RedMagic 9 Pro: A Comprehensive Assessment of the Ultimate Gaming Smartphone
1. Design: Unique Flat Design
The screen is one of the crucial factors for mobile gamers when choosing a smartphone. An excellent screen provides a superior visual experience. The RedMagic 9 Pro features a “perfect” screen, with a seamless, notchless 6.8-inch AMOLED display boasting a resolution of 2480*1116. It supports a 120Hz refresh rate, 960Hz multi-finger touch sampling rate, covers 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, and boasts a high color accuracy with a △E＜1 value. Moreover, it supports 2160Hz PWM high-frequency dimming and DC dimming, with a screen-to-body ratio of up to 93.7%, delivering a truly impressive visual effect.
The full-screen JD Q9+ display of the RedMagic 9 Pro can be considered the “ceiling” of current smartphone screens. The front camera and various sensors are cleverly concealed beneath the screen, providing an unobstructed view from all angles, ensuring an immersive experience whether browsing the web, watching videos, or playing games.
The RedMagic 9 Pro features a lightweight and sturdy aerospace-grade aluminum frame, offering a delicate and smooth touch, giving it a more square and rugged appearance. The frame houses the power button, volume keys, gaming button, dual touch shoulder buttons, and dual air ducts. Additionally, both the upper and lower borders are equipped with a 1115K loudspeaker, retaining the 3.5mm headphone jack, and adding an infrared remote control, all aimed at providing gamers with an enhanced experience.
The design of the back of the device is equally impressive; the RedMagic 9 Pro achieves a truly flat rear in an era where nearly all smartphones have protruding rear cameras. Notably, with a thickness of only 8.9mm, this design accomplishment is extraordinary. The “Midnight Black” version of the RedMagic 9 Pro may not have the nearly transparent design of the “Deuterium Edition,” but it still maintains a high aesthetic appeal with RedMagic’s iconic Kevlar texture and logo imprint, exuding a sense of speed and athleticism.
The RedMagic 9 Pro features a new generation of the alloy shark fin high-speed centrifugal fan, with a rotation speed of up to 22,000 rpm. When in operation, it illuminates with dazzling RGB lighting, supporting light color switching, fan mode switching, and startup sound effects. Coupled with the “09” emblem on the back and the ambient lights of the two shoulder buttons, it instantly creates a captivating eSports atmosphere, delivering a distinctly personalized gaming experience.
Diverging from the “bulky” nature of other gaming smartphones, the RedMagic 9 Pro weighs just 229g and has a thickness of only 8.9mm. The flush rear camera design enhances portability and maneuverability.
2. Performance: Top-tier Hardware, Magical Cooling
As a gaming smartphone, the RedMagic 9 Pro incorporates a stack of top-tier hardware, including the third-generation Snapdragon 8 series mobile platform, full-blooded LPDDR5X, and UFS4.0. Additionally, it integrates RedMagic’s self-developed Red Core R2 Pro gaming chip, forming a completely new “performance iron quadrangle.” With an AnTuTu score of 2.13 million+, it is the highest-scoring second-generation Snapdragon 8 flagship to date, delivering remarkably smooth day-to-day performance.
RedMagic 9 Pro: Ultimate Gaming Experience
The RedMagic 9 Pro integrates machine learning algorithms that enable it to learn the habits, preferences, and gaming styles of players, better adapting to the control needs of different users. This allows for precise coordination of shoulder buttons, haptic feedback, touch sensitivity, lighting effects, and sound effects in games, providing players with an immersive gaming experience.
The two tactile gaming shoulder buttons of the RedMagic 9 Pro support a 520Hz touch sampling rate, achieving a response speed of 1 millisecond and a 20% sensitivity improvement. After setting them up in games, the controls become more comfortable. Additionally, the shoulder buttons can be illuminated in games, matching the color of the “09” logo on the back, further enhancing the esports atmosphere.
The phone is equipped with a linear giant motor and 4D haptic feedback jointly tuned with “Peace Elite”, providing customized vibrations for firearms and vehicles in games, with over 200 vibration effects. The RedMagic 9 Pro also features dual 1115K linear dual speakers with high-fidelity 5-magnet sound units, DTS XUltra surround sound certification, offering immersive audio experiences in games as well as live sound enjoyment when listening to music or watching movies.
After introducing these features, let’s take a look at the actual gaming performance! Firstly, in “King of Glory” with extreme graphics quality and high frame rates, the average frame rate reached 121 frames per second, demonstrating exceptional stability throughout the game.
