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Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro review - Gaming smartphone with 100% performance

Powerhouse. The Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro primarily wants to appeal to gamers with a lot of performance, a new design, a well-disguised UD camera, and additional sensor keys. The integrated fan should ensure stable maximum performance. You can find out in the test whether this combination works and how loud such a small fan can get.
(Image: Daniel Schmidt)
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro (RedMagic Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 8 x 2 - 3.2 GHz, Cortex-X3 / A715 / A710 / A510 (Kryo)
Graphics adapter
Memory
12 GB 
, LPDDR5x
Display
6.80 inch 20:9, 2480 x 1116 pixel 400 PPI, capacitive, Touch Sampling Rate up to 960 Hz, AMOLED, Corning Gorilla Glas 5, DC Dimming, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash, 256 GB 
, 244 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: USB-C and 3.5 mm Audio Jack, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: G-sensor, Electronic Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Sensor hub, OTG
Networking
Wi-Fi 7 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz be = Wi-Fi 7), Bluetooth 5.3, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19), LTE (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28a, 28b, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66), 5G-Sub6 (Band 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 66, 77, 78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.47 x 164.5 x 77 ( = 0.37 x 6.48 x 3.03 in)
Battery
6000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 13
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix (Samsung GN5, 1/1.57", 82°, f/1.88) + 8 MPix (Ultra Wide, 120°, f/2.2) + 2 MPix (Macro, 78°, f2.4); 8k-Video, Camera2-API: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix (Under Display Camera (UDC), 1.12 µm, f/2.0)
Additional features
Speakers: Dual, Keyboard: Onscreen, 65W-Charger, USB-Cabel, SIM-Tool, Clear Case, RedMagic OS 6.0, 12 Months Warranty, SAR: -; GNSS: GPS (L1, L5), Glonass (L1), Galileo (E1, E5a), BeiDou (B1, B1c, B2a), DRM Widevine L1, 20000 RPM fan; Game Space Switch, 520 Hz Shoulder Trigger Buttons; customizable RGB Light, fanless
Weight
228 g ( = 8.04 oz / 0.5 pounds), Power Supply: 129 g ( = 4.55 oz / 0.28 pounds)
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
Best Price
85.9 %
02/2023
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro
SD 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740
228 g256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.80"2480x1116
84.9 %
09/2022
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
SD 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730
235 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.80"2400x1080
89.5 %
01/2023
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
SD 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730
239 g512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.78"2448x1080
85.7 %
06/2022
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
220 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.67"2400x1080

Case and features - RedMagic 8 Pro with additional touch elements

The Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro design already clearly identifies it as a gaming smartphone. It is available in Matte and Void color versions. The latter has a partially transparent back with an illuminated RGB LED fan and more storage (16/512 GB), whereas our matte review sample has a black back. There, the RedMagic logo and other elements can be illuminated with customizable LED illumination.

The build quality is good and convinces with tight and even gaps. The display-to-surface ratio of 88 percent is also very good, mainly due to the camera underneath the display (UDC). The two touch surfaces on the right long side can be configured as additional input elements for games and have not changed in terms of the sampling rate (520 Hz) compared to those of the predecessor.

(Image: Daniel Schmidt)
(Image: Daniel Schmidt)
Top: loudspeaker, microphone, audio jack (Image: Daniel Schmidt)
Left: volume buttons, air intake (Image: Daniel Schmidt)
Right: touch sensor, air outlet, power button, microphone, game space switch, touch sensor (Image: Daniel Schmidt)
Bottom: speaker, USB, microphone, SIM slot (Image: Daniel Schmidt)

Size comparison

173 mm / 6.81 in 77 mm / 3.03 in 10.3 mm / 0.4055 in 239 g0.527 lbs166.27 mm / 6.55 in 77.1 mm / 3.04 in 9.98 mm / 0.3929 in 235 g0.518 lbs164.5 mm / 6.48 in 77 mm / 3.03 in 9.47 mm / 0.3728 in 228 g0.503 lbs163.9 mm / 6.45 in 76.5 mm / 3.01 in 9.5 mm / 0.374 in 220 g0.485 lbs148 mm / 5.83 in 105 mm / 4.13 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Communication, software and operation

The mobile connectivity of the RedMagic 8 Pro is inconspicuous in the test and can fall back on a broad frequency band support. The voice quality is good when held to the ear, but not too much should be expected from the ambient noise suppression. With Wi-Fi 7, the smartphone supports the most modern WLAN standard and also shows a strong improvement in connection speed tests. The transmission rates are very good in the 6 GHz network, but only VHT80 is supported in the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz networks.

