Every month, AnTuTu publishes a list of the most powerful smartphones on the market, the most recent of which is available for the Chinese audience. You may think these phones flirt with the $1,000 price tag, but actually, you can get most of them for less than $500. Take a look at the models on the list: the price of No. 7 may surprise you.

Top Performing Android Smarphones on June, 2019. Credit: Antutu

Gaming Smartphones Dominate the Benchmarks

Nubia Red Magic: The World's Best Phone is Under $500

The first place goes to the Red Magic 3, the latest smartphone by Nubia. Ever since it hit the market, it's been the undisputed champion of AnTuTu's benchmarks. Its powerful Ram, 90Hz screen, Snapdragon 855 processor, 5000 mAH battery, and a cooling system built with internal fans make it a real marvel for gamers and tech enthusiasts around the world.

Nubia Red Magic 3

This beast scored 382,331 points on AnTuTu benchmarks and starts at $440.

No. 2: Black Shark 2 Bets on Liquid Cooling For That Extra Performance Boost

Xiaomi's Black Shark 2 scored 375,592 points and has a starting price of $428. Some of the most compelling features of this smartphone are the 48 MP camera, Snapdragon 855 processor, 4000mAh battery, and a third-generation Liquid Cooling System.

Xiaomi Mi9: China's Flagship Smartphone With Two Spots on the Top 5

Xiaomi holds the third and fourth place with two editions of the same smartphone: The Mi9 Transparent Edition and the standard Mi9.

Xiaomi’s flagship offers an elegant design with a transparent case, 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage, a 48 MPx camera cataloged by DXOMARK as one of the best on the market, and a quick wireless charging system.

The Mi9 Transparent Edition starts at $527, while the Xiaomi Mi9 Standard starts at $413. AnTuTu scores were 371,021 for the transparent smartphone and 370,884 for the standard one.

On the right, Xiaomi 9 Transparent Edition. The other three are different colors of the Standard Xiaomi Mi9

Redmi K20 Pro: One of The World's Best Smartphones Costs Near 370 Bucks

A pleasant surprise was the Redmi K20 Pro. Redmi is a subsidiary of Xiaomi focused on the medium and low-end market. Its new K20 pro occupies an impressive seventh place at a whopping $370, being the cheapest phone on the list and earning the title of 2019’s Flagship Killer.

The Rest of the List Is Full of Very Affordable Options... Well.. Most Of It

The other cell phones on the Top 10 were:

Reference prices were obtained from Kimovil

Asus ROG Phone 2: THE KING OF THE KINGS

According to Kimovil all these phones are turtles when compared to the new Asus ROG Phone 2. This beast scores 486216 points in AntTuTu! However, it will be featured in the upcoming stats.

yeah... This is a phone. And these are only afew of its accesories

You can buy this phone for $890

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How's Your Apple Doing?

Just for comparison, the best smartphones running Apple's iOS are headed by the iPhone XS with a score of 353,963 and a starting price set at $999 followed by the iPhone XS Max with a score of 353,185 and a minimum price of $1,099 and the iPhone XR with a score of 342,875 and $745 for the most basic version.

What does this mean? Well, basically the best iPhone is weaker than the weakest Android on the list. Have a look a their scores:

Reference prices were obtained from Apple’s official website

Why Spend So Much When There Are Better options?

Is it worth spending $1099 for a smartphone that behaves worse than one costing $370? The logical answer seems to be "NO", however, it all depends on the users' preferences

There’s nothing wrong with experimenting, especially if facts and standardized data back our actions.

A study published last year by Tech insights revealed that Apple spends $453 to make a 256GB iPhone XS Max. How could one justify those almost $800 of profits?

Costs of the parts of an iPhone XS Maxs. Courtesy: Tech Insights

Companies like Apple, Samsung, and Huawei not only manufacture products and sell them. Investment in advertising, research and development, legal teams and infrastructure is huge, and consumers pay for all of this with every smartphone they buy. Is that enough of a justification? Perhaps not, but it is the only one we can offer.

Others, however, say those companies raise the price of their products just because people buy them, but we are not that basic... or are we?