Can your device handle Fortnite?

Simply as Epic Video games promised would occur, the free-to-play battle royale recreation ‘Fortnite’ lastly turned out there final week. For the primary three days of its launch, the sport was restricted the Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S9, Galaxy Word eight, Galaxy Notice 9, Galaxy Tab S3, and Galaxy Tab S4. We anticipated a for much longer exclusivity interval, probably restricted to only the Word 9 and Galaxy Tab S4, however it seems the unique content material is only a free pores and skin and 15,000 V-Bucks (the in-game foreign money.) Now that the sport is formally out there for non-Samsung units, we determined to do some fast gameplay exams on as many supported units as we might and seize the efficiency knowledge thanks to assist from our pals at GameBench. We examined a number of units with a lot of the supported chipsets—that being the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Snapdragon 835, Snapdragon 845, Kirin 970, and Exynos 8895—simply to get a really feel for a way nicely Fortnite Cellular on Android performs on most present Android smartphones.

Particularly, we examined Fortnite Cellular on Android on the next units:

Device Chipset Identify GPU RAM Default Graphics High quality Default Body Price Restrict Honor 10 HiSilicon Kirin 970 Mali-G72 MP12 6GB Epic 30fps LG V30 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Adreno 540 4GB Epic 30fps OnePlus 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Adreno 540 8GB Epic 30fps OnePlus 6 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Adreno 630 8GB Epic 30fps Samsung Galaxy S8 (Exynos) Exynos 8895 Mali-G71 MP20 4GB Medium 30fps Samsung Galaxy S8 (Snapdragon) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Adreno 540 4GB Epic 30fps Samsung Galaxy S9+ (Snapdragon) Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Adreno 630 6GB Epic 30fps Xiaomi Mi Notice 2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Adreno 530 4GB Low 20fps ZTE Axon M Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Adreno 530 4GB Low 20fps

(Observe: Resulting from limitations with the present model of GameBench, we have been unable to check on any units operating Android Pie such because the Google Pixel 2 or Important Telephone.)

We solely had a short while to check these units because the recreation’s public launch, so we have been unable to check all of the units in our assortment. Additionally, Fortnite presently doesn’t work in case you have an unlocked bootloader, which was a serious barrier for us since unlocking bootloaders is sort of our factor. Luckily, we have been capable of bypass Epic Video games’ restriction on USB Debugging, so we had no issues getting GameBench‘s desktop shopper up and operating.

Earlier than we dive into the outcomes, we need to make clear what this submit is and isn’t designed to do:

  • We’re NOT benchmarking Fortnite Cellular on Android. Every tester we had play the sport did NOT play beneath the identical circumstances.
    • Every tester performed a reside match with different gamers to get knowledge on how their device ought to carry out in a typical match of Fortnite. We selected to not simply sit round and construct issues in an empty playground match as a result of nearly all of customers will probably be experiencing precise firefights with as much as 99 different gamers and never only a sandbox constructing expertise.
    • Every tester didn’t play the identical size of time.
    • Every tester went by way of totally different areas of the map at totally different occasions and picked up gadgets and battled different gamers at totally different occasions as nicely.
  • We ARE trying to reply the query: “Can my device handle playing Fortnite?” What can we imply by that?
    • We needed to do some primary knowledge assortment on the median body charges, CPU/GPU/RAM utilization, and FPS stability (all knowledge offered by GameBench) of a typical Fortnite Cellular match simply so you’ll be able to see if the sport is value making an attempt out on your device.
    • We gained’t be doing direct efficiency comparisons between any of the units we examined. As an alternative, we’ll be summarizing how every device performs so you’ll be able to determine for your self (based mostly on how comparable your device’s specs are to one of many units we examined) whether or not it’s value enjoying.

Now that we’re (hopefully) clear on what we’re making an attempt to do with this text, let’s see how every device fared within the recreation.

We want to give particular because of the staff at GameBench for the help they offered us. Their software makes it potential for any individual, whether or not it’s a daily consumer, journalist, or engineer, to check a cellular recreation’s efficiency on an Android device. They’ve an Android app you’ll be able to set up to start out benchmarking your video games, however take into account that Fortnite’s anti-USB Debugging detection will forestall you from utilizing GameBench‘s Android app to profile Fortnite Cellular.

GameBench (FPS counter without root)

Testing Fortnite Cellular on Android’s Efficiency with GameBench

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Honor 10

Abstract: The participant, TK Bay, collected samples from three video games. The primary 2 video games he died round three minutes in. On his final recreation, he survived for 10 minutes and spectated for 7 minutes. Throughout his first jiffy of gameplay, the device carried out properly. Nevertheless, it turned clear that the sport’s graphical calls for have been taking a toll: The Honor 10 began experiencing body drops very often and have become noticeably scorching.


