Are Gaming Phones A Ripoff?

  • Published on Oct 22, 2018
  • Dave2D review and of Razer Phone 2, ASUS ROG Phone, Xiaomi Black Shark 2. Comparison of the best gaming phones on the market. Are they really worth it?
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  • Dave Lee
    Dave Lee  10 months ago +751

    Gaming phones are getting increasingly popular this year. Anyone thinking of getting one? Which one?

    • Daud Hicks
      Daud Hicks 2 months ago

      Red Magic 3!

    • Mirza Dzananovic
      Mirza Dzananovic 4 months ago

      I cant belive Sony didnt nb1 in gaming phones

    • Walkli 7
      Walkli 7 4 months ago

      One thing tho it is possible to remove the 30 fps cap in mobile fortnite

    • Red Static
      Red Static 5 months ago

      Razer phone

    • woosh lol
      woosh lol 5 months ago

      A gaming phone sounds and seems stupid..dont hurt me

  • Andrew Stewart
    Andrew Stewart 15 days ago +1

    Yes they are, a regular phone can do anything that a gaming phone can. They dont have better graphic cards or cpus or anything with the exception of a 120hz screen. A regular phone will have a better camera and usually a better battery. You show me one game that a "gaming phone" can play that a regular phone can't. Until they get hardware that can perform like a gaming platform....well, you just have a phone with cool rgb's all over it. Yay for you....👏

  • wesley lewis
    wesley lewis 28 days ago

    the one i am getting is the asus rog phone 2 because i am watching this in 2019

  • Nielsf2704
    Nielsf2704 Month ago

    The idea behind the ROG phone is that it’s compatible for a lot of gadgets Asus has for it but I don’t see a gaming phone worth it over any other phone. To me a Gaming laptop is a good deal since I kinda want a workhorse too.

  • C R O W
    C R O W Month ago


  • Kutu Baby
    Kutu Baby Month ago

    I still love my old asus rog🙂

  • 中井久夫
    中井久夫 Month ago

    For PlayStore games? No.
    For emulation? Yes. Yes, yes, all the way yes.

  • Savage Panda
    Savage Panda Month ago +1

    Rgb light on back is not new huawei did it like 10 years ago

  • hazem zoma
    hazem zoma 2 months ago

    RAZER is my favorite

  • Clark Kent
    Clark Kent 2 months ago


  • Woe
    Woe 2 months ago

    Gaming phone's are not a good idea, mobile gaming is a joke.

  • Daud Hicks
    Daud Hicks 2 months ago

    RIP off? They have. Enter specs than flagship phones for half the price.

  • Malamex
    Malamex 2 months ago


  • adeep187
    adeep187 2 months ago

    for the look of the actual phone the Razer is nicest for me. The ROG one looks honestly too nerdy, it's not stylish. Xiaomi one honestly looks kinda cheapish. I do really like the customizable RBG icons and side lights, that's dope af.

  • HJ Angeles
    HJ Angeles 2 months ago

    Its the xiaomi black shark Helo

  • The_retard 1970
    The_retard 1970 2 months ago

    I could deal with the dim screen on the Razer

  • Nemesis
    Nemesis 3 months ago

    A lot of popular games are capped at 30fps, shows two

  • I
    I 3 months ago


  • debmustang gt
    debmustang gt 3 months ago

    Gaming phone abdolutely pointless, what android game do you get to play that indulges you for hours !, None. Honestly only a fool would buy a gaming phone for changing his pubg experience, that one can the flagship model at the same price , those will have the same 855 chipset and gpu , i want my phone to look elegant , and peform like a beast.

  • Mr Dr Prof Patrick
    Mr Dr Prof Patrick 3 months ago +2

    Pixel 4 with a fullscreen oled 120Hz display would be a dream.

  • ミニシュ
    ミニシュ 3 months ago +1

    Now, that's first time I've heard someone compliment Switch's ergonomics.

  • Ringo Rinka ML
    Ringo Rinka ML 3 months ago

    Many people complaining because of the price .. only real mobile gamers apreciated those prices

  • Darthenzo
    Darthenzo 4 months ago +1

    Gaming phones.. It's like virginity condoms

  • Kosame
    Kosame 4 months ago

    haha gamer

  • smash man
    smash man 4 months ago

    Why the hell would you want a gaming phone. You could get a switch or any other console, and they are still cheaper. "Yay. I can view ads at 60 FPS."

  • notoriginal video's
    notoriginal video's 4 months ago +3

    Would rather buy a gaming pc
    Gaming phone are not worth it
    What games do you even play in play store btw??

    • Glassy
      Glassy 2 months ago

      notoriginal video's emulators
      it's all about the emulators

    • notoriginal video's
      notoriginal video's 4 months ago +1

      @Proto Type pro tip: this kind of phones are not worth it.

