Monday, August 6, 2018

How to check if your Android phone is powerful enough to run Fortnite Mobile

Fortnite Android Samsung Galaxy

Fortnite, the massively popular free-to-play battle royale game, is coming soon to Android. Epic Games said the game would launch this summer but we now know that the game will likely launch as an exclusive on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. It won't be on the Google Play Store (but possibly on Samsung Galaxy Apps) as the game will be distributed from Epic Games' website. If you're wondering whether your Android smartphone or tablet is powerful enough to run Fortnite Mobile on Android, we have put together a comprehensive list of software and hardware requirements based on a configuration file we obtained from a leaked build of the Android app.

In the past week, we posted a list of Android smartphones that might support Fortnite Mobile on Android as well as a set of minimum requirements needed to run the game. The former list was obtained from Epic Games' mobile sign-up page but is dated back to the release of the iOS version of the game. Hence, it's a few months old and might not be representative of what devices will actually be capable of running Fortnite. The minimum requirements list is up-to-date as it was recently updated just this week, but it contained few details about exactly which Android devices will be powerful enough to run Fortnite Mobile on Android.

Fortunately, we were able to obtain a full, detailed list of supported hardware. This list is based on an encrypted configuration file within the Fortnite Mobile APK. This list is used by the app to determine whether your device will be allowed to run the app. This is by far the most comprehensive list one can find of supported hardware for Fortnite Mobile on Android. If you are wondering whether your Android smartphone or tablet is able to play Fortnite Mobile, then read on.

Note: this article is based on leaked information that we have exclusively obtained. The configuration file is dated from an internal Fortnite update that rolled out August 4th, 2018, so it contains up-to-date information. However, given the potentially lengthy Samsung Galaxy exclusivity period, it's possible for additional devices to become compatible before the general release of Fortnite Mobile on Android. Should that happen, we will update this article accordingly.

Step 1 – Check Your Hardware

Before you can view the tables to determine whether your Android device is capable of running Fortnite, you'll need to know what hardware is inside your phone. To do so, we'll need a free app called "DevCheck" from the Google Play Store. It's made by a trusted developer of the XDA community, XDA Recognized Developer flar2, and you can read all about its features here. (If you already know what hardware is inside your device, you can skip this section.)

DevCheck Hardware and System Info (Free+, Google Play) →

Install the app and open it up. We'll need the following pieces of information from the app:

  • Android Version
  • RAM
  • CPU Architecture/Instruction Sets
  • Chipset/GPU
  • OpenGL version/Vulkan support

You can find all of these in the "Hardware" and "System" tabs of the app, as shown in the screenshots below. Find and make note of each of them because you'll need to reference this information to see if your device is compatible with Fortnite Mobile. You won't need any other information, but I recommend keeping DevCheck installed on your device because it's handy to have this information easily accessible in case you want to pull up relevant device information when troubleshooting a problem with developers of any other app!

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Step 2 – The Basic Requirements to Run Fortnite Mobile on Android

Now that you know the basics of your Android smartphone or tablet's hardware, here are the basic requirements your device must meet to be able to play Fortnite Mobile on Android.

Specification Requirement
Android Version Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer*
CPU Architecture ARM64 with NEON and Floating Point Render Targets (FPRT) support
RAM 3GB RAM or higher
OpenGL Version 3.1 or newer

*The configuration file states that the game runs on Android 4.4 or higher, however, Epic Games likely never updated these lines in the configuration file as the actual installer APK only works on Android 5.0+ and the minimum requirements we leaked earlier also state that Lollipop is the oldest supported Android version.

Furthermore, Epic Games is still working on optimizing the game for certain hardware. According to the comments in the configuration file, the following hardware is currently not compatible with the game:

  • Devices with Intel Atem chips.
  • Devices with PowerVR GPUs.
  • Devices with NVIDIA chips. (We have still listed tables for them below because there's little doubt these will be made compatible in the future.)
  • Devices from HTC, Sony, Motorola, Lenovo, and Essential. (For some undisclosed reason, Epic has blacklisted devices from these brands. The comment implies this may be temporary, though. Also, all non-Samsung hardware is blacklisted anyways until the exclusivity is over, so there's not much you need to worry about if you own a device from one of the named brands.)

Step 3 – Find Your Hardware

Now, we're ready to look through each table to see if your smartphone or tablet is able to play Fortnite Mobile on Android. All you need to do is look up your device's chipset and see if there's a "Yes" in the Capable column. If it is Capable of running Fortnite Mobile, you can also see what graphics quality Fortnite Mobile will run at by default. Take note that if your device supports the Vulkan Graphics API, then you'll likely see a graphics quality bump in Fortnite Mobile.

