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Nubia Red Magic 5G with 144Hz display and Snapdragon 865 launched; Price and specifications

On: March 12, 2020

After teasing the arrival of the Red Magic 5G gaming phone since the beginning of the year, Nubia finally unveiled it today in China. While it is the first 5G-enabled gaming phone from the company, it is also the world’s first smartphone ever to flaunt a display that supports up to 144Hz refresh rate. The phone not only promises to excel in gaming capabilities, but is also loaded in the photography department since it is equipped with Sony IMX686 64-megapixel triple cameras. The Red Magic 5G has a big battery that supports 55W fast charging.

Nubia Red Magic 5G specifications

Red Magic 5G

Red Magic 5G debuts as world’s first gaming smartphone with 144Hz refresh rate display

The metal-bodied Red Magic 5G flaunts a notch-less 6.65-inch AMOLED display with in-screen fingerprint reader. It is a TUV Rheinland low blue light certified display that can effectively filter harmful blue rays. The full HD+ resolution supporting screen supports 19.5:9 aspect ratio and up to 144Hz refresh rate.

The company claims that the screen can refresh 144 times in just one second which makes it 20 percent faster than a 120Hz refresh rate display. It offers enhanced experience not only while playing games, but also during general use as there are many apps that supports high frame mode, claimed the company. The screen also supports DC dimming and offers a 240Hz touch sampling rate. For enhanced gaming experience, the Red Magic 5G comes with capacitive shoulder triggers with 300Hz touch sampling rate. There is a dedicated microphone on the device for gaming. There is also a linear motor inside the device for in-game 4D vibrations. With wireless screen projection support, users can make use of wireless casting technology to enjoy games on a larger display.

The Snapdragon 865 mobile platform powers the Red Magic 5G with LPDDR5 RAM. As far as benchmarks are concerned, the smartphone has managed to score 639,856 and 575,341 points in AnTuTu and Master Lu platforms, respectively.  The Red Magic 5G is backed by a 4,500mAh battery that supports 55W rapid charging. By charging for 15 minutes, the phone can gain 50 percent battery. The phone also supports Quick Charge 4.0 and USB-PD 3.0. The specially-designed charging cable makes it possible to charge the phone conveniently while playing games on the phone.

The Red Magigc 5G is equipped with multi-dimensional cooling system which includes air cooling and an L-shaped liquid cooling tube along with a high-efficiency centrifugal fan with a speed of up to 15,000rpm. The cooling mechanism of the Red Magic 5G increases the ventilation volume by 30 percent and heat dissipation by 56 percent, as per the brand. The smartphone comes loaded with the Red Magic UI based Android 10 OS.

The predecessor, Red Magic 3 series had sported a single rear camera. The dual tone colored back panel of the new phone features a triple camera setup that includes a Sony IMX686 64-megapixel primary sensor. It is an assisted by an 8-megapixel ultrawide lens and 2-megapixel ultra-macro sensor. It has a front-facing camera of 8-megapixels. The phone offers photography features like video stabilisation, super night scene mode and AI portrait mode.

The Red Magic 5G delivers DTX X Ultra certified sound effects and it also features the good old 3.5mm audio jack. The other connectivity options that are available on the device are dual-SIM support, Wi-Fi 6, dual frequency GPS and USB-C. Lastly, the phone features an RGB-lit Red Magic logo which glows while gaming and for notifications.

Nubia Red Magic 5G price and release date

The Nubia Red Magic 5G has landed in China in different variants, including 8GB RAM + 128GB storage, 12GB RAM + 128GB storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage and 16GB RAM + 256GB storage. They are priced at 3,799 Yuan (~Rs 40,350), 4,099 Yuan (~Rs 43,500), 4,399 Yuan (~Rs 46,700) and 4,999 Yuan (~Rs 53,000) respectively. These variants can be availed in Cyber Neon, Hacker Black and Mars Red colours in China.

The Dueterium Transparent Edition comes in two choices such as 12GB RAM + 256GB storage and 16GB RAM + 256GB storage. These carry 4,599 Yuan (~Rs 48,850) and 5,199 Yuan (~Rs 55,200) price tags respectively. The phone is now available for pre-orders in China and its first sale is scheduled for March 19th. There is no word on the availability of the Red Magic 5G phone outside of China.

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Anvin is a self-proclaimed geek who has been writing about smartphones for nearly 10 years. After using phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia Mini, Lumia 730, Lumia 950, Honor 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Honor 8 Pro to name a few, he is now a happy user of the POCO F1. In his free time, he participates in church activities and likes to travel.