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Nubia RedMagic 5S Review: Gaming smartphone with active cooling

144-Hz AMOLED. It's been a while since mobile games were limited to the casual level and smartphones have since become real tiny power packs. So what could be more natural than to combine a gaming console and a telephone?! Find out what the Nubia RedMagic 5S can do with its active cooling and trigger buttons in our review.
Mike Wobker, 👁 Daniel Schmidt (translated by Katherine Bodner),
Nubia RedMagic 5S

The RedMagic 5S isn't the first gaming smartphone from Nubia. We have already reviewed the Nubia RedMagic 5G as well as several other smartphones suitable for gaming from other manufacturers. These are included in our list of comparison devices, which you can find below. In addition, you can add any device from our database to the comparison at the bottom of each graph. Let's find out whether the Nubia RedMagic 5S fares better or worse in this direct comparison.

Nubia RedMagic 5S
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 8 x 2.4 - 2.8 GHz, Cortex-A77 / A55 (Kryo 585)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB 
Display
6.65 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 388 PPI, capacitive, AMOLED, glossy: yes, 144 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 110 GB free
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), 1 HDMI, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: combined audio jack, USB Type-C, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Gravity sensor, eCompass, Gyroscope, Proximity
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/ax = Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.1, 2G GSM (2/3/5/8), 3G WCDMA/CDMA/EVDO (B1/2/4/5/8/19/BC0/BC1), 4G LTE TDD/FDD (B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20/B12/B17/B18/B19/B26/B34/B38/39/40/41), 5G (n41/n78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 9.75 x 168.56 x 78 ( = 0.38 x 6.64 x 3.07 in)
Battery
4500 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 64 MPix Sony IMX686 (78.3°, 0.8 µm), 8 MP HI846 (120°, 1.12µm), 2 MP OV02A10 (78°, 1.75 µm)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix 1.12 µm
Additional features
Speakers: Speaker and Earphone, Keyboard: onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, Power adapter, Type-C data cable, Protective Case, SIM tray ejector, 12 Months Warranty, SAR Value (Head): 1.429 W/kg, SAR Value (Body): 1.021 W/kg
Weight
218 g ( = 7.69 oz / 0.48 pounds), Power Supply: 85 g ( = 3 oz / 0.19 pounds)
Price
579 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Comparison devices

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
84 %
10/2020
Nubia RedMagic 5S
SD 865, Adreno 650
218 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.65"2340x1080
85 %
06/2020
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
SD 865, Adreno 650
253 g256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash7.10"3120x1440
89 %
09/2020
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
SD 865, Adreno 650
240 g256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.59"2340x1080
88 %
10/2020
OnePlus 8T
SD 865, Adreno 650
188 g128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash6.55"2400x1080
84 %
06/2020
Nubia RedMagic 5G
SD 865, Adreno 650
218 g256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash6.65"2340x1080

Case - Slim gaming smartphone despite fan

The Nubia RedMagic 5S has a frame made of metal, a glass back and great workmanship. The frosted glass back has some decorative elements and the device is available in the colors Sonic Silver or Pulse. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The RedMagic 5S weighs about 218 grams, which isn't particularly light but can still beat comparable smartphones. The smartphone's dimensions are average in our comparison field.

Nubia RedMagic 5S
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Nubia RedMagic 5S

Size comparison

177.8 mm / 7 inch 83.3 mm / 3.28 inch 10.1 mm / 0.3976 inch 253 g0.558 lbs171 mm / 6.73 inch 78 mm / 3.07 inch 9.85 mm / 0.3878 inch 240 g0.529 lbs168.56 mm / 6.64 inch 78 mm / 3.07 inch 9.75 mm / 0.3839 inch 218 g0.4806 lbs168.56 mm / 6.64 inch 78 mm / 3.07 inch 9.75 mm / 0.3839 inch 218 g0.4806 lbs160.7 mm / 6.33 inch 74.1 mm / 2.92 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 188 g0.4145 lbs

Connectivity - Fast USB port and audio jack

Nubia has equipped its RedMagic 5S with up-to-date hardware and several additional features. For example, the gaming smartphone includes an active cooling fan and capacitive shoulder buttons. The phone also has a connector for its own gaming dock as well as a mechanical switch that activates gaming mode. There isn't an option to expand storage; instead, users can insert two NanoSIM cards at the same time. Both slots support VoLTE, VoWLAN and 5G, although the latter cannot be used on both simultaneously. The USB port supports USB 3.1 Gen1 standards and can output image content. The phone also has a 3.5-mm audio jack. 

Software - Comprehensive gaming mode

The RedMagic 5S is an Android 10 system that has been enhanced with the RedMagic OS user interface, version 3.5. This changes some icons and uses a different menu structure. The manufacturer has not installed a lot of third-party apps and has placed all of its focus on the Game Space 2.1. This gives users extensive setting options such as controlling the fan, assigning actions to the shoulder buttons, recording gaming sessions and much more. The phone automatically switches to this software when the switch on the side of the phone is activated. The software also offers an overview of the installed games on its own dashboard.

