The Fortnite Android beta has started rolling out

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Fortnite is officially out in beta on Android, but right now it’s only available for Samsung devices. If you’re packing a Samsung Galaxy S7 or later, Note 8 or later, or a Tab 3 or later, Tab S3/S4, you can head over to Fortnite.com/Android, download the installer and board the Battle Bus.

That doesn’t mean those of you who don’t favour Samsung’s Android phones can’t get in on the mobile action. Beta signups are available for other Android devices, though the range of handsets that’ll run the beta right now is quite limited.

Here’s a list of the supported devices:

  • Google: Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
  • Asus: ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
  • Essential: PH-1
  • Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10 LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+
  • Nokia: 8 OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
  • Razer Phone
  • Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer / 8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
  • ZTE: Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11

When you sign up, Epic will send along a mail to let you know when you can play. I’ve managed to get in on the beta, and while I’ haven’t spent a lot of time with it yet, I’m underwhelmed. I’m running on a pretty new, powerful device and the performance isn’t quite where it should be. I think it’s down to my device being a Kirin-powered Huawei phone, where the beta is probably optimised for Snapdragon, but performance is definitely lacking.

It actually doesn’t seem to run especially well even on the latest and greatest, with the Galaxy S9+ struggling a bit, even when compared to the Nintendo Switch in undocked mode. Given that the Switch has decent controls instead of the touch-based nightmare, I think I’ll stick to that platform for my mobile Fortnite needs. Here’s a comparison video from TiLMENDOMiNATiON.

Last Updated: August 14, 2018

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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