Nubia Red Magic 3 (12GB RAM, 256GB)  +1 variation

price₹ 46,999 onwards

launchJul, 2019

78.8

excellence score

63.8

value for money score

Not available at any of our listed stores

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Design

  • Sharp, futuristic, stand-out gamer aesthetic - this is a device that looks as though it just fell out of a space marine’s pocket
  • You get an angled, metal back with an LED strip down the middle and red highlights in the corners - there’s a hexagonal lozenge for the fingerprint sensor, and the camera lens above it is pentagonal - the highlights aren’t just about the look either, most of them serve as vents for the internal fan and help to keep the temperature down
  • The metal construction gives it a solid, durable feel
  • There is a dedicated gaming switch on the side - a red, textured button that turns the dedicated gaming mode on or off, and there’s a also a row of pogo pins for accessories
  • The right edge, which is also the top edge when you hold the Red Magic 3 in landscape to play games, has programmable touch sensitive shoulder buttons - which are actually pretty useful
  • The Red Magic 3 is big, make no mistake - it’s tall, it’s wide, and it’s really heavy at 215 grams
  • Because it’s so big it can be tricky to handle - it really requires two hands (but you will find it most comfortable to use when gaming, which seems fitting)

Display

  • A gorgeous big display - the Red Magic 3 has a whopping 6.65-inch AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate - which means silky smooth graphics, much like the OnePlus 7 Pro, and some other gaming-centric phones
  • It’s also really bright - one of the brightest displays on any smartphone - so you can comfortably game outdoors too
  • The rounded edges of the display at the top actually cut off a tiny bit of the UI, which looks a bit awkward

Software

  • For all the bombast and excess present in the hardware, the Red Magic 3’s software is a surprisingly restrained, very-close-to-stock Android affair – which is a good thing
  • The most useful addition is the Gaming mode - which is your control panel for all gaming - you can see a simplified menu containing all your games, current CPU/GPU usage, give a 'performance boost', play with a '4D shock mode' that adds vibration feedback to certain games like PUBG, and map the capacitive touch shoulder buttons
  • There is the occasional lack of polish in the UI here and there, with some typos and mistranslations from Chinese - these aren’t deal-breaking issues by any stretch, but they take the sheen off ever-so-slightly and may irk those with tendencies towards OCD

Performance

  • Lightning fast performance with the top-end Snapdragon 855, coupled with the 90Hz screen
  • It's virtually impossible to make the phone sweat even with the most complex games at the highest graphics settings - the Nubia Magic 3 goes on and on
  • Chart topping benchmarks on AnTuTu, beating all other Android phones at present
  • The unique internal fan also helps in keeping you gaming longer, without the phone heating up much

Camera

  • Pretty good camera, even with a single 48MP lens (it’s the same 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 that you’ll find in the Honor View 20, which itself is a very good camera phone)
  • The camera captures plenty of detail and vibrant colors
  • The shutter speed is fast, so there is no blur, even with moving subjects
  • The 16-megapixel front-facing camera is good too
  • Video recording is supported up to a whopping 8K resolution - although the use case for that is limited
  • Video recording quality is decent, though nothing special
  • Low light performance is average
  • Of course, while the single lens by itself is very good, what you lose out on is the versatility of an ultra-wide, or telephoto lens, which are there on some other phones in this price bracket

Audio

  • Loud dual speakers with DTS:X support - carved out of the thin bezels left and right of the enormous screen - they are impressively rich for a smartphone

Battery

  • Long battery life with a giant 5000mAh battery - with standard use, you will get a comfortable 2 days, and even with a lot of gaming, it will last you the day
  • Comes with a pretty quick 18W Fast Charging adapter

Verdict

  • Seriously smooth and powerfully punchy, the Red Magic 3 is everything you want in a gaming phone, and is some pretty stunning value at this price point
  • It also edges out what will likely be it's main competitor, the excellent Xiaomi Shark 2 - for a similar price, you’re getting physical buttons, a bigger screen, a bigger battery, fan and liquid cooling
  • Overall, the Red Magic 3 is plain-and-simple the best gaming phone you can get your hands on at present, and sets the new benchmark for this category
  • Finally, the phone also does not trap its user necessarily in a game-obsessed universe – the lights can be deactivated, and you can prolong your battery life to a great extent by skipping use of the phone’s potential high refresh rate until you need it - which is good flexibility to have

Expert Reviews

We continuously monitor new reviews from 200+ top technology experts

  1. Excellent hardware package...but Nubia's software could be better
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you spend hours playing games on your smartphone, the Nubia Red Magic 3 could be a good companion
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The most complete gaming smartphone...Highly recommended
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  4. A brilliant gaming phone...represents amazing value
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. If you’re looking for a powerful gaming phone that won’t break the bank, the Red Magic 3 will tick all your boxes
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. One of the best-value gaming smartphones out there right now, backed up an assortment of interesting accessories
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. One of the best deals you can get as of now, especially if you are into gaming
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The phone that every smartphone gamer needs to have on his game station
    thequint.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Phenomenal value for money...not many phones can beat the Red Magic 3 when it comes to games
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  10. Because this phone presents a surprising number of positive features, very few drawbacks, and a top-notch overall package (software and hardware included), I recommend this phone quite highly...That’s just so long as you remember that this phone is made f
    slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Impressive smartphone tailored towards gamers
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. A total bargain
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. There are few phones that can match the Red Magic 3 in terms of muscle or gaming experience...but the general consumer might want more than just a gaming machine at this price
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A new benchmark for gaming smartphones
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. Top of the line performance, with hand-held console type gaming experience
    timesnownews.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. neowin.net in-depth Read Review »

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Nubia Red Magic 3 (12GB RAM, 256GB) Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size6.6 inches
Screen Resolution1080x2340 pixels (~ 390 pixels per inch)
Display TypeAMOLED
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal BezelsYes
Display Features
  • 90Hz Refresh Rate
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Sensor Hub
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor/RAM
Processor2.84 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 640
RAM12 GB
Memory
Internal Memory256 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity5000 mAh
Fast Charging SupportYes, 18W Fast Charging, Fast charger included
Dimensions
Weight215 gm
Thickness9.65 mm
Width78.5 mm
Camera
Primary Camera48MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes (8K)
Other Camera Features
  • 1/2.0" Sensor Size
  • Sony IMX586 Sensor
  • 0.8um Pixel Size
  • F/1.75 Aperture
Secondary Camera16MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • F/2.0 Aperture
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFiYes
WiFi DirectYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes + GLONASS + BeiDou
CompassYes
More
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
More
  • In-built Cooling Fan

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