Verdict: It performs nicely for a short while, however the inconsistent body fee will in all probability bug most gamers throughout prolonged gaming periods. The Honor 10 (and certain different Kirin 970 units) will want some further optimizations earlier than Fortnite Cellular might be an fulfilling expertise on the highest graphics settings. If Huawei manages to optimize their GPU Turbo-compatible units with Fortnite, then we may even see a bump in efficiency as soon as an replace rolls out.

LG V30

Abstract: The participant, Joe Fedewa, collected samples from 2 video games. The primary recreation he died round 6 minutes in. The second recreation he lasted round eight minutes and spectated for an additional 2 minutes. The device was unable to take care of 30 fps for a lot of the period of the gameplay, in contrast to the Samsung Galaxy S8 or OnePlus 5.


Verdict: Relatively disappointing efficiency in-game contemplating how properly the OnePlus 5 and Samsung Galaxy S8, each units with the identical CPU/GPU, carry out on the similar settings. The OnePlus 5 has double the RAM which ought to assistance on such a RAM-hungry recreation, however the Galaxy S8 additionally has the identical 4GB RAM. It is perhaps value turning down the graphics settings to eek out a bit extra efficiency.

OnePlus 5

Abstract: The participant (myself) performed a single 12-minute session comprised of 9 minutes of gameplay and three minutes of spectating till the top of the match. The OnePlus 5 had no hassle dealing with Fortnite Cellular.




Verdict: The OnePlus 5 handles Fortnite like a champ. There’s little to complain about right here.

OnePlus 6

Abstract: The tester, Daniel Marchena, performed 2 matches. Within the first, he lasted close to 9 minutes whereas within the second he lasted close to eight minutes. Unsurprisingly, the OnePlus 6 performs rather well in-game.


Verdict: As if there was any doubt, the OnePlus 6 is ready to handle Fortnite Cellular with ease. In any case, the sport was optimized with units on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (such because the Samsung Galaxy Observe 9), so any device with the newest Qualcomm chipset ought to carry out rather well right here.

Samsung Galaxy S8 (Exynos)

Abstract: The tester, Adam Conway, performed a single match that lasted 12 minutes. His Galaxy S8 carried out extremely properly in-game, although have in mind the sport was not operating on the highest graphics high quality setting.


Verdict: You should not have any hassle operating the sport offered you’re prepared to sacrifice some graphical constancy.

Samsung Galaxy S8 (Snapdragon)

Abstract: The tester, XDA Junior Member thesbros, performed a single session lasting almost 12 minutes. Whereas looting and operating round, the sport doesn’t appear to wrestle very a lot. Nevertheless, throughout intense firefights, you could discover some dips in efficiency.


Verdict: If you wish to play the sport with out annoying body drops, keep away from enjoying on the highest graphics settings.

Samsung Galaxy S9+ (Snapdragon)

Abstract: The tester, Max Weinbach, performed a single session lasting 11 minutes. The sport, unsurprisingly, carried out properly though there have been a number of notable areas of intense preventing that triggered dips in efficiency. We’re advised that explosions and sure particular results have been largely answerable for these dips.


Verdict: We might anticipate the Galaxy S9+ to handle Fortnite with relative ease provided that it shares the identical chipset because the Galaxy Notice 9, although in fact the latter has liquid cooling to maintain the device from throttling as shortly. You need to usually have few points enjoying the sport on the Epic graphics setting.

Xiaomi Mi Notice 2

Abstract: I, the tester, performed a single session lasting eight minutes. It didn’t take a lot time for me to succeed in the conclusion that the sport is a multitude on this device. The device struggles to even keep its 20fps goal and falls aside in places with plenty of buildings or heavy firefights.


Verdict: Abort. Await an replace enhancing expertise earlier than you attempt it on this device or a device with comparable specs.

ZTE Axon M

Abstract: I, the tester, performed the sport for eight minutes earlier than giving up (after dying) with how badly it was performing. The sport is a slideshow on this device, much more so than the Xiaomi Mi Word 2.


Verdict: Abort! Don’t hassle enjoying Fortnite on the Axon M until you propose on roasting marshmallows.

Can my device play Fortnite Cellular on Android?

We’ve posted the minimal hardware necessities, the precise hardware necessities, and the present listing of units that help the sport. Right here’s a abstract of what you might want to know:

Minimal Necessities

  • Chipset: Exynos 8890, 8895, 9810 or newer; HiSilicon Kirin 970 or newer; Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 821, 835, or 845 or newer
  • RAM: 3GB or greater
  • Software program: Android Lollipop or larger
  • OpenGL Model: three.1 or greater (Vulkan Graphics API help is optionally available)

Supported Units

Presently Unsupported

The place to obtain?

For those who’re on a Samsung device, simply obtain the sport from the Samsung Galaxy Apps retailer right here. In the event you’re on a non-Samsung device, comply with the directions from Epic Video games‘ web site.

Fortnite Cellular on Android Gameplay

In case you’re fascinated by seeing what precise gameplay seems to be like on one of many units that handles Fortnite Cellular on Android moderately properly, take a look at our movies of the sport operating on the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and OnePlus 6 with the Snapdragon 845.

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