Chinese phone maker Nubia, which can trace its roots back to ZTE, has just announced a new gaming phone in its Red Magic lineup geared towards avid gamers. The new Nubia Red Magic Mars device boasts the same signature design that debuted with the first Red Magic that we played with at last year's IFA trade show
. This means you get a camouflage paint job and a RGB LED strip at the back of the phone, both of which are telltale aspects of any self-respecting gaming gear.
Unlike Nubia's first foray into gaming devices with the underpowered Red Magic, the Red Magic Mars throws everything but the kitchen sink as far as raw hardware goes. Here's what makes the Red Magic Mars click and tick:
|Dimensions||158.25 mm × 75 mm × 9.85mm; 193g|
|Display ||6.0-inch, FHD+ (1080 x 2160 pixels), |
|Chipset||64-bit Snapdragon 845 clocked at 2.8GHz|
|RAM||6GB / 8GB /10GB LPDDR4 RAM|
|Storage||64GB / 128GB / 256GB UFS 2.1 storage|
|Rear camera||16MP, f/1.8, PDAF|
|Front camera||8MP, f/2.0, wide-angle|
|Sensors and ports||USB Type-C port, fingerprint scanner at the rear|
|Software||Android 9.0 Pie, RedMagic OS 1.6|
This hardware loadout is pretty similar to what other gaming devices are offering, but the Nubia Red Magic Mars has its own shticks. However, the Nubia Red Magic Mars has its own shtick - the device has capacitive shoulder buttons on the side of the device which are similar to overall function to the ultrasonic triggers on the ASUS ROG phone
. There's also an add-on gamepad that sticks into the USB Type-C port at the bottom. Additionally, the device comes with force feedback, DTS 7.1
support, as well as a hardware monitoring tool.
As usual with most Chinese vendors, the Nubia Red Magic Mars wouldn't be launching in any Western markets. In China, however, the device will carry a very lucrative price tag - the handset will start at the local equivalent of roughly $389 for the base 6GB/64GB version, while the 8GB/128GB and 10GB/256GB versions would cost around $461 and $575, respectively.
Nubia Red Magic Mars