There’s no arguing that the gaming industry is huge. In the US in 2021 alone, it was worth $86 billion. In 2022, this industry in the Asia-Pacific region is worth more than $197 billion. You might have heard of these numbers before but did you know that in Pakistan, this industry is worth $25 million a year? And it is growing.
Pakistan is no short of gaming enthusiasts, and some of them have left their mark on the international gaming events – you might have heard of Arsalan Ash.
If you are a budding game player on a budget, we have listed a variety of mobile phone options for you in this blog. These are some of the best gaming smartphones in Pakistan, ranging from Rs.39,999 to Rs.100,000.
1. Asus ROG Phone 3
The Asus ROG series is well known for its gaming capabilities. Launched in July 2020, this phone rivals any smartphone you throw at it. The device uses a 144Hz AMOLED display that’s HDR10+ certified. ROG 3 uses a 6.59-inch gorgeous display. Anyone can guess how sharp and accurate the colors will be.
Not only sharp and accurate, but this smartphone has the specs to push any game to its maximum settings. The device uses Snapdragon 865 5G+ coupled with Adreno 650. This phone comes with 8GB,12GB and 16GB RAM. Fast UFS 3.1 storage loads the game in seconds.
For a perfect stereo experience, this phone has a pair of stereo speakers with dual amplifiers. The 3.5mm headphone jack is also tuned for 192kHz of audio, so you don’t miss the sound of an enemy sneaking toward you. Asus ROG 3 uses a 6000mAH cell that lasts hours of gaming. This device supports 30W quick charging that takes around an hour to charge fully.
Asus ROG 3 is one of the best gaming phones in Pakistan and can be bought for around Rs.70,000 to 100,000, depending upon the smartphone’s condition.
2. Xiaomi MI 10T
Despite being budget phones, Xiaomi devices are well-known for their exceptional value. If you want a robust gaming device in Pakistan without any compromises, Xiaomi MI 10T should be on your list. It uses the flagship Snapdragon 865 processor coupled with Adreno 650 but for a lower price. This chipset is coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of fast UFS 3.1 storage.
Xiaomi MI 10T has a 6.67-inch LCD that supports a 144Hz refresh rate. It’s also HDR10+ certified, and the display is super bright. The viewing angles are great, along with visible outdoors. However, the LCD consumes more energy, and the colors are not as sharp as an AMOLED display.
Xiaomi MI 10T packs a 5000mAH battery to up its game. This huge cell easily lasts a day even with a couple of rounds of Pubg, Free Fire or Call of Duty. The device charges from zero to full in about 60 minutes with a 33W fast charger in the box.
Xiaomi MI 10T costs Rs.64,999 in Pakistan. Find more reasonable options for Xiaomi MI 10T on OLX Classifieds.
3. Poco X3
Another budget device from Xiaomi that’s capable of excellent gaming while covering all basics of a great smartphone. Poco X3 comes with Snapdragon 732G coupled with 6GB or 8GB of RAM. Games load quickly due to UFS 2.1 storage. Overall, this device feels like a toned-down version of Xiaomi MI 10T.
Like MI 10T, this device also uses a 120Hz LCD panel supported by HDR10. Despite being a sharp and nicely calibrated display, the black isn’t dark enough as one would expect from an AMOLED display.
The quad-camera setup on the back includes a 64MP wide, 13MP Ultra Wide, 2MP macro and a 2 MP depth sensor. This is powered by a massive 6000mAH battery that easily lasts you a day. Poco X3 supports 33W fast charging, making it even more feasible for gamers.
Poco X3 costs Rs.41,999 in Pakistan, making it one of the best value for money smartphones in the market right now. Find various new and used Poco X3 on OLX Classifieds.
4. Realme 8
If you are on a tight budget, you can still satisfy your quest for games with one of the best budget gaming phones in Pakistan. Realme 8 comes with a Mediatek Helio G95 processor which is perfect for handling games like PUBG. Do not expect crazy frame rates or extreme graphics like other phones in this blog, but this phone is still good for a mid range device.
8GB of RAM is a minimum requirement for a great smartphone by today’s standard. Realme 8 offers 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage, display size is 6.4-inch which is average. It’s using a Super AMOLED 1080p display with an Always-on display peaking at 1000nits of brightness, and that’s amazing. None of the phones mentioned above support Always-on Display due to the LCD panel.
