Nubia Red Magic 3 Gaming Smartphone Review

Enough with PC gaming and hardware. Everyone is only talking about smartphones these days. And you know what? That’s exactly what we’re going to do too. I mean we already unboxed the Red Magic 3 last week, so might as well find out how good the phone actually is. So, without further ado, here’s our review of the Nubia Red Magic 3 gaming smartphone.

The Red Magic 3 is probably the most affordable gaming phones that you’ll find in India. Starting at a price point of INR 36,000, it packs in a Snapdragon 855, the latest flagship processor from Qualcomm, a minimum of 6GB RAM, 128 gigs of storage and a whopping 5000mAh battery. And all this is brought to life by a 6.65-inch 90Hz AMOLED display. But that’s not all. To make sure the phone doesn’t heat up, it uses an actual cooling fan. Like the ones you see in laptops.

The phone is a looker too. At least our review unit, which is doused in bright red. The build is really solid too, and the phone is on the heavier side of the spectrum, weighing about 215g. It has an aggressive design inspired by sports cars, with the back of the phone house angular elements for that gaming feel. Along with that, the back side also has the camera, the intake vent for the cooling fan, the primary 48 MP camera with Sony IMX586 sensor, the backlit Red Magic 3 logo, the fingerprint sensor and an esports inspired, customizable RGB Strip. The volumer rocker, power button and exhaust vents are located on the right side along with the shoulder triggers, while the left side has the SIM tray, pin connector for the dock and the Game Mode button, but we’ll talk more about that later. The bottom side has the USB Type-C charging port while the top has a 3.5mm audio jack. Here’s a funny thing. One reason that companies use for not having an audio jack is a bigger battery, but the Red Magic 3 has both, so is that just an excuse for following a trend? I guess we’ll never find out.

Anyway, back to our Nubia phone. One thing that I do not like about the phone is that it’s big, like way too big. And you know what they say about people with big phones, don’t you? That they can’t use their phones comfortably with one hand. Yes, that’s exactly what I meant to say. But the phone still has a forehead and a chin. This certainly seems like a bold move in a world where other phones are moving towards an all screen front side, but there’s not gonna be any commendation for innovative design on that end. Personally, however, I’d take this over a weird looking notch any day. 

The display itself is pretty frickin amazing. The AMOLED panel has vibrant colours that pop, and the 90Hz refresh rate makes it a delight to use. It feels smooth, fluid, responsive, and the internal specs are more than strong enough to ensure you don’t experience any sort of hitches. It’s everything you could ask for in a phone made specifically for gamers. Which means that now would be a great time to talk about the actual gaming performance and benchmarks.

When it comes to tests like 3DMark and Geekbench, the Red Magic 3 just blows the competition out of water. That trend continues in actual games as well, and the phone can handle even the most intensive games, be it PUBG or Asphalt or whatever it is you can throw at it, without a sweat. And your gaming experience is only enhanced by the added game mode and shoulder triggers. Launching the game mode leads you to a screen that shows all your installed games, and you can adjust all the settings from right here. Swipe in from the right and you’ll see a whole range of options, including metrics like phone temps, network speed and clock speeds for the CPU and GPU. Here you can also find handy buttons to enable the fan and the dock, as well as to disable any disturbances like texts and calls. After all, who wants to be disturbed while they’re occupied in an intense gunfight? Additional fan settings can be found on the top right, where you can select between intelligent mode for temp based cooling or rapid cooling to put it on maximum speed. And you can actually hear the fan at work, it is loud. But not loud enough that your gaming experience will be ruined, thanks to the booming sound from the front facing dual speakers. And the battery life is just the cherry on top. Not only does it last almost an entire day filled with hours of gaming, but can extend up to two days pretty easily on average use and light gaming. But if you think it ends here, think again. The Red Magic 3 also has a couple of really cool accessories, including a dock and a controller. The dock has three ports, a USB Type-C, a 3.5mm jack and, get this, an ethernet LAN port. You can activate it easily by the press of a button in the game launcher and just forget about lag. Additionally, there’s a bluetooth controller to help you, but it requires a specific cover, and can be placed on either the left or the right side depending on what you feel is more comfortable. Truly, this phone passes every check box you want covered as a gamer.

