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Nubia Flip 5G review - The affordable flip phone with a great display

Inexpensive foldable smartphone. The Nubia Flip 5G aims to be an affordable foldable phone. It competes for buyers' attention with its mid-range SoC, surprisingly good display and two storage variants. You can find out all the details in this review.
(photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Nubia Flip 5G
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 8 x 1.8 - 2.4 GHz, Cortex-A710 / A510
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
, LPDDR5
Display
6.90 inch 21:9, 2790 x 1188 pixel 439 PPI, Capacitive touchscreen, OLED, 2160 Hz PWM dimming, external screen: Vinyl Magic Box, 1.43", 466 x 466 pixels, glossy: yes, HDR, 120 Hz
Storage
256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 256 GB 
, 224.53 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: USB-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, OTG
Networking
Wi-Fi 6E (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6/ Wi-Fi 6E 6 GHz), Bluetooth 5.2, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 2, 4, 5, 8), LTE (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66), 5G-Sub6 (Band 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.3 x 170 x 76 ( = 0.29 x 6.69 x 2.99 in)
Battery
4310 mAh Lithium-Ion, 33-watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 13
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix (Samsung JN1, AF, f/1.8) + 2 MPix (SmartSense SC202CS, FF, Depth lens); Camera2-API-Level: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix (OmniVision OV16A1Q, f/2.45)
Additional features
Speakers: Dual, Keyboard: OnScreen, Charger, USB cable, case, MyOS 13.5, 12 Months Warranty, Head-SAR: 1.242 W/kg, Body-SAR: 1.314 W/kg; HDR: HLG, HDR10; GNSS: GPS (L1, L5), Glonass (L1), BeiDou (B1, B1C, B2a), Galileo (E1, E5a); DRM Widevine L1; Bluetooth Audio-Codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX TWS+, LDAC, LC3, fanless
Weight
214 g ( = 7.55 oz / 0.47 pounds), Power Supply: 99 g ( = 3.49 oz / 0.22 pounds)
Price
599 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors compared

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Price from
84.7 %
05/2024
Nubia Flip 5G
SD 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644
214 g256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.90"2790x1188
86.3 %
02/2024
Oppo Find N3 Flip
Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11
201 g256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.80"2520x1080
83.3 %
10/2023
Tecno Phantom V Flip
Dimensity 8050, Mali-G77 MP9
194 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.90"2640x1080
86.9 %
08/2023
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740
187 g256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash6.70"2640x1080
86.4 %
07/2023
Motorola Razr 40
SD 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644
188.6 g256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.90"2640x1080

Case and connectivity - The Nubia Flip 5G with a matte aluminum frame

The Nubia Flip 5G is available in the colors Cosmic Black, Flowing Lilac and Sunshine Gold. Buyers can choose between two memory variants: 8 GB RAM with 256 GB storage or 12 GB RAM with 512 GB. Our test device is the gold model.

We like the Nubia Flip's build quality. All gaps are tight and even and its display surface ratio of 86 % is quite good—but much lower than the manufacturer's specification (95.4 %). The hinge is said to withstand more than 200,000 folds and allows a wide range of opening angles. Although the display fold is easy to see and feel, it does not interfere with everyday use. However, the Flip is quite thick and heavy for a foldable smartphone.

Size comparison - folded open

171.7 mm / 6.76 in 74 mm / 2.91 in 6.95 mm / 0.2736 in 194 g0.4277 lbs170.8 mm / 6.72 in 74 mm / 2.91 in 7.4 mm / 0.2913 in 188.6 g0.4158 lbs170 mm / 6.69 in 76 mm / 2.99 in 7.3 mm / 0.2874 in 214 g0.4718 lbs166.4 mm / 6.55 in 75.8 mm / 2.98 in 7.8 mm / 0.3071 in 201 g0.4431 lbs165.1 mm / 6.5 in 71.9 mm / 2.83 in 6.9 mm / 0.2717 in 187 g0.4123 lbs148 mm / 5.83 in 105 mm / 4.13 in 1 mm / 0.03937 in 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Size comparison - folded shut

