Nubia Red Magic 3 vs Black Shark 2: Two extremely powerful gaming phones with class-leading specifications

first_img Next Nubia Red Magic 3 vs Black Shark 2: Two extremely powerful gaming phones with class-leading specifications The recently launched Nubia Red Magic 3 directly competes with the Black Shark 2 in India. For less than Rs 40,000, both these phones are extremely powerful but which one is perfect to satisfy the gamer inside you? We find out.advertisement Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJune 18, 2019UPDATED: June 19, 2019 15:45 IST HIGHLIGHTSBoth the phones are equipped with a Snapdragon 855 chipset.The Red Magic 3 sports a 90Hz OLED display whereas the Black Shark 2 gets a pressure sensitive display.The Black Shark 2 starts at Rs 39,999 for the base variant and the Red Magic 3 starts at Rs 35,999.Gaming smartphones are all the hype these days and manufacturers are trying to come up with new offerings to appeal to those who love exercising their thumbs most of the day on PUBG, Asphalt 9 or any other game. Last month, BlackShark ventured into the Indian market with its Black Shark 2 gaming smartphone. Starting at a price of Rs 39,999, it offers the massively powerful Snapdragon 855 paired along with custom cooling solutions to ensure higher peak performance. It also comes with its host of gaming accessories that claim to improve the gameplay experience. Sounds interesting.On the other hand, Nubia launched its Red Magic 3 gaming smartphone in India yesterday. Similar to its earlier offering, the Red Magic 3 aims at an affordable segment in the market. Hence, despite offering a flagship-grade Snapdragon 855 chipset and some exclusive gaming technologies, the Red Magic 3 starts at Rs 35,999, which is quite a lot cheaper than the Black Shark 2.On paper, both these phones are neck-to-neck in terms of specifications and if you had to choose one between the two, which is the one you should pick?Both have extremely powerful specificationsGaming smartphones are supposed to massage your ego when it comes to boasting about specifications. Similar to gaming laptops, gaming phones offer the best hardware available in the market and wrap it up in an exciting body. The Red Magic 3 and BlackShark 2 prove this effortlessly.Both the phones are equipped with Snapdragon 855 chipset as their brain and employ custom cooling solutions to ensure sustained peak performance. However, both serve the experience in completely different ways.advertisement The Black Shark 2 comes in two variants – one with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the other one with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. It sports a 6.3-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 60Hz refresh rate and is pressure sensitive. It runs on JoyUI which is a customised iteration of Android 9 Pie – it’s a fairly stock interface with Black Shark’s custom Shark Space launcher to enhance gameplay when activated. For cameras, it uses a dual camera combo of a 48-megapixel primary sensor as well as a 12-megapixel secondary sensor while the front is managed by a 20-megapixel camera. It is kept alive by a 4000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.The Nubia Red Magic 3 comes in two variants as well – one with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the other one with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. It sports a bigger 6.65-inch OLED display with a higher refresh rate of 90Hz. This one also runs on a very stock Android 9 Pie interface with Nubia’s custom Game Space launcher built in, which can be activated by a dedicated slider button. For cameras, it uses a 48-megapixel single rear camera and a 16-megapixel front camera. The Red Magic 3 is powered by a massive 5000mAh battery and comes with 27W fast charging support. It also gets a stereo speaker setup.In terms of gaming, both these phone are almost equally matched in their capabilities. The Red Magic 3 edges out the Black Shark 2 in terms of benchmark scores but the real-world performance is almost identical. The Black Shark 2 impresses with its pressure sensitive display and an in-screen fingerprint sensor. However, the Red Magic 3 impresses with its 90Hz refresh rate and a PC-grade fan-based cooling system.Both look exciting as wellThe Black Shark 2 gets a very rugged look and feel with its multi-material surface at the rear and crazy design. It looks chunky and has all the contours to ensure a comfortable fit in hands for longer gaming sessions. Like all gaming devices, it has an RGB Black Shark logo at the rear and two LED strips on either edge. At the front, the 6.3-inch display has narrow bezels all around with slightly thick forehead and chin. A green accent runs around the frame that imparts a distinct presence. The Red Magic 3, on the other hand, wears a very slick yet striking design with its all-metal body. There’s a central ridge on the rear panel that houses a large RGB LED strip. The fingerprint sensor gets a narrow angular design while the camera gets a polygonal design to go in sync with the rest of the design. The Camo version has crazy graphics that certainly demand attention from onlookers. At the front, it has an 18:9 display with slim chin and forehead. It also gets a 3.5mm headphone jack, something which the Black Shark 2 doesn’t.Prices: The Red Magic 3 has an advantageThe Black Shark 2 starts at Rs 39,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage and it goes up to Rs 49,999 for the top-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. The Red Magic 3 starts at Rs 35,999 for the base variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage whereas the top-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage is priced at Rs 46,999.advertisementThe Red Magic 3 clearly offers more value, especially when you consider the base variant. It even offers the 90Hz display that makes more sense in daily gaming scenarios. The Black Shark 2 demands a premium but offers a slightly more polished experience and if you seek that, you should spend more for it.ALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 review: A new benchmark for gaming smartphonesALSO READ | Xiaomi Black Shark 2 gaming phone launched at starting price of around Rs 33,000, coming to India soonGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow nubiaFollow Blacksharklast_img

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