With Battlegrounds Mobile India coming out very soon, PUBG Mobile's day of revival is almost here. However, during its absence, a lot of Indian gamers have switched to Free Fire, a low-spec competitor.

Battlegrounds Mobile India Vs Free Fire
Battlegrounds Mobile India Vs Free Fire

Battlegrounds Mobile India (BMI) is nearly identical to PUBG Mobile, however, it is not exactly the same. In this article, we are going to compare BMI and Free Fire to see which one of them is better for low-end phones.

1 - System Requirements

Free Fire requires Android 4.1/iOS 8.0 or above and at least 1 GB of RAM.

Battlegrounds Mobile India, on the other hand, has a slightly higher system requirement. It needs Android 5.1.1/iOS 9.0 or above and at least 2 GB of RAM.

Battlegrounds Mobile India
Battlegrounds Mobile India

The storage space required of BMI and Free Fire varies - depends on the version of graphics you picked. However, on high-end devices, Battlegrounds Mobile India could bloat itself up to 6GB while Free Fire remains much smaller at less than 3GB. You don't have to worry about this if you are using a weaker phone, so there's that.

2 - Gameplay Differences

Overall, Battlegrounds Mobile India and Free Fire are vastly different games. BGMI has 5 maps, with 3 being fairly large in size, much bigger than Free Fire. This affects performance, as loading bigger maps requires more resources. The number of players on the map also matters as well, with BMI having double the numbers of players on the map. It has 100 while Free Fire has only 50.

The differences between map size and player number also make matches in Battlegrounds Mobile much longer. It can last up to 25 minutes, unlike Free Fire's 12-15. The longer you play, the hotter the battery of your phone, which causes lag and slows down performance.

This means Free Fire with its shorter round time is actually the better in this situation. You won't suffer much lag with the shorter rounds.

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3 - Graphics Differences

It is pretty obvious that Battlegrounds Mobile India looks much better than Free Fire. Its graphics style focuses on realism, unlike Free Fire's slightly cartoonish touch. However, at the lowest graphics settings, the two games look almost the same.

4 - Censorship and Restrictions

Battlegrounds Mobile India was slapped with some annoying restrictions and censorship by the Government of India. All blood effects in the game are green now, with the whole story getting reduced to "a simulation". There are also playtime and spending restrictions as well.

Battlegrounds Mobile India
Battlegrounds Mobile India Green Blood

5 - Battlegrounds Mobile India vs Free Fire: Verdict

Free Fire is the better game to play if you have a low-end device with 2GB of RAM or less. If your phone has more than 2GB, BGI is better. Currently, Battlegrounds Mobile India is in a limited beta and you wouldn't be able to play it... unless you are one of the lucky ones with codes. All progress from PUBG Mobile can be ported back into Battlegrounds Mobile India by retrieving your old PUBG account via Facebook login.

For more info about Battlegrounds Mobile India, please check out this post for a comparison between BGMI and PUBG Mobile.