Red Magic 6S Pro and hardware overview
Click here for our full and comprehensive review of the Red Magic 6 vanilla , which the Red magic 6S Pro is based on.
For a gaming rig like the ZTE Nubia Red Magic 6, keeping up with the latest silicon releases comes with the territory. Gaming phones should offer buyers the latest and greatest hardware because if they don’t, the competition will certainly do so.
That’s the same rat race that spawned the latest pair of ROG Phone 5s and the same one behind Nubia’s decision to create the Red Magic 6S Pro, which we’ll be reviewing today.
The Nubia Red Magic 6S Pro is basically the Red Magic 6, with an upgraded Snapdragon 888+ chipset and touchscreen sampling. Just like the ROG Phone 5s, for the vanilla ROG Phone 5. ZTE also claims that the new review includes internal cooling improvements, which could actually turn out to be the most important part of the update, at least judging by our impressions of the ROG Phone 5s Pro.
The thing is, the Snapdragon 888 really got a bad rep for running really hot and draining a lot of power. The Snapdragon 888+ takes all of that and among other things raises the maximum core frequency of the Prime Kryo 680 CPU from 2.84GHz to 2.95GHz. With that, inevitably, more heat is introduced and more battery drain. Not quite perfect in your typical smartphone – a closed and insulated system, with constant power and a thermal envelope, as well as a limited battery capacity.
However, the Nubia Red Magic 6S Pro is not exactly your typical smartphone. The integrated, active cooling fan has been a staple in the Red Magic line for some time now, and it’s also here. The built-in fan means that the Red Magic 6S Pro has active cooling, which is not a closed system and is passively cooled. So we might see here a lower weight for the heat part of this equation.
This is arguably the most important task the Red Magic 6S Pro has to accomplish – keeping the Snapdragon 888+ well cool, with minimal thermal throttling. The Snapdragon 888+ is mostly “flexible” on paper rather than a source of actual better in-game performance over the Snapdragon 888 but it runs hotter. This is evident from the specs alone, but it also became evident after we tested the ROG Phone 5s Pro after it was upgraded to the same Snapdragon 888+ chipset.
In that sense, the Red Magic 6S Pro has its work cut out for it – taming the Snapdragon 888+ and bringing the heat to its best capabilities and for extra points, do it better than the ROG Phone 5s Pro.
We’ve also cut our business – since the Red Magic 6S Pro is essentially the same as the Red Magic 6 in terms of design and exterior plus most of its other specs, apart from the chipset we need to focus on performance – explosive, sustainable behaviour, thermal throttling and battery endurance in the model the new. Since there are some upgrades on the 6.8-inch screen, we also need to test its performance.
For every other aspect of the Red Magic 6S Pro, head over to our full and comprehensive review of the Red Magic 6 vanilla .
What’s different about Red Magic 6S Pro and hardware overview
The current Red Magic 6 lineup is a bit confusing. There is the vanilla Red Magic 6 , as well as the Red Magic 6 Pro . The obvious difference between the duo is in the memory configurations: 128 GB / 12 GB and 256 GB / 12 GB are available for both models, while the vanilla also has a 128 GB / 8 GB class, and the Pro has two higher – 256 GB Byte / 16 GB and 512 GB / 18 GB.
However, the real kicker is the Chinese version of the Pro, which has a smaller 4,500mAh battery, compared to the 5,050mAh on every other model, and also advertises 120W charging, compared to a maximum of 66W on all models. Red Magic 6 other. . This is a very strange difference indeed, and things are still even stranger, as some models appear to be offered as Tencent exclusives, which often have additional Tencent logos and sometimes have different LED lighting settings.
Left: Red Magic 6S Pro; Right: Red Magic 6
Enter the Red Magic 6S Pro, which we currently have in-office review. Nubia wasn’t particularly clear about the new lineup and the different variants that might be available, as well as potential differences between the global and Chinese models. Anyway, all the new models will be rocking the new Snapdragon 888+ chipset. This is certain.
