Gaming smartphones are a niche when you look at the smartphone market as a whole. Not too long ago, a powerful processor was considered to be the only important factor for gaming. Things have changed drastically now, and we have dedicated gaming smartphones, each one bringing something different to the table. The Nubia Red Magic 3, for instance, had an internal fan which helped it keep thermals in check. We liked it as a gaming device, but it wasn’t very good at everything else. Nubia, the company behind that phone, has now launched an update called the Nubia Red Magic 3S.
This new model comes with the new Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC, a 90Hz display, and more RAM and storage. Is this the best gaming hardware currently on the market? We put this smartphone to the test to find out.
Nubia Red Magic 3S Design
The Red Magic 3 (Review), which was launched earlier this year, had a striking design. The update isn’t too different, and the Red Magic 3S still has the same design although there’s a flashy new paint job. Nubia has launched the Red Magic 3S in two colours, Mecha Silver and Cyber Shade, and we had the Cyber Shade version for this review. It has a gradient between bright red and purple. We got mixed opinions about this style from people around us – some liked the bright flashy colours while others hated it. Nubia offers this only on the top-end variant of the Red Magic 3S.
Just like the Red Magic 3, this smartphone is taller than usual and a little bulky. It sports a big 6.65-inch HDR AMOLED display. There are thick bezels at the top and the bottom of the device, while the ones on the sides are sleek. It also has a 90Hz refresh rate just like the Red Magic 3. The AMOLED display is vivid and has three colour modes to choose from: Colourful mode (wide colour gamut) makes colours pop, while the Regular mode switches the panel to the DCI-P3 gamut, and the Natural mode uses sRGB. Nubia offers stereo speakers on the Red Magic 3S, which is now expected on a gaming device. There is Corning Gorilla Glass for protection, but Nubia does not mention the version used.