Software Nubia RedMagic 5S
Software Nubia RedMagic 5S
Software Nubia RedMagic 5S
Software Nubia RedMagic 5S
Software Nubia RedMagic 5S
Software Nubia RedMagic 5S
Software Nubia RedMagic 5S
Software Nubia RedMagic 5S
Software Nubia RedMagic 5S
Software Nubia RedMagic 5S

Communication and GPS - Fast communication with the 5G smartphone

The Nubia smartphone supports GSM, 3G, LTE and 5G networks. In LTE Cat. 20, it reaches up to 2000 MBit/s when downloading and 300 MBit/s when uploading. The RedMagic 5S can also connect via NFC, Bluetooth 5.1 and WiFi 6 at close range.

Our test with our reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX12 results in an average reception rate of 870 MBit/s and a rate of 681 MBit/s when sending data. 

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
946 (911min - 960max) MBit/s ∼100% +9%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
893 (825min - 923max) MBit/s ∼94% +3%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Adreno 650, SD 865, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
870 (371min - 959max) MBit/s ∼92%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
817 (785min - 843max) MBit/s ∼86% -6%
OnePlus 8T
Adreno 650, SD 865, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
767 (611min - 837max) MBit/s ∼81% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.9 - 1414, n=613)
285 MBit/s ∼30% -67%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
926 (463min - 960max) MBit/s ∼100% +36%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.0 Flash
876 (785min - 909max) MBit/s ∼95% +29%
OnePlus 8T
Adreno 650, SD 865, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
716 (679min - 724max) MBit/s ∼77% +5%
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Adreno 650, SD 865, 128 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
681 (343min - 699max) MBit/s ∼74%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Adreno 650, SD 865, 256 GB UFS 3.1 Flash
676 (337min - 699max) MBit/s ∼73% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (9.4 - 1599, n=613)
272 MBit/s ∼29% -60%
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; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø861 (371-959)
; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø670 (343-699)
GPS test indoors
GPS test indoors
GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors

According to the app "GPS Test", the Nubia RedMagic 5S can locate its position within 4 meters, using the satellite systems GPS, GLONASS, Beidou and Galileo.

The RedMagic 5S offers similar accuracy to our reference navigation system Garmin Edge 500 on our obligatory bike tour.

GNSS - Nubia RedMagic 5S
GNSS - Nubia RedMagic 5S
GNSS - Nubia RedMagic 5S
GNSS - Nubia RedMagic 5S
GNSS - Nubia RedMagic 5S
GNSS - Nubia RedMagic 5S
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500
GNSS - Garmin Edge 500

Telephony and Call Quality - Clear connection with the RedMagic 5S

Talking on the phone with the Nubia RedMagic 5S works well. The phone provides a decent volume and both call partners could hear each other loud and clear in our test call. The telephone app offers direct access to a number pad and also allows users to access stored contacts. Further settings are available for groups, calls, etc.

Cameras - Acceptable images with washed-out colors

Picture taken with front camera
Picture taken with front camera

Nubai has equipped the RedMagic 5S with a main camera with three lenses as well as a simple front camera. The latter enables users to take portraits with 8 MP that show a lot of details. Colors appear natural, although the app automatically activates a beauty effect, the strength of which can be adjusted via a slider. The app also features various color filters and a timer function. The pro mode is only available for the main camera.

The main camera takes photos with a 64-MP lens. This is complemented by an 8-MP wide-angle lens as well as a 2-MP lens to provide depth. The main lens can record a lot of details, but colors appear slightly washed out. At lower zoom levels, you can also see blurry edges outside of the focal area. Our wide-angle photo manages to record more vivid colors and a good level of details. Content remains easily recognizable at 5x zoom. Our test motive is only vaguely visible in bad lighting and the pictures turn out way too dark. The camera app features a pro mode that users can use to make numerous manual adjustments.

Videos are recorded at a similar quality as photos. Again, users can use color filters and even turn the image stabilizer on and off. The available resolutions are HD 720P, FullHD 1080P and UltraHD 4K with either 30 or 60 fps, or even UltraHD 8K.

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.

HauptkameraWeitwinkelZoom (5-fach)LowLight

The photo of the ColorChecker passport shows that the RedMagic 5S makes colors look brighter than they should. The camera displays our test chart with a lot of details and good contrast, although this becomes weaker in the bottom corners.

