Smartphones for a Premium Gaming Experience

By Nijhum Rudra


Gone are the days when gaming could only be done on computers and laptops. Massive popularity and resurgence of smartphones have made gaming even more popular among people, especially the youth. Now phones are not only meant for calling and texting, these have become useful in more ways than one—from online banking to shopping and keeping track of our daily activities.

Technology evolution of the smartphone has made gaming a billion-dollar industry, which developed from old feature phone games to modern 2D and 3D gaming consoles. Sophisticated gaming smartphones have not only a cutting-edge chipset but also have more internal storage for downloading numerous apps. Powerful software makes these phones user-friendly for playing games.

In this article we present some of the top gaming smartphones of 2019, which will help you play power-packed 2D and 3D games without any hardware or software glitches.

ROG Phone by ASUS

A powerful battery is important in a gaming device. This phone is powered by Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0 fast charging, which charges sixty per cent of the battery in only thirty minutes. Along with a 4000mAh battery, ROG Phone is built to cope with the power-intensive demands of gaming and continuous high-performance usage.

ROG Phone by ASUS Price: ` 69,999 (available exclusively on Flipkart)
ROG Phone by ASUS Price: 69,999 (available exclusively on Flipkart)

For a class gaming outlook, the phone is furnished with 2.5D curved-edge Corning Gorilla Glass in the front, and fifth-generation 3D curved Corning Gorilla Glass on the back. The phone has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage for the perfect gaming experience. Not just that, it is fuelled by a power-packed Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, and Qualcomm Adreno 630 with ROG GameCool vapour-chamber cooling and detachable AeroActive cooler for five times duration peak performance.

This phone also offers optional expansion peripherals like TwinView Dock, Mobile Desktop Dock and GameVice Controller. Another USP of this phone is its artificial intelligence (AI)-powered optical sensors, which are backed by 12MP Sony IMX363 sensor with F/1.7 aperture, 1.4µm pixels, and the secondary camera with night HDR, 120-degree wide-angle field-of-view (FOV) and sixteen AI scene detection potential. Dual front-firing stereo speakers come with dual NXP smart amps for high-fidelity crystal-clear audio.

OnePlus 7 Pro

This premium smartphone is one of the finest phones for gaming. It is available in 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage variants. It features AI processing hardware and a swift LTE modem option. The device operates on the latest Android v9.0 (Pie) operating system. For powerful gaming, this phone is backed by an octa-core (2.84GHz, single-core, Kryo 485+2.42GHz, tri-core, Kryo 485+1.8GHz, quad-core, Kryo 485) chipset and Adreno 640 GPU.

OnePlus 7 Pro Price: ` 48,999
One Plus 7 Pro Price: 48,999

OnePlus has powered 7 Pro with 4000mAh battery supported by fast charging.

Another important requirement for mobile gaming is a sophisticated display, and OnePlus 7 Pro sports a 16.94cm (6.67-inch) screen, coupled with a display resolution of 1440×3120 pixels. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.

For photography, OnePlus 7 Pro is backed by a triple rear sensor, 48MP+16MP+8MP cameras and a 16MP selfie sensor for perfect selfies and video-calling.

Another USP of this phone is its Gaming Do Not Disturb mode, which gives the option to block and prevent unnecessary notifications while playing a game, and also transfer calls to the speaker. Brightness levels can also be adjusted during gaming.

The phone adjusts the bandwidth available on the game to offer a seamless gaming experience. High-end games like Super Mario and PUBG can be prioritised for access to the Internet via Network Boost option.

iPhone XS Max

Launched in September 2018, Apple’s biggest display smartphone, iPhone XS Max, boasts of a seamless performance coupled with sophisticated optical sensors and processors, which make the phone ideal for playing HD games. The phone operates on iOS v12.0 coupled with a hexa-core (2.35GHz, dual-core, Monsoon+1.42 GHz, quad-core, Mistral) SoC. Along with 4GB RAM and four-core graphics GPU, this device is fuelled by A12 Bionic processor having a top-notch neural engine.

iPhone XS Max Price:109,900 (for 64GB variant)
iPhone XS Max Price:109,900 (for 64GB variant)

Coming to the optical department, iPhone XS Max is furnished with numerous photography options such as exposure compensation, ISO control, and shooting modes such as continuous shooting, high dynamic range mode (HDR) and burst mode. It has a dual rear sensor, 12MP wide-angle primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, and 12MP telephoto secondary sensor with f/2.4 aperture and quad-LED True Tone flash.

Apart from photography, the video feature has a recording option of 1920×1080 pixels. This phone also comes with portrait mode coupled with advanced bokeh mode and portrait lighting with five effects, namely, studio, natural, stage, contour and stage mono.

Its enhanced security fixes bugs instantly, and it is completely free of inconsistency and malware. The phone is free from rough edges unlike some Android-backed smartphones from Google, Samsung and LG.

Samsung Galaxy S10+

This Samsung flagship features state-of-the-art optical sensors coupled with enhanced processors and high RAM, which makes it impeccable for such games as PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Asphalt 9 and Arena of Valor. Along with 8GB RAM, the phone is fuelled by an octa-core (2.73GHz, dual-core, M4 Mongoose +2.31GHz, dual-core, Cortex A75 +1.95GHz, quad-core, Cortex A55) chipset. It is powered by 4100mAh battery for uninterrupted and seamless gaming.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ Price: 73,900
Samsung Galaxy S10+ Price: 73,900

Samsung Galaxy S10+ sports a 16.26cm (6.4-inch) screen having a resolution of 1440×3040 pixels, which also offers crystal-clear pictures, making the phone ideal for gaming.

The photography feature of this flagship device is backed by triple rear cameras, 12MP+12MP+16MP. For enhanced gaming, the phone is furnished with Mali-G76 MP12 GPU and has an internal storage of 128GB that can be expanded to 512GB via external microSD card.

The phone has a unique Game Launcher, which helps users arrange various kind of games together so that they can find them easily. There is also Game Tools feature, which helps gamers record any video or capture screenshots—they also have the option to decide whether to have notifications, calls and start on Dolby Atmos for high-end sound/audio.

Nokia 8.1

This premium Nokia smartphone was launched in December 2018, and gained huge traction among people for its captivating features such as crystal-clear display, state-of-the-art optical sensors, massive storage and, most importantly, powerful battery. It features a 15.7cm (6.18-inch) bezel-less screen with a resolution of 1080×2246 pixels.

Nokia 8.1 Price: 26,980 (for 6GB/128GB variant)
Nokia 8.1 Price: 26,980 (for 6GB/128GB variant)

The phone has IPS LCD display coupled with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9, screen-to-body ratio as 82.03 percentage and pixel density of 403PPI. For a remarkable gaming performance, the phone is equipped with Adreno 616 GPU and 4GB RAM.

For seamless gaming, chipset of the phone needs to be perfect, and therefore Nokia has fuelled this phone with an octa-core (2.2GHz, dual-core, Kryo 360+1.7GHz, hexa-core, Kryo 360) SoC. The phone operates on Android v8.1 (Oreo) OS.

In the optical department, Nokia 8.1 sports a dual rear sensor—12MP primary sensor and 13MP secondary sensor. The front camera is backed by 20MP sensor coupled with an image resolution of 4000×3000 pixels. According to users, gaming on Nokia 8.1 is truly exceptional compared to other Nokia phones. Critically-acclaimed games such as Asphalt 9, GTA San Andreas and PUBG can be played without any software glitches and power interruption because the device is powered by 3500mAh battery with quick charge technology.