Best Gaming Phones Under 20000 (SD 860/144Hz Refresh Rate/90 FPS Gaming)

Facing trouble finding the best gaming phone? Here are the most powerful smartphones that you can get under Rs 20000. Some of them are capable of 90 FPS gaming, one has a 144Hz refresh rate and more...

by Sahil_Jain Updated: 29 Aug, 2022, 11:13 IST
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The ASUS ROG series might be one of the best gaming phone series on the market, but is it affordable for everyone? Also, is it really worth buying a gaming smartphone for a high cost which may not be good with other things? Surely a gaming phone’s basic purpose is obviously gaming, but we general users cannot buy different devices for different purposes, can we? So, this article will focus on some of the best gaming phones that you can get for as low as Rs 20K in 2022.

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Usually, when users look for a good gaming mobile phone, the first thing that comes to their mind is the processor. They believe that a budget phone with a powerful processor is everything they need. Well, the chipset surely plays one of the most important roles in a smartphone, but it isn’t the only thing that matters. There are many other aspects to consider while purchasing a phone, especially when we talk about budget gaming phones. You may see many gimmicky claims by certain mobile phone manufacturers which may sound quite attractive. Thus, it’s important to understand what to look for while getting a new budget gaming smartphone.

What to Look for in a Gaming Phone Under Rs 20K?

Gamers believe that they cannot get a good-performing budget mobile phone which is not true at all. There are many smartphones under this category that are blazing fast and full of features. But the problem is deciding which phone is the best under ₹20000. Within 20K, you can get phones with great performance, camera, battery, and an AMOLED display with a high refresh rate. So, let’s check the criteria for selecting the best gaming phones under rupees 20000:

  1. Good Processor: The processor in a phone handles some of the most important tasks in a phone. The camera, performance, and even the battery life of a phone depend largely upon its chipset. So, which processor is the best and most powerful for your phone? Well, there’s no perfect answer for that but, there are some crazily fast and capable processors that you can get for this budget. For 20000 rupees, you can get a phone with Snapdragon 860, 778G, 695, or Mediatek Dimensity 900. All these chipsets are some of the best ones in their price range and thus, do not settle for anything less.

  2. Amoled/High Refresh Rate Display: Since we are talking about gaming phones, the display plays a significant role too. In this budget segment, you can find phones with AMOLED displays that give the best colors or IPS LCD displays with a high refresh rate. But wait, can you get a 120 Hz refresh rate Amoled display under Rs 20K? Hmm…you will find out in the later section of the article.

  3. Good Camera: Considering the high-end gaming phones like the ASUS ROG series and the Black Shark series, people often believe that they cannot get a good camera with a gaming phone. Brands often use 50MP or 64MP camera sensors in their phones which may sound good, but what about the end result? We will make sure to pick out the best camera + gaming phone for you within your budget.

  4. Long-Lasting Battery/Fast Charger: What good is a gaming phone if it can’t last your long gaming sessions? In the last few years, brands have started giving bigger batteries to their phones and recently, fast chargers have also become a common thing. So, you need not worry about your new phone’s battery since it will probably run for a whole day without any issues. Even if it doesn’t, its fast charger will save the day. Though, you must look for a battery bigger than or equal to 4500 mAH.

  5. Clean UI/OS: Users generally ignore this gravely important aspect while buying a new phone. No matter how powerful of a processor you have on your phone, it may not work as efficiently as it should if it doesn’t have a good user interface/operating system. A good UI has no, or removable bloatware if any, and does not act as a burden on your phone. So make sure that the phone you pick has a better UI.

  6. RAM/Storage: Even though these two components can be mentioned differently, it’s better to talk about them together since it makes things easier. You do not need 12GB or 16GB of RAM to play your favorite games. A good phone with 6GB of RAM is enough and if your budget is low, even a 4GB RAM phone will do the job. The storage is your personal choice depending upon the type of user you are. Usually, it’s better to get a phone with 128GB of storage. For a low budget, you can go with 64GB storage and a dedicated micro SD card slot too.

  7. RAM/Storage Type: Now that you know how much RAM & ROM you need, deciding their type is equally important. Since we need better performance, the RAM type should be LPDDR4X or better. For storage, we can go with UFS 2.1 and higher.

These are all the things that a gaming phone under 20000 must have. But, you may sometimes have to compromise with one thing or the other in exchange for another benefit. But don’t worry, here, we have mentioned the best smartphones only which you’ll love for sure.

Which is the Best 5G Gaming Phone Under 20000?

