5 best smartphones under Rs 20,000 to play PUBG Mobile

If you are in the market to buy a mid-range smartphone mainly for playing PUBG Mobile, there are some great options to choose from. Let’s take a look:

To say PubG Mobile is the most popular game right now in India would be an understatement. The multiplayer battle-royale game where 100 players shoot and kill each other to be the last man standing has caught on like wildfire. While this is hardly the best designed mobile game, the primary reason for the game’s infectious popularity is the ability to play the gmae on just about any smartphone. Albeit in a lower graphics settings, PubG Mobile runs on entry-level phones, all the way to the premium flagships where you get the best experience. In India, however, the mid-range segment is the most popular with most phones under Rs 20,000 offering decently powerful performance, just enough to play games like PubG Mobile and even excel at it.

If you are in the market to buy a mid-range smartphone mainly for playing PubG Mobile, there are some great options to choose from. Let’s take a look:

5. Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro may not be a huge upgrade over its predecessor, but it can handle PubG Mobile just fine. The Snapdragon 636 is showing little signs of rust but the popular battle-royale works just as well as other mid-rangers. In fact, on GameBench, the Redmi Note 6 Pro recorded 25 FPS with 97 percent stability, indicating it’s jitter free and no lags. You won’t however get the best graphics on the phone as the Adreno 509 GPU can only support medium graphics, but the 6.26-inch display makes it a pleasant experience. It has also has a large 4,000mAh battery ensuring you can play on for longer.

4. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2

The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 was a quick successor to the previous stock-Android mid-ranger by the Taiwanese giant, and it makes a strong argument at being one of the best phones for gaming in the mid-range segment. With 6GB RAM and a Snapdragon 660 processor, it has enough resources to handle long hours of gaming, especially intensive titles like PubG Mobile. On GameBench, the Max Pro M2 delivered stable frame rates of 30FPS with little lags. While that’s not the max PubG Mobile FPS can go, it’s enough to play competitively online. The 5,000mAh battery makes the Zenfone Max Pro M2 last longer than most mid-rangers while gaming.

3. Realme 2 Pro

Realme 2 Pro

The Realme 2 Pro also sports the same hardware as the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 but thanks to a larger, more immersive display, playing PubG Mobile on the Realme 2 Pro is a slightly better experience. The game has little to no lags and a steady frame rate of 30 FPS, according to GameBench. There is also a dedicated game mode that silences incoming messages and boosts resources to allow for better gaming. The 3,500mAh surprisingly lasts quite long allowing for longer hours of gaming.

2. Honor Play

Honor Play

The Honor Play is designed keeping PubG Mobile in mind. In China, the phone was a result of an official collaboration with Tencent and playing PubG Mobile on the phone is a unique experience. The phone supports 4D haptic feedback in the game. Every time you press the trigger you receive a vibration feedback. It also varies from one gun to another, and while it doesn’t really contribute to you playing better, the experience is a lot more enhanced. Furthermore, there’s 3D surround sound through headphones that helps you track footsteps and gunshots in the game. Finally, the phone supports GPU Turbo that Honor claims boosts the performance by 60 percent as compared to the previous generation. It also runs on a flagship Kirin 970 SoC coupled with 6GB of RAM. On Gamebench, we registered 40 FPS on PubG Mobile with high stability, which means the Honor Play is one of the best smartphones to play PubG Mobile.

1. Xiaomi Poco F1

Xiaomi Poco F1

If you’re looking for the best phone purely to play PubG Mobile under Rs 20,000, the Poco F1 is your best bet. The phone may look like an average mid-ranger from the outside, but under the hood is a flagship Snapdragon 845 which has been the best chipset for mobile gaming so far. The base variant of the phone which is priced at Rs 18,999 has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which is enough to run PuBG Mobile at the highest graphics settings. On GameBench, we registered 40 FPS which is as high as it can go in the game while the stability was at a high 98 percent. More than that, the phone has a dedicated cooling system that draw heat away from the CPU so that longer hours of gaming doesn’t hamper the performance. There’s also a large 4,000mAh battery that easily lets you play for hours without depleting the battery.

