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Nubia Play gaming phone with 144Hz display and Snapdragon 765G launched: price, specifications

On: April 21, 2020

This year, the focus has been on smartphones with 120Hz displays. We’ve already seen several flagships adopt this feature, including the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, OPPO Find X2 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Even the mid-range POCO X2 offers a 120Hz display. Smartphone brands are now set to take the refresh rate game up a notch, with 144Hz becoming the new standard. Nubia has already launched the Red Magic 5G with a 144Hz display, and the upcoming iQOO Neo3 is also confirmed to offer this feature. Nubia has now launched a new mid-range 5G device, the Nubia Play, which features a 144Hz display among its other highlights.

Nubia Play specifications and features

The Nubia Play is a mid-range gaming smartphone with 5G support

The Nubia Play features a 6.65-inch AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate. Nubia states that the phone can dynamically switch between 90Hz and 144Hz refresh rates, according to the scene and support within respective apps. Unlike most phones, the Nubia Play doesn’t feature a notch or punch-hole selfie camera, and instead features a thicker top bezel which integrates the front camera, earpiece and sensors. Under the hood, the phone is powered by the Snapdragon 765G processor, which comes with an integrated 5G modem. Both LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 storage are on offer, with Nubia offering three variants to choose from – 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB. There’s a quad camera setup at the rear, headlined by a 48MP primary sensor. An 8MP ultra-wide angle camera and two 2MP cameras are also on board, which are expected to be macro and depth sensors. Under the hood, there’s a 5,100mAh battery with 30W (USB-PD) fast charging. As for the gaming features, the Nubia Play features dual shoulder mounted touch buttons and an ICE 2.5 rack-mounted liquid cooling system. DTS audio and an in-display fingerprint sensor are also included in the package.

Nubia Play price and availability

The Nubia Play is priced at RMB 2399 (~Rs 26,000), RMB 2699 (~Rs 29,000) and RMB 2,999 (Rs 32,000) for the 6GB + 128GB,  8GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB models respectively. The phone will go on sale in China starting April 24th, and pre-orders are already open.

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Ketaki Bhojnagarwala

Ketaki has over 10 years experience writing on tech, having worked at the Hindu Business Line and 91mobiles earlier. When she's not editing copies or reviewing the latest gadgets, she spends her time binge-watching Netflix and reading fantasy fiction.