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    Best gaming phones 2020 - buyer�s guide

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    Phones have gradually replaced so many standalone devices we used to rely on, so why not take over our handheld gaming. Razer made waves in late 2017 and Asus' ROG branch joined in in 2018, with offers following from a Xiaomi-backed Black Shark and ZTE's nubia. What's the best there is right now?

    Editors' choiceThe industry's only 120Hz OLED display, the 6.6-inch unit on the ROG Phone II also boasts minimal touch latency while checking mainstream use essentials like high brightness and color accuracy. A 6,000mAh battery provides autonomy while the bundled snap-on fan further helps the internal heat pipe in maintaining top-class performance for prolonged gaming sessions.Evidently a gaming 'design', the ROG Phone II's looks aren't that much in-your-face, while consciously opting for bigger bezels improves handling and provides room for some of the greatest speakers around. The ROG Phone II also has a camera, by the way, the Zenfone 6's very capable, if not class-leading setup.For all the things going for it, the ROG Phone 2 is a bit of a brick, weighing in at 240g - to be expected given all the hardware. It's missing some niceties that mainstream flagships in the price range do have like wireless charging, and an IP rating, but it feels like we're asking too much alreday.Read full reviewThat means a 60Hz display, which, while otherwise a great OLED, doesn't have the ROG Phone II's gaming creds. The Shark does extract a lot of life out of its 4,000mAh battery, but can't keep up with the ROG Phone II in our everyday tasks testing at 60Hz. The Shark's not quite up there in the audio department either, be it the stereo loudspeakers or through the 3.5mm jack (technically through a dongle). We did like the GamePads, the sole accessory controller that you can mount on the Black Shark 2. But only the left half comes bundled, while you need to buy the right one separately? It does sound like a bargain, however, compared to ROG's Kunai Gamepad. Which is, in fact, what the Black Shark 2 Pro has going for it in the first place - it's more affordable. Plus, more widely available, in fact.Read full reviewSure the iPhone lacks the bells and whistles of gaming-centric handsets and its display has a mere 60Hz refresh rate, and its design is rather bland and non-flashy. But it too is a very good phone outside of that one use case called gaming.Read full reviewSure, it packs a Snapdragon 855+ too, but it also employs performance-oriented thermal policies, letting it throttle less and perform better under sustained load. Then there's the 90Hz display, which should, in theory, be a boon for gaming, though in this case, it does revert to 60Hz for the majority of titles.Read full reviewOn the plus side, the Red Magic 3s is affordable, ships to pretty much everywhere and it looks plenty cool. And what the ROG Phones need an accessory for, the Nubia has built in - a cooling fan.Read full review

    Here's what we consider to be the most memorable gaming phone of 2019. Asus ROG Phone II ZS660KL All prices Full specs Evidently a gaming 'design', the ROG Phone II's looks aren't that much in-your-face, while consciously opting for bigger bezels improves handling and provides room for some of the greatest speakers around. The ROG Phone II also has a camera, by the way, the Zenfone 6's very capable, if not class-leading setup.For all the things going for it, the ROG Phone 2 is a bit of a brick, weighing in at 240g - to be expected given all the hardware. It's missing some niceties that mainstream flagships in the price range do have like wireless charging, and an IP rating, but it feels like we're asking too much alreday.Read full reviewWe did like the GamePads, the sole accessory controller that you can mount on the Black Shark 2. But only the left half comes bundled, while you need to buy the right one separately? It does sound like a bargain, however, compared to ROG's Kunai Gamepad. Which is, in fact, what the Black Shark 2 Pro has going for it in the first place - it's more affordable. Plus, more widely available, in fact.Read full reviewRead full reviewRead full reviewRead full review

    On the plus side, the Red Magic 3s is affordable, ships to pretty much everywhere and it looks plenty cool. And what the ROG Phones need an accessory for, the Nubia has built in - a cooling fan.

     


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