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Nubia RedMagic 7 review - Fast gaming phone with 165 Hz AMOLED and LED fan

Roaring lion tamer. With the RedMagic 7, Nubia offers a powerful gaming smartphone that uses a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 with 18 GB of RAM. A fan is again integrated to keep the performance stable. Find out whether this is successful and what else the 7 has to offer in our review.
Nubia RedMagic 7 (RedMagic Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 8 x 1.8 - 3 GHz, Cortex-X2 / A710 / A510 (Kryo) Waipio
Graphics adapter
Memory
18432 MB 
, LPDDR5
Display
6.80 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 387 PPI, capacitive, 10 multi touch points, 720 Hz touch sampling rate, AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glas 5, glossy: yes, HDR, 165 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 256 GB 
, 235 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: USB-C, Audio Jack (3.5 mm), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: G-sensor, Electronic Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Sensor hub, Shoulder Trigger Buttons: 500Hz touch sampling rate, dual pressure touch buttons, 500 Hz Shoulder Triggers, 4D Vibration, ICE 8.0 Multi-dimensional Cooling System
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19, BC0, BC1), LTE (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28A, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66), 5G-Sub6 (Band 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 38, 41, 77, 78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.5 x 170.57 x 78.33 ( = 0.37 x 6.72 x 3.08 in)
Battery
4500 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 12
Camera
Primary Camera: 64 MPix (S5KGW3, f/1.75) + 8 MPix (Ultra Wide, HI846, f/2.2) + 2 MPix (OV02A10, f/2.4); Camera2-API: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix (f/2.0, 1.12 μm)
Additional features
Speakers: Dual, Keyboard: Onscreen, 65W-GaN-Charger, USB-Cabel (Type-C), Silicon Bumper, SIM-Needle, RedMagic OS 5.0, 12 Months Warranty, DRM Widevine L1, GNSS: GPS (L1, L5), Glonass (L1), Galileo (E1, E5a), BeiDou (B1, B2a, B1C)
Weight
226 g ( = 7.97 oz / 0.5 pounds), Power Supply: 126 g ( = 4.44 oz / 0.28 pounds)
Price
799 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
date
model
weight
drive
size
resolution
price from
84.7 %
03/2022
Nubia RedMagic 7
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
226 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.80"2400x1080
83.2 %
10/2021
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
SD 888+ 5G, Adreno 660
220 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.80"2400x1080
88.5 %
12/2021
Asus ROG Phone 5s
SD 888+ 5G, Adreno 660
238 g512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.78"2448x1080
87.4 %
04/2021
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
259 g512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.92"2460x1080

Case and features - heavy gaming smartphone with cool looks

The Nubia RedMagic 7 leaves a very high-quality and robust impression, which is not least due to its high weight. Although the manufacturer puts it at 215 grams (~7.6 oz), it actually weighs 226 grams (~8.0 oz).

The gaming smartphone's build quality is good. It resists twisting attempts almost too silently. Only the gaps on the back between the glass and the aluminum frame are not always completely flush. The RedMagic is available in the tonal colors Pulsar (magenta-blue), Obsidian (gray) and Supernova. The latter is our review unit, which is primarily gray-black, but has a partially transparent back panel that reveals a view of the LED fan.

The RedMagic 7's equipment is completely focused on gaming. Thus, two shoulder sensors are again available as additional keys for gaming, which work with a sampling rate of 500 Hz and have a delay of 8 milliseconds. A so-called 4D vibration is also supported in selected titles, but the list for this is very short and identical to that of the predecessor RedMagic 6S Pro.

The USB-C port works according to the 2.0 specifications, but at least supports OTG. An audio jack is also installed and the gaming interface can be started or stopped with the distinctive red toggle switch.

Size comparion

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 238 g0.525 lbs170.57 mm / 6.72 inch 78.33 mm / 3.08 inch 9.5 mm / 0.374 inch 226 g0.4982 lbs169.86 mm / 6.69 inch 77.19 mm / 3.04 inch 9.8 mm / 0.3858 inch 220 g0.485 lbs

Communication, software and operation

The Nubia RedMagic 7 is based on Google Android 12 with the in-house user interface RedMagic OS 5.0. The security patches were updated on January 1, 2022, at the time of our review and are thus still reasonably up-to-date. Nubia has so far remained silent about the duration of the update supply, but it recently started rolling out Android 12 for the predecessor, so Android 13 seems quite realistic for the gaming smartphone.

