Nice gaming {hardware} with difficult software program

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A typical gaming telephone differentiates itself from different high-performance telephones by together with additional gaming-specific options like energetic cooling and shoulder triggers. These are backed up by the newest processors and the quickest shows. The Purple Magic 6 has all the things you’ll count on from a gaming telephone together with the business’s first 165Hz show — a major improve from the 144Hz show discovered within the Purple Magic 5G. Is it the most effective gaming telephone to beat? Discover out in Android Authority‘s Purple Magic 6 evaluate.

About this Purple Magic 6 evaluate: I used the Purple Magic 6 for 3 weeks operating Android 11 and RedMagic OS 4.0 (construct NX669J_UNCommon_V4.12). The Purple Magic 6 evaluate unit was offered to Android Authority by Nubia. The evaluate unit was the Chinese language model operating the worldwide firmware. The CN model doesn’t help NFC, however the international model does. The CN model has the Tencent Video games emblem on the again, however the international model doesn’t. The CN model has a 66W charger within the field, however the international model ships with a 30W charger.

What you want to know in regards to the Purple Magic 6

Red Magic 6 logo in sunlight

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  • Purple Magic 6 (12GB/128GB, Eclipse Black): $599/€599/£509
  • Purple Magic 6 Professional 16GB/256GB, Moon Silver): $699/€699/£599

The Purple Magic 6 and Purple Magic 6 Professional are the newest gaming telephones from Purple Magic — a sub-brand of the Shenzhen-based Nubia.

There are two fashions of the Purple Magic 6, the usual model and the Professional model. The latter has extra RAM and extra storage. The Purple Magic 6 is available in Eclipse Black with a glass again, whereas the Purple Magic 6 Professional is Moon Silver and incorporates aviation-grade aluminum. Aside from these variations, the 2 variants are the identical. Within the field, you get the telephone, a 30W charger, and a USB-C to USB-C cable.

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The Purple Magic 6 and Purple Magic 6 Professional will probably be obtainable globally from April 15, with pre-orders opening on April 9. The telephones will probably be obtainable in Asia-Pacific areas, Europe, Latin America, the Center East, and North America. Its predominant opponents are gaming telephones just like the Asus ROG Telephone 5 and the Black Shark 4, in addition to reasonably priced flagships just like the OnePlus 9 and Samsung Galaxy S21.

Is the Purple Magic 6 good for gaming?

Red Magic 6 bullet force in game

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The Purple Magic 6 ticks all the correct containers in terms of gaming. It has a Snapdragon 888 processor, a 6.8-inch Full HD show, and at the very least 12GB of RAM. Plus, there’s a 5,050mAh battery, energetic cooling through a built-in fan, capacitive shoulder buttons, and a devoted gaming launcher.

The Purple Magic 6 boasts the business’s first 165Hz show, which raises the Purple Magic 6 above each different gaming telephone on paper. For avid gamers, quicker is at all times higher. Together with the excessive refresh price, the show incorporates 500Hz single-finger contact sampling and 360Hz multi-touch sampling. To guard the show, Nubia makes use of an unspecified grade of Corning Gorilla Glass.

Total, the AMOLED show is a giant plus level for this telephone. The colours are good (it helps HDR 10+, DCI-P3) and the brightness is above common at a peak of 640 nits. Until you actually squint, you received’t discover that that is solely an FHD+ panel both. There are additionally settings to regulate the colour gamut and you may swap between regular, vivid, pure, P3, and sRGB. The default is loads vivid. Personally, I feel that’s the proper alternative.

The Purple Magic 6 boasts the business’s first 165Hz show. For avid gamers, quicker is at all times higher.

A 165Hz refresh price shouldn’t be the one business first for the Purple Magic 6. It additionally features a CPHY-DSI interface that connects the Snapdragon 888 to the show. In keeping with Nubia, utilizing CPHY-DSI means the info is shipped twice as quick to the show whereas utilizing much less energy.

To get probably the most from a excessive refresh price show you want to play video games that help greater than the usual 60Hz refresh. Not all video games do. Nubia claims there are over 100 video games that help 165Hz together with Actual Racing and Useless Set off 2, however don’t count on to see a distinction on a regular basis as many video games on the Play Retailer nonetheless don’t help larger refresh charges. Additionally keep in mind to not confuse body price with refresh price, as these are two various things. If you wish to know extra, then I’ve a video that may assist.

