Best Gaming Phones in India 2021: POCO F3 GT, iQOO 7 Legend, Realme GT, and More

If you are planning to buy a new gaming-centric smartphone, then check out this list of phones first.

2021 was all about powerful gaming-centric processors. We saw chipmakers like MediaTek and Qualcomm introducing new gaming chipsets that delivered smooth performance along with some gaming-centric features. We have the new Snapdragon 870 and Snapdragon 888 chipsets from Qualcomm that are currently the top-end SoCs offering some great gaming features.

Smartphone brands are also launching phones that offer some great gaming performance. We have brands like Asus that offer dedicated gaming smartphones such as ROG Phone 5, while Realme and Xiaomi offer smooth gaming performance along with other interesting features. If you are planning to buy a best gaming mobile phone, then check out this list of gaming phones you can buy right now.

List of Best Gaming Phones in India in 2021

  1. Realme GT
  2. POCO F3 GT
  3. Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro
  4. iQOO 7 Legend
  5. OnePlus 9R
  6. OnePlus 9 Pro
  7. Poco X3 Pro
  8. Vivo X70 Pro+
  9. Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
  10. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  11. Asus ROG Phone 5
  12. Apple iPhone 12
  13. Infinix Note 11S

1. Realme GT

Realme GT 5G

The Realme GT is yet another great gaming smartphone in this under Rs 40,000 segment. The smartphone comes loaded with a host of interesting features that make it a good gaming companion. The phone offers a stainless steel vapour cooling system that the company claims can reduce core temperatures by up to 15 degrees. It also features Dolby Atmos stereo speakers for great sound output. Furthermore, it comes with a 120Hz AMOLED screen with a 360Hz touch sampling rate. All this coupled with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, makes it a good choice if you want to do some serious gaming on a smartphone.

Price in India

The Realme GT comes to India in two storage options. The base 8GB + 128GB option is priced at Rs 37,999, whereas the 12GB + 256GB model is priced at Rs 41,999.

Availability

The smartphone is available for purchase from Flipkart and Realme.com. It comes in Racing Yellow, Dashing Silver and Dashing Blue colour options.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Stylish design
Camera Performance is not at par
Excellent performance
Battery Backup could have been better
120Hz AMOLED display
No HDR support for Netflix

2. POCO F3 GT

The POCO F3 GT is the first gaming smartphone from the company. The handset comes loaded with some interesting features that make it stand out from the crowd. The major highlight of the phone is the ‘maglev’ triggers, which sit flush with the body, but rise up when you flip the sliders beside them. The triggers offer some excellent feedback and are quite responsive. Furthermore, the phone comes with a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor, which is a powerhouse. It also features an eight-layer cooling system, which also includes a vapour chamber.

Other specs include a 120Hz AMOLED display, an L-shaped charging cable in the box, 67W fast charging support, 5,065mAh battery, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. In terms of optics, you get a 64MP primary lens, 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and 2MP depth sensor. On the front, you get a 16MP shooter.

Price in India

The POCO F3 GT price in India starts at Rs 26,999 for 6GB RAM + 128GB storage option. It also comes in an 8GB + 128GB storage variant priced at Rs 28,999. Poco has also launched an 8GB + 256GB variant, which is priced at Rs 30,999.

Availability

The device is available for purchase in two colors – Predator Black and Gunmetal Silver. The handset is available for purchase from Flipkart.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
120Hz AMOLED Display
Bloatware-heavy
Stereo Speakers
Average camera performance
Gaming Triggers

3. Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro

The Xiaomi Mi 11x Pro is yet another great option for gaming. The handset comes with a 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate, and 1,300nits brightness. The device packs a 4,520 mAh battery with 33W fast charging. It is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor along with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, making it a good smartphone on which you can do some serious gaming.

Price in India

The Mi 11X Pro start at Rs 39,999 for the 8GB + 128GB variant. There is also an 8GB + 256GB model priced at Rs 41,999.

Availability

The handset can be purchased from Amazon, Mi.com, Mi Home Stores, and major retail stores across the country. The device comes in Cosmic Black, Frosty White, Celestial Silver colours.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Nice and compact design
Camera setup could’ve added a telephoto
Excellent audio performance
Battery charging speeds could’ve been faster
Fast and smooth
MIUI 12 has a GetApps problem

4. iQOO 7 Legend

The iQOO 7 Legend features a 6.62-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz screen refresh rate and 300Hz touch sampling rate. The phone is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor along with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It also features an Extended RAM feature, which uses the phone’s 3GB of internal storage as virtual RAM.

The handset offers a 4,000mAh battery along with 66W fast charging support. The iQOO 7 Legend comes with a triple-camera setup with 48MP primary lens, 13MP ultra-wide sensor, and 13MP portrait sensor. There is a 16MP shooter on the front.

Price in India

The iQOO 7 Legend price in India is set at Rs 39,990 for the 8GB + 128GB variant. There is also a 12GB + 256GB storage option priced at Rs 43,990.

