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Nubia RedMagic 6R smartphone review - Gaming with 144 Hz and hot fingers

Not only the price is hot. The RedMagic 6R is nominally a powerful gaming smartphone with Snapdragon 888, 144 Hz AMOLED display and shoulder buttons. High-end equipment rounds off the total package for less than 500 Euros (~$588). Sounds like a bargain, but it is not only the cooling that causes problems in the test.
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Nubia RedMagic 6R (RedMagic Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G 8 x 1.8 - 2.8 GHz, Cortex-X1 / A78 / A55 (Kryo 680)
Graphics adapter
Memory
12288 MB 
, LPDDR5
Display
6.67 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 395 PPI, Capacitive Touchscreen, 10 Multitouch Points, 360 Hz Touch-Sampling-Rate, AMOLED, glossy: yes, HDR, 144 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 225 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Gravitational acceleration, Gyroscope, Geomagnetic sensor, Proximity sensor, OTG
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (900, 1800 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 8), 4G (Band 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 28, 34, 38, 40), 5G (Band 41, 78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.8 x 163.04 x 75.34 ( = 0.31 x 6.42 x 2.97 in)
Battery
4200 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 64 MPix (IMX682, 78.3°, 0.8 μm, f/1.8) + 8 MPix (Ultrawide, 120°, 1.12 μm, f/2.2) + 2 MPix (Depth, 1.75 μm, f/2.4) + 5 MPix (Macro, 78°, 1.4 μm, f/2.4); 8k-video, Camera2-API-Level: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix (1.0 μm, f/2.0)
Additional features
Speakers: Mono, Keyboard: Onscreen, 30W-Charger, USB-Cabel (Type-A to Type-C), Adapter (USB-C to Audio Jack), Silicon Case, SIM-Tool, RedMagic OS 4.0, 12 Months Warranty, SAR: Not specified; DRM Widevine L1, Shoulder Trigger Buttons: 400 Hz touch sampling rate, dual pressure touch buttons; GNSS: GPS (L1, L5), Glonass (L1), Galileo (E1, E5a), BeiDou (B1, B1C, B2a), fanless
Weight
186.41 g ( = 6.58 oz / 0.41 pounds), Power Supply: 91 g ( = 3.21 oz / 0.2 pounds)
Price
599 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
Rating Version
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Price from
81.4 %7
08/2021
Nubia RedMagic 6R
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
186.41 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080
87.8 %7
04/2021
Asus ROG Phone 5
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
239 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.78"2448x1080
84.4 %7
10/2020
Nubia RedMagic 5S
SD 865, Adreno 650
218 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.65"2340x1080
87.4 %7
04/2021
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
259 g512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.92"2460x1080

Case, equipment and operation

The Nubia RedMagic 6R is available in a dark blue or high-gloss silver and looks great. The build quality is also pleasing. Gaps and torsional stiffness are good, but the shoulder buttons could have been designed more attractively.

The configuration has a few gaps. Besides a microSD slot, an audio jack is also missing. However, USB 3.2 (Gen. 1) is a fast data interface that also supports wired image output. The frequency configuration for the mobile network is also limited to the bare essentials. Nubia has really cut corners in this area, even though the relevant frequencies for Europe are supported. The Wi-Fi module, on the other hand, not only uses the latest Wi-Fi 6E standard, but also convinces with stable and fast transfer rates to our reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX12 in the test.

We like the voice quality of the RedMagic 6R very much when held to the ear. Even most ambient noise is reliably filtered out; it only reaches its limits in very loud noise and has short transmission dropouts. In speaker mode, the user echoes a bit and is recorded rather faintly. VoLTE and WLAN calling are supported. Full-fledged dual-SIM is also on board, but an eSIM cannot be used.

Google's Android 11 is used as the operating system, which is covered by the slightly customized RedMagic UI. This is characterized by a few gaps and peculiarities in the translation. For example, location is simply translated as where.