In “Peace Elite” under ultra-high definition mode, the average frame rate reached 90.7 frames per second, delivering a smooth gaming experience without any lag.
In “Genshin Impact” with extreme graphics quality and 60 frames per second, the RedMagic 9 Pro achieved an average frame rate of 60.3 frames per second. Apart from occasional frame drops when switching maps, the overall gaming experience was remarkably smooth.
The stable and smooth gaming performance can be attributed to the robust hardware of the RedMagic 9 Pro, coupled with its outstanding heat dissipation capabilities. Equipped with the new generation ICE 13 “Magic Cold” cooling system, in addition to the iconic high-speed centrifugal cooling fan, the cooling structure has been redesigned, increasing the area of the cascade air duct by 18% and incorporating up to 10 layers of heat-dissipating materials. The 3D ice-level VC has a heat dissipation area of up to 10182m². Moreover, an entire layer of graphene material has been added beneath the screen, significantly improving the screen’s thermal uniformity and heat dissipation efficiency.
In an ambient temperature of 28℃ with the cooling fan turned on, playing a game like “King of Glory” at extreme graphics quality and high frame rates for approximately 25 minutes resulted in a back cover temperature of 36.2℃, providing satisfactory heat dissipation performance without feeling excessively warm.
Outstanding hardware is just the foundation; optimization of the software is equally crucial.
# RedMagic 9 Pro: The Ultimate Gaming Experience
The RedMagic 9 Pro is equipped with the all-new RedMagic CUBE interstellar energy engine, which can intelligently recognize and adjust resource strategies based on user usage scenarios. This allows it to save more power in light usage scenarios and deliver higher performance in heavy usage scenarios. Additionally, it provides super resolution for gaming, enhancing the overall gaming visual experience.
By simply flicking the gaming button, you can access the Game Space 2.0, allowing a versatile gaming experience across multiple platforms and devices. Whether it’s connecting to a monitor and peripherals for mobile gaming, mapping popular gamepad controls, or enjoying AAA cloud games anywhere, it enriches the gaming experience.
Battery Life: Large Battery with Fast Charging
With a 6500mAh large battery packed into its 8.9mm slim body, the RedMagic 9 Pro can last for 2 days under normal usage (3-5 rounds of gaming, browsing social media apps like TikTok, and using WeChat). It also supports 80W fast charging, providing not only long-lasting battery life but also rapid recharging, eliminating battery anxiety and unleashing its gaming prowess.
To ensure charging safety, the RedMagic 9 Pro incorporates a comprehensive charging protection system, covering everything from the charger and cable to the battery. It also includes the popular charging separation technology, allowing gaming while charging with minimal heat generation. Furthermore, to cater to diverse user scenarios, the RedMagic 9 Pro introduces the “energy supply” feature with the adorable RedMagic fairy seen in the energy supply chamber during charging.
Camera: Dual Main Cameras
The RedMagic 9 Pro revolutionizes the concept of gaming phones with its rear dual 50-megapixel OIS super-sensitive main cameras, equipped with 7P lenses and APL ink anti-glare enhancement. It delivers impressive results and experiences for panorama, wide-angle, night shots, and quick captures. Let’s take a look at some sample images.
From the sample images, it’s evident that the RedMagic 9 Pro offers high color saturation, good image clarity, and sharpness, pleasing our eyes. Even in low-light scenarios, it provides satisfying imaging results, fully meeting daily usage needs.
Moreover, the RedMagic 9 Pro comes with the Nubia “camera family,” offering a wide array of features such as astrophotography, light painting, multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, cloning, and macro photography. This greatly enriches the playability of mobile imaging, empowering gaming phones with exceptional imaging capabilities comparable to flagship devices.
Operating System: RedMagicOS 9.0
The RedMagic 9 Pro runs on the new RedMagicOS 9.0 operating system, featuring a futuristic UI design that combines elements of transparency, metallic texture, geometric shapes, and light, presenting a more minimalist visual effect and a stronger sense of futuristic technology.
The beloved RedMagic fairy has received a vibrant new “Cyber Academy JK” skin, offering over ten adorable new actions and dynamic wallpapers, as well as new interactive features like a desktop companion and a fairy alarm clock with customizable time, actions, and sounds.
Conclusion: The True Gaming Powerhouse
After nearly half a month of experience, the overall performance of the RedMagic 9 Pro is stunning. It not only boasts the strongest hardware configuration in the Android camp but also exudes a sense of technology and esports in its design. Its excellent cooling system, highly playable imaging capabilities, and battery life reaching the ceiling of current smartphones, along with the unforgettable JD screen, and the flat camera design make it truly unforgettable.