Best mobile phones for gaming

Updated 23 - Mar - 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. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1080 x 1920 p SoC: Apple A10 Fusion RAM: 3GB Storage: 32/128/256 GB Camera: 12MP, 7MP Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2900 mAh battery OS: iOS 10.0.1

Apple iPhone 7
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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. Specs: Display: 4.7 inches, 750 x 1334 p SoC: Apple A10 Fusion RAM: 2GB Storage: 32/128/256 GB Camera: 12MP, 7MP Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 1960 mAh battery OS: iOS 10.0.1

Google Pixel
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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. Specs: Display: 5.5 inches , 1440 x 2560 p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 RAM: 4 GB Storage: 32/128 GB Camera: 12.3 MP, 8MP Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3450 mAh OS: Android OS, v7.1

Google Pixel XL
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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. Specs: Display: 5.5 inches , 1440 x 2560 p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 RAM: 4 GB Storage: 32/128 GB Camera: 12.3 MP, 8MP Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3450 mAh OS: Android OS, v7.1

Sony Xperia XZ
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Sony Xperia XZ

The Sony Xperia XZ 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 XZ is one of the top rated smartphones on our tests, as far as gaming on smartphones in concerned. Specs: Display: 5.2 inches,1080 x 1920 p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 RAM: 3GB Storage:32/64GB Camera: 23 MP, 13MP Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2900 mAh battery OS: Android OS, v6.0.1

OnePlus 3T
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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

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge has been on the market for a while now, and though India only got the Exynos version of the device, it’s still a good smartphone for gamers. Samsung has even added some special functionalities for gamers to take advantage of, and the Galaxy S7 Edge is one of our favourite gaming smartphones in India. Specs: Display: 5.5 inches, 1440 x 2560 p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 RAM: 4 GB RAM Storage: 32/64 GB Camera: 12MP,5MP Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3600 mAh OS: Android OS, v6.0

Moto Z
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Moto Z

Motorola’s stock Android flavour, combined with its new modular concept is a truly mouth watering proposal. The Mod ecosystem will take some time to develop, but the Moto Z is still one of the best smartphones for gaming right now. We can’t wait for someone to develop good gaming Mods for this smartphone as well. Specs: Display: 5.5 inches SoC: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 RAM: 4GB Storage:32/64 GB Camera: 13 MP, 5MP Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery OS: Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow)

Lenovo Z2 Plus
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Lenovo Z2 Plus

The cheapest Snapdragon 820-powered smartphone in the market, the Lenovo Z2 Plus is a budget gamer’s paradise. It isn’t quite as fast as the other phones mentioned here, but given the price, we’re not really complaining. This is the smartphone to buy for those who can’t compromise buy don’t want to spend over 15k either. Specs: Display: 5 inch,1080x1920 p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 RAM: 3GB Storage:32 GB Camera: 13MP, 8MP Battery: 3500 mAh OS: Android 6.0.1

Coolpad Cool 1
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Coolpad Cool 1

The Snapdragon 652-powered Coolpad Cool 1 is an upgrade to the LeEco Le 2. It is more about the camera than gaming, but Coolpad hasn’t really overlooked that segment either. It is fast, powerful and well suited for budget gamers not buying the Lenovo Z2 Plus. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch,1080 p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 RAM: 4GB Storage: 32 GB Camera: dual13MP, 8MP Battery: 4000 mAh OS: Android 6.0

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

Product NamePrice starting fromAvailable atRating
Apple iPhone 7 Plus57599Flipkart80/100
Apple iPhone 747999Flipkart80/100
Google Pixel57000Flipkart78/100
Google Pixel XL67000Flipkart77/100
Sony Xperia XZ38985Amazon74/100
OnePlus 3T29999Amazon83/100
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge45170Amazon87/100
Moto Z39999Amazon82/100
Lenovo Z2 Plus14999AmazonN/A
Coolpad Cool 113999Amazon77/100