Smartphones are only getting smarter these days, and whatever your need, there is a smartphone that specializes in that feature. One rapidly rising need is gaming. The mobile gaming market, which was once known to be thriving on just the casual player-base, now has a vast variety of players including some professional gamers.

Gaming has massively evolved over time now and the mobile manufacturers have customized smartphones in accordance with the demand, and now thankfully for those who love gaming, there is no lack of options for a powerful gaming phone, irrespective of your budget.

Although most new phones these days are powerful, if you’re into hardcore gaming, you must be looking for a set of specs different from the regular consumer. Great camera, good looks and all of that jazz are only secondary when it comes to a gaming-specific mobile. What you are more concerned about is, of course, the GPU, storage, battery, resolution and the like. We’ve painstakingly gone through all the features of the top gaming mobiles right now and compared them all to put together a list of the best 5 – one in each budget group!

1. iPhone X

iPhone XWith powerful gaming and the A 11 bionic chip, this beast is currently one of the fastest smartphones in the mobile gaming market. The marvellous graphics and the seamless gaming experience on Apple’s phones are among the few qualities every iPhone gamer swears by. Besides, iPhones are generally good for just about any kind of game.

The OLEDdisplay on iPhone X ensures you don’t just get a generous screen space for your games but amazing contrast as well. Also, the battery in iPhone X is a tad bigger than its 8 Plus model which means good power and longer gaming sessions.

Price bracket: Rs. 85k – Rs.95k ($999
Release date:  November 2017
Operating system: iOS 11
Processor:   2.39 GHz hexa-core
CPU:   A11 Bionic
Graphics:  Apple GPU (3 core graphics)
RAM:  3 GB
Storage:  64 GB, 256 GB
Screen size:  5.8 inches
Resolution:  1125 x 2436
Battery:  2,716 mAh

2. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S9 PlusWith a spacious screen and pixel-dense display, Samsung’s Galaxy S9 plus is sort of ruling the Android world right now. Especially with its 6GB RAM memory, Adreno 630 graphics and the Snapdragon 845 processor, Samsung S9 Plus is deservingly one of the best smart phones for gaming or even in general. Boasting a gigantic screen space of 6.2 inches, S9 plus is not ready to settle at that. It also offers a great resolution with super AMOLED and stunning visuals.One of the distinct features is Samsung’s Game Tools that allows you to record gameplay, take screenshots and even steer clear of annoying notifications while you play. What’s more, the sharp VR experience offered by incredible Gear VR headsets takes the performance up a notch.

Price bracket: Rs. 55k – Rs.65k ($619)
Release date:  March 2018
Operating system: Android 8 Oreo
Processor:   1.7 GHz octa-core
CPU:   Exynos 9810
Graphics:  Mail-G72 MP18
RAM:  6 GB
Storage:  64 GB, 128 GB
Screen size:  6.2 inches
Resolution:  1440 x 2960
Battery:  3,500 mAh

3. Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony Xperia XZ2Showing off an amazing HDR display and brilliant front-facing speakers, Sony Xperia XZ2 offers a great haven for gamers. This huge 5.7 inches piece gives a good amount of screen space and still offers ease of gaming with one hand, thanks to its 18:9 aspect ratio. Moreover, the charging speed and the battery life are both great allowing for non-stop gaming sessions.

Price bracket:  Rs. 40k – 50k ($600)
Release date:  April 2018
Operating system: Android 8
Processor:   Octa-core
CPU:   Snapdragon 845
Graphics:  Adreno 630
RAM:  4, 6 GB
Storage:  64 GB
Screen size:  5.7 inches
Resolution:  1080 x 2160
Battery:  3,180 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0
and Qnovo Adaptive Charging

4. One Plus 6

One Plus 6With all the best specs at the lowest price, this one is simply a gamers’ delight! It’s got the perfect performance, looks and specs for incredibly lesser than the high-end ones. While the Snapdragon 845 processor renders a commendable performance, the massive 8 GB RAM ensures ease of navigation across apps. The gigantic 6.28-inch AMOLED screen with a full HD resolution makes for a vivacious display. Extra brownie points for the audio with 3.5mm headphone jack and AptX HD support, which make the overall performance great.

Price bracket: Rs. 30k – Rs.40k ($501)
Release date:  May 2018
Operating system: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Processor:   Octa-core
CPU:   Snapdragon 845
Graphics:  Adreno 630
RAM:  6, 8 GB
Storage:  64 GB | 128/256 GB
Screen size:  6.28 inches
Resolution:  1080 x 2280
Battery:  3300 mAh

Moto Z2 Play

Moto Z2 PlayIt is a slightly reorganized model of its predecessor, the Moto Z Play which made a mark for its versatility and affordability. Moto Z2 Play comes with an updated Snapdragon 626 Soc along with a well-balanced software & hardware that allows for an efficient battery life. Sporting a full HD resolution with a decent 5.5 inch super AMOLED display and a sleek make, this device bestows a spectacular gaming experience for a budget-buy.

Price bracket: Rs. 15k – Rs.25k ($230)
Release date:  July 2017
Operating system: Android 7.11 (Nougat)
Processor:   2.2 GHz, Octa-core
CPU:   Snapdragon 626
Graphics:  Adreno 506
RAM:  3, 4 GB
Storage:  32, 64 GB
Screen size:  5.5 inches
Resolution:  1080 x 1920
Battery:  3300 mAh

And, most of these phones support popular titles such as PUBG Mobile, Clash of Clans, Fortnite: Battle Royale, Lara Croft as well as Indie games such as Ayo: A Rain Tale, Red, Indian rummy games and Timber West among others.

So, those were some of the top smartphones for gaming. Since the preferences of every gamer differs, you could compare and pick whichever mobile phone suits you best.