PUBG Mobile Lite Runs Well on Entry-Level Android Go Smartphone

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) Mobile remains to be one of the most downloaded games on Google Play Store. In fact, since its global release in March 2018, the title has been installed more than 100 Million times on Android devices.

Although PUBG Mobile's popularity is unquestionable, millions of avid mobile gamers across the world - particularly those with entry-level smartphones - have yet to actually play this game largely because of its prohibitive file size as well as its resource intensive graphics and frame rates.

If you own an Android handset with modest technical specifications and you've always wanted to see what's cool about PUBG Mobile for yourself, I have great news for you!

Tencent, the award-winning publisher of this game, has recently released PUBG Mobile Lite, which - as its name suggests - is meant to run on Android phones with entry-level internal hardware, including processor, RAM, and internal storage.

PUBG Mobile Lite

To check if PUBG Mobile Lite delivers on its promise, last night, I installed it on my Cherry Mobile Omega Lite 4, which is one of the Pinoy handset maker's many entry-level Android Go smartphones for 2018.

For Pinoys who are seeing this model for the first time, Cherry Mobile Omega Lite 4 features a plain polycarbonate shell and sports 5-inch 18:9 WVGA+ TN panel, 8MP AutoFocus Rear Camera, 5 MegaPixel Front-Facing Camera, Dual SIM Dual Standby Capability, and a removable 2,000 mAh Li-Ion battery pack.

Under the hood, this model runs its Android 8.1 Oreo Go operating system with a 1.3 GHz Quad Core MediaTek MT6580 Processor, only has 1GB of RAM, and comes with 8GB of Internal Storage (4.5GB user available) that can be expanded using the phone's dedicated microSD card slot.

PUBG Mobile Lite

Cherry Mobile Omega Lite 4 is a fine example of today's entry-level Android smartphone with far from beastly technical specifications -- and I'm glad to report that this handset is very much capable of running PUBG Mobile Lite!

The game only weighs less than 400MB and CM Omega Lite 4's ROM was more than enough to cover it. Nope, I didn't have to install a microSD card to run the game; Then again, my unit was fresh.

At first, I was afraid that the handset's Quad Core processor and measly 1GB of RAM won't be enough to play PUBG Mobile Lite without stuttering but I was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly the device was able to run the game!

Sure, my unit became quite hot after 15 minutes of gameplay -- but it wasn't alarming and I guess it's to be expected because of the graphics.

PUBG Mobile Lite

As for the game itself, I found it quite enjoyable to play -- even if I'm not someone you can call a mobile gaming enthusiast.

The concept is exactly like that of the heavier PUBG Mobile regular version: You and other players land on an island battleground not having anything and you'd all have to look for your clothes, weapons, vehicles, and other provisions by walking around and entering structures. Then, when you already have items for attacking other players or defending yourself, you'd have to take down your opponents to win. For those who haven't played PUBG Mobile, it's actually very straight-forward.

PUBG Mobile Lite

There are two things that I found particularly impressive about PUBG Mobile Lite when I ran it on my Cherry Mobile Omega Lite 4.

First, considering the modest specs of my phone, I thought that game graphics looked very smooth and visually appealing. Apparently, it's because this title is powered by Tencent's Unreal Engine 4 which delivers stunning details and realistic gameplay effects along with high-quality 3D sound effects.

Second, PUBG Mobile Lite offers a vast arsenal of weapons with realistic ballistics and even travel trajectories! You can tell that a lot of thought and planning went into the creation of these items and in the end, they helped to greatly improve the overall gameplay experience.

PUBG Mobile Lite

To wrap up, I think it's great that Tencent had decided to release this version of PUBG Mobile. It's very inclusive and it's proof that you don't really need to buy a very expensive smartphone with top-of-the-line hardware to just be on a fun and exciting online multi-player battle royale game anytime and anywhere.

PUBG Mobile Lite is exclusively available for download on entry-level and lower-midrange Android smartphones here in the Philippines. You can get it for free through Google Play Store.

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