RedMagic 8 Pro Review – A Powerful Gaming Smartphone
Since the inception of the Gaming Phone, it has amassed an array of state-of-the-art technologies and high-end specifications, all with the aim of producing a gaming device that satisfies the desires of both gaming enthusiasts and technology lovers.
- In 2018, Nubia unveiled its latest product lineup, the RedMagic gaming phone, which was specifically tailored to enrich the mobile gaming experience. The device was the pioneer in integrating air-cooled heat dissipation technology into mobile phones, and almost five years have elapsed since its release.
- In 2019, the RedMagic 3 Phone was the first mobile phone to feature true air-cooled heat dissipation. Equipped with fans that could reach a claimed maximum speed of 14,000 rpm, integrated into the phone’s body, giving it a top-level cooling capacity within the industry.
- In 2021, the RedMagic 7 Pro made a significant breakthrough in the world of e-sports gaming phones by incorporating the first-ever Under-Display Camera (UDC). This technology allowed for a truly immersive and uninterrupted gaming experience, as the camera was hidden under the phone’s screen, enabling a full-screen display. The RedMagic 7 Pro quickly became a game-changer for e-sports enthusiasts who sought a device that could keep up with their fast-paced gaming needs while providing a larger, more dynamic display.
The RedMagic, a well-established player in the gaming phone market, recently unveiled its latest addition to the lineup – the RedMagic 8 Pro. The device boasts a completely new appearance design while retaining the signature features of its predecessor, the UDC under-screen proactive display and the square, rugged appearance. The RedMagic 8 Pro offers a full-screen video experience with outstanding efficiency, thanks to the cutting-edge technology integrated into the device. Additionally, it features a unique shark fin high-speed centrifugal fan that can spin at up to 20,000 rpm, setting it apart from other gaming phones in the market.
The RedMagic 8 Pro is creating a buzz in the gaming community as the industry’s first gaming phone featuring the powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. Everyone is curious to know how this phone can fully leverage the capabilities of the latest processor. With this in mind, let’s delve into the details of this new game flagship and evaluate if it’s a game-changer for mobile gaming enthusiasts.
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|RedMagic 8 Pro|
|Screen||– Full 6.8″ True Full AMOLED screen
– Camera under the screen
– Full HD+ definition (1116×2480)
– 400pp density
– 93.7% occupancy
– 20:9 format
– Gorilla Glass 5
– 120 Hz
– Max brightness: 1300nits
– NTSC on 10-bit
– Touch Sampling from 480Hz to 960Hz
|SoCs and GPUs||– Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
– Adreno 740
– Red Core 2
– Magic GPU technology
– ICE 11 cooling system
– Optional Dual-Core Ice Dock
|Memory||– 12GB or 18GB of LPDDR5X RAM
– Up to 6GB of Virtual RAM
– 256GB or 512GB of UFS 4.0 storage
– No memory expansion
|Colors||– Metal surround
– Matte finish (Black metal back)
– Void finish (Transparent glass back)
– Customizable RGB lighting on the Void version only
|Camera||– Three cameras on the back:
– Main wide-angle camera: Samsung GN5 of 50 Megapixels, F/1.88
– Ultra-wide-angle camera: 8 Megapixels, 120° (13mm), F/2.2
– Macro camera: 2 Megapixels, F/ 2.4- Phase detection autofocus
– Video recording up to 8K at 30fps and 4K at 60fps
– Slow motion mode in 1080p at 240fps or 720p at 960fps
– Electronic stabilization on three axis
– Timelapse- Front camera under the screen with a 16 Megapixel sensor (2nd Generation)
– Wide-angle lens with an aperture of F2.0
– Frontal video recording in 1080p at 60fps or 720p at 30fps
|Audio||– Stereo speakers
– DTS:X Ultra Surround Sound
– 3.5mm jack socket
– Dual Haptic Engine
– Fast charging up to 65W (100% in 43 minutes)
– Qualcomm Quick Charge 5
|Connectivities||– 520Hz sensitive side buttons
– Fingerprint reader under the screen
– Bluetooth 5.3
– WiFi 7
– 2x nano-SIM
– A-GPS+GLONASS, DNLA, Miracast (WiFi Direct), Google Cast
– USB 3.0, USB Type-C
– Video output up to 4K and 120fps
– Barometer, Gyroscope, Accelerometer
– Proximity and light sensor
|Software||– Android 13
– RedMagic OS 6.0
|Height and weight||– 163.98 x 76.35 x 8.9mm
The RedMagic 8 Pro’s box is a real eye-catcher and follows the tradition of its predecessors. The standard two-piece cardboard box is impressively thick and sturdy, with a metallic finish and exquisite silver details. The geometric shapes and the overall color of the packaging are aesthetically pleasing. In addition, the box features some mecha and gaming elements that cater to the preferences of gaming enthusiasts. The combination of these design elements creates a unique and captivating look, making the RedMagic 8 Pro’s packaging as attractive as the device itself.
