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Red Magic may allow the user to do some GPU overclocking on its next smartphone

An alleged Red Magic 5S trailer. (Source: Weibo)
An alleged Red Magic 5S trailer. (Source: Weibo)
The reliable tipster Digital Chat Station claims that Nubia has a refresh of its Red Magic gaming phone flagship in the works. Called the 5S, it will apparently be capable of GPU overclocking. This means that, even though it is slated to run on the Snapdragon 865, the user can make its Adreno 650 exceed standard clock speeds by an appreciable margin.

A prominent leaker normally found on Weibo now asserts that there is a Red Magic 5S in the works. Should this be the case, it is most likely a late-2020 refresh of the pre-existing 5G, as it is touted to run on the Snapdragon (SD) 865 SoC. This will be no change from Nubia's current Android gaming flagship; therefore, what is the potential difference here?

Digital Chat Station (now also on Twitter) alleges that it will involve the freedom to overclock the GPU in this upcoming model. The tipster claims that it will allow the user to surpass the version of the Adreno 650 found in this processor's own refresh, the SD 865+ or Plus.

This, according to the same source, is 670MHz (even though the "original" 650 mobile graphics module was clocked at 587MHz and Qualcomm claims that this speed has been increased by 10% in the 865+).

However, should these claims prove true, it would indeed rationalize Red Magic's apparent cheaping out in using the exact same processor over again in 2 consecutive phones. Then again, fans of this brand may now hope that this putative 5S comes with even more active cooling this time around.


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-07-24 (Update: 2020-07-24)