There are a couple of gaming smartphones in the market but few brands concentrate on gaming smartphones. One popular name when it comes to gaming smartphones is Nubia. The company has now released its latest gaming series, Nubia REDMAGIC 7 series. This series has two models including REDMAGIC 7 and REDMAGIC 7 Pro. Both smartphones come with the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC as well as Nubia’s proprietary cooling system. Of course, as a gaming series, these devices come with a turbofan, up to 165Hz refresh rate, and 960 Hz touch sampling rate.
One of the selling points of this series is the under-display camera technology. However, only the Nubia REDMAGIC 7 Pro comes with this feature. Also, this is the first gaming smartphone to use an under-display camera technology.
Under-display camera technology
The Pro model of this series comes with the latest under-display camera (UDC) technology. It also comes with a tripod-shaped pixel arrangement and wave-shaped electrode wiring. Furthermore, this smartphone arrives with seven layers of high-transparency materials as well as a built-in UDC Pro screen display chip. While this smartphone promises a premium gaming experience, it also offers a completely full-screen display.
The Nubia REDMAGIC 7 series comes with a 6.8 FHD+ AMOLED display with a screen ratio of 20:9. This display also supports a resolution of 2400*1080, and a screen-to-body ratio of 91.28%. The impressive colour hits a depth of 10bit and full DCI-P3 colour. This smartphone display also hit a peak brightness of 700 nits with a contrast ratio as high as 1000000:1. However, the Pro model brightness is 600 nits. Although not the highest in the industry, even in daylight it is ultra-clear. Furthermore, this display has SGS certification for eye care. This display offers the ultimate visual experience for all types of gaming and entertainment.
In terms of screen refresh rate, the REDMAGIC 7 and REDMAGIC 7 Pro are the highest in the industry. The REDMAGIC 7 supports a 165Hz refresh rate and a touch sampling rate of 720Hz. As for the Pro model, it supports a 120Hz refresh rate with an under-display camera and a fantastic 960Hz touch sampling rate.
These smartphones come with a custom operating system (REDMIMAGIC OS 5.0) on top of Android 12. The new operating system has intelligent scheduling of CPU, GPU, and memory. This enables it to respond faster when in use. It also responds faster during booting, application startup, game loading, and touch screen response. Furthermore REDMAGIC OS 5.0 improves the Touch Choreographer (TC) feature. This ensures that the frame rate is more stable throughout the user experience.
The new OS offers an upgrade for the REDMAGIC Studio, supporting up to 120Hz wireless projection. It also supports direct screen recording and screencasting. It allows players to choose the screen recording’s file format and compression rate: default is H.264, 1080p.
Hardware & battery
The REDMAGIC 7 series comes with an optimized 4nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. This chip delivers a top-notch gaming experience as well as top image quality and smoothness. The graphical capabilities are also excellent.
While the REDMAGIC 7 PRO comes with a 5000 mAh battery, the REDMAGIC 7 comes with a dual-cell of 4500 mAh battery. The Pro model supports up to 135W quick charging and it gets a full charge in only 15 minutes. As for the regular REDMAGIC 7, it supports 120W air-cooled fast charging and delivers a full charge in just 17 minutes. With this charging capacity, users only need a short break to get a full charge before getting back into the game.
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Nubia REDMAGIC 7 series gaming features
Shoulder triggers are slowly becoming a must-have feature for gaming smartphones. The REDMAGIC 7 and REDMAGIC 7 Pro both have 500Hz touch sampling shoulder triggers. According to the company, the response speed of these triggers is as low as 7.4ms. This makes the devices extremely responsive giving the player a faster and more accurate gaming experience. Furthermore, these triggers use a five-channel high-performance custom IC. This makes its operation smoother and better. Another interesting aspect of these triggers is their custom feature. Players can custom the triggers to carry out multiple complex actions.
Nubia claims that the triggers can withstand over two million finger presses which is more than enough for any gamer. The triggers come with an ergonomic design and also support sweat resistance. This makes the triggers more comfortable and accurate throughout gaming time.
Magic GPU image enhancement
To get an ultra-fast reading and writing output, these gaming smartphones use a new Magic GPU image enhancement and Magic Write. The Magic Write increases the speed of application installation by 30% relative to SSD.
