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A new gaming smartphone hits the market: the ZTE Nubia Red Magic is here

ZTE Nubia Red Magic official press render (Source: Red Magic)
ZTE Nubia Red Magic (Source: Red Magic)
The ZTE Nubia Red Magic joins the Razer Phone and Xiaomi's Black Shark gaming smartphones, but it is powered by the older Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and has a 6-inch 1080p 2:1 display. Fortunately, it features 8 GB of memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1 internal storage, and will be available for pre-order via Indiegog for just US$399 starting next week.
Codrut Nistor,

Although most of today's mid-range smartphones can handle virtually any mobile game pretty well — and we are not even talking about flagships — there seem to be more than just raw power that mobile gaming requires. Although there is not much that the Razer Phone delivers in terms of design, the recently released Xiaomi Black Shark and the brand-new ZTE Nubia Red Magic definitely got some looks to go with their gaming-focused specs and features.

The ZTE Nubia Red Magic does not feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 top-of-the-line chipset, as it uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 instead. However, there is no cost-cutting in the memory/storage department: this handset features 8 GB of memory and 128 GB UFS 2.1 internal storage. Moving on, there is a 6-inch display with 2,160 x 1,080 pixels and decent cameras on both sides, although there is no dual camera setup to talk about. The 8 MP selfie snapper is paired with a rear-facing shooter with a 24 MP sensor and an f/1.7 aperture.

Leaving the specs bove aside, these are the attributes that make the ZTE Nubia Red Magic stand out: 

  • "industry-first" RGB strip on the back with support for 16 million colors and four different lighting effects
  • "all-new air convection cooling system"
  • dedicated game button 
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with various Nubia Red Magic OS tweaks

The ZTE Nubia Red Magic is powered by a 3,800 mAh battery that promises to deliver up to 7 hours of Arena of Valor gameplay. 

This handset for gamers should be available worldwide starting April 26 via Indiegogo for US$399, but given the recent troubles that ZTE has been going through, it might not reach key Western markets at all. In the meantime, Chinese mobile gamers will be able to grab the ZTE Nubia Red Magic starting April 25 for around US$398 in a 6 GB RAM/64 GB storage setup and around US$477 for the 8 GB RAM/128 GB storage configuration.

ZTE Nubia Red Magic gaming smartphone
ZTE Nubia Red Magic gaming smartphone
ZTE Nubia Red Magic gaming smartphone
ZTE Nubia Red Magic gaming smartphone


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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5565 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2018-04-20 (Update: 2018-04-20)