What makes a gaming smartphone? As far as we can tell, for the most part they are smartphones that pack high-end flagship hardware, and usually come with software to boost gaming performance, and in some instances, proprietary cooling systems to ensure the phones do not overheat.
That being said, it tends to vary from device to device, and it looks like Google is trying to create a more uniform experience, or at least some kind of standard. This is according to XDA Developers who have obtained documents that suggests that Google could be planning a set of requirements for manufacturers to adhere to if they want their devices to be officially certified by Google as a gaming handset.
Dubbed the Game Device Certification, it lists out certain minimum hardware requirements that handset makers will need to meet to be gain certification and be considered “game ready”. For example, these devices need to ensure that game developers don’t face unexpected throttling, lost CPU cores, or odd system behaviors. It will also require devices to support the Vulkan Graphics API, an allow apps to allocate at least 2.3GB of memory.
Gaming smartphones have been gaining in popularity in recent years, which is not surprising given how big mobile gaming has gotten. Google has yet to officially announce its Game Device Certification program, but we expect that more details about it should be announced soon.
Source: XDA Developers