At Androidphoria we love to compare phones every time there is a major new release. The idea behind this is to know if a device is worth it, or not, against others in its range. We did it with the Xiaomi Mi 10, the Galaxy S20 Ultra and even with the Huawei P40 Lite, for the mid-range.
Nevertheless, Where is the enthusiastic range, that of the players? We did not forget her, and now that we have two new members in the battle, we have decided to face theNubia RedMagic 5G vs Black Shark 3 Pro vs Asus ROG Phone 2.
Specification table: Nubia RedMagic 5G vs Black Shark 3 Pro vs Asus ROG Phone 2
As usual, the first thing we have to compare is the technical sheet of the three mobiles in question. The reason? It is the easiest way to test your specifications, even if the analysis sections come later in this article. In addition, we are talking about a range where any detail is relevant.
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Black Shark 3 Pro
Asus ROG Phone 2
|Dimensions and weight||168.6 x 78 x 9.8 mm, 218 grams.||177.8 x 83.3 x 10.1 mm, 253 grams.||171 x 77.6 x 9.5 mm, 240 grams.|
|screen||6.65 ″, Full HD + (1080 x 2340), 388 ppi, 19.5: 9 ratio, AMOLED panel, 144 Hz refresh rate, 240 Hz touch response and 100% DCI-P3.||7.1 ″, Quad HD + (1440 x 3120), 484 ppi, 19.5: 9 ratio, AMOLED panel, 90 Hz refresh rate, 270 Hz touch response, DCI-P3 and HDR10 +.||6.59 ″, Full HD + (1080 x 2340), 391 ppi, 19.5: 9 ratio, AMOLED panel, 120 Hz refresh rate, 240 Hz touch response, DCI-P3 108% and HDR10.|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with Adreno 650 graphic.||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 with Adreno 650 graphic.||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ with Adreno 640 graphic.|
|RAM||8, 12 and 16 GB LPDDR5.||8 and 12 LPDDR5.||8 and 12 GB LPDDR4X.|
|Storage||128 and 256 GB in UFS 3.0 format.||256 and 512 GB in UFS 3.0 format.||128, 256, 512 GB and 1 TB in UFS 3.0 format.|
|Rear Camera||Triple chamber: main sensor 64 MP (Sony IMX686) with f / 1.8 + wide-angle sensor 8 MP + macro sensor 2 MP.||Triple chamber: main sensor 64 MP (Sony IMX686) with f / 1.8 + wide-angle sensor 13 MP + depth sensor 5 MP||Double chamber: Main sensor 48 MP with f / 1.8 + wide angle sensor 13 MP.|
|Front Camera||8 MP with f / 2.0.||20 MP with f / 2.2.||24 MP at f / 2.2.|
|Connectivity||USB-C, WiFi 6 dual band, Dual SIM 5G, GPS + GLONASS, Bluetooth 5, NFC and 3.5mm audio jack.||USB-C, WiFi 6 dual band, Dual SIM 5G, GPS + GLONASS, Bluetooth 5 and 3.5mm audio jack.||USB-C, WiFi 5 dual band, Dual SIM 4G, GPS + GLONASS, Bluetooth 5, NFC, FM radio and 3.5mm audio jack.|
|Battery||4500 mAh with 55W fast charge.||5000 mAh with 65W fast charge and 18W wireless charge.||6000 mAh with 30W fast charge and 10W reverse charge.|
|OS||RedMagic OS with Android 10.||Android 10.||ROG UI with Android 9 Pie.|
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The battle of mobile gamer with Android for 2020 will be fierce
If the competition to get the title of the best mobile gaming in 2019 was very tough, we do not want to imagine what the 2020 one will be like. It is true that not all manufacturers have moved, but the presentation of the Nubia RedMagic 5G, and the Black Shark 3 Pro, give us enough information of what to expect.
For this year, companies will have to bet on better cooling systems, greater autonomy and outstanding performance in any section which can. The screens will also be the subject of study, since the refresh rate and resolution must be the best if a mobile wants to succeed.
At these levels there is no limit to competition, and in general the price matters little to the users. Therefore, any manufacturer who decides to limit himself with a component to cut prices, will surely go wrong. In this niche it is all or nothing.
