Mobile gaming has seen an unprecedented rise in fame in the past couple of years. Gone are the days when games like “Temple Run”, “Candy Crush”, “Subway Surfers”, etc. used to rule over the charts of the most popular mobile games. With the likes of PUBG Mobile, Garena Free Fire, Vainglory, Fortnite Mobile, Mobile Legends Bang Bang, Cyber Hunter, and the recently launched Call of Duty: Mobile being an instant hit in the mobile gaming community, a whole new market has opened up for OEMs. One requires a device with top-notch specifications to be able to enjoy such games to their full potential. As a result, major mobile manufacturers of the world have jumped in headfirst to make their mark on the “gaming phone” market. What was once considered a niche, has now been all the talks in the smartphone industry.
With some of the most well-received gaming phones like the Razer Phone, Xiaomi Black Shark, ASUS ROG Phone being non-existent in the domestic market, Nepalese audience have been settling into other phones to clear their thirst for the premium gaming experience. However, the recent launch of Nubia’s magnum opus – the Red Magic 3 has provided a breath of fresh air for Nepalese gaming enthusiasts. So today, let’s look at the best mid-range gaming phones you can buy in Nepal.
Nubia Red Magic 3
This is the first and only gaming phone officially available in Nepal. At a price point of Rs. 59,999 (which is reasonably fair compared to the global market), the Red Magic 3 offers a premium gaming experience, while also being an excellent smartphone. I know the phrase “complete package” has been used to death when describing a phone, but the Red Magic 3 is exactly that.
The Red Magic 3 looks and feels great on the hand like it does on the specs-sheet. It boasts 8GB memory and 128GB of UFS 3.0 storage. It is powered by Snapdragon 855 chipset built on the 7nm fabrication process and Adreno 640 GPU, which features Vulkan 1.1 API and true HDR gaming on mobile devices.
For a clean gaming experience, you also have a 6.65 inches FHD+ 90Hz AMOLED display with a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The phone houses an industry-first internal cooling fan capable of dispersing heat 500% more effectively than your regular phone. Also, the capacitive shoulder triggers and the enhanced vibration engine with haptic feedback keeps you right on the battlefield while you’re gaming. The Red Magic 3 has a big 5000 mAh battery with 27W fast charging capacity. The “Gaming Pad” and “Docking Station” further fine-tune one’s gaming needs.
Nubia Red Magic 3 Specifications:
- Body: 6.76 x 3.09 x 0.38 inches; 215 gm (7.58 oz)
- Display: 6.65-inches AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate, 430 nits brightness
- Resolution: Full-HD+ (2340 × 1080 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio
- Chipset: Snapdragon 855; 7nm Mobile Platform
- CPU: Octa-Core (1 x 2.84GHz Kryo 485 + 3 x 2.42GHz Kryo 485 + 4x 1.80GHz Kryo 485)
- GPU: Adreno 640
- RAM: 6GB / 8GB / 12GB LPDDR4x RAM
- Storage: 64GB / 128GB / 256GB (UFS 3.0) storage
- Software & UI: Android 9.0 (Pie) with Redmagic OS 2.0
- Rear Camera: 48MP 1/2.0″ Sony IMX586 sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, f/1.75 aperture, Dual LED flash
- Front Camera: 16MP, f/2.0 aperture
- Fingerprint sensor: Yes, Rear mounted
- Audio: 3.5mm audio jack, Stereo front-facing speakers, DTS:X
- Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Dual 4G VoLTE), WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Bluetooth 5, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, USB Type-C
- Battery: 5000 mAh battery with 27W fast charging
- Nubia Red Magic 3 Price in Nepal: Rs. 59,999 (8/128 GB)
Redmi K20 Pro
Snatching the famed title of “Flagship Killer” away from OnePlus, Xiaomi was able to deliver a killer product at a very cheap price point with its Redmi K20 Pro. Boasting a stunning “Aura Prime” design and high-end specs, the K20 Pro was able to accumulate mass support and praise in the industry.
As you can expect, the K20 Pro runs on the quasi-neo chipset that is the Snapdragon 855 with Adreno 640 GPU. The phone comes with a memory configuration of 8GB and 256GB of older generation UFS 2.1 storage. Though this isn’t something of a deal-breaker, I feel like it needs to be addressed nonetheless.
