Nubia Red Magic Mars – The Gaming Smartphone with 10 GB of RAM and Snapdragon 845
After Z18 and Nubia X, ZTE's subsidiary continues to unveil ambitious smartphones. Here is the Red Magic Mars, the brand's second mobile for players, but the first capable of competing with ROG Phone and Black Shark.
After so many rumors and teasers, finally, Nubia Red Magic Mars was officially presented with an event in China. It is the company’s second model for the growing gaming sector of gaming smartphones.
Nubia has been relatively quick to enter the smartphone segment for gamers. Only a few months after the first Razer Phone and almost at the same time as Xiaomi’s Black Shark, Nubia presented the Red Magic. A phone that was sorely lacking in ambition, which was apparently a fault of taste given the targeted marketing target.
A second corrected copy
Especially since Nubia is not the kind of brand that lacks commercial aggression and imagination to make it a reality. The recently introduced Nubia X and Nubia Z18 are proof of this. We were, therefore, waiting for a new device from Nubia. The proposal that was not long before, because the competition is very active too with the recent ROG Phone, Black Shark Helo and Razer Phone 2.
Red Magic Mars
The Red Magic Mars finally takes the “gaming” seriously. The smartphone has an exemplary technical sheet and ergonomics designed for players. It’s almost as if ZTE’s subsidiary is using the ROG Phone to develop its own product. If on the outside, the two smartphones seem identical (besides the integration of two touch-sensitive buttons on one of the slices), there are many improvements inside.
Snapdragon 845 and up to 10GB of RAM
Starting with the chipset that goes from Snapdragon 835 to Snapdragon 845. It is already more logical, but unfortunately will be quickly exceeded since Qualcomm will present in a few days its new high-end chipset. But the intention is good. To assume extreme use of the chipset during the game phases, a double heat pipe cooling system has been integrated to prevent overheating.
On memory side, the Red Magic Mars has 6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage and 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage. But Nubia takes the opportunity to add a third with 10 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage.
On the photo side, Nubia changed the primary sensor, from a camera of 24 megapixels to 16 megapixels. The aperture changes from f/1.7 to f/1.8. Logically, the brightness should be the same, since the photosensitive pixels will be larger. At the front, the 8-megapixel camera is preserved.
Almost identical to the outside
The new game phone has a six-inch and 18: 9 aspect ratio IPS LCD touchscreen with Full HD + resolution, 2160 x 1080 pixels. As a specialty of the phone, there are game buttons that are placed on the right side of the device. When playing horizontally, they can do different functions and give haptic feedback to their fingers.
The fast charging compatible 3800 mAh battery is always present, as well as the equipment of the original Red Magic. The LTE connection goes from category 16 to 18 thanks to the chipset change.
Android is also moving from the 8.1 Oreo version to 9.0 Pie, still wearing the Red Magic overlay. The mobile always offers two speakers. It incorporates a haptic engine for touch keys. And the shell (a little thicker for heat pipes) is always illuminated with LEDs.
The gaming factor is enriched by further elements, starting from the so-called 4D Shock, or haptic feedback that accompanies the gaming sessions. In addition, the stereo speakers with DTS 7.1 support and 3D sound offer deeper sound.
Some accessories are available including Bluetooth joysticks, protective shell, headset, dual-use USB extension type-C and 3.5 mm jack. There is even a hoodie in the colors of the brand.
Pricing and availability
The new Nubia Red Magic Mars will be available in two main colors, namely Meteorite Black and Flame Red.
- 6 GB + 64 GB: 2,700 Yuan (about 343 euros)
- 8 GB + 128 GB: 3,200 Yuan (about 407 euros)
- 10 GB + 256 GB: 4,000 Yuan (about 509 euros)
A special version is equipped with a pattern of gray, consisting of black and gray.