RedMagic launches 5G gaming smartphone

22 April 2020

Red Magic 5G

For mobile gaming enthusiasts, a new 5G smartphone just hit the market. The RedMagic 5G from Nubia is now available and claims to be the fastest gaming smartphone.

The device boasts a 144Hz screen -- which RedMagic says is a world first for a 6.65-inch AMOLED screen – to provide fluid, clear graphics as images refresh at a rate of 144 frames per second. It has a 240Hz touch sampling rate. The speeds are good especially for games that require fast reaction times.

Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 processer, the smartphone also features LPDDR5 RAM technology (12GB) and USF 3.0 mobile storage (128GB). The speedy device is kept from running too hot with an active liquid-cooling system with Turbo Fan 3.0, which is 200% cooler compared to previous RedMagic devices and increases airflow by 30%.

5G + WiFi 6

Red magic 5g

The RedMagic 5G supports standalone and non-standalone dual-mode 5G and 4G as well as Wi-Fi 6. It can reach top speeds of up to 7.5 Gbps downstream and 3 Gbps upstream (Redmagic notes that these are Qualcomm’s speed figures for the Snapdragon 865 platform and that real-world speeds depend on a many different factors).

Features for gamers

  • Sound: Immersive audio with dual stereo speakers, 7.1-channel surround sound and 4D Shock vibration feedback
  • Triggers: Two built-in shoulder trigger buttons on the device feature 2-ms touch delay and 300Hz touch-rate sampling
  • Fast data processing: Up to 12GB RAM and up to 128GB ROM
  • Three cameras: 64MP main camera (Sony IMX686), 8MP ultra wide,  2MP macro
  • Battery: 4500 mAh high capacity battery, 18W quick charging (can be upgraded to 55W)
  • Game Space: Boost performance and display settings, store games and automatically record best game moments
  • Price: £539 for 8GB + 128GB; £599 for 12GB +256GB

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Michelle Donegan is a tech writer who has covered the communications industry for more than 25 years on both sides of the pond. Having worked for various industry titles, including Communications Week International, Total Telecom and Light Reading, she specializes in mobile network technology trends. 

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