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5 Best Gaming Smartphones Of The Year 2021

We mostly chose devices that Gadget Bridge has tried and tested. Take a look at our top five picks.

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The gaming industry is growing, specifically when it comes to mobile games, and almost every phone manufacturer now offers a gaming phone. Also, with a new publisher and a new name, Battlegrounds Mobile India aka PUBG: Mobile has made a comeback in the Indian market. To handle such high demanding games, you’ll need a dedicated gaming phone, that is available from a variety of manufacturers including ASUS, POCO, Xiaomi, Nubia, and others. We’ve compiled a list of the best gaming smartphones of the year 2021 that were launched in the Indian and global markets by manufacturers of gaming smartphones.

Battlegrounds Mobile India, COD Mobile, Garena Free Fire, Fortnite, Genshin Impact, and Asphalt 9 are some of the most popular games right now. And to play such demanding games one needs a handset that offers an advanced thermal cooling system, a dedicated gaming chipset, and faster storage. For an enhanced gaming experience, many gaming smartphones include trigger buttons and other control buttons. So we mostly chose devices that Gadget Bridge has tried and tested. Take a look at our top five picks.

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Asus ROG Phone 5

The 6.78-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display on the Asus ROG Phone 5 has a 144Hz refresh rate and a peak brightness of up to 1,200 nits. Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protects the display, which also supports DC dimming. The device has up to 18GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 onboard storage and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC with Adreno 660 GPU.

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ASUS ROG Phone 5 review

Underneath the ROG logo is an RGB light for gaming. For better temperature control, Asus has developed a thermal design called GameCool 5. For a better gaming experience, the smartphone includes AirTrigger 5, dual front-firing speakers, multi-antenna Wi-Fi, a quad-mic noise-cancelling system, and ultrasonic buttons.

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OnePlus 9R

The OnePlus 9R has a 6.5-inch full-HD+ OLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. It’s powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 870 SoC and up to 12GB of RAM, and runs Android 11 with OxygenOS 11 on top. Up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 2-lane storage is available on the device.

OnePlus 9R
OnePlus 9R

A 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 primary sensor with an f/1.7 aperture is housed in the smartphone’s quad rear camera setup. A 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, a 5-megapixel macro lens, and a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor round out the camera setup. The OnePlus 9R has a 16-megapixel Sony IMX471 camera sensor with an f/2.4 aperture for selfies and video chats.

A 4,500mAh battery is also included, which supports Warp Charge 65.

Poco F3 GT

The Poco F3 GT features a 10-bit 6.67-inch Turbo AMOLED display. It also has a 120Hz refresh rate along with a 480Hz touch sampling rate, support for DC Dimming and HDR 10+. Under the hood, there is a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC. It comes with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage options.

Poco F3 GT gaming smartphone with MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC launched in India 

In terms of imaging, the Poco F3 GT is highlighted with a triple camera setup on its back that includes a 64-megapixel main sensor with an f/1.65 aperture. It further includes an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor and a 2-megapixel macro lens. For taking selfies and video calling the handset features a 16-megapixel front-facing camera.

The device is IP53 rated for dust and water resistance. Backed by a 5,065mAh battery, the Poco F3 GT supports 67W fast charging. This phone also includes dedicated triggers- like Maglev triggers, X-Shockers and a GT switch.

iQoo 7 Legend

The 6.62-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display on the iQoo 7 Legend has a resolution of 1,0802,400 pixels. A 91.4 percent screen-to-body ratio and a 20:9 aspect ratio are provided by the 120Hz refresh rate panel. The Snapdragon 888 SoC houses an octa-core processor with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

iQoo 7 Legend
iQoo 7 Legend

A 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.79 aperture, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle and macro lens with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 13-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.46 aperture make up the triple camera setup on the back of the iQoo 7 Legend. A 16-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture will be included in the iQoo 5G smartphone.

A 4,000mAh battery with 66W fast charging support is most likely to power the phone.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 6.8-inch Edge QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O Display with a resolution of 1,440,3200 pixels. HDR10+ is supported, as is a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate. This phone uses One UI on top of Android 11. The phone is powered by an octa-core Exynos 2100 SoC with up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of storage.


The device has a quad-camera setup on the back, which includes a 108-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture and OIS support. A 12-megapixel Dual Pixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture and 3x optical zoom, and a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with an f/4.9 aperture, OIS support, and 10x optical zoom round out the package. The phone also has a second laser autofocus sensor, and the camera setup supports 100X Space Zoom. A 40-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.2 aperture is located on the front.

All of the necessary connectivity, as well as the sensor, are included in the phone. The phone is powered by a 5,000mAh battery that supports USB PD 3.0 and Wireless Charging 2.0.

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Komila Singh
Komila Singh
Komila is one of the most spirited tech writers at Gadget Bridge. Always up for a new challenge, she is an expert at dissecting technology and getting to its core. She loves to tinker with new mobile phones, tablets and headphones.
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