This post was last updated on April 20th, 2020 at 01:10 pm
For obvious reasons, the gaming mobile phone market is becoming very lively. In addition to the release of ROG Gaming Phone 2 by Asus in 2019, Xiaomi Black Shark and Red Devils have produced corresponding flagship gaming phones. In early March, Black Shark released this year’s new flagship game phone-Tencent Black Shark Game Phone 3/3 Pro. These new flagships are more dazzling than ROG 2, the strongest game phone last year. In terms of processors, the ROG gaming phone 2 uses the Snapdragon 855+, which has been significantly improved for games. In the reverse, the Tencent Black Shark gaming phone 3/3 Pro uses the currently strongest processor, the Snapdragon 865. Regardless of the processor, both of them are very careful in the design of their devices for games. This post is all about Black Shark 3 Pro vs ROG Gaming Phone 2 with respect to gaming performance, user experience, camera performance, heat dissipation, battery life and so on
Black Shark 3 Pro vs ROG Gaming Phone 2: A Comprehensive Review
So can the 2019 champion gaming mobile phone ROG 2 meet the “strongest” gaming mobile phone Black Shark 3 Pro in 2020, can it defend its title successfully? Let’s take a look.
Especially Relevant: What highlights and Unique Features will Gaming Phones Bring in 2020?
There is Certain gap in the Value of the Design or the Gaming Phones
The appearance of Tencent Black Shark 3 Pro mobile phone is still inherited from the “X” element of the previous generation mobile phone. It is a very classic symmetrical design.
Tencent/Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro Design at a Glance
In addition to the classic “X” element on the back panel of the Tencent Black Shark 3 Pro mobile phone, the triangular rear three-shot camera lenses are considered to be aesthetically pleasing. The triangular rear camera cooperates with “X “The element and symmetrical design are quite fashionable. The back case of the mobile phone mainly uses a combination of matte surface, smooth surface and a striped surface. It is amorous and bright under the light, which is very eye-catching.
On the front of Black Shark 3 Pro mobile phone, the product uses a 7.1-inch AMOLED, 2k resolution 90hz all-round gaming screen. To be honest, the 7.1-inch mobile phone is somewhat difficult to control in the hands of most people.
Fortunately, as a game phone, it can provide us with a very large game vision, but the weight of 220 grams is still a little pressure. Also, the palm and wrist of the gamer may become weary or inflamed after a long session.
ROG Gaming Phone 2 Design Recap
Similarly, Asus ROG Gaming Phone 2 has the same problem as Black Shark Game 3 Pro. However, the problems are comparatively lesser.
First off, ROG Gaming Phone 2 ’s screen is an AMOLED gaming screen with a size of 6.59 inches. Like the Black Shark 3 Pro. Also, it uses symmetrical full screen. But the Black Shark 3 Pro ’s screen ratio looks much larger than ROG 2.
Comparatively, ROG gaming phone has a wider forehead and chin, ROG 2 uses a 19.5: 9 screen ratio, plus the 6th generation 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass on the front. The back of the phone is also Corning Gorilla Glass and uses a 3D curved design.
So, when holding, when you grip the phone vertically, the fit and comfort are relatively good. In addition, both manufacturers put the microphones in front of the phone to avoid blocking the microphone during the game and affecting the gaming experience.
Black Shark 3 Pro vs ROG Gaming Phone 2: Rear Design Comparison
If the backplane of Tencent Black Shark Game Phone 3 Pro looks stylish and eye-catching, then the backplane of ROG Game Phone 2 can only be said to be cooler and more eye-catching. a
In the center of the back panel of the mobile phone is the LOGO of the ROG mobile phone, also known as the “eye of the ruined”, but more people like to call it “faith”.
In general, the black shark game phone 3 Pro’s face value is relatively low-key compared to the ROG game phone 2, but many believe that since it is a game phone, then the higher the tone, the better the look.
Black Shark 3 Pro vs ROG Gaming Phone 2: Specific Gaming Keys
Both have their own designs for gaming experience. On the ROG Gaming Phone 2, you will get a press-type virtual shoulder key, which has vibration feedback when pressed.
This especially feels very good when used in FPS games such as “eat chicken game”. By comparison, Tencent Black Shark Gaming Phone 3 Pro is equipped with the shoulder keys. These keys are designed as Liftable AI physical buttons. see image below.
Interestingly, the feedback of the shoulder buttons is very sufficient. Similar to the left and right shoulder keys of the Nintendo Switch.
To be honest, users who have used virtual buttons know that the feedback of the virtual shoulder button is not very good when pressed. As a result, the shooting efficiency/speed is not high, and it is difficult to get started. However, the physical shoulder key of Tencent Black Shark 3 Pro is different, is absolutely “cool”.
In addition, as gaming phones, both are very attentive. Both the ROG gaming phone 2 and the Tencent Black Shark gaming phone 3 Pro have flat designs of the rear camera to ensure the game feel.