As I opened the package, I was immediately greeted with my new mobile phone, securely nestled in its protective plastic wrapping. As I removed the phone from the packaging, I noticed that it was accompanied by several other accessories. In addition to the mobile phone, the warranty card is included, a Clear hard plastic case that protects the corners and the back, a 65w Power adapter, a 65-watt fast type-C charging cable, SIM tray ejector, Warranty card, Use Manual & other documentation.
The REDMAGIC 8 Pro is a smartphone that boasts impressive charging capabilities. Equipped with a 65W fast charging transformer from Nubia, it offers several charging modes for users to choose from. Among these, the 20V/3.25A mode stands out as the most efficient. With this mode, users can quickly and easily charge their devices, ensuring that they are never without power for long. It’s worth noting that the REDMAGIC 8 Pro comes with an EU plug, ensuring that users in Europe can easily charge their phones using their standard power outlets.
The hard plastic case for the RedMagic 8 Pro phone is both attractive and practical, making it a must-have accessory for any gamer. With cutouts on both sides, this case won’t interfere with your phone’s use when in gaming mode. The clear design allows you to showcase the back of your phone and its vibrant RGB elements while also providing solid protection.
In this review, we’ll be taking a closer look at the design of the REDMAGIC 8 Pro smartphone. This device boasts an impressive 6.8-inch screen that covers nearly the entirety of its front surface, comprising 93.7% of its total size. In terms of body, the Red Magic 8 Pro is 8.9mm thick and weighs 228g. It feels lighter than the actual weight.
In terms of the design concept, the previous two generations were all hard-core mecha styles, and this time they have also been upgraded and continued, but their own line design is more simple, and there are no exaggerated patterns on the back, which is full of order in its rigidity. Because the mobile phone has become more square visually, it can also stand on the table.
When we turn it over, we see that the back cover is made of glass material and is completely black, indicating that it is the Matte version. The back of the RedMagic 8 Pro, with the color scheme of the Dark Knight, adopts a large area of flash and technology, and the aviation aluminum middle frame, both the back and the middle frame, have a delicate hand feel, which is better than the previous generation.
Like the previous models of the RedMagic, some unique textures are printed on the back of the fuselage to show the special features of the phone and make it more mecha-style. Under these textures and patterns, the RedMagic also made some careful considerations. In fact, this is a hidden RGB lighting effect. After turning on the lighting effect, players can display their preset lighting effects during the game to enhance the game. atmosphere.
However, for those who prefer a more eye-catching design, there is also the option of the Void version. This variant boasts a transparent glass back cover, providing a glimpse of the phone’s interior, and even features RGB LED lighting integrated into its fan.
The camera arrangement of the Red Magic 8 Pro is quite distinctive. The three cameras are located in the middle and lined up. They are a 1/1.57-inch outsole, Samsung GN5 super-sensitive main camera with 50 megapixels, an 8-megapixel wide-angle, and a 2-megapixel. With the pixel macro lens, the photo quality has also improved compared to before, mainly in the aspects of focusing speed, low-light shooting, and HDR. It not only makes the camera of the game phone enough but also meets the needs of daily notes.
