The best-dedicated gaming handsets for your PUBG marathons with the squad
What was once mocked as the choice of “casuals”, the mobile gaming world has grown in leaps and bounds in the last few years ushering in an era of a renaissance. Better yet, no longer is gaming considered “wasteful” or “nerdy”. Pro gamers are global superstars, raking in millions of dollars every year, intertwining gaming with millennial pop culture.
Games like PubG: Mobile and Fortnite have shown that the humble smartphone is just as good a place for digital entertainment as the black monolith that is a gaming console. Anyone who’s great for gaming needs a different set of specs than an average user. Slim bezels and cameras are great to look at, but what about pure gaming performance and media presentation?
Looking for a performance-driven phone that allows you to keep getting all those Victory Royales and Chicken Dinners? We’ve done all the work for you.
Razer Phone 2
What began as a gaming accessory company, Razer has stepped into the world of gaming devices in a big way. First, with its laptops and now, with the second iteration of its Razer Gaming Phone which improves upon its predecessor in almost every way.
Like the first Razer Phone, the Razer Phone 2 has 8GB of RAM and a full HD 5.7-inch display with a remarkable 120 GHz refresh rate. Added with Ultra Motion, which syncs up the phone’s GPU with the high refresh rate, these features allow games made for the phone to have silky smooth renders with little to no lag or frame drops.
The Razer packs a 4,000mAh battery and supports wireless charging. It also has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, stereo front speakers with Dolby Atmos support. Software improvements like Game Booster let owners set customized performance setups for each game and the phone incorporates the company’s Chroma LED lighting in the back for the Razer logo.
While it isn’t natively sold in India, you can buy the Razer Phone 2 off Amazon for a hefty dent in your wallet.
ASUS ROG Phone
Asus wisely used its well-known Republic of Gamers (ROG) moniker for the phone, and it already looks like the most hyped device for this market niche.
The Asus ROG Phone packs the Snapdragon 845 chipset overclocked to 2.96 GHz. It has a 6-inch AMOLED 1080p display with a 90Hz refresh rate and 8 GB of RAM with variable storage. It comes with stereo speakers on the front and dual camera setup at the back.
The phone has some standout gaming features to set it apart. It has three AirTrigger ultrasonic touch sensors to serve as shoulder triggers when holding the phone in landscape. While there’s a Type-C port on the bottom, the Asus ROG phone has an extra USB Type-C port on the side, so you can connect the phone up to an optional WiGig gaming dock. Finally, there’s an X Mode, activated by squeezing the sides of the ROG Phone, to increase the hardware performance of the phone.
The phone is sold at a starting price of 69,999 rupees.
Xiaomi Black Shark
Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi launched its own phone for gaming in April 2018 with the Black Shark. It has a 6-inch full HD panel sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and a beefy 4,000mAh battery, which supports Quick Charge 3.0. It includes a dual camera setup, coming in either 6GB or 8GB of RAM varieties, with either 64GB or 128GB of storage respectively.
The physical design language the Xiaomi Black Shark itself is like what would happen if you shrunk a gaming laptop design down to smartphone size. To add to the concurrent theme, Shark has a PC-like integrated cooling system that prevents overheating during long gaming sessions. A dedicated “Shark Key” can also push the Black Shark into a high-performance mode.
Seeing that Xiaomi has headquartered the Black Shark sub-brand in Bangalore early in 2019, the phone is expected to make its way to India in the second quarter with aggressive pricing.
Nubia Red Magic
Chinese phone maker Nubia (a subsidiary of ZTE) launched its own phone for gaming in April, called the Nubia Red Magic. The device has an angled rear design, which gives it a rather slick and unique look. The rear of the phone includes a horizontal RGB LED light that can be customized to show nearly 16 million color variations. Nubia claims the angled back also helps in cooling the phone, since it has more surface area, along with three rear cooling ports. Nubia decided to sell the Red Magic via Indiegogo, but the phone is now available on Amazon.
It packs identical specs as its competitors but undercuts them on price at 29,999.
A whole fleet of gaming phones are entering the marketplace, but ample phones on the market are already great for high-end gaming. As a rule of thumb, the desirable specifications for a good gaming phone overlap with a good overall smartphone. Any flagship, dating back to Early 2018 can be considered a decent alternative.
Time to go get some Ws!