As we know, Nubia has recently launched its gaming flagship smartphone, the Nubia Red Magic 5G, in China. It is an impressive gaming smartphone from Nubia, but the question lies here is, is it the best? To find the answer, we will be comparing the Nubia Red Magic 5G with two of the most known powerful gaming smartphones.
The first one we have is the recently launched Black Shark 3 Pro, which is a Xiaomi-backed gaming smartphone, and on the other hand, we have the most advanced gaming-centric handset from 2019, the Asus ROG Phone 2. So let’s dig in! Shall we?
Nubia Red Magic 5G vs Black Shark 3 Pro vs Asus ROG II
|Black Shark 3 Pro||Asus ROG Phone 2||Nubia Red Magic 5G|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||177.8 x 83.3 x 10.1 mm, 253 grams||171 x 77.6 x 9.5 mm, 240 grams||168.6 x 78 x 9.8 mm, 218 g|
|DISPLAY||7.1 inches, 1440 x 3120p (Quad HD+), 484 ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, AMOLED||6.59 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), 391 ppi, 19.5:9 ratio, AMOLED||6.65 inches, 1080 x 2340p (Full HD+), AMOLED|
|PROCESSOR||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, octa-core 2.84 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, octa-core 2.96 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, octa-core 2.84 GHz|
|MEMORY||8GB RAM + 256GB storage, |
12GB RAM + 512 GB storage
|8GB RAM + 256GB storage, |
12GB RAM + 512 GB storage, 12GB RAM + 1 TB storage
|8GB RAM + 128GB storage, 12GB RAM + 128GB storage, 12GB RAM + 256GB storage, 16GB RAM + 256 GB storage|
|SOFTWARE||Android 10||Android 9 Pie, ROG UI||Android 10, Red Magic OS|
|CONNECTIVITY||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ad, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS|
|CAMERA||Triple 64 + 13 MP + 5 MP f/1.8 and f/2.3 and f/2.2|
20 MP f/2.2 front camera
|Dual 48 + 13 MP f/1.8 and f/2.4|
24 MP f/2.2 front camera
|Triple 64 + 8 + 2 MP, f/1.8|
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
Fast charging 65W
|6000 mAh, Fast Charging 30W with Quick Charge 4.0||4500 mAh, fast charging 55W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Dual SIM slot, magnetic charging, support for external accessories, 5G||Dual SIM slot, support to external accessories, RGB light||Dual SIM slot, 5|
The design of the Nubia Red Magic 5G features an X-shaped pattern on the rear, with the RGB light strip being replaced with the RGB Red Magic Logo. The smartphone features a triple camera setup at the top and the Red Magic Logo at the bottom. As for the front, the Nubia Red Magic 5G features a notch-less display with a single selfie camera. You also get the 3.5mm headphone jack on top and the USB Type-C port at the bottom.
The design of the Black Shark 3 Pro has been built upon its existing design DNA to offer a more symmetrical rear panel for comfortable gaming sessions. The Black Shark logo on the back panel is RGB–lit. This gaming smartphone features a triple camera setup on the rear and a single selfie camera at the front. You also get the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top and the USB Type-C port at the bottom.
The Asus ROG Phone 2 has an ergonomic design even though Asus packed so much into it with a 6.59-inch screen. The phone is designed in such a way that consumers can access all the functions easily, which are on display, and during gameplay. This gaming smartphone sports a dual-camera setup on the rear and a single selfie camera on the front. This smartphone features dual USB Type-C charging ports, one on the side, and one at the bottom along with the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Nubia Red Magic 5G features a 6.56-inch Full HD+ AMOLED Display with a refresh rate of 144Hz, 240Hz touch sampling rate, and 6.9ms response time per frame. It is the world’s first gaming smartphone to sport a 144Hz refresh rate. The aspect ratio of this gaming smartphone is 19.5:9 with a resolution of 1080x 2340 pixels and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut support. The smartphone features an in-display fingerprint scanner.