The ICE 11 cooling system is a standout feature of the device, with the fan grill and volume buttons located on the left side. The system is comprised of 10 layers of materials that work together to efficiently dissipate heat, including a large three-dimensional vapor chamber and a layer of graphene located under the screen.
Additionally, the device features the iconic 20,000 RPM fan that is inherited from its predecessors, ensuring that temperatures remain under control even during heavy usage. The fan grill is a crucial component of the ICE 11 cooling system, and its inclusion underscores the device’s commitment to providing a superior user experience.
Located on the right side of the device, we can find a switch that allows users to activate the Game Space mode. This mode is an interface that is specifically designed for gaming, and we will explore it in more detail later. Additionally, on the same side, there is an unlock button and another fan grill. However, the most important feature is the pair of tactile triggers with a refresh rate of 520 Hz. These triggers elevate the device to a true gaming smartphone, providing users with a seamless gaming experience.
The bottom of the phone is home to several essential ports and slots. Among them are the SIM card slots and 3.0 USB-C slots.
The SIM card slot is particularly noteworthy as it supports a physical dual-card dual-standby function. It can hold up to 2 Nano SIMs, allowing users to switch between carriers easily. Additionally, the slot supports 5G connectivity, which is a significant feature for modern smartphones. The bottom of the device also houses one of the two stereo speakers that the phone has. These speakers are bi-amplified and compatible with DTS Ultra X sound, ensuring that users have a premium audio experience.
As we turn our attention to the upper side of the device, we can spot the second speaker and a 35mm jack for headphones, and microphone. Having this feature is always appreciated, as it allows users to connect their headphones and microphones easily.
The RedMagic 8 Pro is a remarkable smartphone with a true full-screen display that supports an under-screen camera. While the previous RedMagic 7 and 7S series also featured an under-screen camera, this time, it’s the first under-screen flexible straight screen, and the lower camera technology has been upgraded again. The device boasts a 6.8-inch AMOLED panel, developed by BOE, with a 20:9 aspect ratio and FHD+ resolution, offering a stunning 2480 x 1116 pixels and an impressive 400 PPI density. The front surface of the device is almost entirely occupied by the display, which also features a 120 Hz refresh rate and a 960 Hz multi-touch recognition update rate.
This impressive update rate minimizes the response to just 1.4 ms, making the device a game-changer for those who love to play mobile games. Compatible with HDR content, this panel specifies a brightness of 1300 nits (peak) and has DC Dimming, also offering a 10-bit palette and 16 million colors that makes it cover 100% of the DCI-P3 spectrum. In addition, its screen is covered by a layer of Gorilla Glass 5 for its protection, offering minimal bezels around it.
This under-display camera is located in the center of the screen. It is very well hidden, and it is difficult for users to find it. Whether you change the background of the screen to white or black or other colors, you can look directly at the hidden camera from the front. It is very difficult to find and aim at a suitable light source, and it is possible to see the camera with a slightly different color under the screen at a specific angle from the side.
The principle of the under-screen camera is to hide the camera under the screen. Although the camera is hidden, it does not mean that there is nothing under the camera. The camera needs to be transparent; the more transparent the screen, the clearer the camera can take pictures. But the screen needs to play a display role, and the more transparent the screen, the higher the pixels displayed cannot be. Therefore, high-pixel display and high light transmittance are two contradictions. To make an under-screen camera is to balance these two.
The benefits of the under-screen camera for playing games are obvious. The screen is completely free of any occlusion. The screen is where the naked eye can see, and the view will not be blocked during the battle. Naturally, playing games is more comfortable. This under-screen camera is inferior to the front camera, with large pixels and a large aperture for selfies. However, considering that game phone users rarely use the front camera to take selfies, this combination is a match made in heaven.
Hardware and Performance
The RedMagic 8 Pro boasts cutting-edge technology with the incorporation of Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. This 4nm chip comes equipped with a powerful ARM Cortex-X3 primary core that can reach up to 3.2GHz. Alongside it are two 2.8 GHz Cortex-A715, two 2.8 GHz Cortex-A710, and three 2.0 GHz Cortex-A510 cores, providing a high-performance computing experience. The chipset also features an Adreno 740 integrated GPU, ensuring top-of-the-line graphics.
