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The Nubia Red Magic Mars is a Pocophone F1 alternative for the US

The Nubia Red Magic Mars. (Source: Nubia)
The Nubia Red Magic Mars. (Source: Nubia)
The Pocophone F1 has been lauded for the high price to performance ratio it brings to the table. Sadly, Xiaomi's high-value magnum opus isn't sold officially in the US. ZTE's Nubia is now offering something almost as good, and it's actually available in the US.
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The Pocophone F1 was launched back in August and quickly gained a reputation for being, without a doubt, the best value current-gen premium device on the market. The Xiaomi sub-brand is set to offer a second-generation phone this year, and it’s actually one of the devices we anticipate the most. That said, the F1 was not sold in the US, and the F2 likely will not either, which leaves Android enthusiasts in the US out in the cold.

Until now, that is.

Nubia's new gaming device, the Nubia Red Magic Mars, which was introduced back in November, is finally set to ship. And yes, it will ship to the US. Not just the US, either, but also Canada, the UK, and the EU. 

The Red Magic Mars features a 6-inch FHD LCD display, a Snapdragon 845, up to 10 GB of RAM, up to 256 GB of storage, an 8 MP (f/2.0) selfie camera, and a 16 MP (f/1.8) single rear shooter. It runs on Android Pie—a very stock-like take too, and gets its juice from a 3800 mAh battery, with a USB Type-C port and 18 W fast charging keeping charge times down.

Compared to the Pocophone F1, the Red Magic Mars is, admittedly, a bit lacking. Unlike the former, though, it’s actually sold in the US, so there’s that. The base model with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage has an MSRP of US$389. You could probably get more bang for your buck hunting for eBay deals for devices like the LG G7, or going for older flagships like the S8 Plus

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Ricci Rox, 2019-02-17 (Update: 2019-02-17)