RedMagic 8 Pro Review: Gaming Phone Worth Buying?
The Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro review for Nubia’s new super deluxe feature-packed gaming smartphone can help us decide if it’s worth buying. As there are many options for high-end gaming and 200MP camera phones, this gaming phone at the lowest US$649 starting price seems attractive. This premium Powerhouse boasts a 6.8-inch AMOLED display with a selfie camera hidden beneath that glass. As well as Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon Gen 2 chipset, upgraded coolant, and all kinds of fancy game features. And to keep you right on top of your game, the Red Magic 8 Pro will be available globally in February. You can expect the UK pricing to start at around 600 to 700 pounds. However, Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro price is US$699 on AliExpress.
Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro Review
Let’s do the Red Magic 8 Pro unboxing and a full-on tour of the hardware. The software, the gaming features, and testing out that performance. This gaming phone comes in a lovely shiny silver box. You will love the manga star animations that are going on all around this box. You will also like how the box promises the Nubia phone to win more games. Not that it’s going to be bloody difficult. So, what do you get in this lovely little treasure trove?
RedMagic 8 Pro Unboxing
Well, there’s one Red Magic 8 Pro best gaming phone. Four QR codes and a power adapter with two pins are on the box. Because I imported from Asia got a lovely bright red USB cable, you’ve got a rigid transparent screen protector to keep the Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro semi-protected.
Also bundled in the box with the new best gaming smartphone was a toy doll figure. It’s supposed to be Mora, the RedMagic assistant. Let’s check out the Nubia RedMagic Pro 8 review for design. It reminds me of a fatter version of Sony’s Xperia smartphones. It’s certainly very angular. There is nearly a curve to be seen here, and we’re also talking about a proper heft. This thing feels as heavy as an iPhone 14 Pro Max.
You must love how that 6.8-inch OLED display fills up the front end of this best gaming smartphone, 2023. And that is in large part thanks to the 16MP under-display selfie camera. Certainly, had a glance, you would swear it isn’t even there. The Red Magic 8 Pro supports what Nubia terms hardcore mech style. You’ve got a metal frame and a metal back, and the design seems subtle for a gaming smartphone.
Certainly, until the light catches it just saw, and all those little bits of flair on that rear end are lit up. But compared with something like Asus’s Rog gaming phones, it is a much plainer finish. Well, no worries if you thought Nubia had left off any RGB disco lights on the Red Magic phone. Because doing the Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro review, we found them on the rear panel.
They’re more noticeable than on some gaming smartphones. But they’re still present, and these are fully customizable. You can get them flashing whatever color you want while you’re gaming. When you’ve got media playing this, here is the Dark Blade Warrior model (12GB/256GB) of the Red Magic 8 Pro. You can also grab it in a specter Warrior Edition with more memory and double the storage of 16GB/512GB.
You got the usual little design touches here, like the red highlighting for that game space slider and an increasingly rare 3.5mm headphone jack. However, the Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro review shows no water resistance. There are two vents on the sides of this gaming smartphone.
Gaming Phone Software
So now, let’s look at the software running on the Red Magic 8 Pro. You’ve got the latest Android version 13 with Red Magic 6.0 OS. Once you activate features like the App Store, you’ve got a stock Android experience. With the likes of the Google Discover feed, you can drag down that notifications bar from anywhere, but Red Magic OS does have its Vibe. The notification section, for instance, has lots and lots of toggles. You’ve got some custom widgets.
You can also manually change up the screen refresh rate on the fly with a handy desktop widget with many other border bits, including a one-handed mode. Which somewhat distressingly requires two hands to activate, and no matter how hard I try or how many different ways I try it, I cannot get this to work. I prefer the personalized settings section, which largely customizes every bit of the UI so far as you’ve got a variety of themes you can choose from, some of which are heavily targeted at gamers.
The girl Mora pops up right there on your lock screen. Otherwise, there are plenty of other wallpapers that you can select. You’ve also got a wide variety of always-on displays, including plenty featuring Mora again. You can customize those RGB lights on the back as notification lights. Also, the Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro review shows you can have them alert you to incoming calls and have them flashing when the phone is charging and all kinds of stuff. It’s all completely customizable.
The Girl “Mora”
So you can select the effect and the colors. And when it’s time to get your game on, all you need to do is hit that game space slider. You can fast access all the games you have installed on the red Magic 8 Pro. It’s packed with all kinds of extra features. For instance, you can check out all the available tools or plugins as the Magic 8 Pro terms them. And exactly which games are they compatible with and from within Game Space.
You can also summon up Mora. Hello Mora! How are you doing today? And she will react for an answer. There is an option to set up your profile in Mora Care. Whether you’re an individual, a company employee, or what your birthday is, etc. You can also project an avatar version of Mora into your real-life environment to take a picture of it. You can even spin her about, get it from every angle, and all right, could even do different poses. The Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro review shows you can use Mora as your avatar.
