Nubia Have Launched A Budget-Friendly Gaming Phone With A Crazy 144Hz Refresh Rate

Nubia is on a roll of sorts after launching their latest Nubia Red Magic 5G. But now, they’ve revealed a new smartphone, the mid-range Nubia Play 5G in China. There’s quite a few factors that makes this quite the deal for avid mobile gamers, so let’s get into what its packing.

Powering the Nubia Play 5G is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765G processor, up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, and a whopping 5100mAh battery capable of a 30W fast-charge with USB-C. They have two storage variants of 128GB and 256GB.

Now here’s where the Nubia Play 5G has got me intrigued. The gaming phone comes with a a 6.65-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display, capable of 144Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch response rate. This makes the Play 5G the second smartphone ever to boast such a high refresh rate, second only to the newly released Nubia Red Magic 5G.

Based on my experience, the jump from 90Hz to 120Hz isn’t too substantial, but 90Hz to 144Hz, should be. When you take into consideration the price of the phone, it’s hard to argue its value, but we’ll get into that in a bit.

For their cameras, the Nubia Play 5G comes with a quad-camera setup housing a main 48MP Sony IMX582 camera, 8MP wide-angle lens, 2MP Super Macro and 2MP depth sensor. On the front, there’s a 12MP selfie camera housed in thin bezels at the top of the display. At the very least, the phone doesn’t come with a notch or something on screen that could interrupt extended gaming sessions.

And of course, the Nubia Play 5G comes with two pressure-sensitive sensors on the side of the device. It’s expected, and from my experience with the Nubia Red Magic 3 and Red Magic Mars, they got the job done. Shooters like Call of Duty: Mobile, Free Fire, PUBG or Fortnite will for sure find a use for these buttons.

The Nubia Play 5G is going on sale in China only (for now) from April 24 onwards. The phone comes in three variants:

  • 6GB + 128GB: CNY 2,399 (~RM1470)
  • 8GB + 128GB: CNY‌ 2,699 (~RM1660)
  • 8GB + 256GB: CNY 2,999 (~RM1840)

No word on Malaysian availability and pricing just yet, but let’s hope the phone makes an appearance on our shores.

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