The last flagship of Nubia is only a few months old, but that doesn’t stop the Chinese company from adding a new high-end smartphone to their gaming-focused Red Magic line. Following the growing trend of 5G-enabled phones, Nubia unveiled the Red Magic 5 G for its home market with outstanding features such as an air-cooling system and a high-refresh screen. In this sector, there is an unsaid rule: A handset can not enter the gaming-phone club unless it has a flashy design with some kind of RGB lighting. The Red Magic 5 G does just that and with its multi-colored, multi-textured rear finish, it takes it a step higher.

In addition to these hues, the unit aims to draw your attention with two vents on its sides, which are used to sustain the airflow using a miniature cooling fan, mimicking the kind of laptop setups. Combined with liquid cooling, it helps keep the temperature of the Processor down and curbs the heat produced by a 55W brick charging cycle.

For allowing smoother visuals when gaming, the Red Magic 5G’s 1080p AMOLED screen refreshes at 144Hz, which is perhaps the highest rate on any smartphone. It rocks a Snapdragon 865 along with up to 16GB of RAM and 256GB of on-board storage. The triple-camera system on the back includes a 64MP primary sensor, while the handset packs a 4500mAh battery along with an in-display fingerprint reader. It comes running the custom Red Magic OS, which is based on Android 10.

Pre-orders Nubia Red Magic

Nubia has announced that pre-orders for the Red Magic 5G are now live. You can deposit $30 to get a voucher to buy the phone as one of the first when it launches April 21. Every day leading up to that date, the first 100 customers will also be able to get the voucher for $5.79, saving them $24.21.

The version with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM in Eclipse Black will cost $579 (€579/£539), and a Hot Rod Red version that’s “coming soon” will go for the same price. There’s also a 256GB/12GB variant in a “Pulse” color that you can get for $649 (€649/£599).

The Red Magic 5G will be available in the US, Canada, the UK, the EU, and a few more countries around the world: Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Macao.

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ProcessorOcta-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
OSAndroid 10-based Red Magic OS
Storage128/256GB UFS 3.0
Display6.65-inch AMOLED, FHD+ (2,340 x 1,080), 144Hz, 240Hz touch sensing
Battery4500mAh, 55W charging
Front camera12MP, f/2.0
Rear cameras64MP Sony IMX686, f/1.8, PDAF (main) + 8MP (ultra-wide) + 2MP (macro)
ConnectivityDual-SIM, 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth
Dimensions168.56 x 78 x 9.75mm, 218g
PortsUSB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
ColorsHacker Black, Mars Red, Cyber Neon, Transparent Edition
BiometricsIn-display fingerprint reader