Nubia’s latest gaming smartphone features a 6.65 inch, 2340 x 1080 pixel AMOLED display with a 144 Hz refresh rate, a 240 Hz touch sampling rate, and no camera notch or punch hole. Instead, the new Red Magic 5G smartphone has a slim top bezel with a tiny selfie camera inside.

The phone also carries on the Red Magic tradition of gamer-centric features including touch-sensitive trigger buttons on one side of the phone, and a set of pogo pins for connecting docks and other optional accessories.

And like the Red Magic 3 and 3S, the new Red Magic 5G features something you won’t find on almost any other phone — a fan that provides active cooling.

The phone also features a liquid cooling system. But Nubia says the fan, which can spin at up to 15,000 RPM, helps keep the CPU temperature under control during heavy use for a smoother experience when playing games or running other demanding tasks.

Other Red Magic 5G features include:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor
  • RAM: Up to 16GB LPDDR5
  • Storage: Up to 256GB UFS 3.0
  • Rear cameras: Sony IMX686 64MP primary + 8MP ultrawide + 2MP depth cameras
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500 mAh
  • Charging: 55W fast charging (Quick Charge 3.0 and USB PD 3.0 compatible)

Other features include WiFi 6, GPS, and 5G networking, stereo speakers with support for DTS X Ultra audio, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Red Magic 5G goes up for pre-order in China today, and it should begin shipping in about a week. Prices are expected to start at around $540 in China for a model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and go up to $710 for a 16GB/256GB version of the phone.

The phone will be available in “Cyber Neon,” “Mars Red,” and “Hacker Black” colors and there will also be a slightly pricier Transparent Edition that lets you see the cooling fan in action.

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  1. After careful consideration, I think it is fruitless to argue with others about what constitutes the “BEST” phone. Some prefer as many features as possible. Others want a more lean and curated experience. And I guess there is a solid middle-ground too. Reply back with what option YOU prefer from the three below:

    Device One: (JEEP) Rugged, with Maximum Practicality
    200 grams and 121 x 81 x 9.1mm dimensions
    5.32 inch screen, A4 aspect ratio 12.7:9 (like IMAX/Old TV)
    2048 x 1448 RGBW LCD-IPS (no burn-in)
    60Hz Refresh Rate (much better battery life)
    +1,000 nits HDR10+ enabled
    Display Square Corners
    Uni-symmetrical design (10mm forehead)
    Sensors and Large Selfie inside the forehead bezel
    Front-firing boom monospeaker (doubles as earpiece)
    Rear fingerprint scanner (with HR-BP monitor)
    Single Large camera (attachable lenses for ultrawide, macro, zoom)
    DualSIM, microSD slot, and IrDa blaster
    QuadDAC 3.5mm Headphone Jack and ThunderBolt-3 port
    Best Support for External Dock, Charging, HDMI, Ethernet, Aux, and Host-OTG
    Modularity with Rear-Pogo pins (magnetically snaps on, keyboard or gamepad)
    Rugged marketing photographs
    Padded corner and Non-slip Textured exterior overall (no case!)
    Thick (9.1mm) phone body (front, side, back)
    Sideframe of Aluminium
    Frontplate of Gorilla Glass 6
    Backplate of Aerospace-grade Polycarbonate (shock-absorbing)
    Protection via Flat Tempered Glass for front, no protection required for rear (3M Skin)
    Non-submersible (IP66) Splash resistance
    6,000mAh User Removable battery
    Healthy-Battery Charging (20W)
    Regular Density Internals, Modular Design (Screen, Camera, Speaker, USB/3.5mm Ports)
    Jolla SailFish OS (but can flash Alternate OS like Android)
    Probably retails for USD $799 ??

