Nubia Red Magic 5G – The fastest phone in the world. (“Gaming phone with 144Hz refresh rate”)
The defining feature of this gaming phone is the 6.65” 1080p AMOLED Display.
This device comes with the 144Hz refresh rate, which is a lot higher than the standard 60Hz and even higher than the Flagships with the 120Hz refresh rate, which feels super-fast smooth while using the phone.
One thing to keep in mind that the higher refresh rate is going to cause the battery life of the phone. Nubia tweaked its software for this display to optimize the 144Hz refresh rate.
Nubia Red Magic 5G Specification.
- DISPLAY – AMOLED 6.65 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 388 PPI density | 144Hz refresh rate
- OS – Android 10, Redmagic 3.0
- Chipset – Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
- Memory – 128GB 8GB RAM | 128GB 12GB RAM | 256GB 12GB RAM | 256GB 16GB RAM | UFS 3.0
- Main Camera – 64 MP, f/1.8, (wide) PDAF | 8 MP, f/2.0, (ultrawide) | 2 MP, (macro)
- Selfie Camera – 8 MP, f/2.0, (wide)
- BATTERY – 4500 mAh Battery | Fast charging 55W | Fast wireless charging 30W | 100% in 40 min
- Colors – Eclipse Black, Hot Rod Red, Black, Mars Red, Cyber Neon, Transparent
This gaming phone comes with an active air-cooling system with an actual moving fan and air vents to keep the temperature at the lowest. This means this phone is not water or dust resistant.
The logo on the back glows as a notification light. Excellent front-facing speaker and bottom-firing speaker.
Glad that the phone doesn’t come with the punch hole camera or anything like that, the bezels on this phone are litter bigger, but that’s completely fine.
The headphone jack – zero latency audio for the better gaming experience.
Nubia has managed to place the Rocker buttons on the shoulders, and you can customize these buttons as per your gaming requirements.
The unique Red button is for gaming, which takes you to the gaming mode, and in this mode, you can customize those shoulder triggers, monitoring the CPU / network speed, Turning on/off the fan.
There are smart pins on the side of the phone through which you can use optional accessories.
The primary camera comes with the triple camera setup, which consists of 64MP + 8MP and 2MP with the support of Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, and Touch to focus.
The camera on this device works fine, and the phone struggles to capture the details when it comes to poor lighting conditions.
The higher pixel count on the camera doesn’t wash out, and it lacks the details when it comes to photography.
The plus point about the camera is that it gives no shutter lag while taking the pictures. Click and wait no more it’s that instant no shutter lag, and that’s nice. 2MP macro camera No OIS, 8MP ultra-wide camera, the 2MP macro camera is mediocre.
- This phone is made for gaming, and it performs like advertised. Most of the demanding titles can be played without any problems.
- Red Magic 5G handles games very easily with the dedicated shoulder buttons, which are there to optimize as you need, and this specific option can help in the games like PUBG, where there are many settings and controls for the game.
- The fingerprint scanner needs to be improved through software updates; we will not call it perfect as it fails to register the fingerprint. Its placement is a little odd, and it placed low on the phone.
- Fingerprint registration should be solved through the updates, at least we are hoping for that.
- This gaming phone comes with the custom UI Red Magic OS based on Android 10.
- The operating system has its design aspects, but it feels closer to the stock android, but it has some tweaks to make it easier to use.
- Some apps keep crashing, and the multitasking doesn’t work like the flagships like OnePlus and Samsung, and you have to swipe right to close the notification.
The custom skin on the Nubia Red Magic 5G feels sluggish and needs a lot of work and tuning.
You can buy this gaming phone through Flipkart in India but this particular phone isn’t available in India and for the US region you can directly buy this phone from their official web site.
Price and availability
The US pricing for the Nubia Red Magic 5G is set to $649.00.
Nubia Red Magic 5G gaming phone price in India is likely to be somewhere around Rs 40,000.
We liked the overall design of the phone with no notch or hole punch, and it looks great, I’m not too fond of the phones with hole-punch camera setup or notch.
The Nubia Red Magic 5G is marketed towards gamers, and it feels right in some dimensions, but it’s not a complete phone. If you’re looking for a phone that can do everything, including Optimized Operating System and far better camera performance- in which this phone doesn’t perform well.
The uniqueness lies in the vapor cooling and the actual spinning fan and the 144Hz refresh rate, so the refresh rate is going to cause the battery to give you the butter smooth gaming performance.
I believe that the benchmark for the display refresh rate with 90Hz and 120Hz is perfect. Beyond that, you’re not going to feel any drastic change in terms of the refresh rate.
The upside here is that the unique vapor cooling with the actual fan inside the phone, which in return takes away the water and dust proofing but improves the performance in terms of the processor.
You can customize the shoulder buttons for your preferred games, and these shoulder buttons work very well.
Nubia might launch a transparent edition. For a better all-round performance like gaming, media consumption, and good battery life, we believe that the 90Hz refresh rate and FHD panel is the sweet spot, and more than that would be an overkill. Its a good budget gaming phone for those who are looking for a decent performance.