If someone had approached me a few years ago to recommend a good gaming smartphone, my answer would typically have been an Android flagship or the latest iPhone. However, considering the performance of today’s mainstream SoCs, you don’t have to spend a lot if you’re looking for a good gaming experience. While almost every phone over Rs. 15,000 today can handle most of the games on the Google Play Store, some of them are designed to take your gaming experience to the next level.
Just like gaming PCs and laptops, dedicated gaming smartphones stand out from the crowd. Many of them tend to have chic designs, LED lights around the back, and extra buttons on the side for better control. These phones generally have improved cooling mechanisms to keep temperatures in check for those long gaming sessions.
We have seen high-end gaming phones from Black Shark, Nubia, Asus, but today many of these companies are not very active in the Indian market. Asus is still going strong with its ROG line of gaming smartphones and others like iQoo and Poco have also joined the gang. This list includes smartphones that are specially designed for the increased heat and load on the SoC during graphically demanding games over long periods of time. If you are very serious about your game, then these particular phones should be looked out for on the list.
Best gaming smartphones in India
|The best gaming phones||Gadgets 360 Rating (out of 10)||Price in India (as recommended)|
|Small F3 GT||8th||Rs. 26,999|
|Asus ROG Phone 5||–||Rs. 49,999|
|Asus ROG Phone 3||9||Rs. 46,999|
Small F3 GT
The Poco F3 GT is the company’s first true gaming smartphone, complete with RGB lights and physical trigger buttons on the side. This new model is aggressively priced and does not save on functions. To tackle any type of game, get MediaTek’s flagship Dimensity 1200 SoC which is a powerhouse. The F3 GT also has a 120 Hz AMOLED display, stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos and an eight-layer cooling system with a vapor chamber.
The main attraction, however, is the “maglev” triggers, which are usually flush with the body but rise when you turn the sliders next to them. These trigger buttons provide great tactile feedback and are much more responsive than the haptic buttons we’ve seen on some other gaming phones. The Poco F3 GT stays cool even under stress, the battery life is solid and Poco comes with a practical L-shaped charging cable in the box so that you can play and charge without any obstacles.
Asus ROG Phone 5
The most powerful gaming smartphone on the Indian market right now is arguably the Asus ROG Phone 5. Even though we haven’t done our traditional in-depth review of the product, we’ve used it enough to know that it can handle every game on you throw it, and the specs back it up. It costs a pretty penny, but you get the premium Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, 144 Hz Super AMOLED display, massive battery, and fifth generation AirTriggers from Asus the right side. The latter act as trigger buttons and can also be used to perform movement gestures.
Asus’ advanced cooling system, which includes actual ventilation, ensures that excess heat is drawn away from where you normally hold the phone. Asus even integrated an additional USB Type-C port on the side to make charging and gaming easier at the same time.
Asus ROG Phone 3
The Asus ROG Phone 3 may have hit the market last year, but it’s still going strong in the Indian market. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865+ SoC and offers gaming and cooling features similar to the ROG Phone 5. You get a 144 Hz AMOLED display, 6,000 mAh battery, stereo speakers, and customizable RGB lighting in the ROG- Logo on the back of the phone. The ROG Phone 3 also has AirTriggers, which act as additional haptic buttons in games. This smartphone is now available at a discounted price, making it a great alternative to the ROG Phone 5.
Roydon Cerejo writes from Mumbai about smartphones and laptops for Gadgets 360. He is Deputy Editor (Reviews) at Gadgets 360. He has written frequently about the smartphone and PC industry and is also interested in photography. With over a decade of experience in consumer technology, he’s also an avid science fiction film and TV show geek, always on the lookout for good horror films. Roydon can be reached at email@example.com, so please send us your hints and tips. More