Best Budget Gaming Smartphones Under Rs. 20,000
1. Poco X3
The Poco X3 will be my primary pick when looking for a budget smartphone under Rs. 20,000 in India. It is because of two key reasons. One, the smartphone boasts a 6.67-inch LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate. The latter gives you an edge in FPS games, making it the best for PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty. The second reason is the gaming-centric Snapdragon 732G chipset under the hood. It’s probably the best Snapdragon processor to play PUBG under Rs. 20,000 in India.
Apart from this, the Poco X3 is a well-rounded budget smartphone with a 64MP quad rear-camera module and a 20MP punch-hole selfie camera. It comes equipped with a humongous 6,000mAh battery pack with 33W fast-charging, which is amazing. This is probably one of the best budget gaming phones in India right now.
2. Realme Narzo 20 Pro
The Narzo 20 Pro by Realme is another great gaming phone, powered by the newest MediaTek Helio G95 chipset. It is a gaming-centric chipset with add-on features like MediaTek HyperEngine, low latency, and up to 8GB of RAM. You also have a 6.5-inch 90Hz Full-HD+ LCD display with a 120Hz touch sampling rate. This should give you an edge over standard 60Hz display gamers in one-on-one fights.
In addition, this smartphone includes a 64MP quad-camera module, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and a 4,500mAh battery pack with 65W super-fast charging support. This is yet another selling point for the Narzo 20 Pro. Even if you run out of juice while gaming all day, you can fully charge it up within just 30 minutes.
3. Realme 6
An equally good budget gaming smartphone is Realme 6. It is not much different from the Narzo 20 Pro and is available for 1,000 bucks cheaper in India. The smartphone has a tall 6.5-inch Full-HD+ LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 120Hz touch response rate. Realme 6 is powered by the gaming-centric MediaTek Helio G90T, coupled with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB built-in storage.
The Realme 6 also includes a 64MP quad rear-camera setup and a 16MP punch-hole selfie camera. You have a 4,300mAh battery with 30W fast-charging support onboard. And the necessary connectivity options, including a 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C port, and more, are in tow as well.
4. Poco M2 Pro
While the Poco X3 is the best gaming phone above Rs. 15,000 in India, the Poco M2 Pro could be a great option for those looking to save a few bucks. The Poco M2 Pro boasts a 6.67-inch Full-HD+ LCD display with a 60Hz refresh rate. The panel here doesn’t have a higher refresh rate but the 120Hz touch sampling rate makes it a suitable pick for one of the worthy budget gaming smartphones.
The Poco M2 Pro features a premium design, a 48MP quad-camera setup, and a 16MP punch-hole selfie camera. It is powered by the gaming-centric Snapdragon 720G SoC that’s coupled with up to 6GB of RAM and a huge 5,000mAh battery in India. You can game for hours on this smartphone without worrying about lag and heating issues.
5. Infinix Zero 8i
The latest addition to Infinix’s portfolio, Infinix Zero 8i, arrives with all of the major ingredients that make a gaming phone. The smartphone features a massive 6.85-inch Full-HD+ LCD panel with a dual 16MP+8MP punch-hole selfie camera. The display boasts a 90Hz refresh rate and a 180Hz touch response rate, which means your taps will be registered quicker. Thus, you will have an edge in FPS games if your opponent doesn’t have similar hardware.
Also, the Infinix Zero 8i is powered by the MediaTek Helio G90T. This is a powerful gaming chipset and is backed by 8GB of RAM, 128GB of built-in storage, and a decent 4,500mAh battery. You also get 33W fast-charging onboard, which means topping up the battery won’t take many hours. The device includes a diamond-shaped 48MP quad rear-camera island as well.
6. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max
If the cameras are an equally big deal for you as gaming on your smartphone then I suggest you pick the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max over the Poco M2 Pro. Both phones have almost identical specifications. It’s just that the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max swaps out the 48MP primary camera for a 64MP sensor on the rear. A 32MP selfie sensor replaces the 16MP sensor on the front.
The 6.67-inch Full-HD+ display with a 120Hz touch response rate, Snapdragon 720G chipset, huge 5,000mAh battery, and 33W fast-charging support remain the same.
7. Motorola One Fusion+
This is one of the two stock Android gaming smartphones on this list. Motorola One Fusion+ is perfect for gamers looking for top-notch performance and a clean vanilla software experience. The smartphone features a 6.5-inch Full-HD+ LCD display with a standard 60Hz refresh and touch response rate. This may look disappointing to many, but the lack of a notch or punch-hole is a big plus for immersive gaming.
Motorola One Fusion+ is powered by the gaming-centric Snapdragon 730 chipset, coupled with up to 6GB of RAM, and a massive 5,000mAh battery with 15W fast-charging support. Also, you will find a 64MP quad-camera system on the rear and a 16MP pop-up camera on the front.
8. Micromax IN Note 1
Micromax made its return to the smartphone market with IN Note 1 and it has already garnered praise for its performance. It is decent but there’s room for improvement. The Micromax IN Note 1 will offer you good gaming performance at its price point. It comes equipped with a gamer-centric MediaTek Helio G85 chipset and a massive 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast-charging. The display, a 6.67-inch 60Hz Full-HD+ LCD panel, does not meet the highest standards but is a decent budget gaming smartphone for the Rs. 11,000 asking price.
The Micromax IN Note 1 will easily be able to handle your Call of Duty or FAU-G game sessions. A key highlight of this smartphone is also the stock Android 10 skin. It offers you a clean and simple UI with no bloatware. Also, you will find a 48MP quad-camera setup on the rear and a 16MP selfie camera on the front.
9. Samsung Galaxy F41
Again, if you want good gaming performance and an excellent set of cameras, then you should pick up the Samsung Galaxy F41. This is the only smartphone on the list to come equipped with an AMOLED display. You have a 6.4-inch full-HD+ AMOLED panel with a 60Hz refresh rate. The company did not disclose the touch sampling rate so we believe it is set at the standard 60Hz.
Galaxy F41 is powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 9611 chipset, which is comparable to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G and 720G gaming chipsets. It is coupled with 6GB RAM and a humongous 6,000mAh battery with 15W fast-charging. The smartphone has a 64MP triple rear-camera module and a 32MP selfie camera to round up the kitty.