It’s official, smartphones are the new portable gaming consoles.
It wasn’t long before, when Sony and Nintendo were crushing the portable gaming market with PSP and Nintendo DS respectively. Mobile phone gaming back then was limited to snake and bounce on tiny low resolution screens. With the advent of iPhone and Android, smartphone gaming became the new etiquette. Smartphone makers are realizing this and are quickly trying to cash in on them.
Couple of days back my colleague Abhijith reviewed Xiaomi’s new gaming phone “Black Shark” and less than twenty hours back we leaked the news regarding Asus’s new gaming smartphone. Moving forward, ZTE’s sub brand Nubia announced it’s first gaming smartphone, the all new Nubia Red Magic.
The smartphone will come with a 5.99 inch Full HD+ display with an edge to edge 2.5D NEG T2X-1 screen,18:9 aspect ratio and a contrast of 1500:1. Under the belt, it’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. The use of Snapdragon 835 instead of Snapdragon 845 is probably due to system optimization requirements. But what’s interesting here is it’s competitor Xiaomi’s Black Shark is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, thus giving it a slight edge over Nubia Red Magic.
It might also have to do with the fact that US has banned for ZTE (Nubia’s parent brand) on buying products from US companies including Qualcomm.
The Nubia Red Magic is made of aluminium and has been ergonomically designed for extended gameplay. But what makes it distinguishable is the fact that it uses advanced thermal modeling and is the first smartphone to use an all new air convection cooling system.The cooling system of Nubia Red Magic has been designed in a way that it dissipates heat effectively without compromising on it’s performance. Heating has long been the problem of smartphone gaming and Nubia has addressed the issue to the best of it’s capacity.
On the rear the phone is branded with a RGB LED strip along, thus highlighting their brand in the best way possible. Coming to the camera segment, the device has gone out of bounds with a 24 MP Samsung 5K2X7SX rear camera sensor with 0.9μm pixel size, and f/1.7 aperture. The phone also supports 4k video recording at 30 fps and slow motion 720p recording at 120 fps.
One the front side of the device, it sports a 8 megapixel SK Hynix HI-846 sensor with 1.12μm pixel size and f/2.0 aperture.
Let’s now talk about the most important piece of hardware in a gaming smartphone- GPU.The device is a powered by a Adreno 540 GPU coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB dual channel flash memory. On the software end of things, the phone will run on Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box with additional features like Game Boost Mode, which frees up memory when required and delivers higher frame rates.
To add to the pleothera of features mentioned above, the Nubia Red Magic comes with DTS Technology and Smart Amplifier System thus delivering an immersive sound experience. It will be powered by a 3,800 mAh battery which can provide as much as 7 hours of game play on a single charge.
The Nubia Red Magic will be exclusively available on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo for an early bird price of $399 starting from 23rd Aipril, 2018. The company further revealed that information related to availability and pricing will be made public in the coming weeks.
The gaming segment of a smartphone, is a highly untapped market with little or no success in the last few years. But with the improvements in technology, it has been made possible and only time will tell whether we will be seeing more of them in the future.
Red Magic Specifications
- 6 inch Full HD+ Display
- Snapdragon 835
- 6/8GB RAM
- 64/128GB internal storage
- 24MP f/1.7 rear camera with phase detection auto focus
- 8MP front camera
- 3800mAh battery