Gaming phones are an interesting product and there have been some debates concerning their usefulness. There are gaming phones made by Razer, ASUS, and others that fairly expensive. Nubia is one maker who has the budget-minded gamer in mind. Their new Red Magic Mars gaming phone being showcased at CES 2019 is coming to the United States and will only set you back US$399.
We took our chance to demo the Mars and our first impressions are that the Red Magic Mars is totally worth the $399 price tag and competes with higher priced devices. The phone can be configured with up to 10GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, the entry-level configuration has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
The Mars gaming phone is also powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and comes with DTS 7.1 channel +3D stereo sound and a headphone jack. It has a pretty nifty customizable RGB light strip on the back and 4D haptic technology for that in-game feeling. There’s a bevy of other features Nubia has added as well like “Ice Multi-Dimensional Cooling” and “Red Magic Game Space.” Both of which are probably fine but sound more like marketing speak than anything.
The Red Magic Mars has a 6″ FHD+ display and a decent sized 3,800 mAh battery. The front camera is an 8MP sensor while the rear camera is 16MP. Another nice little feature are the finger trigger buttons designed for game play.
At first glance and on paper, the Red Magic Mars gaming phone looks great but we won’t know more until a review unit is in our hand. For now, the build quality, specifications, and price look spot on. It seems like a great budget-minded gaming phone. We’ve asked Nubia for a review unit and hope to have one soon. You can pre-order the Red Magic Mars now on their website. Nubia tells me the phone will work with AT&T and T-Mobile but will not work with Verizon.