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ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3 Review, Specs, Features and Price

by Obodoakor Moses

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3 – The third generation of Nubia gaming smartphone is officially out. And this gaming device comes with impressive specs and features that will please most gamers out there. Of course, it will look to compete with another gaming smartphone in the market like the Xiaomi Black Shark 2. It is also an affordable flagship device like the Xiaomi Mi 9 and the rest. Let’s have a look at this device.

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3 Design

The design of the ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3 is not quite different from its predecessor. Nubia is keeping it traditional here with the RGB light panel at the back and there is also a Red Magic logo LED light which they call “the Red Magic Eye”. The LED light can be switched to always on or flickered as you wish. The back panel of this device is made of a nano-metal.

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3

This gaming smartphone weighs 215 grams and measures 9.7mm thick, which makes it less ideal to fit into one hand. Nubia offers the device in four body colours of Black, Red, Camouflage and Red/Blue.

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3
ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3

Dimensions: 171.7 x 78.5 x 9.7 mm
Weight: 215 grams
Build: Front glass, aluminum body
SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Colours: Black, Red, Camouflage, Red/Blue
Loudspeaker: Yes
3.5 mm jack: Yes
– RGB light panel (on the back)
– Pressure sensitive zones
– DTS XU1tra sound
– 32-bit/384kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

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ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3 Display

Gaming smartphone needs a big display and the Red Magic 3 knows that. This is why it comes with a 6.65 inch AMOLED display screen. The display features 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 1080 x 2340 pixels and 388 PPI density. Being a gaming-focused smartphone, the Nubia Red Magic 3 comes with a 90 Hz refresh rate.

Type: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Size: 6.65 inches (80.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (388 PPI density)
Protection: –
– DCI-P3 100%
– 90 Hz


Despite not being a camera-focused smartphone, this device comes with a great camera setup. At the rear is a single 48 MP wide-angle sensor, f/1.7 aperture, PDAF, HDR, Panorama and LED flash. The camera can record 8K resolution videos at 30fps and 4K resolution videos at 60fps. For selfies, it comes with a 16 MP selfie snapper and f/2.0 aperture.

Main Camera
Single: 48 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video: 4320@30fps, 2160p@60fps, 1920fps

Selfie Camera
Single: 16 MP, f/2.0, 2.0µm
Features: HDR
Video: 1080p@30fps


It comes with the latest Snapdragon 855 SoC, you won’t get a better chipset ideal for gaming than this one. The Nubia Red Magic 3 is probably the first smartphone with an in-built cooling fan. Yes, you heard it right, the device has a fan inside of it. You don’t have to worry about the noise though, as it is controlled under 32dBA in the 30m. There is also a built-in ICE 2.0 cooling system, which possesses 14000 R.P.M fan speed, 32000mm total effective cooling area and 0.26CFM. These features can make the smartphone core temperature lower by 18℃, its CPU core temperature lower by 5℃, and it’s surface temperature lower by 3℃. You’ll never go wrong gaming on this device.

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There is no microSD slot on this device, I guess its space was taken by the cooling fan. Anyway, the device comes with storage options of 64, 128 or 256 GB which you can pair with 6, 8 or 12 GB of RAM.

Chipset: Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
CPU: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 485)
GPU: Adreno 640
Memory: 6GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB, 8GB/128GB, 8GB/256GB, 12GB/256GB
MicroSD: No


The ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3 runs on Redmagic 2.0 custom user interface, which has been optimized for gaming. The UI is laid right on top of Android 9.0 Pie to give you the best software experience on a smartphone.

OS: Android 9.0 Pie
User Interface: Redmagic 2.0
Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Features: –


Battery life is great on the Red Magic 3 thanks to a huge non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery capacity. The device comes with a 27W fast battery charger which charges from 0% to 100% within 90 minutes.

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3

Type: Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery
Charging: Fast battery charging 27W
– USB Power Delivery


WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, aptX, LE
NFC: –
Radio: No
USB: Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go; accessory connector

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 3 Price

6GB/64GB: $518
6GB/128GB: $535
8GB/128GB: $628
8GB/256GB: –
12GB/256GB: –

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