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Nubia Red Magic 3 Review

The Red Magic 3 is the most recent gaming smartphone from the Nubia model. Nubia has been round for some time now, however their Red Magic collection has just lately caught our consideration. The Red Magic collection are gaming telephones for players on a finances, and the Nubia Red Magic 3 is not any exception.

The Nubia Red Magic 3 has the newest specifications, the newest features, and one of many lowest prices we’ve seen for a tool of this caliber. It has the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 paired with a 90Hz AMOLED display and a huge 5,000mAh battery. The specifications recommend that is a tremendous gaming telephone, nevertheless, I contemplate the Red Magic 3 to be a cellular gaming gadget that additionally happens to be a telephone. Nubia seems to have missed the mark on the necessary telephone elements, focusing particularly on the gaming facet of the gadget.

SpecificationNubia Red Magic 3
Display6.65-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a refresh price of 90Hz, 19.5:9;

Help for DC Dimming, HDR

SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 855
RAM and Storage
  • 6GB LPDDR4 + 64GB UFS 2.1;
  • 6GB + 128GB;
  • 8GB + 128GB;
  • 12GB + 256GB
Battery5,000 mAh with 30W fast charging help
3.5mm Headphone JackSure
Rear Digital camera48MP Sony IMX 586, f/1.7, 1.6μm pixels
Front Digital camera16MP, f/
  • IP55 mud and water resistance;
  • Inner fan for lively cooling;
  • Two shoulder buttons plus button help with rear fingerprint sensor;
  • Stereo front dealing with speakers
  • GSM: 850MHz/1900MHz
  • WCDMA: 850MHz/1900MHz/1700
  • CDMA: BC0/BC1
  • LTE Band: 2/four/5/7/12/17/25/26/30/41/66
Android VersionAndroid 9 Pie with Nubia’s software additions

Notice: Nubia PR lent us the gadget for this evaluation. That they had no say in any material or info written and were not given a draft of the assessment earlier than it was revealed.


The Red Magic 3 is designed from the beginning as a gaming telephone. Nubia took the basic “gamer aesthetic” of RGB and darkish colours with pink or green accents to coronary heart. It has an aluminum body (although it looks like plastic) with pink accents implanted into the corners. Going straight down the middle is an RGB mild. In the prime fifth of the display, there is a 48MP digital camera and fan exhaust port. Right underneath that’s the capacitive fingerprint scanner.

The left aspect of the gadget homes the SIM card tray and “Gaming Port.” This gaming port connects to the gaming dock (bought individually) and connects to a pc for recreation streaming. Above the SIM card tray is a “Game Space 2.0” change. This allows you to allow the sport mode controls.

On the correct aspect, we have now two capacitive triggers. One is at the prime of the telephone, the other at the backside. These are just like what you’d see on an Xbox controller however capacitive as an alternative of mechanical. Right underneath the highest set off is another fan exhaust port. Under that’s the volume rocker and power button.

The highest of the telephone is straightforward with a 3.5mm headphone jack (yes, an actual headphone jack in a 2019 flagship) and on the bottom the USB Sort-C port. To the appropriate of the Sort-C port is a single speaker. At the prime of the display is a speaker grill that is each an earpiece speaker and a prime speaker, as the telephone does have stereo audio system.


The display on the Red Magic 3 is just not what I might call a bezel-less display by 2019 standards. It has slim bezels on the left and right aspect. The top and backside bezel are on no account small or giant. The top and backside bezels are about 6.5mm. The top bezel has a single 16MP digital camera along with some sensors and an RGB notification mild.

The Nubia Red Magic 3 has a 6.65-inch AMOLED display at 2340×1080 resolution (387.5ppi.) The Red Magic 3’s show can also be one of the few to help a 90Hz refresh price. Despite the fact that these specifications won’t seem spectacular, the very giant show does an awesome job at offering immersion.

Nubia Red Magic 3 review design

The 90Hz refresh fee of the display is tremendous nice to have. It is all the time enabled and has no mode to show it right down to 60hz. That’s not a problem because the 5,000 mAh battery can push this factor for days even with 90Hz all the time on. The only thing is, nevertheless, few video games help 90Hz. The 90Hz is simply out there in apps and within the SystemUI. You solely notice it in scrolling and animations. That’s it. It seems like a waste to have such a excessive refresh price display where the primary promoting point of the telephone can’t help it. This is on no account a nasty addition, but Nubia ought to have tried to work with recreation developers to get more 90Hz help in apps.

It does help HDR so the colors on the display are great. The Red Magic 3 has two display modes: Colorful mode and Pure mode. The natural mode uses sRGB which suggests the colors are virtually the identical on another platform that uses sRGB. The Colorful mode supports broad colour gamut.

