Nubia Red Magic 5G

Following the release of the Red Magic 5G and Red Magic 5S last year, a follow-up was widely expected to arrive in the first few months of 2021. Nubia has been teasing the Red Magic 6 gaming phone for a while, so we already the handset’s charging speed, battery capacity, and new cooling system – along with revealing plans for a special Tencent edition of the device.

The company has now confirmed a launch date in China, but it’s not clear when the phone will be coming to the West. Here’s here’s everything that we know so far about the phone and what you can expect.

When will the Nubia Red Magic 6 be released?

Due to a partnership with gaming giant Tencent, we already knew that the Red Magic 6 would launch in China in Q1 2021, although a March unveiling has looked mostly for a while.

We now have a confirmed date, thanks to a Weibo post by Nubia Vice President Ni Fei – 4 March. The event will take place at 7pm local time (11am UK time). However, it’s not clear when the phone will go on sale, or when it might be available to buy in other countries.

How much will the Red Magic 6 cost?

There’s been no official announcement about the pricing or Nubia’s newest addition to the range. So, once again we look to those who have come before. Here’s how the last few models lined up:

  • Red Magic 5S: £539/$579
  • Red Magic 5G: £539/$579
  • Red Magic 3S: £419/$479
  • Red Magic 3: £419/$479
  • Red Magic Mars: £359/$399

While the 5 series saw a jump in price of over £100/$100 from the 3 series, we’d be surprised to see that happen again. So, if Nubia sticks to its current model, you’ll hopefully be able to pick up the Red Magic 6 for around £550/$600.

What features and specs will be in the Red Magic 6?

Nubia Vice President Ni Fei posted a teaser of the phone on Weibo, though it only teases a few specific specs that should be in the new device.

These focused mainly on the battery, which it appears will be the same 4500mAh capacity as the Red Magic 5S but with a new 120W charging capability which will mean you won’t have to pause your gaming for long if the power runs out. In fact, a subsequent Weibo post from Ni Fei suggests the phone will be able to charge from 0 to 50% in just five minutes, with the 120W charger included in the box. 

As a reference point, both the Red Magic 5S and 5G offer 55W charging, so it’s quite a leap in terms of speed. Thanks to Chinese 3C certification listings, we now know that this 120W charging is to be found in a higher-spec version of the Red Magic 6 – potentially called the Red Magic 6 Pro – but that the standard Red Magic 6 will instead cap out at 66W charging.

It’s also widely expected that the Red Magic 6 will come powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, which will no doubt please gamers who want the best performance for their digital adventures. Nubia has already confirmed that it’s working on 888 phones, and it stands to reason that the latest chip will appear in its flagship gaming phone.

It also looks like there will be a new cooling system, thanks to another Ni Fei Weibo post unearthed by GSMArena. Known as Ice 6.0, it’s set to use a wide range of measures in order to keep the phone cool. These include a new 20,000rpm active fan, vapour chamber (which Nubia claims is the world’s thinnest) and a layer of graphite to prevent the Snapdragon 888 chipset from overheating. The post was accompanied by the following image:

Red Magic 6 cooling

As for the design, a video that was posted on Weibo shows the back of the new device, which features an electrochromic casing that is black but can become transparent at the touch of a button.

This reveals the insides of the device, albeit with a band going down the middle of the casing that remains black. It’s a visually interesting design but seems a little flash and slightly pointless when many of these phones spend their lives in protective cases.

We’ve also seen the back of the Tencent edition of the phone, a China-exclusive edition set to launch alongside the regular version.

Tencent Red Magic 6

We’re not sure what will be different about the Tencent version apart from the logo, though thanks to the partnership we know that the Red Magic 6 will include a custom version of the SolarCore game acceleration engine.

That will allow the Red Magic 6 “to go farther than any other device in the mobile phone industry yet, including higher frame refresh rate, lower delay, faster touch response rate, as well as exclusive optimizations for Tencent Games.”

The weirdest tease we’ve had yet comes in the form of a video originally shared on Weibo by Nubia brand manager Ni Fei, then hosted on YouTube by SparrowsNews:

The strange clip highlight’s the phone’s “nine-axis spatial positioning” driven by a “high-speed centrifugal fan” – which will apparently be even more powerful on the Tencent edition of the phone. We don’t think it will allow the phone to float in mid-air, but that’s certainly the implication of Nubia’s teaser video.

There are no other rumours of note that we’ve come across, so it looks like Nubia may be sticking with the 6.65in FHD+ display that boasts an already impressive 144Hz refresh rate that we saw on the Red Magic 5G and 5S.

Of course, as more news appears, we’ll be sure to let you know, so do check back regularly to see what Nubia may have in store for 2021. If you can’t wait that long, be sure to also take a look at our roundup of the best gaming phones

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