Red Magic 6R Performance and Gaming Review: Impressive specs, middling experience


Smartphone gaming is rising in reputation, significantly as high-end gaming PCs turn out to be extra unattainable because of the continuing international chip scarcity, although it’s prone to have an effect on smartphones too. Even nonetheless, demand for gaming smartphones has risen and given approach to a number of totally different makes an attempt by corporations which have by no means even tried earlier than. Crimson Magic has been within the sport for some time although, and the Crimson Magic 6R is a toned-down model of the corporate’s flagship Redmagic 6 that launched earlier this yr.

The “R” begins for racing apparently (I don’t know why) and the telephone’s focus has solely shifted from the unique Crimson Magic 6. The super-fast 120W charging has been eliminated in favor of 30W charging, there’s “solely” 144Hz, and there’s no built-in lively cooling fan. None of those are actually large downgrades (nicely, perhaps besides the charging), but it surely’s sufficient to make this 6R a noticeable step-down from the unique Crimson Magic 6.

The Red Magic 6R standing up beside two plants

Crimson Magic 6R specs

Crimson Magic 6R: Specs

Specification Crimson Magic 6R
Dimensions, Weight & Construct
  • 163.04mm x 75.34mm x 7.8mm
  • 186g
  • Construct: Steel center body + glass again
  • 6.67-inch AMOLED FHD+
  • 144Hz refresh rate
  • 360Hz contact sampling rate
  • 770nits max brightness
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 100% DCI-P3 coloration gamut protection
  • DC dimming
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888:
    • 1x Kryo 680 Prime Core @ 2.84GHz
    • 3x Kryo 680 Efficiency Cores @ 2.4GHz
    • 4x Kryo 680 Effectivity Cores @ 1.8GHz
  • Adreno 660
RAM and Storage
  • 8GB/12GB LPDDR5
  • 128GB/256GB UFS 3.1 flash storage
Battery & Charging
  • 4,200mAh battery
  • 30W quick charger (contained in the field)
Rear Digicam
  • Main: 64MP Sony IMX682, f/1.8
  • Secondary: 8MP f/2.2, ultra-wide
  • Tertiary: 5MP f/2.4 macro
  • Quaternary: 2MP f/2.4 depth
Entrance Digicam
  • 5G
  • Wi-Fi 6E 2×2 MIMO
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • Kind-C port
  • WiFi 802.11.b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz)
  • HDMI
Different function
  • Shoulder set off buttons with as much as 400Hz response rate
  • Vapor chamber liquid cooling system
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
Software program
  • Redmagic 4.0 based mostly on Android 11

About this assessment: We acquired the Crimson Magic 6R from Crimson Magic for assessment on June fifteenth, 2021. Crimson Magic had no enter within the contents of this assessment.

Crimson Magic 6R Design: A cleaner, non-gamer aesthetic

The back of the Red Magic 6R

The Crimson Magic 6R is probably the most “non-gamer” gaming telephone I’ve ever seen from Crimson Magic. To date, the entire firm’s telephones have had that gamer design, however the Crimson Magic 6R is totally different. It’s indistinguishable from most telephones available on the market within the sense that it blends in and doesn’t attempt to do one thing too loopy. It doesn’t draw consideration to itself because it’s not a brilliant flashy design. Gaming telephones are usually approach edgy of their design, which I personally don’t choose. That is one thing you could decide up and take to a gathering as a lot as you’ll be able to take it to a PUBG competitors.

There’s no built-in fan right here like on the Crimson Magic 6, although there are a pair of shoulder triggers that may be mapped to any location on the show when in gaming mode. The shoulder buttons are nice for binding in emulators and in video games like Name of Responsibility. There’s additionally a 144Hz mode which is sweet for navigating the UI, although I didn’t discover any video games that really help it. 144Hz is a step up above 120Hz (and one thing I typically discover and am delicate to, as each of my screens on my laptop are 144Hz). But it surely’s a refined distinction and, in my view, not price shelling out more money for over 120Hz.

Red Magic 6R on its side, showing the location of the shoulder trigger adjacent to the speaker

There’s one design criticism I’ve, and it makes completely no sense for a gaming telephone. Because of the location of the gaming triggers on the telephone, it’s good to use the telephone in a single orientation to entry them. The issue is while you use the telephone in that orientation, the palm of your hand covers the only bottom-firing mono speaker on the gadget, solely muting the audio that’s enjoying. Most different telephones have their backside audio system on the opposite aspect, normally. You possibly can work round this by utilizing a USB C headphone, however then the telephone can also be not probably the most snug for holding when utilizing the included USB-C adapter for headphones, so I don’t actually perceive why this design determination was made. It hurts after some time, and I can’t assist however really feel that is precisely why corporations like ASUS moved their USB-C ports to the aspect of the telephone fairly than on the backside like on most standard units.

