RedMagic 6S Pro Specifications
Price: From $ 599
Android version: 11, RedMagic OS 4.5
Display: 6.8 inch AMOLED (2400 x 1080)
Refresh rate: 165 Hz
CPU: Snapdragon 888 Plus
RAM: 12 GB, 16 GB
Storage room: 128 GB, 256 GB
Rear cameras: 64MP (f / 1.8) main, 8MP (f / 2.0) ultra-wide, 2MP macro
Front camera: 8MP (f / 2.0)
Drums: 5,050 mAh
Battery life (hours: minutes): 13:13 (60 Hz), 12:40 (90 Hz), 12:41 (120 Hz), 12:50 (165 Hz)
Cut: 6.7 x 3 x 0.37 inches
Weight: 7.6 ounces
The RedMagic 6S Pro is the epitome of an incremental upgrade. I saw the RedMagic 6 earlier this year and, although I liked it, this handset hasn’t been a compelling case for gaming phones. The same goes with the 6S Pro, which justifies its existence by adding the Snapdragon 888 Plus , Qualcomm’s new, slightly boosted version of the Snapdragon 888 system-on-chip.
There is very little problem with the RedMagic 6S Pro. In fact, it’s a good phone if you are looking for a dedicated mobile gaming device. However, if you bought the RedMagic 6 released just a few months ago, you don’t need to waste your money on this review. Additionally, the RedMagic 6S Pro is plagued by the same issues as its predecessor, including bad cameras.
In this RedMagic 6S Pro review, I’m going to see where this phone excels, although it still doesn’t make the case for gaming phones as a whole.
RedMagic 6S Pro review: pricing and availability
The RedMagic 6S Pro continues the legacy of its predecessor by delivering premium gaming features at a lower cost. Starting at $ 599 for the 12GB + 128GB model, this is one of the cheapest Snapdragon 888 devices you can buy. You can buy the phone directly from Nubia.
For an additional $ 100, you get 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. And if you want the model with a translucent back, you can get the Ghost version with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for $ 729.
RedMagic 6S Pro review: Performance
The main purpose of a gaming phone is to play games and to play them well. In that regard, the RedMagic 6S Pro certainly offers the best hardware an Android phone can have. The Snapdragon 888 Plus with 12 GB or 16 GB of RAM is a powerful combination. Some other gaming phone specific features like a cooling fan and shoulder triggers also contribute to the experience.
Here’s how the RedMagic 6S Pro fared in our usual suite of benchmarks. I brought the RedMagic 6 and the iPhone 13 for comparison.
|RedMagic 6S Pro||RedMagic 6||iPhone 13|
|Geekbench 5 (single / multi-core)||1130/3685||1120/3681||1668/4436|
|3DMark Wild Life Unlimited (Score / FPS)||5881/35||5751 / 34.5||9331/56|
|3DMark Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (Score / FPS)||1551/9||Not tested||2189/13|
The RedMagic 6S Pro offers a very slight improvement over the RedMagic 6 at the start of the year. This incremental upgrade begs the question: what’s the point? This is the first Snapdragon 888 Plus device we’ve tested and it’s hard to see a real change from another powerful Snapdragon 888 phone – in the case of Wild Life Unlimited, it’s only a half -difference between the two.
I’ve included the iPhone 13 here to show that the A15 Bionic chip powering Apple’s latest flagship still revolves around the best Qualcomm has to offer. If you’re looking for the best gaming phone, you might want to consider an iPhone if you’re not totally averse to Apple.
RedMagic 6S Pro review: Display
Another key part of a gaming phone’s success is the display, because that’s what you’ll be looking at while playing your favorite titles. The RedMagic 6S Pro certainly has a nice display with excellent color reproduction and accuracy, as well as good brightness and viewing angles. All around, 6.8 inch AMOLED panel looks nice while playing Genshin Impact and other beautiful game.
Here is the breakdown of the display’s performance in our tests.
|RedMagic 6S Pro (Vivid / Natural)||RedMagic 6 (Vivid / Natural)||iPhone 13|
|Delta-E||0.29 / 0.24||0.27 / 0.26||0.26|
The screen of the RedMagic 6S Pro is essentially the same as its predecessor, although thankfully brighter. The Delta-E color accuracy score, where 0 is perfect, was a bit higher on the new phone, but the chances of you noticing it are extremely slim. The latest RedMagic, however, fared quite well compared to the iPhone 13, which is very impressive.
