Nubia Red Magic 5S: 144 Hz screen, S865… gaming smartphone tackles ROG Phone 3

by Jerry

Nubia has just lifted the veil on the Red Magic 5S, a slightly improved version of the Red Magic 5G. The gaming smartphone features its 144 Hz display, a 4500 mAh battery compatible with 55W charging, Qualcomm's SoC Snapdragon 865 and 16GB of RAM. With his solid technical record, he tackles asus' ROG Phone 3 head-on.

On July 28, Nubia, a subsidiary of ZTE, presented the Red Magic 5S at a conference in China. This is an improved version of the Red Magic 5G launched last March. This new iteration is distinguished from its predecessor by the integration of Qualcomm's new chipset, the Snapdragon 865, which will stand up to Asus' ROG Phone 3 on the performance side.

On the same subject: our test of the Nubia Red Magic 5G

Here is the technical sheet of the Red Magic 5S of Nubia

  Red Magic Nubia 5S
size 168.6 x 78 x 9.8 mm
weight 218g
Screen 6.65 inches
144 Hz
Gorilla Glass 6
Chipset Snapdragon 865 (7nm)
bone Android 10
RAM 8/12/16GB
storage 128/256GB
microSD No
Main sensor 64 MP f/1.8
8 MP wide angle
2 MP Macro
Secondary sensor 8 MP, f/2.0
battery 4500 mAh (fast recharging 55W)
5G Yes
biometrics Fingerprint scanner under the screen
Water resistance Nc

Like its predecessor, the Red Magic 5S is built arounda 6.65-inch Full HD AMOLED display that offers a refresh rate of 144 Hz and a sampling of 240 Hz. Nubia has placed a fingerprint reader under the OLED slab. The Chinese brand incorporates physical keys dedicated to mobile gaming on slices and a 4D vibration system for better immersion.

The gaming smartphone is powered by the SoC Snapdragon 865, coupled with 8, 12 or 16GB of RAM and 128/256GB of internal storage. The Red Magic 5S offers slightly higher performance than the Red Magic 5G. The battery life is entrusted to a 4500 mAh battery compatible with the rapid wire charging of 55W. To avoid overheating, there is a home cooling system developed by Nubia.

Finally, Nubia is once again banking on a triple photo sensor consisting of a 64-megapixel main sensor, a second 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle sensor and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. On the front, the firm incorporates a sensor for 8-megapixel selfies.

Red Magic 5S Price and Release Date

The Nubia Red Magic 5S will be released in China on August 1, 2020 at the starting price of 3799 yuan, or approximately 460 euros. Discover the full tariff schedule applied to the Chinese market:

  • Nubia Red Magic 5S 8GB / 128GB – 3799 yuan (460)
  • Nubia Red Magic 5S 12GB / 256GB – 4399 yuan (€530)
  • Nubia Red Magic 5S 16GB / 256GB – 4999 yuan (600 euros)

The gaming smartphone will hit the European market in September 2020. In France, we can expect a price similar to the Red Magic 5G. As a reminder, the terminal is available in two versions: 128GB/8GB for 579 euros, and 256GB/12GB for 649 euros. We'll tell you more as soon as possible. While you're waiting for more information, please comment in the comments below.

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