RedMagic 6 Pro review, this 165Hz beast has one big flaw

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In a period in which the craze of gaming smartphones is depopulating in many parts of the globe and is slowly reaching even western countries, Nubia could not miss the opportunity to present the new iteration of its line RedMagic.

RedMagic 6 Pro is the most extreme variant between the two new products dedicated to gamers announced by the brand in recent weeks and on its side it has some tricks up its sleeve that will surely leave you speechless.



However, not all that glitters is gold and the Shenzhen company still has it some corners to be rounded before being able to impose itself even in our market, despite a respectable hardware.

How does this proposal differ from the competition? Find out in our full RedMagic 6 Pro review!

An aggressive design with indisputable quality

It certainly cannot be contested that RedMagic has worked hard to perfect the design of its gaming smartphones over the years.

RedMagic 6 Pro presents some linee aggressive distinguished by the contrast between the curves in the back and the flat and concave edges that surround the smartphone. The shell is characterized by three distinct elements: an external "frame" in curved glass, a metal plate decorated that helps heat dissipation and an additional glass strip in the center.

Not only do I find this solution used by the brand very elegant in its own way but it really is a unique design and that gives a really pleasant feeling in the hand. Maybe it will be the symmetry, the lack of a protrusion for the cameras or maybe it's just the materials, in any case this RedMagic 6 Pro I really loved it!



The company logo is visible in the lower part of the body, which can be illuminated by a red LED configurable at will. Others two RGB LEDs they are hidden in the part of the outermost glass body and also allow the personalization of the device in a way perhaps a little less tacky than that proposed by ROG Phone 5.

Lo red slider positioned on the left side allows you to quickly enter the Competition mode while on the left side they are present two capacitive buttons reconfigurable for gaming.

Two fairly evident grids stand out when observing the sides of this product with a very particular design, they do not hide the speakers but allow the entry and exit of the air flow moved by the fan responsible for the active cooling of the terminal.

The metal frames surrounding the product are made into what the brand claims to be grade aluminum used in aviation.

Also included in the sales package a transparent TPU cover that it is really nice to find, especially given the particular shape of the smartphone, the openings necessary for the proper functioning of the heat dissipation system and the very likely scarce availability of third-party solutions.

The fastest screen in the world!

RedMagic 6 Pro ha the fastest screen in the world, it is useless to go around it. The panel from 6,8 " AMOLED type is able to reach the incredible value of 165Hz refresh rate, while it can also be used in dynamic mode between 30Hz, 60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz and the maximum value. This saves battery when static content is displayed on the screen.



The RedMagic 6 Pro's display isn't one of the brightest with its own 630 nits of peak brightness, however, it is a more than good value given the high frequency it possesses. With a FullHD + resolution of 2400 × 1080, support for 10bit color depth and full coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut, there is very little to complain about this panel.

Thanks to the presence of the latest Qualcomm hardware platform, which we will talk about shortly, the RedMagic 6 Pro display has been connected using the interface CPHY-DSI. According to the company this allows for twice the data rate of the classic DPHY standard while at the same time decreases battery consumption by 20-50% according to the situations of use.

Touch sampling is very important when it comes to gaming and RedMagic knows it well, which is why it has optimized its flagship product to reach a frequency of well 500Hz (for a single finger) and 360Hz in case of multiple simultaneous touches on the display. The company declares that the response times are thus lowered down to a minimum value of 8ms.

The flat panel has finally received the certifications SGS Eyecare, SGS Low Smear e SGS High Refresh Rate. In the lower part of the smartphone a really fast and precise optical type fingerprint reader has been included, even if the recognition area is in my opinion a bit too limited and its performance, although very high, still does not reach the ultrasonic solutions used by Samsung.


Maximum performance and active cooling

We would not be talking about a real gaming smartphone if in 2021 it did not mount a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G SoC under the body. Obviously, 12GB or 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.1 internal memory could not be missing, the fastest currently available.


What really differentiates RedMagic 6 Pro from the competition is the cooling system, which allows not only to keep the temperatures of the internal components lower, but also to keep the performance of the SoC high for a longer period of time, avoiding throttling. excessive even in long gaming sessions.

RedMagic uses what ICE 6.0 Cooling, a system composed of several interconnected parts. The steam room only thick 0,33 mm allows you to move heat from the SoC, dispersing it. The graphene sheet applied to the rear shell it has a high thermal conductivity of 400W / mK and an area of ​​3.600 square millimeters to further disperse the heat away from the chipset area.

The aluminum used for the metal plate on the back has a thermal conductivity of 200W / mK and the total area of ​​the metal cover is 18.000 square millimeters. Thermal conductivity increased 71 times compared to RedMagic 5G, according to this data provided by the company.

The last and most important piece of this puzzle is the fan. Yes, you read that right, this smartphone uses a 20.000 RPM fan to move heat away from the most affected areas. The company claims a maximum fan noise of 28dB and personally I have to admit that it is quite noticeable when spinning at top speed. However, the generated noise is not annoying and the ear tends to quickly confuse it with the rest of the ambient noise, making you forget its existence.