Best guns in PUBG Mobile

Best guns in PUBG Mobile to help you win that Chicken Dinner

Assault Rifles, Sniper Rifles, Light Machine Guns, Submachine Guns, Shotguns and Pistols – Here’s all you need to know about how to select the best gun from the lot in PUBG Mobile.

Best guns in PUBG Mobile

Saying that PlayerUnknown’s Battleground for mobile phones, or better known as PUBG mobile, is a famous game will be a gross understatement. Over 20 million players globally slug it out in the game everyday to get a piece of that Chicken Dinner. Some of these players make it to the top ranks with their sharp skills and smooth moves. However, alongside skills, choosing the right loadout while playing PUBG is crucial as all weapons have varying damage rate, which increases or decreases based on the attachments you fit them with. Read on to find some of the best weapons and attachments you can pick up in PUBG Mobile to beat the competition. Do note that these weapons are ranked on the basis of their base damage and not ease of use. 

Top Three Assault Rifles And Their Attachments In PUBG Mobile

Groza: The Groza is the most powerful assault rifles in PUBG Mobile with a base damage factor of 49, but it can be found only in drop crates. It uses 7.62mm rounds and has a mag capacity of 30 bullets. If you find it in a drop crate or from some other player’s crate, better hold on to it. We suggest that along with a 4x scope, you pick a suppressor attachment for the rifle since it will add slight more stability while firing. 

Beryl M762: This rifle was added to the PUBG Mobile universe with the recent 0.9.5 update and fortunately, it’s not limited to the drop crate. It also uses 7.62mm rounds and is quite versatile when it comes to attachments. With base damage rate of 47, we suggest pairing it with a suppressor or a compensator and a 2x scope. 

AKM: The AKM utilises 7.62mm rounds and can be found easily on all the maps in PUBG Mobile. It dishes 49 damage per bullet and is good for beating an enemy in short to medium range. An extended quickdraw mag, a compensator and a 4x or 6x scope go well with the rifle. 

Best Attachments: All the three guns support an array of attachments and an extended quickdraw mag, a compensator or a suppressor, and a 2x or 4x scope goes well with the rifles. For the guns that Stock 

Top Three Sniper Rifles And Their Attachments In PUBG Mobile 

AWM: The  Arctic Warfare Magnum (AWM) is the most powerful weapon in PUBG Mobile. The sniper rifle is found only in crates and uses .300 ammo that rarely found on the map. With a massive base damage of 120, but it has a magazine capacity of merely 5 rounds. If you get this sniper rifle, be sure to pick up an 8x scope, an extended mag, a cheek pad and a suppressor for better sights, more rounds and added firing stability. 

M24: M24 is the second most powerful sniper rifle after AWM in the game. The M24 has a good stopping power with 88 damage and is also found in loot crates. Coupling it with a suppressor, an 8x scope, a cheek pad and a quick draw mag should give you a greater advantage over your opponent. 

Kar98k: The Karabiner 98 Kurz or the Kar98k is a single bolt action sniper rifle that has a hit damage of 75 and is relatively good at mid-range sniping. You can find it openly on the map. It’s good against opponents wearing level 1 and level 2 helmets but it has a slow reloading time. Pair this sniper with a suppressor, bullet loops, and an 8x scope, and you are good to go. 

Best Attachments: Since all of these sniper rifles have a bolt action mechanism and fire one round everytime the trigger is pulled, it is best to equip them with a suppressor. These rifles also have lower magazine capacity and thus an extended mag will be beneficial as well. An 8x scope is a must but a 6x scope works similarly well. Additionally, a cheek pad will give additional stability to your shots. 

Top Light Machine Guns And Their Attachments In PUBG Mobile 

There are only two Light Machine Guns (LMGs) in PUBG Mobile and both of them use different types of ammo. 

DP-28: With a damage of 51, the DP-28 is a powerful LMG that uses 7.62mm ammo type. It can be found freely on the map but it has a low rate of fire, which is compensated by a 47 bullet magazine. As this gun is more effective when used in short range, we suggest using either a 2x scope or a holographic sight with it. 

