With its design reminiscent of a PC case, its apparent ventilation grilles (and the noise that goes with it), its total full screen (without a punch to spoil it) and its beautiful Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip , the REDMAGIC 7S Pro leaves no doubt about its target: gamers. Those who like to play high quality games on their smartphone will certainly be won over by this model for less than 950 euros.
Test carried out on a smartphone lent by the manufacturer.
Chinese Nubia’s brand new gaming smartphone therefore features Qualcomm’s new high-end chip, like its direct competitor, the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro . And to dislodge this particularly attractive behemoth, the REDMAGIC 7S Pro is positioned 250 to 400 euros cheaper. How to make a place for yourself in the hearts of French gamers?
Nubia REDMAGIC 7S Pro datasheet
In the box of REDMAGIC 7S Pro
In addition to the gaming smartphone in Obsidian version , the REDMAGIC 7S Pro box that we received, silver and covered with manga drawings, contained:
- A 65 W fast charging block;
- A USB Type-C to USB Type-C charging cable;
- A protective TPU shell;
- An ejection key to open the dual nano-SIM hatch;
Design: sure, you gotta love tanks
The REDMAGIC 7S Pro is a particularly imposing gaming smartphone. It measures 166.27 millimeters in height and 77.10 millimeters in width, but above all almost 1 centimeter thick! Precisely 9.98 millimeters. And it’s a beautiful baby that weighs heavy, namely 235 grams. If you prefer compact phones, you will need time to appreciate the shapes and curves of this model.
But keep in mind that the REDMAGIC 7S Pro is designed specifically for playing video games on mobile. So, looking at it from this angle, one can only admire its excellent design. Let’s start with its screen, which does not have a selfie sensor. There is one, but it is hidden under the slab. Thus, in video games as in everyday use, no punch interferes with the display.
The smartphone has an AMOLED panel with Full HD definition (1080 x 2400 pixels) and 20:9 format, with a screen / body ratio of 92.7%. We benefit here from rather thin borders, compared to those of the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro. Finally, note, for this screen, that the fingerprint sensor is located under the slab, at an ideal height. Thus, it is not necessary to contort the thumb to reach the reader area.
According to Nubia, the back of the phone is inspired by volcanic glass, formed by the rapid cooling of lava from a volcano. Hence this “ fantastic and magical ” mix of matte and gloss. As always here, everyone is free to appreciate these choices or not, but on our side, we find the whole successful. The smartphone stands out from the others thanks to an assumed visual identity, while remaining relatively sober.
In addition to the particular pattern that forms the back of the REDMAGIC 7S Pro and its very discreet photo module, consisting of three sensors and an LED flash, we can note the presence of a ventilation grille to expel the heat from the smartphone when it activates while gaming. The cooling system combines active and passive heat dissipation to ensure the phone operates at peak performance.
Obviously, this implies the non-waterproofness of the phone. Moreover, it does not benefit from any IP certification concerning any protection against dust or water. Caution, therefore. Regarding the back, let’s finish by highlighting the presence of customizable RGB light strips that flash to signal calls and other notifications. Now let’s move on to the slices of the device.
The REDMAGIC 7S Pro features three microphones and a duo of stereo speakers, with DTS Ultra X Surround certification , arranged on the upper and lower edges of the phone. The lower edge is completed by the double nano-SIM hatch and the USB Type-C port for recharging. The 3.5mm jack port is on the top edge.
The left edge of the device only offers a shiny red slider button, allowing access to the Game Space , for access to your mobile games, but also to a library of plugins to improve your gaming experiences. You will also find the screenshots that you have taken during your games. The right edge has the power and volume control buttons, but not only.
There is also a heat evacuation grid, smartphone gaming requires. As well as two customizable touch triggers, the Shoulder Triggers , allowing you to get closer to using a controller. Thus, on a shooting game, rather than hammering the screen with your thumb to shoot (which is not very natural), you can attach this action to one of the two triggers, L or R.
And indeed, the gameplay is undeniably improved. Especially since the Shoulder Triggers are sampled at 520 Hz and offer a latency of 7.4 ms. The responsiveness is therefore largely at the rendezvous!
Ultra-responsive screen, sampled at 960Hz
With its REDMAGIC 7S Pro, Nubia offers a true full-screen experience, particularly immersive when it comes to playing your favorite video games on mobile, or even just watching videos. Indeed, the photo sensor on the front, which is used for facial recognition and for selfies, is completely invisible; we then benefit from the entire screen to display content, without loss of pixels. Ultra responsive, the phone screen supports 480-960Hz sampling.