    Device Two: (Subaru) Hybrid, with Balanced Compromises
    180 grams and 150 x 80 x 8.0mm dimensions
    6.10 inch screen, aspect ratio 16:9 (like YouTube/New TV)
    1440p-IGZO (most accurate)
    120Hz Refresh Rate (fluid animations)
    1,000 nits HDR10 supported
    Display Rounded Corners
    Symmetrical Top-Bottom Slim Bezels (8mm)
    Sensors and Regular Selfie embedded inside bezels
    Front-firing stereo loudspeakers
    Standard Rear fingerprint sensor
    Double Main camera (symmetrical, can create 3D-recordings)
    NanoSIM, microSD slot, IrDa blaster
    Regular 3.5mm Headphone Jack, and USB 3.1-TypeC
    Standard Support for HDMI, Host-OTG, and Connections
    Handheld Console with dedicated JoyCon physical attachment (pocketable gamepad)
    Standard marketing renders
    Matte and chamfered exterior overall
    Regular (8mm) phone body (front, side, back)
    Sideframe of Stainless Steel
    Frontplate of Gorilla Glass 6
    Backplate of Aluminium (scratch-resistant 7000-series)
    Protection via 2.5D Tempered Glass for front, optional Bumper Case for back
    Submersible IP68 shallow waterproofing
    5,000mAh non-removable battery (screwed in)
    Balanced Fast Charging (30W)
    High Density Internals, Semi-Modular Design (Screen, USB port, etc etc)
    Skinned FlymeOS Android (unlockable bootloader)
    Probably retails for USD $800 ??

    Device Three: (porsche) Futuristic, with Maximum Style
    179 grams and 179 x 79 x 7.9mm dimensions
    7.49 inch screen, aspect ratio 21:9 (like Cinema/Movies)
    4K-Pentile SAM-OLED (deepest blacks)
    144Hz Active Sync display (smoothest animation)
    794 nits Mobile-HDR compatible
    Display Rounded Corners
    Almost No Bezels (2mm each side)
    Underscreen dual selfie camera
    Vibrational Face Mono Speaker
    Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner
    Triple rear camera (ultrawide, regular, zoom)
    eSIM, no microSD or IrDa blaster
    No Headphone Jack and USB 3.0-TypeC
    Limited Support for Video out, OTG, and Connections
    Home Console via Xbox One controller connection (needs purse/backpack, not pocketable)
    Styled marketing renders
    Shiny and curved exterior overall
    Sideframe of Titanium Alloy
    Frontplate of transparent flat plastic (shockproof)
    Backplate of transparent flat plastic (shockproof)
    Thin (6mm) phone body (front to back), with thick (8mm) sideframe
    Protection via 2.5D Curved Tempered Glass for back and front
    Enhanced IP69 (ATM 5) waterproofing
    4,179mAh non-removable battery (glued in)
    Convenient Super Fast Charging (60W)
    Maximum Density Internals, monolithic design (non-refurbishable)
    Stock AndroidOne OS (locked bootloader)
    Probably retails for USD $947 ??

    1. Here’s an update:

      After careful consideration, I truly think the BEST phone, is the one that’s actually in one of three categories. And it is up to the user, to decide which category/personality they are, and hence which device suits their usecase, wants, needs best. My analogy is to cars, as it is pretty on point.

      -Think of one of these “Best Category” as like a Porsche 911…. its sleek, beautiful, fast, but uncomfortable to sit and lacks many features. Yet it is the dream car for some people.
      -For others the “Best Category” is the Jeep Wrangler, its tough, solid, easy to service but the ride is noisy and parking can be difficult. Basically the polar-opposite to the Porsche. That’s the dream car of some people, especially that want to “drive it till it dies/keep this for life” attitude.
      -Then somewhere in-between as “Best Category” there’s the Subaru Forester. It’s not quite rugged but not quite sleek, but it drives comfortably and parks easily. For others, this is their best car, it ticks the essential boxes and isn’t being pretentious.

      Device One: (JEEP) Rugged, with Maximum Features
      200 grams and 119 x 81 x 9.1mm dimensions
      5.11 inch screen, A7-paper sized aspect ratio 12.7:9 (like IMAX/Old TV)
      82.40% Screen to Body ratio (Slim bezels)
      2048 x 1448 RGBW LCD-IPS (no burn-in)
      60Hz Refresh Rate (much better battery life)
      +1,000 nits HDR10+ enabled
      Display Square Corners
      Uni-symmetrical design (10mm forehead)
      Sensors and Large Selfie inside the forehead bezel
      Front-firing boom monospeaker (doubles as earpiece)
      Side-mounted fingerprint scanner (with HR-BP monitor)
      Power button, plus three programmable buttons
      Single Large camera (attachable lenses for ultrawide, macro, zoom)
      DualSIM, microSD slot, and IrDa blaster
      ThunderBolt-3 port, and QuadDAC 3.5mm Headphone Jack
      Best Support for External Dock, Charging, HDMI, Ethernet, Aux, and Host-OTG
      Modularity with Rear-Pogo pins (magnetically snaps on, keyboard or gamepad)
      Rugged marketing photographs
      Padded corner and Non-slip Textured exterior overall (no case!)
      Thick (9.1mm) phone body (front, side, back)
      Sideframe of Aluminium
      Frontplate of Gorilla Glass 6
      Backplate of Aerospace-grade Polycarbonate (tough and shock-absorbing)
      Protection via Flat Tempered Glass for front, no protection required for rear (3M Skin)
      Non-submersible (IP66) Splash resistance
      5,119mAh User Removable battery
      Healthy-Battery Charging (20W)
      Regular Density Internals, Modular Design (Screen, Camera, Speaker, USB/3.5mm Ports)
      Jolla SailFish OS (but can flash Android or Alternate OS)
      Probably retails for USD $719 ??

