5 Best Phones for ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile in 2022 – A Complete Guide

ARK: Survival Evolved Mobile

Everything about Ark: Survival Evolved has been extremely exciting: the game world, the scope, and the numerous dinosaurs. Ark Mobile, a smartphone version of the prehistoric survival game, largely resembles the games on PC, Playstation 4, and Xbox. Today we will focus all our efforts on pointing you to the best performing phones for Ark: Survival Evolved.

Gaming on mobile devices has grown exponentially in recent years. This shift opens up a whole new world for Android and iOS gamers. Provided you have an appropriately powerful cell phone, you can now organize yourself into tribes with other gamers in order to have better chances of fighting against the hostile environment.

Ark Mobile is free to download and play. Whether you download the application from Apple’s App Store or the Google Play Store, you won’t have to pay a single cent.

Now let’s move on to the technical stuff, where we list our chosen phones that are best suitable for playing the game. If you just want to find out what phone is the best for playing Ark: Survival Evolved, look at the table below or click here to scroll down to my detailed review of each of the selected phones in the table.

Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro and F3Motorola Moto G100Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 UltraSamsung Galaxy S22 UltraiPhone 13 Pro
Perfect ForPerformance without breaking the bankAmazing performance on a budgetThose who want smooth performance for everyday tasks and gamesMost demanding usersNext level experience
DisplayIPS LCD 120 HzIPS LCD 90HzDynamic AMOLED 120 HzDynamic AMOLED 120 Hz6.1 ” Super Retina XDR OLED
Operating SystemAndroid 11, MIUI 12.5Android 11Android 11Android 12iOS 15
MemoryUp to 256GB (8GB RAM)256GB (12GB RAM)Up to 256GB (8GB RAM)Up to 1TB(12GB RAM)Up to 1TB 6GB RAM
Camera48 MP64 MP64 MP108MP wide, 10MP periscope telephoto, 10MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide12 MP (f/1.5, 26mm (wide), f/2.8, 77mm (telephoto),f/1.8, 13mm, 120Ëš (ultrawide))
BatteryLi-Ion 5160 mAhLi-Po 5000 mAhLi-Ion 4000 mAhLi-Po 5000 mAhLi-Ion 3095 mAh
SoundStereo speakersSingle speakersStereo speakersStereo speakersstereo speakers
SensorSide fingerprintFingerprint (side-mounted)Fingerprint ultrasonicFingerprint ultrasonicFace ID
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Price not available$615.00$767.99$993.50$949.99
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What is the best phone for playing Ark: Survival Evolved?

Now that we know what new characters the game contains, we can move to the technical part of the article, where I will list the best phones for Ark Mobile. My goal with this article is to give you a clear idea of which phone to buy and make sure you get the best experience of the game. So let’s get started!

Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro and F3 – Best phone for Ark: Survival Evolved

 - Best phone for Ark: Survival Evolved

  HARDWARE   7/10  
  BATTERY LIFE   9/10  
  DISPLAY   7/10  
  MEMORY   8/10  
  VALUE/PRICE   10/10  

Key Features

Incredible Price/Performance Ratio
You get an incredibly powerful phone at a very affordable price.
Big display
The 6.67-inch display is pretty good. Especially at this price point. And it offers a 120 Hz refresh rate which is a noticeable improvement.
Powerful chipset
Snapdragon 860 is a powerful chipset and also one of the main reasons to consider this phone

Detailed Review

Poco X3 PRO and F3 are probably the best budget phones Ark Mobile currently available on the market.

Poco X3 PRO comes with a 6.67 inch IPS LCD screen that also features a high refresh rate. Usually, you will find a 120 Hz refresh rate on more premium phones, but this one has it too. This basically makes scrolling, watching videos, and gaming super smooth and brings other benefits regarding display. There is also support for HDR10 and the phone features a Full HD resolution.

The phone runs on a Snapdragon 860 with Adreno 640 and is actually the only one to feature this chipset. It offers some of the best performance in its class. Compared to Galaxy A52 with Snapdragon 720G, the Poco X3 PRO just blows it out of the water. In terms of gaming performance, it is two times more powerful than Samsung’s mid-ranger. And it is much cheaper too. In fact, the phone can outperform almost all other mid-rangers.

