RedMagic 8 Pro and Pro Plus launch as "evolved" flagship Android smartphones
RedMagic has unveiled its latest generation of top-spec'd Android smartphones today (December 26, 2022). The Nubia brand built its name on a 'gaming' appeal, yet has now affirmed that part of its effort to boost their new-found sophistication levels involves dropping a successor to the vanilla 7 in favor of a choice between an 8 Pro and Pro+ as of late 2022.
RedMagic has now also revealed for the first time that their 2nd-gen under-display camera tech and Red Core enhancements apply to 6.8-inch FHD+ AMOLED panels, touted to allow greater transmission and clarity for its 16MP selfie camera than ever before.
They are also backed with advanced full-sized graphene sheets as part of their upgraded ICE 11.0 cooling systems for their Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC. It drives a refresh rate of 120Hz and a touch-sampling rate of 960Hz in the 8 Pro/Pro+ display, thus touted as capable of sustaining high-frame-rate gameplay over time.
Both the 8 Pro and Pro+ are slated to step up to improved video and photography with the inaugural inclusion of the updated ISOCELL GN5 sensor for their triple rear camera set-up (the rest of which gets so little attention in RedMagic's new launch material that it may be of little use in practice).
Nevertheless, RedMagic has made it clear that the 8 Pro is pitched at those looking for a more all-round 2022 flagship smartphone experience. It pairs the line's first "CUBE-enhanced" 6,000mAh battery for potentially ultra-long screen-on times; however, it charges at a fairly moderate 80W, as opposed to the full-fat 165W GaN charging provided for the 8 Pro+'s 5,000mAh battery, for those looking for the edge in charging times instead.
The RedMagic 8 Pro starts at 3,999 yuan (~US$574), albeit only because it is the only new mobile device with base models in which their LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 internal storage modules are 8GB and 128GB respectively.
The 8 Pro, on the other hand, is priced from 5,199 to 6,999 yuan (~US$747-$1005), ranging from 12GB/256GB optionss in the series' default black finish for its "evolved" rear panel to 16GB/1TB top-end SKUs in RGB-lit, physical fan-equipped Deuterium. Finally, RedMagic has also now revealed that the 8 Pro will hit international shores on January 16, 2023.