As a reminder, this is a 6.8-inch panel in 20:9 format and Full HD definition, i.e. 1,080 x 2,400 pixels. Three refresh rate levels are available, but it’s not dynamic. It is necessary, manually, to choose between: 60 Hz, to save the battery of the smartphone; 120Hz, to maximize the smoothness of the phone; 90 Hz, for a balanced experience between fluidity and autonomy.
In addition to the manual adjustment of the refresh rate of the screen, we find in the parameters of the REDMAGIC 7S Pro the adjustment of the brightness, which will have disappointed us a little. First, let’s clarify that the phone’s screen has a maximum brightness of 600 nits. This is well below what some high-end models like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra or the iPhone 13 Pro offer, which exceed 1000 nits.
But above all, the REDMAGIC 7S Pro does less well than its competitor, the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro with its 800 nits. So let’s point out that we weren’t particularly bothered outdoors, with the screen at maximum brightness. However, we had to perform this setting manually… Indeed, the automatic adjustment is rather slow to adapt to the ambient light, and it is often too light on the dosage.
For the rest of the screen settings, there is the color setting which is a little more complete than usual on Android smartphones. Thus, we are offered the classic natural or bright colors, but also to take advantage of the P3 or sRGB color range. In parallel, the color wheel offers to adjust the color temperature (standard, warm, cold, customize) but without indications.
Interestingly enough, the last parameter attaches to the final brightness and color adjustments to perfect the display, as offered by a computer screen.
French interface, clutter scent
The REDMAGIC 7S Pro has two distinct interfaces. One, classic, allows you to use your phone in a classic way through Android 12 and the manufacturer’s overlay. The other is activated via the slider button on the left side of the device which allows you to reach the Game Space, an interface entirely dedicated to mobile video games, plugins that can be added to it, etc.
Android 12 and REDMAGIC OS 5.5
You have certainly seen it on the first screenshots published in this test, so let’s immediately address this point: the interface of the REDMAGIC 7S Pro is only partially translated. On the screen, we find ourselves with a mixture of French and English, which can be particularly awkward for non-English speakers. Especially since, smartphone gaming requires, some settings are rather sharp.
From this point of view, as long as the situation of the translation of the interface remains unchanged, we cannot really recommend this phone to you, regardless of its many other qualities. Remember that the REDMAGIC 7S Pro runs on Android 12, with the REDMAGIC OS 5.5 overlay. And we can’t help but regret the mess that the homemade version adds, especially in terms of settings.
For example, this screen that we mentioned in the previous point: “ Tiny screen display adjustment ”, which could be translated as “Small adjustment of the screen display”. So, already, what is what? Then, why these settings are not integrated, for example, in the ” Screen display preferences ” screen? Especially since its role is to adjust the color range and the temperature of the screen. We find ourselves there a little, right?
In terms of customization of this interface, the REDMAGIC 7S Pro offers little more than the minimum. Thus, one can of course change the layout of the home screen, the wallpaper and the appearance of the device lock. You can also apply a theme from the 5 available, which bring some changes to the icons of system applications, but also to their shape.
The Game Space of the REDMAGIC 7S Pro is an interface dedicated to gaming. The Game Lobby presents the list of video games installed on the smartphone, with some statistics concerning it: total playing time, storage space consumed, number of different days the game was launched. A shortcut allows you to add titles that have not been detected automatically by the interface.
The Super Power tab offers a series of features, in particular to improve the in-game experience. There is thus the Red Devil Moments page which groups together the various captures taken in the installed games, with a small shortcut to launch the game in question. on each screenshot.
The Plugin Library opens access to a series of features that can be added to certain games. Let us immediately specify that this is not a cheat aid, but simple watermarks to improve the readability of the interface, useful for neophytes. Thus, the “ Auxiliary Line ” plugin allows the MOBA Wild Rift to display a distance watermark around its champion, while “ Aiming Assist ” simply adds a crosshair in the center of the screen. These watermarks can be customized, in color and opacity.
Finally, the REDMAGIC Studio allows you to broadcast, wired or wirelessly, your mobile games on a television screen or on a computer, in order to enjoy an immersive gaming experience on the big screen. It is then possible to play with a keyboard and a mouse.
Performance: a real marathon runner, never out of breath!
The REDMAGIC 7S Pro is one of the first smartphones to feature the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip. On our test model, the Obsidian version, it is coupled with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage space. Capable of reaching a top speed of 3.2 GHz, it obviously offers better CPU and GPU performance than the previous generation, as well as reduced power consumption.
