What to Look for When Purchasing a Budget Phone for Mobile Gaming?

Phone chipset absolutely necessary for mobile gaming

Mobile gaming is on the rise, and this rise ain’t stopping anytime soon. Most of the mobile games are free to play, so how are they monetized? Free mobile games earn revenue from the advertisement, subscription, and micro-transaction model – players can purchase in-game currency. Accessibility is the highest it’s ever been as barriers to entry are virtually non-existent; who doesn’t have a smartphone today? From casual games to the recently popular battle-royale genre of games, mobile games are played by almost everyone today. It’s no surprise that mobile games are getting increased attention and investment.

While some of the major game developing studios have already launched their popular games on mobile (Fortnite, Pubg), rest are joining the tide (Apex legends, Daiblo Immortal). In 2019, PUBG mobile grossed 1.3 billion dollars in revenue; thus surpassing PUBG PC in terms of revenue that year. Why shouldn’t mobile games be popular after all? It is convenient to play games on the phone; it is inexpensive to play games on the phone. However, some of the games demand high-end specifications to run. So, if you don’t want to invest in a flagship phone but want a lag-free gaming experience, look out for these SoCs in a phone:

1: Snapdragon 720G

This is the latest game-centred chip by snapdragon for low budget phones. For Qualcomm, its gaming chipsets have a ‘G’ at the end of their names which denotes that it has select Snapdragon gaming features(Game Anti-Cheat Extension, Fast Loader, HDR Gaming, High synchronized sound using aptx adaptive audio) and graphical boost over the standard processors. It has some upgrades over the last year’s 730G but is very similar when it comes to gaming performance.

Devices: Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro, Realme 6 Pro, Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max.

To know more about SoC 720G, click here

2: A10 Fusion chip

Yes, this is the chip which powers the iPhone 7 and the budget iPad. This chip can still handle most of the mobile games. The A10 is a quad-core SoC, with two high-performance cores and two energy-efficient cores. Apple states that it has 40% greater CPU performance and 50% greater graphics performance compared to A9. During the festive sale at online portals, you can get the iPad at attractive prices. I have seen the Apple iPad go as low as Rs 20,000 during the sale.

Devices: iPhone 7, iPhone 7+, iPad (6th and 7th Gen).

To know more about SoC A10 Fusion, click here 

What to Look for When Purchasing a Budget Phone for Mobile Gaming?

3: Snapdragon 855

This chip is the premium chip of last year which powered most of the android’s flagships in 2019. Snapdragon 855 is powered by leading 7nm process technology, and a Hexagon processor that’s purpose-built for AI. You can get some of the phones powered by this chip under Rs 30,000 (Redmi K20 Pro, Asus 6Z, and Black Shark 2). This chip still dominates over most of the phones today. I have been playing PUBG mobile on my Oneplus 7 Pro for more than 6 months now; it works as smooth as it used to work when I first started playing. Even Snapdragon 845 is still good enough for games; you can opt for it too.

Devices: Redmi K20 Pro, Asus 6Z, Black Shark 2, Oneplus 7.

To know more about SoC 855, click here

4: Snapdragon 730G

This chip was the last year’s game-centred upgrade to SoC Snapdragon 730. This chip has similar Geekbench and Antutu benchmark scores as compared to SoC 720G.  SoC 730G has select Snapdragon Elite Gaming features(Optimization for top games, Game Jank
Reducer, Game Fast Loader, True HDR10 mobile gaming) and 15% graphical boost over SoC 730.

Devices: Realme X2, Oppo Reno 2, Xiaomi Redmi K20, Poco X2, Samsung Galaxy A80.

To know more about SoC 730G, click here

5: Snapdragon 765G

This SoC is 7nm based which is better than 8nm based architecture of both 720G and 730G. 765G along with 765 was Qualcomm’s first chipsets to feature integrated 5G modems (The Snapdragon 865 requires a separate cellular modem). This SoC is also superior to both 720G and 730G as per antutu benchmark and geekbench.

Since 765 and 765G were launched in December, not many phones are available with this chipset as of now.

To know more about SoC 765G, click here

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