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Nubia Red Magic gaming phone to launch in India on Dec 20

The ZTE’s sub-brand Nubia hasn’t launched any phone in India since quite a while. Now, it seems like the company is gearing up for a come-back in the country with its Nubia Red Magic gaming smartphone.

Nubia India’s official Twitter handle has confirmed the same with a tweet. The tweet reads “Enough is enough, it’s time for a new species to take over. It’s time for a complete annihilation.”

The company has also tagged @RedMagicIN – a dedicated Twitter handle for the gaming smartphones by the company. The tweet reveals that the launch is in three days while the hashtags and the mention of Red Magic in the teaser confirm the device to be the Nubia Red Magic gaming phone. Thus, it is clear that the phone will be launched in India on December 20. To recall, it was first unveiled in China, back in April aimed explicitly at mobile gamers.

There’s also a possibility of the company launching the new Nubia Red Magic Mars in India. It was announced a month ago after being crowdfunded as the Red Magic 2 in China.

The main highlight of the Nubia Red Magic is its unusual rugged design with gaming-centric accents. The handset also gets an RGB LED strip at the back which makes it stand out from the competition.

The company is also touting the presence of extra layers of graphite, convex-styled back and four cooling ports. This will help it run cooler during an intensive stretch.

Moreover, the phone also gets a dedicated Gaming button which when pressed, activates Gaming mode along with the turbo acceleration mode for a significant performance boost.

Nubia Red Magic Specifications

As for the specs, the Nubia Red Magic phone sports a 5.99-inch LTPS TFT display with a Full-HD+ resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and 18:9 aspect ratio.

Under the hood, it gets powered by a generation old Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, coupled with Adreno 540 GPU. The device is available in 6/64GB and 8/128GB RAM and storage variants, as of China.

In the optics department, the Nubia Red Magic bears a single 24-megapixel sensor at the back with 0.9-micron pixel size, f/1.7 aperture, and 4K video recording support at 30fps. For selfies, we have an 8-megapixel camera sensor with f/2.0 aperture and 1.2um pixels at the front.

On the software front, the handset runs Stock Android 8.1 Oreo. All of this is backed by a sufficiently large 3,800mAh battery that supports NeoPower 3.0 and Nubia fast charging technology.

Lastly, the connectivity options on the phone include 4G VoLTE, dual-band 2X2 MIMO Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, a USB Type-C port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone measures 158.1x 74.9 x 9.5mm and weighs 185 grams.

Nubia Red Magic Expected Price in India

The Nubia Red Magic starts at CNY 2,499 (roughly Rs. 25,800) for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, while its 8GB RAM/ 128GB storage model is pitted at CNY 2,999 (roughly Rs. 31,000) in China. On the other hand, its successor with 10GB of RAM was priced at CNY 3,999 (approximately Rs. 40,500).

We expect the device to carry a similar price tag in India. If launched under 30K bracket, the phone will offer a tough competition to the Poco F1 and OnePlus 6T. Stay tuned for further updates.