These results in different benchmark applications speak for themselves: the REDMAGIC 7S Pro is tireless. And in fact, it didn’t disappoint us at all: after an hour-long session on our favorite sauna option battery destroyer, aka Genshin Impact , nothing happened. The phone was able to hold its 60 FPS in high graphics quality. And it did not particularly heat up.
As confirmed by its excellent score of 92.7% in the Wild Life Extreme Stress Test by 3D Mark, the REDMAGIC 7S Pro does not suffer from thermal throttling , the throttling of performance resulting from the rise in temperature of the smartphone. No risk, therefore, of suffering performance losses during competitive games, nor of burning your fingers on the screen or the back of the device!
A feat due to the arrangement of the components, between 10 layers of materials specifically intended for heat dissipation and its “ super silent fan at 20,000 rpm ”. But let it be said: no, the fan of the Redmagic 7S Pro is absolutely not “ super silent ”!
As you can imagine, but it is better to specify it: apart from video game activities, the device does not lack responsiveness and it is particularly fluid, in all circumstances.
Audio: Plug in your headphones!
It certainly has many qualities, but on this point, the REDMAGIC 7S Pro does significantly less well than its direct competitor, the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro, which dazzled us with its duo of speakers. Apart from a surprising power delivered when the volume slider is pushed to the maximum, we can never speak of a clear and distinct sound.
For the practice of video games, these speakers are not enough. The sound offered is somewhat messy, and there are no settings that allow us to improve the audio. Except when using headphones or earphones, wired via the 3.5mm jack port or connected via Bluetooth 5.2. But there again, we remain on our hunger.
Indeed, it is here simply to activate the DTS: X Ultra functionality then to select the type of content being played (Music, Film or Video game). And that’s all. No bass adjustment, treble adjustment, nothing, nada. We note nevertheless that the sound is, obviously, much better when it is distributed by headphones or earphones.
Photography: very good, and quite the opposite
The small, very discreet photo module on the back of the REDMAGIC 7S Pro has three sensors accompanied by an LED flash. We find there :
- Wide-angle: a 64-megapixel Samsung S5KGW3 sensor (1/1.97″; ƒ/1.79; 0.7 µm pixels; 82°);
- Ultra wide-angle, an 8-megapixel Hynix HI846 lens (1/1.4″; ƒ/2.2; 1.12 µm pixels; 120°);
- Macro module, a 2 megapixel OmniVision OV02A10 camera (1/1.5″; ƒ/2.4; 1.75 µm pixels; 78°).
At the front, camouflaged under the screen to offer a true full-screen experience, the REDMAGIC 7S Pro offers a 16-megapixel selfie sensor, of which the manufacturer gives few details. Simply that it offers an aperture of ƒ/2.0 and a pixel size of 1.12 µm.
The REDMAGIC 7S Pro is a gaming smartphone, so we didn’t expect to be so pleasantly surprised by the capabilities of its wide-angle sensor. The 64-megapixel Samsung S5KGW3 camera that we had already greatly appreciated on the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G is an excellent ally for immortalizing your daily life.
The photographs are neat, and have an ideal exposure and a sufficiently strong contrast to perfectly discern the elements of the composition. As for color saturation, there is still a tendency to exaggerate vis-à-vis green hues.
But overall, what can we say except that the shots are sharp and rich in detail.
The REDMAGIC 7S Pro does not offer a telephoto lens, so you have to settle for image magnification. The good news is that we can count on the excellent 64-megapixel wide-angle to preserve the general quality of the shots for quite a long time…
As long as you don’t push the slider too hard, since the phone is capable of reaching a 10x zoom. You won’t see any here because beyond the x5 zoom (and we’re already generous), the visual artifacts are extremely ugly. The pictures are then, quite simply, unpleasant to watch.
Ultra wide angle
Next to the very good 64-megapixel main sensor, the 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle is a bit pale. Admittedly, it allows you to take a step back from a scene, in particular thanks to its wide 120° field of vision, but its low definition inevitably leads to average quality shots.
Without being bad, the level of detail is clearly insufficient, and there are things to complain about the general colorimetry. Contrast and saturation are largely artificially increased, certainly to compensate for the lower quality of this sensor. A good point, however: the distortion at the corners is corrected quite cleanly by the AI of the camera. What correct the shooting a little.