88 mm / 3.46 in 76 mm / 2.99 in 15.5 mm / 0.61 in 214 g0.4718 lbs88.4 mm / 3.48 in 74 mm / 2.91 in 15.1 mm / 0.594 in 188.5 g0.4156 lbs85.5 mm / 3.37 in 75.8 mm / 2.98 in 16.45 mm / 0.648 in 198 g0.4365 lbs

Communication, software and operation

The Nubia Flip 5G still comes delivered with Google Android 13, over which the manufacturer has installed its own MyOS 13.5 user interface. It's a bit of a shame that Nubia only offers three years of security patches and one major upgrade. At the time of testing, the latest security patch was dated February 1, 2024 and is therefore no longer completely up-to-date.

Custom backgrounds and an always-on display can be configured for the phone's outer display. Its range of functions includes up to eight widgets: camera, weather, music control, calendar, appointment overview, pedometer, stopwatch and an audio recorder. These can also be deactivated and sorted individually.

A positive is that the device supports Wi-Fi 6E, which is not yet mandatory within this price range. In combination with our reference router, the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000, the Flip achieves high and stable transmission values. It also covers ample cellular frequencies, and our Nubia foldable didn't face any reception problems during the test. Its call quality is decent as long as the smartphone is held up to your ear—it just doesn't do too good a job at filtering out background noise.

For biometric security, a fingerprint sensor is integrated into the phone's power button, which delivers good recognition rates and unlocks the Flip 5G at a good speed. Unlocking the phone via facial recognition using the cameras is just as reliable, but less secure.

Networking
Nubia Flip 5G
Wi-Fi 6E
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
954 (min: 472) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
986 (min: 846) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1759 (min: 1696) MBit/s ∼99%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1844 (min: 1767) MBit/s ∼100%
Oppo Find N3 Flip
Wi-Fi 7
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
850 (min: 594) MBit/s ∼89%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
920 (min: 904) MBit/s ∼93%
Tecno Phantom V Flip
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
709 (min: 588) MBit/s ∼74%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
805 (min: 628) MBit/s ∼82%
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Wi-Fi 6E
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
906 (min: 454) MBit/s ∼95%
iperf3 receive AXE11000
942 (min: 480) MBit/s ∼96%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1768 (min: 918) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1576 (min: 1208) MBit/s ∼85%
Motorola Razr 40
Wi-Fi 6E
iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz
1483 (min: 1278) MBit/s ∼84%
iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz
1050 (min: 961) MBit/s ∼57%
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Nubia Flip 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 644; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1759 (1696-1796)
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1738 (918-1821)
Nubia Flip 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 644; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1833 (1767-1874)
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000 6GHz; iperf 3.1.3: Ø1576 (1208-1634)
Nubia Flip 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 644; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø985 (846-1019)
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø925 (480-957)
Nubia Flip 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Qualcomm Adreno 644; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø939 (472-979)
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Qualcomm Adreno 740; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø891 (454-945)

Cameras - Good photos on the Samsung JN1

Selfie using the main camera via the cover display
Selfie using the main camera via the cover display
Selfie using the inner front-facing camera
Selfie using the inner front-facing camera

The front-facing camera delivers rather average photography performance. Photos appear somewhat pale and are not particularly detailed. Videos can only be recorded in Full HD (30fps).

In turn, the cover display can also be used as a viewfinder for the main camera, which results in better selfies. Operating it via the small panel is quite limited, as it is only possible to switch between photo, portrait and video—but it does serve its purpose.

The main camera uses the Samsung JN1 sensor and produces nice-looking photos. Photos are also impressive in low-light conditions. However, the second lens only provides depth information; the Nubia Flip 5G does not have an ultra-wide angle or optical zoom.

