Nubia RedMagic 5S is a new 5G-enabled gaming smartphone with the powerful processor, a liquid cooling system to handle heavy graphics processing without overburdening hardware resources or slowing down the device while allowing longer playing sessions; a fast 144Hz display with high refresh rate to ensure consistent frame rate execution; latest high-end Snapdragon 865 SoC, and much more.
The Red Magic 5S global launch is starting from 2 September 2020. Nubia has targeted this phone purely toward gaming enthusiasts. A veritable power beast of a handset is capable of handling resource straining, visually intensive games.
Nubia Red Magic 5G has an amazingly sharp 6.65-inch AMOLED display to makes games pop up and look sharp. An LPDDR5 RAM smoothly handles multiple processes at the same time.
After testing the Nubia Red Magic 5S over the last couple of days, I have come away with an overall positive impression with regard to the performance of this handheld device.
Let me walk you through the Red Magic 5S – 5G gaming smartphone features, release date, price, and countries where it will be available at launch.
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Nubia Red Magic 5S Smartphone For Mobile Gaming:
If you’re looking for a smartphone for gaming, you might want to consider the RedMagic 5S. This is a dedicated gaming mobile phone.
The strong and sturdy design of the Red Magic 5S, available in Pulse color variant, boasts an aesthetic that would appeal to intense gamers. The other variant which is coated in the Sonic Silver has a bit more muted outlook. It can be said that in terms of appearance, the choice of color patterns is intended to cater to the taste of both heavy and casual mobile gamers.
Another definite feature of both variants is their built quality comprising of a mid-frame made up of metal with a rigid glass sheet as the back cover.
In terms of ports, there is a USB Type-C port, the dual-SIM card tray allowing two mobile network connections, and a microphone slot.
Two strategically located speakers at the top and the bottom of the device ensure surround sound effects while playing your favorite games with soundtracks.
A 3.5mm audio headphone jack is situated at the top end. On the left side of the frame, the design is complemented further by the Game Space toggle, a pin connector for Nubia’s branded accessories, and one of the two cooling vents. Over on the right side, there is a power button, the other cooling vent, volume rocker, and the two shoulder buttons.
Now, let’s see what else makes the Red Magic 5S gaming device an enticing prospect.
Red Magic 5S Display:
A 6.65-inch AMOLED display takes up almost the whole front screen with no hole-punch or notch obstructing viewing experience.
The highlight is the FHD+ panel resolution augmented by its 144Hz refresh rate. To enable fast response times during gaming sessions, Nubia claims that the 240Hz touch sampling rate is complemented by following gesture latency rates:
- Tap latency rate – 32.2ms
- Slide latency rate – 45ms
- Gesture latency rate – 14.9ms
DC Dimming technology reduces eye strain as a result of OLED screen flickering. The display supports a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut and 4,096 brightness control levels.
RedMagic 5S Processor (CPU/SoC):
This gaming beast is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, not the overclocked Snapdragon 865 Plus variant. The former CPU helps to lower the production cost without negatively impacting performance that most users demand on a device like this.
The processor is paired Qualcomm Snapdragon X5S model to manage 5G connectivity and its smooth operation.
The 12GB LPDDR5 RAM is paired up with the chipset, which should be enough to handle multitasking duties.
The smartphone will ship with a non-expandable internal storage of up to 256GB.
A 4,500mAh battery inside the Red Magic 5S lasts longer to keep providing the juice needed for the sharp display to perform at its maximum level during lengthy gameplay. For faster charging, the device comes packaged with an 18W Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 charger.
Nubia Red Magic 5S Camera:
The camera hardware is one department where you should hold high hopes with the RedMagic 5S. Since facilitating gaming is the main focus of the mobile device, Nubia’s decision to make a few compromises in other areas has weight.
The triple camera setup at the rear consists of a 64MP Sony IMX686, along with an 8MP wide-angle camera, and a 2MP macro camera. On the front side, there is an 8MP selfie camera.
The rear camera video recording limit notches up to 8K@30fps and 1080p@60fps from the front lens.
Main camera modes include night mode, photo mode, portrait mode, and more.
Nubia RedMagic 5S Internal Cooling System:
Nubia has slotted the ICE 4.0 active liquid-cooling system that regulates heat temperature during long-last gaming sessions.
The multilayered cooling system is composed of several layers of cooling technology, such as a graphite layer, a copper plate, a liquid cooling tube, a silver plate, and an internal fan. All of the components of the cooling setup spring into action as soon as the ten temperature sensors detect that the heating has reached critical levels.
Red Magic 5S Global Version Availablity:
The global version of the Nubia RedMagic 5S will be available in the following regions and countries:
- North America
- Czech Republic
- Rest of world
- Hong Kong
- Saudi Arabia
Nubia Red Magic 5S Price:
The Red Magic 5S is already open for pre-orders in China. Customers in mainland China can purchase the mobile gaming device in the following RAM/storage configurations and price points:
- 8GB RAM + 128GB Storage: CNY 3,799 (~$543)
- 12GB RAM + 256GB Storage: CNY 4,399 (~$628)
- 16GB RAM + 256GB Storage: CNY 4,999 (~$714)
The RedMagic 5S global version is available at the following rates:
- 8GB RAM + 128GB Storage (Sonic Silver model): $579/€579/£539
- 12GB RAM + 256GB Storage (Pulse model): $649/€649/£599
Pre-order is open while public sales start on 2 September on the official website redmagic.gg.
Nubia Red Magic 5S Specifications Summary:
|Nubia Red Magic 5S
|Dimensions and Weight
|Metal Middle Frame + Glass Back Cover
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
|RAM and Storage
|Battery & Charging
|8MP, 1.12μm, f/2.0 aperture, 1080p@30fps video
|Optical under-display fingerprint scanner
|Red Magic OS 3.5 based on Android 10
|Sonic Silver / Pulse
You can find more information about this 2020 gaming phone over at the Nubia Red Magic 5S XDA Forums.