Selecting a good gaming phone isn't as easy as it sounds. There are many aspects that you need to consider before making a buying decision. No worries, since the phones that we have mentioned here, will help you make a decision easily. With these gaming phones under 20000 rupees, you can enjoy 90 FPS gaming too. Here is a list of the best gaming performance phones that you can get under Rs 20K in India:

Best Phones Overall Under 20000

This category covers those phones which have the best specifications and user interface on the market. These phones are great in almost all the ways and probably the best on the list too.

Samsung Galaxy M52 5G (Samsung Good Camera Gaming Phone)

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Otherwise a bit costlier, the M52 5G is hands down the best phone that you can get for 20000. With Samsung’s trust, users have taken quite a liking to this phone and it deserves all the praise it can get. Usually, this phone is priced at Rs 25000 but many times stores like Amazon give a heavy discount on this phone. The Galaxy M52 5G comes with One UI, one of the best and most loved software yet. Tested by our team and used by me personally, M52 5G’s camera is the best in its class. Its performance is also worth praising as it is one of the better performing phones in this segment. The most notable thing that we all love about Samsung phones is their displays and the M52 5G doesn’t disappoint us. It comes with a Super AMOLED Plus, 120 Hz Full HD panel, combined with the Snapdragon 778G. What else can you expect now? Check out all of its specifications, pros, and cons right below:

Chipset

Snapdragon 778G

Display Type

Super AMOLED Plus

Refresh Rate

120 Hz

Touch Sampling Rate

240 Hz

Display Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Display Size

6.7 “

Battery

5000 mAH

Charger

15W in the box, the phone supports 25W

Camera Setup

Triple- 64 MP + 12 MP + 5 MP, Selfie- 32 MP

RAM

6GB, LPDDR4X

Storage

128GB, UFS 2.1, Expandable up to 1TB

OS

One UI

5G Bands

11

Security

Side-mounted fingerprint scanner

Weight

173 g

3.5 mm Jack

N/A

Price

₹19,999



Pros

Cons

Good Performance

No 3.5 mm jack

Best-in-class Display

Side-mounted fingerprint scanner despite having a Super AMOLED Display

Best-in-class Camera

No fast charger

11 5G Bands

Below average design

Good UI


You can also check Galaxy M52 5G Review by a Dimer.

Get the Samsung Galaxy M52 5G now on Amazon | Flipkart | Croma

iQOO Z5 5G (High Performance Gaming Phone)

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iQOO is a sub-brand owned and operated by Vivo. Even though the parent company mainly focuses on cameras and looks on its phones, iQOO targets gamers and offers mindblowing performance with almost all of its phones. The iQOO Z5 5G continues the trend and has some of the best specs to offer in this price range. Also, iQOO has lately been more famous among gamers and thus, it has a separate game mode that will enhance your gaming experience too. Talking about the cameras, it does a decent job and you may not have much problem with this one. Although not as good as our previous phone, the iQOO Z5 5G performed fairly well in our camera tests. It too sports the Snapdragon 778G processor with an IPS LCD display and 120 Hz refresh rate. So, this may not be the best option if you need an AMOLED display but it is quite good in whatever it does have. Let’s check its all specifications, pros, and cons:

Chipset

Snapdragon 778G

Display Type

IPS LCD

Refresh Rate

120 Hz

Touch Sampling Rate

240 Hz

Display Protection

Panda Glass (Equivalent to Gorilla Glass 3)

Display Size

6.67 “

Battery

5000 mAH

Charger

44W in the box

Camera Setup

Triple- 64 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP, Selfie- 16 MP

RAM

8GB, LPDDR5

Storage

128GB, UFS 3.1, Not Expandable

OS

Funtouch OS

5G Bands

2

Security

Side-mounted fingerprint scanner

Weight

193 g

3.5 mm Jack

Yes

Price

₹19,990



Pros

Cons

Good Performance

2 5G Bands

3.5 mm jack

IPS LCD Display at this price

UFS 3.1 storage

Storage Not Expandable

LPDDR5 RAM

Fast Charger in the box


See our dimer’s review of iQOO Z5 5G.

