The Best VR Phones As Of April 2019

The Best VR Phones As Of April 2019

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Our list made of the latest VR phones includes only phones that satisfy these specifications:

  • For our list of the best VR phones, we focused on specs that matter most for virtual reality, in particular display fineness (DPI) and screen refresh rate when available (We wish there were more phones with a 120Hz display)
  • Processing power matters too for VR and we want RAM, lots of it. Smartphones with less than 4GB of RAM did not make it to this list
  • On a very crucial side note, we do understand that hardcore gamers looking at this list may find some of the models suggested to be not exactly gaming or VR phones (and we would all like the best refresh rates, graphic processing units and display fineness ratings), but we need to keep our expectations realistic in the context of 2017/2018, which only marks the beginning of smartphone virtual reality, so we decided to keep a fair balance between the needs of virtual reality and your ability to get a great overall smartphone - one that gathered the best reviews. Therefore, some of the phones listed here as VR models are not necessarily sold as such, but sport features (in particular, display features) that we think may render one of the best VR experience currently available on smartphones.



The List:

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Best Model 2019
Alpha
Rank:
#1
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Great
* How do we know? Here is how we rank items...

538
-DPI
6GB

Based on its aggregated ranking of 84%, we determined that the is, as of now, Phonerated's best phone 2019. We also believe that our 217 reviews sampled from our sources give us a high confidence level that allows us to call it a "no-brainer best choice."

Second Best
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Great
570
-DPI
4GB
RAM

Based on star rating of 4 averaged over 3391 reviews, here is second best phone. * Btw, our choices are based on an in-depth computation of hundreds of VR phone reviews from across the web.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is fitted with a premium-class 5.8-inch 18.5:9 QHD+ (1440p) screen that scores a VR-worthy 570ppi pixel density and delivers Samsung's trademark Edge Panel technology.


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Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#3
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
High
760
-DPI
2.8GHz
Processor Speed
6GB
RAM

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium was among the highest-tier phones screen-wise when it debuted, rocking a 5.8-inch 3840 x 2160 4K HDR display and scoring a 760ppi pixel density.

Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#4
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
High
538
-DPI
6GB
RAM

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is equipped with one of Huawei's most-advanced screens as of 2018 -- a 6.4-inch OLED interface boasting a 1440p definition and a 538ppi pixel density score.

Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#5
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Great
Why is a higher score ranking under a lower score?

538
-DPI
4GB
RAM

The Google Pixel 2 XL fits its VR phone personality with a flagship-tier 6-inch QHD+ (2880 x 1440) Always On pOLED display furbished with 3D Gorilla Glass 5 protection and a DPI of 538.

Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#6
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
High
538
-DPI
2.45GHz
Processor Speed
4GB
RAM

The LG V30 features one of LG's most-advanced displays yet: a 6-inch QHD+ (2880 x 1440) FullVision OLED screen with an Always-On function and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#7
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
OK
537
-DPI
2.45GHz
Processor Speed
6GB
RAM

The HTC U11 Plus boasts one of HTC's highest-specked screens: a 6-inch QHD+ (2880 x 1440) Super LCD 6 interface sitting on a definitely VR-phone-capable 537ppi pixel density and a rare 18:9 (as of 2017 Q4) aspect ratio.

Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#8
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Good
550
-DPI
8GB
RAM

The Samsung Galaxy S10 touts a 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED QHD+ (1440p) notch-less display, one of Samsung's most-advanced screens as of its release.

Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#9
Our
Score:
3.5
Confidence
Level:
High
538
-DPI
2.45GHz
Processor Speed
4GB
RAM

The LG V30 Plus features a 6-inch almost-bezel-free FullVision display, whose 2880 x 1440 resolution paves the way for a promising 538DPI sharpness (a suitable display fineness for virtual reality).

Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#10
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Good
577
-DPI
2.35GHz
Processor Speed
4GB
RAM

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Active keeps the infinity display (encompassing the whole face), introduced with the GS8, with a size of 5.8 inches and a resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels resulting in a 577DPI fineness, which should be suitable for use as a VR phone.

538
-DPI
6GB
RAM

The LG V50 ThinQ 5G pays tribute to its V40 ThinQ predecessor by rocking a tantamount high-end 6.4-inch 1440p OLED 19.5:9 display.

564
-DPI
6GB
RAM

The LG G8 ThinQ joins LG's lineup of high-caliber phablets by touting a 6.1-inch 19.5:9 OLED display sitting on a 2K-1440p definition and a 564ppi pixel density count.

642.14
-DPI
6GB
RAM

The Sony Xperia 1 boasts one of the most-advanced smartphones screens of its time, in the form of a 6.5-inch HDR OLED facade with an expansive 21:9 aspect ratio and a 4K (3840 x 1644) sharpness.

