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The Best Smartphones for Gaming


The question of having brilliant specs is all the rage these days. Better RAM, better processor, longer battery life and a good display are just a few parameters we tend to look at when choosing the best gaming phone. And why not? The vast majority of the masses would rather game on the device they carry around with them everyday, instead of a dedicated console that is bulky, expensive, and requires an equally bulkier television set to actually use.

In this war of the gaming Smartphones, here’s a look at a few which are leading the battlefront for mobile gaming.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a beautiful display

Being one of the most powerful gaming phones in the market, this device is bound to leave all avid mobile gaming fans drooling. It has an outstanding 5.5 inch AMOLED display, with a screen which is curved at the edges. This gives the user a high-quality viewing experience. It has a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2560 pixels at a PPI of 534 pixels per inch. Powered by a Snapdragon 820 chip-set, it has a 4GB RAM and 64GB on-board storage. It also has a microSD slot that makes it easier to load games.

Apart from the superior display and power, this Samsung phone also has some amazing features, including Game Tools and Game Launcher, which greatly enhance the user gaming experience. The Game Launcher puts all the games into one place, avoiding the hassle of cluttering the home screen. The Game Tools is a floating icon that appears whenever a game is launched, with the help of which one can turn on the Do not Disturb mode. The recent and back keys can also be disabled. No more annoying notifications or accidental button presses to interrupt gameplay!

Thinking ahead of time for future games, Samsung is one of the first ones to support the Vulkan APIs, which promise to usher in a new era of mobile gaming. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is available in India for around Rs. 50,500.

Huawei Google Nexus 6P

The Huawei Google Nexus 6P ‘s front facing speakers provide a better quality audio experience

With a stunning 5.7 inch AMOLED display, the Nexus 6P is almost as good as the Galaxy S7 Edge. It is powered by the 2 GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. With a screen resolution of 1440 pixels by 2560 pixels at 518 pixels per inch, it has a resolution comparable to that of S7 Edge. It boasts of a 3450 mAh non-removable battery, hence providing a long lasting battery life which ensures an uninterrupted game play. An added feature is a type-C port for fast charging. The dual front facing speakers are like icing on the cake. Gaming on this phone is a sheer delight! The Google Nexus 6P is available in India for a price of about Rs. 30,998.

HTC 10

The HTC 10 vs. the Galaxy S7 Edge

The HTC 10 is the best in terms of touch responsiveness, one of the most important aspects of touchscreen mobile gaming. It has the lowest touch latency out of all phones in the Smartphone market, including the iPhone. The HTC 10 has an amazing audio output, famous for its BoomSound audio. It has a top front facing speaker, as well as a bottom speaker (which acts a subwoofer), running along the frame at the base of the phone.

The specs of this phone are comparable to the Galaxy S7 Edge. It has a 5.2-inch display and a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2560 pixels, at a PPI of 564 pixels per inch. Instead of using an AMOLED display, it makes use of Super LCD 5 technology. Though its display isn’t as good as that of the S7 Edge, it makes up for it with its higher pixel density. It is powered by a Quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 820 processor and a 4GB RAM. Overall, it has been beautifully designed to fit comfortably in your hand. The HTC 10 is available for a price of around Rs.39,900.

The HTC 10 fits comfortably in the hands

Moto Z Play

The Moto Z Play packs a punch

Moto Z has the added advantage of it being the best gaming phone in terms of battery life. Though on the downside, it does have a lesser resolution display, i.e., 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels, at a PPI of 403 pixels per inch. It is powered by a 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and has a massive 3510 mAh non-removable battery. When it comes to charging the phone, with just 15 minutes of charging with Motorola’s TurboPower wall charger.  It gives 9 hours of battery life. A sigh of relief to those who suffer due to battery drainage during gameplay. The Moto Z Play packs a punch with a powerful processor and optimized software. Cheaper than both the S7 edge as well as Nexus 6P. The Moto Z Play is available for a price of around Rs. 24,999.


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