Nubia Play 5G Review

ZTE launched a Midrange Gaming smartphone Named Play 5G . This Play 5G SmartPhone on April 22 2020

ZTE Released Play 5G Phone in 6 / 8 GB Ram Models and 128 / 256 GB Internal Storage Model. when I’m using a Play 5G Phone, I got a premium feeling when holding in the hand with a Quad Camera on the rear and single-camera setup on front and Beautiful Display on the front makes this Smartphone a true Gaming beast. Coming to the Display Department, the Play 5G Phone uses an AMOLED screen which is good to see. It shares some features of Latest Flagships.

Play 5G features the Snapdragon latest chip from Qualcomm named  Snapdragon 765G this chip is made of 7nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFet process. this processor is divided into 3 parts; the first part features 1 x Kryo 475 Prime High power cores which are clocked at 2.4GHz, The second part features 1 x Kryo 475 Gold high powered cores which are clocked at 2.2GHz and Third Part features 6 x Kryo 475 Silver which are Clocked at 1.8GHz. it has Adreno 620 GPU to Run the Heavily Graphical Tasks. There is also Support for 5G Connectivity With Qualcomm X55 Modem.

Play 5G SmartPhone has a Quad Camera setup the on the rear and a single camera on the front which comprises a 48MP F/1.8 Main + 8MP Ultrawide + 2MP Macro sensor + 2MP Depth Sensor and a 12MP F/2.0 Front camera user takes normal, ultrawide angle and portrait images from front and back.

I will divide the review into pros & cons. let’s see quick specs of Play 5G SmartPhone and Jump into the review.

Nubia Play 5G SmartPhone

  • 6.65″ FHD+AMOLED Display with 144Hz Refresh Rate & 240Hz Touch Sampling Rate
  •  Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  • Adreno 620
  • 6 / 8 GB LPDDR4X Ram
  • 128 / 256GB Internal Storage
  • Quad Rear Camera, 48MP f/1.8, PDAF (main) + 8MP f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide) + 2MP  f/2.4 (macro) + 2MP  f/2.4 (depth)
  • 12MP f/2.0 MP front camera
  • 5100mAH battery with 30W fast charging support
  • Nubia UI Based On Android One 10.
  • Rear fingerprint scanner / Volte / Dual GPS / 5G + 4G / Air Triggers
  • WiFi / Bluetooth 5.0 / USB – C 2.1 / NFC


6.65″ Full HD+ AMOLED screen :

here in Display Department Play 5G SmartPhone, Features an Excellent FULL HD+ AMOLED panel screen with 403 pixels per inch, the colours are vibrant and excellent, viewing angles are perfect. There are No issues & problems with screen quality. It is very bright to see in direct sunlight. The Display has a Refresh rate of 144Hz which is great and very smooth to handle. This 144Hz Refresh Rate and 240 Hz Touch Sensing Rate. This Display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass. 

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Stereo Speakers and 3.5mm Jack:

 In Play 5G SmartPhone, ZTE Used their Single Speaker System which is very Loud. but it does the job very well in indoor conditions. it is Sound’s equally when compared to Mi 10 Pro, Oneplus 8 Smartphone. these speakers are supported Smart Amp Which is an amplifier to Amplify the sound which helps to get clear sound output from the mobile speaker.

Coming to 3.5mm Jack and earphones, the 3.5mm Jack was equipped with UHQ 32-Bit encoder which provides a punchy and clear sound. there are no headphones in the Box.

Build Quality : 

Nubia Play 5G SmartPhone is Built with a 6000 Aluminium frame on the side and Gorilla Glass on front and back of the device is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass like. it provides a good look and feels Because it is made with 6000 Series Aluminium and Glass. There are no issues of creakiness with build quality. It is well built with an 19.5:9 Aspect ratio and the bezels are shrunk down to place an Almost 6.65″ AMOLED screen.

In-Display Fingerprint Scanner: 

Play 5G SmartPhone Features an In-Display fingerprint sensor. By looks, it is so small to see but very fast and very accurate to recognize the fingerprint of the user. This placement of this sensor is on the Rear bottom Side of the phone.

Face unlocking:

Play 5G SmartPhone Uses the face unlock with its 12MP RGB Camera. the face unlocking is Quite fast and Secure. 

Weight balance: 

Play 5G SmartPhone weighs 210 Grams, it feels Heavy with 6.65”  Screen and 5100 mAh battery equipped. This Play 5G SmartPhone can be used by one hand. The weight balance is done very well on the device. After using a Week You will notice that.

Battery life:

 My Play 5G SmartPhone lasted a Full Working day with heavy usage and at the end of the day, I had 27% of charge left in the phone which is good for a 5100 mAH Battery. The ideal drain of Play 5G SmartPhone is very low as other Latest Gaming Flagships like ROG and Red magic Smartphones. the 30W makes a difference and charges the phone in 67 min which is good.

