Nubia, the sub-brand of ZTE, will launch its next smartphone on September 5. The company unveiled the Red Magic 3 gaming smartphone in April and is now set to launch the Red Magic 3S. The device, as the name implies, will be another gaming-centric smartphone. The smartphone will be announced next week at an event in China on September 5.

The Chinese smartphone maker has not revealed anything major about the smartphone just yet. The Nubia Red Magic 3S is rumored to launch with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ mobile platform. This will be a big change from the Snapdragon 855 SoC seen on the Nubia Red Magic 3. Since the launch is just five days away, we will likely hear more about the device in the next few days. Gaming smartphone makers have been racing to introduce devices with newest chipsets.

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With Qualcomm having announced a mid-cycle refresh for Snapdragon 855, Nubia Red Magic 3 seems outdated at this point. Xiaomi-backed BlackShark has already jumped the gun by introducing BlackShark 2 Pro with Snapdragon 855+ mobile platform. OnePlus is also said to be preparing to launch OnePlus 7T and OnePlus 7T Pro with Snapdragon 855+ SoC. Nubia Red Magic 3S will launch ahead of OnePlus 7T Series and will thus have an edge in the market.

The image posted by Nubia on Weibo does not give away anything further about the device. However, one can expect it to arrive in the same price range as BlackShark 2 Pro. It starts at RMB 2,999 for the 12GB RAM variant with 128GB storage. It will be interesting to see how the gaming smartphone makers compete with flagship offerings like Galaxy Note 10 and upcoming iPhone 11.

Featuresnubia Red Magic 3Xiaomi Black Shark 2 Pro
Price35999
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC
OSAndroid 9 PieAndroid 9 Pie
Display6.65-inch full HD+AMOLED-6.39-inch -1080 x 2340 pixels
Internal Memory6GB RAM + 64GB storage12GB RAM + 128GB storage
Rear Camera48MPDual – 48MP + 13MP
Front Camera16MP20MP
Battery5,000mAh4,000mAh