Videos can be recorded in Ultra HD at 30fps or in Full HD at 60fps.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main cameraMain camera5x zoomLow light
click to load images
ColorChecker
10.6 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
6 ∆E
7.6 ∆E
10 ∆E
10 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
7.3 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
11.4 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
9.5 ∆E
11.6 ∆E
8 ∆E
4.7 ∆E
6.9 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Nubia Flip 5G: 8.02 ∆E min: 2.94 - max: 13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.9 ∆E
46.1 ∆E
36.6 ∆E
30.8 ∆E
40.4 ∆E
54.5 ∆E
44.5 ∆E
30.2 ∆E
32.9 ∆E
28.6 ∆E
55.7 ∆E
55.7 ∆E
25.5 ∆E
42 ∆E
28.2 ∆E
63.9 ∆E
36.7 ∆E
38.5 ∆E
66.4 ∆E
64 ∆E
48.2 ∆E
35.3 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
ColorChecker Nubia Flip 5G: 40.43 ∆E min: 13.35 - max: 66.4 ∆E

Display - Bright and accurate 120 Hz panel in the Flip 5G

Sub-pixel array (cover display)
Sub-pixel array (cover display)
Sub-pixel array (foldable display)
Sub-pixel array (foldable display)

The Nubia Flip 5G's 6.9-inch OLED display can get really bright and it can reach up to 1,193 cd/m² when depicting a pure white display with the ambient light sensor activated. This value was also fairly stable in the APL18 test (1,195 cd/m²) and HDR measurement (1,149 cd/m²). If you adjust its brightness manually, you can expect a maximum of 550 cd/m². Its color and grayscale depiction is very accurate.

According to Nubia, the Flip 5G offers high-frequency PWM dimming at up to 2,160 Hz; we measured 1,818 Hz at minimum display brightness and low-frequency flickering (60 Hz) with a higher amplitude. This is probably Black Frame Insertion (BFI), which is used to reduce motion blur and as burn-in protection. As a result, the flip smartphone should be comparatively easy on the eyes. 

1169
cd/m²
1156
cd/m²
1179
cd/m²
1164
cd/m²
1164
cd/m²
1187
cd/m²
1179
cd/m²
1157
cd/m²
1193
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 1193 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 1172 cd/m² Minimum: 2.49 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Center on Battery: 1164 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 0.7 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 1.1 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
99% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.2
Nubia Flip 5G
OLED, 2790x1188, 6.90
Oppo Find N3 Flip
AMOLED, 2520x1080, 6.80
Tecno Phantom V Flip
AMOLED, 2640x1080, 6.90
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Dynamic AMOLED, 2640x1080, 6.70
Motorola Razr 40
P-OLED, 2640x1080, 6.90
Response Times
-49%
-35%
-26%
10%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
0.69 ?(0.3435, 0.3505)
2.13 ?(1.159, 0.974)
-209%
1.5 ?(0.7, 0.8)
-117%
1.42 ?(0.716, 0.703)
-106%
1.7 ?(0.8, 0.9)
-146%
Response Time Black / White *
1.03 ?(0.516, 0.514)
1.43 ?(0.738, 0.695)
-39%
0.9 ?(0.4, 0.5)
13%
1.78 ?(1.005, 0.777)
-73%
1.3 ?(0.6, 0.7)
-26%
PWM Frequency
60
120
100%
60
0%
120
100%
180.3
201%
Screen
-7%
-148%
-95%
-29%
Brightness middle
1164
922
-21%
822
-29%
836
-28%
982
-16%
Brightness
1172
932
-20%
797
-32%
848
-28%
1002
-15%
Brightness Distribution
97
96
-1%
95
-2%
97
0%
85
-12%
Black Level *
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
0.7
0.7
-0%
3.5
-400%
2.6
-271%
0.93
-33%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
1.5
1.8
-20%
6.6
-340%
4.5
-200%
2.52
-68%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.1
0.9
18%
2
-82%
1.6
-45%
1.4
-27%
Gamma
2.2 100%
2.24 98%
2.249 98%
2.22 99%
2.188 101%
CCT
6482 100%
6569 99%
6815 95%
6319 103%
6480 100%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-28% / -21%
-92% / -110%
-61% / -72%
-10% / -16%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
1.03 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.516 ms rise
↘ 0.514 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 2 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.4 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
0.69 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.3435 ms rise
↘ 0.3505 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 1 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.6 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 60 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 60 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 60 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17753 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Switched-off display
off
Minimum display brightness
min.
25 % display brightness
25 %
50 % display brightness
50 %
75 % display brightness
75 %
maximum manual display brightness
100 %

Measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings (The amplitude curve at minimum brightness looks flat, but this is due to the scaling. The info box shows the enlarged version of the amplitude at minimum brightness).

