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

price₹ 46,999 onwards

launchJul, 2019


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  • 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)


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 27W Fast Charging adapter which charges the smartphone from zero to max in a mere 1 hour 15 minutes time - which is a pretty impressive speed for a battery of that capacity


  • 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

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  1. Excellent hardware package...but Nubia's software could be better in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you spend hours playing games on your smartphone, the Nubia Red Magic 3 could be a good companion in-depth Read Review »
  3. The most complete gaming smartphone...Highly recommended in-depth Read Review »
  4. A brilliant gaming phone...represents amazing value 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 in-depth Read Review »
  6. One of the best-value gaming smartphones out there right now, backed up an assortment of interesting accessories in-depth Read Review »
  7. One of the best deals you can get as of now, especially if you are into gaming in-depth Read Review »
  8. The phone that every smartphone gamer needs to have on his game station in-depth Read Review »
  9. Phenomenal value for money...not many phones can beat the Red Magic 3 when it comes to games 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 in-depth Read Review »
  11. Impressive smartphone tailored towards gamers in-depth Read Review »
  12. A total bargain 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-depth Read Review »
  14. A new benchmark for gaming smartphones in-depth Read Review »
  15. Top of the line performance, with hand-held console type gaming experience 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
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
Fingerprint sensorYes
Face UnlockYes
Processor2.84 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 640
Internal Memory256 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
Battery Capacity5000 mAh
Fast ChargingYes
Weight215 gm
Thickness9.65 mm
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
Connecting PortUSB-C
WiFi DirectYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
App StoreGoogle Play Store
Noise FiltrationYes
Stereo SpeakersYes
  • In-built Cooling Fan

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