    • Proto Type
      Proto Type 4 months ago +2

      True I would just buy the Asus rogue due to its design, it looks unique compare to most phones n they would be my main reason but I'll just wait for note 10 tho lol nothing beats the s pen

  • Miku Ivalice
    Miku Ivalice 4 months ago

    I'm annoyed by gaming phones because theres no seperate GPU. It's all system on a chip, usually Snapdragon 8xx series, they're always powerful, but can't be more powerful than a phone that isn't classified as gaming... So they have to rely on gimmicks that are more aesthetics over function. So you get blocky, uncomfortable phones that look "GAMING" but can't outperform the latest galaxy, iPhone, OnePlus, LG, Sony, etc... Etc... Devices... So like... Why? If the phone is supposed to be gaming, then it needs to actually run games better than non-gaming competition, and they just can't...
    And relying on cheap tricks like fans are pretty much pointless at full gaming workloads at this time, just because on their own, Qualcomm's SoC's don't get dangerously and uncomfortably hot, there's just no apps or games to push them to thermal throttling at the frequency you'd expect from Intel
    Like I expect in the future a gaming fan could make sense, but current SoC's just don't need them yet.
    The only advantage is the higher refresh rate, which is the only gaming feature that isn't a gimmick, but I expect that kind of thing to be more normal in other phones in the future, especially after OnePlus 7 pro, now that everyone is raving about 90hz.

  • Kevin Pedersen
    Kevin Pedersen 4 months ago +55

    imagine unironically taking mobile games seriously.

    • Qwerty Uiop
      Qwerty Uiop Month ago

      well, they've been really rich here in indonesia so it works apparently. Mobile esports gamer make way more money than pc gamer here and i mean a lot to the point buying a sport car (ferrari, lamborghini)

    • toxic el pinga larga 69
      toxic el pinga larga 69 Month ago

      @Jamie boyne lol

    • Jamie boyne
      Jamie boyne Month ago +1

      Cough cough several South East Asian countries cough cough

    • Glassy
      Glassy 2 months ago +1

      * cough * Japan and Korea * fucking dies *

  • aorozco
    aorozco 4 months ago

    I consider Gaming Phones a stupid idea (Just like really over the top high-end ones), unless you are developing a demanding app or game for mobile phone and you want to prevent someting like a bottleneck, there's absolutely NO NEED For such specs in a phone, i mean, it's a PHONE.. If you want to play games, Buy a Console or PC, If you want to do Film-making, get a Camera and proper equipment, a phone will never fill those needs (In the more profesional aspect).
    Don't get me wrong, the fact that a phone is nowdays a multitasking little beast that can do almost anything is actually awesome, but some phones are getting over the top.

  • Kvetoslava Mirgova
    Kvetoslava Mirgova 4 months ago

    L like this phone lam going to buy it are you

  • Matt's Tarantulas
    Matt's Tarantulas 4 months ago

    I'm sorry but a 20 year old computer could play these games. I don't understand why you would want one when a smartphone is just as good.

  • khaled nwilati
    khaled nwilati 4 months ago


  • Izalith
    Izalith 4 months ago

    I dont see the point in gaming phones... When i totally called that mobile games would destroy video games.... Once i first saw microtransactions, I called it .... Bye gaming .... Shit games.... Sigh

  • Eric Park
    Eric Park 4 months ago

    Very nice, I will try something like this ✌️

  • DarkNinja4452
    DarkNinja4452 4 months ago

    like if these phones are better that your pc

  • The Spark
    The Spark 4 months ago

    Gaming phones are essentially just phones, treat them as such. My rig is ugly and by default not called a "gaming rig" ... it´s however far faster than most rigs. Do you call the MI9 with its 855 CPU a gaming phone? .. you could I guess.

  • Klinox Games
    Klinox Games 4 months ago

    Short answer: yes

  • Shawn Smerlick
    Shawn Smerlick 4 months ago

    So basically the rog is the best

  • emarskineel
    emarskineel 4 months ago

    There are no phone games worth playing so I fail to see the point

    • SunShyn3
      SunShyn3 4 months ago

      Nah mate I need to play fortnite at the best FPS while taking a massive Crap

  • SSS _ HEX
    SSS _ HEX 4 months ago +6

    PC Gamer: I have 27" 4k display/32GB DDR4/1TB SSD/5TB HDD/1080TI SLI/220V/unlimited play time. for 1500$
    Conslole Gamer: I have 24" 1080p display/16GB DDR4/256GB SSD/1TB HDD/1080Ti 220V/unlimited play time for 500$
    Mobile (Gaymer?): I have 6"(LOL) 4K display/8GB DDR?/64GB ??/ chianjionguahahalolol video card/4000mha baterry for 2-3 hours for 1000$.

    • Mellanone
      Mellanone 4 months ago

      @SSS _ HEX 40-50" sounds more suitable :D

    • SSS _ HEX
      SSS _ HEX 4 months ago

      @Mellanone I've just said that so the specs "contrast" to be a bit faded.

    • Mellanone
      Mellanone 4 months ago

      why would a console gamer have a smaller display?

  • Andrew Williams
    Andrew Williams 4 months ago +1

    Razer selling it for 500 right now

  • Ahmad Asnawi
    Ahmad Asnawi 4 months ago

    i'm a mobile gamer but even i would not pay that price. most mobile game dont even need that high specs to be played. if i wanna play ultra graphics games, i would just buy a PC.

