The processing power common to flagship phones means you can expect mobile games to run smoothly on them, but for most devices, that gaming prowess is an afterthought or an added bonus. The ROG Phone 3, launching soon in the US, pairs top-shelf internals with custom hardware and software tailored to creating an excellent gaming experience — and that laser focus on performance means it's great at other things we all use our phones for, too. But nagging flaws more expected from budget phones make it hard to recommend to any but the most ardent mobile gamer.
We're still waiting for a precise date for the Lenovo Legion smartphone, but ASUS has just revealed courtesy of a timer on the ROG Phone 3 site that we can expect that phone to be revealed on July 22nd at 10AM ET (7AM PT).
Technically, any high-end smartphone can be a perfectly acceptable gaming device, but that hasn't stopped some OEMs from creating "gaming phones." Xiaomi's Black Shark phones have all the traditional gaming things like glowing lights and the latest specs. The Black Shark 2 was already one of the best-specced phones around, but it didn't have the latest and greatest Snapdragon chip. The Black Shark 2 Pro fixes that. What a relief.
Razer has announced that it's joining forces with Tencent to spearhead future innovation in the mobile gaming space. The two companies will work together to improve each other's products and better serve the world's 2.4 billion mobile gamers.
Xiaomi is wasting no time with its gaming-focused Black Shark brand. It's announced three Black Shark phones in the last year, the most recent of which is the confusingly named Black Shark 2. It's the third phone after the original Black Shark and Black Shark Helo. Those phones were already plenty powerful, but the new phone sports the latest Snapdragon 855 and up to 12GB of RAM.
Nubia is finally selling a phone in North America. Sadly, it's not that wacky dual-screen device but the more modest Red Magic Mars gaming phone. We've talked repeatedly about how most gaming phones aren't any more suited to gaming than the competition, but the Red Magic Mars at least tries to justify the name with dedicated shoulder buttons and a custom gaming mode.
Remember the days when you could use any high-end smartphone to play games? Yeah, it seems like a lifetime ago. Now, you obviously need one of these glowing "gaming phones" to play PUBG or Fortnite. There's a new one available today—the Nubia Red Magic Mars that launched in limited numbers last year is available for purchase. It offers a lot of powerful hardware for the price, but it does have an... interesting aesthetic.
Xiaomi released its gaming phone, the Black Shark, in China last April. The black and neon green device packs some impressive specs for its modest price, including a Snapdragon 845 and either six or eight gigs of RAM. At the time, there was no word on whether it'd be coming to the rest of the world, but now, the company has announced that it'll release in Europe on November 16.
Xiaomi announced the Black Shark gaming phone just a few months ago, and it's already time for a sequel. The Black Shary Helo makes a few minor changes to the hardware, but it still has that distinctly "gamer" aesthetic. By which I mean it glows.
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.