PUBG Mobile has given rise to a new fad in the country where almost every youngster has played the game at least once. And some even spend hours every single day playing the game, challenging their friends and random opponents from around the world in order to obtain the “Chicken Dinner”. One of the main reasons for PUBG Mobile’s widespread popularity is the fact that it can be played on most modern-day smartphones with decent specs. You don’t necessarily need to purchase a flagship smartphone to play PUBG.
If you too wish to try your hand at PUBG and are looking to get yourself a phone that can run the game well, here’s our pick of phones that would provide you with the best performance while playing PUBG, under the price tag of Rs. 15,000. In order to make it easier for you, we are splitting the guide into two sections:
- Best phones to play PUBG under Rs. 10,000
- Best phones to play PUBG under Rs. 15,000
This way, those who are really tight in their financials can still find a decent option to purchase a smartphone capable of playing PUBG Mobile.
Best phones to play PUBG under Rs. 10,000
Realme 3 (Rs. 8,999)
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 (Rs. 9,999)
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (Rs. 8,499)
The Realme 3 has the most powerful (MediaTek Helio P70) chipset among the phones that are available under the Rs. 10,000 mark which makes it one of the best phones to play PUBG. Even though the display is just a 720p panel, this can be seen as a positive and a negative, as the lower resolution means that the chipset does not have to push too many pixels which results in smoother performance, but also means viewing experience while gaming won’t be as crisp when compared to a Full HD panel. The battery is also large at 4230mAh meaning you can play long sessions without any interruption. For a price of Rs. 8,999, Realme 3 is a great option to play PUBG on a budget.
While the Max Pro M2 was announced late last year, it still remains to be one of the most powerful phones in this segment with a Snapdragon 660 SoC under the hood. There’s a Full HD display along with a huge 5000mAh battery which provides great endurance. Priced at Rs. 9,999, the Max Pro M2 offers steady performance while playing PUBG, along with an allround package.
If you want a larger battery than the Realme 3 and do not want to compromise on the display resolution, last year’s mid-range offering from Asus, the Max Pro M1 can also be a good option if you’re on a strict budget of Rs. 9,000. With the Snapdragon 636 under the hood, you’re not going to get performance as good as the Realme 3 or Max Pro M2, but you’re getting a Full HD display along with a large 5000mAh battery and stock Android for Rs. 8,499, which makes it a compelling option.
Special Mention – Redmi Note 7S (Rs. 10,999)
While not technically under Rs. 10,000, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7S is priced just Rs. 999 higher, so if you can manage to stretch your budget slightly, you can get yourself the Redmi Note 7S, which, at Rs. 10,999, offers a Snapdragon 660 SoC, full HD+ display and a 4000mAh battery, making it the best among the lot to enjoy PUBG Mobile.
Best phones to play PUBG under Rs. 15,000
Honor Play (Rs. 14,999)
Redmi Note 7 Pro (Rs. 13,999)
Realme 3 Pro (Rs. 13,999)
Samsung Galaxy M30 (Rs. 14,999)
Despite the trade war between the US and China leading to Huawei/Honor being in trouble, the Honor Play is still relevant in 2019, at least in terms of specs and raw power. The Honor Play sports last year’s flagship Kirin 970 chipset along with a Full HD display and a relatively big 3750mAh battery. Given the chipset and Honor’s GPU Turbo technology, the Honor Play is undoubtedly one of the best performing smartphones for Rs. 14,999 if you want to play PUBG. This is the only phone in this segment offering a flagship-grade chipset. The phone supports 4D haptic feedback in the game. Every time you press the trigger you receive vibration feedback.
This is an obvious option with anyone looking for a smartphone to play PUBG under the price tag of Rs. 15,000. The Redmi Note 7 Pro has the Snapdragon 675 chipset which isn’t as powerful as the Kirin 970 on the Honor Play but is one of the best mid-range chipsets available in the market. A Full HD Plus display and a large 4000mAh battery with support for fast charging mean that the Note 7 Pro offers a great experience while gaming for just Rs. 13,999. It runs PUBG on High graphics settings by default.
The Realme 3 Pro’s gaming performance is very similar to that of the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The Realme 3 Pro opts for the SD710 chipset, which has a slightly better GPU than the SD675, but in everyday usage, there is no visible difference in the performance offered by both phones while playing PUBG. The battery on the 3 Pro also is 4000mAh and supports VOOC 2.0 fast charging which puts it slightly ahead of the Note 7 Pro in terms of charging speeds, so if you want a quick top-up in between or during your gaming sessions, the Realme 3 Pro will do it quicker.
If you’re looking for a smartphone from a tier-1 non-Chinese manufacturer, the Samsung Galaxy M30 can be a good option. Although the Exynos 7904 chipset is not as powerful as the SD675 or SD710, it can manage to play PUBG fairly well and for a long duration too as there’s a big 5000mAh battery. Since you will not be getting the best performance for PUBG on the Galaxy M30, you can consider this option only if you are specifically looking for a smartphone from Samsung.
These were our picks for the best smartphones under Rs. 15,000 if you’re going to play a lot of PUBG. If you have any questions pertaining to a specific device, let us know in the comments section or tweet to us @TechPP, and if your budget is higher than Rs. 15,000, you can check out our list of best phones below Rs. 30,000 for playing PUBG.