Android manufacturers tend to love big spec sheets, even if those hefty numbers don’t do much for a phone’s day-to-day use. In this context, we got a new level of ridiculous amounts of memory in the phone. The new Nubia RedMagic 8S Pro+ is an Android gaming phone with 24GB RAM option.
The base model RedMagic 8S Pro+ starts with 16GB of RAM, but GSMArena has photos and details on the upgraded storage to 24GB, the most ever in an Android phone. Since we’re all about the big numbers, it also comes with 1TB of storage. Keep in mind that the top-spec 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro has 24GB of RAM and 2TB of storage, and this is a desktop OS with true multitasking, so Nubia really pushes it. This 24GB version of the phone appears to be exclusive to China, and is priced at CNY7,499 (about $1,034), which is a lot for a phone made in China.
You definitely want a sufficient amount of RAM in your Android phone. These apps are all designed around cheap phones, however, and with powerful Android apps running in the background, there’s usually not much chance of them using up a lot of RAM. In theory, a phone like this allows you to multitask better, as apps can stay in memory longer, and you don’t have to restart them back up when you switch tasks. Most people don’t move quickly that However, many apps, some heavy ones, especially games, will close automatically for a few seconds once they are in the background.
Other specs include a new “Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2” variant, which appears to be the same higher-clocked version that Samsung got in the S23. This works out at 3.36GHz versus the regular 3.2GHz. There is a 6.8-inch, 120Hz 2480 x 1116 OLED screen and a 5000mAh battery with 165W super fast charging that can be fully charged in 14 minutes. The screen has a front camera under the screen, because selfies will get in the way of gaming.
The design is interesting – all angles are correct without polishing a single edge on the entire phone. The sides are flat, the back is flat, and the corners are very high, with almost no corner radius at all. In landscape mode, there are touch-sensitive shoulder buttons along the top edge for additional game control, but it didn’t feel comfortable wrapping your fingers around those tricky corners. Just imagine the smooth curves of the SNES console compared to this thing — even the typical image doesn’t look very comfortable.
As for color options, it comes in black, silver, or a transparent back panel with a faux mechanical design underneath, just like the Nothing Phone. The little rainbow circle on the back is a blower fan spinning at 20,000 rpm that pushes the heat out, so it’s meant to play with cool temperatures for a long time.
The phone is up for pre-order today in China and ships on July 11th.