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REDMAGIC 9 Pro Review: A Gaming Powerhouse

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The REDMAGIC 9 Pro is the latest gaming smartphone from Nubia, designed to cater to hard-core mobile gamers. Packed with the latest hardware and innovative features, this device aims to deliver an unparalleled gaming experience.


We recently had the opportunity to test the REDMAGIC Pro 9, putting its gaming performance, user experience, and overall strengths and weaknesses to the test.

REDMAGIC 9 Pro Specs

Android 14, Red Magic OS 9.0
6.8-inch flat-screen BOE Q9+ Full HD+ AMOLED display, 2480 x 1116 pixel resolution, 400ppi
120Hz refresh rate, 1600-nits peak brightness
2160Hz PWM dimming, 10-bit color
Gorilla Glass 5 protection
3.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 with Red Core 2 Pro Gaming Chip processor
ICE 13.0 cooling system, RGB fans @ 22,000rpm
Adreno 750 GPU
Sleet: 12GB RAM + 256GB storage / Snowfall: 16GB RAM + 512GB storage / Cyclone: 16GB RAM + 512GB storage
Colorful fluorescent fan RGB lighting
50MP PDAF, OIS + 50MP ultra-wide + 2MP macro rear cameras, LED flash
16MP under-display selfie camera
Under-display fingerprint scanner
Dual 1115K three-dimensional speakers, three microphones
3.5mm headphone jack
Pressure-sensitive zones
Dual SIM, dual standby
4G LTE, 5G
WiFi 7, tri-band
Bluetooth 5.3
IR blaster
USB-C port
Dimensions: 164 x 76.4 x 8.9mm
6,500mAh dual-cell battery, 80W super fast charging
Colors: Sleet, Snowfall, Cyclone

First Impressions
Unboxing the REDMAGIC 9 Pro, the first thing that struck me was its bold, gaming-centric design. The device feels solid in hand, thanks to its premium mix of metal and glass. 


The package includes the REDMAGIC 9 Pro, a red USB C cable, an 80W charger, paper materials, and a protective case.

The backlit RGB lighting, the customizable logo, the full flat rear panel with no camera bumps, and the customizable fan lights were particularly impressive, adding a touch of personality and style. Although it leans towards the heavier side at 229g, the weight feels just right considering the robust hardware inside.

Display and Visuals
The REDMAGIC 9 Pro boasts a massive 6.8-inch AMOLED display enhanced with BOE Q9+ Luminescent Material, offering an impressive 93.7% body ratio. Its 165Hz refresh rate and 720Hz touch sampling rate ensure incredibly smooth interactions, whether navigating menus or engaging in intense gaming sessions.


The display's vibrant colors and excellent contrast make game worlds visually stunning, providing an immersive experience, especially evident when playing "Call of Duty Mobile" with its detailed environment that enhances gameplay, aiding in spotting and targeting opponents.


Furthermore, the device's outstanding viewing angles and impressive 1600-nit peak brightness make gaming outdoors a seamless experience.


A notable feature of the screen is its SGS Low Blue Light Eye Protection Certification, which guarantees a comfortable viewing experience. This certification alleviates concerns about eye strain, allowing gamers to have more enjoyable extended gaming sessions without discomfort. The screen's durability is reinforced with Gorilla Glass 5, which can withstand the demands of avid gamers who are looking for top-notch performance.

Gaming Performance
The REDMAGIC 9 Pro comes with flagship hardware, powered by the 3.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor and Red Core 2 Pro Gaming Chip, and delivers an impressive gaming experience. The Adreno 750 GPU, paired with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage, ensures top-tier performance, making this device a powerhouse for any game.


When diving into Genshin Impact, the combination of high performance and the advanced ICE 13.0 cooling system was really impressive. The game ran flawlessly on max settings, with each blade of grass and ripple of water rendered with breathtaking clarity. The ICE 13.0 cooling system worked silently like a guardian, ensuring my device stayed cool even during extended gaming sessions. This cooling efficiency, which reduces the overall temperature by up to 18°C, ensures that performance remains consistent without any thermal throttling.


Call of Duty: Mobile plays great, leveraging the 165Hz refresh rate and 720Hz touch sampling rate for incredibly responsive gameplay. 


The 520Hz shoulder triggers provide a significant advantage, allowing for quick reactions and precise control, crucial in fast-paced combat scenarios. The triggers' increased touch area and improved sweat resistance mean you can play comfortably for longer periods without missed inputs or discomfort.


Graphics-intensive racing games like Asphalt 9: Legends are a visual treat. The vibrant colors and high contrast of the AMOLED display, combined with the powerful GPU, create an immersive racing experience. The highly responsive screen and customizable RGB lighting add a touch, making the gameplay not only smooth but also visually stunning.


