If you are a mobile gamer, chances are high that you play either PUBG Mobile or other battle royal games like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Mobile. You are probably familiar with these games, but for the layman, you play as one of a group of people who are dropped on an island, and are then required to search for useful weapons and equipment.
As the match progresses, the game area reduces and the last person standing wins. The entire game is played online and players from all over the world compete against each other.
Notably, these games are pretty graphics-intensive and demand a lot from the system to operate smoothly. Additionally, since they are live-action games, a slight lag might leave you dead and out of the game. For great gameplay and victory, the player must have a smartphone with the latest operating system, powerful processor, a minimum of 4GB RAM, at least 5GB of free storage and high-speed internet connectivity.
These are basic requisites, and there are a few smartphones under Rs 20,000 like the Realme 6 Pro and Redmi Note 9 Pro Max, which tick all the right boxes. Let’s take a look at top 5 smartphones for PUBG and Fortnite in India.
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Top 5 mobiles to play PUBG Mobile and Fortnite in India
- Realme 6 Pro
- Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
- Samsung Galaxy M31
- POCO X2
- Realme X2
Realme 6 Pro
The Realme 6 Pro is one of the latest smartphones from the brand, and comes with several gaming-specific features. It sports a 6.6-inch FHD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate. The higher refresh rate means more images are shown in the same amount of time, which results in the movement between each frame seems smoother. And thus the whole experience feels smoother and more responsive. However, not all games are optimised for high refresh rate on the mobile platform, but it still makes sense to have 90Hz or above, since many games will offer support for higher refresh rates in the coming months.
Additionally, the smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s mid-range gaming-centric processor Snapdragon 720G, which offers serious gaming features like Snapdragon Elite Gaming features, Game Anti-Cheat Extensions, Game Fast Loader, True HDR Gaming featuring 10-bit colour depth and aptX Adaptive audio. Thanks to these features, the Realme 6 Pro (review) facilitates smooth HDR mobile gaming experience, be it PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile or Fortnite.
Additionally, there is up to 8GB RAM for smoother gameplay, up to 128GB storage for game data, and a 4,300mAh battery with 30W fast charging. Realme claims that the 6 Pro can charge up to 40 percent in just 15 minutes, which means you don’t have to wait too long for your next match.
Other features of the smartphone include 64MP quad cameras on the back, dual 16MP + 8MP selfie cameras on the front, Android 10 based Realme UI and a dedicated microSD card slot.
As for the pricing, the smartphone starts at Rs 17,999 and can be picked up from Flipkart, Realme’s official website and offline stores.
Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
The Note 9 Pro Max, as the name suggests, is the most loaded Note series smartphone from the brand so far. The handset comes with 6.67-inch display bearing FHD+ resolution. While the display misses out on high-refresh-rate, it does offer a 120Hz touch sampling rate. This again means that the input lag between the user’s touch and actual action on screen is very low, resulting in faster response time in battleground games.
Just like the Realme 6 Pro, the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max is also powered by the mid-range Snapdragon 720G gaming processor and gets the whole suite of the aforementioned gaming-specific features. It gets a bigger 5,020mAh battery unit with 33W fast charger. The phone also offers 64MP quad camera set up, up to 8GB RAM, up to 128GB internal storage, Android 10-based MIUI with dedicated Game Booster Mode and more.
The Redmi Note 9 Pro Max starts from Rs 16,499 and is available via Amazon, Mi.com, Mi Homes and Mi Studios.
Samsung Galaxy M31
The Samsung Galaxy M31 comes as a successor to the Galaxy M30s and retains features like a tall aspect ratio, 6,000mAh battery and Exynos 9611 from its predecessor. While the processor might not be a powerhouse performer, the massive battery makes it an ideal gaming device since you can enjoy longer gameplay on the Galaxy M31.
Additionally, the 6.4-inch S-AMOLED display with an Infinity-U notch and 1,080 x 2,340 pixels is one of the sharpest this side of Rs 20,000. The screen also flaunts 420 nits of peak brightness and a 100000:1 contrast ratio with the ability to automatically adjust depending on the ambient lighting. You can expect sharper graphics on the smartphone while playing PUBG or any other game of your choice.
Other features include 64MP quad cameras, 16MP selfie camera, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C and 3.5mm audio jack.
The Galaxy M31 starts at Rs 16,999 and can be purchased from Amazon India, Samsung’s India website, and offline retail stores.
The POCO X2 is the most affordable smartphone to come with a 120Hz display, which automatically makes it one of the best choices for gaming thanks to smoother gameplay and low touch input lag. The 6.67-inch IPS LCD display features a tall aspect ratio of 20:9 and full HD+ resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels.
Powering the phone is the Snapdragon 730G, which is backed by up to 8GB LPDDR4x RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage. The 730G is yet another gaming-centric processor from Qualcomm, which features a similar set of features as SD 720G but a faster GPU for better gaming. Qualcomm claims that while Snapdragon 730G uses the same Adreno 618 GPU as 720G, it’s overclocked by 15 percent and should deliver a better gaming performance.
There is also liquid cooling technology to keep thermals in check while gaming and Game Turbo mode to further help the performance. The POCO X2 (first impressions) is backed by a massive 4,500mAh battery that supports 27W fast charging.
The POCO X2 starts at Rs 17,999 for the base variant, and can be picked up from Flipkart.
The Realme X2 is yet another powerful smartphone under Rs 20,000, which can handle heavy games like PUBG Mobile with ease. The handset misses out on high refresh rate but features a sharp and vivid Super AMOLED display measuring 6.4-inches with 2,340 x 1,080 pixels screen resolution.
Powering the phone is the same Snapdragon 730G SoC as POCO X2 so we can expect it to be a solid gaming device. It gets a slightly smaller 4,000mAh battery but with 30W VOOC fast charging support for a quick recharge. The Realme X2 (review) also gets the Game Space for dedicated gaming features like notification block and more.
Other salient features of the phone include 64MP quad-camera setup on the back, powerful 32MP front camera, up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.
The pricing starts at Rs 17,999 and the smartphone is available from Flipkart, Realme.com, and in retail stores.
Best gaming phones under Rs 20,000 to play PUBG and Fortnite
|Realme 6 Pro
|Snapdragon 720G gaming processor, 90Hz refresh rate, Game Space, 4,300mAh battery with 30W fast charging
|Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
|Snapdragon 720G gaming processor, Game Speed Booster, 33W fast charging
|Samsung Galaxy M31
|6,000mAh battery for long gaming sessions, 10nm Exynos 9611 SoC
|120Hz display, Snapdragon 730G gaming processor, Game Turbo Mode, 4D vibration, Liquid Cooling Technology
|Snapdragon 730G SoC gaming processor, Game Space, FHD+ AMOLED display, 30W VOOC fast charging