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Black Shark 2 Pro with Snapdragon 855+ and 12GB of RAM announced in China

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.

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Razer and Tencent ink deal to optimize games for Razer phones

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.

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Xiaomi unveils Black Shark 2 gaming phone with Snapdragon 855 and 12GB of RAM

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.

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The Nubia Red Magic Mars is cheap, fast, ugly, and buggy

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.

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The Nubia Red Magic Mars gaming phone is now available, starting at $399

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.

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Xiaomi is bringing its Black Shark gaming phone to Europe on November 16

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.

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Xiaomi Black Shark Helo gaming phone sports OLED display and 10GB of RAM

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.

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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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[Update: Pre-order now] The Asus ROG Phone launches in the US October 18th for $899

Asus has been making Republic of Gamers (ROG) products for years, but they've mostly been in the PC gaming realm. Now, ROG is a phone brand, too. The previously announced ROG Phone is about to reach US consumers. It's coming October 18th, but it won't be cheap. Asus wants $899 for the phone, and that's without the fancy gaming accessories.

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Hands-on with the Asus ROG Phone: It's actually kind of cool

It is a well-established fact that "gaming" phones are little more than a marketing gimmick. There's nothing about these devices that makes them better for gaming than the next high-end smartphone. Well, the Asus ROG Phone might be the exception that proves the rule. I was skeptical of it when it was announced, just like I am of every other supposed gaming smartphone. To my surprise, I actually liked using the device, and I can see how it could credibly be called a "gaming phone."

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