Like clockwork, Nubia is back with another generation of gaming phones. Less than six months after the Red Magic 6S and 6S Pro launched, their successors became official in China.
But if the previous generation was considered an iterative update, the Red Magic 7 and 7 Pro offer more significant improvements. In addition to Qualcomm’s latest and most eye-catching chipset, the 7 Pro also has a selfie camera under the screen and a 135W fast charger.
The standard Red Magic 7 is currently on sale worldwide, but we’ll have to wait a little longer for the 7 Pro to launch outside of China. Here are all the important details.
When will the Red Magic 7 series be released?
- Both phones were announced in China on February 17 and unveiled on February 21
- Red Magic 7 is released worldwide on February 22, and the release date is March 10
- The Red Magic 7 Pro is expected to go on sale globally in the second quarter of 2022
Nubia announced the Red Magic 7 and 7 Pro on February 17 in China. The phones are already on sale, starting from February 21.
Just one day later, Red Magic 7 was released worldwide. Pre-orders are expected to go live shortly before they go live on March 10.
But this is still the usual model. Nubia once committed to launching the Red Magic 7 Pro in the global market in the second quarter of 2022 – any time from April to June.
While Nubia tends to avoid the tendency of some “global” phones to be limited to a few key countries, it’s frustrating to expect more. Overall, Red Magic phones are available in Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East – with no signs that this will change any time soon.
How Much Does The Red Magic 7 and 7 Pro Cost?
- Red Magic 7 from £529 / $629
- The Red Magic 7 Pro costs around £4799 to £556/$757.
- Local prices expected to be higher
Following the global launch, we now have fully confirmed prices for the usual Red Magic 7:
- Red Magic 7 (12GB RAM, 128GB memory) – £529 / $629
- Red Magic 7 (16GB RAM, 256GB memory) – £619 / $729
- Red Magic 7 (18GB RAM, 256GB memory) – £679 / $799
Until the global release, our best guess for Red Magic 7 Pro prices comes from Chinese conversions. However, you can generally expect to pay much more than these numbers suggest:
- Red Magic 7 Pro (12GB RAM, 128GB memory) – 4 4,799 (about £556 / $757)
- Red Magic 7 Pro (12GB RAM, 256GB memory) – .2 5,299 (about £614 / $836)
- Red Magic 7 Pro (18GB RAM, 1TB memory) – 7 7,499 (about £869 / $1,183)
If these prices are approximate, the Red Magic 7 Pro is approaching the flagship phone space after a slight price increase. It should be noted, however, that the standard Red Magic 6S has never been released outside of China.
Red Magic 7 Series Design And Features
- Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset in all configurations
- Selfie camera at the bottom of the screen and 135 W charging on the Pro model
- The global version of the traditional model reduces the charging speed from 120W to 65W
There are some differences in features between the Red Magic phones offered for sale in China and the versions released worldwide. But Nubia has minimized everything on the usual Red Magic 7 – nothing more than changing the 120W charge to 65W.
It is not yet clear whether other features will change in the global version of the 7 Pro. As of now, the specs of both phones encourage reading.
The Red Magic 7 Series is equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset with Qualcomm’s built-in 5G modem. It works in conjunction with Nubia’s own Red Core 1 chip, which helps some players manage certain features. Performance should be even better with 8/12GB RAM on the Ordinary Red Magic 7 and 12/18GB RAM on the Pro.
The screen sizes are the same. You get the same 6.8 inch AMOLED display with 1080×2400 resolution on both phones. The Full HD+ resolution is designed to help stabilize battery life, especially at high refresh rates. In the standard Red Magic 7, you get the 165Hz we’ve seen in previous generations, and the 720Hz touchscreen selection rate for ultra-smooth gaming. The 7 Pro bumps this up to an incredible 960Hz, but lowers the refresh rate in operation to 120Hz.
It sounds like an odd move on a ‘pro’ phone, but it could be due to a new selfie camera at the bottom of the screen. This 16Mp sensor is an improvement over the on-paper 8Mp lens on the 6S Pro, but the photos below the screen still aren’t impressive. The standard Red Magic 7 is fixed with an 8Mp selfie camera, while the rear cameras remain the same on both models: 64Mp wide, ultra-wide 8Mp and 2Mp macro.
The undisputed new feature is the 135W fast charger, and Nubia says it will fully charge the Red Magic 7 Pro’s 5000mAh battery in just 15 minutes – the fastest charger you’ll find on any phone. In the Chinese version of the regular model, the 120W charge is likely to vary between 0-100% in 17 minutes, but Nubia does not make any specific claims about the 65W you get in the global version. However, all versions of the phones have a suitable charger in the box.
Some improvements have also been made in the cooling system, which Nubia calls ICE 8.0. You can add a separate Turbo Turbo Cooler or Magnetic Heatsink if you wish, but it should help the internal fan be more efficient at controlling the heat. The in-display fingerprint sensor looks better than ever, but there are some eye-catching new designs as well.
We will update this article after the global release of Red Magic 7 and 7 Pro. Until then, our guide to the best gaming phones will give you an idea of what to expect.