Now it’s time to get some gaming on the Red Magic 8 Pro gaming phone. You’ll be relieved to hear no doubt, and when you want to get online, you’ve gained full WIFI 7 support. Courtesy of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset that runs the show even though WIFI 7 isn’t technically a thing yet. But whatever, and as for the storage buckets for download and even massive titles like Genshin Impact. This Matte model has 256GB of UFS 4.0 storage and 12GB LPDDR5X RAM. There are two 520Hz shoulder triggers for gaming controls. Also, the Void version of RedMagic 8 Pro has 512GB storage and 16GB RAM.
Nubia Red Magic 8 Pro Gaming Smartphone 2023
Qualcomm only recently launched its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and it is an absolute monster. Geekbench scores as you can see there the multi-core score topping at 5000. It reliably and consistently does that. That helps no doubt by the fact that it’s backed in this gaming phone model by 12GB of DDR5 RAM. So you probably won’t be massively shocked to learn that the likes of Genshin Impact or the most demanding titles out there on Android do play with a perfect frame rate. Even when you use the graphic settings up to the maximum levels.
When you’re in a game like Genshin Impact, you can drag out the Red Magic Game Space menu. This includes some different performance modes that you can choose from. Doing the Redmagic 8 Pro review, we find excellent gaming features. So when you open more demanding games like Genshin Impact, there are different modes. You can use this gaming smartphone in Eco mode, to preserve battery life.
Gaming Phone Performance
Or use the max settings for the highest frame rates. It is the Rise mode. There is also Balanced mode. And you’ve got the usual massive selection of other bonus features tucked away. Here are lots of stuff to play around with including stopwatches, crosshairs that make those different shapes, and colors.
You can also hook up a Gamepad with Nubia RedMagic 8 Pro gaming phone. And record the action. All kinds of shenanigans and in that Rise mode, certainly Genshin Impact played without any stumbles in that frame rate. I didn’t notice any slowdown at any point no matter how long I played this bloody thing and that is facilitated by the new and improved coolant system.
Which includes a shark fin turbofan that hits up to 20,000 RPM when it is maxed out. This fan is automatically activated whenever you load up a game like Genshin Impact. But once again you can manually turn it on and off within those game menu settings. There is also a desktop widget so you can turn it on at any point and choose between Eco and full blast modes. And if you jump into the smartphone settings, you can also play with the fan options including the ability to automatically start it when fast charging or when the game is entered.
When it all kicks off and that fan is going full, it certainly gets pretty loud. Loud enough to annoy. Thankfully though it does seem very effective at keeping the Red Magic 8 Pro cool. Which is its main job of course. You’ve got a pair of vents on either side of this best gaming smartphone. On one side air is sucked in and then it is thrown out of the opposite side. Thankfully the air that comes out of this thing isn’t so hot.
Touch Responsive Shoulder Triggers
The RedMagic 8 Pro gaming phone also boasts a separate Red Core 2 chip which controls many dedicated games and features. So for instance, like many dedicated gaming smartphones, you’ve got a pair of touch-responsive shoulder buttons. These are on the edge and are very easy to set up through that in-game menu. You can have them work either with a single push or with a long push a double push whatever you fancy. They work well in the game. They’re certainly very responsive. Although there is no haptic feedback here, unfortunately. Unlike what you get with the likes of the Asus Rogue phone. But the actual smartphone haptics is pretty good. Courtesy of a built-in dual x-axis linear motor.
As for that 6.8-inch AMOLED display, well absolutely no complaints. Certainly from a game’s perspective that’s for damn sure it’s big, it’s bold it’s bright, it’s perfectly flat, as well no curved edges. So ideal for gaming. You get a full-view experience courtesy of the selfie camera which is hidden underneath the glass. Doing the RedMagic 8 Pro review, we find no notches or anything to speak of to get in the way. And sure that selfie cam isn’t completely undetectable. There is a teeny wee circle around the lens where you’ll notice that the color tones are ever so slightly off compared with the rest of the display.
Just a little bit darker. But mostly, you do have to look for it to detect it. It is undoubtedly awe-inspiring technology indeed. The screen is also perfectly responsive to all your perks, swipes, and whatnot, with zero lids. Best for your fast-paced action titles and online competitive efforts like Call of Duty.
This blower also boasts a stereo speaker setup and is well suited to the RedMagic 8 Pro review. Those speakers are housed on the top and bottom edges of the gaming smartphone. They pump out some crisp, clear, compelling sound. You got full Snapdragon sound certification on here and DTSX Ultra support. I was happy to get the game and use the stereo speaker setup. Otherwise, you can plug in a headset using that 3.5mm headphone jack.