Crimson Magic 6R: Efficiency

The Crimson Magic 6R packs the newest and best Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, which we might anticipate to see in a gaming telephone. It has all of the generational leaps over its predecessors and a 5nm node dimension for higher efficiency with no substantial enhance in energy draw. The Snapdragon 888 retains the 1+3+4 configuration which Qualcomm has been working for some time, with the only Prime core being based mostly on ARM’s new Cortex-X1.

There are additionally three efficiency cores based mostly on the Cortex-A78, and 4 “effectivity” cores based mostly on the Cortex-A55. The Snapdragon 888 is provided with an Adreno 660 GPU which is claimed to be 35% sooner than its predecessor. It’s the very best cell chipset available on the market when it comes to uncooked efficiency, and we’d anticipate nothing much less from a gaming telephone, even when telephones with the Snapdragon 888+ are simply across the nook.

Actual-world Efficiency

We’ve devised a sequence of benchmarks that take a look at the real-world efficiency of Android telephones. The primary take a look at is a real-world take a look at of app launch speeds that launches twelve fashionable apps we use every day in succession for 30 iterations. These apps are all “chilly” launched on the gadget, which means the app isn’t cached in reminiscence earlier than it’s launched. Timing is stopped when the app’s predominant exercise first begins to attract, so there’s no ready on content material to load from the community. Thus, this take a look at can decide how shortly a tool can load an app from storage into reminiscence, with the caveat being this take a look at is delicate to adjustments within the app and OS model.

The Red Magic 6R time to launch popular apps shown on a bar chart

All apps launch exceptionally shortly, getting across the identical outcomes because the OnePlus 9 Professional. The Crimson Magic 6R falls to the ASUS ROG Cellphone 5 Final which is a direct competitor for this gadget, although it’s nonetheless a prime performer on this regard in comparison in opposition to different flagship smartphones.

UI Stutter/Jank Check

The XDA UI Stutter and Jank Check makes use of a modified model of Google’s open-source JankBench benchmark. The benchmark determines the efficiency of a smartphone by emulating a wide range of duties which might be generally seen in several apps. These duties embrace scrolling by a ListView with textual content, scrolling by a ListView with photos, scrolling by a grid view with a shadow impact, scrolling by a low-hitrate textual content render view, scrolling by a high-hitrate textual content render view, inputting and modifying textual content with the keyboard, repeating overdraws with playing cards, and importing bitmaps.

The time taken to attract and current each body throughout every of those checks is recorded and plotted in opposition to the brink values signify by coloured horizontal traces. These threshold values — in ms — correspond to the time taken to current a body on a show for various refresh rate values.

As an example, a 60Hz refresh rate means a brand new body is displayed 60 instances per second, which suggests as soon as in 16.67ms. Likewise, 11.11ms represents 90Hz refresh rate, 8.33ms represents 120Hz refresh rate, and 6.94ms represents 144Hz. In the meantime, the vertical bars signify the time taken to show every body, and any vertical bar that surpasses the aforementioned horizontal traces signifies stutter or jank.

The Crimson Magic 6R helps a most refresh rate of 144Hz. We ran the take a look at twice and acquired totally different outcomes each instances.

Crimson Magic 6R JankBench take a look at 1

Crimson Magic 6R JankBench take a look at 2

I’m not sure why each of those checks are so horrible, although it’s clear the Crimson Magic 6R does seem to wrestle to achieve 144 frames per second drawn to the display persistently. I’ve by no means seen extreme body drops when utilizing the gadget and navigating by the UI, but it surely appears there’s one thing adaptive happening right here, as at instances it clearly goals to drop to lower than 144Hz. I’m undecided it’s a stuttering or jank factor, because it’s extra so some type of adaptive refresh rate switching. I disabled that choice in developer settings, however it could probably be the case that it’s enabled anyway.

Sustained efficiency

Sustained efficiency is likely one of the most essential metrics to concentrate to when utilizing a gaming smartphone. If the sustained efficiency is poor, then you definately’ll have tremendously decreased efficiency after what may probably be a brief time frame. I used the CPU Throttling Check app on the Google Play Retailer for half an hour to check the thermal throttling on the Crimson Magic 6R, and I used to be impressed by the outcomes. I ran the take a look at twice.