Get the iQOO Z5 5G now on Amazon | Flipkart | iQOO

Best Value for Money Smartphones Under ₹20000

My favorite category that offers the best value for every penny we spend. The only thing that we users ever want is the best value phone we can get. We often confuse VFM phones with cheaper phones but to tell you the truth, both these things are very different. A phone is considered cheap when it comes at a very low price. But a VFM smartphone provides you the best features and experience at the least possible cost. So, here are the most value-for-money phones under ₹20000:

Tecno Pova 5G (Dimensity 900 Gaming Phone for Best Performance)

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When launched, the Tecno Pova 5G just blew everyone’s mind. This is the first phone in this price range with the powerful MediaTek Dimensity 900 chipset. Also, it doesn’t compromise the storage and RAM types and offers the better ones available on the market. Thus, the Tecno Pova 5G becomes one of the most powerful phones that you can get for under Rs 20K. Though the only two problems that you may face with it are the UI and its camera setup. Even though Tecno has worked quite well over the years and its HiOS has become certainly better than what it used to be, it’s nowhere close to being called a polished OS and thus, you may not like it a lot. Also, the brand claims that the phone has dual cameras but that is not so true. The second sensor is pretty much useless in the phone but the 50 MP primary sensor performed average when we tested it. So, if you can manage to use a phone with the HiOS and an average camera, Tecno Pova is a great choice for you. Check out its other details here:

Chipset

MediaTek Dimensity 900

Display Type

IPS LCD

Refresh Rate

120 Hz

Touch Sampling Rate

180 Hz

Display Protection

N/A

Display Size

6.9 “

Battery

6000 mAH

Charger

18W in the box

Camera Setup

Double- 50 MP + 2 MP, Selfie- 16 MP

RAM

8GB, LPDDR5

Storage

128GB, UFS 3.1, Expandable up to 512GB

OS

HiOS

5G Bands

11

Security

Side-mounted fingerprint scanner

Weight

219 g

3.5 mm Jack

Yes

Price

₹15,999



Pros

Cons

Best Performance in its price range

Heavy

3.5 mm jack

Not optimized UI

UFS 3.1 storage

Average camera performance

LPDDR5 RAM

Screen Protection not specified by the brand

11 5G Bands

Value for money


This phone is quite similar to the Infinix Zero 5G and thus, you may consider buying whichever suits you better. Do check a dimer’s review on Tecno Pova 5G/Infinix Zero 5G.

Get the Tecno Pova 5G now on Amazon | Flipkart | Tecno

Poco X4 Pro 5G (AMOLED 120 Hz Refresh Rate Display Phone Under ₹16000)

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The Poco X4 Pro 5G offers a complete package of all the things you need. It has a powerful 5G processor, a great AMOLED 120 Hz display, a decent camera setup, and a long-lasting battery. Although users often complain about facing problems with the MIUI, Poco phones are a bit more reliable since the same OS is optimized better in all POCO phones. Also, it has a 360 Hz touch sampling rate, which will take your gaming experience to the next level. It has a triple camera setup which performs decent enough considering its price. Here are some other specs of the Poco X4 Pro 5G:

Chipset

Snapdragon 695

Display Type

AMOLED

Refresh Rate

120 Hz

Touch Sampling Rate

360 Hz

Display Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Display Size

6.67 “

Battery

5000 mAH

Charger

67W in the box

Camera Setup

Triple- 64 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP, Selfie- 16 MP

RAM

6GB, LPDDR4X

Storage

64GB, UFS 2.2, Expandable up to 1TB

OS

MIUI

5G Bands

7

Security

Side-mounted fingerprint scanner

Weight

205 g

3.5 mm Jack

Yes

Price

₹15,999



Pros

Cons

Good Performance

Heavy

3.5 mm jack

Side-mounted fingerprint scanner despite having an AMOLED Display

AMOLED Display with 120 Hz Refresh Rate

Base variant costs Rs 1000 lesser but has 64GB of storage only

360 Hz Touch Sampling Rate

IP53 Rating

Value for money


Get the Poco X4 Pro 5G now on Amazon | Flipkart | POCO

iQOO Z6 5G (Best Gaming Phone Under 15000)

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Yet again we have an iQOO phone on the list. Why? These phones are purely made for gaming! The iQOO Z6 5G offers better performance than all the phones in its price range and even surpasses some of them that cost more. It has the Snapdragon 695 processor, just like the Poco X4 Pro, and thus, they are very close competitors. Though, Z6 costs you a bit less and offers 128GB of storage too. The only thing where you need to compromise is the display, which is a 120 Hz refresh rate IPS LCD panel. To be honest, this panel is quite good when you see the price tag of the phone. Talking about the cameras, it does a decent job with its primary sensor of 50 MP and gave tough competition to other phones when we clicked some photos with it. The other two sensors are just there for the name’s sake. Conclusively, the iQOO Z6 is probably among the best 2-3 phones under ₹15000. Here are some other specifications of this powerhouse:

Chipset

Snapdragon 695

Display Type

IPS LCD

Refresh Rate

120 Hz

Touch Sampling Rate

240 Hz

Display Protection

N/A

Display Size

6.58 “

Battery

5000 mAH

Charger

18W in the box

Camera Setup

Triple- 50 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP, Selfie- 16 MP

RAM

4GB, LPDDR4X

Storage

128GB, UFS 2.1, Expandable up to 1TB

OS

Funtouch OS

5G Bands

2

Security

Side-mounted fingerprint scanner

Weight

185 g

3.5 mm Jack

Yes

Price

₹14,999



Pros

Cons

Best Performance in its price range

2 5G Bands

3.5 mm jack

Notch Display

Decent Camera

Screen Protection not specified by the brand

Comes with Android 12 out of the box


Value for money



Get the iQOO Z6 5G on Amazon | Flipkart | iQOO

Most Exclusive Gaming Phones Under ₹20000

Now that we are through with our different gaming phone categories, let’s see some exclusive phones which are unique in their own ways. These phones may not be entirely different from the others, but their single feature or capability may have a huge impact on your buying decision. Let’s get started now:

Moto G71 5G (Powerful Stock Android Phone Under 20K)

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Moto has been one of the most popular and unique brands on the market. Why? Since it is one of those few brands that use Stock Android on their phones. Believe it or not, Stock Android is one of the best software out there. The Moto G71, too, comes with Stock Android and is powered by the Snapdragon 695 chipset. Moto phones usually are not so good with their cameras but, the G71 5G changes the trend with its 50 MP primary sensor. Its camera performs well enough to call it a balanced phone. It sports an AMOLED display with a 60 Hz refresh rate, which may get mixed opinions from the users. Check out its other features here:

Chipset

Snapdragon 695

Display Type

AMOLED

Refresh Rate

60 Hz

Touch Sampling Rate

-

Display Protection

N/A

Display Size

6.4 “

Battery

5000 mAH

Charger

33W in the box

Camera Setup

Triple- 50 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP, Selfie- 16 MP

RAM

6GB, LPDDR4X

Storage

128GB, UFS 2.1, Not Expandable

OS

Stock Android

5G Bands

13

Security

Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner

Weight

179 g

3.5 mm Jack

Yes

Price

₹15,999



Pros

Cons

Good Performance

Low Refresh Rate & Touch Sampling Rate

3.5 mm jack

Storage Not Expandable

Decent Camera

Screen Protection not specified by the brand

IP52 Rating


Stock Android


13 5G Bands



Get the Moto G71 5G on Amazon | Flipkart | Reliance Digital

Poco X3 Pro (Snapdragon 860 Phone Under 20000)

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The Poco X3 Pro shocked all the gamers and mobile phone users by offering the Snapdragon 860 in this price range. Ever since it was released, no brand has been able to do anything even close to what Poco did. Running on such a powerful processor, the Poco X3 Pro is purely made for your ultimate gaming sessions. It has a quad camera setup which may disappoint you if compared with the competition. But when we tried playing a few games on it, this phone really impressed us. It also packs a UFS 3.1 storage which adds up to this powerful monster’s performance. Since the brand had to cut the cost somewhere after providing this chipset, we see an IPS LCD display in the phone with a 120 Hz refresh rate; it may disappoint some gamers at this price point. You can find more details right below:

Chipset

Snapdragon 860

Display Type

IPS LCD

Refresh Rate

120 Hz

Touch Sampling Rate

240 Hz

Display Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 6

Display Size

6.67 “

Battery

5160 mAH

Charger

33W in the box

Camera Setup

Quad- 48 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP, Selfie- 20 MP

RAM

6GB, LPDDR4X

Storage

128GB, UFS 3.1, Expandable up to 1TB

OS

MIUI

5G Bands

N/A

Security

Side-mounted fingerprint scanner

Weight

215 g

3.5 mm Jack

Yes

Price

₹20,000



Pros

Cons

Best Performance

Heavy

3.5 mm jack

IPS LCD Display

IP53 Rating

Average Camera


Best suited for gaming only


Get the Poco X3 Pro on POCO | Flipkart

Realme 9 SE 5G (Highest Refresh Rate Phone Under 20000)

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The Realme 9 SE 5G is one of those phones that offer you something entirely different than other phones but also take something in return…don’t worry, it’s not your soul. This smartphone comes with the Snapdragon 778G and has an IPS LCD panel. What’s so different about this one? It has a whopping refresh rate of 144 Hz. Though, as we said earlier, you have to make some compromises too. Its camera setup is truly a letdown. The primary sensor is a 48 MP sensor that clicks some below-average to average images if you consider the price. So, the only reason why you’d want this smartphone is its good performance and highest refresh rate on the list. Let’s see its other features and specs:

