Nubia Red Magic 3S – a gaming smartphone on the Snapdragon 855 Plus and a 5000 mAh battery

by Kelvin

ZTE introduced the Nubia Red Magic 3S gaming smartphone, which replaced the base model of the Nubia Red Magic 3, released in April this year.



Nubia Red Magic 3S received a 6.65-inch SuperAMOLED display without cutouts, with an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9, a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. At the same time, the polling frequency of the touch panel shears 240 Hz.

Nubia Red Magic 3S

Among the other characteristics of the display, a maximum brightness of 430 nits and a contrast ratio of 100,000: 1 are noted.

Hardware basis

Nubia Red Magic 3S operates on the basis of the most powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus system-on-chip, which allows you to use your smartphone in the most “heavy” game projects of our time. So, in AnTuTu, a smartphone gains up to 510,496 points.

To achieve even more performance, Red Magic 3S uses an improved cooling system. It consists of heat pipes with a liquid filler and a highly efficient centrifugal fan that blows hot air from the smartphone through special openings in the case.

The gadget complements 8/12 GB of RAM format LPDDR4X and 128/256 GB of internal memory standard UFS 3.0.


The main camera has only one 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 module with an f / 1/7 aperture, 0.8 μm pixel size, 5 lens phase detection autofocus and a viewing angle of 80 degrees. The camera can record video in 8K resolution, as well as slo-mo Full HD video with a frame rate of 1920 fps. The front camera has a 16-megapixel sensor and f / 2.0 aperture.

Nubia Red Magic 3S camera

The device runs on Android 9.0 Pie with the proprietary Red Magic OS 2.1 shell, which supports DC Dimming technology (PWM dimming for OLED matrices).


Of the other characteristics, it is worth noting the dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n / ac 2.4 + 5 GHz module, as well as the Smart PA NXP Gen 3 chip, which are responsible for multi-channel sound and a connector for connecting a proprietary docking station and accessories. The dimensions of the smartphone are 171.7 × 78.5 × 9.65 mm, and the weight is 215 grams.

Nubia Red Magic 3S

Cost and start of sales

Nubia Red Magic 3S is available in black (Iron Black), silver (Silver Storm), red-blue (Red and Blue) colors. Sales of the gadget will begin in China on September 9th. The price of a smartphone for a version with 8/128 GB will be $ 420, and 12/256 GB – $ 530. Separately for purchase, branded Wireless Stereo speakers, a gamepad and a docking station are offered.

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