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RedMagic 5S launched in China from just ~RM2304

by Vyncent ChanJuly 29, 2020
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Nubia has just announced their latest gaming phone, the RedMagic 5S. This follows after the RedMagic 5G, but unlike the two most recently announced gaming smartphones, the ROG Phone 3 and the Lenovo Legion Duel Phone, the RedMagic 5S will come with only the Snapdragon 865, instead of the Snapdragon 865+.

RedMagic 5S Ice Dock

The main upgrade coming from the RedMagic 5G is probably the cooling, which now sports silver components to increase the thermal conductivity beyond what copper is capable of. The 15 000RPM built-in fan is still retained, while also adding support for the new Ice Dock which does look eerily similar to Black Shark’s TEC cooling apparatus.

RedMagic 5S Pulse Color

In terms of the other components, the RedMagic 5S will offer the Snapdragon 865 mated to up to 16GB LPDDR5 memory and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. There will be a 144Hz 6.67″ AMOLED display with 240Hz touch sampling for peak responsiveness. The touch triggers on the sides poll at an even higher 320Hz, promising an excellent gaming experience. Keeping the lights on will be the 4500mAh battery, which does seem pretty small by today’s standards. It will support up to 55W charging, although an 18W charger is all you get in the box.

RedMagic 5S Specs

  • Snapdragon 865, octa-core up to 2.84 GHz, 7nm
  • Up to 16GB LPDDR5
  • Up to 256GB UFS 3.1
  • 6.65″ FHD+ AMOLED display, 144 Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling
  • 64MP f/1.8 + 8MP f/2.0 ultra-wide + 2MP macro camera
  • 8MP f/2.0 selfie camera
  • 4500mAh battery, up to 55W fast charging
  • 8GB + 128GB: 3799 CNY (~RM2304)
    12GB + 256GB: 4399 CNY (~RM2668)
    16GB + 256GB: 4999 CNY (~RM3032)

RedMagic 5S Pulse Sonic Silver

Interestingly, Nubia will be offering the RedMagic 5S in a new Sonic Silver color option, which should be a tribute to the silver used in the cooling system of the RedMagic 5S. However it is only available for the lowest-end 8GB RAM variant. The beefier variants will only come in Pulse, which is the red-blue colorway. The RedMagic 5S will be available in China on 1st August, while global availability is slated to commence later in September.

Pokdepinion: The Sonic Silver color option looks pretty good. Not sure why it isn’t offered for the higher-end variants too…

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Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.