The RedMagic 7 has noticeably improved its mobile connectivity and can now use a broader frequency band portfolio. The Wi-Fi module is specified as Wi-Fi 6E, but the 6 GHz band provided by our reference router Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 is not recognized. The transmission rates are very constant when receiving data, but do not nearly exhaust the possibilities of Wi-Fi 6. When transmitting, the RedMagic is reproducibly very slow at the beginning and then gets faster, but higher data rates should be possible in this range as well. Hopefully, Nubia will improve this issue.

In terms of telephony, the RedMagic 7 shows an average performance. The voice quality is okay when held to the ear, but the suppression of ambient noise only works moderately. The speaker echoes minimally, but the microphones only have a short range. VoLTE and WLAN calling are supported.

The capacitive touchscreen responds very quickly to inputs, but the already applied protective film slightly inhibits the gliding properties. The two touch-sensitive sensors now have a slightly higher sampling rate and respond very reliably in the test.

An optical fingerprint sensor is already installed in the display for biometric security, which performs reliably and quickly. The heart rate can also be measured via the sensor. Additionally or alternatively, a less secure facial recognition via the front-facing camera is available.

Networking
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
Nubia RedMagic 7
Wi-Fi 6E
227 (74min - 399max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
Nubia RedMagic 7
Wi-Fi 6E
717 (608min - 815max) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AX12
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Wi-Fi 6E
1129 (1030min - 1155max) MBit/s ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Wi-Fi 6E
853 (437min - 891max) MBit/s ∼76%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
680 (620min - 697max) MBit/s ∼60%
iperf3 receive AX12
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Wi-Fi 6E
953 (717min - 1469max) MBit/s ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Wi-Fi 6E
839 (794min - 888max) MBit/s ∼88%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
789 (660min - 853max) MBit/s ∼83%
04590135180225270315360405450495540585630675720765810Tooltip
Nubia RedMagic 7 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø706 (608-815)
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 660; iperf3 receive AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø788 (660-853)
Nubia RedMagic 7 Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø227 (74-399)
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 660; iperf3 transmit AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø680 (620-697)

Cameras - RedMagic 7 with triple camera

Selfie with the RedMagic 7
Selfie with the RedMagic 7

The cameras of the Nubia RedMagic 7 have not changed compared to the predecessor. However, the software of the front-facing camera has obviously been revised because the pictures taken with it are now more coherent.

The triple camera again offers an ultra-wide-angle and a macro lens in addition to the 64 MP main sensor. Software adjustments can be seen here as well. The colors look more natural and the sharpness has been improved. However, the RedMagic still shows a rather weak dynamic range in backlight. The zoom (max. 10x, digital) is also not really convincing due to the visible aberrations.

Videos can even be recorded in 8k, but they are a bit jerky during panning

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.

Main cameraMain cameraUltra wide angle5x ZoomLow-Light
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ColorChecker
5.8 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
4 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
4 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
6.6 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
3.8 ∆E
0.8 ∆E
9 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
6.2 ∆E
6.8 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Nubia RedMagic 7: 5.16 ∆E min: 0.84 - max: 8.98 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.4 ∆E
54.3 ∆E
39.6 ∆E
37.8 ∆E
44 ∆E
64.1 ∆E
54.2 ∆E
35.2 ∆E
43.1 ∆E
27.1 ∆E
66.8 ∆E
65.2 ∆E
30.5 ∆E
48.8 ∆E
37.1 ∆E
78.3 ∆E
43.1 ∆E
44.6 ∆E
93.8 ∆E
71.1 ∆E
52.1 ∆E
36.6 ∆E
24.1 ∆E
13.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Nubia RedMagic 7: 47.28 ∆E min: 13.76 - max: 93.75 ∆E

Display - Bright 165 Hz AMOLED

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

The AMOLED panel of the Nubia RedMagic 7 measures 6.8 inches and uses a Full HD Plus resolution. The high refresh rate of up to 165 Hz is certainly a highlight. The brightness remains just below the 700 cd/m² offered when the ambient light sensor is enabled, but it climbs up to 1,005 cd/m² in a measurement with evenly distributed bright and dark areas (APL50). Those who prefer to adjust the brightness manually have up to 491 cd/m² at their disposal.

The Nubia smartphone is also not spared from the flickering typical for OLEDs, which fluctuates with an uneven period between 243.5 and 729 Hz. When the brightness is set to 46% or higher, we measure a constant 90 Hz. The optional DC dimming mode also works with a refresh rate of a fixed 90 Hz.

The color reproduction is decent, but characterized by a cool display with strong colors. If you prefer a more natural picture, you can only counteract this minimally in the settings.

