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The Red Magic smartphone promises to redefine mobile gaming

Includes RGB lighting, obviously, because that’s the only way to let people know you’re serious about gaming.

red magic gaming phone
Image: Red Magic

The smartphone industry never sleeps, and occasionally throws a curveball, as well. One such device is this gaming-centric phone from Red Magic. They’re an offshoot from Nubia, who recently expanded into the US market.

The Red Magic has the beefy Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 SOC and Adreno 540 GPU combo we’ve seen recently on other high-end phones, and a massive 8GB of RAM. I mean, go big or go home, right? It also has RGB, with a pretty snazzy strip down the back of the phone.

Of course, all that power creates heat, and Red Magic has a little trick down their sleeves – some clever graphite layers and cooling ports to help dissipate heat. That all combines to keep the phone cooler than the competition, and stops your hands feeling toasty.

Impressive results from the FLIR thermal camera imaging, it’ll be really interesting to see that borne out at release. A big 3800 mAh battery to keep you gaming longer is added to the mix, 128GB of storage, and Android’s latest, 8.1 Oreo.

Bluetooth 5 is here, as are 2×2 AC-WiFi and LTE bands for wireless connectivity. A 6″ inch, Full HD (1080 x 2160 pixels) at 403ppi screen covered in Dinorex’s latest damage-resistant glass is pushing the pixels for your gaming.

A 24mp rear camera from Samsung adds to a Hynix 8mp selfie camera on the screen. Interestingly, the 24mp sensor is rated at F1.7 so it should take excellent photos.

Image: Red Magic

It also has some audiophile features, with DTS Technology and a Smart Amplifier system and DAC.

It’s currently shipping to most non-North American destinations, and the team is hard at work optimizing a version for the North American market.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the phone (and support it) on their Indiegogo page.

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