The Game experience comparison on ROG Gaming Phone 2 and Black Shark Gaming Phone 3 Pro
ROG gaming phone 2 is equipped with the Snapdragon 855+ processor, and supports up to 12G LPDDR4X memory and 512GB UFS3.0 storage space.
Apparently, this is a very luxurious configuration in gaming phones. In the Antutu running score, the scores are around 400,000 points.
By contrast, Tencent Black Shark Game Phone 3 Pro is equipped with Snapdragon 865 processor, there is a an improvement in the overall performance of this processor Compared with the Snapdragon 855Plus. The biggest change is that the 5G baseband is plugged in. Tencent Black Shark 3 Pro Antutu runs 560,000 points. But in terms of game performance, the core parameters of the Snapdragon 855Plus are actually similar to the 865.
Select Games Tested on Both Phones and the Impression:
- “Peace/Peacekeeper Elite Game”
When you experience “Peace Elite” on the iPhone 11, the first let down is the barrages of pop-up windows entering the interface, and pains of closing them one by one, plus the response time is quite time-consuming. However, both ROG2 and Black Shark 3 Pro, you can close these pop-ups in seconds and X seconds.
The next step is the actual operation of the game. The Black Shark 3 Pro mobile phone directly opens the ultra-high-definition picture quality and the ultimate number of frames. Also, the whole game feels very smooth. Especially when the umbrella is landing on the ground, there is no “stuck” phenomenon that always happened in the past, and it is directly on the ground.
In the game, while frequently sliding out the game sprite on the left side of the phone, the frame number is always stable at 60 frames. In contrast, ROG game phone 2, also offers smooth motion, the frame number is stable. It can be said that in the overall experience of eating chicken games, the two are actually comparable.
However, in terms of the optimization of the game operation of “Peace Elite” by both, the ROG gaming mobile phone fell out of favor. Although you may be accustomed to the use of virtual shoulder keys, after testing the physical shoulder keys of the Black Shark Game Phone 3 Pro, your gaming experience will be significantly improved.
In other words, ROG is inferior to the Tencent Black Shark Game Phone 3 Pro in this regard. The physical buttons play a significant role.
In eating chicken, Tencent Black Shark Game Phone 3 Pro has several virtual buttons on the screen. These virtual buttons can be awakened by voice without manual clicks. The game experience is not too cool compared to the ROG.
Black Shark 3 Pro vs ROG Gaming Phone 2: Heat Dissipation
The next step is to deal with the heat dissipation of the two mobile phones. When the “X” mode of the ROG game mobile phone is turned on, the single game is played for 30 minutes, and the mobile phone consumes 6% of the power.
At this time the body temperature was 37.3 degrees and then dropped to 36.7 degrees at a speed that was visible to the naked eye. The temperature base is not high, and the heat dissipation speed is fast. For manufacturers such as ASUS who have long studied the heat dissipation of hardware products, we expect them to do a better job which they have done.
The three-layer heat dissipation system upgraded from ROG Gaming Phone 1 has a built-in liquid-cooled heat conduction sheet plus a layer of graphene heat conduction sheet, and a specially designed heat dissipation grille. From the beginning of the game, passive heat dissipation is turned on, and the heat is always smoothly exported; after the game is over, the body does not continuously generate heat energy, and the heat that cannot be retained will also be quickly dissipated. These are the advantages that can be felt intuitively during the game.
In the experience of the Black Shark 3 Pro gaming phone, its heat dissipation ability is terrible. Black Shark 3 Pro puts a liquid cooling tube on each side of the main heating components, like a “sandwich” to achieve three-dimensional liquid cooling 50%. The axis-type motherboard design can ensure that the maximum distance of the grip area is away from the core area of the heat source of the motherboard when playing the game horizontally.
This will ensure that the high temperature caused by the explosive performance of the mobile phone when playing large games will not affect the player’s feel. When using this mobile phone to play games, after playing “Peace Elite” continuously for 30 minutes, the mobile phone did not appear to have a heat phenomenon. After one hour of continuous use, it was felt that there was a little heat in the middle of the mobile phone.
It is worth mentioning that, as the flagship mobile phones of the game, both of them have an external cooling fan in the box of the mobile phone, which combines active and passive cooling. Both phones can support the so-called “full firepower”.
If you installed the ROG cool fan 2 on the mobile phone, the temperature of the fuselage will fall to 32.2 degrees. At this time, holding the mobile phone with my hand, I can even feel the coolness. It has to be said that both the ROG gaming mobile phone 2 itself and the cool cooling fan 2 exert passive and active cooling to a very good level.
- “QQ Speed”
Last year, ROG Game Mobile 2 launched game cooperation with Tencent. Its “QQ Speed” supports the 120Hz refresh rate feature of ROG Game Mobile 2. When you set this game as the default 120Hz and directly entered the game. You will notice that there is nothing special in the login interface and the waiting game matching interface.
But, after entering the game, you will discover that the picture quality of the 120Hz refresh rate feels very delicate, neither the car nor the main body of the character has the slightest sense of model, which is very natural on the body curve of the character.
