Nubia Launches World’s First Gaming Smartphone: Red Magic 5G

  • The company is currently retailing the smartphone in China
  • The audio in the smartphone is DTS X Ultra certified

Nubia launched the Red Magic 5G in the market, competing against the high-end smartphone models already introduced. The newly launched smartphone manages to achieve a couple of feats that no other smartphone can currently boast.


Powered by the Snapdragon 865 and the Adreno 650 GPU, the world’s first 5G gaming smartphone boasts a storage of 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.0 storage. Both NSA and SA standards are supported due to the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modem.

The Red Magic 5G also houses a cooling solution in order to sustain peak performance. Hence, it features an L-shaped cooling chamber that uses a combination of thermal paste, copper foil, and graphite. There are vents on either side of the phone to assist in air circulation.

Capacitive shoulder buttons, 4D haptic feedback with a linear vibration motor, and docking pins on the side to connect peripherals such as Ethernet, headphones and charging cables are the other gaming-centric additions.

The Red Magic 5G also comes with a 144Hz refresh rate. It has a 6.65-inch AMOLED panel with a 240Hz touch sampling rate. It uses Goodix’s latest in-display fingerprint scanner too. Moreover, it covers 100% of the DCI-P3 colour space.

The display also features front-firing loudspeakers for stereo sound output. The audio is DTS X Ultra certified. The 3.5mm headphone jack is also present.

Talking about the cameras, the Red Magic 5G has three of them on the back. The primary camera is the 64MP f/1.8 Sony IMX686 sensor, followed by an 8MP ultrawide shooter and a 2MP macro lens. The selfie shooter also uses an 8MP camera. New shooting modes include anti-shake video recording and a vlog mode.

To keep the gaming sessions going, the Red Magic 5G is backed by 4,500mAh battery. For charging, it supports up to 55W (5.5V, 10A) fast charging, as well as Quick Charge 4.0 and USB PD 3.0. 15-minute top-up is said to fill the battery by 56%, with a full charge taking about 40 minutes.


The phone is currently only available in China, but the company did confirm global availability on a later date. Considering that the Red Magic 3 and 3S made their way to India, we are hopeful that the Red Magic 5G will too.

There’s also a special edition with a transparent back which shows off the fan and other components. It is priced slightly higher at CNY 4,599(~Rs 49,000) for the 12GB + 256GB variant, and CNY 5,199(~Rs 55,000) for the top-of-the-line 16GB + 256GB model.