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

Nubia has just lifted the veil on the Red Magic 5S, a slightly improved version of the Red Magic 5G. The gaming smartphone stands out with its 144 Hz screen, a 4500 mAh battery compatible with 55W charging, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865+ SoC and 16 GB of RAM. With its solid spec sheet, it tackles the Asus ROG Phone 3 head-on.

Red magic 5S

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


The Technical Sheet Of The Red Magic 5S :

Nubia Red Magic 5S
Dimensions 168.6 x 78 x 9.8 mm
Weight 218 g
Screen 6,65 inch
144 Hz
Gorilla Glass 6
Chipset Snapdragon 865+ (7nm)
OS Android 10
RAM 8/12/16 GB
Stockage 128/256 GB
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 charging 55W)
5G Yes
Biometrics Fingerprint scanner under the screen
Water resistance No


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

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

Finally, Nubia is once again relying 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 selfies of 8 megapixels.

Red Magic 5S Camera

Pricing and Availability :

The Nubia Red Magic 5S is available for pre-orders in China starting today, with the first open sale scheduled for August 1st. The device will be available in the following  configurations:

  • 8GB + 128GB: CNY 3,799 (~$543)
  • 12GB + 256GB: CNY 4,399 (~ $ 628)
  • 16GB + 256GB: CNY 4,999 (~$714)

The gaming smartphone will land on the European market during the month of September 2020. We can expect a price similar to the Red Magic 5G. As a reminder, the terminal is available in two versions: 128GB / 8GB for 682$, and 256GB / 12GB for 764$. We’ll tell you more as soon as possible.

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