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

price₹ 47,999 onwards

launchOct, 2019

82.7

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66.8

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2-Minute Review

Let's cut through the noise, and get to the crux of it. 8 Expert Reviews analysed and summarised by the PhoneCurry Editorial Team, in a short and sweet 2-minute review.

Design

  • Sharp, futuristic, stand-out gamer aesthetic - identical to the Nubia Magic 3 - 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 - it's also quite slim
  • Due to the matte finish at the smartphone back, you will thankfully see no fingerprints/smudges - something that's very common with modern day glossy phones
  • 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 face unlock is remarkably fast, rivalling OnePlus phones for pure speed
  • The Red Magic 3s is big, make no mistake - it’s tall, it’s wide, and it’s 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
  • 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 no support for gesture navigation
  • 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
  • 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)
  • While the camera hardware remains the same as the Nubia Magic 3, but what's notably improved is the software optimization - the camera now supports a wider dynamic range and that shows in daylight photos with rich colours and contrasts - landscape photos too look colourful and livelier than before
  • 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 (the lack of any image stabilisation means handheld videos from the 3S tend to be a bit shaky)
  • Low light performance is still 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 18W Fast Charging adapter which charges the smartphone from 0% to a respectable 35% in just 30 minutes

Verdict

  • The Red Magic 3S is a minor upgrade (Snapdragon 855+ from Snapdragon 855) over it's very successful predecessor, the Red Magic 3, and is still one of the best bang-for-the-buck, full-fledged gaming phones you can get your hands on - having said that, this time it has some serious competition in the form of the ROG Phone 2, that's some crazy bang-for-the-buck itself

Expert Reviews

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  1. Good gaming phone....but we'd recommend that you spend a little extra and get the ROG Phone 2 instead
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Very well priced and extremely competitive...definite thumbs up
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A great gaming phone...amazing value for the money
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Builds on the success of its predecessor to provide an almost complete mobile gaming experience
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  5. Has everything that mobile gaming enthusiasts want today....However, at its price, it falls under the shadow of the mighty Asus ROG Phone 2 and OnePlus 7T
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Power meets ease of gaming
    gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »

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

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 9.0 PieExpected update to 10
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
Processor2.96 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 PlusRanked #3 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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