Qualcomm Snapdragon

Qualcomm Snapdragon Compatibility List - Click to Expand

Chipset Name (Code-name) GPU Example Devices Capable Default Graphics Quality
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (sdm845) Adreno 630 HTC U12+, LG G7 ThinQ, OnePlus 6, Samsung Galaxy S9, Sony Xperia XZ2, Xiaomi Mi 8 Yes Medium (High with Vulkan support)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (msm8998) Adreno 540 Google Pixel 2, LG V30 ThinQ, Motorola Moto Z2 Force, OnePlus 5T, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Sony Xperia XZ1, Xiaomi Mi 6 Yes Medium (Razer Phone gets High quality with Vulkan)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (msm8996) Adreno 530 Google Pixel, HTC U Ultra, LG G6, OnePlus 3T, Xiaomi Mi 5s Yes Low
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (msm8996) Adreno 530 HTC 10, LG G5, Motorola Moto Z Force, OnePlus 3, Samsung Galaxy S7, Sony Xperia X Performance, Xiaomi Mi 5, ZTE Axon 7 Yes Low
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (msm8994) Adreno 430 Google Nexus 6P, HTC One M9, Motorola Moto X Force, OnePlus 2, Sony Xperia Z5, Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, ZTE Axon Pro No N/A
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 (msm8992) Adreno 418 BlackBerry Priv, Google Nexus 5X, LG G4, Motorola Moto X Pure Edition, Xiaomi Mi 4c No  N/A
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 (sdm710) Adreno 616 Vivo NEX A/S, Xiaomi Mi 8 SE No  N/A
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (sdm660) Adreno 512 Asus ZenFone 4, BlackBerry KEY2, BQ Aquaris X2 Pro, Nokia 7 Plus, Xiaomi Mi A2 No  N/A
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 (sdm636) Adreno 509 Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, BQ Aquaris X2, Lenovo Z5, Motorola Moto Z3 Play, Nokia 6.1 Plus, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro No  N/A
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (sdm630) Adreno 508 Asus ZenFone 5 Lite, HTC U11 Life, Motorola Moto X4, Nokia 6.1, Nokia 7, Sony Xperia XA2 No  N/A
Qualcomm Snapdragon 652/653 (msm8976) Adreno 510 Asus ZenFone 3, HTC U11 EYEs, OPPO R9 Plus, Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro, Xiaomi Mi Max No  N/A
Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 (msm8956) Adreno 510 Sony Xperia X, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 No  N/A
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625/626 (msm8953) Adreno 506 Motorola Moto G5 Plus, Motorola Moto Z Play, Samsung Galaxy C7, Xiaomi Mi A1, Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 No  N/A
Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 (msm8952) Adreno 405 HTC One A9, Motorola Moto G4, Motorola Moto G4 Plus, Samsung Galaxy On5, No  N/A
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 (msm8940) Adreno 505 BQ Aquaris V, LG Q6, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A, ZTE Blade V8 No  N/A
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (msm8937) Adreno 505 Asus ZenFone 5 Lite, Lenovo K6 Power, Motorola Moto G5s, Motorola Moto G6 Play, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 No  N/A
Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 (msm8929) Adreno 405 Coolpad Note 3S, HiSense C1, Lenovo K5 No  N/A

Samsung Exynos

Samsung Exynos Compatibility List - Click to Expand

Chipset Name (Code-name) GPU Example Devices Capable Default Graphics Quality
Samsung Exynos 9 Series (9810) Mali-G72 MP18 Samsung Galaxy S9 Yes Medium
Samsung Exynos 9 Series (8895) Mali-G71 MP20 Samsung Galaxy S8 Yes Low
Samsung Exynos 8 Octa (8890) Mali-T880 MP12 Samsung Galaxy S7 Yes Lowest
Samsung Exynos 7 Series (9610) Mali-G72 MP3 None No N/A
Samsung Exynos 7 Series (7885) Mali-G71 MP2 Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) No N/A
Samsung Exynos 7 Series (7880) Mali-T830 MP3 Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) No N/A
Samsung Exynos 5 Series (7872) Mali-G71 MP1 Meizu M6s No N/A
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa (7420) Mali-T760 MP8 Samsung Galaxy S6 No N/A
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa (7870) Mali-T830 MP1 Samsung Galaxy A6 (2018), Samsung Galaxy J6 (2018) No N/A
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa (7580) Mali-T720 MP2 Samsung Galaxy J7 No N/A
Samsung Exynos 7 Quad (7570) Mali-T720 MP1 Samsung Galaxy J4 (2018), Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime, Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017) No N/A
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa (5433) Mali-T760 MP6 Samsung Galaxy Note 4 No N/A
Samsung Exynos 5 Octa (5430) Mali-T628 MP6 Samsung Galaxy A8, Samsung Galaxy Alpha No N/A
Samsung Exynos 5 Octa (5422) Mali-T628 MP6 Samsung Galaxy S5 No N/A
Samsung Exynos 5 Octa (5420) Mali-T628 MP6 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 No N/A
Samsung Exynos 5 Octa (5410) PowerVR SGX544 MP3 Samsung Galaxy S4 No N/A
Samsung Exynos 5 Hexa (5260) Mali-T628 MP3 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo No N/A
Samsung Exynos 5 Dual (5250) Mali-T604 MP4 Google Nexus 10 No N/A
Samsung Exynos 4 Quad (4412) Mali-400 MP4 Samsung Galaxy S III No N/A
Samsung Exynos 4 Dual (4212) Mali-400 MP4 Samsung Galaxy Note No N/A
Samsung Exynos 4 Dual (4210) Mali-400 MP4 Samsung Galaxy S II No N/A
Samsung Exynos 3 Quad (3470) Mali-400 MP4 Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini No N/A
Samsung Exynos 3 Single (3110) PowerVR SGX540 Samsung Galaxy S No N/A

