ZTE Replies to Black Shark With The Red Magic Gaming Phone

Gaming phones have thrived this week. After Xiaomi introduced Black Shark, ZTE revealed Red Magic, the first gaming smartphone from its sub-brand, Nubia. Red Magic looks to be competitive in the gaming smartphone market as it is a quality smartphone at a lower price.

Design-wise, Red Magic followed the same design philosophy as the Black Shark and went with a body that is reminiscent of gaming PCs. It has an angled rear with tapered edges and a single, LED strip. It’s appears to be less fierce and bulky than the Black Shark, adding subtlety to its back design.

When it comes to performance, the phone pales in comparison to the Black Shark. It runs on a Snapdragon 835 chip – the Black Shark runs on Snapdragon 845 – 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.

Latest reports indicate a 6-inch full HD+ screen with an 18:9 screen ratio. However, there’s no talk of a 120Hz refresh rate like its competitor, the Razer Phone.

Red Magic lacks the dual camera Black Shark has, featuring a single 24MP f/1.7 rear camera, but instead, it has a gaming button called Gameboost. When enabled, the phone will enter a special performance mode.

Price is where the Red Magic shines. You can buy 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). While the specs may not be competitive against its competitors, the price allows for still very high quality gaming at a more affordable budget range.

Needless to say, MWC Shanghai is the place to see it, so we’ll definitely take it for a spin!

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