Nubia Red Magic 6R Review

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The camera on the phone is decent enough. It is basically the same spec as the Realme GT.

You have one good lens, the 64MP Sony IMX682, which is a very competent sensor even if it is a bit dated. The actual performance from this camera isn’t as good as the Realme. I have only had a limited amount of time to test the camera with this phone, and it has been very sunny, so it could be the issues with screen brightness making it hard to get great shots. Performance is generally OK, though, and it is unlikely that you are buying this phone just for its camera.

For the 8MP ultra ultrawide, for some bizarre reason, there is no option to use it in the standard photo mode. You have to switch to Pro mode before the toggle shows. If I had this phone permanently, the ultrawide would just never get used. When you do use it, it is OK, it is the same middling sensor used in many phones, but you also lose the HDR features of the standard shooting mode.

The other two lenses are forgettable additions that offer little meaningful use. Just like all other phones with these third and fourth camera sensors.

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All phones with the SD888 and fast refresh rate screens offer incredible performance, so it is no surprise this also does.

As for benchmarks, they are so good it is almost suspicious. In Antutu v9, this scores 826600, which is higher than the current top device on Antutu, the Realme GT 12GB/256GB, which has 822869. My 8GB/128GB Realme GT scored 797855

In 3DMark Wild Life, the Red Magic 6R scores an impressive 5856, whereas my Realme GT scores 5850.

Interestingly, the PC Mark results are much lower than the Realme, but I have always found this benchmark to offer very different results between brands.

Geekbench results are superb, essentially the same as other phones with the chipset. The storage speeds are also excellent, offering comparable performance to both the OnePlus 9 Pro and Realme GT.

Thermal Throttling

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The incredible power of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 comes with a few caveats. It is not very power efficient, which reduces the battery life, and in all the phones I have stress tested has caused significant thermal throttling.

The Nubia Red Magic 6R is the first phone with the SD888 that gets through the Wild Life Strest Test with minimal degradation to performance. The best loop it scores is 5872 which the worst is 5557, giving it a stability score of 94.6%.

The big caveat to this is that the entire phone is warm to touch at the end of it. The results stated that the battery went from 23°C to 59 °C while the battery went from 70% to 50%.

In comparison, the Realme GT went from 27°C to 47 °C, with the battery dropping 75% to 62%. The OnePlus 9 Pro only allowed the temperature to reach 41 °C, and the battery only dropped from 98% to 88%.

The Red Magic 6R is clearly favouring performance over all else. At this point, it is probably worth pointing out that Red Magic sell a large attachable cooling fan for its two others phones, and I would expect them to offer something similar for this.

How much the thermal throttling on other devices affects real-world usage remains in question. Subjectively, I can’t say I noticed much difference in performance with this and the Realme GT when playing Genshin Impact, it is possible the Realme lowered frame rates more often, but not enough to ruin the flow of the game.

It is worth noting that the more expensive Red Magic 6 and 6 Pro both have a built-in fan, so it would be interesting to see how much that affects how high that temperature gets.  


This has one of the smallest batteries on phones with the Snapdragon 888, especially considering it has a moderately large 6.67-inch display, so I had low expectations.

Running the PC Mark Battery 3.0 Test, I woke up to find it had failed. Looking at the battery stats it appears to have failed at around 8h 28mins, and the battery was at 20%, which is when the test normally stops.

If that time is accurate, that will place it about the same as the OnePlus 9 Pro I reviewed earlier in the year, so technically not that bad, but much lower than I would like personally.

As we saw with the gaming stress tests, it is very lenient with its thermal throttling, so the stress tests showed a much higher battery drain than competing models.

I can’t say for sure how this translates to real-world usage, but subjectively it does appear to drain the battery faster than my Relame when playing taxing games such as Genshin Impact. Of course, this also means it should maintain frame rates better.

The wired charging is only 30W, which is very slow when you look at the Black Shark 4. However, it is still a decent charge speed, and unlike Realme/Oppo/Huawei, it doesn’t use a proprietary charging tech, so any power delivery plug rated at 30W should work.


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This is my first experience with a Red Magic phone and its UI. It is a bit of a mixed bag.  

There is a pleasant lack of bloatware on the phone which is the stand out feature of the software. There is barely anything installed on the phone. The only strange modification is the switch from Google Chrome to the NextWord Browser. I have never heard of this browser before, but it is designed to help people learn new languages (English/Chinese).

The overall UI has gamers aesthetic about it, it is not so much that it is bad, but it looks a bit like someone installed a community made skin to the launcher.

As stated earlier, it is very strange that the main camera mode lacks a toggle for ultrawide. Lots of little parts of the software feel unpolished.

It is also not possible to switch to a third-party launcher.

Shoulder Triggers / Gaming

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When gaming, you can use the Game Space. You can enable Game Space via the notifications panel, and then when in a game, you can swipe twice to load it up. From here, you have various options.

The main feature is being able to map buttons to the should triggers. This works flawlessly and is a superb addition to the phone. I mapped it to the action/shoot button on Genshin, and it helps keeps your fingers off the screen and improve response times. The shoulder buttons can provide haptic feedback, which is not as good as the physical press of the Black Shark 4, but you at least get some sort of feedback.

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You then also have various options, such as display an on-screen FPS count and the ability to switch the refresh rate.

Overall, the Game Space does add genuine value to the phone.


I clearly have a bias towards devices that offer excellent value for money. With only one other phone on the market with the SD888 close to this pricing then I had a positive opinion before I even touched the phone.

It is very much a gamer’s phone, camera performance is merely OK, and the whole UI has a gamer aesthetic, not to mention the shoulder triggers.

The overall software and UI needs to mature a bit. Not having ultra-wide in the main camera mode is extremely annoying. Though, credit needs to be given for the lack of bloatware.

The build quality is decent, but the plastic back does make it feel very cheap compared to more expensive models, something I doubt gamers will care about.

Thanks to the larger screen, shoulder buttons and lack of thermal throttling, this offers a superior gaming experience to the Realme GT. These are the main reasons why I would buy this phone.

Of course, the Black Shark 4 looks very appealing when compared to this. I have not used it, so I can’t compare it accurately, but the SD870 won’t be quite as good but should offer superior battery performance.

Nubia Red Magic 6R Review Rating


The Nubia Red Magic 6R is attractively priced, being one of the cheapest SD888 phones on the market. It offers outstanding performance thanks to the chipset and no obvious thermal throttling. The shoulder buttons are also excellent. However, the Red Magic UI needs work, and both the camera and battery performance are not the best. Overall, the phone is a good recommendation for someone strictly looking for a gaming phone, rather than general use.

  • Overall - 80%


  • Superb value for money
  • Shoulder buttons are fantastic and a great feature vs none gaming phones
  • Extremely high performance with little to no thermal throttling


  • Not the best camera & poor camera UI
  • Runs very hot under load
  • Reasonably poor battery

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