Best Minecraft Earth Phones Windows Central 2019

Minecraft Earth is soon headed to mobile devices across the globe, bridging the hit block-building franchise with the real world. Capitalizing on the Pokemon Go phenomenon, its augmented reality (AR) offering signals all-new potential for Microsoft's creative sandbox. And while slated to launch later in 2019, the OnePlus 7 Pro offers a striking display and high-performance hardware primed for delivering an unrivalled AR experience for Minecraft Earth.

Best Overall: OnePlus 7 Pro

The OnePlus 7 Pro enters as one of 2019's leading flagships, granting top-tier performance and design for hundreds less than rivals. The device's centerpiece is that stunning edge-to-edge OLED display, among the few dropping the notch for an encompassing 6.7-inch plain. With a 90Hz refresh rate powered by complementary hardware too, it offers more fluid motion in gaming and navigation.

Speed and simplicity perfectly summarize the OnePlus 7 Pro as an attractive Android pickup. It bakes in the best of modern Android phones, from its screen and sharp specifications to the finer details. Although a hefty silhouette and no wireless charging may deter some, it's otherwise unbeaten and saves a ton in the process.

Pros:

  • Smooth 90Hz display
  • Great gaming specifications
  • Clean, clutter-free software
  • Unbeaten value

Cons:

  • Large 6.7-inch screen
  • No wireless charging

Best Overall

OnePlus 7 Pro

Experience Minecraft Earth for hundreds less

When you buy a OnePlus 7 Pro, you save a ton of money compared to flagships — but you won't feel short-changed. This is a proper flagship experience, with excellent hardware, a top-notch display, and wonderful specs and performance. There are a couple of shortcomings, but it still goes toe-to-toe with phones that are hundreds more.

Best Budget iPhone: iPhone XR

iPhone and budget are often conflicting terms, but the iPhone XR is the closest you'll get. iPhone XR is the best alternative to the flagship XS, sharing similar internals at a lesser cost. It packs a 6.1-inch edge-to-edge display, with sleek hardware and the snappy iOS operating system.

The only vital differences see some premium features dropped, from a single rear-facing camera to dropping OLED screens for LCDs. But that comes at a hefty $250 saving, hard to overlook when other options push into the thousands. For those who favor an iPhone but not the cost, the iPhone XR is ideal for coming Minecraft adventures.

Pros:

  • Retains the best of iPhone
  • Same hardware as top-tier iPhone XS
  • Cheapest modern iPhone

Cons:

  • Rear-facing camera falls short

Best Budget iPhone

iPhone XR

Prime Minecraft Earth iOS companion.

The iPhone XR is the best way to save on a modern iPhone, cutting non-essential premiums for a $250 saving. With shared internals and comparable performance, it's a prime upgrade ahead of Minecraft Earth's debut.

Best Budget Android: Google Pixel 3a

The Google Pixel range sets the benchmark for Android devices, rocking clean Android, and complementary hardware. These in-house devices are Google's take on the iPhone, with its third generation praised for smooth navigation backed by industry-leading camera technology. Google has since ventured into the mid-range via the Google Pixel 3a, inheriting the foundations of its pricier flagship counterpart.

Google's first sub-$500 phone in years faithfully simulates most of its flagship defining features. Buyers secure a 6-inch OLED display with toned down hardware which stays snappy for everyday tasks. The camera remains the killer feature, sharing components and processing to mimic the famed flagship camera setup. And at this price point, it's an unmissable budget pick.

Pros:

  • Best camera below $500
  • Mimics Pixel 3's premium touch
  • Google's pure Android experience

Cons:

  • No water resistance

Best Budget Android

Google Pixel 3a

The most affordable Minecraft Earth-ready phone

The Google Pixel 3a is the most powerful Minecraft Earth-ready phone for the price point. With impressive specs and a rock-solid camera at $400, you won't do much better than this in terms of value.

Best iPhone for Gaming: iPhone XS Max

Headlining Apple's 2019 mobile line, the iPhone XS Max touts a big-screen, high-performance offering for gamers. It's the biggest (and most expensive) iPhone to date, with its 6.5-inch OLED display primed for mobile gaming and videos. Otherwise familiar to returning iOS veterans, it shares hardware and software with other iPhones of the generation.

The iPhone XS Max's gaming prowess simply comes down to size, offering an expansive experience you find elsewhere from Apple. The A12 Bionic cheap and dual 12-megapixel camera is a top augmented reality combo too, primed for Minecraft Earth. Just note that this beast isn't cheap.

Pros:

  • Stunning, large OLED display
  • Best of iPhone in 2019
  • Fast, fluid software
  • Primed for AR

Cons:

  • Expensive

Best iPhone for Gaming

iPhone XS Max

Take Minecraft Earth to the big screen

The iPhone XS Max is where it's at for immersive big-screen gaming. Apple's biggest iPhone to date doesn't cut corners if you can justify the price.

Best Android for Gaming: Razer Phone 2

Famed for leading laptops and gaming accessories, Razer is a proven expert in high performance. The Razer Phone 2 delivers the firm's second attempt at its gaming-tailored phone, building upon the same pillars with improved execution. An upgraded display, all-glass rear, and RGB lighting all make the cut – fitting as a gaming phone.

The Razer Phone's 120Hz "UltraMotion" display is the standout, offering fluidity and responsiveness you won't find elsewhere. However, games must be manually updated to support Razer's silky-smooth screen, otherwise locked to native framerates. Minecraft Earth support isn't confirmed, but between its reliable performance and gaming features, it's still an easy pick for avid on-the-go gamers.

Pros:

  • Attractive 120Hz display
  • Hardware built for gaming
  • Clean Android experience
  • All the RGB you'll need

Cons:

  • Better cameras out there
  • Limited range of 120Hz games

Best Android for Gaming

Razer Phone 2

Fast and snappy at 120Hz

Razer didn't just add RGB, it improved every area of criticism from the first phone, now delivering an outstanding gaming device. Minecraft Earth will never be smoother.

Bottom line

We love everything about the OnePlus 7 Pro, from its smartly crafted design to fierce specifications under the hood. It's a device guarnteed to hold up in the years to come, from its minimal and clean presentation, to 5G capabilties once available.

With Minecraft Earth blending the real world with virtual experiences, the OnePlus 7 Pro's AR capabilities are equally as crucial. The triple-camera setup and horsepower won't disappoint, displaying your creations in the best possible light. Delivering upon flagship-level promises without the price tag, it's our top pick to prepared for Minecraft Earth ahead of launch.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Matt Brown is a staff writer at Mobile Nations for Windows Central. Following years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he's focused on the world of Xbox and Windows PCs. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

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