Chipset

Snapdragon 778G

Display Type

IPS LCD

Refresh Rate

144 Hz

Touch Sampling Rate

240 Hz

Display Protection

Panda Glass

Display Size

6.6 “

Battery

5000 mAH

Charger

30W in the box

Camera Setup

Single- 48 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP, Selfie- 16 MP

RAM

6GB, LPDDR4X

Storage

128GB, UFS 2.2, Expandable up to 1TB

OS

Realme UI

5G Bands

5

Security

Side-mounted fingerprint scanner

Weight

199 g

3.5 mm Jack

Yes

Price

₹19,500



Pros

Cons

Great Performance

IPS LCD Display

3.5 mm jack

Below Average Camera

144 Hz Refresh Rate

5 5G Bands


Get the Realme 9 SE 5G on Amazon | Flipkart | Croma

Tried and Tested Gaming Phones Under 20K

All the phones that are mentioned in this list are thoroughly used and reviewed by our team and dimers. Since it’s crucial to get a hand on experience with every phone to describe it better, we have made sure that no details are left. Thus, we can assure you that all these phones are tried and tested by us. Also, we have picked these phones from some of the most popular, market-leading brands; hence, you can rest assured about their quality.

Now, let’s see some common questions that users/gamers often ask regarding which phone to buy within their budget.

Frequently Asked Questions for Best Mobile Phones in Budget Segment
Which is the Best Gaming Phone with Snapdragon 855 or 860 Under ₹20000?

The POCO X3 Pro, as mentioned on our list, comes with Snapdragon 860. This phone is quite good for gamers and you may not have any problem with its performance. Though, the phone may not be so good at other things.

Is there any 90 FPS Gaming Phone Under 20000?

Phones with powerful processors such as Snapdragon 778, Snapdragon 860, and MediaTek Dimensity 900 in this price range are capable of gaming with 90 FPS. But, you first need to make sure that the game you play has rolled out those settings for your phone. If not, then there’s nothing you can do about it. Usually, Snapdragon processors are more likely to run games at 90 FPS as game developers often keep these processors in mind while making/updating your favorite games. This brings us to our next question.

Which Processors are Better? MediaTek or Snapdragon?

This question has been answered by many professionals and yet, nobody seems to have made an absolute choice. To be clear, we cannot decide for one processor to be better than the other since there are many things that make them best in their own ways. Talking about Snapdragon processors, they are a bit costlier for brands to use in their phones. Thus, phones that come with snapdragon processors are usually costlier than the others in the same price range. But, we all know that these chipsets are long-lasting ones. Making, probably, the most durable chipsets in the Android world, Qualcomm seems to be the most trusted brand as of now. Also, its processors have been in the market long enough for all apps and game developers to optimize their services accordingly.

Meanwhile, MediaTek processors are more aggressively priced and thus, mobile phone manufacturers use them to make some low-budget phones. But, we have seen enough complaints about these chipsets to understand that at the moment, they are not as nicely optimized as their competitor. Thus, they are far from being that durable too. Though the brand has been working quite efficiently in the past few years and maybe we can see some surprising processors too.

This covers everything from our side on the best gaming phones under ₹20000. We hope that this article would help you to make a good decision about which phone to purchase.

If you are still unsure about anything, make sure to ask your doubts in the comments section. The Desidime community will surely help you. Also, suggest some other phones which you think should have been on the list.

Till then, do check out our articles on Best Gaming Laptop Under ₹1 Lakh & Best Gaming PC Under Rs 80000.

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Finally a sensible post which focus on processor,unlike others  who always says we need 8gb ram or more or more for gaming

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Which Asus Rog model? Any link?
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Finally a sensible post which focus on processor,unlike others  who always says we need 8gb ram or more or more for gaming

Thanks a lot, buddy!!
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bornsmart wrote:
Which Asus Rog model? Any link?
Sorry, can you please be more specific?
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Sahil_Jain wrote:
Sorry, can you please be more specific?
In this article, first phone suggestion was Asus Rog(model wasn't mentioned)
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bornsmart wrote:
In this article, first phone suggestion was Asus Rog(model wasn't mentioned)
Sorry, but the first suggestion is the Samsung Galaxy M52 5G.
But you can ask us any questions that you may have about the ASUS ROG series or other phones.
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