ColorChecker
28.6 ∆E
51.7 ∆E
38.4 ∆E
34.3 ∆E
44.2 ∆E
61.1 ∆E
51.1 ∆E
33.9 ∆E
39.2 ∆E
27.6 ∆E
63.2 ∆E
63.3 ∆E
29 ∆E
46.8 ∆E
34.9 ∆E
73.8 ∆E
42.2 ∆E
41 ∆E
79.3 ∆E
68.6 ∆E
51 ∆E
36.5 ∆E
23.3 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Nubia RedMagic 5S: 44.83 ∆E min: 12.81 - max: 79.3 ∆E
ColorChecker
16.7 ∆E
7.1 ∆E
10.9 ∆E
19.3 ∆E
8 ∆E
7.2 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
9 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
9.6 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
6 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
10 ∆E
10.1 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
ColorChecker Nubia RedMagic 5S: 8.61 ∆E min: 2.9 - max: 19.35 ∆E

Accessories and Warranty - Protective case included

The Nubia smartphone is delivered with a USB AC adapter and a USB Type-C cable, a SIM needle and a silicone protective case. The manufacturer also has a range of accessories available for the RedMagic 5S including an external cooling system, a pro controller and another protective case. 

Nubia provides buyers with a 24-month warranty.

Input Devices & Handling - Gaming smartphone with capacitive shoulder buttons

Users can use Google's GBoard to input text. Inputs are recorded precisely and swiping movements also work well. If the game mode is active, users can access the settings menu from the right edge of the screen. This lets you configure the shoulder buttons, which basically simulate touching a certain spot on the screen. You can also define how sensitive they should be, so you can find the suitable feedback for every need.

On top of that, the RedMagic 5S also features an in-screen fingerprint reader. This isn't always reliable and we often had to resort to using a pattern to unlock the phone instead. Face recognition worked a lot better and is a viable alternative.

Nubia RedMagic 5S - Input
Nubia RedMagic 5S - Input
Nubia RedMagic 5S - Shoulder buttons
 

Display - With 144 Hz and PWM

Subpixel
Subpixel

The 6.65-inch AMOLED display of the RedMagic 5S offers a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels and a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz. The maximum brightness of 589 nits positions our device towards the bottom of our comparison table, but can still be considered good. Deactivating the ambient light sensor limits maximum brightness to 411 nits. The APL50 test results in very good 895 nits. The lowest possible luminosity is 3.72 nits.

The display uses PWM to regulate brightness below 99 percent at a frequency of 581.4 Hz.

572
cd/m²
593
cd/m²
625
cd/m²
567
cd/m²
589
cd/m²
622
cd/m²
562
cd/m²
582
cd/m²
612
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 625 cd/m² Average: 591.6 cd/m² Minimum: 3.72 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 589 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.1 | 0.6-29.43 Ø5.7
ΔE Greyscale 5.6 | 0.64-98 Ø6
96.5% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.31
Nubia RedMagic 5S
AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.65
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
AMOLED, 3120x1440, 7.10
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.59
OnePlus 8T
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.55
Nubia RedMagic 5G
OLED, 2340x1080, 6.65
Screen
-8%
20%
46%
-51%
Brightness middle
589
570
-3%
625
6%
743
26%
593
1%
Brightness
592
589
-1%
630
6%
734
24%
601
2%
Brightness Distribution
90
90
0%
88
-2%
91
1%
92
2%
Black Level *
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.1
4.65
-50%
2.6
16%
0.89
71%
8.1
-161%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
7.2
7.61
-6%
4.5
37%
1.69
77%
16.2
-125%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.6
4.9
12%
2.5
55%
1.4
75%
7.1
-27%
Gamma
2.31 95%
2.205 100%
2.22 99%
2.199 100%
2.28 96%
CCT
6633 98%
7500 87%
6750 96%
6423 101%
7566 86%

* ... smaller is better

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 581.4 Hz ≤ 99 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 581.4 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 99 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 581.4 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9604 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The AMOLED panel of the Nubia smartphone offers the contrast and black values that are typical for this kind of screen. Users can adjust color display in the settings menu by choosing from three presets. This either makes colors appear more natural, more vivid or warmer or colder.

CalMAN - color accuracy (natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - color accuracy (natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - color accuracy (natural, P3)
CalMAN - color accuracy (natural, P3)
CalMAN - color space (natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - color space (natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - color space (natural, P3)
CalMAN - color space (natural, P3)
CalMAN - grayscales (natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - grayscales (natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - grayscales (natural, P3)
CalMAN - grayscales (natural, P3)
CalMAN - saturation (natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - saturation (natural, sRGB)
CalMAN - saturation (natural, P3)
CalMAN - saturation (natural, P3)

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
2.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.2 ms rise
↘ 1.2 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 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 0 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (24.3 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
2.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 1.2 ms rise
↘ 1.6 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 0.8 (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 (38.6 ms).

The Nubia RedMagic 5S is suitable for use outdoors. Its reflective screen, however, can make reading the display difficult at times, even in shade.

Nubia RedMagic 5S - outdoor use
Nubia RedMagic 5S - outdoor use
Nubia RedMagic 5S - outdoor use
Nubia RedMagic 5S - outdoor use

The AMOLED panel of the BlackMagic 5S has very stable viewing angles. Screen content can be viewed from almost any angle without colors or content distorting or being displayed incorrectly.

