by far the best gaming experience to be found on Android to date. Raw performance that comes with a great phone.

Curved screen and almost uniform borders for the OnePlus 9 Pro

Curved screen and almost uniform borders for the OnePlus 9 Pro / / Gamesdone: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

We particularly appreciate the quality of the AMOLED QHD + screen. The bright colors of the game are well highlighted and the panel is particularly responsive. Above all, we appreciate its very good heat management. Even after 45 minutes of playing, the phone remains lukewarm unlike some models which tend to turn into a radiator as soon as you play a little longer.

For all the details on this great phone, head to our full review of the OnePlus 9 Pro.

The affordable flagship

9 /10

Xiaomi Mi 11

  • The performance of the Snapdragon 888
  • A balanced phone
  • The competitive rate

Available at € 740 at Amazon

With its Mi 11, Xiaomi seeks to shed its image as a mid-range manufacturer and wants to prove that it is able to compete with the biggest. It is clear that the bet is held since the Mi 11 shines with its superb screen and first-rate performance. Behind this, we find once again the Snapdragon 888, which is able to hold 60 FPS in epic mode without batting an eyelid.

Xiaomi Mi 11

Gamesdone: Frandroid

The rest of the phone is just as convincing, although it should be noted that the autonomy struggles to exceed the day. A weakness partially offset by an unusually swift rapid charge. It only takes 45 minutes for the supplied charger to refill the battery!

If it is a little less convincing in photo than other high-end models, we must admit that the Mi 11 offers a performance-price ratio that is difficult to match. You can find out more with our full test.

The reasonable option

9 /10

OnePlus North

  • Correct performance
  • Excellent finish
  • Good overall price / quality ratio

Available at € 395 on Amazon

This OnePlus model is one of our favorite mid-range models. In fact, it offers much better services than what is usually found at this price level. We particularly appreciate its very good screen and a very pleasant design in the hand. In terms of performance, it has a Snapdragon 765G, a “gaming” version of Qualcomm’s mid-range processor.

And while it obviously doesn’t tickle the Snapdragon 888, it’s more than capable of steadily holding up to 30 FPS on Epic’s gaming. For the more adventurous, a 45 FPS mode is also available, but in this case the framerate is significantly less stable, with drops of up to 30 frames per second. We also notice that the phone heats up significantly, without going so far as to burn the fingers.

Beyond its in-game qualities, the OnePlus North stands out without worry as one of the best choices in its price category. You will find all the details in our complete test.

The game for everyone

8 /10

Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro

  • Fortnite at 30 fps for less than 300 €!
  • A good screen
  • Pleasant to use

Available at € 299 on Amazon

Playing in good conditions on a smartphone over 1000 euros is easy, but you can want to have fun without investing so much in a phone. For more reasonable budgets, Xiaomi’s Poco X3 Pro stands out. Sold below the psychological bar of 300 euros, this smartphone is the first to ship a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860. This high-end SoC performs remarkably well in games.

Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro

Impressive performance for a smartphone of this ilk // Gamesdone: Frandroid

On Fortnite, it thus holds the 30 FPS almost constantly in epic mode and a 3D resolution at 75%. More than honorable results at this price level, especially since the 120 Hz screen is of high quality. Small weakness all the same, his stamina in play is very average. So count 8% of battery loss for 20 min of play where most smartphones lose 6 to 7% rather. Over long sessions, this can make a difference.

If it is not as balanced as some of its competitors, the Poco X3 Pro establishes itself without worry as the benchmark for gaming smartphones for small budgets. Our test is available for a more complete overview.

How to choose the right phone to play Fortnite?

Do you need a gaming smartphone to play Fortnite?

Even if you plan to use your smartphone primarily for gaming, investing in a model dedicated to this is far from essential.

Beyond their looks very connoted “game” (not to say in bad taste), they use the same processors as their classic cousins. Admittedly, we are sometimes entitled to more advanced cooling systems or to “performance” modes which save a few% of performance, but nothing astounding.

A classic high-end smartphone will most of the time be much more balanced.

Will playing Fortnite empty my plan?

Contrary to what one might fear, Fortnite is surprisingly reasonable in terms of internet data usage, at around 100MB per hour of playtime. Even playing 10 hours a day away from a wifi network you won’t be draining most of the game. mobile plans.

Is it better to play Fortnite on Wifi or on the mobile network?

Unless you are on a PSTN connection deep in the Creuse (we are hardly exaggerating) it would be better to use a WiFi connection to play. Indeed if the mobile speeds can be higher than certain fixed lines (in particular in ADSL), the ping is generally better on these last.

Since the latter has a much greater impact on your in-game performance, it will therefore be better to use your landline, whether ADSL or Fiber.

Should you play in touch or with a controller?

At first glance, you might be tempted to play Fortnite with a controller. After all, the latter are much more precise than touch controls. However, your dreams of running over your opponents may fizzle out.

All the players using a controller are in fact gathered in the same games, which means that you will play against console or PC players, which have machines much more powerful than any smartphone.

If you want to know everything about Fortnite mobile, check out our test of the game.

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