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ZTE Nubia Red Magic 128 GB 8 GB RAM
- 24MP Primary Camera | 8MP Front Facing Camera
- 5.99-inch LTPS TFT capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution
- Android v8.1 Oreo | 2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 octa-core processor
- 8GB RAM, 128GB internal memory and dual SIM (nano+nano) dual-standby (4G+4G)
- 3800mAH lithium-polymer battery providing talk-time of 28.5 hours and standby time of 342 hours
Design and Build Quality
The ZTE Nubia Red Magic is Right off the bat, the Nubia Red Magic is one of the best-looking devices I’ve used in recent times. For anyone in the field of smartphones, the front design of smartphones comes in only 2 variations – with or without a notch. Thankfully, the Red Magic is one of those devices that doesn’t feature a notch and manages to look aesthetically beautiful.
However, it is once you move to the rear end of the device that you actually start admiring the beauty of this thing. I’ve used plenty, and I mean plenty of smartphones, but honestly, I’d rate the Red Magic’s body as one of the best in the business. It is just perfectly designed, and despite a slippery smooth surface, features just the right amount of grip.
The Red Magic features a 6-inch 18:9 display with a Full HD resolution of 1080 x 2160 and a 402 PPI density. Honestly, if the specs weren’t enough to impress you, just take my word for it, and believe me when I say that this device has one of the best screens out there, with just one minor flaw.
Despite boasting of an LCD IPS panel instead of the fan favorite AMOLED screens, the Nubia Red Magic manages to produce stunning visuals. The colors are highly accurate, and the levels are perfectly balanced. There is a wide color gamut, and the screen feels great to use while normal usage as well as while gaming.
Coming to the User Interface, I just hate the custom Android skin called the RedMagicOS that Nubia has put together. The notification menu is very badly designed, and the settings menu is a hassle to go through. The whole UI screams of iOS wannabe but ends up resulting in a poor experience. The UI does come with its own themes as well, though I reckon you’ll find anything to suit your interests.
Ah, the performance section. Despite packing in a processor from last year, the Nubia Red Magic is no couch-potato. I mean, it has a Snapdragon 835 coupled with 8GB of RAM. I threw a ton of apps and games at this device, and the device was able to handle them like magic!
The Nubia Red Magic comes equipped with a single 24 MP (f/1.7) rear camera setup, which, thanks to its high aperture, “should” promise great low-light performance. However, in my testing of the device, the camera quality is decent at best, and nothing to boast about.
Telephony and Audio Quality
Considering the call quality, there was hardly anything to complain about with the Nubia Red Magic. Calls sounded clear on both sides as the phone brings very good noise cancellation. Additionally, the speakers on this thing are pretty loud as well and are good for loudspeaker calls as well as decent media consumption.
The Nubia Red Magic features everything you’d expect from a 2018 device but also from a gaming smartphone. It does follow the 2018 trend of featuring a USB Type-C port but also retains a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is always a plus.
The Nubia Red Magic packs in a non-removable 3,800mAh battery, which is great for a device that’s meant for heavy usage. In my testing, I was able to push through an entire day of heavy usage, which involved playing a lot of PUBG, checking my emails, adding loads of stories on Instagram, watching videos on our Beebom App, and listening to some music on SoundCloud.
Nubia Red Magic Review: Should You Buy It?
At this price range, the Nubia Red Magic appears to be a bang for buck device. Despite featuring an older flagship processor, the device is a beast in terms of performance and comes with a choice of 6/8GB RAM model. The camera performance is decent, but then again, it is a gaming smartphone, and that is something that the device can handle easily.
What’s in the Box
The Red Magic comes in a nice and premium looking black colored box with red accents, featuring simple and decent packaging. The box has almost everything you’d expect from a device at this price point, including:
Nubia Red Magic
USB Type-C Cable
Red Magic Stickers
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