The phones for ‘Gamers’ are trendy. None of the giants of the industry has dared to put a foot in this market again, but the concept of smartphones to play is not new and the arrival of the Razer Phone has revitalized its essence, converted that yes in normal smartphones -or almost normal, of course-.
It has been many years since Nokia and its N’Gage explored the terrain with more grief than glory, but maybe that hybrid between phone and console was too much ahead of its time . When the N’Gage was born smartphones were not even maturing, Android was just an idea in Andy Rubin’s brain, and the truth is that his Symbian operating system It was not for much more either.
What happened with Symbian and the now reborn Nokia is already history, a story collected by Android a few years later in terminals of all flavors and colors, among which was a Sony Xperia Play as interesting as disconcerting , which opened the ban to the Android for gamers .
Its design with sliding keyboard was the most trendy in their time, but instead of having the traditional QWERTY, what they hid were the PlayStation physical controls , that Sony accompanied in addition to the suite room PlayStation Mobile that, however, did not add much in terms of quality titles by then. An error that ended up condemning Xperia Play …
The idea was not bad and the result decent, but again the question of time and a risky design pushed back a smartphone ‘gamer’. The first one who understood it was Acer, who with his Predator line finally presented a phone to play that looked like a normal phone .
Its success was relative and the reasons many – limited availability, MediaTek chipset, overloaded exterior, etc. – but this is where it really is the essence of these smartphones for ‘gamers’ that we have in the Android catalog today: Nubia Red Magic, Xiaomi Black Shark and Razer Phone , that really are high-end phones that also allow to improve the gaming experience.
If Razer is to ‘gaming’ what Google is to Android, and the videojueguil industry is increasingly present in smartphones, Razer had to be present on smartphones .
his Razer Phone It is the first incursion of the Americans in this of smartphones, but the truth is that the result is quite successful , accompany it or not the success to the first.
The Razer concept is good, forgetting the stridency of design and turning a phone to play in a normal phone was necessary, equipping it in addition to 120 Hz panel and a collection of compatible games with this refresh rate, as well as a high quality multimedia playback . Obviously your hardware is the most prestacionales of the market, we did not expect less …
Nevertheless, not having included a quality gamepad signed by themselves it subtracts points, as well as the lack of a desktop base that allows playing with the terminal as a mini-television. Nor is there an exclusive game store or agreements with developers , so the catalog is the same as for the rest of Android smartphones.
It’s true that it really is not a Xiaomi properly speaking, as there are more than 15 companies associated with Xiaomi behind this Black Shark , that not by announced stops being a total and absolute surprise.
Black Shark is therefore a firm spin-off of Xiaomi, who has dared to launch a smartphone for gamers with all of the law, adding ideas for a concept perhaps even more successful than Razer’s .
Xiaomi’s phone to play has the best hardware you can mount today , not forgetting the stretched panel in 18: 9 format or the double main camera, but it is also the Chinese manufacturer has accompanied the smartphone of an accessory that we all asked in this type of terminals.
Its about Joy , an accessory that is placed in the upper frame of the device and that, in landscape, offers us physical controls to play . An essential, which however is not included as standard with the Black Shark, so you must buy it if you wish separately.
The design is striking but not so strident, and the details in green are added a more careful grip thanks to the rubber and a advanced refrigeration necessary, together with a color calibration under the DCI P3 profile that will improve the experience.
The last to arrive we have known today, and this is that Nubia Red Magic I was in the oven from the Mobile World Congress 2018 waiting for its moment, but fitting pieces so that no detail escapes .
In fact, it’s the smartphone for gamers better care in terms of design is not too flashy, not at least if we do not look at your line of RGB LEDs that presides over the back illuminating to the user’s taste.
The hardware is again high flights, although Nubia bet on the Snapdragon 835 last year justifying it as “the best decision” in terms of optimization. This does not forget the trend either, with optimized front and elongated screen, but it has specific physical buttons to play, like a ‘Gamebooster’ that will squeeze the hardware while we play.
