Fortnite is already one of the most popular – and one of the highest grossing in terms of revenue – games on the mobile platform, and it’s achieved all of this entirely on the iOS platform. However, it seems that gamers on Android will finally get a chance to be a part of the battle royale game, although it will initially be limited to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and other Samsung devices before it’s made widely available on Android.
But one critical piece of news that will disappoint a lot of Android users is that the game won’t be made available through the Google Play Store. Instead, Epic Games will distribute Fortnite through its own website, and that too for limited devices. Which devices, though?
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XDA Developers has compiled a list of support specifications to run the game, based on the leaked configuration file for Fortnite on Android. To start with, the basic requirements to run the game are: Android 5.0 or later, a CPU with ARM64 architecture (supporting NEON and FPRT), 3GB RAM or higher, and OpenGL 3.1 or newer. With this information in mind, you’ll have to figure out the specifications of your smartphone.
How to find out your smartphone’s specifications
If you don’t already know the specifications of your smartphone, you can use various apps to find out. For this, you can use DevCheck or CPU-X, which will give you information on the chipset, OS and RAM on the phone. Once you have this information, you can match it against the minimum configuration above.
Most of these specifications will be supported by default, provided your smartphone runs on a select list of chipsets. Therefore, if your smartphone runs one of the SoCs listed below, it will most likely run Fortnite on Android when the game is released for all devices. The graphics level that you’ll be able to smoothly run the game will also vary depending on the chipset, with most options able to run it at medium. However, if you’re in a hurry to get on-board, you’ll likely want to buy the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 when it goes on sale.
List of supported chipsets to run Fortnite on Android
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
None currently, although the MediaTek Helio X30 could get supported at a later date.
HiSilicon Kirin 970
Chipsets from Nvidia could get support at a later date, while Intel Atom chipsets won’t be supported. Fortnite for Android is due to be announced alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, which is slated to be unveiled on August 9. Stay tuned for our continuing coverage on both the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Fortnite for Android.