RedMagic 7S Pro gaming phone hands-on: turbojet, turn it on!
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Mobile gaming is growing. Regularly, mercilessly and exponentially. And with the power of today’s smartphones, you can actually have some really high quality games in your pocket.
Gamers want hardware controls for more precision, more power to play their games at the highest settings, and big screens with stereo speakers to stream immersive media.
RedMagic is a brand that specializes in meeting the needs of gamers, with high-end 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 pre-orders.
Let’s take a closer look!
RedMagic 7S Pro design and buttons
RedMagic 7S Pro – Supernova Color Set
Having a phone body that’s easy to hold for long periods of time is pretty huge up there on the gaming phone checklist. And the RedMagic 7S Pro strikes a pretty good balance here. The sides are flat and thick, ensuring a very easy and secure grip. The back is arched, so the phone feels a bit more ergonomic when pressed against the palm. What’s more, the rear panel combines finishes – the middle is matte, for a soft touch, and it’s surrounded by glossy glass, which sticks better to the hand.
Oh yeah, that glossy glass – it’s transparent, so you can 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 turbofan that’ll spin every time a game is started, and it’ll even light up with colored LEDs to an additional freshness factor (only available on transparent models, you can turn them off if you wish).
Of course, you can’t have a gaming phone without those nice hardware buttons along the right bezel (top bezel in landscape). They’re mostly useful for FPS games, where you need extra controls at your fingertips while running and aiming with your thumbs. But, you can configure them to have many assistive functions in all your games.
Customizing button functions
Each game saves unique settings for the shoulder buttons, so you can customize to your liking. And you can really go crazy with these – you can make the shoulder button trigger a single click somewhere on the screen, or multiple taps, or even entire macros. So it’s worth diving in.
RedMagic 7S Pro display, sound, hardware
There’s a 6.8-inch screen on the front, which is comfortably large without sticking out the top. This gives you enough room to put both thumbs to the sides – to control the game – and you still have plenty of room to actually see the gameplay.
It’s an AMOLED panel that has quite vivid colors and excellent contrast. There are multiple color profiles in the settings, so you can go for warm whites with tame colors or full AMOLED punch with cool hues.
Sure, it can go up to 120Hz refresh for smooth animations and touch sampling can – apparently – go up to 960Hz, which is pretty crazy. Obviously we can’t measure that exactly, but the RedMagic 7S Pro feels very snappy and responsive.
Also, did you notice? No perforation, no notch, nothing. That’s because the RedMagic 7S Pro’s selfie camera is hidden under an array of on-screen active pixels. I have to say, this is one of the stealthiest implementations of an under-screen camera we’ve seen – we didn’t even notice anything was missing.
The two stereo speakers both fire from the sides, so at least there’s no imbalance with one front-mounted speaker and the other side-mounted. They get quite loud and sound good. Maybe a bit harsh in the upper mids and not too much bass.
The phone offers an equalizer for fine-tuning its gaming controls, but we didn’t see a system equalizer when 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 although we have yet to see its adoption by more Android phones, the implementation here is quite exaggerated.
Since the phone has a turbofan that kicks in to keep the CPU cooler (or cooler than usual), there doesn’t seem to be any limitation. 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 was hot, however.
To top it off, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is assisted by a secondary chip – the Red Core 1 by RedMagic. This support silicon relieves the shoulders of the Snapdragon by calculating everything related to sound, haptics or RGB lighting. Thus, the Snapdragon is free to focus solely on graphics and raw performance.
We played on the phone a bit and obviously heat wasn’t an issue here since regular games don’t try to kill your hardware the way 3D Mark’s stress test does. Extra points – it seems to be quite energy efficient.
RedMagic 7S Pro Camera
Obviously, the lens of a gaming phone (a-ha!) isn’t in the camera department. Still, we have a 64MP wide-angle, 8MP ultra-wide-angle and 2MP macro cameras on the back. The hidden selfie camera on the front has a 16 MP sensor. You can see some examples below:
RedMagic 7S Pro Software
RedMagic 7S Game Settings
The onboard software is RedMagic OS 5, which is built on Android 12. It looks lightweight despite the fact that visually it is quite different from the stock Android. There are even a number of gaming-oriented custom widgets that let you control the fan, screen refresh rate, and track your game time.
Press this button for game mode
The RedMagic 7S Pro has a real hardware switch on the side that starts game mode – turn it on and the software switches to a console-like home screen with additional game settings. Here you’ll find configurations for your buttons, audio equalizer, and different performance profiles that let you boost performance or choose to dim and save battery.
RedMagic 7S Pro pre-orders coming soon
RedMagic 7S Pro pre-orders open today! Anyone interested can pre-register by purchasing a $1/€1/£1 voucher. On free sale day – August 9 – this coupon will get you a $30 / €30 / £30 early bird discount.