With the increase in the processing power of handheld devices today, it is very natural to see niche utilities of a certain technology become commonplace in the ever-evolving market. With the increase in the number of better and more powerful handheld devices and the decrease in their respective prices, the market for gaming phones has seen a steep upward curve in recent years. This is made apparent by the number of major companies who have shown interest in being a player in this emergent market. Examples include Asus, Razer, Xiaomi, etc. Here we take a look at the Best Gaming Phones one can purchase today in India.
Asus ROG Phone II
This phone tops this list and for good reason. It’s one of the beefiest phones in the market today with a massive 6000mAh battery, UFS 3.0 storage and a standard RAM offering of 12GB. It stands out in its display department with a best-in-class 1080×2340 120Hz AMOLED display with 1ms response time. It also packs serious processing power under the hood with a Snapdragon 855+ CPU @1×2.96GHz, 3×2.41GHz & 4×1.78GHz and an Adreno 640 GPU. Not to disappoint in the camera department, it has a 48MP main shooter, a 13MP ultrawide and a 24MP selfie camera. All of this portable power comes at a price of ~ 38000 INR.
OnePlus is a brand that needs no introduction, known for its flagship phones, the 7T is one of the latest in the line. It is packed to the brim with all the cutting-edge technology the market currently has to offer at a relatively affordable price. It comes with the as of latest Snapdragon 855+ CPU @1×2.96GHz, 3×2.42GHz & 4×1.78GHz and an Adreno 640 GPU. It also features a beautiful fluid AMOLED 90Hz display @1080×2400 resolution, UFS 3.0 storage and 8GB RAM. The 7T offers three cameras: a 48MP main camera, a 12MP telephoto and a 16MP ultrawide along with a 12MP f/2.0 selfie camera. All of the above comes at a price of ~ 35000 INR.
Realme X2 Pro
This is a phone that makes sure you never have to worry about keeping your battery charged. With what Realme is calling SuperVOOC Flash charge (50W), the 4000mAh battery can charge from nil to 100% in just 35 mins, which make for a very worthwhile selling point. The X2 Pro is also more affordable coming in at ~28,000 INR, as compared to other products with the same specs. Other than the awesome battery technology, this phone also rocks the Snapdragon 855+ CPU, Adreno 640 GPU and a very respectable 6GB RAM as its standard offering with 8GB and 12GB as costlier options. It has a quad rear camera setup with a 64MP main camera, 13MP telephoto, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP depth sensor along with a 16MP selfie camera. In all, this is a phone that punches way above its weight class.
Xiaomi Black Shark 2
Xiaomi is one of the, if not the most popular smartphone brand in India known for the great hardware they offer at very affordable prices and the Black Shark 2 is their stand on the budding market for gaming phones. It packs in a 6.39 inch AMOLED display @1080×2340 resolution, a 48MP main shooter, a 12MP telephoto along with a 20MP selfie camera. It is one of their premium phones and as such, includes the latest flagship Snapdragon 855 CPU @1×2.84GHz, 3×2.42GHz & 4×1.78GHz along with 8/6 GB RAM and 256/128 GB internal storage and the Adreno 640 GPU, all of which make sure that the Black Shark 2 is anything but a slouch. All of this power comes at a relatively affordable price tag of ~ 30000 INR for the 128GB variant and a healthier ~ 40,000 INR for the 256 GB variant.
ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3
The Nubia Red Magic 3, simply put, is a monster in its price category. It is definitely one of the best gaming phones in India. It comes with a massive 5,000 mAh battery and a literal fan to cool its internals. Talking about its internals, it comes with Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 CPU @ 1×2.84 GHz, 3×2.42GHz & 4×1.78GHz, Adreno 640 GPU and a standard RAM offering of 6GB along with 8GB and 12GB as costlier additional options. It also packs in a 6.65-inch AMOLED display, a single 48MP main camera and a 16 MP selfie camera at a total cost of ~ 33,000 INR. In all, the features it offers in its price segment is hard to beat.
LG G8X ThinQ
Coming in with its unique foldable design, dual 1.2W speakers and a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC tuned by Meridian Audio, this phone is all about the immersion and the experience. It features two 6.4 inch OLED displays with a resolution of 1080×2340, however, it should be noted that the 2nd display does not come included with the phone and needs to be purchased separately. This phone is, however, no slouch. It is powered by the flagship Snapdragon 855 CPU @1×2.84GHz, 3×2.42GHz & 4×1.78GHz, Adreno 640 GPU and comes with a standard RAM offering of 6GB. This handheld experience comes at a price of ~ 36000 INR.
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
Apple, as a brand is one that needs no introduction. It is known for its incredible ecosystem and flagship products with the iPhone 11 Pro Max being the latest and the greatest in the lineup. It features a beautiful 6.5 inch super Retina XDR OLED display @1242×2688 resolution and is powered by Apple’s in-house A13 Bionic chip whose performance is as of yet unrivalled. It is, however, unfair to compare Apple products with those running Android as they cater to very different consumers in the market space and are vastly different in terms of both software and hardware, but one can pick up a new one at a hefty price tag of ~ 1,10,000 INR.
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
This South Korean giant is one of the most well-established players in the global smartphone market and the Galaxy S10 Plus is a symbol of its experience and expertise in this ever-changing space. it features a truly unique Quad HD dynamic AMOLED display @1440×3040 resolution with HDR10+ support. It is powered by Samsung’s in-house Exynos 9820 CPU @2×2.73GHz, 2×2.31GHz & 4×1.95GHz, Mali G76-MP12 GPU and 8/12GB RAM. It packs in a triple camera setup consisting of a 12MP main camera, 12MP telephoto, 16MP ultrawide and a dual selfie camera setup with a 10MP main camera and an 8MP depth sensor for better depth detail in portraits. All of the comes at a price of ~ 68,000 INR.
Redmi K20 Pro
The Redmi K20 Pro is the most affordable flagship in this list coming in at ~ 23,000 INR. However, that is not a metric for how much FPS it can deliver in games. Under the hood, it is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 855 CPU @1×2.84GHz, 3×2.42GHz & 4×1.78GHz, Adreno 640 GPU and a very respectable 6/8GB RAM. It also doesn’t cut any corners in the display department with a 6.39 inch super AMOLED display @1080×2340, with HDR10 support. In terms of camera, it comes with a triple camera setup with a 48MP main shooter, an 8MP telephoto, a 13MP ultrawide and a motorized 20MP selfie camera.
Xiaomi Pocophone F1
The Poco F1, though 2 years old by now, makes this list due to the price at which it can be purchased new today. Packing in the last generation’s flagship Snapdragon 845 CPU @4×2.8GHz & 4×1.8GHz, Adreno 630 GPU and a standard RAM capacity of 6GB with a costlier 8GB option, it is faster than any phone in the same price point and even a large number of premium phones. The combination of a great chipset along with dual rear cameras, a 20MP selfie camera, very decent build quality and all the other great premium features it offers makes it a steal at a price of ~ 12,000 INR.