Nubia Red Magic Mars gaming phone comes to the US at a killer price

Nubia Red Magic Mars gaming phone comes to the US at a killer price
While any regular high-end smartphone can do an adequate enough job of running graphics-intensive games like PUBG Mobile and Fortnite (at least in theory), Razer, Asus, and Xiaomi have been hard at work lately trying to carve out a specific new niche.

But if the Razer Phone 2 and Asus ROG Phone are a little too rich for your blood, it might be a good idea to wait until the end of Q1 2019. A significantly cheaper gaming phone is officially coming to North America and Europe this quarter, fetching just $399 in the US through a dedicated website in a 6GB RAM/64GB ROM configuration.

The Red Magic Mars is actually the second hardcore gaming-friendly handset from Nubia, a company derived from ZTE that has a habit of making headlines with quirky products and concepts like the dual screen, dual fingerprint sensor Nubia X or the Nubia Alpha phone for your wrist.

Compared to those two, the Nubia Red Magic Mars is almost boring, even though it definitely catches the eye in Meteorite Black, Flame Red, and “Camouflage” paint jobs. The spec sheet is largely in line with pricier high-enders, be them designed specifically for gamers or not, including a Snapdragon 845 processor, up to a whopping 10GB RAM and 256 gigs of internal storage (at a no doubt big premium), a 6-inch FHD+ (2160 x 1080) screen, 3,800 mAh battery capacity, and Android 9.0 Pie software (with a proprietary skin on top).


The single 16MP rear-facing camera is equipped with f/1.8 aperture and capable of shooting 4K video at 30 fps, as well as slow-mo 720p content at 240 fps, while the 8MP front snapper is no pushover either, supporting Full HD video recording at 30 fps.

But obviously, Nubia is highlighting other stuff as key selling points here, like an “industry-first” combination of air cooling and liquid cooling promising to deliver a smoother, more comfortable (and naturally, cooler) gaming experience.

Buttons can be particularly useful during lengthy gaming sessions, and unsurprisingly, the Red Magic Mars comes with two touch-sensitive shoulder keys that are easily customizable. Meanwhile, a performance-improving “Red Magic Game Space” software mode is always one flick of a hardware switch away, minimizing background apps, enhancing gameplay, and enabling 4D sound and vibration effects (optional setting).

Last but surely not least, it feels like every gaming phone nowadays needs lighting effects of some sort, and the affordable Nubia Red Magic Mars is no exception, featuring a customizable rear-facing LED RGB strip with support for 16.8 million colors. Smoking!

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5 Comments

1. Phonehex

Posts: 767; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Screw Oneplus , get this one ! Fantastic deal.

2. Rocket

Posts: 673; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

My next phone!

3. michaelny2001

Posts: 335; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

lol i was thinking the same... although i already have 6GB and 64GB rom from my OP3. if i go for the 8GB and 128GB at least, price would jump to over 500 i am guessing, making it comparable to OP6T. hm... decisions, decisions...

4. Phonehex

Posts: 767; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Don't even bother to think about Op6T. It is not worth the price. Either spend a teeny bit more and you can get a S9 plus which is my fav phone of 2019.. OP6T is nothing but a disappointment . In screen fps is super sucky , camera is baaad.. and loud speaker is meh.. so dont even bother. I got the OP6T as an impulse buy. Its baad... I'm back to my S9 plus and Xs Max combo

5. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Good deal for a gaming phone.

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