We’ve come a long way since the days when Angry Birds was the most advanced game you could play on your smartphone. This era is being dominated by high-end titles like Fortnite, PUBG Mobile, and many more. Apart from being unforgettable experiences, these games are also very demanding for the hardware. In order to enjoy them without any hassles, you will need to use phones with powerful hardware. So we’ve taken a good look at the current mobile phone market to pick out some of the best handsets across price segments that will please the gamer in you.
The latest range of Samsung’s flagships is powered by the homebred Exynos 9820 chipset that comes with a 2.7GHz octa-core processor and an advanced Mali-G76 MP12 GPU. And there’s plenty of RAM for your apps and games to take advantage of as well. The Galaxy S10 comes with an 8GB worth of RAM, whereas the top model of the S10+ offers a whopping 12GB of RAM. That said, these smartphones are equipped with features like a triple-camera setup, an ultrasonic fingerprint reader and even a headphone socket.
If you’re looking for something more affordable, then there’s the Samsung Galaxy S10e, which comes with the same Exynos 9820 processor and 6GB of RAM, but offers a dual-camera module on the back.
Apple iPhone XS / XS Max
A major highlight of the new iPhones is the A12 Bionic chip that goes inside them. It has been built using a 7nm fabrication process and sports a hexa-core processor and a quad-core GPU that delivers 50 percent faster performance than the A11 Bionic chip. Apple has even equipped this SoC with the next-gen neural engine, which uses machine learning to improve your gaming experience, among other things like augmented reality, photography and more. Rounding up the spec sheet are the impressive OLED panels measuring 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch for the iPhone XS and XS Max, respectively along with stereo speakers.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
If you’re someone looking for a great all-round phone that’s lighter on the wallet than the iPhones and the Galaxy S10s, there’s the Huawei Mate 20 Pro to consider. It draws power from the Kirin 980 chipset, which happens to be the beneficiary of a 7nm 2.6GHz octa-core processor and a Mali-G76 MP10 GPU. This exquisitely designed handset ships with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage onboard. It has been blessed with a 4,200mAh battery that not just supports fast and wireless charging, but also allows reverse wireless charging for other devices. The Mate 20 Pro’s other important attributes include its triple rear camera setup and a massive 6.39-inch Quad HD+ OLED display.
Related read: Huawei Mate 20 Pro review
If you travel a lot and find yourself gaming outdoors a lot, the LG G7+ ThinQ is the phone to have. That’s because, it has been blessed with what LG calls a SuperBright display, the brightness of which can be pushed up to 1000 nits. This allows the 6.1-inch Quad HD+ panel to deliver clear visuals even under direct sunlight. Its internals comprises the tried-and-tested Snapdragon 845 SoC, which comes with the benefits of a 2.8GHz octa-core processor and an Adreno 630 GPU. It ships with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, and costs just Rs 29,999.
Related read: LG G7+ ThinQ review
The OnePlus 6T makes for an excellent gaming smartphone, thanks to its high-end hardware and an affordable price. It ships with a spectacular 6.41-inch AMOLED panel with a teardrop notch that doesn’t take much away from the viewing experience. The handset is powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset and offers 6- or 8GB of RAM. The phone adopts a 3,700mAh battery that’s complemented by 20W fast charging support that offers a “day’s power in half an hour”, as the company likes to put it.
Related read: OnePlus 6T review
Just like the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Honor View 20 also offers a full-screen front surface that only features a tiny punch-hole camera. This attractive-looking smartphone is powered by the 7nm Kirin 980 chipset that’s equipped with a 2.6GHz octa-core CPU and a Mali-G76 MP10 GPU. This phone can play regular games very easily, but there’s something more on offer for gamers. Thanks to its combination of a 48MP main camera and a TOF secondary camera, it’s able to offer depth sensing, skeletal tracking and real-time motion capture. This translates into motion-based games like the ones you’d play on your Kinect-enabled Xbox consoles.
Related read: Honor View 20 review
All the phones in this list that offer the Snapdragon 845 chipset are costing around Rs 30,000, but the POCO F1 is the only one which can be bought at Rs 19,999. That’s incredible value for your money, if you ask us. What’s more, the device also comes with a 4,000mAh fast-charging battery. While its base model ships with 6GB of RAM, you can also opt for a variant with 8GB RAM. The F1 is a brilliant handset for photography buffs as well, since its dual rear camera setup is able to capture some really beautiful shots.
Related read: POCO F1 review
The new king of the budget segment, the Redmi Note 7 Pro from Xiaomi has a price tag that will really stun you. It’s got a 48MP + 5MP dual-camera array on the rear, a 6.3-inch full HD+ display, a 4,000mAh fast charging battery and a headphone socket. What’s more important is that it renders a Snapdragon 675 chipset at your disposal. This 11nm SoC offers a 2GHz octa-core processor and an Adreno 612 GPU. And then there’s 4- or 6GB of RAM to take advantage of; all at a starting price of just Rs 13,999, which makes it an irresistible proposition.
Vivo also has a phone with the Snapdragon 675 chipset at its heart. The V15 Pro is an extremely well-designed handset that offers the benefits of a full-screen fascia by taking the aid of a pop-up mechanism that hides its front camera. The 6.39-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED panel that’s spread across its front makes for immersive gaming experiences. And the fact that the Snapdragon 675 processor is powering it along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of memory onboard, makes it an excellent option for gaming enthusiasts.
Related read: Vivo V15 Pro review
Those are all the options we’d like to include in this list of the best gaming smartphones. Tell us which one among them you would pick.