Nubia Red Magic 3 vs Xiaomi Black Shark 2 vs Razer Phone 2

Nubia has just published the groundbreaking characteristics of its 2019 gaming phone: Red Magic 3. Now that gaming phones are established and we can play amazing games on a mobile telephone such as PUBG and Fortnite, it makes much more sense to have a gaming-centered device and even to compare it from the same section. A comparison of the latest gaming smartphones from different companies can be found here: Nubia Red Magic 3, Razer Phone 2 and Xiaomi Black Shark 2. They have completely distinct esthetics, but they all perform fantastically: what is best and what one deserves to buy? Let’s see it together.

Nubia Red Magic 3 vs Xiaomi Black Shark 2 vs Razer Phone 2



Nubia Red Magic 3
Razer Phone 2
Huawei Mate 20x
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTN/D158.5 x 79 x 8.5 mm163.6 x 75 x 8.8 mm, 205 grams
DISPLAY6.65 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 330 ppi, Super AMOLED5.72 inches, 1440 x 2560p (Quad HD), 513 ppi, IGZO IPS LCD6.39 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 403 ppi, AMOLED
PROCESSORQualcomm Snapdragon 855, octa-core 2.8 GHzQualcomm Snapdragon 845, octa-core 2.8 GHzQualcomm Snapdragon 855, octa-core 2.8 GHz
MEMORY 6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB8 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD dedicated slot6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB – 12 GB RAM, 256 GB
SOFTWAREAndroid 9 Pie, Nubia Red Magic OSAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 9 Pie
CONNECTIVITYWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPSWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPSWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
CAMERA48 MP f/1.8
16 MP front camera
Dual 12 + 12 MP f/1.8 and f/2.6
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
Dual 48 + 12 MP f/1.8 and f/2.2
20 MP f/2.0 front camera
BATTERY5000 mAh, Fast Charging 27W4000 mAh, Fast Charging with Quick Charge 4+4000 mAh, Fast Charging 27W
ADDITIONAL FEATURESRGB strip, additional rear and side keys, pins for accessories, cooling fan, Dual SIM slotIP67 certification, RGB illuminated logoDual SIM slot

Design

When it goes to gaming devices, the layout is a very personal question. There are individuals who prefer aggressive and original aesthetics with their LED strips like Nubia Red Magic 3 and Xiaomi Black Shark 2, while others want a more conventional and elegant design like Razer Phone 2. There are three things that make the difference here if we exclude the subjective elements: build quality, keys, and accessories connection options. You get more physical keys to use in-game on the Nubia Red Magic 3 as well as rear pins to connect additional accessories. On the other side, Xiaomi Black Shark 2 has a delicate pressure display which allows you to map the buttons to the screen sides.
Razer Phone 2 does not give these characteristics, but it is waterproof and has an oleophobic screen coating. For gamers, Nubia Red Magic 3 looks a little more comfortable.

Display

The most amazing display for gamers, although not an AMOLED panel, is the one on the Razer Phone 2. It has the greatest refresher frequency (120 Hz) in the game as well as the lowest resolution (QHD) for high detail, broad color range and greater brightness.

Specs & Software

Razer Phone 2 loses this comparison because it has a less remarkable chipset: the old-generation Snapdragon 845, while Nubia Red Magic 3 and Xiaomi Black Shark 2 are fitted with the latest Snapdragon 855 chipset. We must see how the air cooling of the Nubia Magic 3 is performed, but we have greater expectation of the Red Magic, to determine which one better between Xiaomi Blacks Shark 2 and Nubia Red Magic 3.

Camera

These devices are not exactly the best camera phones, despite coming with flagship-class performances, but they are still good at taking photos. Nubia Red Magic 3 has only one camera, but because of its 48 MP resolution and the ability to record 8 K videos and 1920 fps slow movement videos it is very exciting. On the other side, with OIS and 2x optical zoom, Razer Phone 2 comes with better pictures characteristics. Even with its 48 MP primary sensor backed by a 12 MP telephoto lens for 2x optical zoom, Xiaomi Black Shark 2 is fairly good.

Battery

With its huge 5000 mAh battery, the Nubia Red Magic 3 should be able to beat the competition in a lot of scenarios. We say should because we do not know how much energy the rotating fan working at 14 K rpm will consume. So, just like the cameras, we have to test the battery life of the Nubia Red Magic3 in order to give a definitive opinion.

Nubia Red Magic 3 vs  Razer Phone 2 vs Xiaomi Black Shark 2

Price

The cost is the Razer Phone 2’s weakest point since it was launched with a € 850/$950 price tag. For just € 450/$500 and € 385/$430 respectively, Xiaomi Black Shark 2 and Nubia Red Magic 3 debuted in China. At the end of the day, because of its large battery, its physical buttons, the back buttons, and the 90 Hz refresh rate, if we count on the paper specs, Nubia Red Magic 3 looks like the phone with the greatest value for cash.

Nubia Red Magic 3 vs Xiaomi Black Shark 2 vs Razer Phone 2: PROs and CONS

Nubia Red Magic 3

PROs

  • Great hardware + cooling system
  • Rear and side physical keys
  • Pins for accessories
  • Bigger battery with fast charging
  • 90 Hz display
  • Affordable
  • Stereo speakers

CONS

  • Single camera

Xiaomi Black Shark 2

PROs

  • Affordable price
  • Good cameras
  • Stereo speakers
  • Big battery with fast charging

CONS

  • Nothing particular

Razer Phone 2

PROs

  • Best display
  • Great hardware and cooling system
  • DAC dongle and stereo speakers
  • Big battery, fast charging, and wireless charging
  • Water resistant

CONS

  • Bezels

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