The RedMagic smartphone ships with Google Android 13 and the RedMagic OS 6.0 interface. The security patches are on November 1, 2022 at the time of the test and thus no longer up-to-date. There are currently no concrete statements about the duration or the interval of the update supply from the manufcturer. However, experience shows that at least one major upgrade can be expected.

Biometric security is provided by an optical fingerprint sensor integrated into the display, which does its job satisfactorily and can even measure the pulse. Alternatively or additionally, a less secure facial recognition via the front camera can be used. Besides the two additional capacitive shoulder buttons, there is also a prominent red button in the bezel that switches the smartphone to a special gaming interface. Settings for the individual games can be made there and the RGB lighting can be configured.

Networking
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro
Wi-Fi 7
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
887 (min: 446) MBit/s ∼55%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
734 (min: 569) MBit/s ∼47%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1838 (min: 928) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1840 (min: 1760) MBit/s ∼100%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
687 (min: 313) MBit/s ∼43%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
796 (min: 697) MBit/s ∼51%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Wi-Fi 6E
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
1616 (min: 1469) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
1553 (min: 1451) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1730 (min: 1564) MBit/s ∼94%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1617 (min: 1593) MBit/s ∼88%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
853 (min: 785) MBit/s ∼46%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
943 (min: 893) MBit/s ∼51%
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Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1807 (928-1873)
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1730 (1564-1806)
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1833 (1760-1865)
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1616 (1593-1641)
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø732 (569-935)
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1551 (1451-1625)
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø872 (446-958)
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 730; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1616 (1469-1714)

Cameras - Well camouflaged UDC in the RedMagic 8 Pro

Selfie with the RedMagic 8 Pro
Selfie with the RedMagic 8 Pro

The front-facing camera of the Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro is not located in the display, but underneath it. It is once again a so-called under-display camera (UDC), which is hardly visible. The photos do not necessarily shine with rich details or color brilliance, but the UDC is definitely one of the better ones of its kind. Videos are recorded in Full HD (30 FPS) at best.

The triple camera on the back can rely on an additional ultra wide-angle and a macro lens. However, their quality is rather mediocre. The 50 MPix main camera, on the other hand, takes good pictures in daylight with comparatively natural color reproduction. It can even record videos 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.

Main cameraMain cameraUltra wide-angle5x ZoomLow-Light
ColorChecker
7.3 ∆E
6 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
8.3 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
9 ∆E
2.4 ∆E
5.5 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
2.7 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
1.4 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
2.2 ∆E
2.5 ∆E
5.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro: 6.01 ∆E min: 1.41 - max: 10.19 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.6 ∆E
50.6 ∆E
37.9 ∆E
33.9 ∆E
43.7 ∆E
57.5 ∆E
48.4 ∆E
33.2 ∆E
39.4 ∆E
28.6 ∆E
59.5 ∆E
59.9 ∆E
29 ∆E
44.2 ∆E
33.9 ∆E
69.6 ∆E
41.7 ∆E
39.7 ∆E
73.4 ∆E
66.9 ∆E
49.5 ∆E
35.3 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro: 43.36 ∆E min: 12.77 - max: 73.41 ∆E

Display - Bright 120 Hz AMOLED in the RedMagic smartphone

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

The RedMagic 8 Pro once again has a 6.8-inch AMOLED display that has a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. This can be set to either 60, 90, or 120 Hz, but the system does not automatically adjust it.

The brightness of the gaming smartphone increases considerably and climbs to an average value of 817 cd/m² (7S Pro: 627 cd/m²), and even 995 cd/m² (APL18) are possible at the peak. The HDR standards HLG and HDR10 are supported.

The OLED panel uses pulse-width modulation, but with a very constant and flat curve. We can only measure a frequency of 60 Hz, which indicates permanent DC dimming.