Nubia Ui Based on Android 10 Operating System :

Nubia Ui Based on  Android 10 present on the Play 5G SmartPhone is very fast & so fluid, No lags were noticed. It has some ZTE apps that enhance the Gaming Experience. There are some extra features like Inbuilt Face Unlock System, Direct video calling feature, Always on Display, Perfect Gaming Mode makes this Red Magic Ui special for Red Magic 5G SmartPhone.


My Play 5G SmartPhone managed to do day to day tasks very well like the lastest Flagships. there are no issues and problems with the Operating system and there are no heating issues with Blackshark 2 SmartPhone.

Coming to Gaming, we played Asphalt 9 & PUBG at highest graphics setting without lags & frame drops in the game. Snapdragon 765G Processor is very suitable for heavy gaming.

the Game Mode helps a bit in gaming without any Distractions of Notifications from different Apps. And the 144Hz Screen is so Fast and Very Smooth to Play Some Games above 90Hz Refresh Rate. List of games that support about 60Hz are present. Click Here for the Games.

Ram Management : 

Ram Management is done very well on this Red Magic 5G SmartPhone. It features 6 / 8 GB LPDDR4X Ram and I did not notice any lags with the 6GB Ram device and there are no reloading of apps on this Play 5G SmartPhone. Multitasking experience is nice.

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Call Quality :

the Call quality on Play 5G SmartPhone is very good and there are no issues with cellular call quality on Volte. We have taken long calls in a day and the other party doesn’t complain. The earpiece is included on the front side & it’s very loud. the Voice Calls From speakers are also Good and Clear. 

Rear Camera: 

Coming to the Camera Department, Play 5G SmartPhone features a Quad Camera setup on the back of the device and a single camera on the front of the device. this Camera system works perfectly in the Play 5G SmartPhone. let’s divide the cameras and look at the performance of them

48MP Main Camera: 

Play 5G SmartPhone takes good quality photos in daylight and low light conditions. The images have good clarity and exposure levels are under control. When you take images in very low light conditions the images come a bit dark. though it is a Gaming phone we cannot expect More Camera Performance 

8MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera:

the 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens on Reno 10x Zoom does a good job in good lighting conditions. it captures a much wider picture in a 108˚ field of view with good details. exposure is in control with a decent dynamic range. in low lighting conditions, the 8MP Camera Has a Lot of noise.

2MP Macro Camera:

The 2MP Macro Camera Works and the Quality in daylight conditions is good, in night conditions image quality is horrible.

Depth Camera:

Play 5G has A 2MP Depth Camera of F/2.2 Which Allows You to Capture Good Portrait Shots.

Video recording can be done up to 8k @ 60fps .the video footage has good Colours with great sharpness and decent dynamic range. Optical Image Stabilization is good in 8K, 4K @ 60fps. Coming to the Super Slow-Mo Red Magic can record 720P Quality video at 1920 frames per second which is good to see.

 Selfie camera :

Play 5G features a 12MP selfie camera with large 1.22 μm pixel size and 80˚ field of view. it has a fixed aperture of F/2.0. Picture quality is good. Photos are well detailed and contain a decent dynamic range.

Front Selfie camera can record video at 1080p @ 30fps which is good and a bit wide with EIS On which is good.

This single-camera can be used to take portraits images from the front with the Help of Artificial Intelligence.

Coloured ROG LOGO: 

We can see the RGB  coloured Strips on this gaming smartphone which looks cool and interesting. this used to define  the true Hardcore gamer.

Direct Touch Liquid Cooling System:

Nubia has implemented a powerful cooling system from inside. the internal Cooling system Works Perfectly which gives power to the processor By reducing heat through the Vapour chamber. 

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  • Best AMOLED Display With 144Hz Refresh Rate and 240Hz Touch Sensing Rate
  • Extraordinary Raw Performance with Snapdragon 865 Soc
  • Awesome Stereo Speaker effect
  • Air Triggers will take Gaming to Next Level
  • Super fast Charging with Great Battery Life
  • Perfect Metal and Glass Built with Attractive RGB Colour Strips.


  • Photography levels are average and Video Is quality is Mind Blowing
  • No Stereo speakers
  • Available in Some Countries


Who can Get Play 5G SmartPhone view: 

if you want a Midrange Gaming Phone with Whopping Full HD+ AMOLEED screen, with SD 765G processor, Air Triggers and fast 30W charging then you can go with Play 5G SmartPhone.

If you want good gaming smartphone at a same cost you go to Blackshark Phone or ROG 2. if you want a good AMOLED Screen with 865 Processor, Triple or Quad Camera setup then you can go with other new Flagships like Find X2 Pro 5G, S20 Ultra, LG Thinq V60, iPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max Devices.

If you are using Nubia Play 5G SmartPhone then Share your experiences with us in the comment section below and Stay tuned to MobiRadar for more Reviews like this.

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