A number of players are now manufacturing dedicated phones for gaming. These include high-end games like Razor Phone or upcoming options like Xiaomi-backed BlackShark phone and ZTE-backed Red Magic phone. But, what about gaming on mid-range phones?

Well, affordable phones are now quite good, at least as far as performance aspect is concerned. Many mid-range chips from MediaTek and Qualcomm are capable enough to handle high-end games smoothly. Besides, the fact that 64GB inbuilt storage is fast turning into a norm helps too. So, if you are looking for a good phone for gaming under Rs. 20,000, here are some of the best options that you can consider.

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

If there is one thing Xiaomi takes religiously, its the performance-related hardware on their phones. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro has the powerful Snapdragon 636 at its core. This is the first mid-range chip to include Qualcomm’s customized 64-bit Kryo cores and can handle high-end games pretty well. Moreover, the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage options is aggressively priced too.

Besides, the phone has a long-lasting 4000mAh battery, which means you can engage in prolong gaming bouts without worrying too much. The MIUI 9 software running on the phone also has a gaming mode. The Redmi 5 Pro will eventually be available at offline stores as well.

Display: 5.99-inch (18:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 636 octa-core  | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 7.0 | Rear camera: 12MP + 5MP | Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 158.6 x 75.4 x 8.05mm |Battery: 4000mAh

Redmi Note 5 Pro Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Comfortable to handle
  • Powerful performance
  • 18:9 Display
  • 20MP Selfie camera

Cons

  • No Android Oreo
  • Hybrid SIM Slot

Also Read: Nokia 6 (2018) vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro Specs Comparison

2. Nokia 6 (2018)

The Nokia 6 (2018) is a tough phone carved out of a single block of Aluminum. It’s powered by Snapdragon 630, which is next only to the Snapdragon 636 in terms of performance (for phones in this class). The light pure Android software running on the phone counts as an advantage too.

On the downside, the currently launched Nokia 6 model has only 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. However, rumors suggest that the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage option is on its way too.

Display: 5.5-inch (16:9) Full HD IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 630 octa-core  | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 Oreo| Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 154 x 75.8 x 7.9 mm| Battery: 3000mAh

Nokia 6 (2018) Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Solid full-metal body
  • Good quality display
  • Powerful performance
  • Runs pure Android Oreo

Cons

  • No 18:9 display
  • Hybrid SIM Slot

3. Moto G5s Plus

Motorola Moto G5s is now available for a discounted price of 12,999 INR. If you are looking for an affordable option without Xiaomi branding, the Moto G5s Plus is something you can consider.

The handset runs almost stock Android Nougat and is powered by Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The handset has a good quality 5.5-inch Full HD display and a full metal body.

Display: 5.5-inch (16:9) Full HD IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 7.0 Nougat | Rear camera: 13MP + 13MP | Front camera: 5MP | Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 153.5 x 76.2 x 8 mm |Battery: 3000mAh

Moto G5s Plus Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Solid build
  • Powerful performance
  • Rear camera performance
  • Light software

Cons

  • Regular 16:9 display
  • occasional app crashes

4. Xiaomi Mi A1

Xiaomi’s Mi A1 is now aging but it’s still an option worth mentioning. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 625 chipset that fuels the light and pure Android oreo ROM on the phone. The storage isn’t expandable but you do get 64GB inbuilt memory, paired with 4GB of RAM.

It has also got one of the best dual rear cameras in this budget and flaunts a beautiful full metal body.

Display: 5.5-inch (16:9) Full HD IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 5MP | Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3 mm |Battery: 3080mAh

Xiaomi Mi A1 Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Android Oreo, Fast updates
  • Powerful performance
  • Impressive rear camera
  • Full metal body

Cons

  • Regular 16:9 display
  • Only 32GB storage

5. Samsung Galaxy On Max

If you are keen on buying from reputed brands, the Samsung Galaxy On Max is what you could consider. The phone comes with an extra-large 5.7-inch Full HD display (that’s big for a 16:9 display phone), and is powered by MediaTek Helio P20 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage.

The SoC isn’t exactly a chartbuster but the gaming performance on the phone is quite decent. If you are more into casual games than heavy high-end games, the Galaxy On Max won’t disappoint. The 3300mAh battery on the phone also lasts comfortably long.

Display: 5.7-inch (16:9) Full HD IPS | Processor: 1.6GHz MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Software: Android 7.0 | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 13MP | Weight: 179g | Dimensions: 156.7 x 78.8 x 8.1 mm |Battery: 3000mAh

Samsung Galaxy On Max Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Good Battery Life
  • Well Optimized UI
  • Samsung Pay Mini
  • Dedicated MicroSD Card Slot

Cons

  • No 18:9 display

6. Samsung Galaxy J7 Max

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Max is an offline version of Galaxy On Max with an additional smart glow LED light around its rear camera (more of an aesthetic element than a functional advantage).

The Galaxy J7 Max has the same hardware and consequently the same performance. If you are inclined to buying from offline stores, you can consider J7 Max as an option.

Display: 5.7-inch (16:9) Full HD IPS | Processor: 1.6GHz MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Software: Android 7.0 | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 13MP | Weight: 179g | Dimensions: 156.7 x 78.8 x 8.1 mm |Battery: 3000mAh

Samsung Galaxy J7 Max Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Good Battery Life
  • Well Optimized UI
  • Samsung Pay Mini
  • Dedicated MicroSD Card Slot

Cons

  • No 18:9 display

7. Redmi Note 5

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is a good gaming phone if you are looking for a phone that costs less than 10,000 INR. It’s basically an upgraded Redmi Note 4 with a modern 18:9 display.

The handset is powered by Snapdragon 625 paired with up to 4GB RAM and up to 64GB storage.

Display: 5.99-inch (18:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC | RAM: 3GB/4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Software: Android 7.0 | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP | Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 158.5 x 75.5 x 8.1 mm |Battery: 4000mAh

Redmi Note 5 Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Comfortable to handle
  • Reliable performance
  • Decent battery backup

Cons

  • No Android Oreo
  • Hybrid SIM Slot

Upcoming:

8. Xiaomi Mi A2

Xiaomi’s Mi 6X has already surfaced on certification website Tenna and could very well go official on April 25 in China. The Mi 6X is expected to launch as Mi A2 in India. In fact, the Mi A2 name has already been spotted within the source code on Xiaomi’s India website.

Going by the rumors, the Mi A2 will be powered by Snapdragon 626 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. This could be Xiaomi’s second Android One phone in India.

9. Moto G6 – series

The Moto G6 series has been a part of countless leaks so far and will go official on April 19. Lenovo has been laying low for a while but the upcoming G6, G6 Play, and G6 Plus should place it back in the limelight.

These phones are expected to be powered by Snapdragon 630 octa-core chipset and are likely to be priced for under Rs. 20,000 in India.

Best Phone for Gaming under 20,000 INR to buy in India in 2018

These are some of the best available gaming mobile phones under Rs. 20,000. If you are willing to extend your budget, you can consider options like Nokia 7 Plus, Vivo V9, and Oppo F7 as well.

Last Updated: April17, 2018

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