702
cd/m²
686
cd/m²
684
cd/m²
697
cd/m²
683
cd/m²
678
cd/m²
688
cd/m²
677
cd/m²
667
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 702 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 684.7 cd/m² Minimum: 2.32 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 95 %
Center on Battery: 683 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.6 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 5 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
98.5% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.14
Nubia RedMagic 7
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.80
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.80
Asus ROG Phone 5s
AMOLED, 2448x1080, 6.78
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
AMOLED, 2460x1080, 6.92
Response Times
-127%
-105%
-426%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
0.912 ?(0.452, 0.461)
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
-163%
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
-163%
8 ?(5, 3)
-777%
Response Time Black / White *
1.038 ?(0.521, 0.518)
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
-131%
2.4 ?(1.2, 1.2)
-131%
6 ?(3, 3)
-478%
PWM Frequency
729
90.6 ?(100)
-88%
575 ?(73)
-21%
568
-22%
Screen
-20%
34%
-4%
Brightness middle
683
714
5%
749
10%
463
-32%
Brightness
685
705
3%
750
9%
466
-32%
Brightness Distribution
95
96
1%
97
2%
98
3%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.6
5.9
-64%
1.4
61%
3.24
10%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
6.7
8.7
-30%
2.8
58%
5.75
14%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
5
6.8
-36%
1.8
64%
4.4
12%
Gamma
2.14 103%
2.25 98%
2.29 96%
2.201 100%
CCT
7537 86%
7774 84%
6602 98%
7273 89%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-74% / -56%
-36% / -12%
-215% / -145%

* ... 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
1.038 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.521 ms rise
↘ 0.518 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. » 0 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
0.912 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.452 ms rise
↘ 0.461 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 0.692 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 0 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (36.8 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 729 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 729 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 729 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 21792 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum display brightness
minimum display brightness
25 % Display brightness
25% Display brightness
50 % Display brightness
50% Display brightness
DC dimming
DC dimming
Grayscale (Profile: Natural, White Balance: Warm, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Grayscale (Profile: Natural, White Balance: Warm, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Colors (Profile: Natural, White Balance: Warm, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Colors (Profile: Natural, White Balance: Warm, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Color Space (Profile: Natural, White Balance: Warm, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Color Space (Profile: Natural, White Balance: Warm, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Saturation (Profile: Natural, White Balance: Warm, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Saturation (Profile: Natural, White Balance: Warm, Target Color Space: sRGB)
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability
outdoors
outdoors

Performance, emissions and battery life

With the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and a full 18 GB of LPDDR5 working memory, the RedMagic 7 offers strong performance. The active cooling of the gaming smartphone primarily improves the long-term performance, as the 3DMark stress test shows, but it cannot completely prevent losses.

The fan also has a positive impact on the surface temperatures. While the Stability Test does not disturb the RedMagic even under permanent load, the 3DMark stress test Wild Life Extreme is more demanding and drives the values up to 44 °C (111.2 °F). When the fan is deactivated, these even rise to 55 °C (131 °F). The small fan works with up to 20,000 RPM and is quite loud (max. 45 dB(A)).

The two speakers deliver quite a good sound, provided they are not set too loud, in which case the trebles tend to overdrive. The audio jack (SNR: 86.10 dBFS) is also convincing and those who prefer to use Bluetooth have a wide audio codec support (SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX TWS+, LDAC) at their disposal.

