Hands-on with the Nubia Red Magic 5G – 144Hz Gaming [Video]

Hands-on with the Nubia Red Magic 5G – 144Hz Gaming [Video]

Earlier this month, the Red Magic 5G was officially announced in China. This is the latest device in the growing “gaming smartphone” category. The Red Magic 5G boasts a few features that should set it apart from the competition, most notably the 144Hz refresh rate display. XDA TV’s TK Bay has the device so he shared his unboxing and first impressions on our YouTube channel.

The Red Magic 5G features a lot of impressive specifications (listed in the chart below) and features. As mentioned above, the big highlight is the 144Hz display. As with any other device that has a high refresh rate display, the phone doesn’t run at its highest refresh rate in all applications. The display can be set to 60Hz, 90Hz, and 144Hz.

Red Magic 5G XDA Forums

Some of the other gaming features that TK talks about are the “Turbo Fan” for cooling and the shoulder buttons. There are vents on each side of the Red Magic 5G that allows a fan to pull air through the phone, reducing thermal throttling and making your gaming sessions more consistent. The shoulder buttons are touch-sensitive and can be mapped to on-screen buttons, giving you much more control. This can come in handy especially for shooter games.

TK is impressed with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and the high-end specifications of the Red Magic 5G. He also likes all of the custom gaming features, such as the game launcher, buttons, and cooling fan. Watch the video above to get his full 10+ minute first impressions.

SpecificationNubia Red Magic 5G
Dimensions and Weight
  • 168.56 x 78 x 9.75 mm
  • 218g
Display
  • 6.65″ FHD+ AMOLED;
  • 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • 144Hz high refresh rate
  • 240Hz touch sampling rate
  • In-display fingerprint sensor
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 865Adreno 650
RAM and Storage
  • 8GB LPDDR5 + 128GB UFS 3.0
  • 12GB + 128GB
  • 12GB + 256GB
  • 16GB + 256GB
Battery & Charging
  • 4,500 mAh battery
  • 55W fast charging
  • Compatible with Quick Charge 4.0 and Power Delivery 3.0
Rear Camera
  • Primary: 64MP Sony IMX686 sensor, f/1.8
  • Secondary: 8MP, Wide-Angle Camera
  • Tertiary: 2MP, Macro
Front Camera8MP
Other Features
  • Active cooling through rotating fan within the phone
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Low latency game screencasting
  • Touch-sensitive shoulder buttons
  • WiFi 6
  • Dual-frequency GPS
  • Side pins for further docking
Android VersionRed Magic OS based on Android 10

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Joe Fedewa
Joe Fedewa

Former Managing Editor at XDA-Developers. Lover of all things with displays.