M249: The M249 strikes a good balance between power and manoeuvrability. However, it also supports only scope attachments and a 4x scope should be good enough. It has a hit damage of 45 and uses 5.56mm ammo. Do note that its single magazine can hold 100 bullets, which is more than enough for medium range combat. 

Best Attachments: Both the above-mentioned LMGs can only be equipped with a scope and since using them means compromising slightly on speed, we suggest that you use 4x or 2x scope with them in mid to short range combat.

Top Three Sub Machine Guns And Their Attachments In PUBG Mobile 

Tommy Gun: The classic Thompson submachine gun has a hit damage of 40 and is the best submachine gun in PUBG Mobile. However, it is quite challenging because of high recoil, slow reload time and no sight attachment support. The gun is much better when supplemented with an extended quickdraw mag, a suppressor and a vertical foregrip.

UMP9: The UMP9 strikes the best balance between power and ease of use from the three SMGs. It is the second most powerful weapon in its segment with a hit damage of 39 and one can attach an assortment of items to it. It uses 9mm ammo rounds and you can equip it with a Thumb Grip, extended quickdraw mag, Holographic or Red Dot sight and a compensator for enhanced performance. 

Vector: The Vector can be easily found freely on the map and even though it has a lower damage of 34, you can use a plethora of attachments to make it better in short range combat. The weapon uses .45 ACP ammunition that is hard-hitting and has a built-in recoil mitigation system. Use a Lightweight Grip, Quick Draw mag, Suppressor and a 2x scope with the gun for added effectiveness. 

Best Attachments: Commonly, all the three SMGs support an extended quickdraw mag and a suppressor. However, we think that grip can be chosen based on an individual’s preference and there’s not really need for a scope above 2x magnification. 

Top Three Shotguns And Their Attachments In PUBG Mobile 

There are only three shotguns in PUBG Mobile and we have ranked them here purely on the basis of their hit damage. Do note that shotguns are only good in very close combat. 

S686: The S686 is a double-barreled shotgun that has a hit damage of 24. Extremely effective in Close Quarter Battles (CQB), the gun is almost instant in firing two rounds and is best suited for use when clearing houses. It uses 12 Gauge rounds. It supports only two attachments and works best when paired with Bullet Loops and a Choke (SG) with to reduce the bullet spread and increase the reload speed. 

S1897: The S1897 is equally powerful as the S686 with a base hit damage of 24. However, its bullet spread is slightly higher and thus you will have to equip it with a Choke (SG) and Bullet Loops. The weapon also uses 12 Gauge rounds that can be easily found in houses. 

S12K: The S12K is slightly less powerful than the other two shotguns but it supports more attachments. It is a semi-automatic 12-gauge shotgun with a hit damage level of 22. You can pair it with an Extended QuickDraw Mag, a Duckbill (SG), and a Red Dot Sight to enable faster reloads and a more horizontal bullet spread. 

Best Attachments: The attachments mentioned alongside the Shotguns should work best.

Top Three Pistols And Their Attachments In PUBG Mobile 

R45: The R45 uses a .45 Ammo and has a hit damage stat of 55. It is the best side-weapon to carry in-game and can only get one red dot sight attachment. However, it is best utilised in close combat.

R1895: The R1895 is also quite powerful as it has a damage stat of 55 and uses 7.62mm ammo. It is tougher to use than the R45 since its reload times are higher and the rate of fire is low. It only supports the suppressor attachment. 

P1911: With a hit damage of 41, the P1911 is less powerful than the above mentioned two handguns but is the most versatile with support for up to four attachments. It uses .45 ammo type and has a magazine size of 7 clips. An Extended Mag, a Suppressor and a Red Dot or a Laser Sight will be the best attachments for it.

Best Attachments: The attachments mentioned alongside the Pistols should work best.