The Purple Magic 6 is unapologetically a gaming telephone and as such gaming-centric options are essential. On the facet of the system is a small purple swap, which is used to activate Sport Area — a devoted gaming UI that provides you quick access to your video games. Sport Area additionally offers you controls for the fan, the LED lights, plus it permits you to configure the shoulder gaming buttons.

One of many Purple Magic 6’s most helpful options is the pair of capacitive shoulder triggers. The intelligent factor about them is that they work virtually any sport; there isn’t a want for particular variations or further help from the sport makers. The way in which they work is that you would be able to map any level on the display to one of many triggers. These mappings could be saved on a per-game foundation, that means that after you arrange a sport, the Purple Magic 6 will keep in mind the way you need the triggers to behave. In a sport like Asphalt 9, you press one a part of the display to float and one other to make use of your nitro. With the shoulder triggers, these could be mapped to the left and proper buttons so to play the sport largely with out touching the display.

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As you’ll count on from a gaming telephone, the Purple Magic 6 makes use of the newest flagship processor from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 888. The CPU and GPU are perfect for enjoying the newest processor-intensive video games. I examined out numerous charting topping hits together with Genshin Affect, League of Legends: Wild Rift, Bullet Pressure, Fortnite, Name of Responsibility Cellular, and PUBG Cellular. All of them carried out admirably.

For individuals who like benchmarks numbers, the Purple Magic 6 maxed out the Sling Shot Excessive check in 3DMark with the app reporting that the “Purple Magic 6 is just too highly effective for this check,” although that is widespread throughout Snapdragon 888-powered gadgets. 3D Mark’s newest check is named Wild Life. The Purple Magic 6 scored 5,743 with a mean body price of 34.4fps. For context, these are very related scores to the OnePlus 9 and the Samsung Galaxy S21.

As for uncooked CPU efficiency, the system scored 1,127 for Geekbench 5’s single-core exams, and three,627 for its multi-core check. Once more, these are in the identical ballpark because the OnePlus 9 and Galaxy S21 sequence.

As an fascinating facet observe, the Purple Magic 5G routinely switched on the fan when operating the 3D Mark, despite the fact that it wasn’t in Sport Mode. That doesn’t occur for different apps or video games, which suggests the system detected the benchmark and reacted accordingly. Personally, I discover that slightly bit disconcerting.

The aim of the built-in energetic cooling is to allow long-term sustained efficiency.

The aim of the built-in energetic cooling is to allow long-term sustained efficiency. Its effectiveness was questionable within the Purple Magic 5G with solely a marginal enchancment in sustained efficiency with the fan operating. Nonetheless, it appears to be far more useful to the Purple Magic 6. I ran Geekbench and obtained the numbers above. I then did some intense 3D gaming for half-hour, with out the fan, after which I ran Geekbench once more. I noticed a 30% drop within the Geekbench single-core rating.

After letting the system cool totally, I did the identical factor once more however with the fan operating at max. On the finish of the intensive 3D gaming, I noticed a drop of simply 1% with Geekbench. Sustained multi-core efficiency was additionally improved by utilizing the fan. With out the fan, I noticed a 9% drop within the multi-core rating, whereas with the fan it was simply 2.5%.

How does the digicam carry out?

Red Magic 6 triple camera

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Like its predecessor, the Purple Magic 6 has a triple digicam setup. Beforehand Nubia opted for a 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor, nevertheless this time the corporate has gone with the Samsung ISOCELL GW3 (the S5KGW3 particularly). The 64MP sensor is joined by an 8MP extremely wide-angle sensor, and a 2MP macro sensor.

The digicam expertise is decidedly common. Total, the digicam suite on the Purple Magic 6 is usable, however photographs usually look uninteresting and lack shade vibrance. Should you prioritize gaming over pictures, then you can be simply tremendous.

