Gaming smartphones are typically a bit chunkier, thick, and flashy. But with Red Magic 6R the concept of gaming smartphones might change for good. Red Magic 6R is more of a mid-range flagship. It left the flashy design for a more aesthetical and softer silver design, but the smartphone still is a powerhouse with snapdragon 888 and 144hz display. There is no special cooling mechanism in place which means there are more chances of it heating up. Let’s explore this device in a little more detail.
Design and Display
- 6.67-inch AMOLED panel, 1080 x 2400 resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio
- 144Hz maximum refresh rate, 360Hz touch sampling rate
- Dimensions: 163 x 75.3 x 7.8 mm / Weight: 186g
- Finish options: Cosmos Black / Mercury Silver
- Under-display fingerprint scanner
- Built-in shoulder triggers
It’s a lighter and not so thick smartphone. The design language is pretty more aesthetic which is good but the back panel magnetizes the fingerprints which is not cool. On the side, we have two 400hz shoulder button which can be customized to fit your use case in a game. They are more subtly integrated and don’t feel like an extra button, instead, they feel more like part of the design. On the front, the display features a punch-hole camera.
The maximum supported refresh rate is 144hz but you can select 60,90,120, or 144 from the settings. Higher refresh rates really add to the smoothness in gameplay and really help to bring the best gamer out of you. OLED means rich colors and deep blacks yet it’s not good enough to stand out in the crowd.
Performance & Battery
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 platform, 12GB LPDDR5 RAM
- 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 storage, no microSD card slot
- 4200mAh battery capacity, 30W fast-charge
- Red Magic OS 4.0 (over Google Android 11)
- Wi-Fi 6E (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac)
- 5G connectivity
The specs do put this smartphone into the highest performing device but let’s talk about some drawbacks. No cooling fan and slimmer design lead to heat issues when playing games at 144Hz for a longer period of time. Though the heat is not like your fingers are gonna burn. It will just feel a little warmer and make your fingers a little slippier. Heating also affects the battery life but somehow this device manages to last for 16hrs which is incredible. The 30W charging is pretty speedy.
Part of the reason why this device gets hot is Snapdragon 888, the processor does produce some heat when demands are high. The device is powerful enough to handle any mobile game at its maximum settings. Red Magic OS 4.0 is built on top of Android 11 and is more stable than previous releases. On top of that faster storage, faster connectivity, Wifi 6E, all that you can demand in a racing smartphone.
- Quad rear camera system:
- Main (26mm): 64-megapixel, f/1.8 aperture, 0.8µm pixel size
- Wide (13mm): 8 MP, f/2.0, 1.12µm
- Macro: 5MP, f/2.4
- Depth: 2MP, f/2.4
- Selfie camera: 16-megapixel, f/2.0 aperture
The Quad Camera setup on this device is good. It can produce some great shots using its Smart Photo Enhancement. But sometimes the images are a little sharper. The main sensor has been shifted from Samsung to Sony which brings positives and negatives. The autofocus is superior and does a great job at identifying and locking subjects. The macro camera is also decent at 5MP. Wide-angle on the other hand is good for daylight conditions only.
You can’t access it in photo mode, it is available only in the pro mode of the camera app. The depth sensor is just to add the Quad Camera effect it doesn’t have much of a use. It also features a 16MP selfie camera which also descent. The camera setup is equivalent to any mid-range smartphone nothing flagship type. But hey, it’s a gaming smartphone, not a camera-focused one.
With this new concept of slim and more appealing gaming smartphone companies are really getting into everyone’s head. At this price point if you need an alternative to flagship then this guy has everything you need. Though it’s not an old-school gaming smartphone it still has the most needed gaming gear like the shoulder buttons. It’s a pretty solid value-for-money smartphone.