When looking back at the best phones of 2021, Nubia’s RedMagic series definitely stood out as one of the best options for mobile gaming. Nubia is back again as it has just announced the RedMagic 7 and RedMagic 7 Pro in China. There will be multiple versions of the phones released, as the company is also set to debut the global version of the RedMagic 7 lineup later this month.
Both devices feature a 6.8-inch AMOLED display sporting a 2400 x 1080 resolution and a screen-to-body ratio of almost 92%. Considering that this is a gaming-centric phone, we also have an ultra-fast 165Hz refresh rate complete with a 720Hz touch sampling rate with the RedMagic 7. As for the RedMagic 7 Pro, things are a little bit different as the phone offers a 120Hz refresh rate and a 960Hz touch-sampling rate.
You might be disappointed to see the slower refresh rate on the 7 Pro, but part of the reason for the change has to do with the under-display selfie camera that has been implemented. This is a trend that we’re seeing in more and more phones, and Nubia opted to bring this to the RedMagic 7 Pro, while its counterpart relies on a more-traditional hole-punch selfie cutout at the top of the display.
One of the best features of the RedMagic series to date has been the integrated shoulder triggers that can be used in your favorite Android games. These are returning with the RedMagic 7 series and have been upgraded with a 500Hz touch-sampling rate. The company claims this will help reduce the latency, knocking all the way down to just 7.4ms. Nubia also states that thanks to the “high-performance custom IC”, you’ll be able to experience a “smoother” experience while also being able to customize and create different “complex actions” when using the shoulder triggers.
As we expected, both the RedMagic 7 and 7 Pro are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen chipset, the same one likely to be found in many of the best Android phones of 2022. With the RedMagic 7, this SoC will be paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, meanwhile the RedMagic 7 Pro ups the ante slightly as it features 12GB of RAM and the same 128GB of storage.
If you’re worried about the RedMagic 7 overheating, then you can put those concerns to rest thanks to Nubia’s all-new ICE 8.0 cooling system. This new cooling system is constructed of nine different layers, including a built-in turbofan that can reach up to 20,000rpm right from your phone. An additional air inlet has also been added which is said to increase airflow by about 35% compared to previous models. And Nubia wouldn’t get away without offering some new accessories, such as the Turbo Cooler which features RGB and will dissipate heat by up to 17%.
Battery life should also be pretty solid across the board, but Nubia has upgraded the charging capabilities for the RedMagic 7 Pro. The phone sports a 5,000mah dual-cell battery and can now support up to 135W charging speeds, with Nubia claiming that it can go from 0-100% in just 15 minutes. As for the standard RedMagic 7, the phone features a 4,500mAh battery, 120W charging speeds, and goes from 0-100% in 17 minutes.
As a reminder, Nubia is only currently announcing the Chinese versions of the RedMagic 7 series today, with the global variants due to be announced on February 22. Pricing for the RedMagic 7 starts at CNY 4,000 ($630), with the RedMagic 7 Pro coming in at CNY 4,700 ($740). Pre-orders begin today in China, with open sales set to begin on February 21.