Mobile Games like Fortnite, PUBG Mobile, Call Of Duty Legends, Fortnite and Asphalt 9 are becoming increasingly popular. In fact, a number of players are now manufacturing dedicated phones for gaming like Razer Phone 2, Asus ROG Phone 2, Xiaomi-backed BlackShark 2 Pro, 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 the performance aspect is concerned. Many mid-range chips from MediaTek and Qualcomm are capable enough of handling 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 may consider.
1. Vivo Z1 Pro
Eyeing the popularity of PUBG Mobile game in youth who are essentially budget buyers, Vivo launched the Z1 Pro (review) in India. This Snapdragon 712 based phone is one of the best gaming device launched under Rs 20K in 2019.
The Adreno 616GPU ensures that games run smooth, even when played on higher game settings and there’s a 5000mAh battery to further assist the cause.
The phone houses a 6.53-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD screen that comes with 19:5:9 aspect ratio. Gaming enthusiasts can take advantage of new gaming mode and 4D vibration motor that will enhance your gameplay experience.
Display: 6.53-inch FHD+ display; 2340*1080 resolution | Processor: 2.3 GHz octa-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 CPU; Adreno 616 GPU | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 9.0 Pie FunTouch | Rear camera: 16MP (f/1.8) +8MP (f/2.2) +2MP (f/2.4)| Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 201g | Dimensions: 162.4 x 77.3 x 8.9 mm |Battery: 5000mAh, 18W fast charging supported
2. Realme X
Realme X (review) is another affordable phone that offers good value and interesting gaming features. It ticks almost all the right boxes that a budget gamer requires. The performance part is handled by Snapdragon 710 CPU that integrates Adreno 616GPU. It comes with a 6.5-inch AMOLED display which also contributes to the fabulous gaming experience.
The FHD+ resolution screen is notch-free and is surrounded by really narrow bezels. It also includes 3,765mAh battery with 20W VOOC 3.0 fast charging – which is to say that you can engage in extended gaming sessions without worrying about the battery.
Display: 6.53-inch FHD+ display; 2340*1080 resolution | Processor: 2.2 GHz octa-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 CPU; Adreno 616 GPU | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 9.0 Pie Color OS 6| Rear camera: 48MP (f/1.7) +5MP (f/2.4)| Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 191g | Dimensions: 161.2 x 76 x 8.6 mm |Battery: 3765mAh, 20W fast charging supported
3. Realme XT
This Realme X successor is powered by Snapdragon 712 octa-core processor that’s powerful enough to steer you through most demanding games. It is fueled by a 4,000mAh battery. You could install as many games on a 64GB/128GB inbuilt storage (expandable up to 256GB). The handset retails in 4GB, 6GB and 8GB RAM options. Your gaming experience with this phone is likely to be enhanced by the Oppo’s Hyper Boost technology.
Realme XT (review) 6.4-inch AMOLED display also houses a 16MP front camera. Flip to the back and you get a quad-camera setup including 64MP +8MP +2MP + 2 MP Dual camera arrangement. The Realme XT also brandishes an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Display: 6.4inch FHD+ display; 2340*1080 resolution | Processor: 2.3 GHz octa-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 CPU; Adreno 616 GPU | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 9.0 Pie Color OS 6| Rear camera: 64MP +8MP +2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 183g | Dimensions: 158.7 x 75.2 x 8.6 mm |Battery: 4000mAh, 20W fast charging supported
4. Xiaomi Pocophone F1
This is yet another Xiaomi phone that caught the smartphone world by surprise when it launched last year. The Poco F1 (review) boasts-off Snapdragon 845-powered which is great for gaming. The phone comes with liquid cooling technology that helps draw sustainable power through long gaming bouts. The 6GB/8GB of RAM should further benefit your experience.
You could install lots of games on its 64GB /128GB storage. It includes 12MP+5 MP rear cameras and 20MP shooter at the front.
Display: 6.18-inch Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 845 octa-core | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android Pie | Rear camera: 12MP + 5MP | Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 155.5 x 75.3 x 8.8 mm |Battery: 4000mAh
5. Realme 5 Pro
Realme 5 Pro (review) is another smartphone based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 platform, which has proven to be an excellent chip for gaming on affordable phones. It’s Adreno 616GPU gives it a slight edge over the Snapdragon 710 chipset. We’d recommend you go for the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant.
The Realme 5 Pro is just the right size for gaming and has a sharp and vibrant full HD+ display. Thanks to the power-efficient chipset, the 3500mAh battery lasts really long and the 25MP selfie camera is an added bonus.
Display: 6.3-inch (19.5:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 712 SoC | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Software: Android Pie; Color OS 6 | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 172g | Dimensions: 157 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm|Battery: 4035mAh, VOOC 3.0 fast charging
6. Samsung Galaxy M40
Samsung in 2019 has been aggressively pushing itself in the affordable segment. Eying Millenials, most of whom are into PUBG Mobile or some other RPG game, Samsung launched the Galaxy M40 (review) – Its first Snapdragon 675 CPU based phone in the M-series. The chipset is capable of handling games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, and Call of Duty Mobile rather well.
