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ZTE Reply to Black Shark Is The Red Magic Gaming Phone

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.

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