Why a gaming phone may be a better buy than some high-end phones

For a long time there has been this perception that gambling is not serious business. A report of KPMG suggests that online gamers in India have grown from 250 million in 2018 to over 400 million in 2020. Additionally, the industry is expected to touch nearly $4 billion by 2025. In India, there are said to be 400 – large and small – game companies . Considering these numbers, it’s rather surprising that gaming phones are still a niche game. While consumer phones for the past couple of years have come loaded with features that improve gaming performance, dedicated gaming phones are still rare. For some, buying gaming phones makes more sense than high-end “regular” phones. Here we explain why:

The Features You Get in Gaming Phones

There are some features that you won’t find in high-end phones that end up on gaming phones. We detail a few of them here:
Larger battery
A gaming phone is designed for long gaming sessions, which means you need a bigger battery. Take the case of the Asus ROG phone 6, it has a 6000mAh battery, which is not so common in high-end phones. Apple does not disclose the battery capacity of the iPhone, but it is certainly less than that. The Samsung The S22 Ultra packs a 5,000mAh battery, while the OnePlus 10 Pro also has the same battery capacity.
A different design
In terms of design, gaming phones are quite different from regular phones. The design tends to be bolder and less conventional. If you want your phone to stand out from the crowd, a gaming phone will definitely do that.
Better display
A game needs to be visually appealing and for that, it needs a display that can do it justice. While the screens of high-end phones reach a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz, gaming phones offer a superior experience. NubiaThe Red Magic 7 has a refresh rate of 165Hz, just like the Asus ROG Phone 6.
More RAM means more power
If you want a phone with lots of RAM, then a gaming phone is the way to go. Most mainstream phones offer up to 12GB of RAM, while gaming phones offer up to 18GB of RAM. Graphics-intensive games require more RAM, which means your day-to-day tasks on a gaming phone are handled with ease.
Improved audio output
If the display has to be good, a phone’s audio output has to be just as good for playing games. In most gaming phones, you’ll find the speaker setup much better than regular high-end phones.
Special game features
Air triggers have made their way into some non-gaming phones, but they still work much better on gaming phones. The cooling mechanism of gaming phones is also superior to that of high-end phones. It’s not like gaming on iPhone 13 Pro or Samsung S22 Ultra is mediocre, but spend two hours playing games and there’s a good chance the phone will heat up. Gaming phones do not suffer from such problems, thanks to a better cooling mechanism.
The price matters
Chances are a gaming phone will cost less than a high-end premium phone. The high-end variant of ROG Phone 6 costs Rs 89,999 while the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro Max cost significantly more.
Should you buy a gaming phone?
Not everything is perfect with gaming phones. For example, camera performance on gaming phones is about right. Also, regular Android updates are not guaranteed to last more than two or three years. If you’re a hardcore gamer who spends a lot of time playing games on your phone, a gaming phone makes a lot of sense. If you’re a casual gamer – Candy Crush, Ludo, Temple Run type of gamer – it doesn’t make sense to choose a gaming phone over a premium “normal” phone.

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