On my usual exploration of the interwebs I have recently come across phones specifically marketed towards gamers. But what exactly makes a gaming phone different than a regular smart phone? As a naturally inquisitive blogger I decided to investigate.
Red Magic Mars by Nubia
The specs of the Red Magic Mars phone from Nubia are pretty much on par with Samsung’s Galaxy S9+. Except it has up to 10GB of RAM compared to the Galaxy S9’s 6GB but a lower resolution of 1080p compared to 1440p from the Galaxy S9+.
The only things that stand out from the Red Magic Mars phone are the shoulder buttons, RGB lighting, and DTS surround sound.
Black Shark by Xiaomi
The Black Shark phone by Xiaomi has specs on par with the Samsung Galaxy S9+ as well. Both have the Snapdragon 845 CPU and the Adreno 630 GPU. The Black Shark coming in with slightly more RAM at 8GB.
The biggest feature the Black Shark comes with, in my opinion, is it’s liquid cooling. Yes that’s right the Black Shark has liquid cooling. Liquid cooling should definitely help with keeping your phone from heating up when gaming. Though I think liquid cooling is quite an impressive feature apart from that there really isn’t anything else that grabbed my attention.
Razer Phone 2 by Razer
The Razer Phone 2’s CPU, GPU and RAM are pretty much the same as the Black Shark’s. The features that stand out the most to me are it’s Dolby Atmos surround sound, water resistance and it’s vapor chamber cooling. Though vapor cooling is not as impressive as liquid cooling it will still keep your phone cool.
Republic Of Gamers phone by Asus
The ROG phone also uses a Snapdragon 845 CPU but unlike the other phones its clockspeed goes up to 2.96 GHz. So it squeezes out a bit more performance out of it’s CPU. The GPU is the same as the other phones and has 8GB of RAM which is also the same as the other phones.
The feature that stood out the most to me was its side mounted ports. This is useful for gaming because when you hold your phone horizontally the charging cable will be at the bottom.
My Impressions of Gaming Phones
Gaming phones are not bad phones by any means but they hardly bring anything new to the table. They all have cooling technology which is necessary for gaming but most likely mobile game developers are going to create games that run on phones like Apple’s and Samsung’s flagship phones without cooling technology. If you think the gaming aesthetic is cool then you should consider buying one since they are just like any other phone.