On the display front, the phone has a gorgeous 6.39 inches 60Hz FHD+ Super AMOLED with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Xiaomi hasn’t implemented a 90Hz screen in the K20 Pro which may be a bummer to most gaming enthusiasts since displays with a higher refresh rate guarantee a better experience. However, this may be excused by the consumers since you’re getting otherwise an excellent display and 60Hz isn’t entirely bad either.
The phone has a moderate 4000 mAh battery capable of 27W fast charging. Unlike the Red Magic 3, the K20 Pro doesn’t have dedicated capacitive shoulder triggers. This is because the phone isn’t directly being marketed as a “gaming phone”. K20 Pro is your regular mid-range smartphone with superior gaming prospects.
Redmi K20 Pro specifications:
- Body: 6.17 x 2.93 x 0.35 inches; 191 gm (6.74 oz)
- Display: 6.39-inches Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
- Resolution: Full-HD+ (2340×1080 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
- CPU: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485)
- GPU: Adreno 640
- RAM: 8GB
- Storage: 256GB; No SD Card slot for memory expansion
- OS & UI: Android Pie (v9.0) with MIUI 10 on the top
- Rear Camera: (48 MP f/1.8, wide-angle camera) + (8MP, f/2.4, telephoto camera, 2x optical zoom) + (13MP, f/2.4, ultra-wide-angle camera), Dual-LED flash
- Front Camera: 20MP motorized pop-up selfie camera, f/2.2
- Battery: 4000 mAh battery with 27-watt fast charging support
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C, USB OTG support
- Sensors: Fingerprint (under-display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Redmi K20 Pro Price in Nepal: Rs. 49,999 (8/256GB)
Huawei Nova 5T
Another phone with great gaming potential on our list is the Huawei Nova 5T. With a fabulous design and great hardware, you can have a great time gaming on this phone and also look good while doing it.
The Nova 5T sports Huawei’s own Kirin 980 Chipset used in its phones like last year’s fan-favorite flagship – Huawei P30 Pro. It was the world’s first mobile SoC chipset manufactured using the 7nm fabrication process, which is faster and more power-efficient. Nova 5T has the Mali-G76 MP10 as its GPU, which is on par with the Qualcomm Adreno 640. The GPU Turbo 2.0 software is here for optimizing the CPU & GPU for enhanced gaming performance, which sadly only supports some of the popular titles.
Moving on, the phone is equipped with 8GB of memory with 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. The display is 6.26 inches 60Hz FHD+ IPS LCD panel with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. An AMOLED panel would’ve been way better but there’s that. Nova 5T is powered by a decent 3750 mAh battery with a 22.5W fast charging capacity. Though it doesn’t have any gaming exclusive features, the phone is well-versed for your average gaming necessities.
Huawei Nova 5T Specifications:
- Body: 6.07 x 2.91 x 0.31 inches; 174 gm (6.14 oz)
- Display: 6.26-inches IPS LCD panel with a punch-hole cutout
- Resolution: Full HD+ (1080 x 2340 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio @ 412 PPI
- Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 980; 7nm process
- CPU: Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
- GPU: Mali-G76 MP10
- RAM: 8 GB
- Storage: 128 GB internal memory, No memory card for storage expansion
- OS & UI: Android 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.1 on top
- Rear Camera: quad-camera setup – (48 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide) with PDAF) + (16 MP Ultra-wide (13mm) with f/2.2) + 2 MP, f/2.4 macro lens + 2 MP, f/2.4 depth sensor
- Front Camera: 32 MP lens with f/2.0
- Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Battery: 3750 mAh, 22.5-Watt Fast charging
- Huawei Nova 5T Price in Nepal: Rs. 53,900
Of course, there’s going to be Poco F1 on the list. With SastoDeal restocking the phone at a new and attractive price, we couldn’t recommend the Poco F1 enough. This breakout hit by Xiaomi from last year is still a good option for people who are looking for a gaming capable phone on a budget.
One of the main reasons for the phone’s monumental success was that it had flagship-level specs at 1/3rd the price. The Snapdragon 845 chipset alongside Adreno 630 GPU made the Poco F1 a performance powerhouse. Combine that with 6 or 8GB memory and 64 / 128 / 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage, the phone just knocked every task thrown at it out of the park. To make matters more riveting, Poco F1 also housed liquid cooling technology. With this, heat dissipation is much more effective on the device during a prolonged use-case like gaming.