Provides how not to specifically refrigerate with a system of three fans and layers of graphite , but where the Red Magic really wins is that it is likely to be the most compensated of the three. It does not show off with double cameras but do not forget what it is designed for , and although there is no gamepad at least yes we found standard connector for headphones, DTS-HD sound.
The truth is that on paper, the battle is served because the three devices promise a lot , each one in his field and with the focus placed on different sections.
Of course, although Razer bet on the best multimedia experience, Xiaomi for the joypad and Nubia for compensating the device, in the industry gamer the gross power is a plus and the numbers like them all, so nobody has speculated here. What do the Nubia Red Magic, Xiaomi Black Shark and Razer Phone offer us?
|Specifications||Nubia Red Magic||Xiaomi Black Shark||Razer Phone|
|Dimensions and weight||158.1 x 74.9 x 9.5 (mm) 185 (g)||161.6 x 75.4 x 9.3 (mm) 190 (g)||158.5 x 77.7 x 8 (mm) 197 (g)|
|screen||LTPS IPS 6 inches||IPS 5.99 inches||IGZO IPS 5.7 inches|
|Resolution and density||FHD + (2,160 x 1,080 px), 402 pppFormat 18: 9||FHD + (2,160 x 1,080 px), 403 pppFormat 18: 9||QHD (2,560 x 1,440 px), 515 pppFormat 16: 9|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Octa-core (4x Kyro @ 2.35 GHz + 4x Kyro @ 1.9 GHz) Adreno 540 GPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Octa-core (4x Kyro 385 Gold @ 2.8 GHz + 4x Kyro 385 Silver @ 1.8 GHz) Adreno 630 GPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Octa-core (4x Kyro @ 2.35 GHz + 4x Kyro @ 1.9 GHz) Adreno 540 GPU|
|RAM||6 or 8 GB||6 or 8 GB||8 GB|
|Storage||64 or 128 GB||64 or 128 GB||64 GBSlot microSD|
|OS||Android 8.1 OreoNubia Red Magic OS||Android 8.1 OreoMIUI 9||Android 7.1 NougatUpdatable to Oreo|
|Cameras||Rear: 24 MP, aperture f / 1.7, autofocus PDAF, HDR, LED flash Frontal: 8 MP, aperture f / 2.0||Rear: Dual 12 MP (f / 1.8) + 20 MP (f1.8), autofocus PDAF, HDR, 2x optical zoom, dual LED flash Frontal: 20 MP, aperture f / 2.2||Rear: Dual 12 MP (f / 1.8) + 20 MP (f2.6), PDAF autofocus, HDR, 2x optical zoom, dual LED flash Frontal: 8 MP, aperture f / 2.0|
|Battery||3,800 mAh (non-removable) Quick Charge||4000 mAh (not removable) Quick Charge||4000 mAh (not removable) Quick Charge|
|Connectivity||LTE dual active SIM (2x nano-SIM) Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Bluetooth 5.0 LEaGPS + GLONASSUSB Type-CAudio-jack 3.5 mm||LTE dual active SIM (2x nano-SIM) Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Bluetooth 5.0 LEaGPS + GLONASSUSB Type-C||LTE dual active SIM (2x nano-SIM) Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot Bluetooth 5.0 LEaGPS + GLONASSNFCUSB Type-C|
|Others||Crystal Dinorex T2X-1 Cooling System Button ‘Gameboost’ DTS-HD Sound Fingerprint reader||Glass Gorilla GlassCooling systemFingerprint reader ‘Joy’ accessory with JOY UI||Glass Gorilla Glass 3Screen 120 HzSound Dolby AtmosStereo Speakers Fingerprint Reader|
Surely the formula of success does not have anyone yet, and is that it is about a very limited and specific market, where the needs are not clear and where even the giants of the phones have not wanted to enter.
Many will wonder if with this that the phones to play resemble normal phones, you really need phones to play , and the truth is that it is a very good question.
In my opinion, there is no need for a specific section of smartphones to gamers , because a high-end anyone with some added value would probably be the best phone to play. And what added value do I mean?
Well, very little, really, because what it takes to convert a high-performance phone into one to play and Motorola has launched it with its Moto Mod Gamepad for Moto Z, and the rest of the ideas we can get from the successful Nintendo Switch:
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