Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
18th Jul 2014
Nothing beats the good old PC gaming. However, your gaming rig can’t accompany you everywhere. This is the reason why most gamers have moved on to mobile gaming. Thanks to modern operating systems, you can play quality games on today's smartphones. The Android and iOS app stores are flooded with games of different genres including FPS (First Person Shooter), Strategy, Adventure, Racing, and Puzzle. So if you’re planning to a buy a smartphone primarily for gaming, here are some handset recommendations across different price bands:
Under Rs 10,000
Asus ZenFone 5
Street Price: Rs 10,000
Thanks to the cut throat competition in the smartphone space, you get powerful phones at the budget price. The Asus ZenFone 5 changes the way we look at the sub-10k handsets. This 1.6 GHz Dual-Core Intel Atom Z2560 chipset powered phone offers zippy performance. The PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU handles Real Racing 3 without an issue. So basically, you can run almost any high-end game on this affordable smartphone. Other features include an 8 megapixel camera, 8 GB internal storage, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, A-GPS, and 2110 mAh battery. Its build-quality and design are impressive too. Clearly, the ZenFone 5 offers more than you bargain for.
Under Rs 20,000
Moto G (16 GB)
Street Price: Rs 14,000
The Moto G flaunts a 4.5-inch HD display with Gorilla Glass 3 for scratch-resistance. Inside is a quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset clocked at 1.2 GHz. This makes it one of the most powerful handset in this segment. The phone ships with stock Android Jelly Bean 4.3 ROM, but the Kitkat update is now available in India. The Moto G not only handles casual games, but also lets you enjoy big titles such as the Real Racing 3. After using it for weeks, I still haven’t come across a single Android game that doesn’t work on this handset. The other features include a 5 megapixel camera, 2070 mAh battery, and dual-SIM support.
XOLO Play T1000
Price: Rs 14,000
The only sub-20 phone that can challenge the Moto G in the gaming department is XOLO's Play T1000. It’s powered by the NVIDIA Tegra based quad-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. The chipset features a 12-Core ULP GeForce GPU to handle games. NVIDIA optimised games such as Dead Trigger and Riptide GP run in full glory on this handset. For instance, the T1000 can render water and smoke effects that aren't supported on non-NVIDIA devices. The 4.7-inch HD IPS great for enjoying high quality games. Other key features include an 8 megapixel rear camera, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, microSD card slot, and 2000 mAh battery. What more can you ask for Rs 14,000?
Under Rs 30,000
LG Nexus 5
Street Price: Rs 27,000
From casual to 3D first-person-shooters, the Nexus 5 can handle any game with an ease. With a quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset inside, you can’t expect otherwise. Gaming has been taken care of by an Adreno 330 GPU. Its 5-inch IPS screen is incredibly sharp. The Full HD display is ideal to experience the detailed textures of Real Racing 3. With 2 GB of RAM, the games load swiftly. The Nexus 5 comes with Android KitKat. Other notable features include an 8 megapixel camera Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, 2300 and mAh battery.
Cost No Bar
LG G2 (32 GB)
Street Price: Rs 39,000
The LG G2 is powered by the same Snapdragon 800 chipset found in the Nexus 5. Its processor is clocked at 2.2 GHz. The 2 GB RAM ensures quick loading times. The G2 can handle any game you throw at it. A vibrant screen and better camera give the G2 an edge over the Nexus 5. Another plus here is the G2’s 13 megapixel autofocus camera that comes with OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation). Since budget is not a concern in this segment, we recommend you go for the 32 GB version. The LG G2 comes with 4G connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, and 3000 mAh battery.
Street Price: Rs 53,000
The iPhone 5S is the only phone in the market that comes with a 64 bit processor. Leveraging on the new A7 chipset, you get console-grade graphics on the iPhone 5S. The A7 has also got a companion processor, the M7. It’s designed to free the primary processor from the computational work that is required to process motion data. In simple words, it’s the most powerful iPhone till date. When it comes to apps and games, iOS has always been the priority for the developers. So with the iPhone 5s, you’re guaranteed a continuous flow of amazing games for years to come.
Best Gaming Smartphones Available In India
A list of gaming handsets across different price bands.
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