Nubia RedMagic 5S - viewing angle stability
Nubia RedMagic 5S - viewing angle stability
Nubia RedMagic 5S - viewing angle stability
Nubia RedMagic 5S - viewing angle stability

Performance - On par with competition

Nubia has equipped the RedMagic 5S with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. This SoC was a high-end chip at the end of 2019 and, combined with 8 GB of RAM, offers sufficient power for both everyday applications and more demanding apps. The benchmark results are on par with those of the competition. The 5S does particularly well in terms of graphic performance while system performance is average.

Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3
OpenCL Score 5.3 (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3147 Points ∼97%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3259 Points ∼100% +4%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3214 Points ∼99% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (3115 - 3310, n=10)
3190 Points ∼98% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (259 - 5532, n=45)
2047 Points ∼63% -35%
Vulkan Score 5.3 (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
2905 Points ∼79%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3665 Points ∼100% +26%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3494 Points ∼95% +20%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (2893 - 3665, n=10)
3169 Points ∼86% +9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (72 - 4789, n=50)
1744 Points ∼48% -40%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3264 Points ∼97%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
3361 Points ∼100% +3%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3329 Points ∼99% +2%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3164 Points ∼94% -3%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
3076 Points ∼92% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (2687 - 3449, n=18)
3262 Points ∼97% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (421 - 4160, n=141)
1964 Points ∼58% -40%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
904 Points ∼98%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
903 Points ∼98% 0%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
921 Points ∼100% +2%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
889 Points ∼97% -2%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
909 Points ∼99% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (764 - 924, n=18)
902 Points ∼98% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (124 - 1604, n=141)
567 Points ∼62% -37%
PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
11075 Points ∼72%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
10945 Points ∼72% -1%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
15299 Points ∼100% +38%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9202 Points ∼60% -17%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
12879 Points ∼84% +16%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (9202 - 15299, n=19)
11285 Points ∼74% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2630 - 15299, n=541)
6024 Points ∼39% -46%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
13073 Points ∼65%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
11839 Points ∼59% -9%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
19989 Points ∼100% +53%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
10990 Points ∼55% -16%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
13954 Points ∼70% +7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (10990 - 19989, n=18)
13716 Points ∼69% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1077 - 19989, n=698)
6624 Points ∼33% -49%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3814 Points ∼96%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
3958 Points ∼100% +4%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
1788 Points ∼45% -53%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
3793 Points ∼96% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (1788 - 4061, n=16)
3552 Points ∼90% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1740 - 4061, n=193)
2662 Points ∼67% -30%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9104 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8184 Points ∼90% -10%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8372 Points ∼92% -8%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8321 Points ∼91% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (7618 - 9104, n=16)
8239 Points ∼90% -10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (203 - 11259, n=193)
3069 Points ∼34% -66%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
6961 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
6615 Points ∼95% -5%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
4604 Points ∼66% -34%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
6590 Points ∼95% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (4604 - 6961, n=17)
6323 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (253 - 6977, n=193)
2721 Points ∼39% -61%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5307 Points ∼96%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5518 Points ∼100% +4%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5485 Points ∼99% +3%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5532 Points ∼100% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (5170 - 5780, n=17)
5405 Points ∼98% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (573 - 5780, n=547)
2256 Points ∼41% -57%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9395 Points ∼99%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9382 Points ∼99% 0%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9420 Points ∼100% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9467 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (8633 - 9567, n=17)
9376 Points ∼99% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (75 - 12146, n=547)
2234 Points ∼24% -76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8022 Points ∼98%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8119 Points ∼100% +1%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8125 Points ∼100% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8154 Points ∼100% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (7517 - 8269, n=18)
8059 Points ∼99% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (93 - 9643, n=548)
2070 Points ∼25% -74%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5296 Points ∼96%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5525 Points ∼100% +4%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5468 Points ∼99% +3%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5532 Points ∼100% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (3956 - 5765, n=17)
5152 Points ∼93% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (375 - 5765, n=579)
2173 Points ∼39% -59%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12605 Points ∼98%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12625 Points ∼98% 0%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12878 Points ∼100% +2%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
12750 Points ∼99% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (11956 - 13023, n=17)
12699 Points ∼99% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (70 - 21465, n=579)
3035 Points ∼24% -76%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9647 Points ∼97%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9821 Points ∼99% +2%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9897 Points ∼100% +3%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9877 Points ∼100% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (8499 - 10090, n=17)
9567 Points ∼97% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (88 - 11895, n=579)
2515 Points ∼25% -74%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
4850 Points ∼93%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5104 Points ∼98% +5%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
4900 Points ∼94% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5209 Points ∼100% +7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (4582 - 5209, n=17)
4966 Points ∼95% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5262, n=628)
2133 Points ∼41% -56%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9167 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8272 Points ∼90% -10%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8222 Points ∼90% -10%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8432 Points ∼92% -8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (7854 - 9167, n=17)
8312 Points ∼91% -9%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53 - 11573, n=628)
1878 Points ∼20% -80%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
7653 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
Points ∼0% -100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
7269 Points ∼95% -5%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
7145 Points ∼93% -7%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
7305 Points ∼95% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (6943 - 7653, n=18)
7221 Points ∼94% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 9138, n=629)
1779 Points ∼23% -77%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
4874 Points ∼95%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5116 Points ∼100% +5%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
4882 Points ∼95% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5049 Points ∼99% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (3965 - 5274, n=17)
4855 Points ∼95% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (293 - 5274, n=670)
2004 Points ∼39% -59%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
13305 Points ∼100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
12159 Points ∼91% -9%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
11586 Points ∼87% -13%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
12494 Points ∼94% -6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (11117 - 13305, n=17)
11839 Points ∼89% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (43 - 16670, n=669)
2485 Points ∼19% -81%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9611 Points ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
Points ∼0% -100%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9311 Points ∼97% -3%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
8877 Points ∼92% -8%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9492 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (8215 - 9611, n=17)
8962 Points ∼93% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (55 - 11256, n=672)
2123 Points ∼22% -78%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
34315 Points ∼60%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
57583 Points ∼100% +68%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
