Nubia's new U.S. bound gaming handset has a feature never seen before on a phone

Nubia's new U.S. bound gaming handset has a feature never seen before on a phone
Remember when there was all that concern about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC overheating? The fear was so real that Samsung decided to power the Galaxy S6 line with its own Exynos 7420 chipset, even in the U.S. where it usually equips its phones with a Snapdragon chip. Some manufacturers started using small (.6mm) heat pipes in order to dissipate the heat generated inside a smartphone.

Today, Nubia announced the first smartphone to be equipped with a cooling fan, the Red Magic 3 gaming phone. To keep the handset's internals cool, the device combines what the company calls "state-of-the-art liquid cooling technology" with an internal fan. Nubia says that this combination increases heat transfer by 500%; not only does this keep the phone cool in the user's hand, it also boosts the performance of the device providing a smoother experience.

While the Nubia Red Magic 3 will launch on May 3rd in China, it also will be available next month in the U.S., Canada and Europe (including the U.K.). Pricing has not yet been announced, but the phone does feature high-end specs. The device features a 6.65-inch AMOLED screen and carries an FHD+ resolution. With a refresh rate of 90Hz (most phones refresh at 60Hz) the Red Magic 3 will offer users smooth gameplay. The Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform is under the hood, and there will be three different memory/storage configurations (6GB RAM/128GB storage, 8GB RAM/128GB storage and 12GB RAM/256GB storage). In addition, the phone features dual front-facing stereo speakers, DTS:X and 3D sound. This creates a "cinematic soundscape" with or without headphones. Instead of having to use a gamepad accessory, the handset has touch-sensitive shoulders that can be customized.

The Nubia Red Magic 3 is equipped with a massive 5000mAh battery.


The Red Magic 3 is more than just a gaming phone. It happens to be pre-installed with a nearly stock version of Android 9 Pie. On the back is a 48MP camera using Sony's IMX586 sensor, and in front is a 16MP selfie snapper. With a 5000mAh battery inside, you won't have to worry about finding an outlet in the middle of the day, and perhaps the next day as well. And if you happen to be an ardant gamer, the RedMagicGameSpace2.0 dashboard allows you to quick-launch games, optimize settings and the fan speeds, check the temperature inside the phone, and record in-game videos. It also allows you to block notifications so that you can enjoy uninterrupted game play. The Red Magic 3 will be available in Black or Red.


Starting tomorrow, April 29th, consumers can sign up to win an opportunity to unbox the Red Magic 3 by visiting this website. Three first prize winners will receive the Red Magic 3 before the release date, and will get to do a live unboxing and hands-on over the Red Magic website and Nubia's social media channels. Three second prize winners will have the opportunity to buy the Red Magic 3 at 50% off and four third prize winners get to take 20% off the price of the phone.

Back in February, Nubia launched the Red Magic Mars gaming phone in the U.S. That model features a 6-inch LCD screen with a 1080 x 2160 resolution. While Nubia called this device a gaming phone and a daily driver in one unit (which it also says about the Red Magic 3), the $399 price surely caught the eye of smartphone buyers in the states. We don't know the price of the Red Magic 3 yet; if Nubia keeps it low, it will be hard for U.S. consumers, unlike the phone, to keep cool.

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26 Comments

1. OneLove123

Posts: 883; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

$399 and I will buy one

10. mdorno

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Even if it was $499 it'd be a steal.

16. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

It will be $430 for 6gb ram and 64gb storage. This is the lowest end model in storage and ram.

20. eausa

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

But that is an ugly phone if I ever seen one.

23. domfonusr

Posts: 1083; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I think it looks very nice. Would I buy one? Probably not...

21. bambamboogy02

Posts: 834; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

12GB for me please. Even at at $699 it would be good deal.

2. Whitedot

Posts: 740; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

I don't know much about gaming heat issues and related throttling to that but is it really an issue with SD 855 and if there are such games that so badly contributes to it? In other words is it necessary?

3. OneLove123

Posts: 883; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

It's not necessary, but the cooler the cpu the better the phone will perform. It never hurts to have a cooling system.

17. ph00ny

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 26, 2011

All phones will thermal throttle after prolonged use at peak performance. Some reviewers run consecutive benchmarks to test thermal throttling and game is similar to it except it runs nonstop

22. Blazers

Posts: 723; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Emulators can create a lot of heat.

4. mdorno

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

Count this Oneplus 3T owner as in. Looking to upgrade and this may fit the bill nicely.

5. Venom

Posts: 3272; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

So is this supposed to be a cool new feature or something?

6. rsiders

Posts: 1898; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

This phone seems to hit on all points including the camera(spec wise) which most gaming focused phones usually don't bother to do.

7. rsiders

Posts: 1898; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

This could turn out to be a sleeper hit of a phone especially with a freaking 5000mAh battery as well.

8. Plutonium239

Posts: 1178; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I'm impressed.

9. Poptart2828

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

It takes a Chinese company to offer something remarkable for a very reasonable amount in the US market.

24. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Remember that Nubia is a ZTE brand. The ZTE Axon 7 was pretty awesome for it's price tag, I loved mine. Count me in on one of these. I don't know about the Nubia Red Magic 3 name but it's specs are great for the price that they're predicting.

11. shield

Posts: 824; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Red Magic 3: Record in 8K video, 14 000 ot.min fan, slow-mo 1920fps.

12. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I like what I'm seeing.

13. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1313; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

This may be the first phone that somebody cools with LN2.

14. Sparkxster

Posts: 1198; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Red color is very eye catching very nice!

15. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

The pricing has already been revealed and it is very cheap for what you are getting. From GsmArena: "There are four prices of the phone - CNY2,899 ($430/€385) for a Black 6/64 GB version, CNY3,199 ($475/€425) gets you double the storage. The 8/128 GB nubia Red Magic 3 comes in Red or Black for CNY3,499 ($520/€470), while the monster 12/256 GB variant is CNY4,299 ($640/€575) and it has a Red-Violent gradient or a Camo finish on the back."

18. OneLove123

Posts: 883; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Wish the 12GB comes with 512GB of storage. Does it have SD slot?

26. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

Nah, it has dual sim though.

19. civicsr2cool

Posts: 262; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

This is awesome, for the last year I played 4-5 hours a day of PubG Mobile and tried out handfuls of devices and the only phones that didn't need to use my fan grip were the aluminum cased ones. Anything with a glass sandwhich overheated and thermal throttled mid way thought just one game let alone 10+ games in a row. If they could get anywhere near the iPhone in terms of touch input lag I'd go for one, but I doubt they can as no Android can compete with iOS in that regard.

25. Reviewerofstuff

Posts: 119; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

Actually the iphone has a 40ms touch latency time. While this phone and the oneplus 7 pro will both have a 40ms touch latency time also. The phone that beats them all though is the z5 compact with a 30ms touch latency time. So yes androids have beat iphones when it comes to touch latency.

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