Red Magic: ZTE’s Nubia brand reveals its take on a gaming smartphone


Gaming smartphones have seen a revival lately, being kick-started by the Razer Phone last year. Last week saw Xiaomi’s Black Shark surface too, and now it’s the turn of the Nubia Red Magic, by ZTE’s sub-brand.

The device packs a rather unique, angled rear, featuring a single 24MP f/1.7 main camera and tapered edges. But the Nubia brand has gone the stereotypical gaming route and added a customisable LED strip to the back as well.

Red Magic

As for horsepower? The Red Magic is powered by last year’s Snapdragon 835 processor instead of the new Snapdragon 845. The brand claims that it was the best available chip that could sustain performance without throttling. Joining the chipset is 6GB to 8GB of RAM and 64GB to 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage.

In the display department, we’re looking at a 6-inch full HD+ screen, complete with an 18:9 screen ratio. And no, there’s no notch on this handset.

All of this is powered by a 3800mAh battery, with the promise of up to eight hours of heavy usage. By comparison, the Black Shark and Razer Phone offer 4000mAh packs.

Much like Xiaomi’s Black Shark, the Nubia phone has a hardware switch, dubbed Gameboost, which enables a performance mode.

What’s the damage going to be though? Well, if you want to be an early bird, you can grab the phone for $399 on April 26 via IndieGogo. Otherwise, Chinese users can grab the 6GB+64GB model for 2,499 yuan, while the 8GB+128GB variant will cost 2,999 yuan.

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