ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5G Specification and Price

ZTE just announced its latest gaming smartphone in its Nubia Red Magic lineup and it comes with the most impressive spec sheet we have seen so far. The ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5G packs the highest refresh rate screen you will find in the market today, at 144Hz, together with the latest flagship chipset from Qualcomm – the Snapdragon 865. Other key features include a 16GB RAM and 256GB UFS 3.0 storage, dual-mode 5G connectivity and a 64MP main camera.

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5G Specification and Price

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5G Features

The ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5G boasts of a highly sophisticated air-coooling system that combines a spinning fan with a heat-sink chamber, which nubia claims can reduce the CPU temperature by up to 18°C. The cooling solution also kicks in while the phone is charging at its peak 55W speeds to prevent any overheating issues and ensure even faster top ups.

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The ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5G comes with a 6.65 inch FHD+ (2340x1080pixels) AMOLED panel with sleek top and bottom bezels. There’s an 8MP selfie cam on the top as well as a built-in optical fingerprint scanner. The 144Hz refresh rate is accompanied by 240Hz touch-sensing which should ensure buttery-smooth interaction and gaming on supported titles.

The Snapdragon 865 chipset sits at the helm alongside the X55 modem. RAM ranges from 8GB to 16GB while storage is of the speedy UFS 3.0 type – it starts at 128GB and maxes out at 256GB.

Moving to the aluminum back, you will find the 64MO Sony IMX686 main camera which is accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, and a 2MP macro shooter. It wouldn’t be a proper gaming phone without some extravagant lighting effects and the Red Magic 5G packs an RGB light panel.

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Another gaming feature that made a return is the capacitive shoulder triggers which now boast an impressive 300Hz sampling rate which should result in minimal touch input latency. The Nubia Red Magic 5G comes with a 4500mAh battery, which should enable lengthy gaming sessions.

Moving to the software-front, the ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5G is covered by Red Magic OS which sits on top of Android 10. Other notable features include Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, a headphone jack and a 3 microphone setup for optimal audio capture.

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5G Release Date

The ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5G global release date is scheduled for April this year, but pre-orders are already ongoing in China, and sales will commence from March 19, 2020 in the same country. The phone will be offered in the following colours – Black, Mars Red, and Cyber Neon, as well as limited Transient Edition.

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5G Price

The ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5G price are as follows – the base 8/128GB version will go for CNY3,799 ($540), there’s also a 12/128GB variant for CNY4,099 ($585), a 12/256GB model for CNY4,399 ($625) and a top of the range 16GB RAM and 256GB storage version for CNY4,999 ($712).

The Transparent Edition will go for CNY 4,599 ($655) in its 12/256 GB trim while the 16/256GB model will set buyers back CNY 5,199 ($740).

ZTE Nubia Red Magic 5G Specification

NETWORK
Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
  CDMA 800 / 1900
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1800 / 1900 / 2100
  CDMA2000 1xEV-DO
4G bands LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 26(850), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
5G 5G band 41(2500), 78(3500), 79(4700); SA/NSA
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A, 5G
LAUNCH
Announced 2020, March 12
Status Coming soon. Exp. release 2020, March 19
BODY
Dimensions 168.6 x 78 x 9.8 mm (6.64 x 3.07 x 0.39 in)
Weight 218 g (7.69 oz)
Build Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back, aluminum frame
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  RGB light panel (on the back)
Pressure sensitive zones (300Hz touch-sensing)
Built-in cooling fan
DISPLAY
Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.65 inches, 108.6 cm2 (~82.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~388 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass
  DCI-P3 100%
144Hz
240Hz touch-sensing
PLATFORM
OS Android 10.0; Redmagic 3.0
Chipset Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 (7 nm+)
CPU Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585)
GPU Adreno 650
MEMORY
Card slot No
Internal 128GB 8GB RAM, 128GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 12GB RAM, 256GB 16GB RAM
  UFS 3.0
MAIN CAMERA
Triple 64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.72″, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP, (ultrawide)
2 MP, (macro)
Features LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video 4320p, 2160p@30/60fps, 1920fps
SELFIE CAMERA
Single 8 MP, f/2.0, (wide)
Features HDR
Video 1080p@30fps
SOUND
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
  32-bit/384kHz audio
COMMS
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX, LE
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go; accessory connector
FEATURES
Sensors Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
BATTERY
  Non-removable Li-Po 4500 mAh battery
Charging Fast charging 55W, 56% in 15 min, 100% in 40 min (advertised)
MISC
Colors Black, Mars Red, Cyber Neon, Transparent
Models NX659J
Price About 500 EUR
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