Grayscale (target color space: DCI-P3)
Grayscale (target color space: DCI-P3)
Colors (target color space: DCI-P3)
Colors (target color space: DCI-P3)
Color space (target color space: DCI-P3)
Color space (target color space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (target color space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (target color space: DCI-P3)

Performance, emissions and battery life

The Nubia Flip 5G is powered by the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, which is also used in the Razr 40. The performance offered by this processor allows for smooth system operation and it should hold enough in reserve for the update period estimated by Nubia.

Although the Nubia smartphone can get very warm under constant high load, it always remains within a safe range. Even then, the SoC can consistently deliver its full performance.

The two speakers sound quite good at medium volume, but as the volume increases, they echo strongly and sound hollow.

The Nubia Flip's 4,310 mAh battery is comparatively large and gives the device surprisingly good runtimes. The foldable smartphone can be charged at a maximum of 33 watts—a suitable power adapter is included in the scope of delivery. It takes around an hour to charge the battery, and the battery is already 50 % full again after just 20 minutes. 

Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
2040 Points +101%
Oppo Find N3 Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
1460 Points +44%
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=117, last 2 years)
1357 Points +34%
Tecno Phantom V Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 8050, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
1114 Points +10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  (1016 - 1119, n=5)
1058 Points +4%
Motorola Razr 40
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
1056 Points +4%
Nubia Flip 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
1016 Points
Multi-Core
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
5228 Points +81%
Oppo Find N3 Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
3799 Points +32%
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=117, last 2 years)
3767 Points +31%
Tecno Phantom V Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 8050, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
3420 Points +19%
Motorola Razr 40
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
3064 Points +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  (2601 - 3261, n=5)
2956 Points +2%
Nubia Flip 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
2885 Points
Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
1542 Points
Oppo Find N3 Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
1107 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=201, last 2 years)
922 Points
Tecno Phantom V Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 8050, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
871 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  (775 - 826, n=4)
793 Points
Motorola Razr 40
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
775 Points
Multi-Core
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
4955 Points
Oppo Find N3 Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
3494 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=201, last 2 years)
3056 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  (2854 - 3094, n=4)
2943 Points
Motorola Razr 40
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
2931 Points
Tecno Phantom V Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 8050, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
2925 Points
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
17002 Points +46%
Tecno Phantom V Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 8050, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
14470 Points +24%
Motorola Razr 40
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
12278 Points +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 21385, n=200, last 2 years)
11997 Points +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  (10389 - 12632, n=6)
11853 Points +2%
Nubia Flip 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
11666 Points
Oppo Find N3 Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
9920 Points -15%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
13051 Points +114%
Average of class Smartphone
  (317 - 20131, n=171, last 2 years)
7052 Points +16%
Motorola Razr 40
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
6286 Points +3%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  (5501 - 6466, n=6)
6158 Points +1%
Nubia Flip 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
6091 Points
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
20215 Points +193%
Average of class Smartphone
  (267 - 33376, n=170, last 2 years)
10197 Points +48%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  (6767 - 7388, n=6)
7037 Points +2%
Motorola Razr 40
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
7002 Points +2%
Nubia Flip 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
6893 Points
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
5825 Points +35%
Motorola Razr 40
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
4629 Points +7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (938 - 8480, n=170, last 2 years)
4363 Points +1%
Nubia Flip 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
4329 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  (3325 - 4629, n=6)
4313 Points 0%
Wild Life Score
Tecno Phantom V Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 8050, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
4576 Points +46%
Motorola Razr 40
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
3148 Points +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  (3095 - 3157, n=6)
3134 Points 0%
Nubia Flip 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
3124 Points
Average of class Smartphone
  (395 - 13896, n=125, last 2 years)
2682 Points -14%
Wild Life Unlimited Score
Oppo Find N3 Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
12831 Points +309%
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
9805 Points +213%
Average of class Smartphone
  (394 - 20068, n=191, last 2 years)
6568 Points +109%
Tecno Phantom V Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 8050, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
4561 Points +45%
Motorola Razr 40
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
3143 Points 0%
Nubia Flip 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
3136 Points
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  (3035 - 3184, n=6)
3133 Points 0%
Wild Life Extreme
Oppo Find N3 Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
