What just happened? The RedMagic 8 Pro launched in China last month, and now Nubia has finally announced plans to bring its latest gaming phone to other regions as well. It’s one of the cheapest phones to come with a flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, while the square shape combined with the under-display camera and slim bezels give it a unique look.
The RedMagic 8 Pro features a 6.8-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,116 x 2,380 and a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. On the right side there are a pair of capacitive shoulder triggers and a dedicated switch that toggles gaming mode on or off. Hopefully the latter can be remapped to act as an alert slider, as that would help it stand out more from other Android handsets.
The phone is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset paired with up to 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 256GB or 512GB of UFS 4.0. To keep everything cool, a large steam chamber is connected to an integrated blower fan capable of reaching 20,000 rpm.
On the back, there’s a triple camera system consisting of a 50-megapixel Samsung Isocell GN5 main shooter, an 8-megapixel ultrawide snapper and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. The 16-megapixel under-display selfie camera makes the front of the phone look neat with no notches or cutouts, though image quality will undoubtedly take a hit.
Nubia’s latest gaming flagship comes with a large 6000mAh battery that can charge up to 65W with the included GaN charger. Other notable features include a headphone jack, stereo speakers, and an in-display fingerprint sensor that doubles as a heart rate monitor. The phone will ship with the company’s custom RedMagic OS 6.0 skin, based on Android 13.
The RedMagic 8 Pro will be available worldwide from February 2. The “Matte” version with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage has a slightly more understated design and will set you back $649. The premium “Void” variant, which comes with 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and a transparent back panel, will retail for $799.
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