Nubia announces the RedMagic 6R, a new mid-range gaming phone with a flagship SoC
ZTE's high-end Android brand Nubia has been busy as of late, launching a Z-series flagship for the first time in 2 years recently. Now, it is demonstrably keeping its work-rate up with a new addition to the RedMagic gaming series. This line has seen its first ever Pro version in 2021; now, it has also acquired an inaugural R variant.
Its launch has confirmed leaks suggesting that Nubia had adopted a profoundly generic template from some ODM for this phone, especially compared to the custom-designed, physical fan-toting designs of the RedMagic series up until now.
Then again, it turns out the brand has since dolled the 6R's chassis up with an elongated, cosmetic accent for its camera hump, intensely reminiscent of that in the Z30 Pro (which has ostensibly been inspired by the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra in turn).
The artificially-augmented camera hump houses a fairly standard 64+8+5+2MP array. However, the 6R's business end quite patently lies elsewhere. Its 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display supports a 144Hz refresh rate and a 360Hz touch sampling rate. Therefore, it nearly matches up to the latest RedMagic flagships, and can stand up to others from different OEMs.
On the other hand, the 6R has a relatively small 4,200mAh battery that charges at 55 watts, as opposed to the up-to-120W rate found in some SKUs of the 6 Pro. Nevertheless, it still runs the up-to-date RedMagic UI 4.0 based on Android 11, using the top-end Snapdragon 888 processor.
The RedMagic 6R has been made available in 6 to 12GB RAM SKUs, which start at 2,699 yuan (~US$423). They go to general sale on June 1, 2021 in China, whereas the brand notes that a subsequent global release for this new gaming phone is "coming soon". This, then, might be worth holding out for among those wishing to score 2021 flagship silicon in a stealthy form-factor at a potentially acceptable price.