Gaming smartphones have increased refresh rates over the past two years, with the feature now available on major devices. But Nubia still thinks there is room for improvement, as the Red Magic 5G was announced. The latest device in the Nubia gaming-centric line offers a refresh rate of 144Hz, which is the best of the 120Hz speeds seen on the recent Samsung and Asus phones. In addition, the phone also has frame rate interpolation technology to artificially increase the content to 144 frames per second.
Otherwise, the Red Magic 5G offers a 6.65-inch FHD + AMOLED panel with thin bezels and a fingerprint sensor on the screen. The best gaming phones also have additional inputs, and the Red Magic 5G has two capacitive keys that, at first glance, look like the Asus ROG phone series. It’s a little disappointing that we don’t see any physical buttons here, but it should still be useful for emulators, snipers and other games. Other game additions include “4D vibration” and a hardware key to enter the game mode.
It wouldn’t be a flagship of games if it didn’t offer silicon-flagship, but Nubia offers a Snapdragon 865 chipset with NSA / SA 5G capabilities. And the company has also implemented a fan and some kind of liquid cooling for long-lasting performance. When it comes to RAM and storage, you get 8/12/12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128 GB or 256 GB of UFS 3.0 storage.
The Nubia Red Magic 5G is also equipped with a 4,500mAh battery with a 55W charge capacity. In fact, Nubia says that 15 minutes of charging provides 56% capacity, while a full charge takes just 40 minutes. Don’t expect the most impressive rear camera setup here, but the device is equipped with a 64MP main camera (IMX686), an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 2MP macro camera. Selfies are handled by a modest 8MP sniper.
Other notable specifications include a plug connector on the side of the phone for accessories, a 3.5mm port, USB-C connectivity, stereo speakers and Red Magic OS on Android 10. The Red Magic 5G is listed by the price 3,799 yuan (~ $ 544) for the 8 GB / 128 GB model in China. This makes the phone more expensive than the entry-level Black Shark 3, but cheaper than the entry-level Black Shark 3 Pro.