'Player Unkown's Battlegrounds' (PUBG) has been immensely popular in the last few months and the trend won't be fading anytime soon. Even though the Battle Royale format is fairly old, it has gained massive popularity, since the games starting coming to mobile phones. While pro-gamers out there love their high-performance rigs or consoles, the casual gaming trend via mobile phones is the future.
Games have come a long way. Gone are the days when mobile gaming meant endless games like Temple Run or Angry Birds. First Player Shooting and Racing games have improved drastically in terms of functionality as well as graphics. While games are getting larger and deeper, we also need to move on with the appropriate hardware for the best experience.
We've compiled a list of recommended phones to play PUBG and other similar games to their fullest, factors to deciding the same are the processor, RAM, as well as, holding ergonomics and display.1. Samsung Galaxy S9+
The Note9 will soon launch in India, and the two are pretty similar in terms of display size. The S9 has by far been the best phone of 2018 and these Samsung flagships shall also be among the first to get Fortnite as well. The Indian variant is powered by the Exynos 9810 SoC that has been reported to be slightly faster than the Snapdragon 845. It packs 6GB of RAM along with 64 or 128GB of storage.
Samsung's edge-to-edge display, or what it calls Infinity Display is the best AMOLED panel we've seen and the curved edges and back offer a perfectly ergonomic way to hold the phone.
iPhone's have been leading the gaming segment since years thanks to iOS. With the iPhone X, Apple has massively improvised on graphics capability thanks to the A11 Bionic chipset. Games are highly optimized due to Metal 2 and Core ML as well. Apple's ARKit has been available for quite some time and the App Store is filled with interesting games as well.
While Samsung has been putting AMOLED panels on its flagships for years, the iPhone X is the first iPhone to sport an OLED display. Overall, this phone is perfect for gaming as well as every other task a phone is expected to do.
The OnePlus 6 is drastically cheaper than the first two options in terms of pricing, but that does not mean it is cutting corners anywhere. OnePlus is popular for its neatly optimized OxygenOS and with the power of a Snapdragon 845 chipset, this phone is on the cutting edge.
It comes with an AMOLED display along with 6 or 8GB RAM. The build is metal and the back is gently curved for better hold. The OnePlus 6 is the perfect all-rounder one can buy, the dual camera setup on the rear is decent, the design is premium and the software experience is top-notch.
The Honor Play is among the first smartphones in India that is specially designed keeping gaming in mind. The recently launched phone is a midrange device, at least according to its price. When we consider the specs, it has the same Kirin 970 SoC that powers the Huawei P20 Pro.
The phone has a top-tier processor along with Honor's GPU Turbo technology that can increase the efficiency by 60 percent. It also mutes notifications so that you have a disturbance-free gaming experience. It also packs a fairly big 3750mAh battery that also supports Fast Charging via USB-C.
While this phone isn't exactly a gaming phone and actually belongs in the midrange segment, its price and memory options offer the most value. It is powered by a Snapdragon 636 SoC, the same one that controls the Redmi Note 5 Pro. It has 3/4/6GB RAM variants available along with 32/64GB of storage.
We reviewed the device when it was released, and games like PUBG run fairly well. Obviously, you cannot expect the phone to punch out high frame rates, but the experience is above average.