There are smartphones on the market designed specifically for gamers, and there are also smartphones with high-quality hardware available in a range of price points that can be great gaming devices. These phones are fairly powerful for their price ranges and are easily able to run CPU and GPU-intensive games like Genshin Impact, Call of Duty, FIFA, PUBG, and others.
Dedicated gaming hardware, however, frequently has advantages like better cooling, shoulder triggers, and even physically detachable controls. You will find phones that, despite their unassuming exteriors, are among the top in their class for gaming. We’ve tested more phones than we can count, so we’ve ranked all the top gaming phones across all price ranges that have enough power to give you a fluid and engaging gaming experience.
Best gaming phone under Rs 10,000
The Redmi 10 packs a 6.71-inch LCD panel with HD+ resolution, a waterdrop notch, and thick bezels. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC, which is also paired with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage that is further expandable using a microSD card.
The Redmi 10 has a dual camera on the back with a 50MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor. For video calls and selfies, it has a 5MP front camera. The phone also has 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, a physical fingerprint sensor, and a 6,000mAh battery with 18W fast-charging support.
- Class-Leading Performance
- Large Display ideal for content consumption
- Great Battery Life
- Slow Charging
- HD+ resolution
- micro-USB charging port
Price – Rs 9,999
Best gaming phone under Rs 20,000
POCO X5 Pro
POCO X5 Pro can be purchased below Rs 20,000 now (although the price keeps on fluctuating a bit) and offers an excellent option for gaming in this price range. The handset comes with a brilliant AMOLED display and stereo speakers, which collectively offer an immersive experience while gaming. As the phone supports up to 67W fast charging, you won’t have to wait for long to refuel it after a complete drain either.
The phone’s design would also appeal to gamers as you can even get this handset in an eye-catching yellow colour that makes it stand out. On top of the aspects that make it a great phone for gaming, the phone also makes for a good option for general use too. Apart from low-light camera performance, the POXO X5 Pro pretty much impresses in most departments.
- Thin and lightweight
- Immersive AMOLED display
- Stereo speakers
- Decent battery life
- The protruding rear camera’s wobble is irksome
- Runs Android 12 out of the box
Price – Rs 19,999
Best gaming phone under Rs 30,000
iQOO Neo 7
The iQOO Neo 7 features a large 6.78-inch AMOLED panel with a Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. There is a good amount of gaming in iQOO’s DNA, and the Neo 7 gets support for 1000Hz of instant touch sampling rate and a dedicated ultra gaming mode, that brings in a host of gaming-centric features. The handset is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 8200 SoC, a first in India which is paired with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS3.1 storage.
As for the cameras, the iQOO Neo 7 5G has a triple camera setup on the rear with a 64MP primary sensor, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. A 16MP front-facing camera is built-in for selfies and video calls. The device has a ton of features, including an in-display fingerprint scanner for added security, an IR blaster, a pair of stereo speakers, and a 5,000mAh battery with 12)W fast charging support.
- Solid Performance
- Good primary camera
- Excellent display
- Super fast 120W charging
- Could use an ultra-wide shooter
- Bland design
Price – Rs 29,999
Best gaming phone under Rs 50,000
OnePlus 11R 5G
The OnePlus 11R 5G sports a 6.74-inch 1.5K resolution curved AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, Dragontrail Star 2 protection, HDR10+ support, and a punch-hole cutout for the selfie camera. The handset is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC which is coupled with up to 12GB LPDDR5X RAM and 256GB UFS3.1 storage.
Moving to optics, the OnePlus 11R comes with a triple camera setup on the back, with a 50MP Sony IMX890 primary sensor with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), an 8MP Ultra-wide angle sensor, and a 2MP macro sensor. There is a 16MP snapper on the front for selfies and video chats. The feature list on the OnePlus 11R includes stereo speakers, Dolby audio, an in-display fingerprint sensor, 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, and a 5,000mAh battery with 100W fast charging support.
- Class-leading performance
- Premium Design
- Decent primary camera
- Excellent battery life
- Ultra-wide and macro sensors can be improved
Price – Rs 39,999
Best gaming phone over Rs 50,000
ASUS ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
The ASUS ROG Phone 7 Ultimate has been built from the ground up to be a gaming phone and it offers exceptional performance and top-notch features. With its Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, this phone can handle the most demanding games and applications with ease.
It also features a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with a 165Hz refresh rate, making for a stunning visual experience. Additionally, the ROG Phone 7 Ultimate comes equipped with a 6,000mAh battery, which provides ample power for extended gaming sessions. It also boasts impressive audio capabilities with front-facing speakers. Overall, the ASUS ROG Phone 7 Ultimate is an exceptional device that offers unparalleled gaming performance and a fantastic multimedia experience.
- Stunning 165Hz Display
- Outstanding performance
- AeroActive Portal for improved cooling
- Excellent audio setup
- Average camera performance
Price – Rs 99,999