27506 Points ∼48% -20%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
17817 Points ∼31% -48%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
26182 Points ∼45% -24%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (17817 - 58293, n=16)
34032 Points ∼59% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (735 - 59268, n=814)
15761 Points ∼27% -54%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
144557 Points ∼96%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
149468 Points ∼99% +3%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
146419 Points ∼97% +1%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
144828 Points ∼96% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
150654 Points ∼100% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (110875 - 154375, n=16)
145351 Points ∼96% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (536 - 221179, n=812)
28064 Points ∼19% -81%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
84343 Points ∼76%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
110468 Points ∼100% +31%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
74677 Points ∼68% -11%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
56045 Points ∼51% -34%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
73143 Points ∼66% -13%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (56045 - 112989, n=16)
81987 Points ∼74% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (662 - 117606, n=812)
21675 Points ∼20% -74%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
204 fps ∼99%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
203 fps ∼98% 0%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
203 fps ∼98% 0%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
207 fps ∼100% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
206 fps ∼100% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (168 - 207, n=18)
203 fps ∼98% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.5 - 322, n=812)
47.1 fps ∼23% -77%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
90 fps ∼65%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
90 fps ∼65% 0%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
138 fps ∼100% +53%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
60 fps ∼43% -33%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
90 fps ∼65% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (59 - 138, n=18)
77.5 fps ∼56% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 138, n=821)
31.8 fps ∼23% -65%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
123 fps ∼97%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
122 fps ∼96% -1%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
123 fps ∼97% 0%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
127 fps ∼100% +3%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
126 fps ∼99% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (96 - 130, n=18)
122 fps ∼96% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.8 - 180, n=717)
28 fps ∼22% -77%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
89 fps ∼82%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
68 fps ∼62% -24%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
109 fps ∼100% +22%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
60 fps ∼55% -33%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
88 fps ∼81% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (58 - 111, n=18)
73.4 fps ∼67% -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 115, n=725)
23.1 fps ∼21% -74%
GFXBench 3.1
off screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
87 fps ∼99%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
86 fps ∼98% -1%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
86 fps ∼98% -1%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
88 fps ∼100% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
74 fps ∼84% -15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (67 - 90, n=19)
84.7 fps ∼96% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.87 - 117, n=580)
22.4 fps ∼25% -74%
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
79 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
43 fps ∼54% -46%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
75 fps ∼95% -5%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
60 fps ∼76% -24%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
51 fps ∼65% -35%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (43 - 83, n=19)
61.1 fps ∼77% -23%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 110, n=582)
20.1 fps ∼25% -75%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
32 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
27 fps ∼84% -16%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
30 fps ∼94% -6%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
30 fps ∼94% -6%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
28 fps ∼88% -12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (18 - 32, n=20)
27.5 fps ∼86% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.61 - 60, n=339)
11.6 fps ∼36% -64%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
21 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
20 fps ∼95% -5%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
20 fps ∼95% -5%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
20 fps ∼95% -5%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
20 fps ∼95% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (20 - 21, n=20)
20.2 fps ∼96% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.21 - 101, n=337)
8.2 fps ∼39% -61%
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
50 fps ∼94%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
53 fps ∼100% +6%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
45 fps ∼85% -10%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
47 fps ∼89% -6%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
44 fps ∼83% -12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (28 - 53, n=20)
42.7 fps ∼81% -15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 60, n=343)
17.3 fps ∼33% -65%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
53 fps ∼96%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
27 fps ∼49% -49%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
53 fps ∼96% 0%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
55 fps ∼100% +4%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
54 fps ∼98% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (27 - 56, n=20)
51.8 fps ∼94% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 257, n=342)
19.9 fps ∼36% -62%
off screen Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
51 fps ∼96%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
51 fps ∼96% 0%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
51 fps ∼96% 0%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
53 fps ∼100% +4%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
51 fps ∼96% 0%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (39 - 54, n=19)
50.4 fps ∼95% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.6 - 75, n=505)
15 fps ∼28% -71%
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
48 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
25 fps ∼52% -48%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
43 fps ∼90% -10%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
46 fps ∼96% -4%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
42 fps ∼88% -12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (25 - 48, n=19)
39.8 fps ∼83% -17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.1 - 60, n=509)
13.3 fps ∼28% -72%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
603053 Points ∼99%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
572807 Points ∼94% -5%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
602626 Points ∼99% 0%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
576457 Points ∼95% -4%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
607937 Points ∼100% +1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (527301 - 607937, n=19)
576864 Points ∼95% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53335 - 622888, n=135)
323501 Points ∼53% -46%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
1409 Points ∼85%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
1429 Points ∼87% +1%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
1650 Points ∼100% +17%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
1466 Points ∼89% +4%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
1505 Points ∼91% +7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (1276 - 1650, n=18)
1470 Points ∼89% +4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (7 - 1745, n=749)
833 Points ∼50% -41%
Graphics (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
11730 Points ∼99%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
11445 Points ∼97% -2%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
11637 Points ∼99% -1%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
11790 Points ∼100% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
11648 Points ∼99% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (11399 - 12073, n=18)
11688 Points ∼99% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (18 - 16996, n=749)
2580 Points ∼22% -78%
Memory (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
7548 Points ∼90%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5688 Points ∼68% -25%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
6681 Points ∼80% -11%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
7899 Points ∼94% +5%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8398 Points ∼100% +11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (5304 - 8874, n=18)
7122 Points ∼85% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (21 - 8874, n=749)
1932 Points ∼23% -74%
System (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
9924 Points ∼99%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
8622 Points ∼86% -13%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
10059 Points ∼100% +1%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
10029 Points ∼100% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
9723 Points ∼97% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (8421 - 10147, n=18)
9752 Points ∼97% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (369 - 14189, n=749)
3535 Points ∼35% -64%
Overall (sort by value)
Nubia RedMagic 5S
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5932 Points ∼96%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
5302 Points ∼86% -11%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
5993 Points ∼97% +1%
OnePlus 8T
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 8192
6083 Points ∼99% +3%
Nubia RedMagic 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650, 12288
6149 Points ∼100% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  (5264 - 6273, n=18)
5861 Points ∼95% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 6273, n=749)
1813 Points ∼29% -69%