In design, each one has something that stands out from the rest
In the mobile market for gamers, the design is somewhat more special than in other niches. In him aggressive forms prevail, denoting dynamism, and make you feel that you are facing an exceptional device just by seeing it. In the case of these three mobiles, all have an amazing design and liquid coolingBut there is more to it than that. Each one has a characteristic that makes it stand out from the rest.
In the case of Nubia RedMagic 5G, highlights its front, since it is the one with the best screen-body relationship. Its slim edges and almost imperceptible front camera make this phone a visual treat for when you use it. In addition, it has a 15000 rpm mini fan which is responsible for removing the hot air from the mobile, a novelty.
With a very futuristic design, the illuminated Republic of Gamers logo and its cameras located in a very sober module, the ROG Phone 2 takes the palm for better later design. It is true that the other phones are not bad at all in this regard, but the Asus phone perfectly mixes the striking with the elegance. It can easily go through a normal cell phone if you don't want to attract attention.
Finally is the Black Shark 3 Pro, which to our liking is the one that has a less graceful design, but stands out in something very important. This mobile it is made of aluminum, allowing for much more efficient heat dissipation than plastic or glass. Plus, it also has some great physical triggers.
The RedMagic 5G's screen is ahead in speed, but the Black Shark 3 Pro hits hard in resolution
Another closed fight between these three mobiles is found on the screen. Along with the processor and RAM, this is one of the most important sections, and the truth is that each mobile phone has something to say about it.
Starting with Nubia RedMagic 5G, which for us will be the winner, has a screen with a 144 Hz refresh rate, the highest of the three. In addition, the ZTE in-house smartphone offers a 240 Hz touch response speed, two important things for gamers. The screen has Full HD + resolution, full coverage of the DCI-P3 color space and HDR10.
Moving to ROG Phone 2, you will find one 120 Hz refresh rate for your screen, as well as a 240 Hz touch response. Repeat Full HD + resolution, as well as HDR10 certification. Asus promises 108% coverage for the DCI-P3 space, which is great, although we don't know how more than 100% can be covered. It is the most balanced option.
In the case of Black Shark 3 Pro, the screen stands out for a monstrous Quad HD + resolution, the highest in the comparison. However, using such a high resolution costs the Black Shark a drop in its refresh rate, which stays at 90 Hz. Its touch response is 270 Hz, and it is DCI-P3 and HDR10 + certified.
In performance, the Nubia RedMagic 5G takes the cake
With the inclusion of the Snapdragon 865 as the brain of your mobile, and a configuration that can go up to 16 GB of RAM, the Nubia RedMagic 5G rises as the undisputed winner of this contest. As proof of this, we recall that he had an incredible record on AnTuTu, the highest one at the time of writing this article.
The Black Shark 3 Pro is not far behind, because it also includes the SD865, and of course its compatibility with the 5G network. However, the maximum RAM configuration is 12 GB, which is not bad, but it leaves it a little behind with the Nubia.
Finally is the ROG Phone 2. Asus Android is a mobile from last year, and that's why it equips the Snapdragon 855+. This is an excessively capable chip still, and sure to perform very well in the coming years, but it performs less than the SD865, and it doesn't have 5G. The RAM of the ROG Phone 2 reaches up to 12 GB, very good in that regard.
Moved to internal storage, all these mobiles offer very substantial solutions. Nevertheless, the ROG Phone 2 wins with a capacity of up to 1 terabyte. Yes, a real madness, although in the best sense of the phrase.
Black Shark 3 Pro wins on camera, but Nubia Red Magic 5G whispers in his ear
If there is a section that is a little neglected in the mobile phones for players, it is the camera. It's not that they offer bad options at all, but their focus doesn't go in that direction, so it's hard for you to find the best of them on these devices.
Already put in the analysis, we can say that on paper the Black Shark 3 Pro paints as the best option. With a 64 MP main sensor and f / 1.8 aperture, as well as a 13 MP wide-angle and 5 MP depth sensor, the Black Shark is ahead of the rest. The front camera goes to 20 MP.
Nevertheless, closely followed by the Nubia Red Magic. The device has the same main 64 MP sensor, but it is accompanied by an 8 MP wide angle, and a 2 MP macro sensor. Its front camera is the simplest, with just 8 MP.
