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 Mi A2

Xiaomi Mi A2 is the only phone priced under Rs 20,000 that includes Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor. Needless to say, the Mi A2 has enough brute force to steer you through most demanding games.

It also has one of the best smartphone cameras in this price range. Xiaomi also announced that it will be bringing in the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant very soon in India.

Display: 5.99-inch (18:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 660 octa-core  | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.1 Oreo | Rear camera: 12MP + 20MP | Front camera: 20MP | Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm |Battery: 3010mAh

Mi A2 Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Good display
  • Faster chipset
  • Good cameras
  • Stock Android software
  • Quick Charge 4+ support

Cons 

  • No 3.5mm audio jack
  • lacks a microSD card slot
  • Battery backup

2. RealMe 2 Pro

The new online exclusive RealMe 2 Pro (review) is another phone that does well on the gaming front. The phone is driven by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 chipset which is certainly an aggressive offering in this price.

For gaming enthusiasts, the RealMe 2 Pro top variant that comes with 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM fits the bill perfectly. The other highlights of the RealMe 2Pro are its triple slot, dual SIM dual VoLTE support, and 3410mAh battery.

Display: 6.3-inch (19.5:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 660 SoC | RAM: 4GB/6GB/8GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB | Software: Android 8.1 (Color OS 5.2) | Rear camera: 16MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 174g | Dimensions: 156.7 x 74 x 8.5 mm |Battery: 3500mAh

RealMe 2 Pro Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Good performance
  • Dedicated MicroSD Card Slot
  • dual SIM 4G support

Cons

  • UI needs improvement
  • No LED notification light

3. Realme U1

Realme U1 (Review) is the first phone to be powered by MediaTek’s Helio P70 platform, which proved to be an excellent chip for gaming. In fact, the benchmark scores place is a notch above Qualcomm Snapdragon 660. We’d recommend you go for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage variant that costs 14,499 INR at launch.

The Realme U1 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: MediaTek Helio P70 SoC | RAM: 3GB/4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Software: Android 8.1 (Color OS 5.2) | Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP | Front camera: 25MP | Weight: 174g | Dimensions: 156.7 x 74 x 8.0 mm |Battery: 3500mAh

Pros

  • Premium design
  • Solid Performance
  • Dedicated card slot
  • Fast Face Unlock and Fingerprint sensor
  • Battery backup

Cons

  • Lowlight camera performance
  • Software needs more work
  • No LED notification light

4. Vivo V9 Pro

Vivo has been in really aggressive with their hardware packaging this year. It has followed the same trend with Vivo V9 Pro which should delight more budget gamers. The new offering under V-series banner ships with Snapdragon 660 chipset aided be Adreno 512 GPU.

Apart from being an excellent budget gaming device, the Vivo V9 Pro also features comparatively a good set of cameras.

Display: 6.3-inch (19.5:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 660 octa-core AIE | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.1 | Rear camera: 13MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 150g | Dimensions: 154.8 x 75.1 x 7.9 mm |Battery: 3260mAh

Vivo V9 Pro Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Elegant design
  • Powerful performance
  • Good cameras
  • Dedicated microSD slot

Cons

  • No USB Type-C
  • Not so appealing UI
  • No fast charging

5. Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

The Redmi Note 6 Pro is a minor upgrade to the last year’s Redmi Note 5 Pro and retains the reliable Snapdragon 636 octa-core mobile platform at its core. Moreover, the phone also comes in a 6GB RAM and 64GB storage option that’s aggressively priced.

 

Besides, the phone has a long-lasting 4000mAh battery, which means you can engage in prolong gaming bouts without worrying too much. The MIUI 10 software running on the phone also has a gaming mode.

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

Pros:

  • Decent Display
  • Reliable performance
  • Excellent battery life
  • Good cameras

Cons:

  • Bloatware
  • Average call quality

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

6. Honor Play

For the first time, Huawei is offering its flagship Kirin 970 chipset for under Rs. 20K with the Honor Play (review). The base variant offers 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, and a higher variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage is also available for Rs. 23,999.

