Indian Gadget Awards: Asus ROG Phone 6 is the Best Gaming Phone of 2022

Indian Gadget Awards 2022: Here are the nominees for the Best Gaming Phone Award.

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Update: Smartphone gaming has come a long way and to keep up, smartphones too have gotten really fast. Apart from using the fastest processors in the market, the latest gaming smartphones also employ a bunch of cooling solutions to provide reliable performance for sustained loads, and have several features designed specifically for gamers. But one key area of focus in 2022 among all gaming phones has been faster charging speeds.

Winner: Asus ROG Phone 6

The Asus ROG Phone 6 is the winner of the Best Gaming Phone 2022 Category at the Indian Gadget Awards. With every single element crafted around gaming, it’s no shock that the ROG Phone 6 was voted as the victor by our esteemed jury.

Original story follows…

Smartphone gaming has come a long way and to keep up, smartphones too have gotten really fast. Apart from using the fastest processors in the market, the latest gaming smartphones also employ a bunch of cooling solutions to provide reliable performance for sustained loads, and have several features designed specifically for gamers. But one key area of focus in 2022 among all gaming phones has been faster charging speeds. And so, the top tech experts across the nation have come together at the Indian Gadget Awards to select the best gaming phones of 2022. Here’s a look at them.

Best Gaming Phones of 2022 – Indian Gadget Awards Nominees

  • iQOO 9T 5G
  • Redmi K50i 5G
  • Realme GT Neo 3
  • Apple iPhone 14 Plus
  • Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • Vivo X80
  • ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
  • OnePlus 10T 5G

iQOO 9T 5G

iQOO is a brand synonymous with performance, so it’s no doubt that their top offering in 2022 was a complete rocket ship. Packing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen-1 SoC with up to 12GB of super fast LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage, the iQOO 9T nukes benchmarks. Aiding the SoC is Vivo’s V1+ chip, which makes your gaming experience even smoother with frame interpolation. Its front gleams with a 6.78-inch FHD+ AMOLED display refreshing at 120Hz.

It’s not just a gamer’s phone though, its Alpha variant comes with an understated design, with a matte black back. It also has a respectable camera performance with a 50MP primary, 13MP ultrawide and 12MP telephoto. It’s also an all-day phone that charges up within 25 minutes thanks to the bundled 120W FlashCharger. The only real con we can really think of is bloatware, but then it nails every parameter it claims to do well.

Redmi K50i 5G

Don’t be fooled by its all-plastic unassuming exteriors, the Redmi K50i packs quite a punch. It’s powered by MediaTek’s beefy Dimensity 8100 SoC paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. It’s lit by a 6.7-inch FFS LCD display, a slightly unconventional tech, with a refresh rate of 144Hz. Despite having an LCD panel, it boasts DisplayMate A+ certification with compliance for HDR10 and Dolby Vision.

With a triple camera setup led by a 64MP sensor, the Redmi K50i can click some decent images too. While its 5,000mAh battery is something that’s common among its competitors, it compromises a bit on charging speed, by offering 67W charging. It also has a bit of bloat, but it gets brownie points for democratising gaming performance.

Realme GT Neo 3

Realme GT Neo 3

Riding high on the success of its popular GT 2 and GT Pro, Realme launched the GT Neo 3 in early 2022. With one aim in sight, that of being the ultimate flagship killer, the GT Neo 3 packs some serious credentials. Its biggest selling point is 150W charging, taking just 20 minutes for a full charge. But, it also takes performance very seriously, thanks to the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 SoC. It is capable of running even the most resource-hungry titles at excellent settings, making it one of the top gaming phone contenders of the year.

