Best Gaming Phones in 2023 | Asus ROG Phone 7, iPhone 14 Pro, Galaxy S23 series, more

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-Carlsen Martin


Asus recently launched the ROG Phone 7 series in India and globally. The ROG Phone 7 and ROG Phone 7 Ultimate are easily the two best smartphones for mobile gaming. But are they the only ones?

Fortunately, they aren’t the only ones! There are several smartphones across various segments that can deliver a high-end gaming experience without compromising on frame rates. So we’ve compiled a list of the best smartphones for gaming in 2023 to give you all the information you need right here:

Here are the best gaming phones in 2023

Best Gaming Phones in 2023

Asus ROG Phone 7 – Rs 74,999

The recently launched ROG Phone 7 is easily the best gaming phone so far. Not only does the phone offer an over-the-top spec sheet with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, 165Hz AMOLED display, 6,000 mAh battery, excellent audio, and a myriad of software tweaks to vastly improve your mobile gaming experience.

If you are a mobile gaming enthusiast who wants the best gaming smartphone without any compromises, then you can’t go wrong with the ROG Phone 7. The ROG Phone 7 is easily the best phone on this list when it comes to peak sustained performance.

Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate – Rs 99,999

First up and the most obvious choice on this list the Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate. While the specifications of the ROG Phone 7 Ultimate are similar to its vanilla counterpart, the former has a few advantageous over and above the instance specs of the ROG Phone 7.

Chief among them being the external Aero Active Cooler 7 and the small opening on the phone to allow air to pass through to the vapour chamber. Additionally, the free cooler accessory also has a subwoofer to further improve audio quality.

iQOO 11 5G – Rs 59,999

The iQOO 11 5G was the first smartphone in India to use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. Additionally, the iQOO 11 5G also uses a 120Hz QHD+ E6 AMOLED display with LTPO technology. This is arguably one of the best displays on a smartphone in the segment.

Moreover, the iQOO 11 5G also has a large battery, super-fast charging, and more importantly. Additionally, the dedicated V2 imaging chip and larger cooling area further improve in-game performance.

iPhone 14 Pro & iPhone 14 Pro Max – Starting from Rs 1,29,990

The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max were two of the best smartphones of 2023, delivering some of the best-in-class specs and features to match. However, you’ll be surprised to know just how good the iPhone 14 Pro is for gaming.

The flagship A16 Bionic chip is faster than both its Qualcomm and MediaTek counterparts, while the 120Hz LTPO OLED screens on the iPhone 14 Pro was easily among the best in the business. Despite Android tall claims and over-the-top RAM figures, the iPhone 14 Pro stands ahead of most Android flagships in terms of raw performance.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Series – Starting from Rs 74,999

This year, Samsung stepped up its performance game with the Galaxy S23 series, which includes the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and Galaxy S23 Ultra. Samsung has stepped up its gaming performance on its flagship Galaxy S23 line-up by incorporating a custom version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, titled ‘Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy’, on its flagship smartphones.

The new Galaxy for Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip features higher CPU and GPU clock speeds over the standard version of the chip. Moreover, Samsung has also increased the size of the vapour chamber on the Galaxy S23 series to ensure better cooling, while the 120Hz LTPO AMOLED screens offer excellent milage for mobile gamers.

OnePlus 11R 5G – Rs 39,999

Looking for a smartphone with flagship performance without the flagship price; then the OnePlus 11R is the way to go. The combination of the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC and the 120Hz Super Fluid AMOLED display deliver the best smartphone under 40,000 INR for gaming.

Additionally, the OnePlus 11R also comes with up to 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and the new RAM-Vita feature to further improve multi-tasking performance. The OnePlus 11R 5G also boasts a HyperBoost and Cryo-velocity cooling system to offer improved sustained performance. The OnePlus 11R can handle any title on max graphics and the highest frame rates.

iQOO Neo 7 5G – Rs 29,999

If you are looking for best performance on a smartphone under 30,000 rupees, then the iQOO Neo 7 is the way to go. The Neo 7 5G features the first 4nm chip (MediaTek Dimensity 8200 SoC) in the segment paired with LPDDR5 RAM and Extended RAM 3.0 up to 8GB.

Moreover, the phone features a 3D cooling system and an instant touch sampling rate of 1,200Hz. Additionally, the phone also comes with other gaming features like Motion Control and an X-Axis Linear motor for improved haptics. The phone also comes with a 120Hz AMOLED display. The iQOO Neo 7 5G is also touted to run New State Mobile at 90fps.

Redmi K50i – Rs 23,999

If there’s one smartphone that punches above its price in terms of raw performance, it is the Redmi K50i. Despite its sub-25K price tag, the K50i 5G opts for a MediaTek Dimesnity 8100 SoC, making it the fastest phone in the segment.

Add to that, the chip is paired with LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. Moreover, the phone’s 144Hz LCD panel boasts a 7-stage dynamic refresh rate. This will enable users to access high graphics and frame rates in games without any slowdowns.

Realme 9 5G Speed Edition- Rs 19,999

The Realme 9 5G Speed Edition is often overlooked in the sub-20K segment due to its imbalanced specifications. However, if you are looking for the best-performing smartphone in the sub-20K segment, then the Realme 9 5G SE is worth considering.

The Snapdragon 778G SoC on the Realme 9 SE delivers significantly better performance than any of its MediaTek counterparts in the segment and punches above its price. Additionally, the phone also features a 144Hz LCD panel with a 6-speed variable refresh rate and up to 8GB of Dynamic RAM.

Best Mobiles in India

  • Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra


  • Xiaomi 13 Pro


  • Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max


  • Apple iPhone 14 Plus


  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max


  • Google Pixel 7 Pro


  • Google Pixel 7


  • Samsung Galaxy S23


  • Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus


  • Vivo X80 Pro 5G


  • Apple iPhone 13


  • Samsung Galaxy M13 5G


  • Redmi A1


  • Samsung Galaxy A04s


  • Realme C35


  • Apple iPhone 14 Pro


  • OPPO A74 5G


  • Redmi Note 11 4G


  • Redmi 9A


  • iQOO Z6 5G


  • Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate


  • ZTE Axon 50 Ultra


  • Vivo Y100A 5G


  • HTC Wildfire E3 Lite


  • Motorola Moto G Power 5G


  • Infinix Hot 30


  • Oppo A1 5G


  • Vivo Y11 (2023)


  • Vivo Y02A


  • Nokia C12 Plus


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published: Saturday, April 15, 2023, 10:30 [IST]

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