The RedMagic 8 Pro takes advantage of this chipset’s power by pairing it with LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 storage, a significant improvement over UFS 3.1. Additionally, the move to LPDDR5X RAM provides a performance boost, being twice as fast as LPDDR5. The test unit comes with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, but the device can also be purchased with up to 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage.
The company claims impressive performance figures, stating that the new CPU can offer up to 37% more performance, while the GPU can be up to 42% faster. Additionally, the chipset consumes 50% less power, making the device more energy-efficient. These figures are likely based on comparisons with the RedMagic 7S Pro, which had the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset.
Additionally, the RedMagic 8 Pro and Qualcomm have collaborated to introduce mobile light-chasing technology, marking the beginning of a new era in mobile gaming. This technology is equipped with the Red Core R2 game chip, which allows for precise control of various aspects of gaming such as shoulder keys, vibration, touch, and sound effects. This results in a multi-faceted and immersive gaming experience, unlike any other.
The RedMagic 8 Pro has proven to be a powerhouse when it comes to benchmark scores. With a score of over 1.3 million on AnTuTu, it has surpassed many of its competitors. In addition, it achieved impressive single-core and multi-core scores of 821 and 4489 respectively on GeekBench 5. The device also demonstrated remarkable stability, scoring 98.3% in the 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Stress Test. These exceptional results confirm that the RedMagic 8 Pro is currently at the forefront of the smartphone industry in terms of performance.
The RedMagic 8 Pro demonstrated impressive results in the test flash memory speed. Specifically, the device achieved a sequential read speed of 3602.1MB/s and a sequential write speed of 2730.5MB/s. Furthermore, the device showcased exceptional read and write capabilities across other metrics, achieving a very high level of performance overall.
As for gaming phones, it’s only natural to test them with the most demanding games of the moment. So, without any further delay, let’s jump straight into the ultimate test: ‘Genshin Impact’.
When playing the game “Genshin Impact” on a mobile phone with full HD+ 60 frame quality and Rise mode, the power consumption of the phone is around 12% after a 30-minute session. The frame rate for this game can reach an impressive 60.4 frames, resulting in a visually stunning display on the RedMagic screen. The graphics and scenery of “Genshin Impact’s” vast world look extremely pleasing to the eye, making it a tempting escape for those looking for a break from work or daily routines. With higher performance, the power consumption of the game will likely increase. The average power consumption of 5.3W is higher than that of other games, but it can be considered a good indicator of the Snapdragon 8Gen2’s overall performance level.
The RedMagic smartphone provides an excellent PUBG mobile gaming experience with its 90-frame mode. During a 20-minute game test, only a minor frame drop occurred, but the screen’s continuity remained good with an average frame rate of 90.4 FPS and minimal fluctuations. The power consumption of 4.4W is significantly lower than that of other devices. For an improved gaming experience, the independent IC touch shoulder button and dual X-axis linear motors’ 4G three-dimensional vibration technology are very practical, providing feedback on body sensation and making the gunfight games more enjoyable. In terms of temperature, the front of the fuselage reached 38.4 degrees Celsius, while the back was only 37.3 degrees Celsius. Overall, RedMagic provides a seamless and satisfying gaming experience with its practical features and optimal temperature management.
Excellent Temperature Control
After 30 minutes of playing “Genshin Impact”, an outrageous body temperature appeared. The phone’s highest temperature, measured on its back, was only 34.2°C, which is significantly lower than other phones with the same Snapdragon 8 processor, whose temperatures were around 45°C – a full 11°C higher. Even in the winter’s colder temperatures, the RedMagic 8 Pro’s body temperature remained impressively low. The middle frame of the phone’s fuselage had the highest temperature of 33.9°C, while the front screen was slightly higher at 39.4°C. This demonstrates that the passive cooling and fans of the RedMagic 8 Pro are indeed effective.
RedMagic OS6 with Android 13
The Red Magic 8 Pro smartphone comes with the RedMagic OS6 built on top of Android 13. While the version jump from its predecessor is significant, the changes in the latest Redmagic OS are incremental rather than drastic. The user interface appears clean and straightforward at first glance, but there are numerous features and customization options available.