  • neil sullada
    neil sullada 4 months ago

    yeah buy a fucking computer what good game is on a phone

    TRAS̸H DØVE 4 months ago

    If only these things wouldn't look like an alien fucked a Lambo

  • BurningTrashcan
    BurningTrashcan 4 months ago

    why u hating on shark too much the side lights looks pretty neat

  • ilovehotdogs125790
    ilovehotdogs125790 4 months ago

    I bet iphone has better performance though lmao

  • RT Arcand
    RT Arcand 4 months ago +4

    I don't want my thumbs going all over the screen I'm supposed to be looking at. PC games or nothing. I'll stick to making phone calls on my phone.

    • Craig
      Craig 4 months ago

      If you game on a phone your doing it wrong on so many levels. Also you basically single yourself out as a real fucking peasant.

  • Overdrive UK
    Overdrive UK 4 months ago +3

    The Nubia Redmagic 3 blows all of these phones out of the water, and for only $500

    • Yolo Guy
      Yolo Guy Month ago

      And the Asus Rog phone 2 eats the nubias ass cheeks

  • TreeMobile.
    TreeMobile. 4 months ago


  • Bride
    Bride 4 months ago

    they make gaming phones?

  • TIT/\N
    TIT/\N 4 months ago

    gaming chair with headphone jack wtf

  • M Alghamdi
    M Alghamdi 4 months ago


  • WhiteMaze
    WhiteMaze 4 months ago

    Actually the fact that the Asus phone built in triggers require pressure to activate, is *actually a good thing* . Anyone who has used one of those "gamepads with rubber triggers" for phones to play PUBG, or other games, knows that triggers need to have enough resistance to be able too *hold the weight* of your fingers resting on them, without pressing down.
    The current trigger gamepad I use to play, is incredibly sensitive. This means if I so much as *GRAZE* the damn trigger button, it fires. Any button or trigger should only send a signal when *PRESSED* with a bit of force. If the weight of your own fingers is enough to press a button, you're gonna have a bad time playing. Fingers relax on top of the buttons as you play.
    You can imagine how many times I shoot by accident and scare the shit out of myself. Good on Asus for realizing that very important aspect of engineering a gaming phone.

  • MWB Gaming
    MWB Gaming 4 months ago +1

    why are the batteries so small?
    4000mah isnt going to last very long when playing games (which is the whole point of getting a gaming phone)

    • MWB Gaming
      MWB Gaming 4 months ago

      @Michael Rue then it takes longer than using wireless

    • Michael Rue
      Michael Rue 4 months ago

      @MWB Gaming use a non fast charge charger then

    • MWB Gaming
      MWB Gaming 4 months ago

      @Michael Rue I have done things like that to other devices (my iPad has a 50,000mah battery) but if I do that with my current phone, I lose my wireless charging (the cable for the wireless receiver can't be extended)
      And since this phone keeps melting cables when I use the included fast charger (5A at 5V) wireless charging is the only practical solution

    • Michael Rue
      Michael Rue 4 months ago

      @MWB Gaming well you could add one if you want and you can make it as big as you want if you have the cells

    • MWB Gaming
      MWB Gaming 4 months ago

      @Michael Rue the battery is not worn out, my usage is a lot heavier than most others (mostly because I have tethering constantly enabled)
      This same usage killed a brand new S10 in just a few hours

  • Darwisy Daniel
    Darwisy Daniel 4 months ago

    That is blackshark helo Nor blackshark 2

  • David Ta
    David Ta 4 months ago

    If Alexander Graham Bell was alive today, I think he would be wtf is a Gaming Phone?

  • Zachary Coleman
    Zachary Coleman 4 months ago

    That fan might be useful if you play Pokemon Go in the summer lol.

  • snapdragon64 Orbital
    snapdragon64 Orbital 4 months ago

    Maybe but it simply shows how mainstream flagships rip you off by skimping max functional hardwares like a 5000mah battery, superior cooling and a jack with a top tier chipset. These gaming units show it's not impossible. And don't give me crap about ingress protection unless you're a clumsy idiot who drops your phone everyday or you're swimming in water going to school or work.

    • MWB Gaming
      MWB Gaming 4 months ago

      5000mah is tiny
      10,000mah should be the minimum (a full day of actual heavy usage with realistic screen settings instead of a few hours then you find yourself tethered to the wall)

  • John Doe
    John Doe 4 months ago

    I don't even play any mobile games but found this interesting.

  • KONATAonPC -
    KONATAonPC - 4 months ago +1

    Gaming phones are a ripoff for two reasons:
    1. Gaming specific hardware doesn't exist, just the same shit as normal phones, just get a Pocophone.
    2. The top rated games on the play store are games that would be rated below average on a real gaming platform, if you spend even a cent on mobile gaming, you're the loser.

    Just get a normal phone and a Switch.

    • Jessy Williams
      Jessy Williams 4 months ago

      KONATAonPC - exactly dude. People in this comment section are just blabbing that, "yeah but switch isn't a phone." Its so stupid that people want to play games on a communication device. Switch is the best portable option.