Each outcomes have been fairly good, and it notably took longer to throttle than different units that I’ve used. You will get round quarter-hour of principally utterly sustained efficiency earlier than it begins to gradual, and I discovered the telephone turned practically too sizzling to the touch in the direction of the top of the take a look at. That’s most likely not what you need from a gaming telephone, and was fairly alarming even when pondering of what may probably be the long-term well being of the telephone’s internals, significantly the battery. It lasts practically 3 times as lengthy at kind of full pace than the Xiaomi Mi 11 Extremely, in order that’s a win for positive.


We examined video games utilizing the professional model of Gamebench, and information was collected over an prolonged time frame. All video games have been launched utilizing the Crimson Magic Sport Area.

Name of Responsibility: Cell

The median FPS and FPS stability of Call of Duty mobile on the Red Magic 6RThe frametimes of Call of Duty mobile on the Red Magic 6R

I ran Name of Responsibility: Cell at full graphics and extremely body rate, which appeared to unlock the body rate. The telephone appeared to deal with it effective, because the dips have been solely when getting into menus which restricted the FPS to 30 and 40. It reveals a reasonably constant efficiency on this gadget, and the temperature of the telephone didn’t rise to uncomfortable ranges both.


The median FPS and FPS stability of Minecraft on the Red Magic 6RThe frametimes of Minecraft on the Red Magic 6R

Minecraft is likely one of the hottest video games on Android and has kind of been someplace close to the highest of the sport charts on the Google Play Retailer for the previous couple of years. Its efficiency is great on the Crimson Magic 6R, and the FPS solely appeared to essentially dip when the land was being generated. Significantly on the finish, once I was working throughout the map and producing new terrain. I used to be enjoying on a 16-chunk render distance with excessive settings for the entire graphics.


The median FPS and FPS stability of PUBG Mobile on the Red Magic 6RThe frametimes of PUBG Mobile on the Red Magic 6R

PUBG Cell is likely one of the most revered video games on Android, and the Crimson Magic 6R handles it with no hitch. It drives out a full 40 frames per second whereas barely even breaking a sweat, even with Extremely HD graphics enabled. The very best body rate PUBG Cell may get was 40 FPS, which is a disgrace as the opposite video games examined may push the Crimson Magic 6R to its limits. It doesn’t matter what although, PUBG Cell will work completely.

Mario Kart 7 with Citra for Android

For my part, the easiest way to push any flagship chipset is with emulation. Most video games on the Google Play Retailer will run simply effective on a flagship-grade chip because it’s the very best {that a} smartphone can supply, however emulation can all the time be improved. I performed Mario Kart 7 at 1x inner decision, and whereas I couldn’t file information with GameBench, it was kind of flawless.

You possibly can try a video I recorded under to see what the efficiency is like.

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Because of GameBench for offering us with a journalist license. GameBench is a set of instruments for builders to investigate the fluidity, energy consumption, and reminiscence utilization of video games. GameBench is obtainable as an app on the Google Play Retailer (unlisted) and as a desktop software. For extra info, go to GameBench.web. 

In case you’re unable to obtain the Gamebench app from the Google Play Retailer, you’ll be able to obtain it utilizing their desktop app.


The Crimson Magic 6R is in an attention-grabbing spot. It begins at €499 for the 8GB of RAM 128GB of storage choice, and at that price, it is good worth. Nonetheless, as a gaming telephone, it lacks key options that put it behind the competitors. An absence of twin audio system and poor design means it’s uncomfortable to make use of the shoulder triggers with a USB-C adapter within the gadget and even begins to harm after some time. You additionally cowl the audio system with the palm of your hand extraordinarily simply whereas utilizing the telephone, and it could actually get terribly sizzling after a very long time of sustained efficiency. The software program itself additionally leaves so much to be desired. Poor translations all through the working system make it an attention-grabbing expertise at instances, and lots of the design may be very “gamery”.

Even then, I don’t thoughts lots of the design of RedMagic OS. It’s one of many smoothest shows I’ve used on a smartphone because of the 144Hz, and the video games that may push it to its limits are those that can doubtless be probably the most fulfilling on this smartphone. I didn’t have any points with battery life in video games and felt it wasn’t a lot totally different from some other flagship smartphone, although the a lot slower 30W charging is perhaps a killer for anybody who desires to prime up their telephone’s battery shortly after a session of gaming.

From what I’ve seen, the Crimson Magic 6R delivers unwavering efficiency in just about all the things you’ll be able to throw at it. From 3DS emulation to your favourite titles on the Google Play Retailer, it handles so much, even when it’s not essentially the very best gaming telephone you may get. In case you’re fascinated by Crimson Magic however are delay by a number of the lacking options, then the Crimson Magic 6 is perhaps extra up your alley.

    Red Magic 6R
    The Crimson Magic 6R is a extra budget-oriented gaming smartphone from Crimson Magic, and it has so much to supply in a less expensive package deal than its larger sibling.

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