Realme 8 comes with a decent quad-camera setup, just like Poco X3. However, calibration and ISO adjustments are more refined on Poco X3. It uses a 5000mAH battery that supports 30W fast charging. The device can charge from zero to 50% in under 30 minutes, according to the company.
Realme 8 can be bought for Rs.39,999. You can save some cash by looking for better deals for new and used Realme 8 on OLX Classifieds.
5. Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
The Xiaomi Redmi Note series gained immense popularity in the last few years. The affordable price aligned with its modern design and feature makes it one of the best phones you can buy for the price. Redmi launched several variants of each of its models. The Pro models have slight upgrades over the other variants making it a better contender for the best gaming mobiles in Pakistan.
Redmi Note 10 Pro, despite being launched last year, still stays competitive. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 732G processor coupled with 6GB of RAM. Adreno 618 GPU ensures smooth graphics and framerates. It doesn’t feel sluggish at all. It’s quite smooth and fluent to run games like Pubg on this smartphone. 128GB of inbuilt storage allows for many games to be installed.
This phone comes with a 6.67-inch 1080p display that supports HDR10 and 120Hz frame rate options. It’s a bright and crisp AMOLED display. It has four fantastic cameras on the back, with the primary sensor of 108Mp supported by an 8MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro and 2MP depth sensor.
Redmi Note 10 Pro packs a 5020mAH battery that’s enough for two days of light usage. Even on heavy usage, it easily lasts a day. In case the battery is low, you can quickly charge it with 33W fast charging.
Redmi Note 10 Pro costs Rs.50,999 in Pakistan. Check out cheaper options for Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro on OLX Classifieds.
6. Oppo Reno 5
Oppo Reno series is famous for its gorgeous design, excellent display and outstanding performance. With Oppo Reno 5, the design language is further tuned to make it look more desirable. On the inside, the specs and performance are bumped up to support any game without any lag.
Oppo Reno 5 uses a 700 series G processor, namely, Snapdragon 720G with Adreno 618 GPU. The device uses 8GB of RAM and 128GB of fast UFS 2.1 storage. However, the processor is not as powerful as the 732G processor that you can have for a smaller amount of money in the case of the Redmi Note 10 Pro or similar devices.
Oppo phones have been producing some of the best and brightest displays for a while. This 6.4-inch AMOLED display supports 90Hz for better gaming experience. Despite the fact whether the phone is battery focused or performance-focused, Oppo smartphones always stay strong in the camera department.
Oppo Reno 5 uses a 64MP primary sensor, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP Macro and a 2MP depth camera. The overall quality of these cameras is good. Oppo is notorious for extra softening of the image, which destroys the natural feel of the pic. This is still the case with this smartphone.
Oppo Reno 5 has a smaller 4310mAH battery with 50W fast charging. Despite the smaller battery, this smartphone easily lasts you a day. To cover for less battery capacity, it has the fastest charging speed.
If you can stretch your budget and live with a slightly used phone, go for the used Oppo Reno 5 Pro. The Pro model is hands down the best gaming smartphone you can have in Pakistan. It rivals the best of Samsung and Xiaomi in terms of camera, speed, features and design.
Oppo Reno 5 cost Rs.55,999 in Pakistan. You can also look for more affordable options for Oppo Reno 5 in OLX Classifieds.
7. OnePlus 8
OnePlus slowly gained immense popularity in Pakistan. The OnePlus 8 was launched in 2020 for $700. After adding taxes and duties, the final price was too high for many. But now, since it’s around two years old, the price has dropped considerably, whereas the specs are still holding up great.
OnePlus 8 uses a 6.55 inch Fluid AMOLED display. This 1080p panel supports a 90Hz refresh rate and is HDR10+ certified. It’s a vivid gaming experience playing with this smartphone. Snapdragon 865 coupled with Adreno 650 means top-notch performance. The CPU and GPU are run by 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
OnePlus 8 uses a 4300mAH battery pack that supports 30W fast charging. The battery specs are not impressive on paper, but the efficient processors make it comparable to a smartphone with a much higher battery capacity.
Unfortunately, OnePlus doesn’t officially sell in Pakistan, so the only options left are buying overpriced imported phones or buying them in used condition. OnePlus 8 cost around Rs.50,000 to 60,000 in Pakistan. You can find both options in the OnePlus 8 on OLX classifieds.
All of these phones qualify as the best gaming phones in Pakistan according to their class and price. Let us know which one you think is the best of the lot? Let us know in the comments.