Availability

The smartphone is available for purchase from Amazon and iQOO.com. It comes in a single white colour option with three coloured strips in red, black, and blue.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Attractive design
Heats up with extended use
Blazing fast performance
Excellent haptics

5. OnePlus 9R

OnePlus 9R is the newest smartphone from the brand that is touted to feature gaming-centric features. The smartphone is loaded with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor along with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

The handset also features a 6.55-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate. Further making gaming immersive is a large haptic motor that OnePlus claims helps you physically feel what’s happening in the game. There’s also Dolby Atmos, which supports immersive audio. The OnePlus 9R also supports gaming triggers sold separately. The device packs a 4,500 mAh battery with 65W fast charging. In terms of optics, you get a quad-camera setup with a 48MP primary lens, 16MP wide-angle shooter, 5MP macro lens, and 2MP monochrome sensor.

Price in India

The OnePlus 9R India price starts at Rs 39,999 for the 8GB + 128GB storage option. There is also a 12GB RAM variant with 256GB storage priced at Rs 43,999. It comes in Carbon Black and Lake Blue colours.

Availability

It is available on OnePlus.in, Amazon.in, and all OnePlus exclusive offline stores and partner outlets.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Smooth performance
Design could have been better
120Hz AMOLED display
Slightly over-priced
Super-fast charging

6. OnePlus 9 Pro

The OnePlus 9 Pro is probably one of the best Android smartphones available in the market. The smartphone comes loaded with a 6.7-inch WQHD+ display with a 120Hz screen refresh rate, 10-bit colour depth, P3 colour gamut, MEMC, Hyper Touch, and HDR10+ certification.

The handset is powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC along with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The device packs a 4,500 mAh battery along with 65W wired charging and 50W wireless charging support.

Price in India

The OnePlus 9 Pro starts at Rs 64,999 for the base 8GB + 128GB in India. There is also a 12GB + 256GB variant priced at Rs 69,999. The smartphone comes in Morning Mist, Forest Green, Stellar Black colours.

Availability

It is available on OnePlus.in, Amazon.in, and all OnePlus exclusive offline stores and partner outlets.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Best cameras on a OnePlus phone
Gets hot sometimes
Beastly performance
Battery life is average
Elegant design

7. POCO X3 Pro

POCO X3 Pro

POCO X3 Pro is another amazing buy if you are looking for the best gaming smartphones in 2021. The phone comes with a Snapdragon 860 octa-core processor, which is similar to 2019s flagship Snapdragon 855+. This means you can expect great gaming performance from your phone.

Aside from this, you get a 6.6-inch LCD panel with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, a 5160 mAh battery along with 33W fast charging support. On the camera’s end, there’s a quad-cam setup that includes a 48MP primary camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera, and two 2MP macro and depth lenses.

Price in India

The POCO X3 Pro starts at Rs 18,999 for the base 6GB + 128GB in India. There is also a 8GB + 128GB variant priced at Rs 20,999. The smartphone comes in Phantom Black, Frost Blue, Metal Bronze colours.

Availability

The POCO X3 Pro is available on Flipkart.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Stereo speakers Great screen but still an LCD
Flagship chipset Weighs 215g; difficult to hold for long gaming sessions
Great battery

8. Vivo X70 Pro+

The X70 Pro is the new flagship model from Vivo. Naturally, it comes with all the bells and whistles expected from a flagship model. However, our interest lies in its octa-core Snapdragon 888+ SoC which can deliver some great performance. On top of that, we have a 6.7-inch LTPO AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1440X3200 that can reach a peak brightness of 1500 nits. The phone comes with a 4500 mAh battery which should last for a day.

Price in India

The Vivo X70 Pro+ starts at Rs 79,990 for the base 12GB + 256GB in India. The smartphone comes in black, blue and orange colours.

Availability

The Vivo X70 Pro+ is available on Flipkart and Vivo’s official store.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Excellent camera performance FunTouch OS
Great display
Battery life is average

9. Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is yet another mainstream premium smartphone that also excels in gaming. The premium Xiaomi smartphone features a 6.81-inch quad-curved WQHD+ E4 AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate support, Dolby Vision, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, and 1700 nits of max brightness. The phone is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ processor along with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

The device also features Harmon Kardon-tuned stereo speakers. It offers a 5,000mAh battery with 67W wired fast charging and 67W wireless fast charging. The triple-camera setup on the back has a 50MP ISOCELL GN2 primary sensor with a 1/1.12-inch size. The 8P lens comes with OIS and Dual Pixel Pro tech. It also comes with a 48MP Sony IMX586 f/2.2 ultrawide sensor with a 128-degree field of view. Lastly, there is a 48MP SonyIMX586 periscope telephoto camera with up to 120x zoom. For selfies, the phone has a 20MP front camera sensor.

Price in India

The flagship Xiaomi smartphone comes in a single 12GB + 256GB storage configuration in India. It is priced at Rs 69,999.

Availability

The smartphone is available for purchase from Mi.com and major retail stores across the country.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Rich and gorgeous display
Only 55W charger in-box
Fantastic primary camera performance
Could be huge for some
Stupendous speaker
Battery optimisation needs to be better

10. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the best smartphone from Samsung that is built for every need. The smartphone is not only a powerhouse in terms of cameras and features, but also in terms of performance and gaming. The handset is powered by the latest Exynos 2100 chipset, which is the best chipset from Samsung to date.

