Nubia Red Magic 5S gaming smartphone with the Snapdragon 865, 144Hz display launches globally for €579/$579
Over the summer, Nubia unveiled its latest gaming smartphone, the Red Magic 5S, which was subsequently made available in China. Now, Nubia is launching that device globally along with a sleek cooling attachment to keep you gaming longer.
Design-wise, the Nubia Red Magic 5S has a definite gamer-aesthetic, at least in the Pulse color variant. The choice of color in the Sonic Silver variant is a bit more muted in contrast. Both variants have a metal mid-frame and glass back cover (with a layer of 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass for some protection.) On the bottom, you’ll find the USB Type-C port, a microphone, the dual SIM card tray, and the bottom-firing speaker; the other speaker is located at the top bezel. At the top, you’ll find the 3.5mm audio jack and a microphone. On the left, you’ll find the Game Space toggle, a pin connector for Nubia’s accessories, and one of the two cooling vents. The right side has the power button, volume rocker, the other cooling vent, and the two shoulder buttons.
As a gaming phone, you shouldn’t expect much from the Red Magic 5S in terms of camera hardware. It has a triple camera array on the rear which is comprised of a 64MP Sony IMX686, an 8MP wide-angle camera, and a 2MP macro camera. On the front, there’s a single 8MP camera. The camera app supports up to [email protected] video recording from the rear and [email protected] from the front. Other camera modes include a pro photo mode, night mode, portrait mode, and more.
The Red Magic 5S features a 6.65-inch AMOLED display from Chinese display maker Visionox. The display takes up most of the front, with no notch or hole-punch cutout obstructing the view. The panel’s resolution is FHD+ while its refresh rate goes up to 144Hz. For fast gaming response times, Nubia says the touch sampling rate is 240Hz, the tap latency is 32.2ms, the slide latency is 45ms, and the gesture latency is 14.9ms. Nubia says the display has received TÜV Rheinland’s low blue light certification and features DC Dimming to reduce eye strain from OLED flickering. The display also supports 4,096 levels of brightness control and 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. Underneath the display is an optical under-display fingerprint scanner.
Internally, the Nubia Red Magic 5S is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC and not the overclocked Snapdragon 865 Plus. Choosing the former undoubtedly lowered the cost a bit without compromising on performance in a way that most users will care about. The chipset is paired with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 modem for 5G connectivity. It’s also paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM, which is more than enough to handle all your multitasking needs, and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 non-expandable internal storage. For long-lasting gameplay, the Red Magic 5S features a 4,500mAh battery and supports Nubia’s proprietary 55W Quick Charge technology. However, the device will only come with an 18W Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 charger in the box.
Besides packing Qualcomm’s latest silicon, the Red Magic 5S features a couple of additional hardware and software features to elevate the gaming experience. Nubia’s “ICE 4.0 active liquid-cooling system” is comprised of multiple layers of cooling technology, including a layer of graphite, a liquid cooling tube, a copper plate, a silver plate, and an internal fan, all of which are automatically activated when the 10 temperature sensors in the device detect critical heat levels. Then there are the aforementioned shoulder buttons which are touch-sensitive with 320Hz touch sampling rate. The dedicated Game Space button on the left side means you’re never far from launching your favorite game.
In terms of software, the device runs Nubia’s Red Magic OS 3.5 based on Android 10. Nubia says the Red Magic 5S (and the Red Magic 5G, for that matter) will get an update to Android 11, but there’s no date on when the update will roll out. Software support will last 2-2.5 years, according to the company.
Nubia Red Magic 5S Specifications
|Specification||Nubia Red Magic 5S|
|Dimensions and Weight|
|Build Material||Metal Middle Frame + Glass Back Cover|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865|
|RAM and Storage|
|Battery & Charging|
|Front Camera||8MP, 1.12μm, f/2.0 aperture, [email protected] video|
|Security||Optical under-display fingerprint scanner|
|Android Version||Red Magic OS 3.5 based on Android 10|
|Colors||Sonic Silver / Pulse|
Nubia’s Red Magic Ice Dock cooling attachment can help keep the Red Magic 5S cool during intense gaming sessions. It’s powered by a USB-C port and clips onto the phone.
There’s also the Pro Handle gaming controllers that attach to the sides, a protective case, and a USB-C to HDMI adapter. The 55W PD Quick Charger is exclusive to the U.S. and Asian markets.
Pricing and Availability
The global version of the Red Magic 5S will be available in the following countries:
Nubia Red Magic 5S Availability
- North America
- Czech Republic
- Rest of world
- Hong Kong
- Saudi Arabia
Nubia will offer the Red Magic 5S in two configurations: 8GB RAM/128GB storage in Sonic Silver for $579/€579/£539 and 12GB RAM/256GB storage in Pulse for $649/€649/£599. Pre-orders start today while open sales begin on September 2nd on redmagic.gg.