Red Magic 8S Pro: first Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 phone is here

The Red Magic 8S Pro is here, bringing the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 chipset, better cooling and a new design.
Nubia Redmagic 8S Pro

The nubia Red Magic 8 Pro was among the first Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 smartphones and was launched in late 2022. Now nubia brings the revised version Red Magic 8S Pro with Qualcomm’s latest flagship chip. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 is here, plus there’s better cooling and a new design.

The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 is also the biggest change in the Red Magic 8S Pro. The Plus version boosts the main core clock speed from 3.2GHz to 3.36GHz and also increases the GPU clock speed from 680MHz to 719MHz. Thus, the 8S Pro has 5% more CPU and 5.7% more GPU performance. If that sounds familiar, it’s the same configuration as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chips. The latter have been used in the current Samsung flagships since the start of the Samsung Galaxy S23 series with the same clock rates as the SD 8+ Gen 2.

The Red Magic 8S Pro comes in configurations with up to 12GB of LPDDR5X RAM and 512GB UFS 4.0 storage. The Red Core 2 chip is also back on board and is kept cool by an improved ICE 12 cooling system. Compared to ICE 11 on the 8 Pro, the new system adds 5 W/mK of thermal paste and a redesigned air duct that sits in front of a 20,000 RPM fan. Each variant of the 8S Pro also features RGB lighting on this fan.

The 6.8-inch AMOLED display has a resolution of 1,116 x 2,480 pixels and covers 100% of the DCI-P3 color space. As with the previous model, the new panel also achieves a peak brightness of 1,300 nits and is protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The refresh rate is 120 Hz and the touch sampling rate is 960 Hz. There are also two shoulder buttons with a touch sampling rate of 520 Hz (7.4 ms response time).

6,000 mAh battery with 165 watt charging

The 6,000 mAh battery now charges at 165 watts in all versions, while the camera setup remains unchanged. The 16-megapixel front camera is still under the display. And the main camera still has a 50-megapixel resolution on a 1/1.57-inch Samsung ISOCELL GN5 sensor. We also get a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a video-capable USB-C port. And there are two speakers with DTS:X Ultra sound.

Red Magic 8S Pro prices

The Red Magic 8S Pro is available for pre-order starting today and will go on sale next Tuesday. The base 8/128GB model starts at 4,000 CNY ($550/€510). As mentioned, there is also a Red Magic 8S Pro+. The Pro+ starts at 5,500 CNY ($760/€700) with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Again, the Aurora version has separate storage options, going all the way up to 24GB of RAM and 1TB of storage for CNY7,500 ($1,035/€950). Finally, there is also a Red Magic 8S Pro+ Bumblebee Limited Edition 16/512 GB for 6,500 CNY.

Nubia also introduced the first Red Magic Tablet.

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