The touchscreen responds very reliably to inputs and implements them quickly. The optical fingerprint scanner sometimes reacts a bit sluggishly and the recognition rates could be a bit better. The latter succeeds better with facial recognition (2D), which is, however, also less secure.

Size comparison

176 mm / 6.93 inch 78.5 mm / 3.09 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 259 g0.571 lbs172.83 mm / 6.8 inch 77.25 mm / 3.04 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 239 g0.527 lbs168.56 mm / 6.64 inch 78 mm / 3.07 inch 9.75 mm / 0.3839 inch 218 g0.4806 lbs163.04 mm / 6.42 inch 75.34 mm / 2.97 inch 7.8 mm / 0.3071 inch 186.41 g0.411 lbs
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Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus ROG Phone 5
Wi-Fi 6E
1238 (643min - 1325max) MBit/s ∼100% +4%
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Wi-Fi 6E
1189 (693min - 1261max) MBit/s ∼96%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
681 (343min - 699max) MBit/s ∼55% -43%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
680 (620min - 697max) MBit/s ∼55% -43%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Nubia RedMagic 5S
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
870 (371min - 959max) MBit/s ∼100% +10%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
789 (660min - 853max) MBit/s ∼91% 0%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Wi-Fi 6E
788 (735min - 867max) MBit/s ∼91% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Wi-Fi 6E
788 (710min - 861max) MBit/s ∼91%
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Cameras - Quad camera in the RedMagic 6R

Selfie with the RedMagic 6R
Selfie with the RedMagic 6R

The front-facing camera of the Nubia RedMagic 6R enables good selfies with balanced illumination. A beauty filter is permanently active, but can be adjusted to the user's preferences.

The main camera relies on a 64 MP sensor, which delivers quite decent picture results during the day, but lacks a bit in sharpness and dynamics. However, the additional lenses drop considerably in quality compared with the main sensor. Videos can even be recorded in 8K. 

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Wide angleWide angleZoom (5x)Low-Light
ColorChecker
7.6 ∆E
1 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
11.8 ∆E
2.6 ∆E
2.1 ∆E
2.1 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
3.4 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
2.1 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
1.7 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
0.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Nubia RedMagic 6R: 4.09 ∆E min: 0.7 - max: 11.84 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.6 ∆E
51.8 ∆E
38.8 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
43.9 ∆E
61.1 ∆E
51.9 ∆E
34.8 ∆E
39.3 ∆E
27.4 ∆E
63.2 ∆E
62.8 ∆E
30.5 ∆E
47.2 ∆E
34.3 ∆E
73.7 ∆E
41.1 ∆E
42.9 ∆E
85.5 ∆E
69.5 ∆E
51 ∆E
36.6 ∆E
24.1 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Nubia RedMagic 6R: 45.4 ∆E min: 13.76 - max: 85.52 ∆E

Display - 144 Hz panel with low brightness

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

The 6.67-inch (16.94 cm) AMOLED display of the RedMagic 6R offers a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz and resolves with 2400 x 1080 pixels.

Whether with (442 cd/m²) or without a sensor (435 cd/m²), the brightness works on a similar level and barely increases even with an even distribution of bright and dark areas (APL50) (452 cd/m²), anything but optimal for a smartphone that supports HDR10+. Our test device does not reach the promised 770 nits at any time. Outdoors, the readability is therefore limited on bright days.

The OLED's flickering is also quite unconventional. At minimum brightness, it fluctuates between 66 and 178.6 Hz. Beyond that, the frequency increases and fluctuates between 181.2 and 769.2 Hz. Already from 51 percent of the adjustable brightness, the panel lapses into a 90 Hz mode, although we selected fixed 144 Hz in the settings. At this point, the display is not even particularly bright with 120 cd/m².

The screen's calibration is good for a gaming smartphone.

