It previously made headlines as the first non-Samsung phone powered by the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 2 5G chipset, a slightly faster variant of Qualcomm’s flagship chip. Compared to the regular version, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 2 bumps the prime core to 3.36GHz from 3.2GHz and improves the GPU clock speed to 719MHz.
Locally, the RedMagic 8S Pro gets a suggested retail price of P47,999 (around $845 converted) for the version with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, while the higher-end 16GB/512GB variant will set you back P58,999 ($1,039). You can also purchase the 12GB/256GB model from the company’s overseas store on Lazada for as low as P38,440 ($677), but without local warranty coverage. You’ve been warned.
This is also a RedMagic 8S Pro unboxing video
The S-model upgrade brings few changes over its predecessor and features the same aluminum frame with a pair of programmable shoulder triggers for gaming. You still get a built-in cooling fan, which should help the device deliver the highest frame rates possible without burning your hands. It has a 6.8-inch AMOLED display with 2,480 x 1,116 resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, 960Hz touch sampling, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top. Plus, the screen comes with 1,300 nits of peak brightness as well as DC dimming.
To deliver a more immersive viewing experience, RedMagic has opted for an under-display selfie camera with a 16-megapixel sensor and pleasingly narrow bezels on all four sides. For regular pictures, the 8S Pro is equipped with a 50-megapixel primary camera alongside dedicated lenses for ultrawide and macro shots. The phone also packs a massive 6,000mAh battery coupled with 80-watt fast charging, which should deliver a full charge in just 35 minutes.
RedMagic 8S Pro specs
- 6.8-inch AMOLED display with 2,480 x 1,116 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 960Hz touch sampling rate, Gorilla Glass 5
- 4nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 2 5G chipset
- Adreno 740 GPU
- 8GB/12GB LPDDR5X RAM
- 256GB/512GB UFS 4.0 storage
- 50-megapixel main, 8-megapixel ultrawide, and 2-megapixel macro cameras
- 16-megapixel under-display front camera
- Under-display fingerprint reader
- 6,000mAh battery
- 80-watt wired charging
- ICE 12.0 cooling system with built-in cooling fan
- Two shoulder triggers
- RedMagic OS 8 based on Android 13
- Colors: Midnight, Platinum, Aurora
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