This Phone Really Blows – Red Magic 5G Durability Test!
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Now it's time to durability test the Red Magic 5G gaming phone. Let's get started. Nubia has a history of making super unique phones, like that dual front and back screen phone we took a look at last year. The internal cooling fan will of course be much more interesting to see from the inside…but, you know, if the phone snaps in half we might get to see
It sooner than we think. Inside the box we get the phone itself, along with a super cool SIM removal tool. I'm definitely keeping this guy. It's also got an 18 watt charger and the normal USB-C cable. This phone is currently sitting at just under $600, which makes it one of the better priced gaming phones on the market right now. This is the Eclipse Black version. No fancy metal exoskeleton like we saw on the Black Shark 3, but still a pretty cool design under the glass.
Let's get into the scratch test. After a few hundred of these you probably know the drill already. Level 3 would be plastic, and that's what we're seeing here on this screen protector. It's nice of Nubia to include this extra protection. Remember, these durability tests are all about consistency. I test as many phones as I can so we can have a baseline so when a phone does deviate or have flaws, or you know, snap in half, we have something to compare it to. This Red Magic 5G scratches at a level 6, with deeper grooves at a level 7. Pretty normal
These days. We haven't seen a sapphire display in a while. The front facing 8 megapixel selfie camera is tucked up underneath this top bezel right next to the earpiece. The earpiece is made from plastic, but glued in very tightly and won't be falling out on its own. Nubia says this does have stereo speakers, but the bottom speaker is not front firing…which might be important to some gamers. One thing that is definitely important to gamers however is extra buttons. This phone does have dual
Capacitive triggers up in the top shoulders. These don't pop out of the phone with motors like we saw in the Black Shark, but they do exist. The metal power button and metal volume rockers are also on the side. The air vent though is what we're all here for. There are vent openings on either side of the phone. Regular air comes in one side and hot air comes out the other. Kind of like Trump's corona briefings. I'll flip the dedicated switch to get into gamer mode. They are calling
It a Game Boost Switch. And from here I can toggle on and off the rear LEDs, cuz what's a gaming phone without some RGBs? I can also turn on and off the fan. It's incredibly quiet when it's in its low powered state. But if you listen close, you can hear it spin up and then blow gently while the phone isn't under any loads. However, for the ultimate blowing experience, I found the rapid cooling toggle which boosts our little fan buddy up to full speed. It's much louder and you can definitely tell it's
Moving some air now. At 15,000 RPMs it has a 30% boost in air volume from last year. And apparently there are some heat pipes inside to assist with the active cooling, but we'll have to see those during the teardown. There are some gaming pins on the side for accessories. And up here at the top we have the headphone jack. Thumbs up for that. Having wired headphones is just one less battery to worry about. Now down at the bottom of the phone we got more metal, a USB-C port,
And the bottom loudspeaker port, along with the SIM card tray. No expandable memory though, and no official IP rating. But we can check the internal openings for water-resistance when we get inside. The back panel, even with all its cool designs, is just one solid slab of glass, which covers the bottom two megapixel macro camera. The middle 8 megapixel ultra-wide camera, and the 64 megapixel main camera both have their own super tiny glass lens covering. And there's
One singular flash up top. Phones are getting crazier with their screen refresh rates. Remember, the OnePlus 8 has a 90 Hertz refresh rate and the OnePlus 8 Pro has 120 Hertz. But this guy, the Red Magic 5G, is the first mass-produced phone with a 144 Hertz refresh rate. It's 6.6 inch AMOLED display lasted about 25 seconds under the heat from my lighter. Then the screen got a little weird, but only briefly. It took a while to cool off before deciding to work again.
The last thing I want to try before the bend test is the underscreen fingerprint scanner. But unfortunately, even after attempting 3x with two different fingers, I was unable to get the scanner to even read my fingerprint. So it failed the test before we could even scratch it. The level 6 and 7 scratches from my screen scratch test are more in the middle of the phone and not so much down here at the bottom. So those had no effect. Finally, the bend test. This is an extremely heavy phone. The Red Magic 5G weighs almost
An ounce more than my Note 10 Plus which has a larger screen and a stylus. The beefy and heavy build pays off though when it comes to structural rigidity, with no flex from the front or the back, and no damage to the frame. The Red Magic 5G passes my durability test. Even with a built-in fan and cross through air vent, the phone is a rock. If you want to see how it all works from the inside, hit that subscribe button if you haven't already. I am curious though, would you have to be a gamer to own a gaming phone? For less than
$600, it's probably catching more eyes than just the Fortnite guys. Let me know down in the comments. Come hang out with me on Instagram and Twitter. And thanks a ton for watching, I'll see you around.