6 noob mistakes to avoid when playing PUBG Mobile

Yes, A single mistake can cost you the game in PUBG Mobile. You should ensure that you avoid making these in your quest for that elusive “WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER”

6 noob mistakes to avoid when playing PUBG Mobile

Winning a round of PUBG Mobile is not easy. It’s a tricky game that seems to reward luck just as equally as skill. You can try all the tips and tricks in the book, but a single mistake can get you gunned down by the opposition. However, some mistakes are way too common for us to ignore any longer. So without further ado, here are some noob mistakes that are just asking for trouble.

Here are 6 noob Mistakes to avoid while playing PUBG Mobile…

Unnecessary looting

This is possible the most common mistake players tend to make. In their haste to get the best possible loot, they tend to spend the majority of the game looting. Remember, the objective of the game is to be the last player alive, not be the player that has the most loot. If you find a decent set of armor, a good gun, and a decent scope, looting should no longer take priority.

Immediately looting a downed player

There are so many players who instinctively make their way to the player they have just killed in order to loot their gear. There are so many ways this can backfire. The gun battle may have alerted nearby players who might come and investigate. Add to this the fact that downed players let off a flashing green light and accompanying smoke, and you’ve literally given your position away. This is especially true in case of Duos or Squad mode where some players start looting even before the rest of the team has been defeated. Don’t be that player. Make sure that the coast is clear, then get to looting.

Rushing supply drops

Supply drops can sometimes be the difference between victory and loss. The loot in a drop crate can make you one of the most powerful players in the match. As such, the desire to immediately head towards one can be great. However, unless the drop is right next to you, rushing towards the crate is suicide. There are plenty of other guys who will have the same idea and will be rushing towards the crate as well. It’s a better idea to stop, survey the area around the crate, and then proceed. Remember: the early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse always get the cheese.

Not changing position after being spotted

If you attack a player and they duck behind a cover, many players tend to stay in the same location, waiting for the enemy to come out from cover. That is liable to get you killed by either the same player, or another player who has come to investigate. If your target ducks behind cover, you should move away to another location. This may give you another angle from which to flank your enemy, while he/she is still trying to spot you. 

Engaging an enemy without a clear strategy

Unless you really want that ‘Terminator’ badge, you’ll do well to remember that PUBG is all about being the last one alive. This means that killing is just one part of the action. In fact, it’s possible to win without even killing a single player. So if you see an enemy who hasn’t spotted you yet, you might not want to give up your location just yet. There could be many reasons for this. The player may be beyond the range of your weapon, or he/she may be better equipped that you. Also, they may have cover near them, while you may not. So keep this in mind before engaging another player. 

Not watching your flank

When hiding in tall grass, you movements can give you away and makes for a very silly way to die. Not many people realise that they can look around, without physically moving the player. This can be done by using that tiny little joystick that looks like an eye, which is located right next to the map. This allows you to turn the camera around, without moving the player. 

These were just some of the ways you can avoid being gunned down like a noob. Also, you can check the powers and specifications of weapons in PUBG Mobile game.

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PUBG Mobile 0.10.0 update will bring Vikendi map, snowmobile, snow weather and more

PUBG Mobile 0.10.0 update will bring Vikendi map

PUBG Mobile 0.10.0 update will bring Vikendi map, snowmobile, snow weather and more

The Vikendi Map for PUBG Mobile will be available for download from 0:00 UTC (5:30 AM IST) on December 20 and will be available for matchmaking 24 hours later.

It looks like the newly announced Vikendi map will be making its way to PUBG Mobile sooner, rather than later. The new map will be available as a part of the 0.10.0 update to the game. Other new additions include a new weather mode called snow and the new map also gets an exclusive vehicle – the snowmobile. Instead of Apples, Players will be able to engage in snowball fights on Vikendi’s spawn island. The new map will be available for download from 0:00 UTC (5:30AM IST) on December 20 and will be available for matchmaking 24 hours later. It should be noted that the PUBG Mobile beta v0.10.0 is already available, but does not include Vikendi yet.