536.31
-DPI
2.8GHz
Processor Speed
6GB
RAM

The Nokia 9 PureView greets users with a flagship-worthy 6-inch QHD+ (1440p) pOLED screen, under which sits an in-screen fingerprint reader.

564
-DPI
2.4GHz
Processor Speed
4GB
RAM

The LG Q9 boasts a flagship-level 6.1-inch 1440p 19.5:9 display, despite only running on middle-class hardware.

538
-DPI
8GB
RAM

The Huawei Mate 20 RS Porsche Design joins other high-class phablets from Huawei with its 6.4-inch QHD+ (3120 x 1440) 538ppi OLED display.

536.31
-DPI
2.8GHz
Processor Speed
4GB
RAM

The Sony Xperia XZ3 boasts a premium-class display, in the form of a 6-inch OLED screen with a 2K-1440p definition, Sony's TRILUMINOS display technology, and support for HDR content.

572.48
-DPI
2.8GHz
Processor Speed
6GB
RAM

The HTC Exodus 1 boasts a flagship-class 3120 x 1440 QHD+ 6-inch display with a wide 18:9 aspect ratio.

564
-DPI
2.35GHz
Processor Speed
4GB
RAM

The LG G7 Fit boasts a 6.1-inch QHD+ (1440p) display scoring a 1000-nit peak brightness level that's roughly double what some competing wide-screen smartphones offer.

538
-DPI
6GB
RAM

The LG V40 ThinQ hits premium-class yardsticks display-wise (as of 2018) with its 6.4-inch 19.5:9 1440p OLED screen, which features things like an Always-On function and LG's New Second Screen.

515.09
-DPI
2.8GHz
Processor Speed
8GB
RAM
120
Hz
Display Refresh

The Razer Phone 2 was one of only a few flagship-caliber smartphones to feature 120Hz displays comparable to those of gaming PC monitors as of its market entry.

563.18
-DPI
4GB
RAM

The LG G7 One touts a 6.1-inch 19.5:9 LCD display that peaks at a brightness level of 1000 nits, which is roughly twice what several other flagship phablets reach.

537
-DPI
2.8GHz
Processor Speed
6GB
RAM

The HTC U12 Plus swaggers around the wide-screen Android market with its flagship-class 6-inch QHD+ (1440p) 18:9 Super LCD 6 facade.

564
-DPI
2.8GHz
Processor Speed
6GB
RAM

The LG G7 ThinQ is rigged with one of the most-ambitious smartphone displays on the market (as of this write-up), in the form of a 6.1-inch 19.5:9 QHD+ (1440p) display with a 1000-nit maximum brightness level.

538
-DPI
6GB
RAM

The Huawei Mate RS Porsche Design features one of Huawei's most sophisticated screens as of this write-up -- a 6-inch FullView (18:9 aspect ratio) OLED interface sitting on a 2880 x 1440 QHD+ resolution and a 538ppi pixel density.

534.45
-DPI
6GB
RAM

The Nokia 8 Sirocco levels with many flagship-tier smartphones in terms of display by rocking a 5.5-inch pOLED screen with a 2560 x 1440 (QHD) resolution and a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover glass.

538
-DPI
2.45GHz
Processor Speed
6GB
RAM

The LG V30S ThinQ boasts one of LG's most-ambitious screens to date: a 6-inch OLED FullVision 2880 x 1440 QHD+ display with a 538ppi pixel density, an 18:9 aspect ratio, and HDR10 support.

515.09
-DPI
2.45GHz
Processor Speed
8GB
RAM
120
Hz
Display Refresh

The Razer Phone promises zero lag (in particular in gaming applications) or stuttering for gaming and virtual reality, with its 5.7-inch QHD (1440p) IGZO display injected with the UltraMotion technology, for up-to-120Hz refresh rates.

554.11
-DPI
4GB
RAM

The Nokia 8 aims for a seat among premium display smartphones with its 3.5-inch polarized IPS QHD-1440p display and Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

534.45
-DPI
2.35GHz
Processor Speed
4GB
RAM

The Motorola Moto Z2 Force levels with many other premium-end 2017 models with its 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440p) POLED ShatterShield-protected display.

534.45
-DPI
2.45GHz
Processor Speed
4GB
RAM

The U11 is a camera- and user experience-focused smartphone that introduces Edge Sense (a feature that launches apps and performs actions when the phone's edges are squeezed) and boasts of a 16-megapixel selfie camera -- although its 3000mAh battery is quite worrisome on paper.

567.05
-DPI
2.35Ghz
Processor Speed
4GB
RAM

The Samsung Galaxy S8 boasts a 5.8-inch, 2960 x 1440 VR-ready infinity display that sports curved sides and almost non-existent bezels, potentially setting a new standard for flagship smartphone displays.

* Prices shown are only indicative. They were recently fetched by our system and may have changed meanwhile.

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