The 4,500 mAh battery provides good runtimes, although they could certainly be improved.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
1244 Points ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1170 Points ∼94% -6%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1156 Points ∼93% -7%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1132 Points ∼91% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (1182 - 1298, n=15)
1233 Points ∼99% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=255, last 2 years)
671 Points ∼54% -46%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
3813 Points ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
3644 Points ∼96% -4%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
3668 Points ∼96% -4%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
3702 Points ∼97% -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (3269 - 3839, n=15)
3557 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=255, last 2 years)
2195 Points ∼58% -42%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
13295 Points ∼80%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
13127 Points ∼79% -1%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
16592 Points ∼100% +25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (12144 - 17025, n=15)
13714 Points ∼83% +3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 18567, n=147, last 2 years)
10202 Points ∼61% -23%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
13121 Points ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
10206 Points ∼78% -22%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
11389 Points ∼87% -13%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
11302 Points ∼86% -14%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (9693 - 13121, n=12)
11044 Points ∼84% -16%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 13121, n=225, last 2 years)
4949 Points ∼38% -62%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
25906 Points ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
15118 Points ∼58% -42%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
17018 Points ∼66% -34%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
16586 Points ∼64% -36%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (17283 - 26049, n=12)
22797 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=225, last 2 years)
6918 Points ∼27% -73%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
4811 Points ∼90%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4775 Points ∼89% -1%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5278 Points ∼99% +10%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5344 Points ∼100% +11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (3649 - 4811, n=12)
4006 Points ∼75% -17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (651 - 6394, n=223, last 2 years)
3245 Points ∼61% -33%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
11528 Points ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
8770 Points ∼76% -24%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
9553 Points ∼83% -17%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
9839 Points ∼85% -15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (8374 - 11528, n=11)
9846 Points ∼85% -15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 11528, n=233, last 2 years)
4017 Points ∼35% -65%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
19364 Points ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
11571 Points ∼60% -40%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
12752 Points ∼66% -34%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
12914 Points ∼67% -33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (13039 - 19392, n=11)
16957 Points ∼88% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 19364, n=233, last 2 years)
5005 Points ∼26% -74%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
4771 Points ∼89%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
4748 Points ∼88% 0%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5087 Points ∼95% +7%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5366 Points ∼100% +12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (3651 - 4771, n=11)
4037 Points ∼75% -15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5793, n=233, last 2 years)
3241 Points ∼60% -32%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
10062 Points ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5895 Points ∼59% -41%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5818 Points ∼58% -42%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5887 Points ∼59% -41%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (6351 - 10062, n=11)
9201 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (216 - 10062, n=183, last 2 years)
3197 Points ∼32% -68%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
10185 Points ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
5875 Points ∼58% -42%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5824 Points ∼57% -43%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
5876 Points ∼58% -42%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (6483 - 10412, n=15)
9672 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (205 - 11700, n=184, last 2 years)
3392 Points ∼33% -67%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
2604 Points ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1543 Points ∼59% -41%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1538 Points ∼59% -41%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (1629 - 2639, n=14)
2470 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (22 - 3080, n=139, last 2 years)
991 Points ∼38% -62%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
2549 Points ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
1509 Points ∼59% -41%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
1532 Points ∼60% -40%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (1567 - 2585, n=15)
2424 Points ∼95% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 2864, n=135, last 2 years)
977 Points ∼38% -62%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
89 fps ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
51 fps ∼57% -43%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
65 fps ∼73% -27%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
60 fps ∼67% -33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (39 - 98, n=14)
60.5 fps ∼68% -32%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 98, n=251, last 2 years)
28.7 fps ∼32% -68%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
123 fps ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
61 fps ∼50% -50%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
81 fps ∼66% -34%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
71 fps ∼58% -42%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (60 - 131, n=16)
100.6 fps ∼82% -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 123, n=252, last 2 years)
34 fps ∼28% -72%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
60 fps ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
31 fps ∼52% -48%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
41 fps ∼68% -32%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
40 fps ∼67% -33%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (27 - 69, n=14)
45.4 fps ∼76% -24%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.1 - 69, n=252, last 2 years)
19.8 fps ∼33% -67%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
47 fps ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 12288
22 fps ∼47% -53%
Asus ROG Phone 5s
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
30 fps ∼64% -36%
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G, Adreno 660, 16384
27 fps ∼57% -43%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  (19 - 49, n=16)
39.1 fps ∼83% -17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 47, n=252, last 2 years)
13 fps ∼28% -72%
Nubia RedMagic 7Nubia RedMagic 6S ProAsus ROG Phone 5sLenovo Legion Phone Duel 2Average 256 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-16%
-7%
-12%
-10%
-50%
Sequential Read 256KB
1750
1607
-8%
1972
13%
1999
14%
1781 ?(1330 - 2037, n=47)
2%
929 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=248, last 2 years)
-47%
Sequential Write 256KB
1260
765
-39%
770
-39%
754
-40%
954 ?(452 - 1559, n=47)
-24%
472 ?(11.9 - 1485, n=248, last 2 years)
-63%
Random Read 4KB
306.2
285.8
-7%
297.8
-3%
262.6
-14%
265 ?(181 - 345, n=47)
-13%
166.5 ?(13.5 - 345, n=248, last 2 years)
-46%
Random Write 4KB
282.5
254.9
-10%
287.2
2%
261.5
-7%
274 ?(218 - 458, n=48)
-3%
159.7 ?(56.5 - 458, n=249, last 2 years)
-43%

Temperature

Max. Load
 32.2 °C
90 F
31.5 °C
89 F
32 °C
90 F
 
 31.6 °C
89 F
30.7 °C
87 F
31.4 °C
89 F
 
 32 °C
90 F
31.5 °C
89 F
29.4 °C
85 F
 
Maximum: 32.2 °C = 90 F
Average: 31.4 °C = 89 F
28.1 °C
83 F
31.4 °C
89 F
31.9 °C
89 F
28.7 °C
84 F
29.7 °C
85 F
32.2 °C
90 F
28.4 °C
83 F
28.9 °C
84 F
30.4 °C
87 F
Maximum: 32.2 °C = 90 F
Average: 30 °C = 86 F
Power Supply (max.)  28.2 °C = 83 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.4 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 32.2 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 32.2 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 28.6 °C / 83 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