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Nonetheless, the true problem with the Purple Magic 6’s digicam suite is Purple Magic’s digicam app. To start out, the UI lacks an apparent toggle to modify to ultra-wide mode. That is an odd omission, contemplating the ultra-wide mode makes use of its personal sensor and lens. As a substitute, the ultra-wide toggle is hidden away within the Professional mode. This was the identical with the Purple Magic 5G, and it’s weird that it hasn’t been addressed but. It’s particularly odd as a result of Nubia did embrace a toggle for zoom (as much as 10x) despite the fact that there isn’t a devoted telephoto lens — it’s all simply digital zoom. You possibly can take a look at the zoom ends in the comparability gallery under.

Macro mode can also be squirreled away, this time below the Household sub-menu. The macro digicam itself doesn’t have autofocus and the decision means picture element received’t maintain up for those who crop in. Elsewhere within the Household part, additionally, you will discover different digicam capabilities like MultiExposure, LightDraw, Star Path, Time Lapse, Panoramic, Clone, and far more.

The Purple Magic 6 consists of help for 8K video recording at 30fps, in addition to 4K or 1080p at as much as 60fps. You possibly can choose between H.264, H.265, and HDR10 for the encoder.

Should you prioritize gaming over pictures, then the Purple Magic 6 digicam will probably be tremendous. For everybody else, it is decidedly common.

The entrance digicam is an affordable 8MP shooter. Portrait mode is out there, however it doesn’t truly add a blurred background so it’s pointless. There’s additionally a magnificence mode, although most will need to hold this disabled because of the aggressive smoothing utilized to pores and skin.

If you wish to see the pictures above at their full decision then yow will discover them right here.

How is the battery life?

Red Magic 6 asphalt 9 menu

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To assist avid gamers get probably the most on-screen time, Nubia has included a 5,050mAh battery, plus quick charging. The telephone helps charging as much as 66W, however solely a 30W charger is included within the field. In keeping with Nubia, you may cost the Purple Magic 6 from 0 to 100% in 43 minutes utilizing a 66W charger. Utilizing the equipped 30W charger I used to be in a position to cost from 1% to 100% in a single hour. The battery reached 50% in 22 minutes and 80% in 36 minutes.

In order for you greater than 30W charging then any high-power USB-C PD, and even higher nonetheless USB-C PD PPS charger will work. I examined it on my PinePower Desktop charger, which helps 60W USB-C PD, and the system began charging at 33W. For the complete 66W you have to a USB-C PD PPS charger.

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I examined enjoying 3D video games, since that’s the entire level of the Purple Magic 6, and I discovered that you’ll get round 4 hours of gaming from one cost. That’s 25% per hour. In case you are a heavy gamer it’s value noting this quantity. On the different finish of the dimensions, you may watch 19 hours of YouTube on one cost.

Assuming your common day isn’t just about gaming then you’ll get a full time out of the battery, however simply regulate the battery degree for those who do indulge in additional than an hour or two of 3D mayhem.

What in regards to the software program?

Red Magic 6 always on display

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The software program is the weakest factor in regards to the Purple Magic 6. However let’s begin with the positives.

Purple Magic OS 4.0 relies on Android 11, so you’re getting the newest model of Android on the time of the system’s launch. The Purple Magic OS 4.0 pores and skin has plenty of options to help the gaming {hardware}. I’ve already talked about the devoted Sport Area and the shoulder triggers. Nonetheless, there may be additionally help for recording video clips throughout gameplay, manually setting the display refresh price (60Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz, and 165Hz), configuring the sunshine strip on the again of the system, and a facet menu with fast entry to varied instruments and apps.

Google’s apps and companies are totally supported on the Purple Magic 6 and also you get the Play Retailer, YouTube, Chrome, Photographs, Google Drive, and Gmail all pre-installed. Moreover Google’s app, you get a small choice of instruments and utilities like a file supervisor, clock, calculator, and so on. All the conventional stuff. Total the extent of bloat is low with the one superfluous app promoting Nubia’s equipment for the Purple Magic sequence.

Red Magic 6 in hand launcher

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One in every of my gripes in regards to the Purple Magic 5G was that you just couldn’t management the fan exterior of Sport Area — now you may! Thanks, Nubia. Additionally, there was beforehand no option to present the battery share subsequent to the battery icon. Once more, mounted. But it surely isn’t all roses and candy lavender.

For starters, you may’t change the default launcher. Whereas for some individuals that’s irrelevant, for others it’s a deal-breaker. Altering the launcher is without doubt one of the elementary freedoms that Android customers have in comparison with iOS customers. It additionally implies that Pace Check G received’t run on the Purple Magic 6, which is a disgrace because it might have been one of many quickest telephones of 2021.

