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RedMagic 8 Pro becomes 2023's first JerryRigEverything-tested flagship Android smartphone

The RedMagic 8 Pro. (Source: JerryRigEverything via YouTube)
The RedMagic 8 Pro. (Source: JerryRigEverything via YouTube)
RedMagic touts its latest premium smartphone as a serious device for serious Android gamers. It is also now the first 2023 flagship to undergo the famous JerryRigEverything durability test on YouTube. Can it keep its under-display selfie camera, active fan-powered cooling and iPhone-esque chassis together under this onslaught?

The RedMagic 8 Pro is technically the first Snapdragon 8 Gen 2-powered smartphone on the market in regions such as North America, bringing its second-gen under-display camera (UDC) technology with it.

JerryRigEverything host Zach Nelson took a liking to it as the mobile screen of the future on unboxing the device; however, this did not stop the YouTuber trying to scratch, burn and crack the gaming flagship's screen as usual.

The 8 Pro's 6.8-inch screen held up admirably under the first 2 stages of that test, with "...deeper grooves at a level 7", and was particularly resistant to the heat from Nelson's lighter. That part of the video may be a first chance to inspect the UDC aspect of the smartphone in more detail for many.

While the selfie camera can still be spotted under off-axis lighting, it already seems upgraded compared to other examples, even those of Samsung's top-end Galaxy Z Fold series.

Nelson also found that its photos, while still slightly misty and over-exposed, are improved compared to forebears such as those found in the Axon 40 Ultra - although they can't entirely compare to those of typical punch-hole flagships, even those as old as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+.

Then again, the new faux-transparent rear panel of the 8 Pro's Void colorway might have detracted from this relative prowess with potential weak points such as its integrated air-duct leading to an actual spinning fan, not to mention the 3.5mm jack of which RedMagic has made surprisingly little of in promoting its latest flagship thus far.

However, it seems neither feature caused issues when it came to the 8 Pro's bend test. The latest RedMagic flagship's rear glass did part ways with its flat-edged frame under this stress, although it failed to do anything like snap in half or cause the smartphone to die.

All in all, the 8 Pro emerged as the most durable gaming smartphone of the year - so far. Whether it will be challenged by others such as the Asus ROG Phone 7 series remains to be seen - as is our review of RedMagic's most cutting-edge premium Android device to date.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2023-01-19 (Update: 2023-01-19)