3DMark Stress Tests

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Nubia RedMagic 7 Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; active fan: Ø56.7 (52-60.2)
Nubia RedMagic 7 Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; inactive fan: Ø54.3 (47.5-60.2)
Apple iPhone 13 Pro A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø49.7 (47.5-58.5)
Asus ROG Phone 5s Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø32.8 (31-34.7)
Nubia RedMagic 7 Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; active fan: Ø15.1 (14.3-15.6)
Apple iPhone 13 Pro A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 0.0.0.0: Ø13.7 (13.1-18.5)
Asus ROG Phone 5s Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.0.5.1: Ø8.57 (8.14-9.14)
Nubia RedMagic 7 Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability; active fan: Ø60.6 (59.9-60.9)
Apple iPhone 13 Pro A15 GPU 5-Core, A15, 256 GB NVMe; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø51.5 (47.1-70.2)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Reference Adreno 730, SD 8 Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø51.1 (47.4-62.5)
Asus ROG Phone 5s Adreno 660, SD 888+ 5G, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø33.9 (32-35.4)

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203534.2253035.53121.935.24022.832.75034.840.36324.336.68023.237.510027.843.412514.743.216020.952.320021.251.525017.556.131513.460.340014.162.250013.168.463011.573.180013.175.2100011.779.1125011.879.516001380.8200012.181.7250012.181.9315012.382.9400012.579.950001381.6630013.279.680001371.41000013.767.21250013.563.31600014.261SPL25.191.8N0.789.1median 13.1median 71.4Delta1.111.631.832.92429.816.130.827.633.332.338.823.436.12238.12246.32149.817.954.213.355.715.257.713.260.911.563.512.271.712.377.713.377.514.576.112.27511.275.711.779.412.181.812.781.813.679.713.178.813.68013.173.113.669.813.666.313.565.42590.50.685.6median 13.3median 73.11.28.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseNubia RedMagic 7Asus ROG Phone 5s
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Nubia RedMagic 7 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (91.8 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 20.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.6% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.4% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 12% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 81% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 38% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Asus ROG Phone 5s audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (14.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 17% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 78% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Nubia RedMagic 7
4500 mAh
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
5050 mAh
Asus ROG Phone 5s
6000 mAh
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
5500 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
667
829
24%
734
10%
907
36%
906 ?(438 - 1953, n=256, last 2 years)
36%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing (Chrome 98)
11h 07min

Pros

+ high performance
+ additional touch keys
+ bright AMOLED display with 165 Hz

Cons

- loud fan
- overheating is possible without fan
- weak WLAN transmission performance

Verdict - Strong gamer with small weaknesses

In review: Nubia RedMagic 7. Test device provided by Nubia RedMagic.
In review: Nubia RedMagic 7. Test device provided by Nubia RedMagic.

Nubia has made some changes to the RedMagic 7. The latest addition to the gaming series is characterized by the current Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 which remains more stable than other smartphones with this SoC for a longer time due to its cooling system with active ventilation. In return, the user has to put up with a pretty loud fan.

The 165 Hz panel makes quite an impression on the spec sheet, but not even a handful of games support this refresh rate, and the 4D vibration is similar. The additional shoulder buttons are a real advantage when gaming and work great.

The Nubia RedMagic 7 offers a lot of gaming flair at a low entry-level price.

The smartphone has to put up with criticism due to the software support. HFR games are not very numerous for the RedMagic, and the update intervals are very rare and of unknown duration. The transmission speed in the WLAN was also low in the test.

Strong alternatives are the Asus ROG Phone 5s and the Lenovo Legion Phone 2 which, however, still have the predecessor's SoC.

Price and availability

The Nubia RedMagic 7 has an MSRP between 629 and 799 Euros (~$691 and ~$879), depending on the configuration. It can be purchased directly from the manufacturer's own online store at https://eu.redmagic.gg/de/products/redmagic-7 but is usually also available via Amazon.

Nubia RedMagic 7 - 03/10/2022 v7
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
60 / 70 → 86%
Weight
88%
Battery
89%
Display
85%
Games Performance
73 / 64 → 100%
Application Performance
92 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
94%
Noise
61%
Audio
75 / 90 → 83%
Camera
62%
Average
79%
85%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Daniel Schmidt, 2022-03-15 (Update: 2022-03-15)