3 WAYS GAMING PHONES EXCEL - YOU DON'T GET THIS IN AN iPHONE OR GALAXY
PCWorld|November 2020
THE ROG PHONE 3 AND LEGION PHONE DUEL STILL HAVE TRICKS UP THEIR SLEEVE.
ADAM PATRICK MURRAY

Why are gaming phones still a thing (go.pcworld.com/stng)? That’s what my colleague Michael Simon pondered after the recent releases of the Asus ROG Phone 3 and Lenovo Legion Phone Duel, and it’s a fair question to ask.

When the Razer Phone created the “gaming phone” market (go.pcworld.com/rz17) in 2017, it rolled out with unique features rarely—if ever—seen in smartphones: a high refresh rate screen, binned processors, copper vapor chambers, and in-your-face “gamer” aesthetics. But in the years since, many of those “gaming” features have trickled down to mainstream phones like the Samsung Galaxy (go.pcworld.com/ul20) and various OnePlus models (go.pcworld.com/7t1p). Again: Why are gaming phones still a thing?

Don’t be fooled: Despite the mainstream adoption of some of their features, these fire-breathing, enthusiast-focused devices continue to innovate. As someone who covered many of the most popular gaming phones, there are three key features (beyond their raw power) that help phones like the Asus ROG Phone 3 and Lenovo Legion Phone Duel stand out from the mainstream masses.

1. A SUPREME AUDIO EXPERIENCE

As an audio engineer by trade, I’ve always put great audio at the forefront of my purchasing decisions. Unfortunately, the trend in most major smartphones has been to sacrifice audio—like removing the headphone jack— and it hurts my heart. Phones rarely have great speakers and/or DACs. Sure, there are companies like LG who tout quad-DACs and “Crystal Sound OLED” technology, but most phone makers treat audio as lip service. Most people have moved to Bluetooth headphones and prefer slim bezels to big, booming built-in speakers anyway.

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