Now that we’ve checked what makes this phone a beast, let’s take a look at the camera. The Red Magic 3 has a single 48MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, with Sony’s IMX586 sensor, the same one used in Oneplus 7 Pro, but the 7 Pro has a triple camera setup. The front camera is 16MP with a f/2.0 aperture. The rear camera takes pretty decent looking pictures in daylight, the color reproduction is good and the pictures seem to have enough detail. Even in low light, the camera is able to capture details well even though some noise is there. But the camera app itself is pretty basic, and even lacks the Portrait mode that seems to be a standard in most phones by now. But one feature that it does have, and this is the only phone that has it, it that it can record video at 8K 30 FPS. Unfortunately, we can’t really show it because our system couldn’t really handle playing it properly. You can also do videos at 1080p and 4K 60 FPS, but sadly there’s no stabilization. Apart from that the Red Magic 3 can also record slow motion videos at 1920 FPS. 

Now, there’s a lot of things to love about this phone, but there are also a few minor things that just seem a bit inconvenient. One obvious being the size of the phone which can be little hard to fit in pockets that for some reason seem to be getting smaller and smaller every day. Moreover, it’s pretty easy to accidentally unlock the phone using the fingerprint scanner while putting it in the pocket. But this is could totally be just me, because overall, the Red Magic 3 is simply a delight. It looks good, performs better and has features that can make every gamer drool out of every orifice in their body. Camera performance could be better, but apart from that, this is pretty much the best gaming smartphone you can get that hits that sweet spot between price and performance. 

ASUS ROG Phone 2 Announced; 120Hz OLED HDR Screen and SnapDragon 855+

ASUS has officially announced the ASUS ROG Phone 2 which improves on its predecessor in every single way possible and might just be the best gaming phone out there.

Tech Specifications

  • ASUS ROG Phone II
    Dimensions 170.99 x 77.6 x 9.48mm
    Weight 240g
    Body Aura RGB lighting
    Display 6.6-inch 19.5:9 FHD+ (2340×1080), 120Hz/1ms AMOLED, 240Hz touch sampling rate, 108% DCI-P3, 10000:1 contrast, Gorilla Glass 6, dE<1, 10-bit HDR, capacitive touch panel with 10 points multi-touch, SDR2HDR upsampling coming with Worldwide launch
    CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus (1 x Kryo 485 @ 2.96GHz + 3 x Kryo 485 @ 2.42GHz + 4 x Kryo 385 @ 1.8GHz)
    GPU Adreno 640 @ 675MHz
    RAM 12GB LPDDR4X
    Storage 512GB UFS 3.0
    Battery 6,000mAh
    Software ROG UI (Android 9 Pie-based) with choice of stock Android-like UI
    Google ARCore support
    Front Camera 24MP
    Rear Camera(s) 48MP Sony IMX586 + 13MP (125° FOV)
    Audio 3.5mm headphone jack, Dual front-facing stereo speakers with DTS:X Ultra, Quad mics with noise-cancellation, Voice wakeup
    Vibrations Dual high-end vibrating motors XYZ axis for surround feel
    Connectivity Wi-Fi: Integrated 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ad (5G, 2×2 MIMO); Wi-Fi Direct; 802.11ad for low-latency wireless display
    Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0 (EDR + A2DP); Profiles: HFP + A2DP + AVRCP + HID + PAN + OPP
    GNSS: GPS(L1+L5), GLONASS, BDS, Galileo(E1+E5a), QZSS(L1+L5)
    NFC
    Ports Side: Customized connector (USB 3.1 Gen 2/DP 1.4[4K]/fast charging [QC 3.0 + QC 4.0/PD 3.0]/direct charge) – 30W HyperCharge
    Bottom: Type-C connector (USB 2.0/Fast Charging [QC 3.0/PD 3.0]/direct charge)
    Sensors Accelerometer, e-compass, proximity sensor, Hall sensor, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, 2 x ultrasonic AirTrigger sensors
    Biometrics Optical under-display fingerprint scanner

The ASUS ROG Phone 2 will be the first phone to have the Snapdragon 855+ SOC. It also puts that chip to good use with a 120Hz OLED screen that rivals the Razer Phone 2’s screen which is a 120Hz LED screen.