It’s value noting that the Nubia Red Magic 3 does have an included plastic display protector. It isn’t the perfect display protector, nevertheless it isn’t the worst either. It isn’t centered on the gadget, which might simply simply be a botched install however it’s not nice.

Red Magic 3 Performance

The Nubia Red Magic 3 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and Adreno 640 GPU. These are both one of the best of the perfect relating to cellular processors. As a gaming telephone, it must be fast and fast it is. Under are some benchmarks I ran to attempt to determine just how briskly it is.

Earlier than we get into benchmarks, I need to speak about real-world efficiency in that I had absolutely no issues. The Nubia Red Magic 3 worked completely positive with little to no hiccups or hitches. Throughout the UI, it stayed at a pleasant fixed 90fps all through the UI. It’s an all-around clean expertise.

Under are a number of the hottest performance benchmarks. These won’t show day-to-day performance properly, but they present how properly the system can theoretically carry out.

In AndroBench, the Red Magic 3 did decently properly. These are concerning the speeds we might anticipate from some other non-UFS 3.0 flagship system. It’s nothing to call residence about, nevertheless it’s not the most effective we’ve seen. That crown goes to the OnePlus 7 Pro.

In AnTuTu, the Nubia Red Magic 3 is faster than 92% of units. This is pretty good for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 system. The Snapdragon Samsung Galaxy S10+ was round a mean rating of 357,162, which is round 10,000 points decrease than the Red Magic 3.

In Geekbench, the Nubia Red Magic 3 performs nicely. It isn’t moving into the 5 determine vary, however it’s still not dangerous. It is barely lower than what we noticed on the Galaxy S10+.

In the GFXBench exams, we will see the telephone hit an excellent 30fps in a very graphics intensive benchmark. This can be a gaming telephone, so it’s essential to check those situations the place it is rendering high-quality graphics. The Red Magic 3 does appear to deal with OpenGL a bit higher than Vulkan, however that’s one thing we are seeing with numerous trendy Android phones.

In PCMark, we see a few of the highest scores I’ve ever seen on an Android telephone. These are persistently over 10,000 factors. PCMark checks the general system performance of a smartphone and the rating is proof of the Red Magic 3’s prowess normally performance.

In Hitman Sniper we get a clean 59fps. This was very clean whereas enjoying. We acquired virtually no frame drops either, with a 92% FPS stability. The telephone handled this recreation like a breeze, utilizing only 6.81% CPU utilization common during my time enjoying the sport. The game is probably going capped at 60fps, not benefiting from that 90Hz show.

ARK Survival Advanced is among the extra demanding cellular games I know. The telephone was capable of maintain it at a pleasant 30fps with a 95% fps stability. This recreation is a bit more demanding than Hitman Sniper utilizing virtually 1.2GB of RAM and 12% GPU utilization on average. I consider ARK is capped at 30fps, but I consider it might have easily been pushed to a nice 60fps.

The efficiency in PUBG stunned me a bit. I didn’t spend a lot time getting into to optimize every setting to squeeze probably the most fps out of the telephone. As an alternative, I stored default settings in addition to setting the resolution to HD and Frame Price to Ultra. With these settings, the Red Magic 3 hit 40fps with 100% fps stability.

Red Magic 3 Digital camera Quality

There is just one approach to describe the Nubia Red Magic 3 digital camera performance: dangerous. The telephone uses the same Sony IMX 586 sensor as many different flagships with great cameras like the Honor 20 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9, and OnePlus 7 Pro. The distinction between the Red Magic 3 and the others comes right down to digital camera software program. The tuning on the Red Magic 3 digital camera leads to footage with horrible HDR and no element when zooming or cropping.

I had a reasonably limited time with the telephone, so under are just some samples of the digital camera. This first picture is my entrance yard throughout sunset. At first, it’d seem like a very good image, and whereas it might be “Instagram worthy,” it’s not great. Whereas wanting on the leaves of the tree there’s an insane quantity of HDR blooming inflicting a type of outline across the tree that doesn’t match the sky.

Now, if we zoom in on some leaves, we will see how dangerous this picture is while cropped. We get a kind of oil paint impact on the leaves. It has absolutely no detail whereas cropping. Zoom has an analogous effect with a kind of watercolor effect.

Red Magic 3 Zoom

As for the front-facing digital camera, you’ll be able to guess the end result shall be comparable. There isn’t any element in the picture and there’s this type of magnificence filter, regardless that I absolutely disabled the software one. It also seems as if it has some type of blur on the lens, distorting the main target. It is as though there’s a fingerprint on the digital camera lens. I checked multiple occasions just to ensure it wasn’t simply me inflicting this.

