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The new, 120W RedMagic 6 Pro is shown charging even faster than advertised

The RedMagic 6 Pro's new charging demo. (Source: YouTube)
The RedMagic 6 Pro's new charging demo. (Source: YouTube)
The RedMagic 6 Pro is Nubia's new mobile gaming flagship phone equipped with ultra-fast 120 watt (W) charging technology. The OEM markets this phone as capable of re-filling its 4500mAh battery to 0-50% in just 5 minutes, or all the way to 100% in 17 minutes. However, a vlogger claims his new 6 Pro can actually beat those times.

Nubia launched the RedMagic 6 Pro amid claims that it could fully charge itself in just 17 minutes thanks to its new 120W charging standard. Its 4500mAh battery can also apparently go from 0 to 50% in just 5 minutes. However, the YouTuber CREATOR STUDIO has posted a clip that might dispute those stats, albeit not to their detriment.

The vlogger shows what does appear to be the new Snapdragon 888-powered flagship (6.8-inch display, gamer-y rear panel and all) using its matching 120W GaN power brick. The phone was initially plugged in at 3%, whereupon it took the first 5 minutes to add another 53%.

This was more or less in line with the OEM's official estimation; however, the device hit 100% only about 7 minutes later, rather than 12 as its maker states. This might be an impressive vindication of Nubia's claims, and of GaN tech's potential in general; then again, the video "test" could hardly be considered scientific (some might like to see the phone charge twice more in succession, for example).

In addition, this apparently expectation-busting performance could be affected by a range of environmental factors, not the least of which is ambient temperature. Furthermore, the YouTuber was not using the 6 Pro's 165Hz AMOLED display while charging it.

On that note, it is to be hoped that the RedMagic 6 series' also-hyped new ICE6.0 cooling system (which is augmented by an active fan in this device) can help keep that apparently super-powered battery cool and healthy over time (and charging cycles).

Meanwhile, RedMagic has announced that it will launch the 6 Pro (alongside its vanilla, 65W sibling) internationally on March 16, 2021, with its first open sale set for April 2. Nevertheless, it is not clear whether it includes the fancy new bricks necessary to achieve such charging feats in their boxes or not.

Regardless, those specs could allow the RedMagic 6 series to call themselves the fastest Android phones on earth - however, the impending ROG Phone 5 might yet have something to say about that on its own March 2021 launch.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-03- 5 (Update: 2021-03- 5)