RedMagic 5S launches globally on September 2 starting at $579, preorders now open

nubia's gaming-focused brand, RedMagic, today announced the official release date for the RedMagic 5S, and that's September 2. As announced earlier, preorders are open right now, and the phone starts at $579/€579/£539, the same starting price as its predecessor, the RedMagic 5G.

The RedMagic 5S falls in line with the company's typical mid-year refresh, and it only sports some small upgrades, though it sticks to the Snapdragon 865 chipset over the slightly faster 865+. A notable upgrade is in the internal storage, which is now using UFS 3.1 instead of UFS 3.0. Otherwise, you're looking at the same capacity - up to 256GB - and up to 12GB of RAM. It also has the same 6.65-inch, Full HD+ display with a 144Hz refresh rate.

Another big change with this new model is that it's the world's first phone to use silver as part of its cooling solution, and the silver plate actually replaces the RGB light strip on the back of the phone. The goal here is for the phone to be used with a new accessory, the RedMagic Ice Dock - a large fan that attaches to the back of the phone and cools down the silver plate, and thus the phone's internal components. The Ice Dock is launching alongside the phone for $44.90/€44.90/£40.90.

The RedMagic 5S is available in two models. The Sonic Silver variant comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, and it costs $579/€579/£529. The Pulse model includes 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for $649/€649/£599. Also today, RedMagic has cut the price of the RedMagic 5G by $10/€10/£10.

If you're interested in the phone but haven't been convinced by it, you can read our review of its predecessor, or check out our hands-on video of the RedMagic 5S while you wait for the full review.

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