The RedMagic 8 Pro has been launched in China and is the first Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 powered gaming phone.
RedMagic 8 Pro and RedMagic 8 Pro Plus are available in China from today, while the company has confirmed that it will be available in other markets from January 16, 2023.
So it could be the fastest phone on the market. The first phones powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 have only just started rolling out, but this is the first dedicated gaming phone with Qualcomm’s impressive chip.
While the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is an off-the-shelf component, the RedMagic ICE 11.0 cooling system (which includes 11 layers and a dedicated fan) should ensure that the chip can run smoothly for longer periods, resulting in better sustained performance compared to on conventional phones.
Both phones also have a Red Core 2 gaming chip, which can apparently handle various effects and vibration.
I reviewed RedMagic 7S Pro in July, and found it to be an “incredibly powerful gaming phone with smooth physical controls and a relatively understated look.” This also appears to be the case with the RedMagic 8 Pro range, with a bold new industrial design with flat sides and an all-screen front, as well as the return of those shoulder buttons.
Both phones feature a 6.8-inch OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate (not the highest for a gaming phone, but still decent) and a peak brightness of 1,300 nits. The 1.48mm-thick bezels look particularly sleek, thanks to the 16-megapixel selfie camera below the display. I found this component to be terrible when taking selfies with the RedMagic 7S Pro, but maybe this second generation component will be better.
As for the main camera, Nubia (formerly a sub-brand of ZTE) has improved things with the 50MP Samsung GN5 sensor. This is the same sensor you’ll find on the Galaxy S22. There’s no telephoto again, and the ultra-wide is a modest 8MP example, accompanied by a 2MP macro sensor.
The Pro has a 6000mAh battery and the Pro Plus has a 5000mAh battery. The regular 8 Pro offers 80W charging, while the Plus model goes all-in with 165W.
As always, the more expensive model, the RedMagic 8 Pro Plus, comes with a transparent back cover option that exposes some of the phone’s internals.
Prices start at RMB 3,999 for the RedMagic 8 Pro and RMB 5,199 for the 8 Pro Plus. We’ll let you know as soon as global pricing becomes available, but these are generally pretty good phones considering their tough specs.