Credit: GSMArena

It has an Adreno 640 which when paired the 855+ will run every game you throw at it which will look fantastic on the 120Hz screen. To help you game longer, the phone is packed with a 6000mAh battery.  With all these powerful internals, the phone is a bit heavy at 240g but it’s still not too heavy that makes it hard to use.

And since then it’s a gaming phone, the back has an RGB light and the accessories that can be paired with this phone are plenty. You can add controllers to the side like a Nintendo Switch with the ROG Kunai Gamepad or you can even add a second screen with the TwinView Dock II that has its 5000mAh own battery.

Credit: GSMArena

It also has another connection on the side of the phone which allows you to connect any peripherals or accessories to the phone without disturbing your hand grip as you play.

The reported release date for the phone is 23rd July and it’s expected price is Rs75,990.

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Top 5 Mobile Games with Amazing Graphics

Tired of playing PUBG Mobile? Here’s a list of the top 5 games with amazing graphics that will put your smartphone to the test.

Dead Trigger 2 (Android and iOS | Free)

Dead Trigger 2 is a zombie shooter in which your aim is to kill zombies and survive. The graphics of the game are pretty top notch for a mobile game and has a lot of rich gameplay features.

Shadowgun Legends (Android and iOS | Free)

From the same developers as Dead Trigger 2, Shadowgun Legends replaces zombies with Aliens. Besides a decent PvE Story Campaign, the game also has multiplayer modes for you to play with or against your friends.

Mortal Kombat (Android and iOS | Free)

Mortal Kombat is an extremely brutal and fun fighting game with crazy moves and fatalities. The fighting is great and the game itself is easy to get into and a lot of fun.

Dragon Ball Legends (Android and iOS | Free)

Almost everyone has watched or heard of Dragon Ball Z and this is for those seeking even more Dragon Ball. Dragon Ball Legends allows you to play as your favourite Dragon Ball Z characters on your smartphones.

Real Racing 3 (Android and iOS | Free)

Everyone has heard of the Asphalt games which is why it’s not on this list which is why we have another racing game. Real Racing 3 has extremely good graphics and features real-life tracks. The game is also updated with new content so you can drive new cars on new tracks frequently.

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Nubia Red Magic 3 Gaming Smartphone

The Nubia Red Magic 3 is a smartphone that is aimed at gamers. Whether it be PUBG Mobile or CoD Mobile, the Nubia Red Magic 3 will easily run those and then some. So what does the Nubia Red Magic 3 offer gamers, let’s find out.

Tech Specs

OS Android 9.0 (Pie); Redmagic 2.0
Chipset Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 485)
GPU Adreno 640
Card Slot No
Internal 256 GB, 12 GB RAM, 128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
Charging Fast battery charging 27W
  USB Power Delivery

 

The Nubia Red Magic 3 ships with a Snapdragon 855 and an Adreno 640 which means that any game you throw at it, it will run buttery smooth. Along with a minimum of 6GB RAM, you won’t have issues with opening apps. All that with a 5000mAh battery with fast charging means that you won’t ever have to worry about low battery.

Display

Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.65 inches, 108.6 cm2 (~80.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~388 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
DCI-P3 100%
90 Hz

 

The Screen is a 6.65 inch AMOLED with a 1080×2340 resolution. Games and videos will look great on this especially with the deeper blacks. The phone also has a 90Hz display which means buttery smooth movements. Everything will be much smoother and fluid allowing you to have a better advantage against opponents in fast-paced games.

Camera

Back Camera
Single 48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, 1920fps

 

The back camera can record 8K videos at 15fps and 4K videos at 30 and 60fps both. Images will be really good looking thanks to the 48MP camera and the wide lens.

Front Camera
Single 16 MP, f/2.0, 2.0µm
Features HDR
Video [email protected]

 

The front camera is a 16MP camera which also supports 1080p video recording at 30fps.

