Gaming phones are back in style. At least, that’s what a few Chinese phone makers think. Xiaomi’s Black Shark and ZTE’s Nubia in the last week have launched their new gaming smartphones which are loaded to the brim with brawn and an esoteric beauty. However, there are a few critical differences between the Black Shark and Nubia Red Magic. Here are seven of those.
Rubber vs Aluminium
While the Black Shark has gone for a standard rugged build, the Nubia Red Magic has opted for a more ergonomic and classy aesthetic. It’s made out of anodized aluminum unlike the Black Shark which has several of its parts built using rubber. The Red Magic’s design also seems a lot practical for a “smartphone”. Although “seems like” is not a good measure, hence I will hold the judgment for now.
Sharks, Dragons, and Magic
The Black Shark is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset, while the Red Magic comes with yesteryear’s Snapdragon 835. There aren’t any major upgrades 845 exercises over the 835 but yeah, it’s always better to have the best processor available when your primary intention is to play resource intensive games. Because of that, the Black Shark also runs on a more capable Adreno 630 GPU in comparison to the Red Magic’s Adreno 540. Both are available in either 6 or 8GB RAM variants, though. In addition to that, the Black Shark has 200mAh of extra battery at 4000mAh.
Another perk the Black Shark holds over the Red Magic is Android 8.1. The Red Magic, on the other hand, comes preloaded with the outdated Android 8.0. Both of them have various performance features and even a dedicated hardware key for enabling those.
Whatever Glows More, Sells More
In the gaming industry, buyers prefer a machine which has more illumination and that extends to the smartphone space as well. The Black Shark, therefore, has a glowing logo on the rear. However, what Nubia has done might be relatively appealing to the majority. It has a customizable LED strip on the back which sounds absolutely unnecessary but it’s there.
More Pixels vs Larger Aperture
The Black Shark comes with significantly more camera muscle than the Red Magic. It has two camera sensors on the rear — one 12-megapixel and another 20-megapixel. The Red Magic only has a single 24-megapixel primary snapper, although it has a marginally larger aperture at f/1.7. On the front as well, the Black Shark leads the race with a 20-megapixel selfie camera as opposed to the Red Magic’s 8-megapixel.
Water vs Air
Both the gaming phones also have a custom cooling mechanism for when you spend hours shooting strangers on PUBG. The Black Shark features a multi-layer cooling system which is composed of a high thermal conductivity copper alloy substrate, nano-composite graphite, heat pipe and liquid cooling. On the contrary, the Nubia Red Magic benefits from an air convection cooling system that dissipates heat effectively across its body.
Banging on the Buck
The Red Magic’s biggest pro is its price which is nearly $100 cheaper than the Black Shark. In China, the Red Magic’s most affordable variant that comes 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage costs 2,499 Yuan. The Black Shark’s same model, however, is priced at 2,999 Yuan.