There is Bluetooth 5.3 streaming support. The new gaming phone has a 6000mAh battery. So that’s on par with the best gaming handsets out there. It delivered around five hours of Genshin Impact action, even when again I maxed out the graphics settings. I had this thing running on that Rise highest-performance mode. I had the fan running at max and everything. So good returns for that thing, and if you want to use it, you know, as a smartphone, you’ll happily get a full day of life no matter what you do with it. Using that camera non-stop, streaming lots of media, anything your lovely little heart desires, and even if you dream of the Red Magic 8 Pro, well, no worries because you’ve got 65W fast charging support. It can recharge the gaming smartphone within 30 minutes for that 6000mAh battery.
Last, there’s the camera, but it could be a more exciting setup. You’ve got a 50MP Samsung GN5 sensor for the primary camera. That’s backed by basic ultra-wide angle and macro snappers. You got the usual selection of camera modes available, including full Pro controls if you want to adjust them manually, like the white balance, the ISO levels, etc. Red Magic 8 Pro has dedicated night and portrait modes.
I snapped a minimal selection of sample shots around the home. If you’re particularly interested and want to shoot a video, you have the option of maxing it up to 8K HD resolution. What I’m particularly interested in is that 16MP selfie shooter.
However, because it is housed under the display and quite often, these selfie cameras do turn out to be, for one, a better word, pretty crack, and yeah, the RedMagic 8 Pro review shows that convention to be fair. Everything looks misty. More crisp and apparent than what you would get with this standard selfie camera. And it’s the same story when you’re shooting video to full HD resolution supported by that selfie camera. Everything looks foggy and hazy, as if the lens was being troubled with condensation.
|Processor:||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Dedicated Gaming Chip Red Core 2|
|RAM:||12GB RAM + 256GB (Matte)
16GB RAM + 512GB (Void)
LPDDRX5 Full Blood RAM version
|Storage:||256GB (Matte), 512GB (Void), UFS 4.0|
|Display:||FHD + AMOLED, 120Hz Refresh Rate, 6.8 inches, 20:9, Resolution 2480×1116,
Multi-finger between 480Hz up to 720Hz Touch Sampling Rate,
DC Dimming with a screen to body ratio 93.7% including 16 million colors.
With Gorilla Glass 5 for protection.
|Camera:||Front Camera: 16MP 2nd generation under-display-camera (UDC)
Rear Camera: 50 MP, f/1.8, (wide), PDAF + 8 MP, f/2.2, 120-degree, 13mm (ultrawide),
1/4.0-inch, 1.12µm + 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
|Battery:||6000mAh Dual-Cell, 65W Fast Charging|
|Other Features:||Extremely low power consumption, 20,000 RPM high-speed fan. Includes built-in colorful RGB lights (RGB lights Void version only)
Bluetooth 5.3, WIFI 7 802.11b/g/n/AC/AX/BE (Tri-band 2.4G, 5G, 6G), Type C, 3.5mm audio interface, NFC, 7th Gen Fingerprint sensor, Increased Heart Rate Detection Function
520 Hz Dual Shoulder Triggers
|Operating System:||REDMAGIC 6.0 OS with Mora mascot exclusive features, Android 13|
|Network:||2G: B2(1900)/ B5 (850) B3(1800)/B8(900)
3G: WCDMA B1/2/3/4/5/6/8/19
4G:TD-LTE Band B34/38/40/41
4G: FDD-LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/B66
5G: SA n1//n3/n5/n7/n28/n41/n66/n77/n78
|Audio:||Dual smart PA, dual speakers, 3 mics, DTS sound, 3.5 mm headphone jack, repositioned for a more comfortable handheld gaming experience.|
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2.
- Nubia’s dedicated gaming chip.
- LPDDR5X + UFS 4.0.
- 6000mAh battery with 65W charging.
- 520Hz touch responsive shoulder triggers.
- 720Hz multi-finger touch sampling rate.
- True Full AMOLED Display + 2nd Generation Under-Display Camera.
- ICE 11 Multi-Dimensional Cooling System.
- 20,000rpm high-speed turbofan.
- Budget price.
- DTSX Ultra Dual Audio Speaker System.
- Not an impressive selfie camera.
- The USB-C charging port is at the bottom and not on the side for gaming and recharging.
The RedMagic 8 Pro review shows it is an absolute Powerhouse packed with very clever gaming features. Less full-on premium than the likes Asus Rogue phone. Although this thing certainly has it beaten with touch-responsive shoulder triggers. Also, there is an ice cooling system with a high-speed fan. The gaming smartphone also offers extra gaming settings and responsiveness. However, the USB-C port is at the bottom. So you can not recharge it when gaming like the side port system. It is a beast of a gaming phone for the year 2023. But it would be great to hear your thoughts on the Red Magic 8 Pro in the comments below.
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