Body and Features

Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.65 inches, 108.6 cm2 (~80.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~388 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
DCI-P3 100%
90 Hz
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
DTS XU1tra sound
32-bit/384kHz audio
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
RGB light panel (on the back)
Pressure sensitive zones
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX, LE
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
Radio No
USB 3.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go; accessory connector
Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

The phone has an impressive screen-to-body ratio at 80.5% and Gorilla Glass Cornering. It also retains the 3.5mm audio jack along with a Type-C connection for the charger. It has a fingerprint sensor on the back along with an RGB light panel. There are also pressure sensitive zones on the body of the phone that acts as triggers so you don’t have to buy extra accessories for it.

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ASUS To Launch Another ROG Gaming Phone This Year

ASUS made its foray into the mobile market last year with the ROG phone, a smartphone for gamers. Since then, we’ve seen quite a few gaming smartphones surface, and while none of them are cheap, damn, they are some of the coolest phones we’ve seen. The ROG phone was quite a premium device as well, with a price tag of INR 69,990. And if reports are to be believed, its successor might be on its way.

According to a report by Digitimes, ASUS is working on the next iteration of the ROG Phone. The company will officially reveal the smartphone sometime in Q3 2019. Interestingly, ASUS will be partnering up with Tencent to promote the phone’s launch.

Considering that Tencent is the publisher behind PUBG Mobile (which is one of the most popular mobile games, especially in countries like India and China), this partnership could actually provide a huge boost to the ROG Phone, especially during the launch period. The first ROG phone had Free Fire in its commercials, so we completely expect this one to go with PUBG Mobile.

There is no information regarding official specifications, but speculations suggest that ASUS will be using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor to power the ROG Phone 2. The phone should also have the 90 Hz AMOLED panel like its predecessor, if not a 120 Hz one like the Razer Phone.

Xiaomi recently launched the Black Shark 2, its latest addition to the Xiaomi line-up of gaming smartphones. With mobile gaming gaining popularity in the mainstream audience, we are bound to see a lot more action in the smartphone market, with every brand releasing their takes on gaming phones and accessories.

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Apple enters the ‘Gaming Arena’ with Apple Arcade

Apple has announced a game subscription service that goes by the name, Apple Arcade.

Apple Arcade will provide the subscribers with a massive vault featuring numerous exclusive and latest titles from several creators including Will Wright, Ken Wong and Hironobu Sakaguchi. Like other game subscription services, Apple will provide the users with access to all the games in its library.

Apple Arcade is available for Mobile, Desktops and Laptops.

According to Apple, these games be ‘ad-free’ and will respect the gamer’s privacy. Apple’s Marketing VP, Phil Schiller said, “We are working with some of the most innovative game developers in the world to create more than 100 new and exclusive games for the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV. Apple games “Apple Arcade” will be really great for families, respect user privacy and will not have any ads or need any additional purchases to be made.”

List of creators on-board with Apple.

App store has hundreds of great games but the competition is so fierce that it is very hard to make a game ‘free.’ Apple Arcade will solve this problem and will allow people to try out several games before they start their ‘grind.’

Currently, there is no news on pricing of this service but, what we do know is that Apple will roll out this service to more than 150 countries later this year. And in a case you were curious, Apple News+ costs $9.99 a month.

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Stardew Valley Is Coming To Android on March 14th

Stardew Valley, one of the best games to play when you want to take a break and relax is finally making its way to Android on 14th March.

Stardew Valley originally released on PC and is a game that is heavily inspired by Harvest Moon. However, Stardew Valley’s gameplay and world captivated people to such an extent that the game instantly became a hit and got released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch and iOS.

All that remains is the Android platform and it is great to see that it will finally make its way to it. Sadly, the Android version will lack the multiplayer features that are present on the Switch at launch and there’s no confirmation if it will be added later.

For those who don’t know what Stardew Valley is, it is a game where you quit your desk job to move to your grandfather’s farm in a small town to build up his farm. While there you meet a host of characters that live in and around the town, explore the various locations like caves and forests while also learning more about each character and building up your farm.

The beauty of the game is that you can approach the game however you want. You can sit back and focus on your farm or go out and fight the different monsters in the caves. You can decide whether or not you want to help the people of the town and are not forced or obligated to do anything.

