Following the launch of the Red Magic 3 earlier this year, Nubia has unveiled the powerful Red Magic 3S with improved cooling and, more importantly, more power beneath the hood. The high-end gaming smartphone is due to be released in China this month, but those overseas will have to wait a little longer.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Red Magic 3S, including release date, pricing, features and specs.

When will the Red Magic 3S be released?

The Red Magic 3S will be available to buy in China from 9 September 2019, but those in Europe and the rest of the world have had to wait a little longer to get their hands on it.

Parent company Nubia has confirmed that the Red Magic 3S will be released worldwide on 16 October.

Read our Red Magic 3S review here

How much will the Red Magic 3S cost?

The Red Magic 3S is available the same two variants as the standard Red Magic 3; a model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and another with a whopping 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The latter is available exclusively in the Cyber Shade colour (below), with a choice of Eclipse Black or Mecha Silver for the cheaper alternative. 

The 3S retains the same pricing as its predecessor, so will set you back £419/$479 or £529/$599, depending on how much RAM and storage you want. Crucially, however, there are no major differences between the two variants besides this. 

What’s new with the Red Magic 3S?

If you were expecting a completely redesigned smartphone when compared to the Red Magic 3, you’ll be disappointed. The Red Magic 3S is largely the same as its predecessor in terms of design, with the only notable difference being the redesigned air intake grill on the rear, which is now Y-shaped.

Nubia claims that the redesigned air vent, in conjunction with a liquid cooling tube and fan solution, should provide a noticeably better cooling system that can reduce the core CPU temperature by up to 18°C.

Most of the enhancements of the Red Magic 3S can be found under the hood, with Nubia’s latest gaming-focused smartphone boasting the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ with either 8- or 12GB of RAM and either 128- or 256GB of fast UFS 3.0 storage, which should help it compete with other high-end gaming phones like the Black Shark 2 Pro.

Aside from the upgraded CPU and enhanced cooling, the Red Magic 3S features the same 6.65in FHD+ AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate as the Magic 3 alongside the same front-facing 16Mp selfie camera, single rear-facing 48Mp f/1.7 camera with LED flash, oddly-shaped rear-facing fingerprint reader and experimental [email protected] video recording capabilities.

Red Magic 3S confirmed specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
  • Adreno 640 GPU
  • 8/12GB RAM
  • 128/256GB of UFS 3.0 storage
  • 5000mAh battery with 27W quick charge
  • 65in FHD+ HDR AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate
  • Front-facing stereo speakers
  • DTS:X support
  • Game Space 2.1
  • Touch-sensitive shoulder triggers
  • Front-facing 16Mp camera
  • Rear-facing 48Mp camera
  • Up to [email protected] video recording
  • Redesigned cooling system designed to reduce CPU temps by up to 18°C