785
cd/m²
810
cd/m²
846
cd/m²
784
cd/m²
811
cd/m²
857
cd/m²
790
cd/m²
812
cd/m²
859
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 859 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 817.1 cd/m² Minimum: 3.27 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 811 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.9 | 0.5-29.43 Ø4.99
ΔE Greyscale 3.4 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
98.7% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.39
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro
AMOLED, 2480x1116, 6.80
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.80
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
AMOLED, 2448x1080, 6.78
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Response Times
398%
342%
-261%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
0.87 ?(0.4345, 0.436)
1.27 ?(0.571, 0.698)
-46%
1.042 ?(0.5158, 0.5258)
-20%
6 ?(3, 3)
-590%
Response Time Black / White *
1.37 ?(0.7155, 0.656)
1.3 ?(0.675, 0.6275)
5%
0.998 ?(0.4794, 0.5186)
27%
8 ?(5, 3)
-484%
PWM Frequency
60
801
1235%
672.1
1020%
235
292%
Screen
-14%
13%
-24%
Brightness middle
811
618
-24%
860
6%
642
-21%
Brightness
817
627
-23%
868
6%
637
-22%
Brightness Distribution
91
91
0%
97
7%
96
5%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.9
2.9
-0%
2.4
17%
3.19
-10%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
4.7
5.7
-21%
3.9
17%
7.12
-51%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3.4
4
-18%
2.5
26%
4.9
-44%
Gamma
2.39 92%
2.35 94%
2.08 106%
2.22 99%
CCT
6390 102%
6098 107%
6640 98%
7671 85%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
192% / 123%
178% / 123%
-143% / -103%

* ... 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
1.37 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.7155 ms rise
↘ 0.656 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 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 4 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
0.87 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.4345 ms rise
↘ 0.436 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 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.6 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 60 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 60 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 60 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17717 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum display brightness
min.
25 % Display brightness
25 %
50 % Display brightness
50 %
75 % Display brightness
75 %
maximum manual display brightness
100 %

Measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

Grayscale (default: P3 color scale, color temperature: standard, target color space: DCI-P3)
Grayscale (default: P3 color scale, color temperature: standard, target color space: DCI-P3)
Colors (default: P3 color scale, color temperature: standard, target color space: DCI-P3)
Colors (default: P3 color scale, color temperature: standard, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color space (default: P3 color scale, color temperature: standard, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color space (default: P3 color scale, color temperature: standard, target color space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (default: P3 color scale, color temperature: standard, target color space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (default: P3 color scale, color temperature: standard, target color space: DCI-P3)
Outdoors (Image: Daniel Schmidt)
Outdoors
Viewing angles (Image: Daniel Schmidt)
Viewing angles

Performance, emissions, and battery life - Full throttle with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

The RedMagic 8 Pro is powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and can use 12 or 16 GB of LPDDR5x working memory depending on the model. Thanks to the integrated fan, the SoC's performance remains permanently stable and the surface temperatures are not even lukewarm. In return, the small fan gets quite loud and climbs above 44 dB(A) under full load. Since it also whistles at a very high frequency, the noise is quite annoying in the long run.

The two speakers do a decent job. However, headphones are more suitable due to the fan, especially since the audio jack proves to be quite low-noise (SPL: 87.47 dBFS). Broad audio codec support (SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX TWS+, and LDAC) is also offered for wireless headphones.

