Red Magic 3 review: Great value in a fun phone

Red Magic 3 review: Great value in a fun phone

The Red Magic 3 is the latest gaming device from Nubia. It’s an absolute beast considering the price tag, bringing several “firsts” and generally top-tier performance.

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The spec sheet certainly got my attention! Just to whet your appetite, consider these few points in the context of a sub-$500 phone (prices start at $479): Snapdragon 855 chipset, 8-12GB of RAM, 5,000mAh battery, the first ever 8K video recording, a built-in fan, 90Hz refresh rate, 6.65 inches of screen real estate, hardware buttons, and a dedicated gaming launcher.

That’s crazy value, and numerous other features make the Red Magic 3 an even more appealing proposition for gamers. Does it compete with the Black Shark 2? Is it a practical device for everyone else? What exactly is the point of all this power?

The big picture

Red Magic is a slightly less-known gaming brand from Nubia, a Chinese OEM that itself started as a subsidiary of ZTE.

With more and more manufacturers taking a stab at this kind of device — Xiaomi, HonorAsusRazer, and more — Nubia has its work cut out for. Thankfully, it’s managed to do this fairly well, thanks to generally impressive performance, a striking design, and shoulder buttons. I reviewed the Red Magic Mars and it managed some impressive horsepower beyond its peers, including the significantly more expensive Razer 2.

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Gaming phones are definitely a niche, but it’s one manufacturers seem determined to grow. And with this latest entry, Nubia might just be able to generate some buzz outside of the small cohort of Android gamers.

What’s in the box?

  • Charger
  • Phone
  • Instruction manual

For such an over-the-top phone, the Red Magic 3 doesn’t come with any surprises. There’s nothing in the box you wouldn’t expect, and it’s a shame not to see some wired headphones or similar. Still, given the generally amazing value on offer here, it’s fair enough. The presentation is actually really good, too.


  • 171.7 x 78.5 x 9.7mm, 215g
  • Metal build
  • RGB LED Strip
  • Shoulder buttons
  • Built-in cooling fan
  • Dedicated game mode switch

Nothing about the Red Magic 3’s design is boring. This is an extremely “gamer-fied” design, so you’re probably either going to love it or hate it.

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