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Nubia RedMagic 5S: Gaming smartphone with only a small amount of competitors

With shoulder buttons and an active fan: The Nubia RedMagic 5S
With shoulder buttons and an active fan: The Nubia RedMagic 5S
Smartphone gaming is slowly becoming more of an important issue for smartphone manufacturers. Besides Asus and Xiaomi, Nubia is now also driving development in this area.
Mike Wobker (translated by Katherine Bodner), 🇩🇪 🇫🇷 ...

Except for the Nintendo Switch, the smartphone is the best platform for gaming on the go. That is why big titles such as PUBG Mobile or Fortnite are so widely used on these small devices. So of course sooner or later manufacturers were going to wake up to the opportunity of expanding their gaming-related product ranges of gaming mice, keyboards, headphones, monitors, chairs, socks, etc. to include suitable smartphones.

Asus is at the forefront of this development with its Republic of Gamers brand and Xiaomi isn't far behind with its Black Shark models. Nubia had already started testing the waters before releasing its new RedMagic 5S. This 5G smartphone is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage, which is a decent hardware selection. The device looks very modern with its slim case which you would never suspect to be harboring an active cooling system. 

The two shoulder buttons aren't immediately noticeable either but can be freely assigned in gaming mode (which is activated via a mechanical switch) and reliably simulate input on a certain area of the screen. This works very well in practice and the screen - an AMOLED panel with a refresh rate of 144 Hz - compliments this feature nicely.  

The high refresh rate, however, is the crux of the smartphone. Of course images look smoother at 90 Hz than at 60 Hz. But the difference to 144 Hz is less noticeable, particularly in the smartphone segment. Of course, this also depends on the individual user's sensitivity. On top of this debatable issue, most games can still only be displayed 60 Hz, so users won't be able to benefit from what the panel has to offer. System performance is another aspect. The game "Armajet" supports 90 fps. However, the RedMagic 5S only manages to display around 60 fps. We would still consider it a good gaming smartphone.

Find out more in our review of the Nubia RedMagic 5S.


Notebookcheck review of the Nubia RedMagic 5S

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Mike Wobker
Editor of the original article: Mike Wobker - Senior Tech Writer - 444 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I carried out my first IT experiments with a 386-based system and a whole 4 MB RAM. This was followed by work on various PCs and laptops that I maintained and repaired for friends and acquaintances. After training to become a Telecommunications Systems Technician and gaining a few years of experience, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. Currently, I pursue my fascination for IT, technology, and mobile devices by writing reviews and articles for Notebookcheck. I have also worked for Gamestar, Netzwelt, and Golem, among others.
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Katherine Bodner
Translator: Katherine Bodner - Translator - 285 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I completed my master's degree in translation at the University of Vienna a few years ago and have been working as a translator for English, German and French ever since. I first started translating for Notebookcheck in 2017 and have learned more about computers than I ever imagined, and I have even become the person my family turns to for advice when it comes to consumer electronics. Other than that I also focus on everything connected to sustainability and renewable energy.
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Mike Wobker, 2020-10-31 (Update: 2020-10-29)