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Unboxing the RedMagic 6R, in photos

The top of the RedMagic 6R box. Tap to view at full size.
This article is part of the Android August series, in which I’m writing an Android development-related article every day during the month of August 2021.

I write apps for both iOS and Android devices, so I make it a point to own both an iPhone and an Android phone. Since I’m giving my current Android device, a Motorola One Hyper, to my father-in-law so that he has a mobile phone from the current millennium, I needed a replacement. This set of photos is of that replacement: the RedMagic 6R.

The bottom of the RedMagic 6R box. Tap to view at full size.
The side of the RedMagic 6R box. Tap to view at full size.

RedMagic, a sub-brand of Nubia, which was originally a sub-brand of higher-end phones from Shenzhen-based phone and telco equipment company ZTE, specializes in gaming phones. In addition to using the better CPU and GPU chipsets required for gaming, RedMagic also does a better job of packaging than you’d expect from many other Chinese phone companies who are competing solely on price.

Case in point: Compare the sleek RedMagic packaging you’ve seen so far to the box that my 3rd-generation Motorola G came in:

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I peeled off the shrink wrap and opened the box to see this:

The top layer inside the RedMagic 6R box. Tap to view at full size.

The RedMagic 6R packaging is layered in a manner similar to the iPhone’s. The top layer is a box, which I flipped over to open, as shown below:

Opening the top layer box. Tap to view at full size.

In addition to the SIM tray ejection pin, the top layer box contained the following:

The contents of the top layer box. Tap to view at full size.

Its contents were the Quick Start Guide, a warranty card…

The Quick Start Guide and warranty card. Tap to view at full size.

…as well as a basic case, contained within a protective envelope:

The included case, still inside its envelope. Tap to view at full size.

The case itself is one of those clear, pliable, “soft gel” ones:

The case. Tap to view at full size.

The next layer contained the phone itself:

The phone layer. Tap to view at full size.

The phone’s thin protective plastic sleeve has a little tab that makes it easy to lift out of the box, which was a nice little high-end touch:

The phone, now out of its box. Tap to view at full size.

Here’s the front of the phone, which is still inside its protective plastic sleeve…

The front of the phone, still in its sleeve. Tap to view at full size.

…and here’s the back:

The back of the phone, still in its sleeve. Tap to view at full size.

Finally, I hit the bottom layer, which contained the AC adapter, a USB-C to USB-A charging/data cable, and a USB-C to 3.5 mm headphone adapter:

The bottom layer of the box. Tap to view at full size.

I knew that the RedMagic 6R came with a basic soft gel case, I decided to spend an extra 15 bucks for the hard case, which came in this box:

The box for the RedMagic 6R hard case. Tap to view at full size.

Here’s the case:

The RedMagic 6R hard case. Tap to view at full size.

This may be my favorite Android unboxing experience of all time. It’s certainly a good deal more photogenic than the 3rd-gen Moto G unboxing experience:

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