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