There is a switch on the side of the REDMAGIC 7 and REDMAGIC 7 Pro. If the user flips the switch, it takes the user into the REDMAGIC Game Space. In this space, users can collect games and tweak the performance of the gaming smartphone. You can save battery, block notification, optimize shoulder triggers, and so on in the Game Space.
Heat dissipation and cooling system
After the display and processor, the heat dissipation and cooling system is probably the most important aspect of any gaming device. These smartphones come with a new heat dissipation cooling system. They upgrade from ICE 7.0 to ICE 8.0 cooling system. The nine-layer structure of the cooling system ensures that this gaming smartphone is the first with a cooling material area of up to 41279mm2 and a 4124mm2 super large VC cooling plate.
Relative to the previous generation, the latest ICE 8.0 cooling system includes a built-in turbofan that can reach up to 20,000rpm with a core heat source temperature lower than 3°C. The canyon air duct for the REDMAGIC 7 and REDMAGIC 7 Pro also has a second air inlet, which helps to increase airflow by 35%.
There is also a 45° angle opening on the back that forms double air inlets, achieving a temperature drop of 2.4°C. As for the built-in turbofan, it uses an energy-efficient brushless motor that is very quiet at only 28 decibels. This built-in turbofan helps to cool the CPU’s core temperature by 16°C, ensuring continuous and stable output of the core performance.
The new Turbo Cooler, features an innovative turbo centrifugal fan with a heat-dissipating capacity of 17%, a maximum cooling of two degrees lower, and is 3-decibels quieter than competitors. Furthermore, with the release of the REDMAGIC 7 series in China, nubia offers a new Magnetic Cooler accessory with a cooling fan for iPhone users.
AI & 5G
The Nubia REDMAGIC 7 series features Mora, REDMAGIC’s new virtual AI Assistant and animated mascot. These smartphones also come with an independent gaming chip “Red Core 1”. This chip enhances the shoulder triggers, vibration, game lighting effect, and sound effect. With an LPDDR5 elevating the mobile gaming experience on 5G and enabling a transfer rate of 6400 Mbps/51.2 GB, the new REDMAGIC 7 series is a smartphone to try out.
The major selling points of the Nubia REDMAGIC 7 series includes
- 500Hz Dual Pro Shoulder Triggers
- Game Boost Switch button and Game Space
- 5000 mAh dual-cell battery supporting up to 135W quick charging, and fully
charged in 15 minutes
- 4500 mAh battery supporting up to 120W quick charging, and fully charged in 17 minutes
- 165W charger in the box.
- Seventh generation ultra-thin screen fingerprint sensor
- Triple camera setup with Neovision AI photography
- Better audio experience with gaming: 3 mics, dual smart PA, DTS Ultra X, and a 3.5mm headphone jack
- Classic gaming aesthetic design with RGB light strip
Availability & Price
The Nubia REDMAGIC 7 comes in Cyber Neon, Night Knight, and Deuterium Transparent Edition versions. The Cyber Neon and Night Knight includes cool lighting effects on the REDMAGIC logo light at the back and RGB lights. The Deuterium Transparent Edition includes a REDMAGIC logo light and RGB lights within the famed built-in turbofan. You can clearly see this via the transparent rear.
The REDMAGIC 7 Pro comes in Cybern Neon, Polar Black Night, and Deuterium Blade Transparent editions. The Polar Black Night and Cyber Neon editions have RGB lighting effects on the back of the device (REDMAGIC logo light). The Deuterium Blade Transparent edition lights just like the regular model.
These smartphones are on pre-sale in China will commence outright sales on February 21st. As for the global model, it will be announced on February 22 and the sales will commence on March 10th.
Prices in China
- Cyber Neon & Night Knight 8GB + 128GB – 3999¥ ($631)
- Deuterium Transparent Version 12GB + 256GB – 4899¥ ($773)
REDMAGIC 7 Pro:
- Cybern Neon & Polar Black Night 12GB + 128GB – 4799¥ ($757)
- Deuterium Blade Transparent 12GB + 256GB – 5299¥ ($836)
- Deuterium Blade Transparent 18GB + 1TB – 7499¥ ($1,183)