Xiaomi Black Shark VS ZTE Nubia Red Magic

Xiaomi Black Shark VS ZTE Nubia Red Magic: 2018 Best Gaming Smartphone. The Gaming Industry is evolving at a very fast pace. And smartphones have contributed to a large extent. After the release of Razor Phone in 2017. The year 2018 is shaping out to be one where we would witness a lot of gaming smartphones. Leading the race in 2018 is Xiaomi Black Shark and ZTE Nubia Red Magic. Smartphones are one of the most popular gaming devices in the world. And companies are already introducing gaming-centric smartphones into the market. Xiaomi Black Shark and ZTE Nubia Red Magic are the competitors of the Razor Phone. But we can assure you, more gaming smartphones will be lined up for release this year.

After evaluating the Razor Phone and the Xiaomi Black Shark. Let’s see what the Xiaomi Black Shark has to offer against another 2018 release gaming smartphone; ZTE Nubia Red Magic.

Xiaomi Black Shark VS ZTE Nubia Red Magic – The Design

Xiaomi Black Shark VS ZTE Nubia Red Magic
Xiaomi Black Shark
Xiaomi Black Shark VS ZTE Nubia Red Magic
ZTE Nubia Red Magic

Unlike the Razor Phone which looks more like an ordinary smartphone in design. The Xiaomi Black Shark and ZTE Nubia Red Magic have a sleek and gaming-like design. The ZTE Nubia Red Magic features a unique RGB light panel at the back which is really awesome. Both phones will give you that gaming vibe when you grab them.

The ZTE Nubia Red Magic and Xiaomi Black Shark come in an aluminum body with front glass. It weighs 185 grams which are just 5 grams lighter to the Xiaomi Black Shark (190 grams). The Xiaomi Black Shark is taller and wider to the ZTE Nubia Red Magic. But it’s slightly slimmer measuring 9.3mm thickness. While ZTE Nubia Red Magic measures 9.5mm thickness.

The Xiaomi Black Shark comes with a home button which houses the fingerprint sensor. While the ZTE Nubia Red Magic’s fingerprint sensor is located at the back above the RGB light panel and it has no home button. Being a gaming smartphone, it’s inevitable that they will get hot. Which is why the ZTE Nubia Red Magic comes with an air cooling system. While the Xiaomi Black Shark comes with a liquid cooling system. The Xiaomi Black Shark features a dual rear camera set-up at the top-left. While the ZTE Nubia Red Magic houses a rear camera at the top-middle above the fingerprint sensor.

Xiaomi Black Shark VS ZTE Nubia Red Magic – The Display

The display/visual is very important for any gaming smartphone. The Xiaomi Black Shark and ZTE Nubia Red Magic feature almost the same specs. They both house the IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. Which measures 5.99 inches for Xiaomi Black Shark. And 6.0 inch for the ZTE Nubia Red Magic. The display resolution is also the same; 1080 x 2160 pixels. With the Xiaomi Black Shark featuring a 403 pixel per inch density. While ZTE Nubia Red Magic has a 402 pixel per inch density.

Xiaomi Black Shark VS ZTE Nubia Red Magic – The Camera

The Xiaomi Black Shark has better camera quality. But who really needs a good camera for a gaming smartphone? The Xiaomi Black Shark sports a dual rear camera. With a resolution of 12MP f/1.8 aperture and 20MP f/1.8 aperture. Kudos to Xiaomi for giving it a good camera quality even when it wasn’t needed. A resolution of a 20MP f/2.2 aperture is featured in the front camera.

The ZTE Nubia Red Magic sports a rear camera lens with a 24MP f/1.7 aperture resolution. While the selfie camera has a resolution of 8MP f/2.0 aperture.

Xiaomi Black Shark VS ZTE Nubia Red Magic – Hardware and Software

Xiaomi Black Shark wins in the most important category of a gaming smartphone; the hardware. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with an 8-core processor which clocks at 2.8GHz powers the Xiaomi Black Shark. That’s the latest chipset of the Snapdragon and one of the very best around. Powering the ZTE Nubia Red Magic is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and 8-cores processor reaching a speed of 2.35GHz.

Running the ZTE Nubia Red Magic is the Android 8.1 Oreo with Nubia Red Magic OS on top of it. While for the Xiaomi Black Shark is Android 8.0 Oreo with Joy User Interface (UI) on top. They both offer two variants in memory and storage size. The 6GB RAM with 64GB internal storage and also the 8GB RAM with 128GB internal storage.

Xiaomi Black Shark VS ZTE Nubia Red Magic – The Battery

Xiaomi Black Shark has a slightly better battery life. They both offer fast battery charging. Although the ZTE Nubia Red Magic’s quick charge version wasn’t specified. The Xiaomi Black Shark features fast battery charge version 3.0 and packs a non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery. While the ZTE Nubia Red Magic packs a non-removable Li-Po 3800 mAh battery.

Xiaomi Black Shark VS ZTE Nubia Red Magic – The Price

The ZTE Nubia Red Magic is available for around $486 (N170,100). Which is cheaper to the Xiaomi Black Shark that’s available for about $567 (N198,450). The Xiaomi Black Sharks offers more in general especially the hardware and it’s worth the price in my opinion.

Xiaomi Black Shark VS ZTE Nubia Red Magic Full Specs Comparison

Xiaomi Black Shark ZTE Nubia Red Magic
Dimensions and Weight 161.6 x 75.4 x 9.3 mm. Weight: 190g 158.1 x 74.9 x 9.5 mm. Weight: 185g
Display 5.99 inch (76% screen-to-body ratio), 1080 x 2160 pixels with 403 ppi density and IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen 6.0 inch (78.5% screen-to-body ratio), 1080 x 2160 pixels with 402 ppi density and IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Memory RAM: 6GB. ROM: 64GB OR RAM: 8GB. ROM: 128GB RAM: 6GB. ROM: 64GB OR RAM: 8GB. ROM: 128GB
Software Android 8.0 Oreo (with Joy UI) Android 8.1 Oreo (with nubia Red Magic OS)
Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with Octa-core 2.8GHz processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset with Octa-core 2.35GHz processor
Camera 20MP f/2.2 aperture front camera + Dual: 12MP f/1.8 aperture and 20MP f/1.8 aperture dual-LED dual-tone flash 8MP f/2.0 aperture front camera + 24MP f/1.7 aperture with LED flash
Connectivity 2G/3G/4G Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS 2G/3G/4G Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
Battery Non-removable Li-lon 4000 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 3800 mAh battery
Additional Features Fingerprint (front-mounted), Fast battery charging 9V/2A (Quick Charge 3.0) Fingerprint (rear-mounted), Fast battery charging

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