Unlike other contemporary Huawei phone, Honor Play has a metal back. Other notable features include 6.3-inch Notch display, dual rear cameras, and 3750mAh battery.

Display: 6.3-inch (18:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Kirin 970 octa-core  | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.1 oreo | Rear camera: 16MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 176g | Dimensions: 157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm |Battery: 3750mAh

Pros 

  • Powerful chipset
  • Latest software
  • Decent battery backup
  • Sharp display

Cons

  • Loudspeakers
  • Camera performance
  • Design is a step back from Honor’s glass body phones

7. Asus Zenfone Max  M1

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (review) is yet another Snapdragon 636 chipset powered phone and is an excellent gaming phone for its price. In fact, it is cheaper than the Redmi Note 5 Pro but has comparable specs.

The Zenfone Max Pro M1 runs near-stock Android software, comes with a good quality full HD display and packs a mammoth 5000mAh battery. Asus has partnered with Flipkart to sell the Max Pro M1 online at a disruptive price.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Great performance
  • Display quality
  • Great battery backup
  • Pure Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Separate card slot

Cons

  • Camera app needs improvement

 

8. Nokia 6.1 Plus

The Nokia 6.1 Plus is a good looking and compact phone. It’s powered by Snapdragon 636 octa-core mobile platform and has the light and pure stock Android advantage.

Nokia 6.1 Plus Review

 

It still isn’t the best gaming phone in this budget by far, but if you prefer pure Android, and are looking for easily manageable phones, the Nokia 6.1 Plus is worth considering.

Display: 5.5-inch (16:9) Full HD IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 636 octa-core  | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 9.0 PieRear camera: 16MP + 5MP| Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 151g | Dimensions: 154 x 70.98 x 7.9 mm| Battery: 3060mAh

Nokia 6.1 Plus Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Compact and light
  • Stock Android software with promised updates
  • Has Audio jack and USB Type-C port

Cons

  • Lowlight camera performance

9. Moto One Power

Lenovo recently launched its Android One based Moto One Power which is a good enough phone for casual gamers. The phone comes with octa-core Snapdragon 636 mobile processor which is aided by Adreno 509 GPU.

Another noticeable thing about the Moto One Power is its 5000mAh battery which will come really handy and will allow you extended gaming sessions.

Display: 6.2-inch (18.7:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 636 octa-core SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.1 | Rear camera: 16MP+5MP | Front camera: 12MP | Weight: 205g | Dimensions: 156 x 76 x 8.4 mm |Battery: 5000mAh

10. Samsung Galaxy On8 2018

If you are keen on buying from reputed brands, the Samsung Galaxy On 8 2018 (review) is what you could consider. The phone comes with a 6-inch HD+ AMOLED display, and is powered by Snapdragon 450 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB 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 On8 won’t disappoint. The 3500mAh battery on the phone also lasts comfortably long.

Display: 6-inch (18.5:9) HD+ AMOLED | Processor: 1.8GHz Snapdragon 450 octa-core SoC | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 8.0 Oreo| Rear camera: 16MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 177g | Dimensions: 159.2 x 75.7 x 8.2 mm|Battery: 3500mAh

Samsung Galaxy On8 2018 Pros and Cons

Pros

  • AMOLED screen
  • Well Optimized UI
  • Samsung Pay Mini
  • Dedicated MicroSD Card Slot

Cons

  • No fast charging
  • Plastic build

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 11 Pro, Poco F1, and Oppo F9 as well.

Device Name Price (in Indian Rupees) Availability
Xiaomi Mi A2 15,999 Tata Cliq
Realme 2 Pro 13,990 Flipkart
Realme U1 11,499 Flipkart
Vivo V9 Pro 17,990 Amazon
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro 13,999 Flipkart
Honor Play 19,999 Amazon
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 12,999 Flipkart
Nokia 6.1 Plus 15,999 Flipkart
Motorola One Power 15,999 Flipkart
Samsung Galaxy On8 2018 14,990 Samsung Store

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. i really wish i could buy one of those but i guess this is my destiny definitely suggest no. 5 as it appeals me the best i wish no one will ever face poverty like i am facing

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