The inclusion of a 165Hz show is a giant plus for the Purple Magic 6, and the flexibility to manually swap between refresh charges is nice. Nubia claims that the software program permits for adaptive adjustment among the many 4 completely different ranges, however I didn’t see it taking place. For some motive the setting is saved below a sub-menu referred to as Good sport, not the core displany menu. It’s an analogous case for the 165Hz setting, which is accessed through a notification drawer toggle. It’s all very complicated.

Purple Magic’s observe document with updates is not nice and Purple Magic OS 4.0 nonetheless wants a variety of work.

There’s additionally the query of updates. I’ve at all times been involved in regards to the quantity and frequency of safety updates from Nubia. Trying again on the Purple Magic 3S and the Purple Magic 5G, they did get some updates. The final one was November 2020, when each gadgets obtained patched. I’m scripting this in April 2021. So far as I can see, not one of the earlier gadgets ever obtained a serious Android replace. My guess is that the Purple Magic 6 will stay solely on Android 11.

After which there are the bugs. Let me begin by saying that I obtained my evaluate unit earlier than the system goes on sale globally and that Nubia is upfront that the software program in my check unit isn’t the ultimate construct. Regardless of this, based mostly on my expertise with different Purple Magic telephones, I’ve a nagging total impression that the ultimate model may very well be equally unstable and inconsistent.

The Purple Magic 6’s software program is best than on earlier iterations of this sequence, and gaming-specific options like Sport Area and the customizable triggers earn it some bonus factors. Nonetheless, for those who’re on the lookout for a telephone that gives an ideal pores and skin for day-to-day use, then the Purple Magic 6 isn’t the telephone for you.

The rest?

Red Magic 6 fingerprint reader

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  • Underneath-display fingerprint reader: To be blunt, the under-display fingerprint reader on the RedMagic 5G was horrible. Nonetheless, the glad information is that the reader on the Purple Magic 6 is nice. No points, no issues, no frustration. It simply works!
  • Audio: The Purple Magic 6 has two audio system, providing a real stereo expertise. The earpiece doubles as a speaker, it’s front-firing. It’s joined by a downward-firing speaker on the underside. The excellent news is that there’s a headphone jack. It’s on the highest edge. I examined the stereo separation utilizing a kind of check movies on YouTube that performs music by means of the left after which proper speaker, and I used to be impressed. Which means for those who watch YouTube or Netflix whereas holding the system in your hand, it’s best to get pleasure from some good stereo results. However, as is commonly the case, utilizing headphones might be extra well mannered, and can ship the most effective total expertise.
  • No IP score: Don’t take this telephone for a dip because it doesn’t have an official IP score for water and mud safety. That is pretty widespread for gaming telephones, however there are some telephones on the $600 mark that do have official safety rankings.
  • Wi-Fi 6E: The Purple Magic 6 helps Wi-Fi 6E — the newest and quickest Wi-Fi customary and has entry to the 6GHz spectrum. That is nice information for avid gamers who need the quickest connections and is a uncommon function at this worth level.

Purple Magic 6 specs

  RedMagic 6
Show AMOLED 6.8 inches Full HD+ @165Hz
SoC Snapdragon 888
GPU Adreno 660
RAM 12GB/16GB
Storage 128GB/256 GB UFS3.1
Cameras Rear Cameras:
64MP predominant
8MP Vast-angle
2MP Macro

Entrance Digital camera:
8MP selfie

Video:
8K @30fps, 1080p/4K @60fps

Battery 5050mAh
60W fast charging supported, 30W charger included
Sensors Fingerprint, G-sensor, Digital Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Mild Sensor, Sensor hub
Community 5G: NR n41/n78
2G+3G+4G:
2G: GSM 2/3/5/8
3G: WCDMA B1/2/4/5/6/8/9/19
4G: TD-LTE B34/B38/39/40/41
4G: FDD-LTE B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B18/B19/B20/B26/B28/B66
Connectivity WiFi 6 2×2 MIMO
Bluetooth 5.1
GPS
NFC
SIM Twin nano-SIM
Software program RedMagic OS 4.0 based mostly on Android 11.0
Dimensions and weight Top: 169.86mm
Width: 77.19mm
Depth: 9.7mm
Weight: 220g
Colours Eclipse Black (Normal) or Moon Silver (Professional)

Worth and competitors

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The Purple Magic 6 builds on the gaming telephone traditions of its predecessors and it does all of it for lower than $600. The Snapdragon 888 is nice, plus you get a 165Hz show, energetic cooling, at the very least 12GB of RAM, and {hardware} shoulder buttons.