From a user interface perspective, the RedMagic UI remains heavily customized, with a few odd translations here and there. It is not what one would call vanilla Android, so users will have to adapt to the different icons, settings menus, and quick toggles in the notification shade.
Nearly every aspect of the UI is customizable to the user’s liking. The RedMagic 8 Pro’s always-on display functionality offers a variety of customizable clock styles and presets, including the ability to schedule looping GIFs and videos. However, this may consume more power.
Redmagic UI enables apps to be reduced to small interactive windows, but not all apps support this feature. To enter this mode, users must open the notification panel and press the Free Window button while an app is in the foreground. The application window cannot be resized, but it can be moved around the screen, allowing for easy multitasking. However, users must always open the notifications screen to get into that mode, and only one app can be put in a small window.
The split-screen view is available for multitasking with two apps and can be accessed from a special icon in the recent app’s carousel. The entertainment toolbox, similar to Samsung’s Edge Panel, can be opened by swiping from the right edge of the screen. Unfortunately, it cannot be moved, and its position is fixed, but users can assign quick tasks or open specific apps.
The fingerprint reader works well, and it is fast, reliable, and accurate. It also serves as a heart rate monitor, although it can be a bit inconsistent for some users.
The GameSpace overlay has undergone a major redesign with Redmagic OS6. It now consists of two large symmetrical menus on either side of the screen. Most of the features are easily accessible with a single tap, which is nice. You can control CPU and GPU frequency and most of all game fps by using an overlay. There are also some shortcuts to the compatible messaging apps, to make it more convenient to chat through Windows while playing the game.
Most of the cool and powerful settings are in their own submenu within the overlay. You can adjust CPU and GPU performance profiles, display sensitivity, and sample rate, and enable a specific visual profile for the display to make certain elements of the game more easily visible.
Game Shorthand is a new feature in GameSpace. Basically, it is a library where you can save game screenshots and attach notes to them. So you can quickly see up to 50 of them at once, which is ideal for remembering clues and puzzles on point-and-click adventures.
Plugins are a relatively new addition to RedMagic’s GameSpace. Unfortunately, like many other parts of the user interface, they suffer from poor and incomplete translations, and it’s somewhat difficult to discern what each one does.
X Gravity is the system that Nubia uses to map external devices such as a controller or keyboard and mouse to on-screen controls. The RedMagic 8 Pro enables you to do this effortlessly straight out of the box. Some may consider it controversial for competitive play since it provides a significant advantage.
The auxiliary line is a way of defining on-screen circles that appear around your character and signify things like the area of effect of certain abilities or attacks – particularly useful for MOBA games. Timers are offered to the player on the screen to time things like the cooldown of an ability or spell on enemies.
In addition, the Red Magic 8 Pro also has this virtual assistant called MORA built in, which looks very cute. Taping the girl will have different reactions, which is very interesting. Users can also set the magic girl to appear in the designated game and give voice or text prompts when killing enemies or performing actions.
Of course, there are the triggers, one of the best gaming features on the RedMagic 8 Pro by far. They provide a really nice experience for racing and first-person shooter games. The software allows you to assign certain controls to the triggers and adjust the pressure sensitivity to avoid errors.
In GameSpace’s settings, users can also set the network, screen, anti-disturb settings, and other functions. The user can configure the game center to draw twice before opening it, which prevents accidental touches when playing the machine. If the user turns off the competition button while the application or game is running, they can also adjust the interface transition. In the center, you can also set the color and lighting effect of the competitive RGB atmosphere light.
Getting back to X Gravity and the ability to map on-screen game controls to physical accessories like a joystick or keyboard and mouse, don’t underestimate the importance of this feature on the RedMagic 8 Pro. The phone itself offers a number of convenient ways to connect to peripherals. First of all, there is the alternative USB mode. Using a compatible mount, you can get HDMI or DP output from the RedMagic 8 Pro and USB inputs back on the phone. This is a great way to connect directly to a monitor or TV.