3116 Points +280%
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
3090 Points +277%
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5226, n=194, last 2 years)
1766 Points +116%
Tecno Phantom V Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 8050, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
1315 Points +61%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  (819 - 854, n=6)
832 Points +2%
Motorola Razr 40
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
830 Points +1%
Nubia Flip 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
819 Points
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
3496 Points +324%
Oppo Find N3 Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
3454 Points +319%
Average of class Smartphone
  (110 - 5248, n=190, last 2 years)
1770 Points +115%
Tecno Phantom V Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 8050, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
1289 Points +56%
Motorola Razr 40
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
833 Points +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  (825 - 854, n=6)
833 Points +1%
Nubia Flip 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
825 Points
Solar Bay Unlimited Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (3229 - 8765, n=32, last 2 years)
6502 Points
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
5563 Points
Oppo Find N3 Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
5530 Points
Solar Bay Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (3332 - 8774, n=32, last 2 years)
6494 Points
Oppo Find N3 Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
5532 Points
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
5414 Points
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
88 fps +203%
Oppo Find N3 Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
60 fps +107%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.6 - 123, n=213, last 2 years)
45.5 fps +57%
Tecno Phantom V Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 8050, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
41 fps +41%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  (29 - 39, n=6)
34.3 fps +18%
Motorola Razr 40
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
33 fps +14%
Nubia Flip 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
29 fps
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Oppo Find N3 Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
101 fps +120%
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
84 fps +83%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.3 - 229, n=213, last 2 years)
66.6 fps +45%
Tecno Phantom V Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 8050, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
48 fps +4%
Nubia Flip 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
46 fps
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  (41 - 49, n=6)
46 fps 0%
Motorola Razr 40
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
41 fps -11%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
88 fps +389%
Oppo Find N3 Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
59 fps +228%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 119, n=213, last 2 years)
33.6 fps +87%
Tecno Phantom V Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 8050, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
30 fps +67%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  (18 - 24, n=6)
21.3 fps +18%
Motorola Razr 40
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
21 fps +17%
Nubia Flip 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
18 fps
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
52 fps +206%
Oppo Find N3 Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
42 fps +147%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.85 - 94, n=213, last 2 years)
26.7 fps +57%
Tecno Phantom V Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 8050, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
22 fps +29%
Nubia Flip 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
17 fps
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  (15 - 18, n=6)
16.7 fps -2%
Motorola Razr 40
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
15 fps -12%
3840x2160 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
32 fps +327%
Oppo Find N3 Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
20 fps +167%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.38 - 42, n=209, last 2 years)
12.7 fps +69%
Tecno Phantom V Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 8050, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
9.6 fps +28%
Nubia Flip 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
7.5 fps
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  (7 - 7.9, n=6)
7.47 fps 0%
Motorola Razr 40
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
7 fps -7%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, Adreno 740, 8192
55459 Points +152%
Oppo Find N3 Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 9200, Immortalis-G715 MP11, 12288
45823 Points +108%
Motorola Razr 40
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
34300 Points +56%
Tecno Phantom V Flip
MediaTek Dimensity 8050, Mali-G77 MP9, 8192
34016 Points +54%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2228 - 89112, n=207, last 2 years)
33904 Points +54%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  (21143 - 34866, n=6)
28364 Points +29%
Nubia Flip 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, Adreno 644, 8192
22047 Points
Nubia Flip 5GOppo Find N3 FlipTecno Phantom V FlipSamsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5GMotorola Razr 40Average 256 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
181%
40%
119%
0%
-13%
26%
Sequential Read 256KB
967.4
3794
292%
1814.9
88%
3412.35
253%
955.8
-1%
Sequential Write 256KB
766.69
2965
287%
1490.7
94%
2289.61
199%
804.3
5%
Random Read 4KB
263.87
411
56%
249.9
-5%
444.6
68%
290.8
10%
Random Write 4KB
295.55
558
89%
238.9
-19%
161.87
-45%
257.5
-13%

Temperature

Max. Load
 47.7 °C
118 F
47.6 °C
118 F
32.5 °C
91 F
 
 47.2 °C
117 F
47.7 °C
118 F
32.7 °C
91 F
 
 44 °C
111 F
45 °C
113 F
32.6 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 47.7 °C = 118 F
Average: 41.9 °C = 107 F
31.3 °C
88 F
42.8 °C
109 F
41.9 °C
107 F
31.4 °C
89 F
43.4 °C
110 F
41.3 °C
106 F
30.9 °C
88 F
41.1 °C
106 F
41.2 °C
106 F
Maximum: 43.4 °C = 110 F
Average: 38.4 °C = 101 F
Power Supply (max.)  29.3 °C = 85 F | Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 41.9 °C / 107 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 47.7 °C / 118 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.4 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.2 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.


