ZTE enters gaming phone market with nubia Red Magic smartphone complete with LED lighting

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While smartphones have been getting bigger screens, faster processors, and more RAM, the Razer Phone was (arguably) the first gaming and entertainment-centric phone. More companies are joining the fray and ZTE is the latest to introduce a gaming phone complete with LED lighting on the back panel for a very reasonable price: the nubia Red Magic.

Of course, a gaming-centric phone is going to need to have some serious hardware and the nubia Red Magic comes pretty close. Sporting a Snapdragon 835 (not the latest 845 unfortunately), this gaming smartphone will have a 6GB RAM/64GB ROM version and an 8GB/128GB version. The 5.99″ 18:9 aspect ratio IPS LCD screen features a 2160×1080 resolution screen giving users a 403ppi density.

The Red Magic gaming phone will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo, feature the nubia Red Magic launcher, and includes nubia’s proprietary GameBoost software. According to the company, GameBoost frees up memory-intensive resources while gaming to provide higher frame rates. The gaming smartphone will also be available in black or red.

The nubia Red Magic gaming smartphone.

While the Razer Phone features Dolby Atmos and HDR support and the Xiaomi Black Shark is touting its liquid cooling technology, the Red Magic features a convection cooling system “that dissipates heat effectively across its diamond-cut design without compromising on performance.”

Comprising three layers of graphite and three grille vents, the heat sink inside the smartphone regulates the device’s temperature to remain at optimal levels. The anodised unibody structure is also coated with unique heat-absorbent materials for full throttle performance and can take anything you throw at it.

The Red Magic also comes with an LED light strip down the back to at least solidify its appearance as a gaming phone. With its 3,800mAh battery, nubia claims you can get up to 7 hours playing a game like Arena of Valor before needing to plug in.

Full specifications of the nubia Red Magic smartphone include:

  • Material: Anodized Aluminum
  • CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 (up to 2.45GHz)
  • GPU: Adreno 540
  • RAM: 6 or 8 GB LPDDR4X
  • Display: 5.99″ 1080P FullHD (2160×1080), 403ppi, 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Storage: 64 or 128 GB UFS2.1 2-LANE
  • Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Battery: 3800 mAh
  • Rear Camera
    • Sensor: Samsung 5K2X7SX
    • Megapixels: 24
    • Pixel Size: 0.9μm
    • Aperture: f/1.7
    • Video: 4K resolution at 30fps
    • Slow Motion: 720p videos at 120fps
    • Time-Lapse
  • Front Camera
    • Sensor: SK hynix HI-846
    • Megapixels: 8
    • Pixel Size: 1.12μm
    • Aperture: f/2.0
    • Video: 1080p resolution at 30fps
  • Ports: USB 2.0, Type-C, Dual nano-SIM slot, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Sensors: Fingerprint, G-sensor, Electronic Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor, Sensor Hub
  • Connectivity
    • SM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    • FDD-LTE: Band B1/3/5/7/8/20
    • TDD-LTE: Band B34/B38/39/40/41
    • TD-SCDMA: Band B34/B39
    • WCDMA: Band B1/2/5/8
    • CDMA: BC0
    • Wi-Fi: MIMO 2*2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5 GHz
    • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0
    • Positioning: GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
  • Color: Black
  • Dimensions: 158.1* x 74.9 x 9.5 (6.8) mm
  • Weight: 185g

The nubia Red Magic will be available in China starting on April 25 for CNY 2,499 ($399USD) for a 6GB+64GB model, or CNY 2,999 ($479USD) for the 8GB+128GB model. nubia will also be selling the phone for the early bird price of $399USD on Indiegogo starting on April 26th — definitely a steal given the specs.

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What do you think about ZTE’s nubia Red Magic gaming smartphone? Are the specs and pricing enough to tempt you to back the project? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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