Nubia Red Magic Mars vs Razer Phone 2 vs Huawei Mate 20 X: Gaming Phones comparison

by Michele Ingelido 0

Gaming phones are becoming more than just a niche of the smartphones market as manufacturers are focusing on this kind of device every day more. Nubia has just unveiled its new Red Magic Mars which provides flagship-level performance and unique gaming-related features at an affordable price. After comparing it with Asus ROG Phone and Xiaomi Black Shark Helo, here is the comparison with Razer Phone 2 and Huawei Mate 20 X: the rest of gaming phones released in the last period.


Nubia Red Magic Mars vs Razer Phone 2 vs Huawei Mate 20 X

Nubia Red Magic Mars Razer Phone 2 Huawei Mate 20 X
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT 158.2 x 75 x 9.9 mm, 193 grams 158.5 x 79 x 8.5 mm 174.6 x 85.4 x 8.2 mm, 232 grams
DISPLAY 6 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD+), 402 ppi, LTPS IPS LCD 5.72 inches, 1440 x 2560p (Quad HD), 513 ppi, IGZO IPS LCD 7.2 inches, 1080 x 2244p (Full HD+), 346 ppi, AMOLED
PROCESSOR Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, octa-core 2.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, octa-core 2.8 GHz Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 980, octa-core 2.6 GHz
MEMORY  6 GB RAM, 64 GB – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB – 10 GB RAM, 256 GB 8 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD dedicated slot 6 GB RAM, 128 GB – NM Card
SOFTWARE Android 9 Pie, Nubia Red Magic OS Android 8.1 Oreo Android 9 Pie, EMUI
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, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
CAMERA 16 MP f/1.8 and f/2.2 and f/2.4
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
Dual 12 + 12 MP f/1.8 and f/2.6
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
Triple 40 + 20 + 8 MP f/1.8 and f/2.2 and f/2.4
8 MP f/2.4 front camera
BATTERY 3800 mAh, Fast Charging 16W 4000 mAh, Fast Charging with Quick Charge 4+ 5000 mAh, Fast Charging 22.5W
ADDITIONAL FEATURES RGB strip, rear keys IP67 certification, RGB illuminated logo IP53 certification, stylus


If you want a gaming-centric device even when it comes to aesthetics, then you should go for the Nubia Red Magic Mars which features an RGB illuminated LED strip and physical gaming keys on its backside. If you want the soberest and the most beautiful device, Huawei Mate 20 X looks like a normal phone but it is impressive because of its very high screen-to-body ratio. But it is a very big phablet due to its 7.2-inch display, while Razer Phone 2 is definitely the most equilibrated one for both gamers and normal users with its glass back and its water resistance (IP67).



If you want the best gaming experience, the display of Razer Phone 2 is the best for you because it has a 120 Hz refresh ratio and a very high brightness, as well as a 2K resolution. It even reproduces colors in an excellent way. There are even loud stereo speakers. But if you want a bigger display for productivity, note that Huawei Mate 20 X has an almost tablet-like 7.2-inch panel.


Specs & Software

Huawei Mate 20 X has the most powerful chipset, but it comes with the lowest quantity of RAM: just 6 GB. Nubia Red Magic Mars has a still excellent SoC and it comes with up to 10 GB of RAM. These is what we read on the paper, but we will have to try the Red Magic Mars personally in order to see if there is a noticeable difference in performances.



Gaming phones are never the best camera phones, but Huawei Mate 20 X is an exception. It has the same triple camera as the Mate 20 Pro, which is the best triple camera setup actually available, with a primary 40 MP sensor, a secondary 20 MP ultrawide lens and an 8 MP telephoto lens with 5x optical zoom.



Given that it is the biggest phablet of the trio, Huawei Mate 20 X has the biggest battery as well. We still had no chance to test Nubia Red Magic Mars’ battery life, but it is unlikely that it will offer a longer battery life than Huawei Mate 20 X.



Overall, Huawei Mate 20 X is the best smartphone of the trio, but in my opinion Razer Phone 2 is the best one for gaming due to its high refresh ratio, Dolby Atmos stereo speakers, and other important gaming-centric features. However, while Huawei Mate 20 X and Razer Phone 2 have very high listing prices (€800/$905 and €850/$961 respectively), Nubia Red Magic Mars costs just €420/$475 and it is the best one in terms of quality-price ratio.


Nubia Red Magic Mars vs Huawei Mate 20 X vs Razer Phone 2: PROs and CONS

Nubia Red Magic Mars


  • Great hardware + cooling system
  • Rear physical keys
  • Affordable price
  • Android Pie


  • Worse display


Huawei Mate 20 X


  • Big display
  • More affordable price
  • Pen
  • Big battery
  • Amazing cameras


  • Big dimensions


Razer Phone 2


  • Best display
  • Great hardware and cooling system
  • DAC dongle and stereo speakers
  • Big battery, fast charging, and wireless charging
  • Water resistant


  • Bezels