Smartphone makers are starting to crank out purpose-built gaming phones, and the latest to join the fray is Nubia, a sub-brand of ZTE, one of China’s leading telecom equipment manufacturers. Nubia’s new Red Magic Mars is a high-end handset powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and up to 10GB of RAM, which is 2GB more than the Razer Phone 2 and ASUS ROG Phone. Red Magic Mars is currently open sale for US, EU, and the UK. The entry-level $379 (or €379 in the EU and £339 in the UK) model features 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with coupon code… For $429 you can get an 8GB/128GB version (or €429 in the EU and £389 in the UK) with Coupon Code.
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There are two other SKUs, one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and the other with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. All three models boast a 6-inch display with a 2160×1080 resolution (18:9 aspect ratio) and 2.5D curved glass, dual SIM support, and a rear fingerprint sensor. It’s not clear what the refresh rate is on the display—for comparison, the ROG Phone runs at 90Hz and the Razer Phone 2 goes even higher, hitting 120Hz.
Interestingly there is only a single camera on the rear of the phone, a 16-megapixel shooter with an f/1.8 aperture and dual-tone LED flash. Most high-end handsets these days wield at least two camera sensors on the rear. Nubia must have figured that mobile gamers won’t prioritize camera performance, but for an otherwise burly set of features, it seems a misstep on the company’s part. For taking selfies, there is an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture and wide-angle lens on the front of the phone.
Beyond the core specs, Nubia has taken a page from ASUS and its ROG Phone and added touch-sensitive shoulder ‘buttons’ on the right side of the handset. The idea is that they function as shoulder buttons when playing games in landscape mode. They’re not physical buttons like you would find on a typical gamepad, like a DualShock 4 controller, but in our hands-on time with the ROG Phone, they’re a definite upgrade over using only on-screen controls. The Red Magic Mars also features a cooling system that Nubia refers to as ICE. It’s a combination of liquid and air cooling, and according to Nubia, it can decrease temps by up to 13.2 degrees and increase CPU performance by up to 70 percent.
Red Magic Mars is currently open sale for US, Canada, EU, and the UK. The entry-level $379 (or €379 in the EU and £339 in the UK) model features 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with coupon code… For $429 you can get an 8GB/128GB version (or €429 in the EU and £389 in the UK) with Coupon Code: AFFRMM20.