Best Premium Gaming Phone of 2021 – Indian Gadget Awards Nominees: ASUS ROG Phone 5, iQOO 7 Legend and more

The gambling market in India has absolutely exploded since the pandemic pushed us all inside for the past couple of years. And with this, the opportunities for gaming phones have also grown. Interestingly though, it doesn’t seem like too many companies are branding their phones specifically for gaming anymore. Instead, gaming has become a significant value proposition for existing, often premium, smartphones that we can buy. Which is not necessarily a bad thing of course. In fact, now instead of having gaming-focused phones, you get good, healthy smartphones that can be your regular daily driver as well.

There is also a reason for this. Game-specific features like high refresh rate displays, liquid cooling, and more have trickled down to regular phones as well. That’s why you shouldn’t be surprised if you see non-gaming specific devices on this list. So, without further ado, here are the best high-end gaming phones that were shortlisted for the 2021 Indian Gadget Awards.

Nominated for Best Gaming Phones – Nominated for the 2021 Indian Gadget Awards

  • ASUS ROG Phone 5
  • POCO F3 GT
  • Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iQOO 7 Legend 5G

ASUS ROG Phone 5

The ASUS ROG Phone 5 is truly the crown jewel of the Taiwanese company’s efforts in the smartphone world. Its ZenFone-branded devices may not have had the same success the company had hoped for, but the ROG Phone has left its mark on consumers’ consciousness. Of the gaming phones we see today, the ASUS ROG Phone 5 may be the only one that looks like a gaming device. It has the flashy RGB lights that gaming laptops are known for, and triggers. air created by ASUS have impressed many smartphone gamers.

The ASUS ROG Phone 5 has 12 GB of RAM and runs on the Snapdragon 888 chipset, with 256 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. This ensures longevity in terms of performance and fast boot times for your games. It heats up a bit, but the steam chamber inside also cools down quite well. It also has a 144Hz AMOLED display, which ensures that games like PUBG Mobile display no stutter and run smoothly. It’s a bit heavy, but it’s something you’d expect from a phone like this.


The POCO F3 GT has come as a breath of fresh air this year. When launched, it was the only gaming-focused smartphone priced under Rs 30,000. It comes in three variations – one with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, another with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and if you really want to get into the game, there’s a variant of 8 as well. GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. The device is sold in Predator Black and Gunmetal Silver colors.

POCO F3 GT back

The POCO F3 GT has a 6.67 inch 120Hz AMOLED display and runs on the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset. It also has three cameras on the back, with a 5,065mAh battery and fast charging support of 67 W. Build quality and design scream at play on this one, and there are physical “maglev” triggers that can be customized to perform specific functions in games.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Apple doesn’t specifically market its phones as gaming smartphones, but they’re actually unprecedented in gaming. In fact, even the best Android gaming phone will often look pale compared to the high-end iPhone. And that’s why the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max receives this nomination at the Indian Gaming Awards 2021.

IPhone 13 Pro models still come with a 12-megapixel camera sensor

The iPhone 13 Pro Max features Apple’s new ProMotion display, allowing the refresh rate to dynamically change between 0 and 120Hz, as a game demands it. It’s also one of the prettiest displays you can find today, and Apple’s A15 Bionic chip, combined with its vertically integrated software, often delivers unprecedented gaming. From PUBG Mobile to Candy Crush, this phone can run just about any game at the best possible frame rates and highest graphics performance.

iQOO Legend 7 5G

While the iQOO Legend 7 5G doesn’t exactly look like a gaming phone, the colorful stripe on the back gives it a distinct personality. It has a 120 Hz AMOLED display and runs on the Snapdragon 888 chipset with 8 GB of RAM. There is a 4000mAh battery with 66W fast charging and a slot to expand the memory using an SD card. It’s the one you don’t see as often on premium phones anymore.

iQOO 7 / iQOO 8

The iQOO 7 Legend 5G’s benchmark scores on AnTuTu, Geekbench, and 3D Mark are all higher than rivals like the OnePlus 9R and Vivo X60. It also delivers much longer gaming performance on the Mark Wild Life 3D Stress Test which is designed to put pressure on a phone’s processor, generate a lot of heat, and more.

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