Mobile phone use, unlike previous times, has increasingly evolved. Smartphone users today, dig deeper into its features and attributes. While for some a good camera quality is important, others look for RAM speed to play their favourite games. Mobile games like Fortnite, PUBG Mobile, and Call Of Duty Mobiles are becoming increasingly popular. So much so, that a number of manufacturing companies have churned out the best gaming phones under Rs 20,000 specifically designed for this cause. Among those are companies like Asus ROG Phone 3, Xiaomi-backed BlackShark 3, and ZTE-backed Red Magic phone.
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While these are high-quality phones offering the best mobile gaming experience, there are other affordable options for game lovers to choose from. In this day and age of technology, even mid-range phones offer spectacular performances. Mid-range chips by MediaTek and Qualcomm are capable enough of handling high-end games smoothly. Besides, more gaming mobile phones are building better-inbuilt storage (UFS 2.1) and faster LPDDR4X RAM to help gain users’ trust and money. So, if you are someone looking for the best gaming phones under Rs. 20,000, here are some of the best gaming smartphones under Rs 20k.
Best Gaming Phones Under Rs. 20,000 To Buy In 2021
1. Realme 7 Pro and Realme 7
Realme 7 series phones are one of the best gaming phones in this category. The Realme 7 offers a 90Hz refresh-rate display, 30W fast charging, and MediaTek Helio G95 gaming chipset for under INR 15,000. The Realme 7 Pro, on the other hand, offers an AMOLED display, dual stereo speakers, and 65W fast charging all under INR 20,000. It is worth buying for anyone who is serious about mobile gaming.
Realme 7 Pro specifications
Display: 6.4inch FHD+ display; 2400*1080 resolution | Processor: 2.3GHz octa-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G CPU; Adreno 618 GPU | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 64MP +8MP +2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 182g | Dimensions: 158.7 x 75.2 x 8.6 mm | Battery: 4500mAh, 65W fast charging supported
2. Poco X2
While Poco may have briefly disappeared from the public eye in the last year, it is back with the new Poco X2. The phone may be a rebranded version of Redmi K30, however, it does not change the fact that it one of the best mobile gaming phones in 2020. The Poco X2 has some of the most impressive spec records.
Poco X2’s biggest highlight its 120Hz higher refresh screen. It’s IPS screen may not be as vivid as most AMOLED screens but is certainly smooth and HDR10 compliant. The phone is backed by Snapdragon 730G, 4500mAh battery, and runs on MIUI 11.
Poco X2 Specifications
Display: 6.67-inch (20:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G octa-core CPU | RAM: 6GB/8GB| Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB | Software: MIUI 11 (Android 10) | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 20MP + 2MP | Weight: 208g | Dimensions: 165.3 x 76.6 x 8.8 mm |
3. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
If you are a gaming enthusiast looking for the best gaming phone, this is exactly the place for you. The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is one of our top choices for game lovers. Xiaomi has impressed everyone with its latest Redmi Note which boasts of a Snapdragon 720G chipset and delivers staggering benchmark numbers for a budget device.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro comes with a 6.67-inch LCD display with full HD+ resolution. Xiaomi offers the Note 9 Pro with up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB storage. The 5020mAh battery provides the necessary juice to power up the device. Xiaomi ships the phone with a 33W fast charger.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Specifications
Display: 6.67-inch (20:9) Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G octa-core CPU | RAM: 6GB/8GB| Storage: 64GB/128GB | Software: MIUI 11 (Android 10) | Rear camera: 64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front camera: 8MP | Weight: 209g | Dimensions: 165.5 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm |Battery: 4500mAh
4. Realme 6 Pro
Realme 6 Pro is another decent option based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G platform. Its perfect features have proven to be an amazing choice for users looking for a fit and affordable gaming phone. It’s Adreno 616GPU gives it a slight edge over the Snapdragon 712 chipset. For hardcore gaming enthusiasts, the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variants make for a perfect choice.
Apart from boasting a speedy RAM, The Realme 6 Pro has the perfect screen and size for gaming with a sharp and vibrant HD+ display. Add to that its power-efficient chipset, the 4300mAh battery lasts really long and the 25MP selfie camera only makes it one of the best gaming phones.
Realme 6 Pro Specifications
Display: 6.6-inch Full HD+ IPS | Processor: Snapdragon 720G SoC | RAM: 4GB/6GB /8GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Software: Android Pie; Color OS 6 | Rear camera: 64MP + 16MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP + 2MP | Weight: 195g | Dimensions: 163.8 x 75.8 x 9.4 mm | Battery: 4300mAh, 30W fast charging
5. Poco M2 Pro
Similar to Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, Poco M2 pro includes the same SoC and GPU which makes it a likely recommendation for any mobile game player. Be it PUBG mobile or Call of Duty mobile, Poco M2 Pro has managed to fare well for every game.
However, the only thing that sets Poco M2 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max apart is its optics. The Poco M2 Pro flaunts a quad-camera setup led by a 48MP sensor which is better.
Poco M2 Pro Specifications
Display: 6.67-inch FHD+ display; 2400 x 1080 | Processor: Snapdragon 720G | RAM: up to 6GB | Storage: up to 128GB | Software: Android 10 based MIUI 11 | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 209g | Dimensions: 165.8 x 76.7 x 8.8 mm |Battery: 5000mAh, 33W fast charging
6. Vivo Z1 Pro
After the increase in mobile gaming popularity in youth, Vivo struck the iron with the launch of Z1 Pro in India. Youth gaming lovers in India are specifically budget buyers which makes Z1 Pro their best choice. This Snapdragon 712 based phone is one of the best gaming phones launched under Rs 20K in 2019.