Three footage are arduous to guage a whole telephone by, but there’s nothing special about this telephone digital camera. I wouldn’t even think about it an enough digital camera for a 2019 smartphone. Nubia actually must work on their digital camera tuning in a future update.

The telephone doesn’t have any fascinating digital camera modes like other phones. It does have an “Electronic Aperture” mode which I couldn’t get to work. I feel this can be a portrait mode sort mode, however I couldn’t figure it out. Taking a picture of someone didn’t enable it nor did it work whereas taking an image of an object. Otherwise, there are not any modes we are accustomed to in most cameras. There isn’t any slow-mo, no portrait mode, no night time mode.

The video a part of this telephone is fascinating, no less than on paper. It has one very particular function: 8K video at 15fps. For a demo, under is a 3-minute video displaying off the 8K 15fps mode.


The software UI on the Red Magic 3 could be very AOSP-like. The default launcher is the essential Quickstep, the AOSP launcher for Android Pie. The telephone, messages, contacts, and calculator apps are all also AOSP default.

The one non-Google or non-AOSP elements are the digital camera app and gaming features. In Settings, there are two new options: Gaming Dock Station and Multi-Shade LED Strip. These are just the settings for these two features.

The Multi-Colour LED Strip is true on the back like I talked about earlier. It can be used as a notification LED in case your telephone is flipped over. It will probably glow while the system is charging, change depending on the rhythm of the music, or it could actually glow if you get a telephone name. That’s about all it does.

The extra in depth software program additions and modifications come within the type of gaming enhancements. There’s a little pink change on the top left of the telephone which allows a gaming mode. This gaming mode opens a launcher which exhibits all of the video games you might have installed. This allows you to edit the interior fan settings, LED strip, and block distracting messages.

In video games, the gaming mode has a panel that you could swipe out to point out. This panel provides you entry to the fan settings, 4D shock, contact buttons, brightness, and some other settings. It additionally exhibits the CPU temperature and battery proportion.

Red Magic 3 Gaming Expertise

This telephone is all about gaming. From the design to the software program to the internals, Nubia designed the Red Magic 3 with gaming in mind. That’s why it has the capacitive triggers on the aspect of the telephone, an inner fan for cooling, and a 90Hz AMOLED display. Altogether, these elements make the Nubia Red Magic 3 top-of-the-line gaming units you should purchase.

Within the video linked under, I describe the experience of utilizing the triggers in a recreation of Fortnite Cellular. These features make Fortnite a lot extra playable on cellular. There isn’t any extra four finger claw required; simply maintain the telephone like you would a console controller. This makes the sport so much easier to play and makes cellular gaming far more pleasurable in comparison with another flagship telephone.

The give attention to gaming leads into the software program as nicely. The gaming instruments with the toggle on the aspect do really help. It helps in making these features something you want to manually allow compared to being automated. The swipe over panel really helps for controlling the followers, RGB strip, and 4D shock.

The Nubia Red Magic 3 can even deal with any recreation you throw at it. It has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and performs like a beast. As the benchmarks above present, it has actually superb performance across the board. Most games can easily push 60fps, so long as the frame fee isn’t capped under that.

The gaming expertise does take away from the telephone experience though. The telephone is so huge that it doesn’t fit in my pocket. A big display may be nice for gaming, however it doesn’t actually work when it’s so huge that you could’t convey it around. The gadget also gets very popular if the fans aren’t turned on. The fans can solely be enabled while enjoying video games in order that they develop into ineffective in any normal state of affairs.

Nubia also has these really cool gaming accessories for the Red Magic 3. Whereas scripting this assessment I didn’t have the equipment. TK Bay did an excellent video displaying them off over on XDA TV, so I highly advocate watching that to study all about how those make gaming on the telephone higher.

Remaining Ideas

This telephone is probably much less of a telephone and extra of a gaming gadget. It’s missing NFC and has mediocre audio system, nevertheless it has superb battery life and the “gamer aesthetic.” The Nubia Red Magic 3 doesn’t feel prefer it’s designed to be a device for the plenty, as an alternative, it appears as though it’s designed to be a secondary system specifically for gaming.

Buying a secondary system isn’t actually sensible for a lot of. That makes the $479 price ticket a bit steep, as it’s marketed as a full-featured flagship telephone. It does not have sufficient of what makes trendy flagships worthwhile to be paying what could be very close to flagship degree prices.

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In case you are all in favour of buying this system for gaming, you are able to do it instantly from the Red Magic store. They ship throughout a lot of the world, so purchasing the system in your specific region shouldn’t be a problem.

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