Gaming phones thrived this week. After Xiaomi introduced Black Shark, ZTE revealed Red Magic, the first gaming smartphone from its sub-brand, Nubia. What does this one have in store? Is it a match for Black Shark?
Let’s start with the obvious – design. Just like Black Shark, this one went with a body that reminds of gaming PCs. It has an angled rear with tapered edges and a single, LED strip. It’s less fierce and bulky than the one released by Xiaomi , that’s for sure.
When it comes to performance, the phone doesn’t blow your mind. It has a Snapdragon 835 chip (not the latest manufactured by Qualcomm) with a 6GB or 8GB of RAM. There’s up to 128GB of storage available and a 3800mAh battery to keep it alive during an intense gaming session.
There’s no talk of a 120Hz refresh rate like the Razer Phone sports, the latest reports indicating a 6-inch full HD+ screen with an 18:9 screen ratio. No notch in sight, don’t worry.
Red Magic lacks the dual camera Black Shark has, featuring a single 24MP f/1.7 rear camera but it does have a gaming button called Gameboost. When enabled, the phone will enter a special performance mode.
Finally, in terms of price, Red Magic fares better than Black Shark. You can get one via IndieGogo on April 26 for $399, while in China the phone will sell for 2,499 yuan (6GB+64GB version) or 2,999 yuan (8GB+128GB).
If you want to get one, hurry up! US authorities recently banned ZTE from using hardware made in the country, so there’s a limited supply of phones.