If that seems too cumbersome and you’d rather use a PC to play your mobile games, there’s RedMagic Studio, a Windows app that lets you screencast over Wi-Fi or a USB cable connected directly to your PC. It runs at a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The entire pairing process with the desktop app is smooth and extremely easy. You can set different mapping profiles for all the games you play and the keyboard/mouse input is pretty solid.
The streaming feature works across all phone menus and apps, not just games. So it can be useful for more than just gaming. Gestures and keyboard typing are native. You can even use your phone itself as a trackpad for touch input, or alternatively choose to have it work completely standalone so you can stream an app to a TV or monitor while using your phone for something else entirely. The entire system is extremely flexible and works surprisingly well. A round of applause for Nubia.
The RedMagic 8 Pro also includes something called a “cubic performance optimizer” (CPO), which promises to smooth out the frame rate in games without increasing power consumption. We assume this is some kind of MEMC chip, though Nubia isn’t particularly descriptive about its nature.
The RedMagic 8 Pro also does something Nubia calls quintuple buffering for game frames generated using a system called “MAGIC GPU”. The idea is that different systems, such as screen recording or casting, may want to access the GPU frames simultaneously, and without sufficient buffering, could interfere with the number of frames that actually end up on the screen. This system gives priority to screen frames before anything else.
RedMagic has finally updated its camera setup after using the same one for several generations. The 64 MP main camera has been replaced by a 50 MP Samsung GN5 main camera, which is a welcome change. The new sensor model is ISOCELL S5KGN5 and it features 1.0 µm pixels, dual tetra pixel RGB Bayer color filter, and Dual Pixel Pro phase detection autofocus. It is supported by an f/1.88 lens.
In addition, the main camera is accompanied by an 8 MP 120-degree ultra-wide angle camera with an f/2.2 lens. Unfortunately, the sensor model for the ultra-wide angle camera has not been specified, but it is known to have a 1/4.0″ sensor with 1.12 µm pixels. Unlike the main camera, the ultra-wide angle camera does not feature autofocus. Lastly, there is a 2 MP GalaxyCore GC02M1 fixed-focus macro camera located on the back of the Red Magic 8 Pro.
Judging by the overall user interface! there is little to no change to the default camera app from a couple of generations ago. So it wasn’t hard to find your way around. The app’s layout is still very familiar and easy to navigate! with camera modes that can be switched by simply swiping left or right in a carousel. Additionally, the settings menu remains in the same location, located in the upper right corner of the viewer. The Pro mode, on the other hand, provides a more extensive array of options to experiment with.
Shooting in macro mode is made easier with the inclusion of a magnifying glass that can be moved around the viewfinder and has focus detection! eliminating the need to guess the correct focus distance. However, the macro camera lacks its own switch, which would be a useful addition. Interestingly, the Pro mode can be used not only with the main camera but also with the ultra-wide angle lens! but not with the macro or selfie cameras.
The RedMagic 8 Pro has a competent main camera that captures 12.5 MP images with pleasing, true-to-life colors and plenty of fine detail in daylight. However, the dynamic range could be improved. Users can also force the main camera to capture full-size 50 MP images, which have slightly more detail but similar overall quality.
Although lacking a telephoto lens, the main camera can take 2x zoom photos with comparable quality to 1x photos. Portraits are well-done, with subject detection and separation almost perfect, and the background blur is convincing even with non-human subjects. However, especially hairy subjects can still pose a challenge.
The ultra-wide camera captures passable but unimpressive photos, with acceptable detail but softness and blurriness at times.
The 2MP macro camera is surprisingly good, with good detail and colors despite its fixed focus! and a wide and forgiving focal plane.
In addition, the effect of shooting objects indoors is also very good, and the color rendering effect is similar to what the naked eye sees.
Low-light and Night Mode Photos
The RedMagic 8 Pro smartphone has a decent low-light photography capability with its main camera. The photos captured by the main camera exhibit good detail, color, and exposure. The camera’s dynamic range is inadequate, as it frequently clips highlights.
The phone features a night mode that improves the quality of low-light photos significantly. It takes only a couple of seconds to capture and process the photos with the night mode. But the night mode enhances the contrast and sharpness, giving the photos an over-processed look.