Its Adreno 616GPU enables the games to run smoothly, even when played on higher game settings. Z1 Pro offers a 5000mAh battery for longer user entertainment.
Vivo Z1 Pro design
The phone houses a 6.53-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD screen that comes with a 19:5:9 aspect ratio. Gaming enthusiasts can take advantage of the new gaming mode and 4D vibration motor that will amplify your gameplay experience.
Vivo Z1 Pro Specifications
Display: 6.53-inch FHD+ display; 2340*1080 resolution | Processor: 2.3 GHz octa-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 CPU; Adreno 616 GPU | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 9.0 Pie FunTouch | Rear camera: 16MP (f/1.8) +8MP (f/2.2) +2MP (f/2.4)| Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 201g |Dimensions: 162.4 x 77.3 x 8.9 mm |Battery: 5000mAh, 18W fast charging supported
7. Realme XT
After the smashing success of Realme X, Realme XT powdered by Snapdragon 712 octa-core processor is the ultimate choice for to give you a hardcore gaming experience. It is fueled by a 4,000mAh battery as well as a 64GB/128GB inbuilt storage (expandable up to 256GB). The handset retails in 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB RAM options. We recommend you enhance your gaming experience by the Oppo’s Hyper Boost technology in this one.
Realme XT 6.4-inch AMOLED display also houses a 16MP front camera. On its back is a quad-camera setup including 64MP +8MP +2MP + 2 MP Dual camera arrangement. The Realme XT also brandishes an in-display fingerprint sensor perfect for gaming lovers.
Realme XT Specifications
Display: 6.4inch FHD+ display; 2340*1080 resolution | Processor: 2.3 GHz octa-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 CPU; Adreno 616 GPU | RAM: up to 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 9.0 Pie Color OS 6| Rear camera: 64MP +8MP +2MP + 2MP | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 183g |Dimensions: 158.7 x 75.2 x 8.6 mm |Battery: 4000mAh, 20W fast charging supported
8. Xiaomi Redmi K20
Another gem in the list of best gaming phones is Xiaomi Redmi K20. It is affordable, fast, and is powered by Snapdragon 730. This means it has a 35 percent performance boost over Snapdragon710.
The Redmi K20 also offers a notch-less AMOLED screen that delivers punchy colors improving your gaming experience tenfold. The 4000mAh battery allows you to play games for extended hours. After the recent price cut, the Redmi K20 is a perfect buy under Rs 20,000.
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Specifications
Display: 6.39-inches, 1080 x 2340| Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 | RAM: Up to 8GB | Storage: up to 256GB | Software: Android 9.0(Pie) |Rear Camera: 48MP + 13MP + 8MP | Selfie: 20MP | Battery: 4000mAh
9. Samsung Galaxy M31s
Eyeing Millenials who are mostly budget buyers, Samsung has been increasingly pushing towards an affordable gaming phone collection. Gaming enthusiasts who are currently focused on PUBG Mobile and other RPG games can find their best match in Galaxy M31s. The phone comes with a Super AMOLED screen which ensures that you enjoy its graphic experience to the fullest. One of the best gaming phones, Samsung has powered the Galaxy M31s with an Exynos 9611 processor which enables games like PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, and Call of Duty Mobile in medium settings.
The phone features a 6.5-inch full HD+ well-calibrated screen with Corning Gorilla Glass on top. The phone is offered with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage option under Rs 20,000. Samsung’s new One UI also includes an interesting game mode that can be used to avoid interruptions while gaming.
Samsung Galaxy M31s
Display: 6.5-inch FHD+ display; 2340 x 1080 resolution | Processor: 2.3 GHz octa-core, Exynos 9611 CPU; Adreno 612 GPU Mali-G72 MP3 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Software: Android 10; OneUI 2.5| Rear camera: 64MP (f/1.8) + 12MP (f/2.2) + 5MP (f/2.2) + 5MP (f/2.2) | Front camera: 32MP | Weight: 203g | Dimensions: 159.3 x 74.4 x 9.3 mm | Battery: 6000mAh, 25W fast charging supported
10. Realme 6i
Realme 6i is another interesting and perfectly valued gaming phone in this segment. It fulfills all the right qualities of an ultimate budget game phone. The performance part is handled by Helio G90T CPU that integrates Mali-G76 MP4 GPU. It comes with a 6.5-inch IPS display which makes the gaming experience perfect in every sense.
The FHD+ resolution screen is notch-free owing to its punch-hole based selfie camera. It also includes a 4,300 mAh battery with 30W fast charging – which ensures that you do not have to pause your game midway due to low battery.
Realme 6i Specifications
Display: 6.5-inch FHD+ display | Processor: 2.05 GHz octa-core,MediaTek Helio G90T; Mali-G76 MP4 GPU | RAM: up to 6GB | Storage: 64GB | Software: Android 10 | Rear camera: 48MP (f/1.8) + 8MP (f/2.3) + 2MP (f/2.4) + 2MP (f/2.4) | Front camera: 16MP | Weight: 191g | Dimensions: 162.1 x 74.8 x 9.6 mm | Battery: 4300mAh, 30W fast charging supported
These are some of the best available gaming mobile phones under Rs. 20,000. In case you want to amp up your gaming experience and opt for a broader range of phones, you can always consider Redmi K20 Pro, Realme X3 Zoom, and OnePlus Nord is perfect options.
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