Also, when you switch to the settlement interface after the 120Hz game screen ends, the characters and models on the screen can produce a very obvious drop, so you can’t help but want to enter the game again.
By contrast, the Tencent Black Shark Gaming Phone 3 Pro supports 2K resolution and 90Hz refresh rate dual-zone pressure-sensitive screen, and the performance of the ROG Gaming Phone 2 refreshed at 120Hz is comparable.
In addition, the Tencent Black Shark 3 Pro mobile phone 3 Pro supports WiFi 6. This makes the game experience to be very smooth and fast, and the 90Hz flashing screen will not appear stuck.
In my opinion, compared to the optimization of ROG Gaming Phone 2 for playing games, Black Shark Gaming Phone 3 Pro has another big advantage: the floating window function.
ROG gaming mobile phone 2 calls the floating window by sliding on the right-side and can adjust the game configuration by returning information, but the rich functions need to continuously slide up and down in its floating window to find the options you need, and there is a sense of drag.
In the Black Shark 3 Pro mobile phone, its floating window is awakened through the left and right upper corners, all the functions of the top screen are clear at a glance, and it is also handy to use. see the image below:
In general, many of the optimizations of the Black Shark Game 3 Pro in the game in 2020 are stronger than the ROG Game 2 in 2019. Although, both of them can give us an extraordinary game experience in the general sense.
Battery Life Comparison
The Black Shark 3 Pro mobile phone has a built-in 5000mAh battery. After 15 minutes of actual game testing, “The King of Glory” consumes 5% of electricity, and playing “Peace Elite” consumes 30% of battery juice for 2 hours. The power supply is quite satisfactory, but it is not very good. After all, the Snapdragon 865 external 5G baseband needs to increase a lot of energy consumption.
However, the mobile phone is equipped with a 65W flash charge, and the 5000mAh battery needs only about half an hour to charge from 0% to 100%. This charging efficiency can be said to be very high, and as a game phone can be fully charged in half an hour, the same is true while playing. Needless to say.
In addition to 65W, the Black Shark 3 Pro mobile phone supports a magnetic charging port, which allows gamers to quickly connect and charge during the game, and it is also a full scene QC fast charge. Although the battery life is satisfactory, the charging is full of sincerity.
Asus ROG Gaming Phone 2 has a strong battery life, and the power consumption of “Peace Elite” is about 25% in about two hours. After a day of light to moderate use under the full power window sill, only 32% of the electricity is used before returning home to sleep, which means that a full charge is enough for you to use it for three days.
In addition, ROG Gaming Phone 2 supports 30W fast charging, and it takes only 15 minutes to charge from 20% to 50%. The battery life is not much different from the Black Shark 3 Pro, but the charging is much worse.
Photo Shoot Comparison Between Black Shark 3 Pro and ROG Gaming Phone 2
In terms of taking pictures, the ROG gaming phone 2 is equipped with a dual rear camera. The main camera is a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586, and the secondary camera is a 13-megapixel 125-degree ultra-wide-angle camera. In addition, there is a front-facing 24-megapixel camera on the phone. This is enough for everyday scenes that need to be photographed. Overall, ROG Gaming Phone 2 is fully capable of taking daily pictures.
In the indoor environment, the color and brightness restoration of objects and sceneries are relatively in place.
The night scene mode surprised the author a bit, and the photos taken after short and medium exposures felt quite a bit large.
Black Shark 3 Pro Camera Composition
The three rear cameras of the Black Shark 3 Pro are the main camera: 64-megapixels f/1.8, the ultra-wide-angle camera: 13 megapixels f/2.2, and the depth of field camera: 5 megapixels f / 2.2. The front camera is 20 megapixels f/2.0, which is completely true from the mainstream flagship mobile phone.
These few outdoor scenes can be seen that the camera’s resolution is great, but the color rendering for cloudy days is not good enough. Also, the picture looks missing some colors. However, in the ultra-wide-angle shooting mode, the photos basically show no distortion.
Like ROG Gaming Phone 2, Tencent Black Shark Gaming Phone 3 Pro performs very well in night scene shooting, and it feels like you can shoot large movies at your fingertips. See the sample picture below:
Final Thought and Conclusion
In general, the ROG gaming phone 2 ’s performance in terms of games has not disappointed.
In addition, ROG Gaming Phone 2 can be regarded as the leader in gaming phones; and Black Shark Gaming Phone 3 Pro, whether it is from the Snapdragon 865 chip and 5000 mAh battery, or the camera parameters of the mainstream flagship machine, Can be called the strongest gaming mobile phone in 2020.
Some people may think that buying a gaming mobile phone as a daily main machine is too “outlandish”, but it is undeniable that many gaming mobile phones can provide battery life that mainstream mobile phones cannot match. Apart from this, gaming mobile phones can also meet the need to take great pictures as they are also competent.
The only shortcoming is that the volume is too large. If you don’t care about the size, mainstream gaming phones may be your best choice.