The ultra-wide camera and selfie camera lack the night mode! and low-light photography with these cameras is not up to the mark. The ultra-wide-angle camera captures blurry and soft photos with very little detail and blurred light sources. Low-light selfies also appear blurry and soft, making them barely usable. However, the low-light video shot from the main camera looks great with excellent detail, colors! and low noise, though a bit darker.
Nubia claims that its under-display selfie camera technology has advanced to its second generation, and the latest implementation promises improvements to maximum brightness and color accuracy. However, the color reproduction of the camera is only slightly better, and the selfie images still appear soft and blurry. Furthermore, the contrast appears to have been turned up significantly, which results in an artificial look! not to mention the colors. Despite the technical limitations of the selfie camera located under the screen! the photos are still usable, but they do show strange color effects on any light source in the frame. Although the Red Magic 8 Pro is a gaming phone! it is clear that the seamless edge-to-edge screen experience is prioritized over a great selfie camera.
The RedMagic 8 Pro smartphone boasts an impressive feature of capturing videos up to 8K at 30 frames per second through its main camera. By default, the h.264 codec is used to save videos! but users have the option to switch to h.265 (HEVC) for better compression and storage savings. The 4K videos exhibit exceptional quality, displaying accurate details and colors, albeit with room for improvement in dynamic range. Additionally, the contrast is slightly enhanced. The camera records videos in an AVC stream at slightly over 50 Mbps and the MP4 container houses stereo AAC audio.
On the other hand, 8K videos are recorded in an AVC stream at a higher bitrate of just over 100 Mbps! and although the details are comparable to 4K, it is slightly less processed with a better color rendering. Nonetheless, the 8K video is twice the size of 4K, making it impractical for most devices. The phone’s main camera has excellent electronic image stabilization (EIS) at 4K resolution that smoothens out bumps and jolts! with only minimal wobbling. Unfortunately, users cannot capture videos using the ultra-wide camera! and the selfie camera’s 1080p video results are subpar, lacking in detail and not handling light sources well. Additionally, the camera does not offer EIS for the selfie camera.
The REDMAGIC 8 Pro slightly improves the autonomy of the previous generation! thanks to a more efficient processor and expanding the battery up to 6,000 mAh. Without playing, we have achieved almost 3 days of autonomy with a single charge! while playing titles like Diablo Immortal that drain the battery which is nice (it depends a lot on the graphic configuration)! we will have to go through the charger every day to refill it and not stay halfway through the second day. Of course, with its 65W fast charge, it allows you to have the battery at 100% in about 45 minutes! while it will be at 50% in about 15-20 minutes.
The RedMagic 8 Pro is a feature-packed phone that offers a lot to its users. It is powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and has fast UFS 4.0 storage! making it incredibly smooth to use for any task. But where it truly shines is in gaming. The RedMagic 8 Pro has the raw power to handle even the heaviest modern games! and its additional GameSpace software layer enhances the gaming experience further. The phone also has tactile triggers and stereo speakers, making it an excellent choice for gamers. Its active cooling system and TRRS jack connector are added advantages. However, the Redmagic OS can be a letdown! as it is not fully translated, leading to a poor UI experience in some cases. Overall, the Red Magic 8 Pro is an excellent gaming device and a somewhat compromised smartphone.
- The new “square” design is refreshing and appreciated, and the phone is very well made.
- Large and fast 120Hz OLED panel, the UD selfie camera is unobtrusive.
- Great battery life, and fast charging.
- Lots of gaming-oriented features like pressure-sensitive triggers.
- Flexible and well-executed gaming experience with external display and peripherals.
- Impressive thermal management during high and sustained loads; the fan helps a lot.
- Stereo speakers with good sound.
- Significantly improved main camera image quality over previous models.
- Although useful in practice, the internal fan can be quite noisy.
- The quality of the ultra-wide-angle camera isn’t great, while the quality of the selfie camera is downright poor.
- It does not have a slot for external microSD cards.
- The software still contains clumsy translations from Chinese to English.
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