The browser benchmark results are varied. While the Octane V2 value is very good, the other results position our test unit towards the bottom of our comparison table. Websites are still loaded quickly and scrolling is smooth in everyday use.

JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition (Chrome 84)
126.04 Points ∼100% +23%
OnePlus 8T (Chrome 86)
118.7 Points ∼94% +15%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (74.2 - 126, n=17)
111 Points ∼88% +8%
Nubia RedMagic 5G (Chrome 83)
103.45 Points ∼82% +1%
Nubia RedMagic 5S (Chrome 86)
102.79 Points ∼82%
Average of class Smartphone (10 - 343, n=641)
49 Points ∼39% -52%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
OnePlus 8T (Chrome 86)
108 Points ∼100% +9%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition (Chrome 84)
107 Points ∼99% +8%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (97 - 127, n=18)
106 Points ∼98% +7%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro (Chrome 83)
101 Points ∼94% +2%
Nubia RedMagic 5G (Chrome 83)
99 Points ∼92% 0%
Nubia RedMagic 5S (Chrome 86)
99 Points ∼92%
Average of class Smartphone (19 - 194, n=278)
70.8 Points ∼66% -28%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition (Chrome 84)
24213 Points ∼100% +7%
Nubia RedMagic 5S (Chrome 86)
22723 Points ∼94%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (14606 - 24467, n=18)
21699 Points ∼90% -5%
Nubia RedMagic 5G (Chrome 83)
21048 Points ∼87% -7%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro (Chrome 83)
20976 Points ∼87% -8%
OnePlus 8T (Chrome 86)
19915 Points ∼82% -12%
Average of class Smartphone (894 - 58488, n=810)
8190 Points ∼34% -64%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (460 - 59466, n=836)
9605 ms * ∼100% -313%
Nubia RedMagic 5G (Chrome 83)
2401.34 ms * ∼25% -3%
Nubia RedMagic 5S (Chrome 86)
2327.7 ms * ∼24%
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro (Chrome 83)
2061.3 ms * ∼21% +11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (1839 - 2911, n=19)
2031 ms * ∼21% +13%
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition (Chrome 84)
1992.4 ms * ∼21% +14%
OnePlus 8T (Chrome 86)
1860.1 ms * ∼19% +20%

* ... smaller is better

The Nubia RedMagic 5S has a 256-GB internal UFS 2.1 storage device that has good read and write rates according to our benchmarks, which once again position it in the center of our test field. The device does not feature a microSD card slot. 