The 6,000 mAh strong battery lasts for an enormously long time even with 120 Hz enabled.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
1496 Points
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
1478 Points -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (1048 - 1574, n=19)
1453 Points -3%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1348 Points -10%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
1309 Points -12%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
1236 Points -17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=200, last 2 years)
920 Points -39%
Multi-Core
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
5238 Points
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
5090 Points -3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (4192 - 5243, n=19)
4924 Points -6%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
4233 Points -19%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
4162 Points -21%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
3742 Points -29%
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=200, last 2 years)
3044 Points -42%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
17727 Points +41%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (11562 - 19783, n=21)
15678 Points +24%
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
14094 Points +12%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
13488 Points +7%
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
12600 Points
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
12578 Points 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4609 - 21385, n=199, last 2 years)
11967 Points -5%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
16067 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (10839 - 16291, n=16)
14708 Points -8%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
12251 Points -24%
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
11914 Points -26%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
11909 Points -26%
Average of class Smartphone
  (317 - 20131, n=171, last 2 years)
7036 Points -56%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
25350 Points
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
25306 Points 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (18010 - 26802, n=16)
24656 Points -3%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
20955 Points -17%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
20746 Points -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (267 - 33376, n=170, last 2 years)
10182 Points -60%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
7042 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (4177 - 7042, n=16)
6138 Points -13%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
5035 Points -29%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
4743 Points -33%
Average of class Smartphone
  (877 - 8480, n=170, last 2 years)
4347 Points -38%
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
4177 Points -41%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (12952 - 14737, n=19)
14014 Points 0%
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
14002 Points 0%
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
13956 Points
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
11024 Points -21%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
10987 Points -21%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
10238 Points -27%
Average of class Smartphone
  (394 - 20068, n=189, last 2 years)
6614 Points -53%
Wild Life Extreme
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
3751 Points +1%
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
3732 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (3192 - 3935, n=20)
3683 Points -1%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
2818 Points -24%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
2810 Points -25%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
2606 Points -30%
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5226, n=192, last 2 years)
1775 Points -52%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
3707 Points +2%
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
3647 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (3088 - 3900, n=21)
3637 Points 0%
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
2760 Points -24%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
2733 Points -25%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
2534 Points -31%
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5248, n=188, last 2 years)
1781 Points -51%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
113 fps
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (45 - 143, n=21)
83.8 fps
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
75 fps
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
74 fps
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.6 - 123, n=212, last 2 years)
45.4 fps
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
43 fps
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (82 - 181, n=21)
146.5 fps
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
142 fps
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
98 fps
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
97 fps
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.3 - 229, n=212, last 2 years)
66.5 fps
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
60 fps
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
66 fps
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (35 - 97, n=21)
62.4 fps
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
62 fps
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
58 fps
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
53 fps
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 119, n=212, last 2 years)
33.6 fps
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (24 - 72, n=21)
59.6 fps
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
56 fps
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
36 fps
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
36 fps
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 94, n=212, last 2 years)
26.8 fps
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
19 fps
Octane V2 - Total Score
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
54773 Points
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
53898 Points -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (19870 - 65418, n=22)
45909 Points -16%
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
43632 Points -20%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2228 - 89112, n=206, last 2 years)
33824 Points -38%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 12288
17622 Points -68%
UL Procyon AI Inference for Android - Overall Score NNAPI
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730, 18432
82801 Points +391%
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=143, last 2 years)
21395 Points +27%
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 12288
16880 Points
Xiaomi 13
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, Adreno 740, 8192
15961 Points -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  (11338 - 16880, n=18)
15279 Points -9%
Nubia RedMagic 8 ProNubia RedMagic 7S ProAsus ROG Phone 6 ProXiaomi Black Shark 5 ProXiaomi 13Average 256 GB UFS 4.0 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
-42%
-33%
-31%
-2%
-9%
-50%
Sequential Read 256KB
3556.62
1822.05
-49%
1949.16
-45%
1945.4
-45%
3454.01
-3%
Sequential Write 256KB
2719.64
1258.69
-54%
1454.5
-47%
1485.2
-45%
2722.77
0%
Random Read 4KB
393.88
327.23
-17%
297.48
-24%
344.9
-12%
393.81
0%
Random Write 4KB
551.93
287.63
-48%
459.66
-17%
424.8
-23%
536.76
-3%

Temperature

Max. Load
 30.1 °C
86 F
29.6 °C
85 F
29.2 °C
85 F
 
 30.3 °C
87 F
30 °C
86 F
29.4 °C
85 F
 
 30 °C
86 F
29.3 °C
85 F
29.5 °C
85 F
 
Maximum: 30.3 °C = 87 F
Average: 29.7 °C = 85 F
28.6 °C
83 F
29 °C
84 F
29.6 °C
85 F
28.5 °C
83 F
29.2 °C
85 F
30.1 °C
86 F
27.8 °C
82 F
30 °C
86 F
29.4 °C
85 F
Maximum: 30.1 °C = 86 F
Average: 29.1 °C = 84 F
Power Supply (max.)  27.5 °C = 82 F | Room Temperature 21.4 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.7 °C / 85 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 30.3 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 30.1 °C / 86 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.3 °C / 79 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