422
cd/m²
441
cd/m²
457
cd/m²
423
cd/m²
442
cd/m²
461
cd/m²
426
cd/m²
439
cd/m²
469
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 469 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 442.2 cd/m² Minimum: 4.08 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 442 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.2 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 3.3 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
99.2% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.25
Nubia RedMagic 6R
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Asus ROG Phone 5
AMOLED, 2448x1080, 6.78
Nubia RedMagic 5S
AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.65
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
AMOLED, 2460x1080, 6.92
Response Times
13%
10%
-71%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
4 ?(2, 2)
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
40%
2.8 ?(1.2, 1.6)
30%
8 ?(5, 3)
-100%
Response Time Black / White *
3.2 ?(2, 1.2)
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
25%
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
25%
6 ?(3, 3)
-88%
PWM Frequency
769.2 ?(51)
568.2 ?(22)
-26%
581.4 ?(99)
-24%
568.2
-26%
Screen
49%
-15%
-13%
Brightness middle
442
789
79%
589
33%
463
5%
Brightness
442
795
80%
592
34%
466
5%
Brightness Distribution
90
98
9%
90
0%
98
9%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.2
1.4
36%
3.1
-41%
3.24
-47%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
4.9
3
39%
7.2
-47%
5.75
-17%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3.3
1.7
48%
5.6
-70%
4.4
-33%
Gamma
2.25 98%
2.27 97%
2.31 95%
2.201 100%
CCT
7101 92%
6596 99%
6633 98%
7273 89%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
31% / 37%
-3% / -7%
-42% / -32%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
3.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 1.2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 3 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 2 ms rise
↘ 2 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 3 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (37.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 769.2 Hz ≤ 51 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 769.2 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 51 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 769.2 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21047 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Grayscale (Profile: Natural, Color Temperature: Warm; Target Color Space: sRGB)
Grayscale (Profile: Natural, Color Temperature: Warm; Target Color Space: sRGB)
Mixed colors (Profile: Natural, Color temperature: Warm; Target color space: sRGB)
Mixed colors (Profile: Natural, Color temperature: Warm; Target color space: sRGB)
Color Space (Profile: Natural, Color Temperature: Warm; Target Color Space: sRGB)
Color Space (Profile: Natural, Color Temperature: Warm; Target Color Space: sRGB)
Saturation (Profile: Natural, Color Temperature: Warm; Target Color Space: sRGB)
Saturation (Profile: Natural, Color Temperature: Warm; Target Color Space: sRGB)
outdoors
outdoors
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance, emissions and battery life

The Snapdragon 888 nominally provides enormous computing power and is supported by 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The Nubia RedMagic 6R already gets slightly warm in system mode, but nothing that we would find annoying. This looks different under load.

The gaming smartphone already gets hot in the normal load test and reaches up to 52.9 °C (~127 °F) on the surface. That is already very unpleasant. Moreover, the system interrupted the charging process in the test in order not to heat up the battery too much. The RedMagic 6R cannot convince at all in the 3DMark Wild Life stress test. It simply shut down in both variants because it gets too hot. We could measure up to 57.6 °C (~136 °F) on the smartphone's surface immediately after shutting it down. The RedMagic mastered the GFXBench without crashes. Unfortunately, we could not read the results because the app closes. However, the determined total number of frames shows that the frame rate is limited to 60 FPS during the test.

A benchmark detection also kicks in during 3DMark, which provides a boost of about five percent. If we hide 3DMark, it is even possible to get results for the onscreen tests of the Sling Shot (Extreme). Other smartphones with the Snapdragon 888 actually only display a Maxed Out! due to the high performance.

The shoulder buttons are convincing in gaming and are a real asset especially in shooters. The 4D vibration feedback, which works in PUBG among other games, is quite nice, but sometimes not quite suitably tuned. The 90 Hz mode for the popular shooter is limited to the lowest detail level, but also runs smoothly in higher settings. A noticeable warming is also present here, but it does not become unpleasant at any time. Thus, noticeable restrictions are not to be expected due to the poor cooling because the Snapdragon offers enough performance reserves and Nubia takes precautions with software limitations.

The mono speaker on the chin side delivers a decent sound, but it is a bit undersized and poorly positioned for a gaming smartphone.

