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RedMagic 7S Pro gaming phone hands-on: turbofan, activate!

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Mobile gaming is growing. Steady, merciless and exponential. And with the power of today’s smartphones, you can even get some pretty high-quality games in your pocket.

Gamers want hardware controls for more precision, more power to play their games at the highest settings, and large screens with stereo speakers to deliver immersive media.

RedMagic is a brand that specializes in meeting the needs of gamers with premium chips, shoulder buttons for extra control, high-tech phone design and aggressive pricing. And here we have the RedMagic 7S Pro – the latest and greatest from the company, which is about to open for pre-orders.

Let’s take a closer look at that!

RedMagic 7S Pro design and buttons

Having a phone case that’s easy to hold for extended periods of time is pretty big up there in the gamer phone checklist. And the RedMagic 7S Pro strikes a pretty good balance here. The sides are flat and thick, which makes for a very easy and secure grip. The back is curved so that the phone feels a bit more ergonomic when pressed against the palm. The back panel also combines finishes – the center is matte, for a soft touch, and it’s surrounded by glossy glass, which sticks better to the hand.

Oh yes, that glossy glass – it’s transparent, allowing you to peek into the high-tech design underneath. You’ll quickly notice that the RedMagic 7S Pro has a real dedicated fan – it’s a 20,000 RPM turbo fan that will spin every time a game is on, and it will even light up with colorful LEDs for an extra cool factor (only available on transparent models, you can disable them if you wish).

Of course, a gaming phone cannot do without those sweet hardware buttons along the right frame (top frame in landscape). They usually help in FPS games where you need extra control at the tip of your fingers as you run and aim with your thumbs. But you can set them up to have many supporting features in all your games.

Each game saves unique settings for the shoulder buttons, so you can customize them to your heart’s content. And you can really go crazy with this – you can have the shoulder button trigger a single click anywhere on the screen, or multiple taps, or even entire macros. So it’s worth diving into.

RedMagic 7S Pro screen, sound, hardware

There’s a 6.8-inch screen on the front, which is comfortably large without going over the top. It gives you enough room to put both thumbs along the sides – for controlling the game – and still enough real estate to actually see the gameplay.

It’s an AMOLED panel with nice punchy colors and great contrast. There are multiple color profiles in the settings, so you can go for warm whites with tame colors or full AMOLED punchiness with cold tones.

Sure, it can refresh up to 120 Hz for smooth animations and touch sampling can – apparently – go all the way up to 960 Hz, which is pretty crazy. Obviously we can’t measure that exactly, but the RedMagic 7S Pro feels very snappy and responsive.

Have you noticed too? No perforation, no notch, nothing. The selfie camera of the RedMagic 7S Pro is hidden under an array of active pixels on the screen. Have to say this is one of the most inconspicuous implementations of an under-screen camera we’ve seen – we didn’t even notice anything missing.

The two stereo speakers both shoot to the sides, so at least there’s no imbalance if one speaker is mounted on the front and the other on the side. They get pretty loud and sound good. Maybe a little harsh in the upper mids and without much bass.

The phone does offer an EQ for fine-tuning within the game controller, but we haven’t seen a system EQ for when you’re not using it in console mode.

The RedMagic 7S Pro is powered by the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. This chip impressed us with its release and while we are yet to see it adopted by more Android phones, the implementation here is quite overblown.

Since the phone has a turbofan that kicks in to keep the processor cool (or cooler than usual), there doesn’t seem to be any throttling. Literally – we ran a Wild Life Extreme Stress test and the RedMagic 7S Pro didn’t slow down for any of the 20 loops. Not one! It did get hot.

To top it off, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is assisted by a secondary chip – RedMagic’s proprietary Red Core 1. This supporting silicon relieves the Snapdragon’s shoulders by calculating everything related to sound, haptics or RGB lighting. So the Snapdragon is free to focus solely on graphics and raw performance.

We played some on the phone and the heat wasn’t an issue here, of course, as regular games don’t try to destroy your hardware in the same way 3D Mark’s stress test did. Extra points – it seems to be quite energy efficient.

RedMagic 7S Pro camera

Obviously, the focus of a gaming phone (a-ha!) isn’t on the camera department. Still, we have a 64 MP wide-angle, 8 MP ultra-wide and 2 MP macro camera on the back. The hidden selfie camera on the front has a 16 MP sensor. Below are some examples:

RedMagic 7S Pro software

The onboard software is RedMagic OS 5, which is built on top of Android 12. It feels light despite being quite different visually from stock Android. There are even some custom gaming-focused widgets that let you control the fan, screen refresh rate, and track your game time.

The RedMagic 7S Pro has a real hardware switch on the side that launches the game mode – turn it on and the software turns into a console-like home screen with additional game settings. Here you’ll find settings for your buttons, audio EQ, and various performance profiles that you can use to boost performance or choose to tone it down and save battery.

RedMagic 7S Pro pre-orders live soon

RedMagic 7S Pro pre-orders open today! Anyone interested can pre-register by purchasing a $1/€1/£1 coupon. On the day of the open sale — August 9 — that coupon will give you an early bird discount of $30/€30/£30 off.

RedMagic 7S Pro early bird
RedMagic 7S Pro product page

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