Red Magic 7S & 7S Pro go official with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
Red Magic 7S Pro has an under-display selfie camera
July 11, 2022
Red Magic 7S Starting Price
Red Magic 7S Pro Starting Price
Red Magic is a pretty popular brand now when it comes to gaming phones. The company launched its Red Magic 7 series in February and was the first to launch a gaming phone with an under-display selfie camera, the Red Magic 7 Pro. Today, the company launched the Red Magic 7S series in China, including the vanilla 7S & the 7S Pro. These are upgrades to the Red Magic 7 & 7 Pro, respectively.
The main upgrade comes in the performance since both these phones are powered by the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SOC. So, after the ROG Phone 6 series, this is the second gaming phone series to feature this SOC.
RED MAGIC 7S
Design-wise, the Red Magic 7S looks more or less the same as the Red Magic 7. So there is a triple camera setup laid vertically, and on the right side of it, there is the air vent. The 3.5mm headphone jack is present on the top.
The phone also comes in a transparent-ish version, just like the Red Magic 7. So while you cannot see all the components inside, you do see the RGB Fan and a lot of specifications. The company has upgraded the cooling system this time. While the Red Magic 7 had an ICE 7.0 cooling system, the Red Magic 7S features the ICE 9.0 cooling system. The company claims that the thermal conductivity of the graphene copper coil has increased by 30%.
The company was also able to reduce the fan noise and increase the air pressure.
As for the specs, the phone has a 6.8-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel that has a 10-bit color depth and supports up to a 165Hz refresh rate. Basically, this is the same display as the Red Magic 7, so nothing is new here. There is Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SOC under the hood that is paired with up to 16GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB UFS 3.1 storage. The battery size is 4,500mAh, and while the phone supports 120W fast charging, there is a 165W Gallium Nitride charger in the box. This was the case with the Red Magic 7 too.
The triple camera setup includes a 64MP primary sensor, an 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP macro shooter. There is an 8MP selfie shooter. Again, the same as the Red Magic 7.
Red Magic 7S comes in two colors and one has a transparent back. here is the pricing for the Chinese market –
8GB + 128GB – ¥3999 (~$595)
12GB + 256GB – ¥4799 (~$715)
12GB + 256GB (Transparent) – ¥4899 (~$729)
16GB + 512GB (Transparent) – ¥5,499 (~$819)
It is quite interesting that even though there is the new Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SOC, only the base variant gets a price bump, and that too of just ¥100 or $15. All the other variants are priced the same as the Red Magic 7.
RED MAGIC 7S PRO
Speaking of the Red Magic 7S Pro, it is also the same in terms of looks as the Red Magic 7 Pro. There is a new Silver color option with a transparent back so that looks quite unique. Just like the 7 Pro, 7S Pro has an under-display selfie camera, so you get a clean front design with no distractions and minimal bezels. While the Red Magic 7 Pro had an ICE 9.0 cooling system, the 7S Pro has an upgraded ICE 10.0 cooling system. Basically, the number refers to the layers. So, the 7 Pro had a 9-layer cooling system, whereas the 7S Pro has 10 layers.
The display is the same as Red Magic 7 Pro. It is a 6.8-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED with a 120Hz refresh rate and 10-bit color depth. So, the non-Pro version surprisingly has a higher-refresh-rate panel than the Pro version. Maybe that is something to do with the under-display camera. The touch sampling rate is higher on the Pro version, though, at 960Hz (vs. 720Hz).
There is Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SOC and up to 18GB LPDDR5 RAM and 1TB storage. The battery size is 5,000mAh, and there is support for 135W fast charging. That was the case with Red Magic 7 Pro as well.
Finally, the rear camera setup is the same as Red Magic 7S. Also, while the Red Magic 7 Pro had a 16MP selfie camera, the Red Magic 7S Pro has an 8MP sensor.
Finally, here is the pricing for the Red Magic 7S Pro in China –
12GB + 256GB – ¥5199 (~$774)
12GB + 256GB (Transparent) – ¥5299 (~$789)
16GB + 512GB (Transparent) – ¥5999 (~$893)
18GB + 1TB (Transparent) – ¥7499 (~$1116)
So the prices are the same as for the Red Magic 7 Pro.
The sale starts in China on the 15th of July, and Red Magic will also launch the 7S Pro in the global market.