Hands-on with nubia's Red Magic Mars and nubia X

Red Magic Mars

ZTE's sub-brand nubia has been releasing handsets for quite some time, but over the past year has made headlines with its gaming smartphones and other interesting devices. During CES 2019, we had the opportunity to check out the Red Magic Mars, a gaming smartphone packing 10GB RAM and also the nubia X, offering a secondary color display on the rear.

The nubia X is a sight to behold, with its large 6.26-inch 1080p display offering thin bezels all around. But what makes this phone really eye-catching is its secondary 720p AMOLED display that can be found on the rear. If that wasn't enough, the phone has two fingerprint readers, offers high-end specifications, and is priced starting under $500. As for construction, the phone feels solid in hand, what you might expect from a phone made from metal and glass, with perhaps the only real complaint being that the rear display area can become a bit of a fingerprint magnet.

The Red Magic Mars follows all the design trends you'd find on a gaming PC or smartphone, offering an over the top design, complete with a customizable LED light strip on the rear. There are some nice touches to the design, like the dual capacitive shoulder buttons and a dedicated gaming mode switch that will not only increase performance, but also make sure that your device stays cool. Perhaps best of all, the Red Magic Mars is priced starting just a tad under $500.

Unfortunately, both phones currently have a limited release which is primarily in Asia. Although the nubia X has no release date outside of Asia, the Red Magic Mars will soon arrive in Europe and eventually be made available to those in the United States.

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