In 2022, it’s simple for telephones to be the middle of your world. Features are embedded into your on a regular basis life—from snapping key moments to catching up with buddies to discovering that subsequent cool restaurant. But for cellular avid gamers, priorities (reminiscent of a show with a excessive refresh fee) are totally different. The Nubia RedMagic 7 Pro is a cellphone that’s firmly centered on delivering for followers of handheld Android gaming. The result’s loads of advantages for avid gamers together with consequential drawbacks. And, curiously, there are some wild-card positives that every one can worth.
First, this cellphone firmly delivers on its gaming hype. With a 120-Hz show and 960-Hz multitouch sampling fee, enjoying video games on this cellphone is accompanied by easy viewing and unhindered contact interactions. Power fanatics could also be disenchanted that this machine has opted for a decrease refresh fee than on the earlier mannequin, which featured a 165-Hz panel, however charges past 120-Hz are not often totally utilized.
First-person shooter followers will see the RedMagic 7 Pro soar, with COD Mobile comfortably sitting at 120 frames per second on max settings whereas barely getting heat to the contact. The onboard cooling system is the star right here, together with a pleasingly delicate fan. It’s activated by toggling a crimson change on the facet of the cellphone. This change may also take you into Nubia’s Game Space, the place you’ll be able to see your downloaded titles multi function place. In a extra demanding title like Genshin Impact, you’ll hit its most 60 fps on this machine in excessive settings, and it’ll run with nary a stutter. In our testing it did verge on uncomfortably heat after greater than 15 to twenty minutes of play, even with the fan going, however efficiency didn’t waver.
Outside of this machine’s bread and butter—distinctive cellular gaming efficiency—there are a selection of different player-friendly additions. Most distinguished are the capacitive shoulder buttons. While a bodily click on would offer a extra satisfying interplay, transferring components simply aren’t that sensible on a cellphone. As such, contact with a lovely stage of vibration is a good purpose for gaming cellular units to shoot for, and the RedMagic 7 Pro nails it. The two customizable buttons assist you to improve from onscreen controls to one thing extra pure and conventional. These are actually easy to arrange by means of Nubia’s Game Space app, accessed by swiping from the left throughout video games.
The Game Space overlay ranges from a small bar that may show the time, frames per second, obtain velocity, battery life, and size of play session. The full menu features a wider vary of gaming choices, like toggling 120-Hz mode, fast entry to social channels, display screen recording, and extra. Each function I examined labored simply as meant, and the overlay didn’t trigger any crashes or slowdowns.
As a gaming cellphone, the RedMagic 7 Pro is sort of with out flaw. Mobile avid gamers won’t be disenchanted. However, should you’re in search of a extra well-rounded expertise, this isn’t the cellphone for you. The obvious first folly is the under-display selfie digicam. Make no mistake, this accommodates some nice immersive viewing—with a display screen uninhibited by a notch or cutout. However, the trade-off is that the ensuing pictures are poor, with a scarcity of element and accuracy, and a murky overlay brought on by the display screen positioned in entrance. Also, there could also be no show to hinder them, however the rear cameras aren’t significantly better. They could also be positive for capturing the odd second, however you’re unlikely to look again on the pictures fondly. Camera followers ought to keep away from.
The RedMagic 7 Pro audio system aren’t all that nice both, offering primary sound that lacks accuracy at loud volumes and satisfying bass. Thankfully, there’s a headphone jack for individuals who’d like the choice for wired classes.
The thickness and weight of this machine—9.98 mm and 0.52 lbs (235 g)—will possible be a heftier maintain for you should you’re not used to a gaming cellphone, a necessity for one thing with such energy. There’s no IP ranking right here for dust- or water-proofing both.
Outside of its dimensions, the rear of the cellphone is kind of ugly. You get some customizable RGB lights that’ll please followers preferring a contact of gaming finesse, however the sharp, angular sample of the warmth dissipation plate is a less expensive look than the remainder of the sturdy metallic design. The again of the cellphone additionally fails to facilitate wi-fi charging. It isn’t an enormous loss, and the blow is softened by a speedy 65-watt wired charger.