The screen is a 6.8-inch Edge QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O display with a resolution of 3200 x 1440 pixels. The display also comes with an adaptive 120Hz refresh, 515ppi pixel density, HDR10+ support, and 1,500nits peak brightness. This makes it an ideal smartphone for gaming. It is also one of the first from Samsung to feature 16GB of RAM. The handset packs a 5,000mAh battery with the support of 25W Super Fast Charging along with 15W fast wireless charging and wireless PowerShare.

Price in India

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G India price starts at Rs 1,05,999 for the 12GB + 256GB model. The 16GB + 512GB option comes with a price tag of Rs 1,16,999. The smartphone is available in three exclusive colour options, including Phantom Silver and Phantom Black.

Availability

The smartphone is available for purchase from Amazon, Flipkart, Samsung.com, Samsung exclusive stores and major retail outlets across the country.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Exynos 2100 is fantastic
Slightly thick and heavy
Vastly improved battery life Expensive
Gorgeous design

11. Asus ROG Phone 5

This is the best gaming Android smartphone you can get in India right now. The Asus ROG Phone 5 is feature-loaded with a host of interesting features. It comes with a newly reshaped vapour chamber and extensive graphite sheets for better heat dissipation. It also comes with 2-zone customizable haptic feedback. The highlight of the gaming smartphone is the new design that gives it a pretty dope look. The phone comes in different models including ROG Phone 5, ROG Phone 5 Pro, and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate. The standard model comes with a ROG light at the back, the 5 Pro option comes with ROG Vision Color PMOLED display and ROG Phone 5 Ultimate comes with ROG Vision monochrome PMOLED display. It also features Ultrasonic sensors for AirTriggers 5 and grip press detection.

The phone packs a 6.78-inch Full HD+ OLED display with 10-bit HDR support, 300Hz touch sampling rate, 800nits brightness, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection, and 144Hz screen refresh rate. The handset is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor along with Adreno 660 GPU. It also features up to 18GB of RAM and up to 512GB internal storage.

Price in India

The Asus ROG Phone 5 is priced at Rs 49,999 for 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The ROG Phone 5 Pro comes with a price tag of Rs 69,999 for 16GB RAM and 512GB storage option. Lastly, the ROG Phone 5 Ultimate offers 18GB of RAM and 512GB internal storage for Rs 79,999.

Availability

The smartphone is available for purchase on Flipkart.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Remarkable performance
Large and heavy in nature
Great gaming features
No water or dust resistance
Awesome display and speakers No microSD

12. Apple iPhone 12

Finally, we have the Apple iPhone 12. The vanilla model of the iPhone 12 series is probably the best gaming phone you can get on the market. The iPhone 12 offers a large display along with one of the fastest chipsets, the Apple A14 Bionic. The iPhone 12 comes with a massive 6.1-inch OLED Super Retina XDR display with up to 1200nits brightness. It comes with 4GB of RAM and up to 256TB of storage along with an IP68 rating, stereo speakers, fast charging support, and more.

We have purposely refrained from adding the iPhone 13. That’s because the biggest changes in the iPhone 13 from the last-gen are an improved camera and a longer battery. If you are looking for a gaming phone, you will see no visible difference in the gaming performance between iPhone 12 and iPhone 13.

Price in India

The Apple iPhone 12 is available at a price tag of Rs 65,900 for the 64GB option. The 128 model is priced at Rs 70,900 and the 256 option is available for Rs 80,900. On Flipkart, you can get the iPhone 12 base model for as low as Rs 51,999. The iPhone 12 comes in Purple, Blue, Green, White, Black and Red color options

Availability

The iPhone 12 is available for purchase from Amazon, Flipkart, Apple’s online store, and more. It is also available for purchase from leading retail stores across the country.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Excellent performance No high refresh rate
Top-of-the-line build quality A little expensive
Good battery life No charger in the box

13. Infinix Note 11S

Infinix Note 11S

The Infinix Note 11S is a good option if you are extremely tight on the budget. The phone runs on the latest Mediatek Helio G96 based on 12nm architecture. On the front, you will get a 6.9-inch FHD+ LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 180Hz touch sampling rate. The phone comes in three RAM and ROM options, up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage. Under a budget of Rs 15,000, you can easily afford the top-end variant.

In the camera department, the phone comes with a triple camera setup headlined by a 50MP primary camera. The punch-hole on the front holds a 16MP selfie camera with a dual LED flash. The phone carries a 5000 mAh battery with 33W fast charging support.

Price in India

The Infinix Note 11S is available at a price tag of Rs 12,999 for the 6GB+64GB option. The 8GB+128GB model is priced at Rs 14,999.

Availability

The Infinix Note 11S is available for purchase from Flipkart.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Latest chipset No stereo speakers
120Hz refresh rate No regular Android OS updates

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Rohan has more 9 years of experience in journalism, of which he's sent 5 years covering technology. He holds a degree in journalism and is obsessed about smartphones. In his free time, you will find him playing games, clicking photos or trying out new street food.