With the continuing popularity of mobile gaming through the likes of the PUBG and Fortnite, smartphone companies have taken to manufacturing dedicated gaming smartphones for the market. Growing trends to smartphone gaming have thus escalated the number of gaming phones units shipped in total with gaming smartphones projected to reach 1.8 percent in India.
According to a report through CMR SpecView, gaming smartphones are estimated to reach 6.5 percent of the total shipments by 2021 and that too in India alone. This has been justified as more and more PC gaming manufacturers have started developing highly advanced gaming smartphones. It was also found out that more and more users wanted their smartphones to be their primary device for gaming with as much as 90 percent of millennials and Gen-Z users taking a step away from Gaming PCs and consoles.
While CMR estimates a 4.7 percent rise in gaming smartphones shipments, the Indian market will welcome close to double the units by the next year. With such growth, we can expect as much as 5 percent of total smartphone shipments to include gaming smartphones by 2020.
While smartphone companies look to produce different gaming smartphones, it comes down to chipset manufacturers Qualcomm and MediaTek who recently released the Snapdragon 675 and Helio P70 to better smartphone gaming for a budget price tag. With advanced functions in regular smartphones, soon gaming smartphones will also be expected to come with all the functions of a regular smartphone including a decent pair of cameras and speakers.
CMR’s Industry Intelligence Group Head, Prabhu Ram said “While a majority of the smartphones in the market support mobile gaming, the rise of graphically intensive games like Fortnite and PUBG Mobile is making smartphone manufacturers take note and cater to the demand. The new breed of smartphone gaming devices will mainly garner attention from gaming
enthusiasts. Serious gamers, who traditionally prefer gaming PCs, will find the features like high refresh rate contributing to a better experience, as a good incentive to play on the go”.
Taking advantage of this new market change are Razer, Nubia, Asus, Xiaomi and Huawei which already offered better specifications, batteries and cooling technologies on their phones. All three manufacturers now have their own gaming dedicated phones with Samsung expected to be the next to jump into the fray of gaming smartphones.