Black Shark 4 Pro and other high-end gaming phones own the March AnTuTu flagship smartphone chart as the Snapdragon 888 removes all competitors
AnTuTu’s Android flagship smartphone performance chart for March has shown a lot of love for both high-end gaming phones and devices sporting a Snapdragon 888 processor. Three out of the top four places, including first position, are occupied by smartphones that are clearly gaming-oriented: Black Shark 4 Pro (first), RedMagic 6 Pro (third), Asus ROG Phone 5 (fourth). Only OPPO’s Find X3 Pro manages to get among all the crazy case designs, RGB lighting, and pop-up triggers with its “regular” smartphone appearance (a design that was apparently “inspired by spacecraft”) by occupying second place.
As well as having the same chipset, the Black Shark 4 Pro and RedMagic 6 Pro utilized 12 GB RAM + 256 GB storage to attain their average marks of 765,579 points and 741,100 points, respectively. The ROG Phone 5 outweighs everything else in terms of RAM amount, bringing 16 GB of memory to the table. The RedMagic 6 Pro (a team effort from ZTE’s Nubia outfit and Tencent) has the refresh rate advantage at 165 Hz vs. 144 Hz for the other two high-end gaming phones, but it seems it could be the two-layer cooling system of the Black Shark 4 Pro that allows the Adreno 660 GPU to reach its full potential.
In terms of processor choice, it’s all about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. All 10 smartphones in the current chart are powered by this impressive chip, which removed competitors such as the Kirin 9000, Snapdragon 870, and Snapdragon 865 from the latest flagship smartphone chart. Whether MediaTek’s Dimensity 1200 ("one of the fastest smartphone CPUs ever") can disturb Qualcomm’s Snapdragon dominance in the Android flagship smartphone space remains to be seen, but for now the chip of choice is the 888.