nubia Red Magic 9 Pro review


Introduction and specs

The Red Magic 9 Pro by nubia has arrived early this year, probably due to Qualcomm making its top-tier chipset available earlier than usual. Either way, this year’s top-tier gaming smartphone from Red Magic is out, and it comes along with a slew of meaningful upgrades. A worthy generational improvement.

nubia Red Magic 9 Pro review

In addition to the more powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC on board, the handset boasts a brighter display, twice the standard storage, a new 50MP ultrawide camera, a bigger battery, and the global variant finally gets USB 3.2 Gen2.

ZTE nubia Red Magic 9 Pro specs at a glance:

  • Body: 164.0×76.4×8.9mm, 229g; Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame, glass back; Pressure sensitive zones (520Hz touch-sensing), Built-in cooling fan, Aviation aluminum middle frame.
  • Display: 6.80″ AMOLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, 1600 nits (peak), 1116x2480px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 400ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8650-AB Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 (4 nm): Octa-core (1×3.3 GHz Cortex-X4 & 5×3.2 GHz Cortex-A720 & 2×2.3 GHz Cortex-A520); Adreno 750.
  • Memory: 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM, UFS 4.0.
  • OS/Software: Android 14, Redmagic OS 9.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 50 MP, 1/1.57″, 1.0µm, PDAF, OIS; Ultra wide angle: 50 MP, f/2.2, 1/2.76″, 0.64µm; Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4.
  • Front camera: 16 MP, f/2.0, (wide), 1.12µm, under display.
  • Video capture: Rear camera: 8K@30fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps; Front camera: 1080p@30/60fps.
  • Battery: 6500mAh; 80W wired, PD3.0.
  • Connectivity: 5G; Dual SIM; Wi-Fi 7; BT 5.3; NFC; Infrared port; 3.5mm jack; IR blaster, USB 3. Gen2.
  • Misc: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); stereo speakers.

To handle the powerful chip, nubia has once again upgraded the cooling solution, now called ICE 13. It incorporates a 10-layer heat dissipation sheet with a bigger surface, and the cooling fan now goes up to 22,000 RPM while reducing noise emissions.

nubia Red Magic 9 Pro review

The handset also boasts upgrades to the stereo speaker setup, more gaming features, better LED lighting around, including the shoulder triggers, and a slimmer design. That last bit is impressive, given the 500 mAh battery increase over the last generation.

So, without further ado, let’s see how the new Red Magic 9 Pro runs games and how well it fares in our usual set of tests.

Unboxing the nubia Red Magic 9 Pro

The handset comes in a standard box containing the usual user manuals along with a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging and data transfer and a 65W wall charger.

nubia Red Magic 9 Pro review

Nubia provides a protective case too. It’s transparent, so it doesn’t take away from the nice design.

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