Gaming on mobile phones is nothing new. Handsets have shipped with games since the 90s. However, in just a matter of decades, games have evolved from simple dots and lines of Tetris and Snake to high polygon console quality titles. Thanks to recent games such as PUBG and Call of Duty, mobile gaming is finally going mainstream. As a result, more and more people are looking to buy phones with a fast processor and ample RAM. It is a no-brainer that high-end smartphones will give you an edge in multiplayer deathmatch and battle royale. However, if you are looking to play shooter games on a budget, here are a few handpicked choices.
Best Mobiles Under Rs 15,000 to Play PUBG and Call of Duty
- Vivo Z1x
- Realme XT
- Nokia 8.1
- Realme 5 Pro
- POCO F1
1. Vivo Z1x
The Vivo Z1x ticks all the right boxes to be an ideal budget gaming smartphone. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 712 chipset. This processor based on a 10 nm node, comprises of two Kryo 360 Gold cores clocked at 2.3 GHz and six power-efficient Kryo 360 Silver cores ticking at 1.7 GHz. These are fused with the Adreno 616 GPU to churn out all those pixels in modern games. To boost the loading times, this particular model of the Vivo Z1x comes with 6 GB of RAM. Since you will be glued to the screen for hours, Vivo has opted for a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED. The panel is ideal to deliver punchy colors and inky black often used in video games.
On top of that, the Z1x is quite a good all-rounder too. It offers a 48 MP main camera, an 8 MP wide lens, and a 2 MP depth sensor. For selfies, it has a 32 MP front-facing shooter. Other features include 4G VoLTE support, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and A-GPS. It draws power from a 4,500 mAh battery. To ensure that you don’t have to put up with long charging times, the handset is equipped with a 22.5 W fast-charging tech. On the software front, you get Android 9.0 Pie with Funtouch OS on top. With bank offers taken into consideration, the Vivo Z1x with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage costs Rs 14,990.
2. Realme XT
The Realme XT is a killer device. It is loaded with the same Snapdragon 712 chip as the Vivo Z1x. As mentioned earlier, it packs in two Kryo 360 Gold and six power-efficient Kryo 360 Silver cores. For gaming bits, you get the Adreno 616 GPU. Much like our first entry in this list, the Realme XT features a 6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display. Compared to LCD screens, AMOLED panels are a better fit for gaming phones due to its impressive contrast ratio and color vibrancy that makes the game visuals pop-out. The base model comes with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. The phone comes with a dedicated microSD card too.
Apart from excelling at gaming, the Realme XT does well in the camera department. It boasts of a 64 MP rear camera, accompanied by an 8 MP wide sensor, a 2 MP depth sensor, and a 2 MP macro lens. For selfies, the Realme XT holds a 16 MP camera in its waterdrop notch. Of course, it covers all the essentials such as 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, A-GPS, and USB Type-C. The phone holds a 4,000 mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 20W Flash charging technology.
3. Nokia 8.1
With its launch price of 26,999, the Nokia 8.1 packs-in Snapdragon 710 chip. Based on a 10 nm node, this SoC (System on Chip) holds two Kryo 360 Gold cores peaking at 2.2 GHz and six 1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver cores. The Adreno 616 GPU handles the majority of popular games. The handset has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB internal storage. Plus, you can expand further via a MicroSD card slot. In addition to the competitive hardware inside, the Nokia 8.1 has an impressive outer shell. It features a glass sandwich design with a metal frame. The handset sports a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display. The LCD screen supports HDR10 with a peak brightness of 500 nits.
In the photography department, you get a 12 MP camera with a 13 MP lens to keep it a company, The camera assembly boasts of Zeiss optics and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). Selfies are taken care of by the phone’s 20 MP front-facing snapper. It duly covers features such as 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, and USB Type-C. The phone houses a 3,500 mAh battery with an 18 W charger. After multiple price cuts in the last few months, the Nokia 8.1 is now available for Rs 14,999.
4. Realme 5 Pro
Realme’s second entry comes in the form of 5 Pro. This one is for those willing to let go of AMOLED display for more RAM. The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 712 chipset. The variant we are recommending comes with a 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB internal storage. You can expand the storage via a microSD card slot. The Realme 5 Pro comes with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ LCD. Moving onto the optics, the Realme device offers a quad-camera setup. It comes with a 48 MP main lens, an 8 MP wide sensor, 2 MP macro lens, and finally a 2 MP depth sensor. It can record 4K videos at 30 fps. For self-portraits, the Realme 5 Pro is equipped with a 16 MP front-facing camera.
In the connectivity department, you get 4G VoLTE support, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and A-GPS. Realme has squeezed in a 4,035 mAh battery in this sleek handset. For quick top-ups, the phone supports 20 W Vooc charging capability. The Realme 5 Pro ships with ColorOS based on Android 9.0 Pie. The 6 GB model with 64 GB internal storage costs Rs 14,999.
5. Poco F1
The Poco F1 was celebrated at its launch for its powerful hardware. Later though, it garnered some polarized opinions from critics and users alike. Still, if high frame-rate is all you care about the gaming, then the Poco F1 is still is a good deal. It is powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC (System on Chip). It is last year’s flagship processor from Qualcomm. The chip comprises of four 2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold CPUs and four Kryo 385 Silver cores clocked at 1.8GHz. Backed by the Adreno 630 GPU, the Poco F1 runs most games at high settings.
The Poco F1 features a 6.2-inch Full HD+ LCD. The variant that fits in this price cap comes with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB storage. It has got a decent 12 MP rear camera paired with a 5 MP sensor. Other features include 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, USB Type-C port, and 3.5 mm headphone jack. The Poco F1 draws power from a 4,000 mAh battery. For quick charging, the handset comes with 18 W fast-charging tech.
Best Gaming Mobile Phone Under Rs 15,000
|Smartphones||Price In India|
|Realme 5 Pro||₹14,999|