You will most likely find a version with 6 GB of RAM, although there is a possibility of finding one with 8 GB. The 6 GB version is enough for everyday tasks and also for playing the most demanding games. You can still go for the 8 GB version which makes your phone a little more future-proof. The 6 GB version comes with 128 GB of storage and the 8 GB version can come either with 128 or 256 GB of storage. It does also offer a microSD card expansion so you don’t need to worry about running out of space.

The Poco X3 PRO has a large 5160 mAh battery and supports up to 33 W charging. It will take about 30 min to replenish 60% of the battery capacity, which is pretty good.

Another option, Xiaomi Poco F3, costs a bit more but improves in all areas. It still has 6.67 inches 120 Hz display but it is AMOLED, supports HDR10+, and can achieve greater brightness. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 870 and Adreno 650, which is an improved version of Snapdragon 865. One could say that it is the next best thing after Snapdragon 888. It comes with 6 or 8 GB of RAM.

Unfortunately, Poco F3 is not available in all countries. I added the links below to where the phone is available.

  • Outstanding value for the money
  • 6.67-inch display 120 Hz display is amazing. Especially considering the price point
  • Snapdragon 860 chipset is capable of running even the most demanding modern games smoothly
  • Long autonomy provided by a large 5160 mAh battery
  • It will get hot when playing demanding games. If possible we recommend playing without the silicon case for better heat dissipation
  • Fast charging with 33 W also heats up the phone. This is normal but we don’t recommend playing any games while charging to avoid double heating

Motorola Moto G100

  HARDWARE   7/10  
  BATTERY LIFE   8/10  
  DISPLAY   7/10  
  MEMORY   9/10  
  VALUE/PRICE   9/10  

Key Features

Price/Performance ratio
At that price point you really get a solid and powerful phone.
Powerful hardware
Powerful Snapdragon 870 chipset easily handles even more demanding games
Outstanding battery life

Detailed Review

Motorola Moto G100 is another great more affordable gaming phone. It is powered by Snapdragon 870 and Adreno 650, an improved version of last year’s flagship Snapdragon 865.

One could say that it is the next best thing after Snapdragon 888. It comes with 8 or 12 GB of RAM.

It has a large 6.7-inch IPS LCD display with a 90 Hz refresh rate. This is still ok though you can already get an AMOLED 120 Hz display at this price point.

Also, it is worth noting that the display has two punch holes which can be kind of distracting when playing games or watching videos.

The battery is quite large with 5000 mAh capacity and it does last very long. Sadly, the phone only supports 20 W fast charging.

Even despite some drawbacks, it is still a very capable phone that will not require you to break the bank. Therefore we recommend it as one of the best phones Ark: Survival Evolved Mobile .

  • Great price/performance ratio
  • Powerful Snapdragon 870 chipset easily handles even more demanding games
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Only 20 W fast charging
  • 2 punch holes in display can be distracting for some people

Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra – Best gaming phone for Ark: Survival Evolved

 - Best gaming phone for Ark: Survival Evolved

  HARDWARE   9/10  
  BATTERY LIFE   8/10  
  DISPLAY   10/10  
  MEMORY   8/10  
  VALUE/PRICE   8/10  

Key Features

Powerful hardware
Snapdragon 888 is still one of the most powerful chipsets on the market
Even though it is not the latest phone the design still looks modern and appealing.
Great display
Great AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz – fluent experience.

Detailed Review

Samsung Galaxy S21 and S21 Ultra are another great phones for Ark: Survival Evolved.

Samsung Galaxy S21 has a full HD resolution and features a dynamic display with a refresh rate as high as 120 Hz. However, it can drop to as much as 48 Hz, depending on what you are doing. The S21 display measures 6.2 inches while the Ultra version has a massive 6.8-inch display.

Samsung Galaxy S21 works on Snapdragon 888 processor and is paired with Adreno 660 GPU. Alternatively, it can be powered by Exynos 2100 processor. In that case, it is equipped with Mali-G78 MP14 GPU. What type of processor and GPU you get really depends on where you live.

While in the past Snapdragon chipsets significantly outperformed Exynos in terms of battery life, heat and performance, this is no longer the case. In the last couple of years, Samsung’s Exynos chipsets have almost caught up with Qualcomm and are now behind only by a thin hair.

