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We bring you the top gaming smartphones available currently in India along with their price, features, and specifications to help you make a more informed buying decision
Gaming on-the-go has caught the fancy of youngsters today and how! While the serious gamer prefers his dedicated PC or gaming console, it cannot be denied that mobile versions of games have taken the frenzy to an altogether different level.
Needless to say, popular titles such as Fortnite and Call of Duty: Mobile have benefited massively from the rise of gaming across hand-held devices. In this article, we bring you the best gaming smartphones available in India.
Featured devices are from across the price spectrum as are their features so that you can make a buying decision as per your budget and requirement.
Price: Starts at Rs 49,999
Kick-starting the list is an absolute gem from Apple, which might be relatively old in the market, but still packs enough punch to justify its position in this list. The star attraction of this smartphone is the A13 Bionic chip. This 64-bit ARM-based system is not only more efficient, but is also substantially faster than the Snapdragon 855 doing duty on most Android devices.
The iPhone 11 does not have dedicated gaming buttons or a higher refresh rate, but gamers around the world swear by its processor speed and display sharpness. Another key attraction for gamers and game developers alike is Apple’s Arcade gaming paid subscription service. Subscribers get access to over 100 games exclusively available across the Apple ecosystem.
Price: Starts at Rs 49,999
If there is one gaming smartphone, which proclaims its love for gaming loud and clear, it’s the Asus ROG Phone 3. Gamers across the globe have taken a strong liking for Asus and its gaming-specific devices owing to a host of features. It comes with the top-of-the-line refreshed Snapdragon 865+ SoC from Qualcomm and a 6000mAh battery.
The chip runs faster than the standard Snapdragon 865, equipped with one prime Kryo 585 Gold core providing up to 3.1GHz. Also on offer is an integrated Adreno 650 graphics and specific logic for AI, image processing, video encoding and security. Asus has paired this chip with a Qualcomm X55 5G modem.
Price: Starts at Rs 54,999
Touted as one of the best gaming smartphones available in the Indian market, the OnePlus 8 Pro ticks many boxes. The latest version of the OnePlus 8 Pro comes equipped with IP-certified waterproofing and wireless charging.
The phone comes with a large 6.78-inch QHD+ display featuring 1440×3168-pixels AMOLED panel. OnePlus claims it to have a high colour accuracy and HDR10+ support. The refresh rate is 120Hz, up from last year’s 90Hz. The OnePlus 8 Pro can run at 120Hz at QHD+ resolution.
A key feature of this smartphone is its Motion Graphics Smoothing. On turning this on, it increases the framerate of any video for a smoother and more lucid appeal when viewed in full screen. It’s compatible with most video players and streaming apps.
Price: Rs 1,04,999
For Samsung, this is the pinnacle of technology and pure gaming experience. It allows gamers to play games at 120Hz and can stream Xbox titles using the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Players can cast games to external displays using the Samsung DeX interface and it promises no stutters.
Powering the smartphone is Samsung’s in-house Exynos 990 processor that gets an octa-core chip with two high-performance custom 2.7GHz cores. Two more 2.5GHz Cortex-A76 cores and four more power-efficient 2GHz Cortex-A55 cores also are on offer. It features an integrated Mali G77MP11 GPU.
A hybrid dual-SIM enabled smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G comes with 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage and 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Samsung offers the OneUI, which is quite responsive and free-running. A display set to 60Hz ensures stress-free gaming for long durations.
Price: Starts at Rs. 24,990
One of the latest entrants in the Indian market, the iQoo 3 is a powerful smartphone from the Chinese gadget maker iQoo. The phone comes with a 6.44-inch AMOLED display, which pretty much encapsulates the front fascia of the device. The company has done well to keep bezel size under control and gamers are treated to sleek borders all around the display.
The iQoo 3 features the bust-in-business hardware from iQoo. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. If we talk about numbers, this is currently the most powerful chip powering this Android device.