Huawei HiSilicon

Huawei HiSilicon Compatibility List - Click to Expand

Chipset Name (Code-name) GPU Example Devices Capable Default Graphics Quality
HiSilicon Kirin 620 Mali-450 MP4 Huawei P8 Lite, Honor 5A No N/A
HiSilicon Kirin 650/655/658/659 Mali-T830 MP2 Huawei P9 Lite, Honor 5C, Honor 8 Lite, Honor 6X, Huawei Mate 9 Lite, Huawei Mate 10 Lite, Huawei P10 Lite, Honor 9i, Honor 9N, Huawei P20 Lite, Honor 7X, Honor 9 Lite No N/A
HiSilicon Kirin 930 Mali-T628 MP4 Huawei P8, Huawei MediaPad Honor X2 No N/A
HiSilicon Kirin 935 Mali-T628 MP4 Honor 7, Huawei Mate S, Huawei P8, Huawei P8 Max No N/A
HiSilicon Kirin 950/955 Mali-T880 MP4 Huawei Mate 8, Honor 8, Honor Note 8, Huawei P9, Huawei P9 Plus No N/A
HiSilicon Kirin 960 Mali-G71 MP8 Honor 8 Pro, Honor 9, Huawei P10 Plus, Huawei Mate 9, Huawei P10 No N/A
HiSilicon Kirin 970 Mali-G72 MP12 Honor Note 10, Honor 10, Huawei P20, Huawei Mate 10, Honor View 10, Honor Play Yes Medium
HiSilicon Kirin 710 Mali-G51 MP4 Huawei Nova 3i No N/A

MediaTek

MediaTek Compatibility List - Click to Expand

Chipset Name (Code-name) GPU Capable
MediaTek MT6735P Mali-T720 MP2 No
MediaTek MT6735M Mali-T720 MP2 No
MediaTek MT6737 Mali-T720 MP2 No
MediaTek MT6735 Mali-T720 MP2 No
MediaTek MT6737T Mali-T720 MP2 No
MediaTek MT6738 Mali-T860 MP2 No
MediaTek MT6732M Mali-T760 MP2 No
MediaTek MT6732 Mali-T760 MP2 No
MediaTek MT6739 PowerVR GE8100 No
MediaTek MT6750 Mali-T860 MP2 No
MediaTek MT6753 Mali-T720 MP3 No
MediaTek MT6750T Mali-T860 MP2 No
MediaTek MT6752M Mali-T760 MP2 No
MediaTek MT6752 Mali-T760 MP2 No
MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) Mali-T860 MP2 No
MediaTek Helio P15 (MT6755T) Mali-T860 MP2 No
MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795) PowerVR G6200 No
MediaTek Helio P20 (MT6757) Mali-T880 MP2 No
MediaTek Helio P25 (MT6757CD) Mali-T880 MP2 No
MediaTek Helio P23 (MT6763T) Mali-G71 MP2 No
MediaTek Helio P30 Mali-G71 MP2 No
MediaTek Helio X20 (MT6797) Mali-T880 MP4 No
MediaTek Helio X23 (MT6797D) Mali-T880 MP4 No
MediaTek Helio X25 (MT6797T) Mali-T880 MP4 No
MediaTek Helio X27 (MT6797X) Mali-T880 MP4 No
MediaTek Helio P60 (MT6771) Mali-G72 MP3 No
MediaTek Helio X30 (MT6799) PowerVR GT7400 Plus Not currently
MediaTek MT8735 Mali-T720 MP2 No
MediaTek MT8732 Mali-T760 MP2 No
MediaTek MT8752 Mali-T760 MP2 No
MediaTek MT8161 Mali-T720 MP2 No
MediaTek MT8163 Mali-T720 MP2 No
MediaTek MT8165 Mali-T760 MP2 No
MediaTek MT8173 PowerVR GX6250 No
MediaTek MT8176 PowerVR GX6250 No

NVIDIA Tegra

NVIDIA Tegra Compatibility List - Click to Expand

Chipset Name (Code-name) GPU Example Devices Capable Default Graphics Quality
NVIDIA Tegra K1 (tn8) GK20A (Kepler) NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, Xiaomi Mi Pad, Google Nexus 9 Not currently Low
NVIDIA Tegra X1 (darcy) GM20B (Maxwell) NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV, Google Pixel C Not currently Low
NVIDIA Tegra X2 (parker) GP10B (Pascal) None Not currently Low

The Evidence

In case you don't believe us, here are screenshots showing off the leaked configuration file in its entirety. We painstakingly put together all of the above information based on this file.

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With the Fortnite Mobile on Android launch happening soon, there's not much information left for us to unveil. We'll be covering the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launch as well as the Fortnite launch, so stay tuned if you're interested in this game.



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