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Red Magic 5G review: Proof that specs don't make magic

If you've never heard of a Red Magic smartphone, we're not surprised: the gaming-focused sub-brand of Nubia (itself a sub-brand of ZTE) doesn't have a lot of name recognition in America, or really anywhere. But this isn't the first time we've reviewed a Red Magic phone, and I've got something of a soft spot in my heart for last year's Red Magic 3S. As an everyday smartphone, it really wasn't fantastic, but its largely stock Android software and strong gaming performance at a seriously low price made it an attractive option as a dedicated gaming phone, for people who want such a thing (and I'm not sure how many such people there are).

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Nubia announces Red Magic 5G with 144Hz screen and cooling fan (Update: Pre-orders)

Nubia’s last flagship is barely a few months old, but that's not stopping the Chinese company from adding a new high-end handset to its gaming-focused Red Magic line. Keeping up with the growing trend of 5G-enabled phones, Nubia has announced the Red Magic 5G for its home market with standout features like an air-cooling system and a high-refresh-rate screen.

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LineageOS 16 Pie arrives on the Moto G7, Xperia Z3, and other phones

LineageOS is the most popular custom ROM out there, boasting official support for dozens of phones and tablets. The project is best known for breathing new life into older devices, and since we last covered Lineage, builds have become available for nine more phones ⁠— including some old favorites.

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Nubia teases crazy 80W charging tech, image claims it's USB PD even though it breaks spec (Updated)

Nubia, of Red Magic fame, just teased an image of a phone charging on Weibo. In it, the device claims to be topping itself up at a ridiculous 80W speed. That's a pretty impressive number, and faster than anything else we've seen or heard of in a phone before, but it also raises some concerns. It claims to be doing this via USB PD, according to the image provided, but if it is, it's breaking the Power Delivery spec to do it.

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Red Magic 3S not-review: I like this silly phone

I'll admit, I thought that Android gaming phones were a stupid idea. But after using the Red Magic 3S off and on over the last month, I'm happy to say that my attitude was wrong. That's not to say I'd recommend using one as your only phone — I wouldn't — but there's definitely a point to gaming phones, and the Red Magic 3S has a lot of potential, packing a great software experience together with price-defying hardware. I just wouldn't buy one to use as my only phone.

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Nubia's dual-screen Z20 is now on sale for $549

One of the more novel solutions to the front-facing camera "problem" comes in the form of the Nubia Z20, a bezel-less phone with a display on both sides. The second screen allows you to use the rear cameras to take superior selfies, while the other specs are also fairly impressive. The phone is now on sale globally for the princely sum of $549 (€549, £499).

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[Update: Global launch] Nubia reveals slightly improved Red Magic 3S with new Snapdragon 855 Plus

Nubia is all about frequent release cycles, apparently beating even OnePlus with how often it pushes out incremental improvements to its ostensibly gaming-focused Red Magic series. The latest Red magic 3S, announced earlier today, continues that trend. As the name may imply, it's basically Red Magic 3 but with a bit more "S" — in this case, "speed" from a slightly faster Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset.

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The dual-screen Nubia Z20 to launch internationally on October 14

Let's face it, notches aren't necessarily pleasant-looking, but they're a way to maximize the screen-to-body ratio while keeping essential sensors on the front of the phone. Some brands are dodging the issue with motorized cameras, creating gorgeous looking devices that are more fragile and costly.

Nubia took a different approach to the problem and added a secondary screen on the back, where the primary shooter already is, allowing it to be used as a selfie camera in combination with the rear display. The Nubia X was the brand's first device to showcase this dual-screen design, and the company recently unveiled a new flagship with the same spirit, the Z20, which will be released internationally on October 14.

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Nubia announces dual-screen Z20, coming to US in September

A few companies over the years have experimented with adding a rear screen to smartphones, resulting in devices like the Yota Phone. If that sounds like something you might want, the China-based Nubia just announced its own dual-screen phone.

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Forget gaming: The Red Magic 3 is the most powerful phone under $500 in the US right now

I’ll just come right out and say it: gaming phones are a gimmick. You can get 99% of the same gaming experience using a flagship without sacrificing other core functionality like camera performance. And don’t get me wrong—shoulder buttons, blinking lights, and other gaming-specific features are certainly nice to have, but hardcore gaming on phones isn’t a big enough market (at least yet). In reality, too few mobile games are designed to take full advantage of extra controls or 90Hz displays.

Before you reach for your pitchforks, though, there’s one area where gaming phones have been leading the pack lately, and that’s value—at least on paper.

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