Nubia Red Magic Mars vs Xiaomi Black Shark Helo vs Asus ROG Phone: Gaming Phones Comparison

by Michele Ingelido 0

Even though it is not one of the most important companies in the global market, Nubia keeps releasing innovative phones every year. After the incredible Nubia X with two displays, the Chinese company released the successor of its first gaming phone: Nubia Red Magic Mars. As it is meant for gamers, it features flagship-class performance and gaming-centric features, but it is offered at a very modest price. Here, we compare it with the latest phones from its category: the new Xiaomi Black Shark Helo and Asus ROG Phone.

Nubia Red Magic Mars vs Xiaomi Black Shark Helo vs Asus ROG Phone

Nubia Red Magic Mars Xiaomi Black Shark Helo Asus ROG Phone
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 158.2 x 75 x 9.9 mm, 193 grams 160 x 75.2 x 8.7 mm, 190 grams  158.8 x 76.2 x 8.7 mm, 200 grams
DISPLAY 6.0 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD+), 402 ppi, LTPS IPS LCD 6.01 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD+), 402 ppi, AMOLED  6.0 inches, 1080 x 2160 pixels, 403 ppi, 18:9 ratio, AMOLED
PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, octa-core 2.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, octa-core 2.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, octa-core 2.8 GHz
MEMORY  6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 10 GB RAM, 256 GB 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 10 GB RAM, 256 GB  8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 8 GB RAM, 512 GB
SOFTWARE Android 9 Pie, Nubia Red Magic OS Android 8 Oreo  Android 8.1 Oreo
CONNECTIVITY Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS  Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ad, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
CAMERA 16 MP f/1.8
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
Dual 12 + 20 f/1.8 and f/1.8
20 MP f/2.2 front camera
Dual 12 + 8 MP f/1.8
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
BATTERY 3800 mAh, Fast Charging 16W 4000 mAh, Fast Charging with Quick Charge 3.0  4000 mAh, Fast Charging with Quick Charge 4.0
ADDITIONAL FEATURES Dual SIM slot, LED strips and rear phyisical keys Dual SIM slot, LED logo and strips  Pressure sensitive zones, water resistance

Design

What makes Red Magic Mars’ design wonderful is the RGB strip on the back side and the fact that it is offered in a very attractive camouflage edition with a fingerprint-resistant coating. Xiaomi Black Shark Helo is attractive as well with its LED strips at the sides, and Asus ROG Phone is another great device with a very original gaming-centric device. I would Asus ROG Phone because of its touch area on the rear side (with three ultrasonic pressure sensitive zones) and because it is water-resistant.

 

Display

Asus ROG Phone has the best display because it provides a better color accuracy and a higher refresh rate. It supports up to 108.6 percent DCI-P3 coverage, 90 Hz refresh rate with 1 ms response time, and the AMOLED and HDR technologies. Xiaomi Black Shark Helo takes the second place with its AMOLED panel with 100 percent DCI-P3 gamut.

 

Specs & Software

These handsets are very close in terms of performance, so it is essentially a draw. They all feature the octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset by Qualcomm running at a max frequency of 2.8 GHz, but on the Asus ROG Phone it is overclocked and it reaches 2.95 GHz. On the other hand, Xiaomi Black Shark Helo and Nubia Red Magic Mars were launched in a configuration with 10 GB of RAM.

 

Camera

You should not choose one of these phones if you want the best camera performance, but they are not bad at shooting photos. The most convincing one overall is the Xiaomi Black Shark Helo with its rear 12 + 20 MP f/1.8 dual camera and its 20 MP selfie camera, but Asus ROG Phone’s rear camera is more or less at the same level and unlike the Xiaomi’s flagship it features OIS and a wide angle lens.

 

Battery

Asus ROG Phone and Xiaomi Black Shark Helo have the same battery capacity: 4000 mAh. Both can provide an above-average battery life, but at the end of the day, Xiaomi Black Shark Helo lasts a bit more (about 25 percent of remaining charge at the end of the evening). Nubia Red Magic Mars has a smaller 3800 mAh unit but we are yet to see how it is optimized as the phone is still not on the shelves.

 

Price

Asus ROG Phone is the best gaming phone of this trio because it has a better display, stereo speakers and a lot of additional accessories to connect to its secondary USB-C port, which are very interesting features for gaming. But it costs a lot more than its opponents. That is why Xiaomi Black Shark Helo has the best value for money. Asus ROG Phone costs about €900/$1023, while the launch prices of Xiaomi Black Shark Helo and Nubia Red Magic Mars are about €450/$511 and €420/$477, respectively.

 

Nubia Red Magic Mars vs Xiaomi Black Shark Helo vs Asus ROG Phone: PROs and CONS

Nubia Red Magic Mars

PROs

  • Physical keys on the back
  • Great hardware and cooling system
  • Affordable price
  • Android Pie

CONS

  • Smaller battery

 

Xiaomi Black Shark Helo

PROs

  • 10 GB RAM
  • Affordable price
  • Big battery
  • Stereo speakers

CONS

  • Nothing particular

 

Asus ROG Phone

PROs

  • Great hardware + cooling system
  • Stereo speakers
  • Outstanding display
  • Big battery and fast charging

CONS

  • Higher price