To be completely honest, the phone doesn’t have an inspirational design but that doesn’t matter at all. It has a 6.18 inches FHD+ IPS LCD panel at an 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The Poco F1 is powered by a commendable 4000 mAh battery with Quickcharge 3.0 support.
Poco F1 Specifications:
- Body: 6.12 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches; 182 gm (6.42 oz)
- Display: 6.18-inch IPS LCD panel
- Resolution: Full HD+ (1080 x 2246 pixels), 18.7:9 aspect ratio @ 403 PPI
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845; 10nm process
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
- GPU: Adreno 630
- RAM: 6 / 8 GB
- Storage: 64 / 128 / 256GB (expandable)
- OS & UI: Android 8.1 (Oreo) – upgradable to 9.0 (Pie) with MIUI 10.2.3 on top
- Rear Camera: 12 MP f/1.8 + 5 MP depth sensor, Dual LED flash, Panorama, HDR, etc
- Front Camera: 20 MP lens; f/2.0
- Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer, Compass, Infrared Face Recognition
- Battery: 4000 mAh Li-Po non-removable with Quick charge 3.0
- Poco F1 Price in Nepal: Rs. 29,999 (6/128GB)
Next on the list, we have Honor Play. It was a widely well-received device. Though the phone is a little over a year old, with its impressive hardware, the device holds on to today’s gaming needs.
The Honor Play has Kirin 970 chipset, which can also be found in phones like the last year’s Huawei P20 Pro, with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU. Though the GPU isn’t the most high-end and capable even by last year’s standard, the phone performs well enough in moderate gaming scenarios. Honor Play includes Huawei’s GPU Turbo Technology, which is responsible for better graphics processing and background resource management. This should help in FPS stabilization while gaming. As aforementioned, this technology is only supported by a handful of games. Honor also introduced a feature called “4D Smart Shock” via a software update for in-game vibrations.
Though 4GB of memory may not seem like a lot, the Honor Play can handle multi-tasking quite effectively. However, it is best that you manage your expectations of how well it can. It has 64GB storage which is thankfully expandable. Moving on to display, you can find a 6.3 inches FHD+ IPS LCD panel with a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Powering it is a 3750 mAh battery with 18W fast charging capability.
Honor Play Specifications
- Body: 6.22 x 2.93 x 0.30 inches; 176 gm (6.21 oz)
- Display: 6.30-inch IPS LCD panel
- Resolution: Full HD+ (1080 x 2340 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio @ 409 PPI
- Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 970; 10nm process
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
- GPU: Mali-G72 MP12
- RAM: 4 / 6 GB
- Storage: 64GB (expandable up to 256GB)
- OS & UI: Android 8.1 (Oreo) – upgradable to 9.0 (Pie) with EMUI 9.1 on top
- Rear Camera: Dual, 16 MP primary with f/2.2 aperture + 2 MP depth sensor
- Front Camera: 16 MP with f/2.0 aperture
- Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyro, Compass
- Battery: 3750 mAh Li-Po non-removable, 18W fast charging
- Poco F1 Price in Nepal: Rs. 35,790 (4/64GB)
Apart from the Red Magic 3, there aren’t any other gaming-focused phones in Nepal. This list was built so that our audience is better informed and can make a wise decision when it comes to purchasing a phone that performs well, both as a daily driver and a gaming machine. As the title suggests, we haven’t included any flagship-level smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, OnePlus 7 Pro, etc. here. Here is a toned-down version of details of the 5 smartphones included in the list:
|Smartphone||Price (NRs.)||Standout feature|
|Nubia Red Magic 3 (8/128GB)||59,999||Exclusively gaming-focused phone with complementary features|
|Redmi K20 Pro (8/256GB)||49,999||Great design with flagship-level hardware at a mouth-watering price point|
|Huawei Nova 5T (8/128GB)||53,900||Fashionable look and great hardware|
|Poco F1 (6/128GB)||29,999||Great hardware and the best value for your money|
|Honor Play (4/64GB)||35,790||Great hardware and great design|