In less than an hour, Samsung Unpacked 2018 will begin in New York. At the event, Samsung will unveil their latest flagship Galaxy Note smartphone, the Galaxy Note 9. Nearly every detail about the device has been leaked already. We’ll be covering the announcements from the event in detail, but there’s one upcoming announcement we’ve been covering extensively because of its relevancy to Android, the Galaxy Note 9, and mobile gaming: Fortnite Mobile on Android. Yesterday, we showed you gameplay footage of Fortnite Mobile running on the Samsung Galaxy S9+. The game is expected to be exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for 30 days followed by a possible general Samsung Galaxy exclusivity period of up to an additional 3 months, according to AndroidHeadlines. By popular demand, we’re recording gameplay footage of the mobile game running on non-Samsung devices. Here’s Fortnite Mobile on Android running on the OnePlus 6 and the Razer Phone.
For a brief reminder, here are the basic hardware specifications of each device that we tested the game on:
1080 x 1920 resolution (with variable refresh rate up to 120Hz)
128GB of UFS 2.1 storage
Android 8.1 Oreo
Given the hardware discrepancy, it isn’t fair for us to do a direct performance comparison between the two. (We’re not discounting the software optimizations each device brings to the table which may even the playing field, but we don’t know exactly what tools each company employs in their software to optimize for gaming.) That’s not the purpose of these videos, anyways. These videos are simply to show you how an early build of Fortnite Mobile currently plays on the OnePlus 6 and Razer Phone. If we decide to do detailed performance testing, we’ll follow-up with graphs showing frame statistics comparing multiple devices with as many variables controlled as possible. (Fortnite’s restrictions on ADB access make using traditional benchmarking tools like Gamebench a tad difficult, though we’re working on a bypass.)
Special thanks to XDA Recognized Developer Quinny899 for bypassing the device restrictions in the game, to XDA Junior Member thesbros for providing the APK, and to our own Daniel Marchena and Mario Serrafero for capturing the gameplay on the OnePlus 6 and Razer Phone respectively.
The gameplay footage recorded on the OnePlus 6 and Razer Phone is from a pre-released, leaked build of Fortnite Mobile on Android. This build is based on patch 5.2 and was released to Android beta testers on August 4th. This build is the last beta before the final build that is shipped on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and is set to be shown off during today’s conference. Any gameplay shown here may not be representative of how the game performs on each device when the game becomes available for all users.
So without further ado, here are the gameplay videos showing off how this build of Fortnite runs currently on the OnePlus 6 and Razer Phone. In general, both devices run the game at the “Epic” graphics setting with a stable 30FPS thanks to support for the Vulkan Graphics API, although the Razer Phone does have dropped frames during explosions and suffers from audio skipping. We’re sure these issues will be resolved before the game’s general availability in ~1-4 months, though.