ZTE’s sub-brand, nubia, has unveiled a new device that has mobile gaming on its cross hair. For those unacquainted, Red Magic is the de facto gaming focused series of the handset maker. Aesthetically, the nubia Red Magic 3 looks much the Red Magic Mars – a device that is available internationally, but under the hood, it is anything but. In fact, it is much cooler, like quite literally.
Red Magic 3 has a lot to shout about its cooling prowess. In addition to a “liquid cooling” copper heat pipe, it also packs a cooling fan inside the handset that the company said spins up to 14,000 rpm without causing a ding. Plus, it apparently has an IP55 rating and has its own isolated chamber to prevent fluid and dust from infiltrating the unit.
All that said and done, nubia said that Red Magic 3 has a heat performance transfer that is five times better over conventional passive cooling. That should come as a good news for mobile gamers cos’ overheating is often the culprit in game slow down which is big issue when playing multiplayer online games like PUBG Mobile. But the cooling benefit does come with a caveat: the device is a solid 9.65 mm thick (though the thinnest part is 6.6 mm) and it is hefty, coming in at 215g.
Further evidence that the Red Magic 3 is rigged for gaming is the provision of customizable capacitive shoulder triggers and interestingly, the fingerprint reader on the back is mappable as a button for gaming. And then there is thing called “4D intelligent haptic feedback” that supposedly lets you feel the vibration of the game, including weapon recoil. nubia said the game and voice are separate channels and promised voice chat will not trigger the 4D intelligent haptic feedback.
Around the back is the RGB LED strip carried over from the Red Magic. The device has inherited the hardware switch from the previous Red Magic that lets you quickly access the “Red Magic Game Space 2.0” dashboard to access your game library and tweak a variety of settings.
Beyond those, it is pretty much an everyday flagship device featuring a 90Hz refresh rate 6.65-inch FHD+ AMOLED HDR display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC, up to 12 GB of LPDDR4X dual-channel RAM, 256 GB UFS 2.1 storage, and a 5,000 mAh battery that supports Quick Charge 4.0. Judging from the lone camera on the back, it is quite a mobile photography focused device.
That’s not to say it is not good. The main shooter is a 48 MP Sony IMX586 sensor paired to a f1.7 lens and the front gets a 16 MP f2.0 item. While it may not be photography focused, the main camera actually does 8K videoing and believe it or not, super slow motion of up to a pretty insane 1,920 fps. Though granted, it is not know the super slow-mo is what resolution.
A few other highlights include front-facing stereo speakers that support DTS:X, DTS7.1 as well as 3D surround sound, triple-mic noise cancellation and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. Out-of-the-box, nubia Red Magic 3 runs on an Android 9.0-based Redmagic OS 2.0.
nubia Red Magic 3 is set to go on sale in China starting May 03, 2019, with starting price of 2,899 yuan (about US$430) and runs up to as high as 4,299 yuan (about US$638) for the top specced model. Those outside of China will be glad to know that nubia Red Magic 3 will be available internationally in Canada, the U.K., the U.S., and Europe in later part of May. Pricing is TBA.