The battery runtimes are not particularly long, and the RedMagic 6R also pulls heavily on its own battery in standby. Leaving the smartphone unplugged overnight wastes about a quarter of the battery charge.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1129 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1124 Points ∼99% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
904 Points ∼80% -20%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1132 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (976 - 1156, n=22)
1114 Points ∼98% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=258, last 2 years)
612 Points ∼54% -46%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
3660 Points ∼98%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
3717 Points ∼100% +2%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3264 Points ∼88% -11%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
3702 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (3379 - 3810, n=22)
3599 Points ∼97% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=258, last 2 years)
2068 Points ∼56% -43%
PCMark for Android
Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
13273 Points ∼81%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
16391 Points ∼100% +23%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (11705 - 17085, n=16)
14671 Points ∼90% +11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 17085, n=80, last 2 years)
10274 Points ∼63% -23%
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
15027 Points ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
11075 Points ∼74%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
13586 Points ∼90%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (10231 - 15027, n=9)
12332 Points ∼82%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 15299, n=224, last 2 years)
8160 Points ∼54%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
10365 Points ∼92%
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
10111 Points ∼89% -2%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
10273 Points ∼91% -1%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9647 Points ∼85% -7%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
11302 Points ∼100% +9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (8257 - 11302, n=15)
10026 Points ∼89% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 11895, n=254, last 2 years)
4389 Points ∼39% -58%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
15623 Points ∼94%
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
14884 Points ∼90% -5%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
15263 Points ∼92% -2%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12605 Points ∼76% -19%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
16586 Points ∼100% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (10491 - 16863, n=15)
14739 Points ∼89% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=254, last 2 years)
5673 Points ∼34% -64%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4764 Points ∼89%
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4759 Points ∼89% 0%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
4791 Points ∼90% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5296 Points ∼99% +11%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5344 Points ∼100% +12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (3562 - 5344, n=15)
4792 Points ∼90% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (640 - 5784, n=252, last 2 years)
3084 Points ∼58% -35%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
7596 Points ∼99%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
7653 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (6140 - 7596, n=2)
6868 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=224, last 2 years)
2721 Points ∼36% -64%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
9436 Points ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9167 Points ∼97% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (6816 - 9436, n=2)
8126 Points ∼86% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=224, last 2 years)
2880 Points ∼31% -69%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4514 Points ∼93%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
4850 Points ∼100% +7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (4514 - 4557, n=2)
4536 Points ∼94% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=224, last 2 years)
2871 Points ∼59% -36%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
9374 Points ∼95%
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
8921 Points ∼91% -5%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
9620 Points ∼98% +3%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8022 Points ∼82% -14%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
9839 Points ∼100% +5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (6110 - 9839, n=16)
8738 Points ∼89% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 9839, n=256, last 2 years)
3608 Points ∼37% -62%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
12396 Points ∼96%
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
12266 Points ∼95% -1%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
12616 Points ∼98% +2%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9395 Points ∼73% -24%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
12914 Points ∼100% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (7930 - 12914, n=16)
