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Are gaming smartphones such as the Black Shark 3 and Nubia RedMagic the new flagship killers?

The Black Shark 3 Pro offers excellent gaming hardware for mobile-gaming fans
The Black Shark 3 Pro offers excellent gaming hardware for mobile-gaming fans
In our review, the Xiaomi gaming smartphone Black Shark 3 Pro has shown itself to be a very strong offering for a fairly cheap price, at least for current standards. One question remains: Are gaming smartphones the real flagship killers in 2020?
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The Black Shark 3 Pro from Xiaomi's gaming smartphone series comes with incredibly good specifications for its import price of less than 700 Euros (~$794). For example, the Xiaomi phone is equipped with a 90-Hz panel with a 1440p resolution, 65W fast charging, stereo speakers, Wi-Fi 6 and a 64MP camera, 5G, a touch sampling rate of 270 Hz as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC. The non-Pro Black Shark 3 and the RedMagic 5G from Nubia come with very good specifications as well and they are significantly cheaper. Even the European MSRP of 599 Euros (~$680) is a fair ask for the Black Shark 3 Pro, relative to the prices of high-end smartphones. After all, while flagship killers of the past such as OnePlus or Mi-series phones are now on par with a Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus - this unfortunately also includes the price.

Non-gaming phones with a high-end SoC from Qualcomm such as the Xiaomi Mi 10 or OnePlus 8 are at least 100 Euros more expensive than the Black Shark 3 or Nubia RedMagic 5G. Even the Pocophone F2 Pro with 8 GB of RAM is priced similarly, despite only being equipped with a 60Hz panel.

As such, the gaming niche in the Android sector with its high demands directed at the performance of the hardware, (at least currently) appears to be the best bet in terms of the best price-performance ratio available - that is until gaming phones become more popular.

If the Black Shark Pro smartphone has piqued your interest, you can find more details related to the gaming phone in our in-depth review of the Black Shark 3 Pro.

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Marcus Herbrich
Editor of the original article: Marcus Herbrich - Senior Tech Writer - 247 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I have always been very passionately interested in mobile technologies, especially smartphones. Being a tech enthusiast means the half-life of my devices isn’t exactly long, and being the latest hardware is not enough to suffice as the manufacturer and operating system play a minor role – the most important aspect for me is that the device is state-of-the-art. After posting for Mobi Test I joined Notebookcheck in 2016, where I have been pursuing my enthusiasm for technology by reviewing the latest smartphone, tablet, and accessory trends.
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Marius Schell
Translator: Marius Schell - Tech Writer - 268 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
Even in my youth I was already very enthusiastic about technology, and as a result I started building PCs, optimizing them, and writing programs while I was still in school. When dealing with the inevitable hardware and software problems associated with computers, I was always relentless in my search for the necessary solutions. The compact forms of laptops and smartphones introduced further challenges in this regard. In my reviews for Notebookcheck I try to communicate as objectively as possible how well a device copes with these hurdles.
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Marcus Herbrich, 2020-06-12 (Update: 2020-06- 9)