Needless to say, both chipsets will handle even the most demanding games without any lag or stuttering.

The regular version comes with 8 GB of RAM and again this is more than enough for any modern game. If you are a super heavy user and need more, the Ultra version comes either in 12 or 16 GB version.

The battery on S21 is a modest 4000 mAh. Gaming for extended periods will suck up the juice quite quickly. Again, the Ultra version improves in this area with a 5000 mAh battery capacity.

To sum up. The S21 is a very decent gaming phone that should be enough for most users. Especially if you are not a fan of super big screens. On the other hand, you still have the Ultra version which is a beast of gaming phone and also excels in everyday tasks too.

  • Snapdragon 888 is, aside from A14 Bionic, the most powerful chipset currently on the market
  • Appealing and modern design
  • Great AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz – fluent gaming experience
  • Nice everyday use experience thanks to the One UI
  • Rather small 4000 mAh battery on the regular version. For extended battery life, we recommend the Ultra version with 5000 mAh
  • Snapdragon 888 is known to sometimes have thermal throttling issues

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra – Best gaming phone for Ark: Survival Evolved

 - Best gaming phone for Ark: Survival Evolved

  HARDWARE   10/10  
  BATTERY LIFE   10/10  
  DISPLAY   10/10  
  MEMORY   10/10  
  VALUE/PRICE   9/10  

Key Features

Built-in S pen
The S pen is really responsive
Great cameras
The camera will perform under any conditions. Especially low light performance has been improved
Incredible display
Dynamic AMOLED display is super bright

Detailed Review

Samsung Galaxy S22 is for sure one of the best phones for Ark: Survival Evolved.

The 6.8 inches dynamic AMOLED display is simply outstanding. It is actually the maximum size for a smartphone. Because the long sides are gently curved, the display appears borderless when viewed from the front. The resolution is extra fine at 3088 x 1440 pixels, as is the display quality.

While Qualcomm’s top SoC Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 from 2022 is installed in the USA, Samsung’s own production Exynos 2200 is used in the models sold in Europe. For the first time, it relies on an RDNA2 graphics architecture from AMD. The GPU, called Xclipse, supports hardware-accelerated ray tracing, which hasn’t been seen on smartphones before either. According to Samsung, “mobile gaming at console level” is possible.

What sounds promising looks different in reality: In synthetic benchmarks, the S22 Ultra is clearly above its predecessor, but it doesn’t come close to an iPhone 13 Pro. The S22 Ultra with a Qualcomm SoC also achieves better values, especially in graphics-heavy benchmarks. But all benchmarks aside the phone with both chip versions is a powerhouse and you will never experience any lagging even with the most demanding games.

The S22 Ultra is the Swiss Army knife for photographers – you always have the right tool at hand. But as is often the case with a universal tool: it is not perfect. The main camera pleases with excellent (108 megapixels) or very good (12 megapixels) image quality in brightness, and also performs excellently in low light. The telephoto modules impress with optimal light and complement each other perfectly. And finally the super-wide-angle module: very solid even in low light conditions.

Whether you are considering this phone for its cameras of performance, you won’t be disappointed in any case.

  • Faster S Pen built-in
  • Super bright display
  • Cameras offer better low light performance
  • Faster 45W charging
  • Pricey
  • Shorter battery life than S21 Ultra

iPhone 13 Pro

gaming iphone 13 pro


  HARDWARE   10/10  
  BATTERY LIFE   9/10  
  DISPLAY   9/10  
  MEMORY   9/10  
  VALUE/PRICE   10/10  

Key Features

Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm)

iPhone 13 Pro has an Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm) chipset with Hexa-core (2×3.22 GHz Avalanche + 4xX.X GHz Blizzard).

