RedMagic 7 Gaming Phone Review 2022 (Its OVERKILL!)
Its also a glimpse at future features youll, see on samsung phones and the iphone everything about the red magic 7 is designed to get as much graphics, performance and frame rate out of android games, as you can possibly get. The 629 model starts with 128 gigs of storage paired with up to 12 gigs of ram. The review unit ive been testing, is 7.99 and comes with 256 gigs of space and 18 gigs of ram, and this is our first hint of overkill on the red magic. To give you some perspective, the 800 galaxy s22 has 8 gigs of ram Music. The phone includes the latest snapdragon 8 gen 1 chip, which is the same as what we see in the galaxy s22 line and the oneplus 10 pro. But the headline feature is the 6.8 inch amoled screen, which has a refresh rate of up to 165 hertz thats. Actually, the same as last years, red magic 6, but its still blisteringly, smooth and games, i play that could take advantage of that. Like the mortal kombat mobile game. Look great phones like the galaxy s22 ultra and iphone 13 pro have displays that top out at 120. Hertz for years, weve seen phones at various prices. Moving away from standard 60hz screens, you could find 90hz screens on phones price as low as 250 dollars, like with the galaxy a13 5g, but 120hz screens are still largely reserved for phones costing 500 or more. The red magics combination of 165hz display and a 629 price tag hinted at a future where even faster refresh rate screens can end up on even more phones, no matter the price.
While this gaming phone showcases its 165 hertz refresh rate, there are just a far fewer games that actually support anything beyond 120 or 160 frames. It is a feature that is hard to see as a tangible benefit. Even a 90hz display provides benefits like smoother tech, scrolling and animations. When reading articles and moving between apps 165hz is frankly beyond at least my eyes, ability to perceive smoothness, but with phones like the thousand dollar moto edge, plus already bringing 144 hertz into a non gaming phone, it seems pretty likely that 165hz could be what we see In future phones in years to come, if more phones adopt these faster refresh rates, then there will eventually be more games and software that support them too. The red magic 7 also touts a speedy touch. Responsiveness on its screen, specifying that has a 720 hertz multi finger touch sampling rate. Those are their words. What that 720 hertz means is. The screen is very responsive to taps while playing games, and that is a feature that could potentially have benefits beyond gaming. During my testing, i tried out both locally downloaded games and game streaming over the stadia cloud service cloud gaming in general is notorious for lag under wi, fi and especially cellular connections, but the red magics responsive screen created a noticeable improvement for logging. All of my inputs, i was able to almost create combos in mortal kombat 11 and, while im still having issues with a fairly early level of marvels, avengers controlling the hulk using the touchscreen on a cloud streaming version of the game, wasnt, one of them as more Responsive screens continued development, perhaps they would also help with handwriting or drawing on a phone which, outside of phones built for a specific stylus, can still be rather challenging and other than speed.
I think how the red magic 7 handles power, not graphics, power, like literal electricity, could be something other phone makers should consider for flagship phones going forward. The red magic 7 includes a 65 watt gan fast charger in the box of the phone, its not only a very fast charger, its roughly the same size as my 19 watt charging, brick that i originally got with my pixel 3. using the charger i was able To recharge the phone from zero percent to 98 in just over 30 minutes, which is probably pulled off using a dual 4 500 milliamp per hour double cell battery, a similar technique is also used in the oneplus 10 pro, which also charges at 65 watts in the Us, and as fast as 80 watts in the international model, the phones charger also can bypass the battery to power. The phone, which would also be nice to see, come to other phones, especially when your battery is otherwise dead, and you dont want to wait it to charge up to three to five percent to use in the case of the red magic. It allows the phone to also keep the battery cool and extend its batterys lifespan by letting it run off the charger instead when available. So how do these benefits match up with the rest of the red magic 7 phone, starting with my gaming tests? While you can launch games like any other android phone, the red magic includes a hardware switch in the top left that launches a gaming specific launcher.
Some games are automatically added to here when you download them, but if it misses a few games, you can also add them directly when the red magic recognizes you are launching a game. The phone automatically starts its built in cooling, fan and launches a number of software enhancements and a little stats window. That shows you data like how many frames per second the game is actually running at. You can also swipe in from the corners of the screen to select from different power modes and to change the refresh rate. There are also features for recording your gameplay and then sharing to discord or other messaging apps. The side of the red magic also has a touch sensitive area that can act like a shoulder button and you can configure those buttons to tap a specific section of the screen for you, for example, in apex legends mobile, i set it up to shoot apex. Legends includes a variety of graphics and frame rate options, so i went ahead and cranked them up and the phone didnt appear to chug at all, despite warnings provided by the game that the phone may need to be paired up with a cooling system. This gaming performance was consistent across other games. I tried, although more casual games, expectedly peaked at 60 frames per second like in mario kart, depending on what youre playing the phone really could start heating up in addition to using the cooling fan, which other gaming phones also have.
The red magic includes a case in the box, so you dont have to hold the phone directly. The fan also kicks on, while youre charging the phone to help keep things cool during its fast charging. I also liked how the fan of my review unit has a rainbow lighting effect, which doesnt help with cooling things down, but still a nice touch. Other highlights are the dual stereo speakers, which were helpful when my hand covered one of the speakers, while playing also the inclusion of a headphone jack is always notable. The phone includes a 64 megapixel main rear camera, an 8 megapixel ultra wide camera and a 2 megapixel depth sensor. Camera on the front is an 8 megapixel camera. The rear cameras are fine and include a night mode for photography and video recording at up to 8k resolution at 30 frames per second, along with 4k at 60 frames per second, but with the phone being so gaming focused this likely isnt going to be the device To get if youre hoping to take lots and lots of photos and video, i am surprised that the front facing camera, though isnt at 13 or 60 megapixels, though, to help with live streaming, and perhaps this is one of the ways that the phone gets to its Price: the phone runs on red magic, os 5.0, which is based on android 12.. This take on android 12 isnt, my favorite. It initially places all of its apps on the home screen like ios, but a few quick setting changes can bring back the app drawer if youd rather have that in place.
That said, i wouldnt be surprised. People who do get this phone just load up their favorite android launcher. Instead, the launcher also defaults to the next word web browser which again can be easily flipped to chrome, firefox or any other browser you prefer for most phone fans. Devices like the red magic 7 are a showcase of where the phone industry currently is. The phone is absolutely overkill from the 165hz refresh rate to the extra responsive, touchscreen and all the different power options available for gaming. Yet, as long as some of these features didnt require a cooling fan, many of them could show up in future devices from apple samsung, google and others. If you want to learn more about the red magic 7 check out my review on cnet linked in the description, and would you want a gaming phone or are there features in this phone? You would want in your next phone talk to me about that.