Nubia Red Magic 7 series debuts with 135W fast charging and UD camera!


ZTE is still proud of the innovation that they’re further developing. Only the Pro model has the UD camera however.

The Red Magic series isn’t just a flagship, but it’s also one of the most popular gaming phones released, so much that ZTE continues developing it as one of their “hero” products.

The most notable development from the previous series is the under-display camera and 135W fast charging. The former which was seen first on the ZTE Axon 20 series.

The display of the phone is a little underwhelming (we kinda expected a 2K screen for a gaming phone) but it does make up for it by having a high 120Hz refresh rate. It is a 6.8in. FHD+ AMOLED which houses the under-display front camera and also supports DCI-P3 colour gamut. The more expensive model, interestingly enough, offers a lower refresh rate but a higher 960Hz touch sampling rate, while the vanilla model does it in reverse, having a 165Hz refresh rate with a lower 720Hz touch sampling rate. Display type, resolution, and size are identical however.

Powering the phone is the Samsung-manufactured Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. There are rumours that a TSMC variant, dubbed “Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus” is being manufactured because the Samsung fabrication is disappointing. So, we’re expecting that refreshed flagships would get this new processor.

Going back to the Red Magic 7, the processor is cooled by an internal cooling system called ICE 8.0 which is an improvement over the last generation. It still has a 20,000rpm fan but there is now a “canyon air duct” which connects to a second air inlet that increases airflow by 35% and cools the phone 3┬░C. The included Turbo Cooler allows for even better cooling. It’s an external fan that you can attach to your phone that improves heat dissipation by 17% while also being quieter than its competitors by 3dB. The internal cooling consists of Composite Phase Heat Dissipation materiel, thermal gel, a vapour chamber, and graphite sheet.

The response rate of the shoulder pads has also been improved, it now lags less thanks to a 500Hz sampling rate (previously 450Hz). The response rate is now rated at 7.4ms. The phone has its own chip called Red Core 1 which is responsible for maintaining a comfortable gaming experience.

The cameras are unchanged versus the Red Magic 6 series, retaining the 64mp main camera, 8mp ultrawide, and 2mp macro. Not surprising, since cameras are not the main focus of the phones. The Red Magic 7 Pro with UD selfie camera is 16mp in resolution and takes advantage of a tripod pixel arrangement to keep transparency as high as possible. The regular Red Magic 7 has a dot camera with 8mp resolution.

The phones also include supplementary apps like Red Magic Studio that allow you to wirelessly mirror your screen with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. In addition to that, you can also record gameplay in 120Hz refresh rate in an H.264 format. The Game Space app allows you to reconfigure the shoulder pads and also functions as a performance manager app, where users can tweak the performance settings of the phones.

Both phones will launch with Red Magic UI 5.0 based on Android 12 with optimizations to performance. The Pro model is equipped with a 5000mAh battery with 135W fast charging, a rarity and a novelty for even flagship phones of a similar calibre. This fast charging rate can charge a phone from empty to full in as fast as 15 minutes, providing for virtually non-stop usage and gaming. The provided fan also allows the pone to be used while charging.

Meanwhile, the vanilla phone is also top-notch, sure it’s a little lower now at 120W and it has slightly lower 4500mMah juice but it’s charging rate is still higher than what most flagships provide. This charging rate can charge a phone from empty to full in about 17 minutes. Both phones ship with 165W USB-C chargers which can be used to charge laptops as well.

The phone comes in Cyber Neon, Night Knight, and a Transparent variant. The first two are RGB-backlit while the Transparent variant has RGB lighting through its fan that’s highly visible because of the transparent glass.

Prices are as follows:

RED MAGIC 7:

  • 8/128: CNY 3,999 (~Php 32.5K)
  • 12/256: CNY 4,899 (~Php 39.8K)

RED MAGIC 7 PRO

  • 12/128: CNY 4,799 (~Php 39K)
  • 12/256: CNY 5,299 (~Php 43.1K)
  • 18/1TB: CNY 7,499 (~Php 61K)

The Red Magic 7 is now available for pre-orders in China, with global versions to be announced on 22nd February while sales will start this 10th March. Global prices are yet to be announced and knowing ZTE has virtually no presence in the Philippines, it’s unlikely to see the phone become official here unless you’re buying in grey markets, which is the only possible way to buy the phone legitimately.

SPECS (RED MAGIC 7):

  • 6.8in. FHD+ AMOLED, 165Hz refresh rate, 720Hz touch sampling rate
    • Trigger Pads: 500Hz touch sampling rate, 7.4ms response rate
    • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4nm)
  • CAMERAS:
    • 64mp (main)
    • 8mp (ultrawide)
    • 2mp (depth)
    • FRONT: 8mp
  • 4500mAh, 120W fast charging (0-100%: ~17 minutes) (China variant)
    • 65W fast charging (Global variant)
    • included 165W USB-C charger
  • In-display fingerprint sensor, RGB backlight, ICE 8.0 Cooling, 5G services
  • 3.5mm jack, Stereo speakers, Turbo Cooler accessory, software enhancements, accessory connector
  • RedMagic UI 5.0, based on Android 12

RED MAGIC 7 PRO

  • 6.8in. FHD+ AMOLED, 120Hz refresh rate, 960Hz touch sampling rate
    • Trigger Pads: 500Hz touch sampling rate, 7.4ms response rate
    • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (4nm)
  • CAMERAS:
    • 64mp (main)
    • 8mp (ultrawide)
    • 2mp (depth)
    • FRONT: 16mp (in-display)
  • 5000mAh, 135W fast charging (0-100%: ~15 minutes)
    • included 165W USB-C charger
  • In-display fingerprint sensor, RGB backlight, ICE 8.0 Cooling, 5G services
  • 3.5mm jack, Stereo speakers, Turbo Cooler accessory, software enhancements, accessory connector
  • RedMagic UI 5.0, based on Android 12

Source: GSMArena