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We’re sure that when Razer launched the Razer Phone last year that was aimed at gamers, some probably questioned if there was a need for a “gaming” smartphone? While the jury is still out on that, it has not stopped others from following suit, such as Xiaomi, ASUS, and more recently ZTE as well.

Previously it was reported that ZTE could launch a gaming smartphone under its Nubia branding and sure enough they have. Dubbed the Red Magic, this is a smartphone launched under ZTE’s sub-brand Nubia. In terms of specs, it seems that ZTE has opted to use last year’s Snapdragon 835 chipset instead of the Snapdragon 845. By no means is this a negative thing as the Snapdragon 835 is far from a slouch, although from a marketing perspective it would be tricky trying to spin last year’s tech.

We’re also looking at options of having either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of storage, and a 6-inch HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Once again it’s odd that the phone does not pack a higher resolution display, but chances are this is to keep costs down. There was also no mention of whether it will feature a 120Hz display like the Razer Phone.

The phone will also come with a 3,800mAh battery and a button called Gameboost that supposedly enables a “performance mode”. In terms of availability, ZTE has plans to launch the phone on Indiegogo on the 26th of April where early birds will be able to snag one for themselves for $399.

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