Best Phone for Gaming in 2020: Razer 2 vs. Asus Rog, Xiaomi Black Shark, Nubia Red Magic Mars

Thomas Glare
January 29, 2020

In 2020, you can play on almost any smartphone. But some models are much better than others. They have a special design and “stuffing” that allows you to launch the latest Play Market and App Store news, which are almost as good as console exclusives.

We’ll look at the best smartphones that you should definitely pay attention to if you plan to use them to play Fortnite or Online book of ra. But what specific characteristics make a regular phone the best android phone for gaming?

Perhaps the most important thing for a gaming smartphone, which makes it the best, is the screen. It should be large enough and clearly display all the information necessary for a gamer, without forcing to “squint” in different directions.

The next thing to pay attention to is the overall power of the mobile phone. In this regard, the clear leaders are the iPhone and Galaxy S9 models, which also boast excellent sound. Moreover, the audio quality really “decides” when it comes to smartphones with a small screen. Some phones have special built-in functionality that will seriously help during the game, so we will definitely tell you about these devices later.

Razer 2 – Great Gaming Smartphone With HDR

The Razer Phone 2 is really impressive when it comes to gaming performance. The smartphone has a 5.7-inch screen with HDR support and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Given that most other gaming smartphones, this figure does not exceed 90 Hz.

The device runs on the Snapdragon 845 processor and supports Dolby Atmos. Therefore, the smartphone without any problems launches all modern games and applications at high graphics settings. Razer Phone 2 is a fairly massive device. The case does not play and feels durable. He is not afraid of accidental falls from a small height, strong pressing, squeezing.

Razer Phone 2 runs on the Android operating system, so many options can be customized to your taste. For example, if you wish, you can reduce the refresh rate of the screen from 120 Hz to 60-90 Hz, set the priority of the processes. All this allows you to fully control the consumption of system resources. The battery with support for fast charging technology is also pleasing. It is possible to fully charge a smartphone with 0% in just two hours. At the same time, the battery lasts about 10 hours of active use (launching games, resource-intensive applications, cameras, media players). This is really a lot, especially in comparison with competitors.

The only drawback of the Razer Phone 2 is that it is not quite suitable for everyday use by ordinary consumers, and not gamers: it is too bulky, and even without a 3.5 mm headphone jack. But if you are looking for a powerful gaming smartphone, then the Razer Phone 2 is one of the best in its category.

Razer Phone 2
Picture: Razer Phone 2

Is Asus Rog Any Better?

The appearance of gaming devices is almost always more aggressive and futuristic. In the case of ROG PHONE, this is the second option. The case is represented by a combination of glass and metal and in only one colour. At the same time, it is slightly decorated with several lines drawn as if on a printed circuit board. Right on the rear panel, you can see cooling slots. In combination with all the reflections, as well as the way the glare and matte surfaces look, the appearance can only be praised. The style of the gaming device here is perfectly maintained.

If the design of the smartphone really succeeded, then with ease of use, everything is a little more complicated. The case is large – 158.8 × 76.12 × 8.7 mm, and it weighs 200 grams. In a small palm, you will have to intercept it all the time or use it with two hands. But globally, ROG PHONE is not much larger than some flagship smartphones.

For a gaming smartphone, you need a large screen, because playing on the touch screen with a small diagonal would be very inconvenient, with your fingers would overlap a lot of the picture. So in the ROG PHONE fit a 6-inch display. It is elongated. Although the resolution is not the highest (2160 × 1080 pixels, 403 ppi), it is quite enough for any task. The display was distinguished by a refresh rate of 90 Hz, rather than the standard 60. This accordingly affected the smoothness of the display and increased comfort when working with the device.

Xiaomi Black Shark – probably the most successful option

Amid the success of the first model, which turned out to be incredibly successful, Xiaomi paid even more attention to the gaming capabilities of the mobile device. The most powerful Snapdragon 855 processor, working in conjunction with 12 GB of RAM (internal – up to 256 GB), has become the silicon “heart” of the gaming phone. To protect against overheating, a third-generation liquid cooling system is provided, which occupies half the body, while cooling the chipset and its surrounding elements. As a result, the smartphone does not heat up above 45 degrees. 

In addition, the smartphone has built-in stereo speakers and a GamePad 3.0. The cost of a gaming phone is estimated from $ 480 in the most basic configuration.

Picture: Xiaomi Black Shark

Main Details of Nubia Red Magic Mars

Smartphones Nubia Red Magic 3 won first place in the ranking of the best phone for gaming in May 2019. And for good reason – the manufacturer equipped it with an overclocked Snapdragon 855 processor with an active cooling system. Coupled with a 6.55-inch display with a frequency of 90 Hz, Red Magic 3 offers a comfortable gaming experience in such intense sessions as PUBG Mobile.

As for normal use, things are not so smooth here. The 48 MP camera actually produces mediocre pictures, the design, albeit with a beautiful backlight, actually looks very elaborate and amateur, and the smartphone itself turned out to be very massive and heavy. There are also complaints about the firmware, in which, for the sake of freeing memory, such useful Android 9.0 options as gesture navigation were cut out, and in some places, there are some problems with localization. The cost of Nubia Red Magic 3 is $ 500.

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Thomas Glare

Thomas Glare is a young journalist that already has some fantastic expertise when it comes to gadgets and rapidly developing technology.

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