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Yolanda Curtis
April 20, 2018

Nubia has finally unveiled the Red Magic gaming smartphone, likely to go against the Razer Phone and the just unveiled Xiaomi BlackShark gaming phone.

The device sports a unique design, complete with RGB lighting zone on its back panel. The major feature that the Red Magic has over the Razer Phone and Xiaomi BlackShark, LED lights! Like the Black Shark, the Red Magic also has a dedicated hardware key for enabling a high-performance mode.

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Talking about the specifications, the Nubia Red Magic smartphone features a 5.99-inch Full-HD+ display with a resolution of 2160x1080p and a 2.5D NEG T2X-1 Glass on top. While the Black Shark phone uses the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, the Red Magic phone uses the last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. In China, the Red Magic is priced at 2,499 Yuan for 6GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and 2,999 Yuan for 8GB RAM, 128GB internal storage.

The all-new gaming phone draws power from a 3,800mAh battery unit, which is claimed to last up to 7 hours of gaming on a single charge.

Optics wise, there's a 24MP Samsung 5K2X7SX sensor at the back with support for 120fps slow-motion video recording.

The Red Magic is a dedicated gaming smartphone with Snapdragon 835 chipset created to compete directly with Xiaomi's Black Shark phone.

There's a fair bit of hype from Red Magic about the multi-layered air convection cooling system, but it needs saying that this is normal for all smartphones, not like the Black Shark's liquid cooling system. Gameboost button is an added feature on the phone to enhance the gaming performance. For selfies, there is an 8MP camera on the front with f/2.0 aperture. There's support for 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 801.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0, Global Positioning System and GLONASS. In terms of software, the Red Magic runs Android 8.1 Oreo OS right out of the box. Similar to sound coverage in Razer Phone speakers that was a highlight of its success, Nubia also has four speakers using smart amplification technology and inbuilt DAC ( Digital to Analog Converter). Other interesting supporting technologies include the Red Magic's advanced thermal design with three layers of graphite and three grille vents, as well as a specially designed heatsink. Rs 31,600). Nubia will be releasing the device through IndieGogo on April 26th, though pre-orders start a day earlier.

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