3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

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Nubia Flip 5G Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø4.96 (4.91-4.98)
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø9.61 (7.69-22.1)
Motorola Razr 40 Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø4.65 (4.22-4.97)
Nubia Flip 5G Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø18.8 (18.7-18.8)
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G Adreno 740, SD 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy, 256 GB UFS 4.0 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 1.1.0.2: Ø33.8 (28.3-73.9)
Motorola Razr 40 Adreno 644, SD 7 Gen 1, 256 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø17.3 (15.2-18.8)

Speakers

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.936.92532.428.33128.1264031.330.45029.330.56321.927.58017.630.310025.130.912516.73216017.644.220017.744.125014.851.231512.256.140011.160.450012.466.663011.669.880012.271.510001474.8125012.875.6160012.875200012.876.3250013.580.2315013.581.1400014.481.5500014.180.8630013.674.4800013.567.31000013.659.51250014.260.81600013.853.8SPL25.589.5N0.774.2median 13.6median 69.8Delta1.210.630.936.222.328.623.227.325.43031.132.8202917.830.117.53117.338.31551.715.153.616.356.213.561.513.963.913.46813.368.211.7711473.31475.213.377.41378.713.580.914.381.313.480.314.778.413.676.214.173.8147014.268.113.864.625.889.60.777.1median 14median 710.79.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseNubia Flip 5GSamsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Nubia Flip 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 8.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (21.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 38% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 58% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 35% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4.2% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (3.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 8% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 86% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 27% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 65% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Runtimes

Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing
Nubia Flip 5G
4310 mAh
951 min
Average of class Smartphone
  (476 - 2844, n=214, last 2 years)
930 min -2%
Oppo Find N3 Flip
4300 mAh
857 min -10%
Motorola Razr 40
4200 mAh
743 min -22%
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5 5G
3700 mAh
647 min -32%
Tecno Phantom V Flip
4000 mAh
598 min -37%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing (Chrome 124)
15h 51min

Pros

+ good battery life
+ bright and accurate display
+ 6 GHz WLAN

Cons

- short update timeframe
- quite heavy and thick
- has neither an ultra-wide-angle lens nor a zoom lens

Verdict - The Nubia Flip 5G with gaps in its features

Nubia Flip 5G review. Test device provided by Nubia. (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Nubia Flip 5G review. Test device provided by Nubia. (photo: Daniel Schmidt)

The Nubia Flip 5G has some strong selling points thanks to its long battery life and excellent display. Wi-Fi 6E is still a rarity in this price range and its main camera takes good shots.

The Nubia Flip 5G is a good foldable smartphone but for its price, it is a little too slimmed down at times. 

On the other hand, the Flip also has to face some criticism. For example, only a few HDR standards and no eSIMs are supported. We would also have liked to see an additional ultra-wide-angle lens or an optical zoom. Its update period is very short, too.

At US$499 or US$699, its price sounds very attractive at first, but the larger storage version of the Galaxy Z Flip 5 is not that much more expensive—and a Flip 4 is even cheaper. Even the Razr 40 now costs less than US$700. 

Price and availability

The Nubia Flip 5G can be purchased directly from the manufacturer's website, with prices starting from US$499.

Nubia Flip 5G - 05/27/2024 v8 (new)
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
80%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
52 / 69 → 76%
Weight
88%
Battery
91%
Display
95%
Games Performance
61 / 55 → 100%
Application Performance
80 / 60 → 100%
Temperature
86%
Noise
100%
Audio
76 / 90 → 85%
Camera
67%
Average
79%
85%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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