Nubia Red Magic 5G goes official

Nubia has debuted its gaming flagship for the year – the Red Magic 5G. As evident from the name, this is a 5G phone. It also packs Qualcomm’s finest slice of mobile silicon to date and other top-trim specs. Walking with the trend, the phone also sports a 144Hz refresh rate panel. That’s a leap from the 90Hz on its prequel (review). 

Well for whatever reason, Nubia has let go of the numerical appendage in its moniker. Or is it because of the 5G suffix, who knows!

But what we know are the specs and features. So, without slacking around, let’s quickly hover through them.

Nubia Red Magic 5G Specs and Features

Nubia Red Magic 5G goes official

The standout design tradition continues with a gaudy RGB light panel and swanky colors – Hacker Black, Mars Red, and Cyber Neon paint jobs. Hella showy names, eh? Well, Nubia retains the capacitive shoulder triggers. This boasts an impressive 300Hz sampling rate, which should bring about a minimal touch input latency.

The front is a 6.65-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ (2340x1080pixels) resolution. The panel is contoured by petite bezels at the top and bottom.

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The selfie snapper is an 8MP sensor. At the back, you get a 64MP Sony IMX686 primary sensor accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide snapper and 2MP macro module.

Unlock using either the face or under-display fingerprint scanner and what you have is Red Magic OS skinned upon Android 10.

Nubia Red Magic 5G goes official

Inside, the Snapdragon 865 engines with 5G capability thanks to an X55 modem. Yes, it is dual-mode 5G, in case you’re wondering. It is fueled by a 4,500mAh battery that supports a 55W fast charger, and Power Delivery 3.0. To tame the temperature, Nubia has packed an active air-cooling system that vaunts to keep the heat under up to 18-degree celsius.

Here are the gaming-centric features –

  • 144Hz refresh rate display and 240Hz touch-sensing
  • Active cooling through a rotating fan within the phone
  • Low latency game screencasting
  • Touch-sensitive shoulder buttons
  • Dual-frequency GPS
  • Side pins for further docking

The phones come in up to 16GB of RAM and speedy 256GB UFS 3.0 storage. Amongst other things, you also get Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, a 3.5mm headphone jack, Dual-Frequency GPS, and a 3 microphone system for enhanced audio capture.

ALSO READ: Realme X50 Pro 5G Review

Nubia Red Magic 5G Pricing and Availability

Nubia Red Magic 5G Transparent

The Nubia Red Magic 5G has launched in China. The phone comes in multiple SKUs and color choices. Here’s how much they are priced –

  • 8GB RAM + 128GB storage: RMB 3,799 (~Rs. 40,222)
  • 12GB RAM + 128GB storage: RMB 4,099 (~Rs. 43,398.37),
  • 12GB RAM + 256GB storage: RMB 4,399 (~Rs. 46,574.63) / Transparent edition at RMB 4,599 (~Rs. 48,692.14)
  • 16GB RAM + 256GB storage: RMB 4999 (~Rs. 52,864.88) / Transparent edition at
  • RMB 5,199 (~Rs. 54,990.76)

The specifics on the global availability will be announced in April. So, you’ll be updated once we are privy to the details.

Nubia Red Magic 5G Price and Specifications

Model Nubia Red Magic 5G
Display 6.65-inch FHD+ AMOLED; 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 144Hz high refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, In-display fingerprint sensor
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650
RAM + Internal Storage 8GB LPDDR5 + 128GB UFS 3.0
12GB + 128GB
12GB + 256GB
16GB + 256GB
Expandable Memory No
Software Red Magic OS based on Android 10
Selfie Camera 8MP (f/2.0 aperture)
Rear Camera  64MP Sony IMX686 sensor (f/1.8) +  8MP (ultrawide) + 2MP (Macro)
Battery 4500mAh with 55W QC 4.0 fast charging, Power Delivery 3.0
SIM Dual SIM (Nano + Nano-SIM)
Connectivity Dual VoLTE support, Bluetooth v5.0, WiFi 6, a 3.5mm audio jack, USB-C port, and USB OTG
Sensors Proximity, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Dual-frequency GPS
Colors Hacker Black, Mars Red, Cyber Neon and a special Transparent edition
India Price 8GB + 128GB: CNY 3799 ($543)
12GB + 128GB: CNY 4099 ($586)
12GB + 256GB: CNY 4399 ($629)
16GB + 256GB: CNY 4999 ($715)

Transparent edition:

12GB + 256GB: CNY 4599 ($658)
16GB + 256GB: CNY 5199 ($743)


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