The Red Magic 5G came out as Nubia’s first 5G gaming phone four months ago. Today, the ZTE spin-off is again at it with a new update on the Red Magic 5G — the Red Magic 5S is now available for pre-order.
If you don’t know what a gamer phone is meant to be, well, this sort of thing typifies it very neatly. It has a big screen, a big sound, an overbearing user interface imitating gundam machinery, capacitive shoulder touchpads for extra controls, the ability to “overclock” your performance, high-intensity cooling systems, and, of course, RGB light strips for the full pro-gamer aesthetic.
Red Magic 5S SPECS
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865|
|OS||RedMagic OS 3.0 based on Android 10|
|RAM||8/12 GB LPDDR5|
|Storage||128/256GB UFS 3.1|
|Display||6.65″ AMOLED 2340 x 1080, 144Hz, 240Hz touch polling|
|Battery||4,500mAh, up to 55W charging|
|Front camera||8MP, f/2.0|
|Rear cameras||64MP Sony IMX686, f/1.8, PDAF (main) + 8MP (ultra-wide) + 2MP (macro)|
|Connectivity||Dual-SIM, 5G (no mmWave, only two bands: n41 and n78), 4G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth|
|Dimensions||168.56 x 78 x 9.75mm, 220g|
|Ports||USB 3.0 (Type-C), 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Colors||Sonic Silver, Pulse (red-blue)|
|Biometrics||In-display fingerprint reader|
|Price||Starting at $580|
Most of the 5S spec sheet bears a peculiar similarity to Red Magic 5G — our analysis of that phone will give you a clear idea of what to expect on this phone — but we’ll just point out a few things: newer ram here with RAM going from LPDDR4X to LPDDR5 and storage bumping up to UFS 3.1 from 3.0; capacitive shoulder triggers have a touch sample rate of 320Hz, up to 20Hz; the selfie camera drops from 12MP to 8MP, and; it only comes in two instead of four colors.
We could explain the lack of availability for the 16 GB RAM option, but that never came to North America anyways for the 5G.
Magic Red 5S uses a multi-part system, including cooling the liquid transfer plate dissipation silver and a ventilation fan externally turnable up to 15,000 RPM. Nubian is also promoting a clip attachment fan ice called spring (see above) which is said to provide as much as 25 ° C cooling, and facilitates the transfer through the load. That ($ 45) and the wall charger allows speeds 55W ($ 25) are additional purchases.
Sonic device silver, which comes with 8GB RAM, and 128 GB of storage, is priced at $ 579 for the US (£ 539 / € 579) the pulse impinges things colorway 12 and 256GB respectively, it is $ 649 (£ 599 / € 649). 5S is also available in Canada, most of Europe and parts of Asia in general. Shipments begin on September 2.