Some external accessories are also available for purchase to further improve the cooling of the device such as the RedMagic Dual-core Cooler that was sent to us with the phone. Sincerely, however fine it works, I find it a much less practical accessory than the one developed by Asus.

The Dual-core Cooler is really thick and bulky, it also needs to be connected to an external USB Type-C socket in order to work as it does not connect directly to the terminal but uses Bluetooth. Too bad because it really cools down a lot, touching the part of the accessory in contact with the smartphone feels like the surface it's freezing!

RedMagic 6 Pro comes with two stereo speakers even if they are not both positioned frontally and do not reach neither the power nor the quality of the main competitor, ROG Phone 5. To be a smartphone the quality is still very good and the separation between the two speakers is managed very well. Some bass is missing but the quality of the output sound is in line with that of many other terminals.

RedMagic kept the jack from 3,5mm for headphones that will surely be appreciated by gamers even if it is positioned in a point where it interferes with the grip during the game.

Software matters as much as hardware, perhaps more

Android 11 is the basis of the software Red Magic OS 4.0 made by ZTE / Nubia for this product. It is nice to see that in addition to being the latest version of Android available, it is also totally free of bloatware, which is not exactly obvious on products arriving from the Far East.

Unfortunately, the company still has a long way to go. Not only are there lots of typos in certain text strings, missing capital letters and other similar blunders. In some system submenus there are even some items in Spanish, probably mistakenly mixed with the text strings for our country. This denotes a lack of care (and in my personal opinion interest) in creating a curated software that guarantees the best possible user experience for the end user.

Not to mention that the wide-angle camera cannot be used in automatic mode as a button is completely missing to be able to change the sensor. Quite embarrassing ...

But trying to turn a blind eye (and sometimes both) to these "oversights" can tell you that RedMagic has done a good job. Not just the smartphone glide between screens and apps at lightning speed but also the few and interesting software additions dedicated to gaming are really well thought out and implemented, even if not too different or complete like those of the competition.

La Competition mode activated with the side slider, it allows you to activate the cooling fan, manage the speed of the display and map the capacitive touch controls. Finally, it allows a complete management of the performance profile and calibration of the display on the spot based on the type of title being played. Few options but all useful and well done.

120W charging, what !?

The Pro variant of RedMagic 6 has a slightly smaller battery than the base model. With a capacity of 4500mAhHowever, you won't really have a problem reaching the end of the day or enjoying long gaming sessions with your new powerful smartphone.

The reduced capacity is due to the insertion of the hardware necessary to support the recharge to one maximum power of 120W via USB Type-C cable! A truly incredible value and which, according to the brand, allows you to recover 50% in just 5 minutes. Too bad that this is only possible on the model sold on Chinese territory, the international variant must be satisfied with the support for 60W and a charger included in the package of "only" 30W.

However, they are really high speeds and that will allow you to restart as quickly as possible, however it would have been really interesting to be able to try a charging system so fast as to be really hard to believe true.

Are you really interested in cameras?

Let's talk honestly: have you really come this far and are you interested in a gaming smartphone but you want to know if the cameras are of a high level? I doubt it.

Of course, it is right to want to make sure that the photographic sector of your future smartphone is not a complete disaster but most likely the priorities of those interested in this kind of products are elsewhere.

Having said that obviously RedMagic 6 Pro has passed under my magnifying glass anyway and the results are… well… ok. As it was logical to expect, not much was done on the photography side and, despite a sensor a 64MP with f / 1.8 lenses for the main camera, the results are acceptable but not mind-blowing.

As I told you a little while ago, the software is really poorly maintained and I also believe that the RedMagic team spent very little time improving the image processing. The lack of a button to switch to the wide-angle camera in the automatic shooting mode is somewhat embarrassing, luckily by switching to manual mode and not touching the various editable values ​​it is possible to use the wide-angle sensor from 8MP Anyway. No comment on the extra sensor from 2MP for macros (this story needs to be over soon!).

The front camera from 8MP f / 2.0 is sufficient but clearly RedMagic doesn't expect you to use it for streaming. In case you need it there is but nothing more.

Conclusions

With a price of 599 € for RedMagic 6 with 12GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory or 699 € for this RedMagic 6 Pro with 16GB / 256GB, the company presented itself with a very valid alternative to Asus' ROG Phone 5 and Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2, both more expensive.

Obviously, by choosing to rely on RedMagic you will have to be aware of giving up potentially better cameras and more refined software, but for some this could be justified by the difference in price. In terms of performance, not only will you not have to give up anything but you will have a display that, even if slightly, is even more performing than competing models!

If your priorities are to have a solid, powerful smartphone in your hands and you are not very interested in photography, RedMagic 6 Pro is certainly a valid contender to be seriously evaluated.


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