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Nubia Red Magic 5S gets a global release, starts at $579


Nubia has released its Red Magic 5S gaming smartphone outside China. The device was launched in the manufacturer’s home country about a month ago as an upgraded version of the Red Magic 5G that was announced in the first half of the year.

Red Magic 5S

The Red Magic 5S has brought its affordable price tag from China. In the US, it will sell for $579 for the base model with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage. That is roughly $35 more than the price in China. You can also grab the 12GB RAM + 256GB version that is priced at $649. Unfortunately, Nubia has not brought the 16GB RAM version to international markets.

The device has a 6.65-inch HD+ AMOLED display that has a 144Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch sampling rate. There are no notches or holes in this screen. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 865 and not the more powerful Snapdragon 865 Plus. However, you get GPU Boost, a proprietary technology that allows for smoother gameplay without lags.

Red Magic 5G triple camera

On the back of the Red Magic 5G are three rear cameras – a 64MP Sony IMX686 primary sensor, an 8MP ultrawide angle camera, and a 2MP macro camera. For selfies and video calls, you get an 8MP selfie camera. The rear camera has OIS and there is a Super Night Scene Mode for taking better low-light pictures.


The phone has a 4500mAh battery with support for 55W fast charging (ships with an 18W charger). It uses a triple cooling technology that consists of a built-in cooling fan, ICE 4.0 liquid cooling system, and the Ice Dock (needed for GPU Boost to work) which has to be purchased separately. The Red Magic 5S also has two shoulder triggers with a 320Hz touch sampling rate and 2ms touch delay. There are stereo speakers with a dual Smart PA, DTS:X Ultra, and 4D Shock to make gaming more enjoyable. It also runs Android 10 out of the box.


The phone will also be sold in Europe and the UK for €579/£539 for the base model and €649/£599 for the 12GB + 256GB version. The Ice Dock can be purchased for $44.90/€44.90/£40.90, there is a protective case that is $14.90/€14.90/£13.90, and a controller called the Pro Handle with a special case included that is $39.90/€39.90/£35.90. Unfortunately, the 55W charger is not yet available. You can pre-order the device now before it goes on sale on September 2.

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