This gaming smartphone gets one core clocked at 2.8GHz, three cores clocked at 2.4GHz and the other four clocked at 1.8GHz. It offers the latest UFS 3.1 storage and LPDDR5 RAM across all its variants.
Price: Starts at Rs. 16,990
Hailing from the Redmi family, the Poco brand is another recent entry in the Indian market and the model under consideration here is the mid-range Poco X3. It is powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G SoC and a massive 7,000mAh battery.
The gaming smartphone gets a big full-HD+ display with a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. While it does not self-switch refresh rates, it lets users choose between 60Hz and 120Hz. This provides wide range to gamers while playing their favourite titles.
As a feature to control appliances, the phone gets an IR emitter. The operating software on this is nothing less than Android 10 and it also offers multiple customization options such as the Android security patch. The large battery ensures that users do not run dry even after more than a day’s usage.
Price: Rs 14,999
The Realme Narzo 20 Pro features a 6.5-inch display with 90Hz refresh rate and 120Hz touch sampling rate. It has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner placed on the power button. It comes with a 4,500mAh battery, with two 2,250mAh cells for quicker charging and better gaming experience. Also on offer is a powerful MediaTek Helio G95 gaming processor.
This is an octa-core processor with two Cortex-A76 cores tuned at 2.05GHz while six Cortex-A55 cores come at 2GHz. Realme offers a 90Hz full-HD+ display on the Narzo 20 Pro with high-refresh-rate panels. The OS on the Narzo 20 Pro is Realme’s UI featuring the top-end Android 10. The gaming smartphone comes with an Android security patch, which is quite a recent addition.
Price: Rs 29,999
OnePlus Nord comes with a Snapdragon 765G processor, which is a powerful unit and can ensure high speeds while playing most high-end games. The OnePlus Nord also sports a 6.44-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display, which is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 sheet.
The gaming smartphone comes equipped with a 90Hz refresh rate display for smoother transitions, stereo speakers and an internal cooling system. This is boon during long gaming hours.
It gets a 90Hz refresh rate. OnePlus is currently offering this device with a 30W fast charger, which can quickly fill up the 4,115mAh battery. Providing a sturdy build quality, this device comes with a polycarbonate body and the Gorilla Glass 5 covers the entire front and back. Taking care of powering issues is the 4,115mAh battery, with Warp Charge 30T fast charging.
Price: Starts at Rs 47,900
The iPhone XR is powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic chip, which contains a six-core CPU and a four-core GPU alongside a new dedicated Neural Engine. This makes it an ideal gaming smartphone for Indians.
The device comes with a 6.1-inch TrueTone display with 60Hz refresh rate and 120Hz touch sample rate. It features a display resolution of 828×1792 pixels at 326ppi and comes with a Hexa-core CPU with 2×2.5 GHz Vortex + 4×1.6 GHz Tempest.
The iPhone XR is powered by Apple’s patented technology and offers a high refresh rate to tackle almost anything gamers demand from it. It gets a 3GB RAM and there is no external card slot. A Li-Ion 2942 mAh, non-removable 11.16 Wh battery does duty on the XR and it also gets a fast charging facility.
Price: Rs 29,999
The Realme X7 Pro has a powerful processor, which is sure to appeal to most avid and novice gamers, provided they are playing on medium graphics settings. This device comes loaded with a heat dissipation system, including a vapor chamber to cool down the core temperature of the smartphone.
However, this gaming smartphone’s back panel tends to heat up a little after playing a rigorous and resource-heavy game for around an hour. Gamers would be advised not to indulge in long gaming sessions while the phone is on charge, as it gets difficult to hold, owing to the heat.
This is a mid-range gaming device features a 6.55-inch AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate. Also to its credit is the fact that it is one of the few mid-range phones which is available with a 65W fast charger.
The price and product specifications mentioned in the article are subject to change as per company requirements and the details mentioned here are the most recent ones for each model
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