nubia is known to always push the boundaries of gaming phone hardware with its Red Magic line but now the company is in another route with a midrange series dubbed nubia Play. The first phone in the series called nubia Play 5G was just announced in China

The ZTE nubia Play features a 6.65-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with the same 144Hz refresh rate as the flagship Red Magic 5G alongside 5G connectivity thanks to the Snapdragon 765G SoC and a generous 5,100mAh battery.

nubia Play 5G Display

The display features a 240Hz touch sampling rate, a built-in fingerprint scanner and a clean cutout-free design with classic top and bottom bezels. Around the back, we find a 48MP main Sony IMX582 shooter alongside an 8MP ultrawide snapper aided by two 2MP modules – one for macro shots and another for depth data. The front-facing camera comes in at 12MP. The right-hand side of the phone features the two capacitive shoulder buttons for enhanced gaming utility.

Under the hood, it is powered by a Snapdragon 765G SoC which is paired with 6/8GB RAM and 128/256GB UFS 2.1 storage. The massive 5,100 mAh battery supports 30W fast wired charging while the software front is covered by nubiaUI 8.0 on top of Android 10.

nubia Play 5G
nubia Play 5G

ZTE nubia Play Specifications

Network Properties

  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2
  • CDMA 800 / 1900 & TD-SCDMA
  • 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G bands: LTE
  • 5G: 5G SA/NSA
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A, 5G


  • Announced: 2020, April 21
  • Status: Coming soon. Exp. release 2020, April 24
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  • Dimensions: 171.7 x 78.5 x 9.1 mm (6.76 x 3.09 x 0.36 in)
  • Weight: 210 g (7.41 oz)
  • Colors: Black, White, Blue
  • SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)


  • Type: AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 6.65 inches, 108.6 cm2 (~80.5% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~388 ppi density)
  • 144Hz refresh rate

Operating System

  • Android 10.0


  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM765 Snapdragon 765G (7 nm)
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1×2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 620
  • Storage: 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM
  • Memory Card slot: Unspecified


  • Main Camera: Quad
    • 48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF
    • 8 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4.0″, 1.12µm
    • 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
    • 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
  • Features: LED flash, panorama, HDR
  • Video: [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]; gyro-EIS
  • Selfie Camera: Single – 12 MP, (wide)
  • Features: HDR
  • Video: [email protected]

nubia Play 5G Rear


  • Radio: No
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • Audio 3.5mm jack: No
  • 24-bit/192kHz audio


  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
  • GPS: Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • NFC: Yes
  • USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go


  • Sensors: Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass


  • Battery Type & Capacity: Non-removable Li-Ion 5100 mAh battery
  • Charging: Fast charging 30W

ZTE nubia Play Price and Availability

The nubia Play 5G will be available in black, blue and white colors and is already up for pre-order in China.

nubia Play 5G In Colors
nubia Play 5G In Colors

The base 6/128GB model is going for CNY 2,400 ($340/INR 26,030), there’s also an 8/128GB trim for CNY 2,700 ($380/INR 29,380) and a top of the line 8/256GB variant for CNY 3,000 ($425/INR 32,645). Official sales in China are scheduled to start in three days – on April 24.

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