It’s a great relaxation simulator where you can just shut your mind off and have a show, stream or music playing in the back while you play the game.

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Microsoft to extend Xbox live to Nintendo Switch and Smartphones, a step towards unified gaming platform

Microsoft is quite ambitious about Xbox’s future. Project xCloud, which the company launched in 2018, stated company’s clear goal to make Xbox games available on all platforms.

The latest reveal by Game Developers Conference says that Microsoft is planning to support cross-platform multiplayer gaming. This means that iOS, Android, Switch, PC and Xbox players would be able to play together. This move brings a lot to the table. Introducing all social and interactive tools including leaderboards, means that Microsoft would be able to tap into currently untouched 2 billion devices and integrate them into mainstream gaming, becoming the most ‘expansive’ platform.

Having a unified gaming platform means a win-win for everyone. But, disappointing, Microsoft has restricted the purchase of games to Microsoft’s own store only.
We’ll surely get more details and information when Microsoft does its presentation at GDC 2019. Stay tuned.

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iOS 13 may not support phones older than iPhone 7

According to ‘The Verifier’, an Israeli site, Apple’s new mobile OS, iOS 13 may not support phones older than the iPhone 7. This means that users of iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 6/ 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, and iPhone SE would not be able to install the new OS on their devices.
Also, the rumours indicate that Apple might remove iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, and the sixth-gen iPod touch from the ‘iOS 13 list’

Last year, when the company rolled out iOS 12, all iOS 11 compatible devices were supported by it. However, it has been a little more than 3 and a half year since the iPhone 6s was launched and the A9 bionic chip that powers it, seems to be ageing. If Apple plans on introducing new features to the newer iPhone users, it’ll have to ditch the older (and slower) devices.

iOS Dark Mode concept. Earlier, it was rumoured that Dark Mode would be released with iOS 12.

In January, a Bloomberg report indicated that Apple might introduce a ‘Dark Mode’ in iOS 13. Will it be an exclusive feature for the OLED screen devices? Or will it be just an iOS 13 feature? We don’t know. What we know is that iOS ‘13’ might be really unlucky for old iPhone users.

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Fortnite Update v7.30 Adds Mobile Controller Support and 60Hz Support on Android

Fortnite never stops with the update and with Fortnite Update v7.30, there’s been a lot of good additions for Mobile Gamers.

MOBILE

  • Mobile Controller support
    • Android: most of Bluetooth controller adapters, such as Steelseries Stratus XL, Gamevice, XBox1, Razer Raiju, and Moto Gamepad.  
    • iOS: MFi controllers, such as Steelseries Nimbus and Gamevice.
    • Disabled phone vibration if a gamepad attached.
  • 60Hz on select Android models
    • We are rolling out 60Hz support (to be enabled in settings) on select Android devices. We have been working with our partners on optimizations and are rolling this out initially on the following specific models.
    • Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (USA variant)
    • Huawei Honor View 20
    • Huawei Mate 20 X
  • Added audio visualization icons for vehicles and Balloons

They’ve also added a new grenade, the Chiller Grenade along with a new LTM mode, Solid Gold where all weapon spawns are legendary.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Chiller Grenade
    • The Chiller Grenade will knock players back, causing them to slide along the ground.
    • Allies, enemies, and vehicles hit with the Chiller Grenade will slip around with icy feet/wheels for a duration of 7 seconds.
    • Drops in stacks of 3.
      • Max stack size of 6.
    • Common rarity.
    • Can be found from Floor Loot and Vending Machines.
  • Cozy Campfire – Updated Visuals
    • We’ve updated the visual effects of Cozy Campfires to more clearly indicate when a campfire is in use or burnt out.
  • Vaulted
    • Bolt-action Sniper Rifle
    • Burst Rifle
    • Heavy Shotgun
    • SMG
      • Common, Uncommon, and Rare
  • Unvaulted
    • Suppressed SMG
      • Common, Uncommon, and Rare
  • Reduced the drop chance of Dual Pistol from floor loot from 2.24% to 1.38%.

If you’d like to read more about this new update, click here to go tp Epic Games’ blog post.

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