Our unit is designated “Pro”, however it doesn’t have RGB lighting on the back panel, just the red logo at the bottom. It has 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage, making it the lowest available. This explains the lack of RGB LEDs.
Turns out the Red Magic 6S Pro is available in standard black , which we have available in either 12GB/128GB or 16GB/256GB class.
Then there’s also the transparent variant , which, besides changing the color, also has RGB lights on the internal fan and is only available in the higher 16GB/256GB class. It also has a new touch control area on the back panel, above the red logo, which is referred to as the M key .
Furthermore, all Red Magic 6S models are slightly lighter at 215 grams , compared to their vanilla sibling at 220 grams and actually have a slightly different body, measuring 169.9 x 77.19 x 9.5 mm – a slight change, not enough to even break compatibility with existing cases, but no Still one noteworthy.
Left: Red Magic 6S Pro; Right: Red Magic 6
Despite the different proportions and weight, the Red Magic 6S Pro we got still has a 5,050mAh battery , capable of charging up to 66W . However, the charger included in the box runs out at 30W, just like in the vanilla Red Magic 6.
A quick overview of the ZTE nubia Red Magic 6S Pro specifications:
- Body: 169 x 77.19 x 9.5 mm, 215 grams; Glass front, glass back, aluminum frame; pressure sensitive areas (touch sensor 450Hz), built-in cooling fan (with RGB lights on a transparent version); Colors: black, transparent.
- Screen: 6.80 inches AMOLED, 165 Hz, 630 nits (type), 1080 x 2400 pixels, aspect ratio 20: 9, 387 ppi; 720Hz multi-touch sampling rate.
- Chipset: Qualcomm SM8350-AC Snapdragon 888+ 5G (5 nm): Octa-core (1 x 2.95 GHz Kryo 680 & 3 x 2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4 x 1.80 GHz Kryo 680); Adreno 660.
- Memory: 128 GB 12 GB RAM, 256 GB 16 GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
- Operating System/Software: Android 11, Red Magic 4.5.
- Rear camera: Wide (main) : 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.97″, 0.7µm, PDAF; Ultra- wide angle : 8 MP, f/2.0, 120°, 13mm, 1/ 4.0”, 1.12 µ m; Macro : 2 mega pixel.
- Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, (wide), 1/4.0″, 1.12 µm.
- Video capture: Rear camera : 8K@30fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps; Front camera : 1080p @ 30fps.
- Battery: 5050 mAh; 66W Fast Charging – International Model, Power Delivery 3.0, Quick Charge 4.
- misc: fingerprint reader (under display, optical, 7th generation); NFC; 3.5 mm jack stereo speakers.
All new Red Magic 6S models also get a faster 720MHz multi-finger touch sampling rate on a 6.8-inch, 165Hz, FHD+ AMOLED display. The change appears to be related to the actual touch controller rather than the display panel itself, which could be the same.
When talking about improvements in access time, Nubia claims that the operators shoulder Cypress special by taking samples now at 450 Hz, 400 Hz instead of the former, thanks to the dual control modules independent. Again, this should apply to all Red Magic 6S models.
All new models should also get a fingerprint reader that is upgraded from the seventh generation . It claims to monitor the pulse, on top of verifying the fingerprint itself, which makes it more secure as it cannot be easily deceived with a fake fingerprint. We did not notice any decrease in its performance due to this. Still very pungent and subtle.
Last but not least, the Nubia boasts a re-engineered internal cooling solution , meant to deal with the Snapdragon 888+’s excessive heat. Rumors have suggested that there is a type of graphene sheet, and there is at least one layer of that material present in the phone. However, it does not appear to be the new addition to the cooling setting. That would be a mysterious “atmospheric temperature phase change material”, which apparently can store a lot of heat and gradually release it to improve the surface and palm temperature.
