ASUS is reportedly rethinking its mobile strategy around gaming phones, spurred perhaps by the popularity (not actual sales) of its ROG Phone. Razer has definitely been convinced it’s the way to go, enough to create a Razer Phone 2. Xiaomi’s Black Shark and ZTE/nubia’s Red Magic all seem to believe there’s a future in gaming smartphones. They might be right, at least for another year. Two at most. Then gaming smartphones will suddenly vanish not because they’ve become passé. It’s because practically every smartphone will be a gaming smartphone.
Like modular smartphone or blockchain smartphones or even smartphones with styluses, gaming smartphones are a niche category that really serves just one purpose. Strip away all the fancy accents and LEDs, they are pretty much smartphones who exude power to the point you’ll need extra cooling to prevent them becoming the next Galaxy Note 7.
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