Nubia unveils a sub-$500 Galaxy S21 rival with a 144Hz screen, Snapdragon 888 SoC

Nubia Redmagic 6r
Nubia Redmagic 6r (Image credit: Nubia)

Update, June 7 (08:30 am ET): Global availability announced

What you need to know

  • Nubia has announced another new flagship gaming phone.
  • The RedMagic 6R features a 144Hz AMOLED screen, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 processor, and a 4,200mAh battery.
  • It will go on sale in China from June for a starting price of 2,999 yuan ($470).

ZTE's Nubia sub-brand has announced a new addition to its RedMagic 6 series family, dubbed the RedMagic 6R. The phone is primarily aimed at gamers, but doesn't have the same gaming-inspired design as the RedMagic 6 and 6 Pro phones.

Nubia's new RedMagic 6R sports a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 360Hz touch sampling rate. Under the hood, it packs the same Snapdragon 888 chipset as the best Android phones on the market, paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.

Nubia Redmagic 6r

Source: Nubia (Image credit: Source: Nubia)

The RedMagic 6R has a quad-camera setup at the rear, featuring a 64MP Sony IMX682 main sensor. It also includes a 16MP selfie camera, Wi-Fi 6 support, 5G connectivity, 400Hz shoulder triggers, and a 4,200mAh battery with 55W charging. The phone runs Nubia's custom RedMagic OS 4.0, based on Android 11.

The RedMagic 6R is set to go on sale in China from June for a starting price of 2,999 yuan ($470). Nubia has also confirmed that a global version of the phone will be unveiled early next month. It is expected to be identical to the Chinese version in most areas, but will support slower 30W charging speeds.

Update, June 7 (8:30 am ET) — RedMagic 6R will be available globally from June 24

Nubia today announced that its RedMagic 6R will be available to purchase globally from June 24. It has been priced at $499 / €499 / £429 for the 8GB/128GB version and $599 / €599 / £519 for the 12GB/256GB version.

Redmagic 6 Pro Render

RedMagic 6 Pro

The RedMagic 6 Pro is one of the best gaming phones available right now. It has a 165Hz screen, a huge battery with 65W charging, and shoulder triggers with a 400Hz touch sampling rate.

Babu Mohan
News Writer