nubia Red Magic 7S Pro review

Scarlette Lennon26 July 2022Last Update : 2 weeks ago
nubia Red Magic 7S Pro review

Introduction and specifications

With the Nubia Red Magic 7S Pro out in China, the company just launched the handset to the global market as a successor to the 7 Pro a few months ago. But as is usually the case with semi-annual upgrades, the 7S Pro is not a full-fledged successor. It’s more of a refresher. That’s because many of the features and hardware on the 7 Pro can also be found on the 7S Pro.

However, some key upgrades will make you want to get the 7S Pro over the 7 Pro if you’re in the market for a gaming-centric smartphone.

The most obvious and probably important one is the chipset. The 7S Pro runs on the updated Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which is manufactured on TSMC’s 4nm manufacturing process. The standard SD 8 Gen 1 did Samsung and now Qualcomm claims around 30% improved efficiency over the original SoC thanks to TSMC’s better node. It will be interesting to compare the test results between the 7 Pro and the 7S Pro, as both handsets largely share the same hardware, except for the chipset.

ZTE nubia Red Magic 7S Pro specifications at a glance:

  • Body: 166.3×77.1×10.0mm, 235g; Glass front, glass back, aluminum frame; Pressure sensitive zones (520Hz touch sensitive), Built-in cooling fan, Aviation aluminum frame.
  • Screen: 6.80″ AMOLED, 1B colors, 120Hz, 600 nits, 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 387ppi.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SM8475 Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (4 nm): Octa-core (1×3.19 GHz Cortex-X2 & 3×2.75 GHz Cortex-A710 & 4×1.80 GHz Cortex-A510); Adreno 730.
  • Memory: 256GB 12GB RAM, 512GB 16GB RAM, 512GB 18GB RAM, 1TB 18GB RAM; UFS 3.1.
  • OS/Software: Android 12, Redmagic 5.5.
  • Rear camera: wide (main): 64MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.97″, 0.7µm, PDAF; Ultra wide angle: 8MP, f/2.2, 120˚, 13mm, 1/4.0″, 1.12µm; Macro: 2MP, f/2.4.
  • Front camera: 16 MP, (wide), under display.
  • Video recording: Rear camera: [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps; Front camera: [email protected]/60fps.
  • Battery: 5000mAh; Fast charging 135W, 50% in 5 min, 100% in 15 min (announced), Power Delivery 3.0.
  • Various: Fingerprint reader (under display, optical); NFC; 3.5 mm jack; stereo speakers.

And when we say most, we mean pretty much everything else. Aside from the new paint jobs, there isn’t much that separates the 7S Pro and 7 Pro. The good news is that the marginal upgrade doesn’t cost extra, as the 7S Pro is priced the same as the 7 Pro.

Nubia Red Magic 7s Pro review

Last but not least, the 7S Pro gets a newer, better cooling system called the ICE 10.0 Multi-Dimensional Cooling System. Quite a mouthful, but we expect it to be just as efficient as the previous generation. Every Red Magic phone we’ve tested so far — with the slight exception of the Red Magic 6R — passed our sustained performance test with flying colors. Even without resorting to the active cooling fan, Red Magic phones have harnessed the full potential of the Snapdragon flagship SoCs.

Unboxing the nubia Red Magic 7S Pro

The box is identical to the one that holds the standard version and contains the same things – user manuals, the 65W Power Delivery 3.0 charger and a corresponding USB-C to USB-C cable.

Nubia Red Magic 7s Pro review

The transparent silicone case is also close at hand, which is nice because it doesn’t completely hide the design.

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