Best mobile phones for gaming

Updated 20 - Aug - 2017

With definite increase in the computing power you carry around in your pocket, smartphone gaming has become a really big industry. There are accessories specifically designed to enhance the gaming experience on smartphone, and VR and AR gaming are just around the corner. The Snapdragon 820 ushered in a new era in smartphone gaming, with support for Vulkan graphics, while Apple’s Metal APIs have been wreaking havoc for years now. But when frame rates really matter, not all smartphones are meant for gaming. Here are the best smartphones for gaming in India right now.




Apple iPhone 7 Plus
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Apple iPhone 7 Plus

The iPhone 7 Plus is the fastest smartphone on the market today, and Apple’s Metal APIs make gaming that much smoother. If you’re big iPhone gamer, you’ve probably seen the incredible graphics and frame rates that Apple’s phones can drive. It is no doubt that this is the best smartphone for gaming today.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
3 GB | 32 & 128 & 256 GB
Display :
5.5 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
Quad
Operating system :
iOS
Primary camera :
12 & 12 MP
Front camera :
7 MP
Battery :
2900 mAH
Soc :
A10
Available at :
Apple iPhone 7
2

Apple iPhone 7

The iPhone 7 is simply a toned down version of its bigger variant. While the lack of a dual-camera may be irksome, it’s smaller display helps drive even higher frame rates than the iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone 7 is perfect for compact phone lovers who also don’t want to compromise on gaming performance in any way.

Apple iPhone 7 - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
2 GB | 32 & 128 & 256 GB
Display :
4.7 (750 x 1334)
Processor :
Quad
Operating system :
iOS
Primary camera :
12 MP
Front camera :
7 MP
Battery :
1960 mAH
Soc :
A10
Available at :
OnePlus 5
3

OnePlus 5

The fastest Android smartphone today, the OnePlus 5 is a great smartphone to buy, especially when you have gaming on your mind. It has a dependable enough camera, and decent battery life, to allow gaming for as long as you need. It keeps frame rates high and doesn’t have heating or other issues. You should buy this phone if gaming is your primary requirement.

OnePlus 5 - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
6 & 8 GB | 64 & 128 GB
Display :
5.5 (1080 x 2080)
Processor :
2.5 GHz,Quad
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
20 & 16 MP
Front camera :
16 MP
Battery :
3300 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Available at :
Samsung Galaxy S8
4

Samsung Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8 has a Exynos 8895 SoC from Samsung, which is one of the fastest processors on the market right now. Its graphics performance is great, allowing 60fps frame rates in games that allow the same. We tried it and the device managed 90% frame rate accuracy, at the highest levels. Barring iPhones, there are few that can match the Samsung Galaxy S8’s gaming capabilities.

Samsung Galaxy S8 - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 GB | 64 GB
Display :
5.8 (1440 x 2960)
Processor :
2.3 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
12 MP
Front camera :
8 MP
Battery :
3000 mAH
Soc :
Exynos 8895
Google Pixel
5

Google Pixel

The Google Pixel is compact, easy to use and incredibly fast. It’s got the newest Qualcomm SoC and Android Nougat, and it is one of the most expensive and best gaming smartphones on the market right now. That, combined with an incredible camera makes for a smartphone that is worth buying for enthusiasts.

Google Pixel - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 GB | 32 & 128 GB
Display :
5 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
2.15 GHz,Quad
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
12 MP
Front camera :
8 MP
Battery :
2770 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Available at :
Samsung Galaxy S8+
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Samsung Galaxy S8+

Big screen smartphones are good for gaming, thanks to extra screen real estate. However, larger screens also tax the processor and GPU more, especially when they’re QHD display. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ manages a 6.2 inch display and yet gets a score of 1229 on GFXBench’s Car Chase benchmark test. The phone runs games at the highest frame rates in real world performance, and if you can afford it, it’s amongst the best Android smartphones for gaming.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 & 6 GB | 64 & 128 GB
Display :
6.2 (1440 x 2960)
Processor :
2.3 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
12 MP
Front camera :
8 MP
Battery :
3500 mAH
Soc :
Exynos 8895
Available at :
Google Pixel XL
7

Google Pixel XL

If you’re not buying the Google Pixel because it has too small a screen, the Pixel XL is meant for you. It has a 5.5 inch display, and though QHD does bring down the total frames processed, you won’t feel the difference. The Pixel XL is a phone meant for power users and gamers alike. Add the “highest rated camera ever” to that for good measure.

Google Pixel XL - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 GB | 32 & 128 GB
Display :
5.5 (2560 x 1440)
Processor :
2.15 GHz,Quad
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
12 MP
Front camera :
8 MP
Battery :
3450 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Available at :
Sony Xperia XZs
8

Sony Xperia XZs

The Sony Xperia XZs may not seem like much, and indeed Sony has been having a tough time in the smartphone market recently. However, fans still swear by its devices, despite the pricing. A little known fact is that Sony really optimises its smartphones for gaming. The Sony Xperia XZs is one of the top rated smartphones on our tests, as far as gaming on smartphones in concerned.

Sony Xperia XZs - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 GB | 32 & 64 GB
Display :
5.2 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
2.15 GHz,Quad
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
19 MP
Front camera :
13 MP
Battery :
2900 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Available at :
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
9

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

The Xperia XZ Premium’s bigger display puts it behind the XZs in terms of gaming. However, it’s still a great phone for smartphone gamers. Other aspects, like 960 fps slo-mo and a 4K display may just be worth a shot, but they’re not of any practical usage right now. Nevertheless, the Xperia XZ Premium is a flagship phone gamers should quite enjoy.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 GB | 64 GB
Display :
5.5 (2160 x 3840)
Processor :
1.9 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
19 MP
Front camera :
13 MP
Battery :
3230 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Available at :
OnePlus 3T
10

OnePlus 3T

OnePlus says that the OnePlus 3T can load games 48% faster than the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The device has 6GB of RAM to ensure that your games can even remain open in the background when you really need them to, and it drives the frame rates as high as any flagship possible today. It is truly the best smartphones for gaming, especially for those who can’t spend pot-loads of money. Specs: Display: 5.5 inches , 1080 x 1920 p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 RAM: 6GB Storage: 64/128 GB Camera: 16MP, 16MP Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh OS: Android OS, v6.0

OnePlus 3T - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
6 GB | 64 & 128 GB
Display :
5.5 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
2.35 GHz,Quad
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
16 MP
Front camera :
16 MP
Battery :
3400 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
Available at :

Here's is the summary list of Best Gaming Phones in India for August 2017

Product NamePrice starting fromAvailable atRating
Apple iPhone 7 Plus60599Tatacliq80/100
Apple iPhone 745897flipkart80/100
OnePlus 532999amazon83/100
Samsung Galaxy S857900N/A83/100
Google Pixel56000Tatacliq78/100
Samsung Galaxy S8+64900flipkart83/100
Google Pixel XL54000flipkart77/100
Sony Xperia XZs45990flipkart79/100
Sony Xperia XZ Premium59990flipkart72/100
OnePlus 3T27999amazon83/100