Nubia RedMagic 5SXiaomi Black Shark 3 ProAsus ROG Phone 3 Strix EditionOnePlus 8TNubia RedMagic 5GAverage 128 GB UFS 3.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
3%
19%
-14%
-11%
-1%
-77%
Random Write 4KB
243.54
261.45
7%
268.5
10%
121.4
-50%
193.57
-21%
204 (121 - 244, n=5)
-16%
38.1 (0.14 - 319, n=907)
-84%
Random Read 4KB
213.27
218.2
2%
266.84
25%
132.6
-38%
201.64
-5%
205 (133 - 230, n=5)
-4%
61.3 (1.59 - 325, n=907)
-71%
Sequential Write 256KB
674.27
657.92
-2%
769.94
14%
728
8%
388.38
-42%
696 (674 - 728, n=5)
3%
134 (2.99 - 1321, n=907)
-80%
Sequential Read 256KB
1348.19
1398.36
4%
1697.39
26%
1659.3
23%
1654.41
23%
1536 (1348 - 1659, n=5)
14%
353 (12.1 - 2037, n=907)
-74%

Games - Gaming above 60 fps almost impossible

The Nubia RedMagic 5S is suitable for gaming. However, its performance isn't good enough to ensure high refresh rates with all current titles. For example, "Armajet" would actually support 144 fps, but the RedMagic 5S only managed just over 60 fps in our test. PUBG Mobile was also displayed at 60 fps at high settings, with only very few frame drops. Controlling the games worked well via the touchscreen and the shoulder buttons.

All games were tested with Gamebench.

Armajet
Armajet
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
010203040506070Tooltip
; PUBG Mobile; Smooth: Ø59.9 (54-61)
; PUBG Mobile; HD: Ø59.9 (57-61)
; Armajet: Ø61.6 (53-62)

Emissions - Audible fans in the Nubia smartphone

System Noise

Noise characteristics
Noise characteristics

The active cooling fan of the RedMagic 5S is definitely audible when running. Fortunately, the fan's steady humming is easily covered up by sound coming out of the speakers. 

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs206055.139.5602560.15227.660.1315453.120.7544057.647.62357.65056.248.933.556.26354.643.426.854.68053.739.920.853.710049.534.52249.512536.727.718.236.716030.323.817.830.32002823.514.72825025.723.715.125.731519.117.513.419.140019.418.712.219.450019.219.712.819.263022.520.711.522.58002321.711.623100023.824.21223.8125030.533.211.430.5160037.432.911.337.4200033.228.611.933.2250038.436.112.438.4315045.339.512.545.340003830.113.138500035.429.213.535.4630033.132.613.133.1800032.229.813.932.21000027.826.513.127.81250026.625.81426.61600023.922.413.723.9SPL49.544.924.849.5N6.24.30.66.2median 30.3median 26.5median 13.1median 30.3Delta6.24.61.56.2hearing rangehide median Fan NoiseNubia RedMagic 5S

Temperature

The surface temperatures of the Nubia smartphone increase to up to 35.1 °C under load. This means that the smartphone remains cool enough to hold at all times.

Max. Load
 34.9 °C
95 F
35.1 °C
95 F
34.4 °C
94 F
 
 34.8 °C
95 F
33.9 °C
93 F
34.2 °C
94 F
 
 34.3 °C
94 F
33 °C
91 F
33 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 35.1 °C = 95 F
Average: 34.2 °C = 94 F
29.1 °C
84 F
30.4 °C
87 F
31.6 °C
89 F
29.6 °C
85 F
31.5 °C
89 F
32.1 °C
90 F
29.3 °C
85 F
31.6 °C
89 F
32.2 °C
90 F
Maximum: 32.2 °C = 90 F
Average: 30.8 °C = 87 F
Power Supply (max.)  25.2 °C = 77 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 34.2 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 33 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 35.1 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 35.3 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 32.2 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 29.3 °C / 85 F, compared to the device average of 33 °C / 91 F.
Heat map - top
Heat map - top
Heat map - bottom
Heat map - bottom

Speakers

The RedMagic 5S produces sound via the speaker and earpiece. The volume can get quite loud and high frequencies are particularly strong. This is good for spoken content, but we would recommend connecting external headphones or speakers for a more balanced sound experience.

