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Best Gaming Phone Under 15000 | 2018 GPU-Focused

Best Gaming Phone Under 15000 To 20000 INR (Indian Rupees) compiles the best smartphone which can be utilized for gaming purpose. The information is focused around the system-on-chip (processors) and GPU performance aspects.

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Best Gaming Phone Under 15000 To 20000 Price Range

Gaming smartphones have a vague definition across the globe. 3D game applications heavily depend on the GPU apart from the CPU and Memory. Hence, we have compiled a list of smartphones which are evaluated based on the system-on-chips (processor chip).

The smartphone compilation considers the price range of 10,000 INR to 20,000 INR (maximum). The other criteria for choosing the best smartphone from a gaming perspective is the cellular features, new releases, value-for-money.

Best Gaming Phone Under 15000 INR (Ranking 1 = Best)

1. RealMe 1 (Helio P60, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage)

RealMe is Oppo’s sub-brand just like the OnePlus. RealMe smartphone line-up is brought to the Indian market to target the Redmi series smartphones of Xiaomi. The Key USP of the RealMe 1 is the powerful MediaTek Helio P60 processor. The P60 is an upper mid-range chipset, meaning it features higher specifications than the Snapdragon 625, Kirin 659, etc.

The P60 integrates Mali-G72 MP3 GPU which is clocked at 800 MHz. Also, the chip has achieved success in the mid-range smartphone segment. The Mali-G72 GPU outruns the Adreno 509 GPU which comes with the Snapdragon 636.

2. Moto G5S Plus (Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor is powering the Moto G5S Plus. Snapdragon 625 is the most prominent processors across the APAC region due to the performance aspects and energy efficiency. The Hexagon DSP and Spectra ISP combined to enable AI-based photography which rocked the Mi A1. The Motorola (Now a Google’s subsidiary) brings sturdy and durable smartphone devices combined with a powerful battery. The G5S Plus enjoys the powerful performance from the Adreno 506 GPU clocked at 650 MHz. Further, Moto G5S Plus bring the Mi A1 type photography feature onboard.

Qualcomm is also known as an innovator in mobile LTE connectivity. Assuming major games such as PUBG, Clash of Clans are all online-based applications. Snapdragon 625’s X9 LTE modem enjoys the perks of fast streaming.

3. Honor 7X (Kirin 659, 4GB RAM, 32GB Storage)

Huawei’s Honor 7X is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 659 chip integrating the Mali-T830 MP2 GPU clocked at 900 MHz. Despite the higher clock, the T830 MP2 is an entry-level GPU which has FP32 performance of mere 61 points.

Having said that, Huawei is coming up with new technologies to sustain in the market. Enter, GPU Turbo, a software-based optimization technology which is due in the near future’s EMUI update. The demonstrations showed a slight improvement in gaming fps. This is the reason why this phone can be considered in the given price bracket.


Best Gaming Phone Under 20000 INR (Ranking 1 = Best)

1. Honor Play (Kirin 970, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage)

The newly launched Huawei Honor Play is a perfect bang-for-buck. Kirin 970 is the most promising chip so far. It features a dedicated NPU for AI apps. It is perfect for photography and gaming as well. Kirin 970 further takes the advantage of GPU Turbo technology.

2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (Snapdragon 636, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage)

Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chip powers the Redmi Note 5 Pro by bringing in custom-designed Kryo CPUs along with Adreno-grade GPUs. Along with energy efficiency aspects, Qualcomm 6XX Series chips are also known for enabling AI application with the help of vector approach (no dedicated AI accelerator, but using onboard GPU, CPU, and DSP).

3. Nokia 6.1 2018 (Snapdragon 630, 4GB RAM, 64GB Storage)

Snapdragon 630 is slightly less powerful than the Snapdragon 636. As it is built on 14nm process technology, integrates Adreno 508 GPU clocked at 850 MHz. However, the performance gap is very negligible.

Having said that, Nokia carries a long-lost tradition for Quality and Innovation. The 2018 Nokia 6.1 enjoys Stock-like Android OS Experience (Android One) this OS further optimizes the gaming performance.


For the sake of affiliate marketing, I would not recommend any other smartphones. Technically, there is no other value-for-money gaming phone beyond the above 2 suggestions. Currently, rest all the smartphones in the Indian market which can be used for gaming in the price bracket of 15,000 to 20,000 are overpriced.

Gaming phone under 18k?

Don’t go beyond 15k for the gaming. Since all the specifications are similar even in smartphones priced under 18k. For high-end gaming performance, flagships should be a wise choice.

So this was the list of best gaming phone under 15000 to 2000 for the August month of 2018.

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