Best mobile phones for gaming

Updated 18 - Jan - 2018

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 8 Plus
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Apple iPhone 8 Plus

With the fastest processor out there, you can’t go wrong with the iPhone 8 Plus. It’s one of the best smartphones on the market today, and it’s excellent for gaming. Apple’s iOS ecosystem has been known to be gamer friendly, and the iPhone 8 Plus just adds to it. Oh, did we mention that this phone has the first Apple-designed GPU as well? Yeah, that’s really fast too.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
3 GB | 64 GB & 256 GB
Display :
5.5 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
Hexa
Operating system :
iOS
Primary camera :
12+12 MP
Front camera :
7 MP
Battery :
2691 mAH
Soc :
Apple A11 Bionic
Available at :
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
2

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 GB & 128 GB
Display :
5.5 (1080 x 1920)
Processor :
2.34 GHz,Quad
Operating system :
iOS
Primary camera :
12+12 MP
Front camera :
7 MP
Battery :
2900 mAH
Soc :
A10
Available at :
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has become the phone to beat in the Android universe. Even with the large QHD display, the phone can produce excellent frame rates for gaming. Combined that with everything else you get and you’ve got a winner.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
6 GB | 64 & 128 & 256 GB
Display :
6.3 (1440 x 2960)
Processor :
2.3 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
12 & 12 MP
Front camera :
8 MP
Battery :
3300 mAH
Soc :
Exynos 8895
Available at :
Sony Xperia XZ1
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Sony Xperia XZ1

With FHD display resolution and some background enhancements, the Sony Xperia XZ1 is amongst the best Android phones today, as far as gaming is concerned. It rivals iPhones when it comes to GPU tests, which is saying something.

Sony Xperia XZ1 - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 GB | 64 GB
Display :
5.2 (1920 x 1080)
Processor :
2.4 Ghz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
19 MP
Front camera :
13 MP
Battery :
2700 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Available at :
OnePlus 5
5

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 1920)
Processor :
2.45 GHz,Octa
Operating system :
Android
Primary camera :
20 + 16 MP
Front camera :
16 MP
Battery :
3300 mAH
Soc :
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Samsung Galaxy S8
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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
Available at :
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.

Google Pixel - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 GB | 32 GB & 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
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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.

Google Pixel XL - Specifications
Ram & Storage :
4 GB | 32 GB & 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
10

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 :

Here's is the summary list of Best Gaming Phones in India for January 2018

Product NamePrice starting fromAvailable atRating
Apple iPhone 8 Plus69993amazon82/100
Apple iPhone 7 Plus56969flipkart80/100
Samsung Galaxy Note 867900amazon82/100
Sony Xperia XZ141000amazon78/100
OnePlus 5N/AN/A83/100
Samsung Galaxy S852990amazon83/100
Google Pixel56000Tatacliq78/100
Samsung Galaxy S8+62999amazon83/100
Google Pixel XL39990amazon77/100
Sony Xperia XZs39990Tatacliq79/100