Nubia Red Magic Gaming Phone Brings RGB Lighting Bling To Your Mobile Mojo

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When it comes to gaming on the PC side of things, RGB lighting is all the rage. RGB lighting on cases, fans, keyboards, motherboards and video cards are commonplace, and oftentimes expected. In the relatively new space of Android gaming phones, RGB lighting effects haven’t really been deployed... until now. Enter Nubia's Red Magic gaming phone.

Nubia is a division of ZTE, and the Red Magic is a sleek smartphone with a black anodized aluminum unibody chassis. On the back is where the "magic" happens, with a vertical RGB strip that runs down the center of the phone below the fingerprint reader. The strip is capable of displaying 16 million colors and comes with four lighting modes to customize your look. The RGB lighting effects are a nice touch, but we wonder how much you'll be able to enjoy it given that it's on the back of the device and will be covered by your hands (depending on how you grip your phone).

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You'll also find red accents throughout the phone on the speaker grills (there are actually four Dolby-enhanced speakers on the back of the phone at each corner), surrounding the rear camera, and on the customizable "GameBoost" button. GameBoost allows you to free up system resources so that every bit of available processing power is channeled to your gaming sessions.

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On the front, you'll find a 5.99-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2160x1080. Unfortunately, you won't find a 120Hz refresh rate on the Red Magic like you get on the Razer Phone. With that being said, the display does support the increasingly popular 18:9 aspect ratio and the bezels are relatively small all around. There's a USB-C port at the bottom of the device and a headphone jack is mounted up top. We should also mention that the Red Magic support dual SIMs and runs Android 8.1 Oreo.

On the inside, you'll find last year's Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (which is still no slouch in performance) and 8GB of RAM (just like the Razer Phone). There's 128GB of internal storage provided, but there's no microSD slot if you run out of room due to your gaming obsession. Given that this is a gaming machine first and foremost, there's a generous 3,800 mAh battery to ensure that your gaming sessions aren't cut short.

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With respect to cameras, there is a single 24MP sensor on the rear with an f/1.7 aperture, while an 8MP selfie camera can record video at 4K or shoot 120fps slow-mo at 720p.

Perhaps the best thing about the Red Magic is its price. Nubia is pricing the smartphone at $399 through an Indiegogo campaign that kicks off on April 26th.