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512GB ASUS ROG Phone on sale for $869 ($231 off) at Amazon

You might be a little tired of the talk about gaming phones, especially as we're still left with a lot of Snapdragon 845-powered devices. The good news from our perspective? Every time we do, it's always about a sale. So, if you want to pick up a ROG Phone from ASUS, you can do it now for at least $200 off recent retail pricing.

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Asus ROG Phone II is officially a beast: SD 855 Plus, 120Hz display, 6,000mAh battery

We've been skeptical about the need for dedicated gaming phones over the years, but it appears there's enough appetite for them as they keep on coming. The latest is the second generation ROG Phone from Asus, and its got an insane spec list that no other Android phone can boast right now, just as we were expecting after the recent leaks.

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Qualcomm is building an overclocked version of the Snapdragon 855

A common complaint about the new trend of gaming phones is that they use the same system-on-a-chip (and largely the same other internals) as non-gaming phones, so they usually don't have much of a performance boost over other devices. That could finally change, as Qualcomm announced today that its developing an overclocked Snapdragon 855 the aptly-named Snapdragon 855 Plus.

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Nubia Red Magic 3 gaming phone announced just a few months after its predecessor

The Red Magic Mars from Nubia was only unveiled at CES in January this year, but the Chinese OEM has already taken the wraps off its successor. The Mars didn't fare so well in our review last month, but that's old news now. The Red Magic 3 is here with an improved spec sheet and looks that scream "I'm a gaming phone" even more so than before.

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[Update: Now at Best Buy] Razer Phone 2 slashed to $500 ($300 off) for a limited time

With Snapdragon 855-running smartphones around the corner, we've begun to see markdowns on "older" flagships that are powered by the S845 SoC. Today's sale on the Razer Phone 2 (which is just a few months old) is one such instance — it can be had for $500, down from $800.

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Vivo reveals new iQOO phone for gamers in China, may come to other markets

Two days ago, Vivo revealed a new gaming-focused flagship phone for the Chinese market called the iQQO. On paper, it looks like a 2019-era version of the now-typical Chinese gaming phone, but Vivo did manage to pack in some decidedly top-tier hardware like a Snapdragon 855, in-display fingerprint sensor, and high-end camera sensor for a such a low ~$450 starting price. Best of all, it may end up coming to other markets.

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Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 675, a mid-range chip designed for mobile gaming

 

Qualcomm waited over a year to deliver a successor to the Snapdragon 660, a well-received mid-range chipset launched in 2017 that ended up gracing a lengthy list of devices including the Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018), Asus ZenFone 4, and Nokia 7 Plus. The Snapdragon 670 arrived in August, promising enhanced AI performance and the usual performance improvements. Fast forward just a few months and Qualcomm has now doubled up, launching the Snapdragon 675 at its 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong. The aim? A chipset optimized for mobile gaming.

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Razer Phone 2 delivers camera upgrade, wireless charging, and — most importantly — RGB lights

Gaming hardware company Razer debuted its first mobile handset last year to mixed, but mainly positive, reviews — a significant feat considering the fiercely competitive nature of this industry. That's not to say there weren't some major flaws. While the 120Hz refresh rate and dual front-facing speakers were praised, the camera was panned and critics disliked the lack of water resistance, wireless charging, and the dimness of the display. With its second generation device, the Razer Phone 2, the company has addressed all of those foibles, and to top it all off, added a RGB light-up logo on the back.

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ASUS ROG Phone gets hands-on time courtesy of MKBHD

The concept of a gaming phone isn't new, but with devices like the Razer Phone and Honor's "GPU Turbo"-equipped Play and 9i, it's becoming increasingly popular. However, the award for most extreme gaming phone probably has to go to the ASUS ROG Phone, which has the specs to back up its crazy looks. MKBHD got his hands on an early unit, and there's a lot to talk about.

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ASUS ROG gaming phone announced with overclocked SD845, 3D vapor-chamber cooling, and ultrasonic buttons

Android gaming phones might not appeal to many people, but they must be selling well enough as companies continue to make them. The Razer Phone was last year's high-profile launch in the sector, and this year we've also seen efforts from Nubia and Xiaomi. Specialized ASUS brand Republic of Gamers (ROG) has just unveiled its own competitor at Computex 2018.

The ROG Phone boasts an exclusive Snapdragon 845 SoC with a higher clock speed (2.96GHz, Qualcomm's fastest ever), along with the world's first 3D vapor-chamber cooling system and an additional snap-on cooler. A lot of gaming phone features tend to sound like overkill, but ASUS has clearly decided to really go for broke with the ROG Phone.

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