The Black Shark 3 Pro features a 7.1-inch 2K+ AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90Hz and a resolution of 3120 x 1440 pixels. This is Black Shark’s first gaming smartphone to feature a 90Hz refresh rate. The display of the Black Shark 3 Pro is pressure-sensitive and supports a 270Hz touch sampling rate, HDR10+, JNCD < 0.55, and Delta E < 1. The in-display fingerprint scanner is placed on the front.
The Asus ROG phone 2 features the world’s first 120Hz/1ms AMOLED 10-bit HDR display with a 6.59-inch screen that enhances your gaming level. The phone has a touch sampling rate of 240Hz and a PPI of 391. The aspect ratio of this gaming smartphone is 19.5:9 with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display of the Asus ROG II comes with a protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 6. The in-display fingerprint scanner is placed on the front.
The Nubia Red Magic 5G features a triple-camera setup on the rear, which includes a 64MP Sony IMX686 primary camera with an aperture of f/1.8, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 2MP macro sensor. At the front, this gaming smartphone features an 8MP wide selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.0. This is the first time that Nubia has opted for a multi-camera setup for one of its gaming smartphones.
The Black Shark 3 Pro features a triple-camera setup at the rear that includes a 64MP primary camera with an aperture of f/1.8, a 13MP Ultra-wide angle camera with 120-degree FOV with an aperture of f/2.3, and a 5MP depth sensor with an aperture of f/2.2. Meanwhile, the front is a 20MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.2. It is placed in the top bezel at the front panel of the Black Shark 3 Pro.
The Asus ROG phone 2 features a dual-camera setup at the rear that includes a 48MP Sony IMX586 primary camera with an aperture of f/1.8 and a 13MP ultra-wide lens with an aperture of f/2.4. Meanwhile, the front is a 24MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.2. The rear dual-camera of this gaming smartphone is capable of capturing brilliant day/night photos.
The Nubia Red Magic 5G comes with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 865 octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585) chipset coupled with up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB UFS 3.0 storage. The GPU used on this gaming smartphone is the Adreno 650.
The Black Shark 3 Pro comes with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 865 octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 585) chipset paired with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.0 onboard storage along with HPB and TurboWrite technology for faster data transfer speeds. The GPU used on this gaming smartphone is the Adreno 650.
The Asus ROG II comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855+ octa-core (1×2.96 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.78 GHz Kryo 485) chipset paired with 12GB of LPDDR4 RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage. The GPU used on this gaming smartphone is the Adreno 640.
Battery and Pricing
The battery on the Nubia Red Magic 5G is a 4,500mAh battery with support for 55W NeoCharge fast-charging technology on board. According to Nubia, in just only 40 minutes, you can fully charge this gaming smartphone. The four configurations for the Nubia Red Magic 5G are 8GB + 128GB, 12GB + 128GB, 12GB + 256GB, and finally the 16GB + 256GB model.
- 8GB + 128GB variant is priced at CNY 3,799 (roughly Rs. 40,300)
- 12GB + 128GB variant is priced at CNY 4,099 (roughly Rs. 43,500)
- 12GB + 256GB variant is priced at CNY 4,399 (roughly Rs. 46,700)
- 16GB + 256GB variant is priced at CNY 4,999 (roughly Rs. 53,000)
The battery on the Black Shark 3 Pro features a 5,000 mAh battery with support for 65W fast charging using the Type-C port at the bottom and 18W fast charging using the magnetic connector on the rear. The standard 65W charger charges the smartphone up to 60% battery in just 15 minutes. The Black Shark 3 Pro comes in two variants – the 8GB RAM and 256GB storage and the higher 12GB RAM and 256GB storage.
- 8GB RAM + 256GB storage is priced at 4,699 yuan (around ₹49,350)
- 12GB RAM + 256GB storage is priced at 4,999 yuan (approximately ₹52,500)
For the max performance and gaming experience, Asus ROG Phone 2 has a 6000mAh battery, and to charge this, Asus used a 30W charger with HyperCharge direct-charging technology. This charging technology results in 58 minutes shorter time to charge 4000mAh of the battery with safer charge times. The phone supports PD charging means compatible with any USB-C charger or charge other devices with your phone.
- 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant is priced at ₹37,999 (approx. $536)
- 12GB RAM + 512GB storage variant is priced at ₹59,999 (approx. $846)