Besides this, the 0.10.0 update for PUBG Mobile also brings a whole host of new features. It will bring a new control layout for players with large hands. Additionally, there will be a display for Crew Challenge Winners on Erangel’s Spawn Island and the name of Season 1’s winning team will appear on the Spawn Island in their respective servers and modes.

PUBG Mobile 0.10.0 update will bring Vikendi map

There are also some new thematic changes made to the game like a snow theme for the main menu. Further, players will be challenged to collect bells from all Classic Mode matches and then exchange them for rewards. Matchmaking has been changed as well and cross-server match-making gives players a chance to be matched with others of the same tier on other servers. Further, those who repeatedly exit matches right after starting will now be banned from playing for a short time. 

For the complete list of what you can expect with PUBG Mobile v0.10.0, check out the patch notes below.

New Map and In-game changes:

Vikendi, a 6km x 6km snow map
Will be available for download at 0:00 UTC on 20 DEC 2018, and available for matchmaking 24 hours later
New weather mode added: Snow
Vikendi-exclusive vehicle: Snowmobile
Snowball Fight added to Vikendi’s Spawn Island
Added layout for players with large hands
Added a display for Crew Challenge winners on Erangel’s Spawn Island. Season 1’s winning teams will appear on the Spawn Island of their respective server and modes (Season 2 registration starts at 0:00 UTC on 18 DEC 2018)
Players’ best results in Crew Challenge will now be shown on their Crew pages and can be shared with other players

Thematic Changes:

Added a Snow theme to the main menu. Collect bells from all Classic mode matches and exchange them for rewards at the event center
Shop’s front page has been tuned to emphasize themes of each major update

Matchmaking Changes:

Added cross-server matchmaking. After enabling, players have a chance to be matched to players of the same tier on other servers.
Players that repeatedly exiting matches right after starting will now be banned from finding matches for a period of time.

Security Improvements:

Players may now report suspicious behavior while spectating after dying.

Reward Improvements:

Players now can collect all daily mission awards at once.
Added Firearms Finish Upgrade System, where players can use materials at the Lab to upgrade certain weapon finishes to get additional kill effects, unique kill broadcasts, and death crate appearances.
Added Lucky Treasure, a feature that gives players a chance to get upgradable weapon finish Glacier – M416 when they finish daily missions.
Added Season spending rewards. Spend different amounts to get excellent rewards and steep discounts on firearm finishes

Other Improvements:

Added Arabic support
Players now do not need to select a second language for matchmaking and chatChat system now takes up less memory and stores more messages
New commands added to Quick Chat

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PUBG Mobile gets a new live-action trailer, watch here

PUBG Mobile gets a new live-action trailer

PUBG Mobile gets a new live-action Trailer

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that PUBG Mobile is one of the most famous battle royale games since there are well over 20 million daily active players. Developers of the game recently announced the new Vikendi snow map for the title, which is currently playable in PC test servers of the game and will soon roll out for the game on Mobile, Xbox and PS4 as well. The battle royale gaming title was also recently announced for the PS4 and the live action trailer for it was showcased, which was well made. Now, the company has released a similar live-action trailer for PUBG Mobile, which is titled #TheRealBattleground Live-action Trailer.

While previous live-action trailers of the game that were released in Chinese have been gritty, with a more serious approach, the new trailer adds a light spin to it. The new PUBG Mobile highlights the basic gameplay for anyone who has not yet tried their hands to win the chicken dinner and sums up the entire battle royale experience in short sequence of clips that are stitched well. The one minute clip digs into the PUBG Mobile experience from dropping down with the parachute to gearing up and taking on enemies as soon as you land (in war mode, we presume).

PUBG creators are well versed on how to market the game in an enticing manner so that one who hasn’t tried the game might also be tempted. We really liked the Vikendi Snow Map CG Announcement Trailer that starts in a sublime manner but soon reveals that the new map will not only be full of new places to explore, but also require better tactics. The PUBG Mobile 0.10.0 update will bring the Vikendi map for players and alongside the new weather mode called snow, the map also gets an exclusive vehicle – the snowmobile. There are many new features and improvements to the game and you can go through the patch notes here.