Some gaming phones credit consumer devices for adopting high refresh rate displays. The RedMagic 6S Pro continues that legacy, offering a 165Hz display. In games that support it, you can potentially see 165 frames per second. You’d expect such a high refresh rate to negatively impact battery life, but as you’re about to see, that’s not necessarily the case with this phone.
RedMagic 6S Pro review: Battery life and charge
The RedMagic 6 won a highly recommended award from us for its insane battery life. The RedMagic 6S Pro seems to continue down this path, with times well above the 10-hour average we typically see on most smartphones. And the phone also had one last surprise for us.
|RedMagic 6S Pro (60Hz / 90Hz / 120Hz / 165Hz)||RedMagic 6 (60Hz / 90Hz / 120Hz / 165Hz)||iPhone 13|
|Battery life (Hrs: Mins)||1:13 p.m. / 12:40 p.m. / 12:41 p.m. / 12:50 p.m.||1:20 p.m. / 11:38 a.m. / 11:49 a.m. / 11:16 a.m.||10:33|
|Percentage of recharge (15 min)||18||34||26|
|Percentage of recharge (30 minutes)||33||65||51|
Not only does the RedMagic 6S Pro last longer in TechToSee’s Guide battery life test than the RedMagic 6, but it logs almost 13 hours in 165Hz mode. In our test, we instruct the phones to reload the pages over and over again. Web through a cellular connection until they die. The RedMagic 6S Pro has certainly delivered in this regard, way beyond most Android phones. Even at a battery-draining 165Hz refresh rate, the RedMagic 6s lasts almost 13 hours and lands on our better battery life of the phone listing.
The strangest thing is the very low recharge percentages we measured. The RedMagic 6S Pro supports 66W charging, so I’m not sure exactly why the phone was only able to reach 33% charge after 30 minutes. (To put that number into context, the RedMagic 6 doubled that performance.)
Seeing an 8-series Snapdragon phone with a 165Hz display last almost 13 hours is certainly impressive. Granted, your mileage will certainly vary, especially in heavy games, but you can at least rest easy because the RedMagic 6S Pro will go for a while.
RedMagic 6S Pro review: Cameras and other features
This review focused on the strengths of the RedMagic 6S Pro, but there are other things that make up a smartphone. I have described the other things to note about this phone below.
Cameras: The triple-lens camera setup is the same as the RedMagic 6 – a 64 MP main camera with an 8 MP ultra-wide lens and dedicated macro shooter – and continues to disappoint. Photos are flat and bland with no proper dynamic range.
The ultra-wide lens produces images with soft focus, and the macro lens is effectively unnecessary. The front camera once again struggles with white balance, especially in direct sunlight. Night mode is still bad, far from other phones.
Software: RedMagic OS 4.5 is based on Android 11. It offers several icon packs and themes, although most of them are not very good. There are, however, many features for you to tweak as you wish, and some of the English translations have improved in this new version.
Game Features: Like its predecessor, the RedMagic 6S Pro sports a host of gaming features, like a gaming space, cooling system, shoulder triggers, low touch latency, and support for Wi-Fi 6E. The latter is especially useful for low latency gaming, as long as you have a router that supports it. I don’t have a 6E Wi-Fi router in my house so can’t comment on how much of a difference spec support makes.
RedMagic 6S Pro review: Verdict
Once the disappointing cameras have passed, the RedMagic 6S Pro is a pretty good phone. It’s functionally very similar to the RedMagic 6, but if you’ve been skipping this phone and want a great gaming phone, the RedMagic 6S Pro is a good buy. It has everything you need for mobile gaming, including some of the best battery life we’ve seen on a flagship device.
But if you bought the RedMagic 6, go ahead and give the RedMagic 6S Pro a pass. Side by side, the phones are incredibly similar and the new one is not worth the upgrade from the not-so-old model. The Snapdragon 888 Plus doesn’t offer any noticeable improvement, especially in gaming.
But Nubia got the right value proposition with the RedMagic 6S Pro. It is a solid device that accomplishes what it sets out to do.