 Super Retina XDR OLED display
This 6.1 ” Super Retina XDR OLED display delivers a 120hz refresh rate with an excellent 1200 NITs of max brightness.
Li-Ion 3095 mAh battery

Fast charging (23W, unofficial rating). Apple’s 20-watt charger gets the phone from 50% in 30 min

The iPhone 13 PRO is basically the same device like the iPhone 13 pro max, just a bit smaller. The more compact size can be appealing, but that does mean that the screen and battery aren’t so big.  Apple has taken a different approach this year regarding its iPhone PRO model. Where the iPhone 12 pro and pro max had different cameras, this year you don’t have that to worry about. It’s all about the size the 13 pro is built around a 6.1-inch screen rather than a 6.7 inch one. It’s heavier than the iPhone 13, but still a lot easier to wield one-handed than the pro max. Just like the pro max through the build is nothing short of premium. There’s a stainless steel frame and corning glass back and it’s all IP68 rated against dust and water up to 6 meters in depth. This generation of iPhones also brings a new feature, a smaller notch cutout for the selfie cam and face id tag. The display of the iPhone 13 PRO is a 6.1″ XDR OLED, 1170 x 2532 with a 120Hz refresh rate. This display is great content is vibrant and crisp and contrasty thanks to the OLED technology. Colors are especially accurate here, and there’s HDR10. The max brightness is about the same as the PRO max’s and it’s impressive. We measured up to 850 nits with the manual slider and this boosts up to around 1060 nits in auto mode when in bright sun.


The iPhone 13 pro and pro max have the same cameras and they’ve all seen an upgrade over last year. The 12MP (f/1.5 Dual Pixel AF sensor-shift OIS) main camera features a new sensor with larger pixels as well as sensor-shift stabilization. The 12 megapixel (3x zoom, f/2.8, PDAF, OIS) telephoto camera has a higher three-time zoom and the 12-megapixel (f/1.8, PDAF) ultra-wide now has autofocus. Since the camera quality is the same as the pro max we’ll go over it just briefly, since you can get a more in-depth picture by checking out our iPhone 13 pro max review. During the day the 13 pro’s photos are very good with plenty of detail and natural looking colors and dynamic range. The three times zoomed photos from the telephoto are also high in quality maintaining the overall colors and vibe of the main camera. The ultra-wide cam also maintains similar colors and dynamic range to the other two cameras – these photos are a bit softer though. The ultrawide has autofocus so you can shoot extreme close-ups with it.


All of the new iPhones run on apple’s newest silicon, this year it is Apple’s A15 Bionic 6GB RAM chipset. But the pro models get an extra performance boost when it comes to graphics, as they have a 5 core GPU rather than 4. Performance is considerably better than last year with the iPhone 13 pro and pro max topping the charts both CPU and GPU wise. Although the thermal management doesn’t match that of a dedicated gaming phone, the latest games run smoothly as butter and for peak performance, the iPhone 13 PROs set a bar that probably won’t be surpassed until next year’s iPhones come out.


One other feature we noticed a slight difference in is the speaker quality. All of the iPhones come with stereo speakers and the 13 PRO scored very good on our loudness charts in line with the other models but we noticed that the low end isn’t quite as impressive as on the pro max. The quality is still great though.


The iPhone 13 pro’s battery is a lot smaller than the pro max’s, the difference is over 1200 milliamp. As you’d expect the battery life is not as stellar. We praise the iPhone pro max for having the best battery life ever for an iPhone, but the regular pro is more middle of the road – it scored an 85-hour endurance rating in our tests which is still an improvement over last year.


With the iPhone 13 PRO, you get the same compact size as the regular iPhone 13, just a little heavier and you also get all of the premium features of the iPhone 13 pro max. If you don’t mind a smaller screen the only real downside here compared to the PRO MAX is that you don’t get that great battery life, but in general if you’re looking for a more pocket-friendly device that’s a fair trade-off. It’s nice that Apple has given us a choice about the size of our iPhones, without making anyone feel like they’re missing out and both the iPhone 13 pro and pro max are equally worth recommending.


  • Very good chipset.
  • Great battery life.
  • Amazing value for the price you pay
  • Pricey

Best Phone for Ark: Survival Evolved – Final thoughts

Choosing the best phone for Ark: Survival Evolved is not simple as there are many options on the market to choose from. Firstly you should think about how much you are willing to spend a check for phones that meet system requirements. A good rule of thumb is to aim for at least recommended requirements or even higher to make sure your game will run smoothly. Even if new versions come out or some updates.

If you stay within my list of recommended phones for Ark: Survival Evolved I am sure you will be more than satisfied. Wish you happy gaming ?.

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