By Ahzam Nadzri
Mobile gaming. It’s all the rage nowadays. And due to that fact, the mobile gaming industry is now rivalling their mainstream gaming counterpart. With current games on mobile/smartphones providing console-like graphics and gameplay, it’s no wonder that it is catching up fast with the mainstream gaming industry.
There are smartphones for the serious mobile gamers out there, such as the Razer Phone and the Xiaomi Black Shark.
Both phones rock solid processing power, and high-end graphics processing unit (GPU) to support the latest games. Unfortunately, beefy specs always mean a beefy price for you to own them, ranging from RM2000 to RM3000 and above.
Luckily, there are also a range of budget smartphones that provides you with a (sort of) similar experience that you can get from high-end gaming smartphones as well.
Here are some budget gaming smartphones that can be taken into your consideration.
1. Honor Play
(Very) recently released early this month, the Honor Play is the latest smartphone by one of the most well-known and rapidly rising China-based smartphone company, Huawei.
Boasting an octa-core central processing unit (CPU), which consist of two quad-core processors, and armed with the latest ARM Mali-G72 MP12, you can play all the latest mobile games at medium to high settings.
And the best part: it only cost from RM1249. That’s right, all those high-end specs at a wallet friendly cost. Definitely a steal, right?
2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
Another rapidly rising smartphone brand based in China, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 was released 5 months ago in March, which equals to many years already due to the constant and fast development of technology, particularly smartphones.
Equipped with also the similar, albeit less powerful octa-core processor, and the Adreno 509 GPU, if you’re into casual gaming, then this phone is right up your aisle.
It can run most games in medium settings, which surely must sound like a bummer for some. But hey, for a price tag under RM1000, you could do worse, right?
3. Oppo F9
Well known in the market as ‘the selfie expert’, this upcoming release in its latest collection of their F series smartphones from Oppo, another China-based smartphone company, promises better battery life, which means you can game on your mobile much longer.
With the premise of “5 minute charge, 2 hour call”, the Oppo F9 utilises their in-house developed VOOC Flash Charging System, which uses low voltage and high current charging solution. In other words, it takes only 30 minutes to charge your phone from 0% to 75%.
So after this, no more woes of low battery or battery is almost dead when you want to game on your mobile, especially when playing with your friends. And all these features for a price tag of RM1399.
4. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
A relatively small phone compared to the first three, small size doesn’t mean small capabilities.
One of the highlights of this latest release from ASUS is that it comes out with the latest Android operating software (OS), which is the Android 8.1 Oreo.
Other than that, in the gaming capabilities side, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 surprisingly was able to handle many games today. Furthermore, it comes pre-bundled with in-game goodies for Free Fire Battlegrounds, a battle royale game similar to that of Playerunknown Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile.
With a price tag below RM1000, this is phone is perfect if you’re looking for power in a compact size, while not breaking your budget.
5. Oneplus 5T
A rather less-known brand in Malaysia, you’d be surprised with what the Oneplus 5T has up its sleeve.
Though it was released last year, its general specifications still holds up among the others in this list. It boasts a Full HD AMOLED screen, providing sharp, crisp visuals.
Not only that, it is armed with an octa-core processor and also the Adreno 540 GPU which can handle most modern mobile games on high settings with ease.
So not only you can game with fast speeds, you can do so while enjoying clear, high-definition visuals. It’s almost as you are in the game yourself.
Credit: Cover image from TechRadar.