We learned on Monday that RedMagic's latest gaming phone is coming to the US, Canada, and most of Europe on September 27th. RedMagic might not be a household name, but the company has been releasing purpose-built gaming phones in the West for a while now, and each iteration brings something new, and this is especially true for the RedMagic 6S Pro, all thanks to the new Ghost model that offers a transparent back and an RGB illuminated internal fan. This is one slick-looking device, and while the gamer aesthetic might not appeal to everyone, it's nice to see RedMagic leaning into the niche market of gaming phones with a flourish.
The RedMagic brand may not ring a bell for many outside the mobile gaming community, but the Nubia brand has made a name for itself by selling affordable high-end gaming smartphones. And that's exactly the niche the company is aiming its next device at again, the RedMagic 6S Pro. It's a step-up compared to the RedMagic 6R and 6, though the similarities are striking outside a few key specifications.
Last year, RedMagic refreshed the RedMagic 5G as the RedMagic 5S, but there weren't many differences between the two, raising the question of why the 5S was necessary to begin with. This year, the RedMagic 6 is seeing a significant change with the looming launch of the RedMagic 6R. The 6R has slimmed down significantly while retaining the majority of its high-end gaming features. For $500, you get a Snapdragon 888, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, a quad camera, a 4200mAh battery that supports 30W charging, all in a package that's easily pocketable. The software still stinks, but there's no arguing that this hardware is a stupendous value.
RedMagic has just announced that its mid-year refresh for the RedMagic 6 is coming later this month. It's called the RedMagic 6R, and unlike the company's previous refreshes, this gaming phone deviates from the 6, opting for something more in line with accessible everyday use thanks to a slimmer design and a quad camera. The RedMagic 6R will go on sale on June 24th, starting at $499.
There's no doubt that the Asus ROG Phone 5 is a beast — as a gaming phone, it packs all of the latest and greatest hardware, and that makes it a really chunky boy. Asus has a laser focus on gaming-centric features that will delight its core demographic, but the ROG 5 isn’t a complete nightmare to use outside of gaming either. The ROG Phone 5 offers stable everyday use with the added benefit of killer specs that can be tweaked and adjusted like a gaming PC. This is indeed a phone for gamers, but that means it lacks some popular features, and the software has some rough edges.
With super-sized batteries, high-refresh displays, and powerful specs designed to push mobile graphics as hard as possible, it's no wonder gaming phones have become popular choices among many users. If you've had your eyes on the ROG Phone 5 since it launched earlier this year, you're in luck. It's finally on sale in the US directly from Asus for $999.99.
RedMagic isn't a big name in the US, but it's been busy carving out a niche for budget gaming phones. Gaming phones almost always come with compromises, and a budget option even more so. Still, for $600, the RedMagic 6 is killer on paper with a Snapdragon 888, 12GB of RAM, and a 165Hz display, but prodigious specs aren't always enough when poor support is on the table. Still, some mobile gamers might make that trade-off for super-smooth gameplay when the RedMagic 6 launches later this month.
Redmi is well-known for making attractively-priced smartphones, and while its focus is on the budget segment, it has also made phones with flagship specs in the past. Now, the company is betting on a gaming phone — part of the Redmi K40 series — that's debuting in China later this month.
Lenovo has officially announced its newest gaming phone, the Legion Phone Duel 2. A leak from earlier this week already revealed precisely what this strange device looks like, and now that we have all of the details, things are even stranger than expected. Lenovo is boasting twin-fan internal cooling, which explains the bizarre placement of the camera bump. Another oddity is the return of the landscape pop-up camera. Of course, since this is a gaming device, it will offer touch-sensitive triggers for easy button mapping and high framerate support. Availability for the Legion Phone Duel 2 starts this month in China, and the device is coming to select markets in Europe and Asia-Pacific in May.