Speaker characteristics
Speaker characteristics
Audio characteristics (3.5-mm audio jack)
Audio characteristics (3.5-mm audio jack)
Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR 71.02)
Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR 71.02)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2039.533.82527.620.83120.721.4402323.95033.5306326.823.48020.823.21002225.412518.229.916017.848.920014.751.825015.156.131513.459.540012.260.750012.863.563011.566.380011.668.510001272125011.475.7160011.376200011.979.5250012.479.6315012.580.1400013.180.3500013.578.3630013.175.9800013.9711000013.172.3125001471.51600013.759.5SPL24.889.1N0.673.7median 13.1median 71Delta1.510.736.935.6292821.924.52223.629.936.12229.519.340.816.345.61448.316.958.114.956.214.160.21062.71167.111.771.310.970.811.971.51174.310.276.511.479.312.882.112.981.812.578.91376.613.177.413.476.415.772.113.574.21473.913.766.724.889.90.680.3median 13median 72.11.16.6hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseNubia RedMagic 5SAsus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Nubia RedMagic 5S audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.5% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.7% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (2.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 10% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 83% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 37% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 56% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 17% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.9% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 4.6% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (12.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 0% similar, 100% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 8% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 90% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 65%

Battery Life - Good runtime in 60-Hz mode

Power Consumption

The Nubia RedMagic 5S consumes 8.84 Watt under load, which is the lowest consumption rate in our test field. The included AC adapter provides a rated output of 18 Watt and is large enough to cover the device's needs.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.02 / 0.31 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.16 / 2.34 / 2.39 Watt
Load midlight 4.57 / 8.84 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Nubia RedMagic 5S
4500 mAh
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
5000 mAh
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
6000 mAh
OnePlus 8T
4500 mAh
Nubia RedMagic 5G
4500 mAh
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-32%
20%
13%
9%
-3%
21%
Idle Minimum *
1.16
1.5
-29%
0.91
22%
1.1
5%
1.1
5%
1.175 (0.52 - 2.2, n=18)
-1%
0.89 (0.2 - 3.4, n=907)
23%
Idle Average *
2.34
2.3
2%
1.47
37%
1.5
36%
1.5
36%
2.08 (1.19 - 3.43, n=18)
11%
1.756 (0.6 - 6.2, n=906)
25%
Idle Maximum *
2.39
3.1
-30%
1.49
38%
1.7
29%
1.71
28%
2.34 (1.23 - 4, n=18)
2%
2.04 (0.74 - 6.6, n=907)
15%
Load Average *
4.57
7.4
-62%
4
12%
4.6
-1%
4.84
-6%
5.28 (3.5 - 7.4, n=18)
-16%
4.12 (0.8 - 10.8, n=901)
10%
Load Maximum *
8.84
12.3
-39%
9.55
-8%
9.4
-6%
10.42
-18%
9.73 (7.67 - 12.3, n=18)
-10%
6.12 (1.2 - 14.2, n=901)
31%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The gaming smartphone reached a runtime of 12h and 10 min in our practical WiFi test. This means that it can make good use of its 4500-mAh battery. The included AC adapter fully recharges the phone in around two and a half hours.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
12h 10min
Nubia RedMagic 5S
4500 mAh
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
5000 mAh
Asus ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition
6000 mAh
OnePlus 8T
4500 mAh
Nubia RedMagic 5G
4500 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
730
767
5%
964
32%
1023
40%
614
-16%

Pros

+ good workmanship
+ good performance
+ a lot of accessories

Cons

- no SD card reader
- 144-Hz panel is hardly supported by games

Verdict - Interesting for gamers

Review: Nubia RedMagic 5S. Test unit provided by Nubia Global
Review: Nubia RedMagic 5S. Test unit provided by Nubia Global

People will argue about whether a gaming smartphone actually makes sense or not. But the fact that the Nubia RedMagic 5S's active cooling fan keeps temperatures low under load is undisputable. The shoulder buttons are easily integrated into the game with the appropriate software and performance is good enough for current titles. The device's design, workmanship and system design are also subtly but clearly directed at the target audience.

The Nubia RedMagic 5S is definitely interesting for gamers, but it can't make full use of its strengths.

At the end of the day, we wonder whether Nubia really had to install a 144-Hz panel. Most games don't even support such high refresh rates yet, plus the performance of the RedMagic 5S isn't ideal above 60 fps in high graphics settings ayway, which, in part, is also due to the lack of support.

Nubia RedMagic 5S - 10/26/2020 v7
Mike Wobker

Chassis
83%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
94%
Connectivity
59 / 70 → 85%
Weight
88%
Battery
89%
Display
85%
Games Performance
61 / 64 → 95%
Application Performance
82 / 86 → 96%
Temperature
92%
Noise
85%
Audio
73 / 90 → 81%
Camera
58%
Average
78%
84%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Mike Wobker, 2020-10-29 (Update: 2020-10-29)
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I made my first IT walking attempts on a 386 with 4 MB of RAM. After that followed various PCs and notebooks, which I looked after and repaired in my circle of friends and acquaintances. After an apprenticeship as a telecommunications systems engineer and several years of professional experience, I graduated with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. Today I live out my fascination for IT, technology and mobile devices by writing test reports. In my free time I like to devote myself to vegan cooking and spend time with my family, which includes a whole range of animal roommates.