11691 Points ∼91% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 16221, n=256, last 2 years)
4221 Points ∼33% -66%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5058 Points ∼94%
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4565 Points ∼85% -10%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5254 Points ∼98% +4%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5307 Points ∼99% +5%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5366 Points ∼100% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (2579 - 5366, n=16)
4723 Points ∼88% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (626 - 5793, n=256, last 2 years)
3118 Points ∼58% -38%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5859 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5722 Points ∼97% -2%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5887 Points ∼100% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (3958 - 5942, n=21)
5660 Points ∼96% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (153 - 9680, n=125, last 2 years)
3087 Points ∼52% -47%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5839 Points ∼99%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5703 Points ∼97% -2%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5876 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (3959 - 5925, n=21)
5584 Points ∼95% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (174 - 11700, n=122, last 2 years)
3203 Points ∼55% -45%
Wild Life Stress Test Stability (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
0 % ∼0%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
94.2 (5375min - 5708max) % ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
84.1 (4785min - 5690max) % ∼89%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
90.4 (5293min - 5852max) % ∼96%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (54.7 - 97.4, n=20)
81.4 % ∼86%
Average of class Smartphone
  (26.6 - 99.8, n=110, last 2 years)
89.7 % ∼95%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1535 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1511 Points ∼98% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (1236 - 1559, n=16)
1505 Points ∼98% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102 - 3080, n=73, last 2 years)
992 Points ∼65% -35%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1516 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1501 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (997 - 1555, n=16)
1421 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 4236, n=72, last 2 years)
1015 Points ∼67% -33%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
0 % ∼0%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
96.4 (1454min - 1509max) % ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (54.9 - 99.7, n=14)
87.2 % ∼90%
Average of class Smartphone
  (38.6 - 100, n=63, last 2 years)
89.9 % ∼93%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
66 fps ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
66 fps ∼100% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
50 fps ∼76% -24%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
60 fps ∼91% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (32 - 73, n=21)
55.4 fps ∼84% -16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 73, n=267, last 2 years)
25.3 fps ∼38% -62%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
79 fps ∼99%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
80 fps ∼100% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
53 fps ∼66% -33%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
71 fps ∼89% -10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (46 - 87, n=22)
71 fps ∼89% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.95 - 257, n=267, last 2 years)
29.8 fps ∼37% -62%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
42 fps ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
41 fps ∼98% -2%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
32 fps ∼76% -24%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
40 fps ∼95% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (25 - 46, n=21)
37.6 fps ∼90% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 60, n=268, last 2 years)
17 fps ∼40% -60%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 6R
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
29 fps ∼91%
Asus ROG Phone 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
32 fps ∼100% +10%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
21 fps ∼66% -28%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
27 fps ∼84% -7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
  (19 - 32, n=21)
27.6 fps ∼86% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.35 - 101, n=268, last 2 years)
11.5 fps ∼36% -60%
Nubia RedMagic 6RAsus ROG Phone 5Nubia RedMagic 5SLenovo Legion Phone Duel 2Average 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
17%
-7%
15%
11%
-43%
Sequential Read 256KB
1330.1
1778.64
34%
1348.19
1%
1999
50%
1769 ?(1330 - 2037, n=26)
33%
841 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=271, last 2 years)
-37%
Sequential Write 256KB
689.67
794.64
15%
674.27
-2%
754.3
9%
823 ?(552 - 1559, n=26)
19%
381 ?(11.9 - 1321, n=271, last 2 years)
-45%
Random Read 4KB
227.2
291.38
28%
213.27
-6%
262.6
16%
253 ?(181 - 325, n=26)
11%
147 ?(13.5 - 325, n=271, last 2 years)
-35%
Random Write 4KB
312.89
278.05
-11%
243.54
-22%
261.5
-16%
256 ?(180 - 370, n=26)
-18%
137 ?(5.5 - 330, n=271, last 2 years)
-56%

