Who would knew that after shutting down Paragon and collecting all the hate from this world, Epic would hit the sweet spot with its cartoonish PUBG competitor? Well, I for sure didn’t, and I’ve been following the companies success for the past 15 years, mainly around the Unreal Engine software and Unreal Tournament series – but, it happened, and kudos to the programmers and project managers for that.

Now, I’m happy since this means more Epic games in the future and hopefully an UT reboot, PC gamers are also happy because the game is quite enjoyable, Twitch streamers are racking in thousands of dollars from streams, and even Apple owners, a community well known for lacking behind in terms of gaming, is enjoying the newest Fortnite Mobile… Except for Android phone owners.

But we do get you Epic, don’t worry, this is not a rant. iOS is a more unified system then Android, it’s a fact and we all know that. It’s easier to publish a game for one version of a stable platform then covering three different versions on top of over 100, or even more, different hardware platforms.

The game is coming, though, not as fast as we would like it, but as of late, Epic is constantly reminding us that the Android version of Fortnite is soon out of the oven, properly baked for all the high end smartphones out there, with a few mid tier exceptions.

From my perspective, finally the “gaming smartphones of 2018” can be brought to good use, and players like Razer and Asus can finally see if their idea of a gaming phone can actually succeed on the market.

Fortnite Mobile for Android supported devices

How we made the list of supported Fortnite Mobile Android devices

Now, I know that XDA Developers have found a list of around 40 devices within the source code of the upcoming Fortnite mobile for Android, it’s all over the internet, the news portals copied the story over and over again, without even thinking a bit about it.

When it comes to the list which everyone is mentioning, to me it doesn’t make sense that the Google Pixel 2 is supported, but the Nokia 8 Sirocco isn’t, and both phones share the same platform with the same Snapdragon 835 and the same Adreno 540 graphics processor, with a minor difference in RAM (4 GB in the Pixel vs 6 GB in the Nokia). Or that an older Samsung J7 is supported, but a Meizu with the same specs isn’t… So, I hope you get my point.

From a business perspective, when you’re making a game as huge as this, you focus on the hardware and software, not on the brands. So what I think Epic did, they focused on several platforms, tested it on them, and in the end will just publish minimum specifications and maximum specifications for the game, similar to the PC industry.

I think that they will support the majority of Android phones which run Nougat/One and have a Quad or Octa CPU, a GPU under the Adreno 5xx and 6xx series, and more then 2GB RAM. And if you check out the numbers, that’s more then 600 different devices, not the 40 everyone is talking about.

To conclude this, I’m assured that the game will work on most of the phones who are sharing the supported hardware platform, but for the sake of rounding the story up, I took a look at the 40 devices from XDA Developers, sorted out the hardware platforms which can be found in those phones, made a list of high end devices which share the same platform and are either available on the market or coming out in the next few months, and in the end, to round it up with some affordable models, I created a list of cheap devices which, I believe, will also be fully compatible with Fortnite Mobile.

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List of high end Octa core phones that will surely support Fortnite Mobile

Here we’re talking about phones on the newest hardware platform which come with either Android 8.0 (Android One) or Androud 7.0 (Nougat) preinstalled. Devices within this category either have the Snapdragon 845 and 835 (or HiSilicon’s Kirin 960 with Huawei), the Adreno 540 and 630 graphics processor (or, with Samsung in mind, the Eyxnos 8895 or the 9810) and up to 8GB of RAM. Expect to cash out up to $900 for some of them, although most are within the $500 range, depending on the model. Here’s the list in alphabetical order:

  • Asus Zenfone 5z ZS620KL
  • Asus Zenfore 4 Pro
  • Asus ROG Phone (coming soon)
  • Essential Phone (PH-1)
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • HTC U
  • HTC U Ultra
  • HTC U11
  • HTC u11+
  • HTC u12+
  • Huawei Mate 10
  • Huawei Mate 10 Lite
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Huawei Mate 9
  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro
  • Huawei P10
  • Huawei P10 Lite
  • Huawei P9
  • Huawei P9 Lite
  • Huawei  P10 Plus
  • LG G7 ThinQ
  • LG v30
  • LG V30S ThinQ
  • Meizu 16 Plus
  • Motorola Moto z2 Force
  • Nokia 8
  • Nokia 9
  • ZTE Nubia Z17
  • ZTE Nubia Z17s
  • OnePlus 5
  • OnePlus 5t
  • OnePlus 6
  • Razer Phone
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (coming soon)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
  • Sony Xperia X71
  • Sony Xperia X71 compact
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
  • Xiaomi Mi 6 Plus
  • Xiaomi mi Mix 2
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix Evo
  • Xony Xperia XZ Premium

List of cheap Android phones that will surely support Fortnite Mobile

The next phones on the list have these things in common; a quad core CPU, more then 3GB of RAM, an older, but still capable GPU (between Adreno 505 and 512) and the newest version of Android, either Nougat or available support for Android One. Expect to pay around $200 to $300 if you’re looking to buy new, or go with used for around 40% less.

  • Samsung A5 (2017)
  • Samsung A7 (2017)
  • Samsung J7 (2017)
  • Samsung J7 Pro (2017)
  • Samsung ON7
  • Sony Xperia XA1
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
  • Sony Xperia XA1 Plus
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
  • Xiaomi Redmi 5
  • Lenovo z5
  • Nokia 5
  • Motorola Moto E4
  • Motorola Moto E4 Plus
  • Motorola Moto G4
  • Huawei P8 Lite
  • Meizu M6
  • Huawei P8 Lite 2017

Other Android phones which will be capable of playing Fortnite Mobile?

As of now, it’s hard to predict other compatible devices, especially when it’s not known if Epic will have additional settings for the game, for min and max configurations.

But one thing is clear, if you own a phone with a quad or octa CPU, with a GPU which is above Adreno 505, you have more then 2 GB of RAM and are running the latest version of Nougat or Android One system, you don’t have to worry about compatibility, because there are huge chances that your device is supporting Fortnite Mobile.

And in case you’re searching for a new phone, you can always go to GSM arena’s search field, pick out the right specifications which the game will support, and hit Search: https://www.gsmarena.com/search.php3?

You can also check out our ZTE N817 Manual.

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