Earlier restricted to casual games, mobile gaming has picked up pace in India in the last couple of years with battle royale games like PUBG and Fortnite gaining cult status, especially among the country’s youth. In 2020, we now have a lot of great options for someone who is looking for a smartphone to play some serious, graphics-intensive games. The Indian Gadget Awards are here to help. This award category focuses on picking the absolute best gaming phone of 2020, with budget no bar. We present to you the nominees and why they made it to our shortlist. A total of 30 tech media experts from India will be picking one as the winner.
ASUS ROG Phone 3 is one of the best gaming smartphones of 2020. It has been fine-tuned by the Taiwanese phone maker to offer a superior mobile gaming experience, courtesy the presence of Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor, 12GB of RAM, a Copper 3D Vapour Chamber, and a 6,000mAh battery under the hood. All of these ensure that you keep playing and continue breaking records on your favourite multiplayer games. To give it the extra edge, the ROG Phone 3 features ultrasonic AirTriggers 3 with Dual Partition functionality, which gives you the premium feel of gaming with a console.
Vivo offshoot iQOO came up with its gaming-focused smartphone, the iQOO 3, which caught everyone’s attention this year. This is a power-packed smartphone that features the Snapdragon 865 processor, 8GB RAM, and a gorgeous Super AMOLED display. The USP of this gaming phone is the presence of monster touch buttons on the side that make multi-finger operations easier while gaming. The display comes with a touch response rate of 180Hz that enhances your gaming abilities, especially in battle royale games that require agility. You also get the mind-boggling 55W SUPER FlashCharge technology that takes your iQOO 3 from 0 to 50 percent charge in just 15 minutes, so you don’t have to wait much before immersing yourself in your next game.
Although it isn’t targeted primary at mobile gamers, OnePlus 8T is one of the most powerful smartphones you can get in the market. Be it processing, charging speeds or even its display, everything is super-fast and ultra-smooth. The biggest highlight is its 120Hz fluid display that makes your mobile gaming so much better than what you get on a regular 60Hz display. You also get Warp Charge 65W charging technology, which is the fastest on any mainstream smartphone available in India. All of these combined with a sleek design keep you logged on to your favourite games all day long without a hiccup.
Apple unveiled its most powerful smartphone yet, the iPhone 12 Pro Max, in October this year. Like the OnePlus model, the iPhone 12 Pro Max isn’t specifically aimed at gamers but is a brilliant option if you are looking for a gaming smartphone mostly because of the sheer power on offer. The phone is powered by the Apple A14 Bionic chip, which is one of the fastest in the market, and features a massive 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display for the widest gameplay experience. The best part about the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the Ceramic Shield atop its display, which makes it tougher than regular smartphone glass. This allows you to game nonstop without worrying about the screen getting scratched or crack when you rage quit.
Xiaomi has nailed it with its 2020 flagship smartphone, the Mi 10. You get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, a 6.67-inch Curved E3 AMOLED display, and a massive 4,780mAh battery with 30W superfast charging. However, what makes this a true blue gaming smartphone is the presence of LiquidCool 2.0 vapour chamber, and a graphene cooling system that ensure your mobile gaming experience is as seamless and pleasant as possible. Then you also get solid stereo speakers to let you fully immerse yourselves in the game you are playing.
These 5 options are the best that the smartphone market has to offer, and it will surely be tough to pick just one of them. You can choose among these nominations, and be sure to check back after a few days to find out whether you were able to guess the winner or not.