Large phones are great for long daily commutes in local traffic. Another way to pass the time during these commutes is to play. The new RedMagic 6 is optimized for mobile gaming, but its flagship specs also make it a solid phone for getting things done.
Starting today, you can pre-order the RedMagic 6 for $ 599 on the RedMagic website. Shipping begins April 15th. $ 599 is a reasonable price for the quality of the phone and the components in it. LTE and 5G support is available in the US, but connectivity is more limited than phones designed for the US market.
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I’ve played, called, viewed media, and worked with RedMagic 6 for the past few weeks. I probably won’t be buying one for myself, but it has inspired me to play more games on my phones and my gameplay is improving in some games.
RedMagic 6 specifications
- processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
- display: 6.8 inches, 2400 x 1080 pixel resolution, AMOLED 165Hz refresh rate
- operating system: Android 11 with RedMagic OS 4.0
- R.A.M.: 12 GB LPDDR5
- warehouse: 128 GB internal storage, UFS 3.1
- Cameras: 64MP f / 1.79 main camera, 8MP f / 2.2 ultra-wide camera with 120 degree field of view and a 2MP macro camera. 8MP front camera.
- Connectivity: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac / ax Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / GLONASS, NFC
- Sensors: Accelerometer, ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, gyroscope, electronic compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
- battery: 5050 mAh non-removable with 30W fast charge, supports 66W fast charge (charger sold separately)
- LTE bands: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 66
- Strong> 5G bands: Sub-6GHz 5G is supported by the n41 / 78 bands
- Dimensions: 169.86 x 77.19 x 9.7 mm and 220 grams
- Colours: Eclipse Black
RedMagic also announced the RedMagic 6 Pro, which costs $ 100 more than the RedMagic 6. On both phones, we see 16GB of RAM instead of 12GB, 256GB of storage instead of 128GB, color differences, and an aluminum back panel on the Pro model is also used to help with heat dissipation.
The RedMagic 6 is a beautiful phone with a tight, solid feel in the hand. It’s a little heavier than some of the big phones I recently tested, but personally I like a phone that feels substantial. The sleek curved glass panel on the back blends into metal sides, with the top and bottom edges having concave metal edges to add a bit of style to the phone.
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The large 6.8-inch display looks great and offers a full screen experience with the tiny front camera located in the top bezel to the right of the top speaker. The bezels are a bit wider than some other phones. However, this phone is designed for gaming that requires two hands to hold the phone in landscape orientation. It’s also a flat panel display so no accidental finger activations occur.
There are several different screen refresh rates to choose from for the phone, including a staggering 165Hz level for serious gaming with compatible games. The screen refresh rate is dynamically adapted to the scenario. The display also supports high touch rates.
The speakers, positioned above the display and below, sound great when you’re playing games, watching movies, or listening to music. The front-facing camera to the right of the top speaker works well for simple selfies, but doesn’t win any camera comparisons. The USB-C port is also located at the bottom next to the speaker.
The power switch and a vent are on the right. In addition, there are two haptic shoulder release buttons above and below (left and right in landscape format) on the right side. These trigger buttons work with compatible games and optimize the mobile gaming experience.
On the left is the volume button, another vent, and a red manual fan switch. The RedMagic 6 has a serious cooling system with a centrifugal fan with 59 blades rotating at 20,000 rpm. The cooling system contains a vapor chamber, a copper foil with thermal conductivity, a thermal pad and a thermal ring so that you can play high-intensity games for a long period of time.
A standard 3.5mm audio jack is on the top of the phone. Microphones are also located at the top and bottom of the phone.
While this isn’t an essential feature, there is a taillight strip option that allows the RedMagic logo on the back of the glass to be activated for different game situations or notifications.
The RedMagic 6 starts with Android 11 and RedMagic OS 4.0. The Android security update from March 1, 2021 is available on the test device.
The RedMagic operating system is a pretty rich Android experience with no ads, bloatware, or duplicate applications like we see on other Android smartphones. Most of the features of the RedMagic operating system can be found in Settings and Game Optimization.
RedMagic includes Magic Write 2.0 technology to support quick read and write actions on your files. Games and user experiences are optimized through this layer of the operating system, while the end user does not see an annoying user interface.
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Daily usage experiences
The RedMagic 6 has the fastest Android processor, RAM and internal storage to provide the user with an extremely responsive phone in all interactions. The highest refresh rate available on a mobile phone is found in the RedMagic 6, so you can also enjoy flawless scrolling, gaming and viewing.
Playing on the RedMagic 6 was a joy. So, when you are taking a break from work, long commuting or traveling for business, you can have a pleasant gaming session right on your phone. The large capacity battery enabled me to play games all day while also providing enough power to get my job done.
The quality of the phone calls was excellent on both sides of the call. I used T-Mobile with the RedMagic 6 and when I saw the 5G icon it was clearly the n41 tape with download speeds of 60Mbps and uploads up to 36.6Mbps. This n41- Band is the 2500 Hz band that T-Mobile acquired when purchasing Sprint and is not the fastest 5G network. However, coverage with LTE has been solid on various other bands, but there are some coverage gaps on this Chinese phone. Keep this in mind when considering the phone.
The fingerprint sensor under the display worked flawlessly and quickly to unlock the phone. The cameras got a good picture of the world around me, but the RedMagic 6 won’t beat the best photography-optimized phones. At its core, it’s designed as an optimized gaming phone that works well for many other purposes.
The $ 599 price tag is reasonable given the high-end specs. A competitor could be the OnePlus 9 Pro, and this phone is priced at $ 969.