Battery-killing 144 Hz display in the Nubia RedMagic 5G: Is it all just marketing?
The Nubia RedMagic 5G is very pleasingly smooth in everyday use thanks to a Snapdragon 865, 12 GB of RAM and a 144 Hz panel. However, the high refresh rate has its price, and the gaming phone's battery life is average at most - despite the relatively large 4,500 mAh battery. In our measurements, the lights go out for the RedMagic 5G after almost 2.5 hours under load - without the built-in fan for active cooling, mind you. And at 10 hours, our WLAN battery test results aren't exactly generous either.
The question arises: Is 144 Hz even worthwhile in a smartphone? Although scrolling in the browser or doing a quick swipe within the home screen is very smooth with the Nubia gaming phone, there is hardly any (actually none at all) noticeable difference in direct comparison to a smartphone with a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz. And even in direct comparison to the Black Shark 3 Pro, the differences are noticeable, but the 90 Hz in the Xiaomi mobile phone already look smooth.
The step from 60 Hz to a higher refresh rate is fundamentally correct, but the advantage offered in terms of smoothness by a 144 Hz smartphone display compared to a 90 Hz panel should be extremely small for most users in everyday use - even when playing Android games, as long as you don't do professional e-sports on your mobile phone.
Review of the ZTE Nubia RedMagic 5G