It clicks contrasty, social media-friendly photos with its triple camera setup led by a 50MP Sony IMX 766 sensor. For consuming media, it offers a 6.7-inch, FHD+ AMOLED panel that refreshes rather rapidly at 120Hz. Being a Realme smartphone, it too packs bloatware. Further, it offers only two years of OS upgrades.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus

Powered by Apple’s A15 Bionic chipset, the iPhone 14 Plus may be the big beginner iPhone, but it’s not stingy on performance. Despite being a year-old SoC, it still comfortably outperforms some Snapdragon 8+ Gen-1 smartphones with its hardware. Clearly, mega titles like Apex Legends and Call of Duty are no match for it. Along with that, the silky smooth user interface of iOS 16 is perfect to get work done. On top of this, you also get a nice 6.7-inch OLED playing field at the front and a really capable dual camera setup at the back.

But, despite a battery that lasts a day and a half, it only supports 30W charging, and the charger isn’t included in the box.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max

Does the iPhone 14 Pro Max really need an introduction? It’s one of its kind, a true showcase of the hardware and software prowess of Apple. It stays up-to-date with Apple’s first 4nm process chip, the A16 Bionic, which is rated to be just 10% faster over the previous generation, but its 50% wider memory bandwidth means the world to a gamer. While it’s not a shocker that the 14 Pro Max rakes in benchmark scores like Skittles, it delivers in real-life too. All the popular titles run in their highest settings without skipping a beat, but on top of that, you get perhaps the best editing and rendering performance on a smartphone.

On top of this, you get fantastic triple cameras, with the new 48MP sensor leading the way. Night photography is made even better by the new Photonic Engine. Battery life is all day but, again, charging is pedestrian compared to its 120W Android competitors.

Vivo X80

The X80-series is Vivo’s best foot forward in smartphone technology, so it’s no surprise that the Vivo X80 is a trustworthy performer. It is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 SoC paired with Vivo’s V1+ chip that shares some of the algorithm processing load. This is paired with up to 12 GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage. The X80 performs admirably in almost any situation you throw at it in the real world, be it social media, web browsing, video streaming, photo editing, or gaming.

It doubles up as a flagship too, with a Zeiss-branded triple camera setup that can click some incredibly detailed photos, a premium look and feel and 80W charging. But, despite being a flagship, it too comes with bloatware.

ASUS ROG Phone 6 Pro

Asus’ late-year dive into the market may seem counterintuitive to seem but, ultimately, it’s advantageous. Every single square of the ROG Phone 6 Pro is made to lure in gamers – from the crazy-futuristic design to the OLED display embedded within the rear panel. Under the hood is the ​​Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC that can be paired with a whopping 18GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage! The display, although picked from its previous iteration, is no mean feat either – it’s a 6.78-inch AMOLED panel that refreshes at 165Hz. To keep you going, it has a 6,000mAh battery and it comes bundled with a 65W USB PD-compliant charger.

While the camera should be the ROG Phone 6 Pro’s least important aspect, it delivers too. The triple camera setup at the back led by the 50MP Sony IMX766 can click some good-looking photos.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G

The Galaxy S22 Ultra is the real big daddy of Androids. Crafted with love by Samsung with the finest of materials, fitted with perhaps the best overall display known to mankind, the S22 Ultra is the ultimate aspiration for many. Its giant silhouette also incorporates the big cooling tech that tames the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen-1 that can be paired with up to 12GB of RAM and up to a terabyte of internal storage. The massive 6.8-inch QHD+ display refreshing at 120Hz can double up as a lovely battleground for playing those battle royales.

Then, you have the envy of everyone, a quad camera setup that makes clicking shots of the moon look like cakewalk. Its 5,000mAh battery lasts an easy day or so and charges reasonably fast too, at 45W. Oh, and you can take some notes with its stylus too.

OnePlus 10T 5G

The OnePlus 10T 5G is a beginner flagship that offers performance and crazy charging speeds with the simplicity of a near-stock Android, only with a few pre-loaded apps. So, being a mid-year refresh, it is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen-1 SoC paired with up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage. At the front, it has an AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. It’s a reliable gaming machine, which can stably run most popular titles at high graphics.

The 150W charging system can entirely fill its 4,500mAh battery within 20 minutes. The cameras don’t come with the Hasselblad branding, unlike the full fledged OnePlus 10 Pro, and are a bit run-of-the-mill, with a 50MP primary, 8MP ultrawide and 2MP macro configuration.