In the case of ROG Phone 2 not too much to say. It has a 48 MP and f / 1.8 main sensor, plus a 13 MP wide-angle sensor. It is a double rear camera configuration, something little justified for current standards, but we remember that it is a 2019 mobile. However, its Selfie camera is 24 MP, the best of the three.
In battery the ROG Phone 2 is the winner, but the fast charging of the Black Shark 3 Pro makes it difficult
Something had to win the ROG Phone 2, and it has been just about the battery. Y how not? If you have a huge 6000 mAh capacity, a figure that is still very strange today in premium mobile phones with Android. In addition, it is the only one that has reverse charge (10W), and its 30W fast charge is pretty decent.
For his part, The Black Shark 3 Pro stands out for its fast charging of 65W, able to charge the mobile in just 38 minutes. Not having enough, this Android has 18W wireless charging, being the only one with this characteristic. Its 5000 mAh capacity is not bad, but it is less than that of the Asus.
The Nubia RedMagic 5G It is the one that takes third place in this section, since its 4500 mAh battery it looks short for a mobile gaming. Although the same cannot be said of his 55W quick charge, which promises 100% in just 40 minutes.
Extra bonus: the ROG Phone 2 is the mobile for players with the most accessories on the market
This is not a comparative section precisely, since the Black Shark and the Nubia do not have official accessories yet. But we can not leave out something that makes the ROG Phone 2 very special, the number of accessories that Asus made for it.
If you want to live a game experience of another level, The ROG Phone 2 has the following official accessories:
- Asus ROG Kunai Gamepad, an accessory made up of three modular pieces, which depending on whether you connect them you can protect your mobile, have an independent control, or attach them next to your ROG Phone 2. You can buy it for 190 euros right now.
- Asus ROG Twinview Dock II, an accessory that will turn your mobile into something very similar to the Nintendo 3DS. With it you will add a second screen to your device, in addition to an improved cooling system, and an external 5000 mAh battery. It is our favorite accessory, and you can have it at home for only 250 euros.
- Asus Professional dock, a simple accessory that will allow you to turn your ROG Phone 2 into a desktop PC. It connects to USB, and adds an HDMI output, Ethernet port, two USB 3.1 type A and a third USB 3.1 type C. You can have it for just 80 euros.
- Asus Mobile Desktop II, Another accessory to turn your mobile into a powerful PC, but much more complete. It has everything that the previous one, but also adds a 3.5mm jack connector for audio, another for microphone, SD slot, display port and active cooling. Be yours for only 200 euros.
- Asus WiGig Display DockIt is the perfect accessory if you want to connect your mobile to an external monitor in a comfortable way. With the WiGig Display Dock you can send images from your phone to a monitor without cables! Since it works over WiFi. Its price is around 236 euros, and you can buy it here.
The Rog Phone 2 also has a protective case officer called Lighting Armor, as well as headphones called ROG Cetra, but getting them on the market at a good price is complicated. Finally, if you want all the official accessories, Asus sells the ROG Phone 2 Super Pack, an amazing travel bag that includes all of the above (except the single dock), and a fabulous travel bag.
So what is the best Android mobile gamer for this first half of 2020?
Answering this question is extremely complex, even for us. And is that each one has its charm, And they really are all amazing mobiles you can play with for years. But we have to give a verdict so let's go.
If yours is gross performance, buy the Nubia RedMagic 5G. This mobile phone has proven to be the best in power, as well as being the only one with up to 16 GB of RAM. Not only with that, if you add the 144 Hz screen you will get the best experience of all when playing.
On the other hand, if you want a mobile gamer that also serves other thingsthen go for it Black Shark 3 Pro. This device does not lag behind in power, but it does not outperform the RedMagic 5G when playing. Its Quad HD + screen makes it perfect for consuming multimedia content, as well as its cameras make it stand out well in photography.
In the case of ROG Phone 2, is the perfect mobile for long days of gaming. With its 6000 mAh battery, the last thing you worry about is staying in the middle of a game. In addition, the amount of accessories that it has, make the gaming experience sublime, and very different from any other.
And you, What do you think is the best mobile for gamers? Do you think there is any better than these 3 models?