To say PubG Mobile is the most popular game right now in India would be an understatement. The multiplayer battle-royale game where 100 players shoot and kill each other to be the last man standing has caught on like wildfire. While this is hardly the best designed mobile game, the primary reason for the game’s infectious popularity is the ability to play the gmae on just about any smartphone. Albeit in a lower graphics settings, PubG Mobile runs on entry-level phones, all the way to the premium flagships where you get the best experience. In India, however, the mid-range segment is the most popular with most phones under Rs 20,000 offering decently powerful performance, just enough to play games like PubG Mobile and even excel at it.
The Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 was a quick successor to the previous stock-Android mid-ranger by the Taiwanese giant, and it makes a strong argument at being one of the best phones for gaming in the mid-range segment. With 6GB RAM and a Snapdragon 660 processor, it has enough resources to handle long hours of gaming, especially intensive titles like PubG Mobile. On GameBench, the Max Pro M2 delivered stable frame rates of 26FPS with little lags. While that’s not the max PubG Mobile FPS can go, it’s enough to play competitively online. The 5,000mAh battery makes the Zenfone Max Pro M2 last longer than most mid-rangers while gaming.
With a Kirin 710 SoC and Huawei’s GPU Turbo 2.0 enabled, the Honor 10 Lite is quite adept at handling PUBG Mobile. The phone managed to outperform the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 that’s powered by the Snapdragon 660 and we recorded 30 FPS mean frame rate while playing the game. It also comes with a nearly edge-to-edge display with a waterdrop notch that leaves a lot more surface area to button mash while playing the game. However, bear in mind that while GPU Turbo does make the game run smoothly, the quality of graphics takes a big hit and you likely won’t get the texture quality you woiuld get on the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2.
3. HONOR PLAY
The Honor Play is designed keeping PubG Mobile in mind. In China, the phone was a result of an official collaboration with Tencent and playing PubG Mobile on the phone is a unique experience. The phone supports 4D haptic feedback in the game. Every time you press the trigger you receive a vibration feedback. It also varies from one gun to another, and while it doesn’t really contribute to you playing better, the experience is a lot more enhanced. Furthermore, there’s 3D surround sound through headphones that helps you track footsteps and gunshots in the game. Finally, the phone supports GPU Turbo that Honor claims boosts the performance by 60 percent as compared to the previous generation. It also runs on a flagship Kirin 970 SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM. On Gamebench, we registered 40 FPS on PubG Mobile with high stability, which means the Honor Play is one of the best smartphones to play PubG Mobile.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro sets a benchmark in mid-range performance with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 under the hood. Interestingly, the Snapdragon 675 has been made keeping gaming capabilties in mind and as such, the phone offers an excellent experience while playing PUBG Mobile. We recorded stable frame rates of 39FPS on GameBench while playing PUBG Mobile with a high 93 percent stability. The game also runs in High graphics settings by default, and the textures appear far richer than most other mid-range phones. The phone is also optimised to handle PUBG Mobile better according to Xiaomi. On top of that, with a 4,000mAh battery and up to 6GB of RAM, this is one of the best phones to play PUBG Mobile.
If you’re looking for the best phone purely to play PubG Mobile under Rs 20,000, the Poco F1 is your best bet. The phone may look like an average mid-ranger from the outside, but under the hood is a flagship Snapdragon 845 which has been the best chipset for mobile gaming so far. The base variant of the phone which is priced at Rs 18,999 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which is enough to run PuBG Mobile at the highest graphics settings. On GameBench, we registered 40 FPS which is as high as it can go in the game while the stability was at a high 98 percent. More than that, the phone has a dedicated cooling system that draw heat away from the CPU so that longer hours of gaming doesn’t hamper the performance. There’s also a large 4,000mAh battery that easily lets you play for hours without depleting the battery.