While the ZTE nubia Red Magic 3 came out in May, its successor was just announced. The new Red Magic 3S offers more up to date specs with the Snapdragon 855+ at the helm alongside faster storage and a liquid cooling and fan solution. Visually, the only design difference is the reshaped air intake grill around the back which now comes in a Y-shaped form.
Upfront, we have the same 6.65-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. There’s also dual front firing speakers and a 16MP selfie cam. Going around the back we have a single 48MP F/1.7 Sony IMX586 sensor, an LED flash and the oddly shaped hexagonal fingerprint reader. The phone is still capable of shooting 8K video at 15fps.
Above the reader, we have the newly designed air vent. Nubia boasts they managed to greatly improve the cooling solution on the 3S with a combined liquid cooling tube and fan solution. According to the company, this new combo should result in noticeably better cooling management and can reduce the CPU core temperature by up to 18°C. The sides of the phone also feature the touch-sensitive shoulder triggers which can be remapped in certain games.
The biggest change comes under the hood with the new Snapdragon 855+ SoC paired with 8/12 GB RAM and up to 256 GB UFS 3.0 storage. The battery capacity remains at 5,000 mAh with the same 27W fast charging support. The software front is covered by RedMagic OS 2.1 on top of Android Pie.
The Red Magic 3S is already up for reservations while official sales scheduled for September 9 in China. Pricing starts at CNY 2,999 ($419) for the 8/128GB version while the top spec’d model will go for CNY 3,799 ($531) and packs 12GB RAM and 256GB of storage. The global launch is scheduled for October.
Source (in Chinese)