with active fan

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

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Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø22 (22-22.4)
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; with Fan: Ø16.7 (16.6-16.7)
Xiaomi 13 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø20.6 (17.7-22.4)
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø81.1 (81-81.2)
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; without Fan: Ø61.5 (59.8-62.8)
Xiaomi 13 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø68.6 (62.7-79.5)
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø83.9 (83.9-84)
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro Adreno 730, SD 8+ Gen 1, 512 GB UFS 3.1 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability; with Fan: Ø65.7 (65.6-66.1)
Xiaomi 13 Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Unlimited Stress Test Stability: Ø80 (76.5-84.2)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2033.836.22527.928.23124.325.64028.227.15036.735.36322.221.58025.420.41002120.612518.620.416015.419.520015.118.525013.133.13151226.340012.716.450011.820.863012.919.680010.421.4100013.322.3125013.225.9160012.130.7200012.233.8250012.935.1315014.837.3400015.834500016.129.4630014.431.4800013.630.71000013.532.31250014.432.5160001531.9SPL25.944.3N0.74.2median 13.5median 29.4Delta1.36.2hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseNubia RedMagic 8 Pro

Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2028.838.62526.335.33125.641.34018.6455030.2416320.544.18019.548.510018.450.412513.650.616011.653.42001254.72501256.331510.157.640010.160.750010.567.463010.369.48001072.610009.877.8125011.379.7160011.281.1200011.482.3250011.982.2315013.984.8400014.78450001482.3630014.678.5800013.573.31000013.367.81250013.762.91600013.956.7SPL24.892.9N0.690.2median 12median 72.6Delta1.711.342.640.32944.427.841.225.845.432.547.922.446.224.548.519.449.316.552.618.458.712.858.49.958.311.363.113.163.911.473.21177.211.680.712.381.21282.112.482.812.283.61383.412.881.513.280.913.480.413.882.513.379.313.372.913.567.613.161.324.993.30.6101.6median 13median 79.30.88.8hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseNubia RedMagic 8 ProAsus ROG Phone 6 Pro
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (92.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 18.8% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (2.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.4% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.6% 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 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 37% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 55% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (93.3 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.6% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (3.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.7% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.5% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 19% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 77% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro
6000 mAh
1120 min
Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
6000 mAh
1097 min -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (476 - 2844, n=213, last 2 years)
929 min -17%
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
4650 mAh
752 min -33%
Nubia RedMagic 7S Pro
5000 mAh
748 min -33%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing (Chrome 108)
18h 40min

Pros

+ uncompromising performance
+ fast WLAN, including Wi-Fi 7
+ long battery life
+ additional touch sensors

Cons

- uncertain update supply
- fan is quite loud

Verdict - RedMagic 8 Pro turns out to be a fast-paced gamer

In review: RedMagic 8 Pro. Test device provided by Nubia.
In review: RedMagic 8 Pro. Test device provided by Nubia.

The Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro is a real gaming smartphone, which also underlines this in terms of design and integrated RGB lighting. The fan puts the icing on the cake and proves to be very effective in the test, but unfortunately also quite loud.

The additional sensor keys on the long side are also a real added value when gaming. A full-fledged audio jack is also a rarity. This is rounded off with fast and modern communication equipment.

The RedMagic 8 Pro offers a lot of gaming power at an attractive entry-level price.

In contrast to the higher-priced competition, you have to do without a few HDR standards, among other things, and the panel is also not quite as bright. An automatic adjustment of the refresh rate would certainly have been desirable. The cameras cannot convince in all areas either, but the UD camera offers the big advantage of not leaving a visible interruption in the display. The biggest compromise is the uncertain duration of the update supply. More than one major update will probably not be possible.

Our test model is already available directly from RedMagic starting at 649 Euros. Those who want to own the Void design version with more memory will have to shell out 799 Euros. Strong alternatives, but still with last year's SoCs, are the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro, ROG Phone 6D, and the Black Shark 5 Pro.

Price and availability

The Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro can be purchased directly from the manufacturer's store at https://eu.redmagic.gg/de/products/redmagic-8-pro but is also available on Amazon.

Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro - 02/17/2023 v7 (old)
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
83%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
59 / 70 → 84%
Weight
88%
Battery
92%
Display
90%
Games Performance
82 / 64 → 100%
Application Performance
96 / 86 → 100%
Temperature
95%
Noise
62%
Audio
76 / 90 → 84%
Camera
61%
Average
80%
86%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Daniel Schmidt, 2023-02-18 (Update: 2023-02-18)