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


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


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

2. 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


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


  • No Android Oreo
  • Hybrid SIM Slot

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

3. Honor Play

For the first time, Huawei is offering its flagship Kirin 970 chipset for under Rs. 20K with the Honor Play (Quick 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

Honor Play lowest price and specifications 


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


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

4. 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


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


  • Camera app needs improvement


5. RealMe 1

The new online exclusive RealMe 1 is another phone that does well on the gaming front. The phone packs MediaTek Helio P60 chipset which is sort of equivalent to Snapdragon 636 on performance charts.

For gaming enthusiasts, the RealMe 1 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant is the one that makes more sense. The other highlights of the RealMe 1 are its triple slot, dual SIM dual VoLTE support and 3410mAh battery.

Display: 6-inch (18:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: 2.0GHz MediaTek Helio P60 + Dual Core AI processor | RAM: 3GB/4GB/6GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB/128GB | Software: Android 8.1 | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 156.5 x 75.2 x 7.8 mm |Battery: 3410mAh

RealMe 1 Pros and Cons


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


  • No fingerprint sensor
  • UI needs improvement

6. 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


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


  • No 18:9 display
  • Hybrid SIM Slot


7. Xiaomi Mi A1

Xiaomi’s Mi A1 is now ageing 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


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


  • Regular 16:9 display
  • Only 32GB storage

8. 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


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


  • No 18:9 display

9. 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


  • Comfortable to handle
  • Reliable performance
  • Decent battery backup


  • No Android Oreo
  • Hybrid SIM Slot

10. Moto G6

Lenovo has launched its Moto G6 in India which should be good enough for casual gamers. The phone comes with octa-core Snapdragon 450 mobile processor which is aided by Adreno 506 GPU. 

If you are planning to buy Moto G6 we advise you to opt for 4GB RAM variant as additional memory and storage will come handy.

Display: 5.7-inch (18:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 450 octa-core SoC | RAM: 3GB/4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Software: Android 8.0 | Rear camera: 12MP+5MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 167g | Dimensions: 153.8 x 72.3 x 8.3 mm |Battery: 3000mAh

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.

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