The phone features a 6.3-inch full HD+ well-calibrated screen with Corning Gorilla Glass on top. The phone is offered in 6GB RAM and 128GB storage option only. Samsung’s new One UI also includes an interesting game mode that can be used to avoid interruptions while gaming.
Display: 6.3-inch FHD+ display; 2340*1080 resolution | Processor: 2.0 GHz octa-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 CPU; Adreno 612 GPU | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 9.0 Pie OneUI| Rear camera: 32MP (f/1.7) +8MP (f/2.2) +5MP (f/2.2)| Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 168g | Dimensions: 155.3 x 73.9 x 7.9 mm |Battery: 3500mAh, 15W fast charging supported
7. Redmi Note 7 Pro
Redmi Note 7 Pro (review) disrupts the sub-20k market with power-packed and feature-rich performance. Snapdragon 675 chipset handles the processing power paired with 4/6GB of RAM. Yes, this is still a great phone for gaming.
The 6.3-inch FHD+ display; 2340 x1080 resolution and a Dot-notch up top gives you a larger screen surface and immersive visual experience. A 4000mAh battery would endure long gaming hours. The phone also comes with a 48MP + 5MP camera pair at the back. Upfront, the notch houses a 13MP selfie snapper.
Finally, if you are tight on budget, you could go with its base variant. i.e., Redmi Note 7S.
Display: 6.3-inch FHD+ display; 2340*1080 resolution, Dot-notch | Processor: 2 GHz octa-core, Qualcomm SDM675 Snapdragon 675 | RAM: up to 6GB | Storage: up to 128GB | Software: Android 8.1 Or MIUI 10 (Android 9.0 Pie) | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP | Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm |Battery: 4000mAh, QuickCharge 4.0 18W fast charging supported
8. Samsung Galaxy A50
Next up we have Samsung’s new mid-range power-house Galaxy A50 (review) which stands neck to neck against Note 7 Pro. It runs on Samsung’s in-house Exynos 9610 chipset, coupled with 4GB/6GB RAM. It’s 4000mAh battery would grant enough longevity for hours of gaming.
It comes with either 64GB or 128GB storage which is expandable up to 512GB via a dedicated card slot. You get a 6.4 FHD+ Infinity-U display with 1920 x 1080 resolution that has in-display fingerprint scanner too. Unlock to use the Android 9 Pie-based One UI out of the box.
Display: 6.4 FHD+ Infinity-U display, 1920 x 1080 pixels | Processor: 2.3GHz Octa-core Exynos 9610 chipset | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB (expandable up to 512GB) Dedicated card slot | Software: Android 9 One UI | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 13MP | Weight: 186g | Dimensions: 158.5 x 74.5 x 7.7 mm |Battery: 4000mAh, 15W fast charging supported
9. Lenovo K10 Note
Apart from the best in class processing prowess, which further makes the K10 Note an ideal gaming phone is its massive battery. The 4000mAh battery ensures that you let yourself indulge without fretting too much.
Display: 6.3-inch (19.5:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 710 octa-core | RAM: up to 6GB | Storage: 64GB / 128GB | Software: Android 9 | Rear camera: 16MP + 8MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 164g | Dimensions: 156.6 x 74.3 x 7.9 mm
10. Nokia 8.1
HMD Global’s Nokia 8.1 is another budget offering which is driven by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 chipset and is now available for under Rs. 20K. The base variant offers 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, and a higher variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage costs little over 20k.
The Nokia 8.1 feels most premium as it has a metal-clad design. It includes a 6.18-inch screen with a wider notch which certainly feels dated in 2019 standards. The phone is backed by 3500mAh battery with 18W fast charging.
Display: 6.18-inch (19:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core CPU | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Software: Android Pie | Rear camera: 12MP + 13MP | Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 154.8 x 75.8 x 8 mm |Battery: 3500mAh
11. Xiaomi Redmi K20
Xiaomi Redmi K20 is another exciting phone which fits the bill of a budget gaming smartphone. It is powered by snapdragon by Snapdragon 730 which has a 35 percent performance boost over Snapdragon710.
The Redmi K20 also has a notch-less AMOLED screen which delivers punchy colors which allows you to enjoy game visuals. The 4000mAh battery allows you to play games for extended hours. With festive sales and deals, the Redmi K20 will be for an effective price under Rs 20,000.
Display: 6.39-inches, 1080 x 2340| Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 | RAM: Up to 8GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 9.0(Pie) | Rear Camera: 48MP + 13MP + 8MP | Selfie: 20MP| Battery: 4000mAh
Best Phone for Gaming under 20,000 INR to buy in India in 2019
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 Redmi K20, Vivo 15 Pro, and LG G7 ThinQ.
Here’s the list of best gaming phones under Rs. 20,000 that you can buy in September 2019 in India
|Phone||Price (in Indian Rupees)|
|Vivo Z1 Pro||₹14,990|
|Xiaomi Pocophone F1||₹17,999|
|Realme 5 Pro||₹13,999|
|Samsung Galaxy M40||₹19,990|
|Redmi Note 7 Pro||₹13,999|
|Samsung Galaxy A50||₹17,990|
|Lenovo K10 Note||₹13,999|