The Purple Magic 6 isn’t the one gaming telephone in the marketplace, there are others. This consists of the present king, the Asus ROG Telephone 5. The 2 gadgets have related options just like the Snapdragon 888, superior cooling options, and excessive refresh price shows. The ROG Telephone presents as much as 512GB of storage, and as much as 18GB of RAM, plus one of many largest batteries in the marketplace at 6,000mAh. There are literally three completely different fashions within the ROG 5 Telephone lineup: the Asus ROG Telephone 5, the ROG Telephone 5 Professional, and the ROG Telephone 5 Final. All three share the identical entrance display and shoulder buttons (Air Triggers 5), with minor spec boosts for RAM and storage as you progress up the ladder.

Should you aren’t impressed by shoulder triggers and energetic cooling, however you continue to need a system with the newest Snapdragon processor and a excessive refresh price show then you might have fairly just a few choices together with the OnePlus 9, which has a set 120Hz show, or the OnePlus 9 Professional, which has an adaptive 120Hz show. Each gadgets have the Snapdragon 888 and include as much as 12GB of RAM.

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Should you don’t just like the look of the OnePlus 9 sequence, then what in regards to the Samsung Galaxy S21 vary? All of the S21 fashions have adaptive 120Hz shows and at the very least 8GB of RAM, with the top-of-the-line mannequin, the Galaxy S21 Extremely, that includes a 6.8-inch AMOLED WQHD+ show at 120Hz with as much as 16GB of RAM.

However allow us to not overlook the worth variations. The Asus, OnePlus, and Samsung gadgets I discussed are considerably dearer than the Purple Magic 6. This can certainly be a major issue for many individuals when attempting to decide on. Are the weaknesses of the Purple Magic 6 acceptable contemplating the worth? Or to place it the opposite approach round, are the upper costs of the competitors justifiable? That can all rely upon how a lot you want energy on a funds over different flagship qualities corresponding to a succesful digicam system and a top quality software program expertise.

Purple Magic 6 evaluate: The decision

Red Magic 6 fortnite

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There are many optimistic issues to say in regards to the Purple Magic 6. The business’s first 165Hz show means the Purple Magic 6 is at the very least one step forward of the competitors. The energetic cooling has moved from simply being a gimmick or advertising and marketing trick to one thing truly helpful. Then on high of that, you might have the Snapdragon 888, the gaming triggers, a big battery with quick charging, 8K video, a headphone jack, and naturally help for 5G (sub-6GHz solely).

Whereas the digicam is uninteresting and common, the audio setup is nice and there’s a headphone jack, one thing that may now not be taken as a right and an actual boon for avid gamers. The battery is an efficient measurement, however heavy gaming can use it up rapidly. Fortunately the quick charging will assist there.

If the lure of gaming triggers, energetic cooling, the worth, and a 165Hz show outweighs your considerations over safety updates then the Purple Magic 6 may very well be the telephone for you.

However, a smartphone wants good software program to enrich the {hardware}. The Purple Magic 6 doesn’t allow you to change the launcher, one thing I contemplate a breach of contract between Android OEMs and Android customers. It’s additionally buggy and stuffed with inconsistencies. After which there’s a fear over software program updates and future upgrades.

These unfavourable factors have to be tempered by the worth. At $599 for the bottom mannequin, you’re getting a variety of telephone for lower than you’ll pay for a ROG Telephone 5, Galaxy S21, OnePlus 9, Xiaomi Mi 11, or simply about any Snapdragon 888 telephone. So, if the lure of gaming triggers, energetic cooling, a 165Hz show, and the modest worth outweighs considerations over safety and the opportunity of an Android improve, and also you don’t thoughts combating by means of UI points and dwelling with a mediocre digicam, then the Purple Magic 6 may very well be the gaming telephone for you.

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