PUBG Mobile - Benchmarks

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; Smooth; 1.5.0: Ø89.2 (80-91)
; Balanced; 1.5.0: Ø59.8 (56-61)
; HD; 1.5.0: Ø59.7 (54-61)
; Ultra HD; 1.5.0: Ø39.9 (38-41)

Temperature

Max. Load
 52.9 °C
127 F
51.2 °C
124 F
47.3 °C
117 F
 
 51.7 °C
125 F
49.8 °C
122 F
46.5 °C
116 F
 
 50.6 °C
123 F
45.5 °C
114 F
45 °C
113 F
 
Maximum: 52.9 °C = 127 F
Average: 48.9 °C = 120 F
43.8 °C
111 F
46.8 °C
116 F
50.8 °C
123 F
42.7 °C
109 F
45.5 °C
114 F
50.6 °C
123 F
42.7 °C
109 F
46.5 °C
116 F
47.1 °C
117 F
Maximum: 50.8 °C = 123 F
Average: 46.3 °C = 115 F
Power Supply (max.)  34.3 °C = 94 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 48.9 °C / 120 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 52.9 °C / 127 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 50.8 °C / 123 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.2 °C / 86 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.


Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2041.738.82531.837.23126.539.64023.6395038.543.2633042.88027.643.110024.541.612514.84316018.347.920015.950.625016.656.231515.360.140014.26150015.164.963014.167.380012.572.1100014.774.7125015.176.7160014.778.6200014.381.2250014.783.7315014.582.9400014.384.2500014.176.1630014.373.8800014.480.61000014.381.51250014.364.91600013.163.5SPL26.792.1N0.888.3median 14.5median 72.1Delta0.710.632.637.625.544.129.739.831.142.234.940.423.94323.650.22351.617.350.218.458.514.45913.658.714.963.811.967.610.274.211.580.111.678.111.97913.277.713.278.613.282.112.784.113.483.913.881.614.580.113.978.614.173.61472.514.373.416.266.625.592.40.794.7median 13.8median 74.20.98.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseNubia RedMagic 6RAsus ROG Phone 5
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Nubia RedMagic 6R audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (92.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.2% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (5.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.7% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8.3% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (5.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 15% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 76% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 42% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 50% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Asus ROG Phone 5 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (92.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17.3% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (4.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (13.6% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 99% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 12% of all tested devices were better, 3% similar, 84% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Nubia RedMagic 6R
4200 mAh
Asus ROG Phone 5
6000 mAh
Nubia RedMagic 5S
4500 mAh
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
5500 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
541
754
39%
730
35%
907
68%
903 ?(442 - 1953, n=277, last 2 years)
67%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (NextWord 1.2.6)
9h 01min

Pros

+ good voice quality
+ additional shoulder buttons
+ USB 3.2 (Gen. 1) with image output
+ fast system performance

Cons

- poor cooling
- display darker than advertised
- 144 Hz are not always available
- high power consumption

Verdict - RedMagic 6R with potential for improvement

In review: RedMagic 6R. Test device provided by RedMagic Global.
In review: RedMagic 6R. Test device provided by RedMagic Global.

The Nubia RedMagic 6R reads like a real bargain for gamers. Starting at 499 Euros (8/128 GB version, ~$587), it offers an appealing design, Snapdragon 888, 144 Hz AMOLED display, additional shoulder buttons, USB 3.2 and a quad camera.

However, a closer look reveals that the display cannot keep its promise of luminosity or maintain the 144 Hz permanently, because the smartphone reduces the refresh rate to 90 Hz in the upper brightness range. This is an understandable decision in view of the already high energy consumption.

The RedMagic 6R cannot keep all promises and shows weaknesses especially in cooling and power consumption in the test.

However, we find the smartphone's weak cooling more disturbing. The charging process is already interrupted during normal load due to the high temperatures. If the RedMagic 6R has to perform well, as in the 3DMark Extreme stress test, it simply shuts down due to overheating and gets really hot on the outside.

An inexpensive gaming alternative is the Black Shark 4, but it only has mechanical shoulder keys and a weaker camera setup. If you are primarily looking for a lot of performance for little money, you should also take a look at the Poco F3 as well as the real GT, however, they are not gaming smartphones. If you do not want to compromise, you only have the Asus ROG Phone 5, but it also plays in a different price range.

Price and availability

The RedMagic 6R starts at €499 (~$587) Euros in the small memory configuration (8 GB RAM, 128 GB UFS 3.1). The variant tested here with 12 GB RAM and 256 GB ROM costs 100 (~$118) more. Both can be ordered directly from RedMagic's online store. Apart from that, it is not available in this country at the time of the test. Online retailers like Amazon do, however, carry matching cases and protective foils.

Nubia RedMagic 6R - 08/06/2021 v7
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
91%
Connectivity
64 / 70 → 92%
Weight
89%
Battery
85%
Display
86%
Games Performance
57 / 64 → 89%
Application Performance
85 / 86 → 99%
Temperature
25%
Noise
100%
Audio
74 / 90 → 82%
Camera
59%
Average
74%
81%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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