Frankly, the ad message here confuses us a bit, as it seems Nubia can’t decide whether the improvements were made to better keep the internals cool or for the convenience of the user. Our press material also doesn’t say whether or not all versions of the Red Magic 6S get this new special add-on. Here is a table that should summarize the changes made from Red Magic 6 to 6S, in the best way we can solve it.
|Nubia Red Magic 6||Nubia Red Magic 6 Pro||Nubia Red Magic 6S Pro||Nubia Red Magic 6S Pro Transparent Edition|
|169.9 x 77.2 x 9.7 mm – 220 grams||169.9 x 77.2 x 9.7 mm – 220 grams||169.9 x 77.19 x 9.5 mm – 215 grams||169.9 x 77.19 x 9.5 mm – 215 grams|
|Screen touch sampling: 500Hz – single touch, 360Hz multi-touch||Screen touch sampling: 500Hz – single touch, 360Hz multi-touch||Touch sampling screen: 720Hz multi-touch||Touch sampling screen: 720Hz multi-touch|
|Shoulder trigger sampling: 400 Hz||Shoulder trigger sampling: 400 Hz||Shoulder trigger sampling: 450 Hz (dual IC)||Shoulder trigger sampling: 450 Hz (dual IC)|
|VC Cooling + Graphite + Thermal Gel + Copper Foil + Cooling Aluminum + Cooling Ducts||VC Cooling + Graphite + Thermal Gel + Copper Foil + Cooling Aluminum + Cooling Ducts||VC cooling + graphite + thermal gel + copper foil + cooling aluminum + cooling air ducts + phase change material||VC cooling + graphite + thermal gel + copper foil + cooling aluminum + cooling air ducts + phase change material|
|Logo Light + RGB Side Light||Logo Light + RGB Side Light||logo light||Logo light + fan’s internal RGB lights|
|Sixth generation under-display fingerprint reader||Sixth generation under-display fingerprint reader||7th Generation Under-screen Optical Fingerprint Reader with Pulse Detection||7th Generation Under-screen Optical Fingerprint Reader with Pulse Detection|
|5050 mAh battery + 66W charging||5050mAh battery + 66W charging or 4500mAh battery + 120W charging (China)||5050mAh battery + 66W charging or 4500mAh battery + 120W charging (China)||5050mAh battery + 66W charging or 4500mAh battery + 120W charging (China)|
|128 GB RAM 8 GB, 128 GB 12 GB RAM, 256 GB 12 GB RAM||128 GB 12 GB RAM, 256 GB 12 GB RAM, 256 GB 16 GB RAM, 512 GB 18 GB RAM||128 GB 12 GB RAM, 256 GB 16 GB RAM||256 GB 16 GB RAM|
|–||–||–||The main touch area on the back|
There’s clearly an unfortunate amount of guesswork involved with the Red Magic 6S lineup, even on the unit we received. In fact, we’re not quite sure if we have a Chinese or a global one, since the particular program it’s running with is full of funky subtitles, a lot of Chinese text, and some of the menus and options are clearly mismatched, compared to our international obviously Vanilla Red unit Magic 6 and others are out of place like a full-featured RGB controller menu that does nothing and a few other options that crash on us when we try to use them.
Left: Red Magic 6S Pro; Right: Red Magic 6R
For the sake of accuracy, at least we can say with complete confidence that the Red Magic 6S Pro has little to do with the Red Magic 6R , which, among other things, has a completely different screen.
Since we’ve already touched on the accessory bundle briefly, we should take a quick look at the retail box of the Red Magic 6S Pro unit. The box itself is slightly different than the box that the vanilla Red Magic 6 shipped in. It’s smaller and simpler than two.
Inside – a 30W charger and a stylish red braided Type-C to Type-C cable. As mentioned earlier, the Red Magic 6S Pro supports up to 66W of charging, but you need to get the required charger separately. However, the unit provided in the box is actually a versatile, compact unit that’s great for travel since it not only delivers 30W of PD with PPS support, but can also do Qualcomm Quick Charge.
There is also a nice, thick and transparent TPU case in the box. A neat addition, even if most of the back of the case is already missing, it should accommodate heat dissipation better on a phone that tends to feel warm because it prioritizes cooler interiors, and overhead comfort.