Even for casual games like Fallout Shelter, Pokémon, and Among Us, the REDMAGIC 9 Pro excelled. The seamless performance and quick loading times made it easy to switch between games and other apps without any lag, maintaining a smooth and enjoyable experience.


The audio quality of the REDMAGIC 9 Pro is another highlight. The dual 1115K speakers and 5 magnetic sound units, along with the Magic Sound feature, deliver high-fidelity sound that significantly enhances the gaming experience. The symmetrical three-dimensional double speakers provide clear sound, while the large 0815 super linear motor adds stronger vibrations for a more tactile experience. The rear RGB lights, syncing with the game's audio, create an interactive light show that adds to the overall immersion.


Additionally, the advanced authentication algorithm optimization ensures optimal security, so I can focus on my games without worrying about my data. The customization options, including new RGB effects, allow me to personalize my device and add a touch of flair to my gaming sessions.


Playing games on the REDMAGIC 9 Pro is enjoyable, thanks to its powerful hardware and vibrant display. However, during extended gameplay sessions, I did notice that the device got hotter to the touch, particularly in the back area. While the advanced cooling system, including the high-speed turbofan, works overtime to manage the heat, it remains somewhat noticeable. Despite this, the gaming experience remains smooth, making it a minor inconvenience in a great gaming experience.

It's also important to note that the REDMAGIC 9 Pro's large size may not suit everyone. Users with smaller hands or those looking for a more compact gaming device might find it a bit large and sizeable. Additionally, the device's powerful performance does impact battery life, requiring more frequent charging during intense gaming sessions.

Overall, the REDMAGIC 9 Pro is a great gaming device for both hardcore and casual gamers. Its advanced cooling system, high-refresh rate display, responsive shoulder triggers, and exceptional audio quality combine to deliver a superior gaming experience.

Everyday Use
For everyday use, the REDMAGIC 9 Pro continued to impress with its overall performance. The ample RAM and powerful processor made multitasking effortless, with apps opening quickly and running smoothly. The large, vibrant screen not only enhanced my gaming experience but also made watching videos and browsing the web enjoyable.


However, the phone's size and weight were quite noticeable during everyday use. It's not the most pocket-friendly device, and using it one-handed could be challenging at times. Despite these minor inconveniences, the exceptional performance and immersive display more than made up for these small trade-offs.
"The REDMAGIC Pro 9 took my gaming experience to a new level. The combination of its powerful hardware and innovative features made every gaming session immersive and enjoyable. From the stunning visuals on the high-refresh-rate display to the responsive touch controls and customizable gaming modes, every aspect was tailored to enhance my gaming experience. It's a gaming powerhouse that brings out the best in every game I play. - adobotech"
Camera Performance
The REDMAGIC 9 Pro, while primarily designed for gaming, also offers a competent camera system. Sporting a 64-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor, it holds its own against flagship devices in terms of camera capabilities.


In well-lit conditions, the camera captures clear and detailed shots. However, its performance in low-light environments is average, resulting in some noise and less sharpness. 


For users prioritizing gaming performance, the camera may not be the top priority. The camera might take a backseat, however, for those who value photography, especially in diverse lighting conditions, it's worth considering the camera's performance.

The REDMAGIC 9 Pro is equipped with a dual-cell battery boasting a total capacity of 6500mAh. It strikes the perfect balance between longevity and weight distribution, especially for gamers who prefer holding the device in landscape mode during intense gaming sessions.


With the included 80W charger, the battery can be fully charged in just 35 minutes, ensuring minimal downtime between gaming sessions. This fast charging capability, combined with the sizable battery capacity, allows for up to an impressive 56 hours of usage, catering to both gaming enthusiasts and everyday users alike.

Utilizing Qualcomm Quick Charge 5 technology, the charging process is not only fast but also safe and efficient, preventing overheating or damage to the battery.

Powerful Performance
Advanced Cooling System
Impressive Display
Good Battery Life
Responsive Trigger Controls.
Good Audio Quality
Versatility and Design

Size and Weight
Average Low-Light Camera Performance
Shorter Battery Life During Intense Use
No Wireless Charging

The REDMAGIC 9 Pro is a great option for mobile gaming enthusiasts, offering top-tier performance, a stunning display, and advanced cooling capabilities. Its powerful hardware ensures smooth multitasking and gaming, while the responsive controls and excellent audio quality enhance the overall experience. However, its large size and average low-light camera performance may be drawbacks for some users. Despite these minor cons, the REDMAGIC 9 Pro stands out as a robust device that excels in delivering an immersive and efficient gaming experience.

The REDMAGIC 9 Pro is priced at ₱46,999 and it's now available in stores nationwide and online.
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