There are thousands of app on the Google Play Store, but one that most people are using on their phones these days is the mobile version of the popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. PUBG Mobile has become a phenomenon in itself which is to say that social media and people in general are are abuzz about it.
PUBG Mobile involves 100 people dropping in on a map where they find guns and other equipment, with the sole objective of eliminating all enemies to be the last man or person standing. Players have to achieve this objective all the while a deadly blue circle closes in on the map.
Now PUBG is a game with a lot of variables and the PC version of the game is pretty heavy and requires high end hardware to perform efficiently. The Mobile version of the game is not much different in terms of the specifications that are needed to play. Which makes it difficult for budget smartphones to run the game with all the bells and whistles.
But we have compiled a list of the smartphones that we think will be well suited to run the game despite being priced at or under Rs 20,000.
Xiaomi Poco F1
Price starts Rs 19,999
The Poco F1 from Xiaomi is one of the best smartphones in its price segement, if not the best and will be perfect to run the game with its flagship processor. Poco F1 garnered all the spotlight at launch for being the world’s most affordable device to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. In fact, it still retains that crown.
The smartphone also features a 6.18-inch Full HD+ notched display with an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. Last year’s flagship chipset offers great multitasking and gaming experience, and the company has also added a liquid cooling heat pipe to ensure that the device remains cool under a heavy workload. Making sure everything ticks is a 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support which will be efficient for quickly recharging the phone in between those gaming sessions.
Xiaomi Mi A2
Price starts Rs 14,999
The Android One-certified smartphone Xiaomi Mi A2, comes with a clean UI and updates directly from Google. Powering Xiaomi Mi A2 is a Snapdragon 660 chip with 4GB/6GB RAM, and 64GB/128GB of internal storage. There’s a 5.99-inch FullHD panel, dual-rear cameras, 20-megapixel selfie snapper, and even USB Type-C thrown into the mix. Sadly, there’s no 3.5mm audio port so gamers will probably have to use a Type-C or Bluetooth headphones. The Mi A2 is a no-brainer at a price of Rs 14,999, for the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage version.
Price starts Rs 19,999
The Nokia 7.1 is the newest smartphone on this list and comes with Snapdragon 636 along with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage along with a microSD card slot. Nokia has added a 5.84-inch display with FHD+ resolution, 19:9 aspect ratio and corning gorilla glass 3 in the front. In terms of connectivity options, the device will come with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, Type-C USB Port on the bottom, 3.5mm audio socket. Moving to the camera section, the device comes with a dual 12-megapixel camera sensor on the rear and an 8-megapixel camera sensor on the front for selfies. The device runs on Android 9 Pie out of the box and is part of the Android One program. Last but not least, the device runs on a 3,060mAh battery out of the box.
Price starts Rs 18,990
The Oppo F9 flaunts a 6.3-inch FHD+ display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and waterdrop notch at the top. Under the hood is a MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core SoC paired with Mali-G72 GPU. In the memory department, the F9 gets 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage. The device is backed by a 3,500mAh battery, and for security there’s a fingerprint sensor at the back. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. On the software front, the device runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.2.
Price starts Rs 11,999
The Realme U1 is powered by the brand-new Mediatek Helio P70 SoC, paired with 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage. The smartphone has a 6.3-inch FullHD+ display with a ‘waterdrop’ notch. There’s Android Oreo onboard, with Color OS 5.2 UI overlay baked on top. The smartphone has all major connectivity options, and is backed by a 3,500mAh battery.