Nubia Red Magic 

price₹ 29,999 onwards

launchDec, 2018

48.2

excellence score

56.2

value for money score

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2-Minute Review

Let's cut through the noise, and get to the crux of it. 9 Expert Reviews analysed and summarised by the PhoneCurry Editorial Team, in a short and sweet 2-minute review.

Design

  • Edgy 'gaming phone' design - with RBG lights and air vents - the Nubia Red Magic’s outer design will please a mobile gamer
  • Build quality is good too - the buttons feels strong and so is the frame and the rest of the body
  • Quite heavy - because of the combination of the big 3800mAh battery and the sturdy metal body

Display

  • Ordinary display for a 'gaming' phone - while other gaming phones like the Asus ROG phone and the Razer Phone attempt to gain supremacy with a display with higher-than-normal refresh rates, the Red Magic sticks to the usual 1080p tall panel - and has slightly washed out colours
  • Sunlight legibility is average too
  • Has Widevine L3 certification which means you won’t be able to stream content from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in FullHD or even in HD
  • Further, the YouTube app itself isn’t optimised to fill up the extra screen real estate
  • There’s also no HDR support or support for a wider colour gamut which are something gamers look forward to, in a phone
  • These and other little things go a long way in making the user experience better and it’s disappointing to see these features not present in a ‘gaming phone’

Software

  • Runs on pure, simple stock Android
  • The GameBoost mode (triggered via a dedicated switch on the side of the phone) cuts off incoming call and message notifications and lights up the LED strip on the back in a few lovely colours
  • Even though the UI is stock, there is some adware in the form of a preloaded custom keyboard app, that actually displays ads right on the keyboard

Performance

  • Performance is again disappointing for a gaming centric phone with a generation old hardware (Snapdragon 835)
  • Of course, the 835 will give you butter smooth performance in daily use - but high-end games like PUBG will not be as smooth as on Snapdragon 845 phones - phones like the Poco F1 and the Asus Zenfone 5z handle gaming much better, around this price bracket

Camera

  • Decent selfie camera, with a smoothening effect on the skin
  • Mediocre rear camera - the phone relies on a single 24MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture - but has no AI or additional sensors to enable portrait mode, etc - even the Pro Mode in the camera app is heavily restricted
  • There is visible noise even in daylight photos
  • In close-up photos, detail levels are low
  • In low-light, the performance is expectedly bad

Battery

  • Long battery life - with a 3800mAh battery - will comfortably last the day even with heavy use
  • The phone charges to full capacity in around an hour and a half, thanks to a 12V fast charger

Verdict

  • Although the Red Magic claims to be the most affordable 'gaming smartphone' around right now - but just in terms of pure performance, if you are planning to spend this much money, there are much better performing, and all-round great phones around - the only thing is that they won't look like 'dedicated gaming phones'

Expert Reviews

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  1. It's a powerful phone, but it isn't the best option at its price unless you really want a phone with a LED light strip
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. As much as the design would have you believe you’re holding a gaming smartphone, the performance would leave a lot to be desired
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A phone true to its gaming purpose and fulfils that positioning well enough...if you can work with a (old) Snapdragon 835
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. Consider the Nubia Red Magic if you are an avid mobile gamer and are sure that is the primary reason you own a smartphone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Difficult to recommend
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  9. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »

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Nubia Red Magic Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size5.99 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2160 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Display Features
  • LTPS IPS LCD
  • 2.5D Curved Glass
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Sensors
  • G-sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Sensor Hub
Fingerprint sensorYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.35 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #9 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 540
RAM6 GB
Memory
Internal Memory64 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity3800 mAh
Fast ChargingYes
Dimensions
Weight185 gm
Thickness9.5 mm
Camera
Primary Camera24MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)
Other Camera Features
  • F/1.7 Aperture
  • Samsung 5K2X7SX Sensor
  • 0.9um Pixel Size
  • Slow Motion (720p@ 120fps)
  • Time-Lapse
  • PDAF
  • HDR
  • Panorama
Secondary Camera8MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
  • SK Hynix 846 Sensor
  • 1.12um Pixel Size
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou + GALILEO
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
More
  • RGB Light Panel
  • DTS HD Sound

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