Why do ‘Gaming’ Phones Exist??

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We took a look at Lenovo Legion Duel Phone 2, Nubia RedMagic 6 Pro, and ASUS ROG Phone 5 Ultimate to help you make some hard choices during the silicon shortage

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20 comments

  1. “They get hotter and hotter and till a point they are uncomfortable to hold.”

    **Genshin Impact flashbacks**

  2. for the price of these phones, I can fucking buy/make my own gaming PC that will run an Android OS or an emulator with better performance than the three of them combined.

  3. How many people actually would prefer to play games on a phone vs a laptop/desktop/console?

  4. 1500 bucks and no water proofing and wireless charging. Ill buy one if this gets added in future models.

  5. Hey LTT, how about a video regarding used vs last gen phones in a value comparison? Include support and updates, fps, battery time, price etc. @linustechtips

  6. Asus is insane tho
    They sell everything related to gaming

    360Hz monitor?😭

  7. I’m surprised he didn’t mention the cheaper versions of the rog phone 5

  8. Do note that the pricing varies heavily by region. I would recommend buying it from China and then flashing a global ROM. The Legion Duel Phone 2 costs CNY 3699 (~$570) for the 8/128 version in China, and is less expensive than both the Redmagic 6 pro and ROG Phone 5.

    If you want max. savings and don’t mind a bit of fiddling around, download “Xianyu” and “ZhuanZhuan” apks (from CoolApk for the latter). They both are the biggest used C2C marketplace in China, one is backed by Taobao and the other one by Tencent. You might need to use AllTrans with Xposed framework to translate the app using GTranslate.
    I found that even the newly launched Mi 11 had about 25% cheaper listed price as compared to the MRP in China (CNY 3999 for 8/128). I am sure bargaining would bring that down by an appreciable extent.

    I do not know if you can use Parcel Forwarding services from those platforms, but if that’s possible, you can get it shipped for $10 or so, maybe a bit less.

    Now, depending on where you’re from the only thing remains is custom duty. I am in India and and the customs make it impossible to justify buying used (about 50% on the declared value, sometimes more). Warranty and things like that might be another aspect, but I think the benefits outweigh the risk if you shop cautiously.

    You can always go with the new option and buy directly from Taobao and then use something like SuperBuy to get it delivered for some fee.

  9. Important point missing is how well do they update their phones. Yeah one may be more expensive, but you get 2 or 3 os upgrades and the security patches.

    So how do they compare on that?