The 2-megapixel OmniVision OV02A10 sensor for Macro shots acts as the poor student of the band. The fault with a rather ridiculous definition of 2 megapixels, but also with the absence of autofocus. Finally, we end up with completely runny images, even on the smartphone screen…
Obviously, in this collection of sensors which forms the photo island on the back of the REDMAGIC 7S Pro, only the main sensor has the capacity to offer correct night photos. Its better definition and its ability to capture more light allow it to be used in low-light environments, with the help of the ” Night ” mode (yes, translation defects really seep everywhere).
There is obviously a lower level of detail, but it is sufficient to correctly detach the elements that make up the scene. On the colorimetric side, there is a very clear exaggeration of blue which gives the strange impression of a very dark photo taken in broad daylight. It is up to everyone to judge this somewhat surprising result.
The good news is that night mode also works great with 2x zoom. But be careful, not beyond! Indeed, if the 5x zoom works more or less correctly during the day, depending on the complexity of the scene, it is not the same in low light conditions. The result is a mush of pixels that is very unpleasant to the eye. To avoid.
Excellent by day, very good at night… how does the main sensor do in Portrait mode? Just as well, if you don’t force the bokeh effect too hard. Note, before starting, that the photo application offers several features to adjust the result.
Thus, a “ Beauty ” slider makes it possible to apply, on a scale of 0 to 7, a series of corrections to the face of the subject. This goes through the classics: smoothing the skin, slimming the face, etc. For this test, this parameter remained at zero.
Next to it is the “ Aperture ” slider to digitally apply a blur effect behind the subject. By default, this is set to the ƒ/4.0 aperture and… which is clearly not ideal. Better to push the slider towards less bokeh, because the artificial intelligence really struggles to properly detach the subject from the background.
And for information, the interface advises to stay at least two meters from the subject for an optimal result. Finally, in addition to the general settings (dimensions of the photo, self-timer, etc.), the photo application allows you to apply a filter from among the 15 effects and colors offered.
On the front of the smartphone, the 16-megapixel selfie sensor doesn’t really do wonders. The interface of the photo application simply allows you to apply the “ Beauty ” filter to correct the “imperfections” of the face, or an Instagram -style color filter . No, it does not offer a bokeh effect. And fortunately, probably.
The definition of the shot is particularly poor, the whole thing drools a little… What can I say, except that the selfie sensor is fighting with the Macro module for the place of the worst camera of the REDMAGIC 7S Pro.
The main sensor of the REDMAGIC 7S Pro is capable of filming in 8K at 30 frames per second, at the cost of digital stabilization. In our opinion, the ideal is rather to opt for 4K quality at 60 frames per second with its main sensor, since in these conditions, we can benefit from digital image stabilization.
The photo application does not allow filming with the ultra wide-angle sensor, nor with the Macro module… and it is certainly better that way. As for the front camera, it allows, at best, to film in 1080p at 30 FPS, without benefiting from image stabilization.
Autonomy: 5 hours of play at 120Hz, non-stop
Overall, the autonomy of the REDMAGIC 7S Pro is very good. It should nevertheless be noted that the phone is equipped with an imposing 5000 mAh battery, split into two cells. We were able to spend a few charge cycles, of which here are two examples of rather intensive consumption.
First of all, with the screen brightness set to maximum, and its refresh rate set at 90 Hz, the smartphone lasted 12 hours to go from 100% to 5% battery. More specifically, our use consisted of one hour of playing on Genshin Impact (at 60 FPS in high quality), 8h20 in video playback on the Netflix platform , and the rest browsing on social networks.
Since this is a gaming smartphone, we’ve been heckling the REDMAGIC 7S Pro a bit to see how long it would last in-game specifically, with the screen at maximum brightness, the refresh rate set at 120Hz, and of course. – safe, the ventilation which turns permanently to dissipate the heat. The answer is: just under 5 hours.
Regarding fast charging, we were not able to test it in real conditions, since the 65W charging block provided was not a French model. We did, however, have a 60W charging pad at hand with which we can conclude that it takes less than an hour to go from zero to 100% charge.
In short, on autonomy, it does less well than its competitor, the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro and its 6000 mAh battery, but we were pleasantly surprised by its capacities.
Price and availability
The REDMAGIC 7S Pro will be available from August 9 in two configurations:
- 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage memory, with the Obsidian design (the one in our test), at a price of 779 euros;
- 18 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage space, with Supernova or Mercury designs, at a price of 949 euros.
It is thus placed below the 1000 euro mark, largely exceeded by the Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro. What really makes him compete?