      Device Two: (Subaru) Reliable, with Balanced Practicality
      180 grams and 145 x 80 x 8.0mm dimensions
      6.02 inch screen, aspect ratio 16:9 (like YouTube/New TV)
      86.00% Screen to Body ratio (Thin bezels)
      1440p-IGZO (most accurate)
      120Hz Refresh Rate (fluid animations)
      1,000 nits HDR10 supported
      Display Rounded Corners
      Symmetrical Top-Bottom Slim Bezels (6mm)
      Sensors and Regular Selfie embedded inside bezels
      Front-firing stereo loudspeakers
      Standard Rear fingerprint sensor
      Symmetrical/Reversible side buttons (Power, Volume Up, Volume Down, Camera)
      Double Main camera (symmetrical, can create 3D-recordings)
      NanoSIM, microSD slot, no IrDa blaster
      USB 3.1-TypeC, and Regular 3.5mm Headphone Jack
      Standard Support for HDMI, Host-OTG, and Connections
      Handheld Console with dedicated JoyCon physical attachment (pocketable gamepad)
      Standard marketing renders
      Matte and chamfered exterior overall
      Regular (8mm) phone body (front, side, back)
      Sideframe of Stainless Steel
      Frontplate of Gorilla Glass 6
      Backplate of Anodised Aluminium (scratch-resistant 7000-series)
      Protection via 2.5D Tempered Glass for front, optional Bumper Case for back
      Submersible IP68 shallow waterproofing
      4,800mAh non-removable battery (refurbishable/screwed in)
      Balanced Fast Charging (30W)
      High Density Internals, Semi-Modular Design (Screen, USB port, etc etc)
      Stock AndroidOne OS (Custom ROM ready)
      Probably retails for USD $800 ??

      Device Three: (porsche) Futuristic, with Maximum Style
      179 grams and 179 x 79 x 7.9mm dimensions
      7.49 inch screen, aspect ratio 21:9 (like Cinema/Movies)
      92.50% Screen to Body ratio (No bezels)
      4K-Pentile SAM-OLED (deepest blacks)
      144Hz Active Sync display (smoothest animation)
      794 nits Mobile-HDR compatible
      Display Rounded Corners
      Almost No Bezels (2mm each side)
      Underscreen dual selfie camera
      Vibrational Face Mono Speaker
      Ultrasonic fingerprint scanner
      No buttons, minimalistic sides
      Triple rear camera (ultrawide, regular, zoom)
      eSIM, no microSD, no IrDa blaster
      USB 3.0-TypeC, but NO Headphone Jack
      Limited Support for Video out, OTG, and Connections
      Home Console via Xbox One controller connection (needs purse/backpack, not pocketable)
      Styled marketing renders
      Shiny and curved exterior overall
      Sideframe of Titanium Alloy
      Frontplate of transparent flat plastic (shockproof)
      Backplate of transparent flat plastic (shockproof)
      Thin (6mm) phone body (front to back), with thick (8mm) sideframe
      Protection via 2.5D Curved Tempered Glass for back and front
      Enhanced IP69 (ATM 5) waterproofing
      4,179mAh non-removable battery (glued in)
      Convenient Super Fast Charging (60W)
      Maximum Density Internals, monolithic design (non-refurbishable)
      Skinned FlymeOS Android (unlockable bootloader)
      Probably retails for USD $947 ??

      I suggest you compare each device line-by-line, to note the subtle and extreme changes. Let me know if you want any renders. And please REPLY BACK with which option YOU prefer from the three categories, cheers! : )