Nubia Red Magic 5G will launch with up to 16GB RAM

Nubia Red Magic 5G will launch with up to 16GB RAM

The Nubia Red Magic 3 is more of a gaming device than it is a smartphone, but that doesn’t make it a bad phone. The Red Magic series is primarily composed of gaming devices offering impressive hardware at a lower price, even if the hardware doesn’t actually stand out a whole bunch from the rest of the crowd. The company confirmed its first flagship of the year – the Nubia Red Magic 5G – would launch at MWC 2020. But wit the cancelation of MWC, the company’s scheduled press event has been canceled as well. Other companies such as OPPO and Xiaomi have entirely killed off their scheduled events, but just like Realme, Nubia plans to go ahead with their scheduled press conference via livestream. Today, Ni Fei, President of Nubia Technology Co. Ltd, announced on Chinese social media site Weibo that the Red Magic 5G will have up to 16GB of RAM.


16GB in a smartphone was unheard of until the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, which boasts absurd specifications for a rather tall asking price. 16GB of RAM is a pretty unnecessary amount of RAM in a smartphone, as it’s an amount that exceeds the RAM some may even have in their computers. 16GB of RAM is a recommended configuration in gaming computers. Ni Fei shared a screenshot of the Red Magic 5G’s about section. It’s possible that Nubia may intend to use the RAM to speed-up other system operations, something that OnePlus toyed with in the form of “RAM Boost“. RAM boost was used to hold applications frequently used by the user in RAM, as RAM is faster for the device to access than the actual storage on the phone.

Nubia Red Magic 5G

Posters revealed by Ni Fei on his personal Weibo account earlier this month also revealed that the Nubia Red Magic 5G will be the first 144Hz 5G smartphone on the market. Support for QHD+ 144Hz panels is supported by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, which was previously confirmed to be a part of the phone. The only modem that can be paired with it is the Snapdragon X55, which is a 5G modem.

On top of that, 80W fast wired charging has been confirmed, though it’s incompatible with USB-PD specifications and is very likely to be proprietary. Because the increased heat generated by this incredibly-fast charging technology can reduce the battery’s capacity over time, Mr. Ni Fei says that the company devised a solution using the built-in fan of the Red Magic 5G in order to cool the battery while it’s charging. This not only maintains the battery’s longevity but also ensures the battery can be fast-charged for longer, reducing the charging time.

Source: Weibo

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